Monday, May 26, 2008

Only Cloth Bottles Filled with City Water allowed (or think of the jobs that will be lost)

When the ghastly inhabitants of City Hall are not discussing massive capital spending projects, like the erection of a multi-million dollar Performing Arts Centre, they are trying to save the planet with pesticide bans, potential restrictions on plastic bags and now, a ban on plastic water bottle sales on city property, including parks - no! Storybook Gardens is not exempt - city owned golf courses and even City Hall. Yesterday's tree hugger is tomorrow's earth rapist. I'm old enough to remember the time when bottled water was the "right" thing to consume.

Saying the ubiquitous plastic water bottles litter streets, leach chemicals into landfills and don't send out the right environmental message, a committee meeting tonight is being urged in a staff report embrace the ban.

It may not take much convincing to persuade the environment and transportation committee, some of whose members are already solidly behind the idea.

Coun. Walter Lonc said yesterday it's a "no-brainer" that bottled water sales should be nixed.

"City water costs about an eighth of a cent a litre, so it just doesn't make sense to spend $1.50 a bottle," he said.

[..] Lonc said 40 per cent of London's empty water bottles wind up in trash cans instead of in blue boxes for recycling.

Coun. Cheryl Miller, the committee chairperson, says she supports the ban, noting London needs to lead by example on environmental issues.

"What we need to do is change our habits. We've become lazy and it's too easy to buy the bottle," she said.

[..] "It's a serious thing, really, and it's a case where we have to lead the community on this issue," said Lonc.
Yes, lead by force. The golfers won't be persuaded easily, and I note that chemical laden golf courses were exempt from the pesticide ban. Will they retain the right to dispense water in plastic containers, while the visitors of Storybook Gardens and Pioneer Village go thirsty?


Fenris Badwulf said...

Gotta love that activist versus activist action ... bottled water, from politically correct to earth rape, indeed.

Pat Dryburgh said...

I emailed the people at FM96 where I first heard about this idea.

I told them to check out The Water School, who uses regular water bottles to purify water using the sun's UV rays. It can only happen within 35 degrees of the equator, but that is exactly where they need it most.

To me, that's a solution that anyone can get behind.

Flying Squirrel said...

and, as they point out, NYC actually had a campaign telling people it was OK to drink tap water!

But is the leaded water OK to drink now?

Richard said...

I'm sure there is a link between chlorine and certain cancers, especially colon/rectal.

Absolutely ridiculous thinking that tapwater is 100% safe or on the same par with natural spring water.

Bollocks to that!