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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2010
12:15 PM

CONTACT: Council of Canadians

Dylan Penner, Media Officer,
613-795-8685, dpenner@canadians.org

Council of Canadians Congratulates Nova Scotia on First Provincial Bottled Water Ban

OTTAWA, Ontario - April 27 - The Council of Canadians congratulates the Nova Scotia government on its recent announcement that it will ban the sale and provision of bottled water in provincial facilities. The plan was announced at the CUPE Nova Scotia convention last weekend, and once implemented it will be the first provincial bottled water ban.

“Bottled water represents the commodification of a vital public resource and undermines municipal water services,” says Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians.  “We are thrilled that the Nova Scotia government is sending a strong message about its commitment to public water.”

Much like the municipal bans that have swept across the country in the past two years, the public advocacy organization hopes this announcement by the Nova Scotia government will trigger future municipal bans within the province and provincial bans elsewhere in Canada.

“We hope the Nova Scotia government will use such venues as the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment to encourage other provincial governments to follow their path,” says Meera Karunananthan, national water campaigner for the Council of Canadians.

The Council of Canadians sits on the “Turn on the Tap, Ditch the Bottle Coalition,” which works within Nova Scotia to promote restrictions on bottled water sales provincially and municipally.

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizen’s advocacy group and has over 70 community-based chapters across the country. Many have been actively involved in lobbying municipalities, school boards and provincial governments to promote public water services, demand that water be recognized as a human right and restrict the sale and purchase of bottled water in public facilities through the Blue Communities Project, a joint project with CUPE and several other organizations. The organization toured the Atlantic region with CUPE last year to speak to communities and local governments about the project.

“We look forward to seeing how the Nova Scotia government’s plan will be implemented and hope that it involves greater access to public water through the installation of fountains in public areas,” says Karunanathan.

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