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View Poll Results: Should Hamilton ban small disposable water bottles?
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No! 4 17.39%
Charge a (significant) levy on them. 4 17.39%
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Old Posted Aug 28, 2008, 8:13 PM
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Originally Posted by kyle_olsen View Post
Paranoid much? The crown owns all the water, and there is nothing that any corporation can do to take away crown rights. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Not an option.
And we can all the trust the crown to do the right thing, right........

Money talks, and BS walks, http://money.canoe.ca/News/TopPhoto/...591191-cp.html.

Just a think-tank's (most likely a bunch of quacks, or corporate hacks) suggestion, but watch as pressure from all sides starts to rise.
The jobs, stupid!
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Old Posted Aug 28, 2008, 10:14 PM
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"Think tank - a place where people are paid to think by the makers of tanks."

- Naomi Klein
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Old Posted Aug 28, 2008, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by markbarbera View Post
IMO this whole debate is a little on the silly side. Banning bottled water for sale at public places limits the consumer from making a relatively healthy choice at the vending machine. You are forcing the consumer to make a less healthy beverage choice. How can you reconcile the effort to remove junk food from vending machines while simultaneously limiting beverage choices to unhealthy sodas or fruit-flavoured beverages? And the alternate choice will still contribute to the recycling dilemna.
I agree.
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2008, 11:59 AM
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from Angus Reid

Acting to Substitute Plastic Products

Vast majority is concerned that plastic goods may be toxic; half are already switching to glass and metal products.

Fears that products made of plastic may be toxic are driving more of us away from this popular material, our recent poll has found. In the online survey of a representative national sample of Angus Reid Forum members, two-thirds of you (68%) are worried about the possibility that products made of plastic contain toxic agents—with 23 per cent are extremely concerned. Over two-in-five members (41%) say they are now using less products made of plastic—such as water bottles or food containers—than last year. Half of you (50%) also say you have taken concrete steps to substitute products made of plastic with goods made of other materials such as glass or metal. Of those who have not taken any such steps, one-in-four (26%) say they will try to replace plastic products within the next few months.
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2008, 12:44 PM
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we have glass baby bottles.
Much safer and healthier for the babies.
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Old Posted Apr 14, 2010, 4:22 PM
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In today's Spec:

No bottled-water ban for Hamilton
City encourages people to use tap water instead

Emma Reilly
The Hamilton Spectator
(Apr 14, 2010)

The city has backed away from a ban on bottled water and will instead encourage Hamiltonians to rely on their taps instead.

Yesterday, council approved a staff recommendation to launch an awareness campaign encouraging residents to drink more municipal water. Staff didn't recommend an all-out ban on bottled water, arguing it would lead residents to choose sugary drinks instead.

Jim Harnum, Hamilton's senior director of environment and sustainable infrastructure, told council yesterday that banning bottled water was "complicated" and wasn't the best solution for Hamilton.

"Whenever you force people to do something, there tends to be a backlash," he said. "We'd rather people chose not to drink bottled water rather than forcing them not to."

The question about whether to ban bottled water stems from 2008, when Mayor Fred Eisenberger called for a staff report on the issue. Eisenberger was absent from yesterday's meeting for personal reasons.

John Challinor, director of corporate affairs for Nestle Waters Canada, attended yesterday's meeting to voice his company's support for council's plan.

"Bans send the wrong message to consumers about the health and wellness attributes of water, bottled and otherwise," he said.

"The fact of the matter is that bottled water is proving to be particularly helpful at a time when the incidents of obesity and diabetes are on a significant increase amongst young Canadians."

Challinor also told council 91 Canadian school boards, municipalities and universities have decided not to ban bottled water over the past two years, while only 17 municipalities, three school boards and two universities have adopted a ban.
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