For Immediate Release
Council of Canadians Congratulates Nova Scotia on First Provincial Bottled Water Ban
OTTAWA, Ontario - 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
“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
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