Thousands of Ontarians gathered recently for Waterstock, a musical celebration of Ontario's waters. The event also sent a strong message to the provincial government: Water is for life, not for profit.
This event was a culmination of sentiments that are being expressed all over the province: the bottled water industry should got. With huge opposition to the renewal of Nestle Waters Canada's permits in Wellington County, the province put in new regulations for the bottled water industry.
However, these are not enough. Our waters are precious and should never be drawn for profit. Water is a public good and should be protected as such, especially as climate change increases drought conditions.
The time is right for the province to phase out the bottled water industry's water-taking permits, so that in the next 10 years, Ontario's waters will be protected from corporations that profit off this public resource.
Premier Kathleen Wynne knows that the bottled water industry's water-taking is out of control and by adding increased pressure to her now, at this critical point, we can make sure she makes the appropriate changes and phases out the bottled water industry.
Sign today to protect Ontario's water from profiteering corporations. By signing today you are sending a strong message that water must be protected for the public.