Rally to Protect Water – Sept. 26, 2016

September 19th, 2016

Water is Life. We must protect it from privatization and exploitation for profit.

Recently, Councillor James Gordon put forth a motion to city council to take an official stance against Nestle’s water taking permit in Aberfoyle.

Protect our water.

You are welcome to join us for a family-friendly gathering to honour and protect the water. Right now, our watershed is under siege by Nestle, who have permission from the provincial government to draw 4.7 million litres of water per day in the areas surrounding Guelph.

Bring costumes, instruments, noise makers, signs and art to join Gary Diggins, local sound healer as he leads the group on a sound parade.

There will be performances by water activist Shane Phillips and others.

Please join us afterwards as we parade into City Hall to sit in council and show our support for the motion. If you would like to register to speak as a delegate on the issue at city hall, please register with City Hall by September 23rd by emailing clerks@guelph.ca. For more information on delegates in council: http://guelph.ca/city-hall/mayor-and-council/city-council/agendas-and-minutes/delegations-and-comments/

BACKGROUND:
Mayor Cam Guthrie recently commented on the issue of Nestle drawing water from Aberfoyle. His stance was that Nestle doesn’t draw from our aquifer and therefore it is none of our concern. However, it is our watershed that is affected and the future of our watershed is the future of our city. #WaterIsLife

Councillor James Gordon has added pressure to the council to take a stance against Nestle’s water drawing activity. His motion reads:
“That Council, with support from Intergovernmental Relations, Policy and Open Government staff, submit comments through the Ontario Environmental Registry process in relation to the recent Nestlé Water permit to take water and express Council’s concern that the permit to take water is not in the best interest of the City of Guelph and the watershed shared by the City of Guelph.”

We, as concerned citizens of Guelph and self-appointed stewards of our groundwater resources for future generations, are gathering to show support for this important motion and to the idea that water is not for corporate profiteering but local preservation. #WaterForLifeNotForProfit

For more information on water issues facing Canada and the region, please come out to the talk with Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians and Arlene Slocombe of Wellington Waters Watchers on September 22nd:
http://canadians.org/event/guelph-boiling-point

Posted in Actions, Events, Latest News, Rights of Nature, Water | Comments (0)

Leave a Reply