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Thursday, February 24, 2011

ACTION ALERT! Show City Councillors we DON'T want bottled water!

Monday, February 28 · 5:00pm - 6:00pm, City Hall, Council Chambers (3rd Floor)
300 Dufferin

Come on down to city hall and show that you support the ban currently in place on the sale of bottled water in municipal buildings

A bunch of people went down Feb 15th to let a subcommittee know that we did not want the bottled water ban rescinded. It was fun to be there and hear the debate on the issue, none of it even really covered any of the underlying issues...

...RECYCLING should not be used as a replacement for REDUCING..

Bring your refillable water bottles, signs, etc and come meet some people!

Sophs, let your frosh know about this event, it's a good chance to see what actually goes on in the City of London's council meetings!

New Health Findings since the original decision in 2008:

Since the original decision in 2008 there have been findings in the scientific research that show bottled water is contaminated with estrogenic compounds that leach from the plastic into the water. Now that is a real health issue. One of the researchers from the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany is quoted:

"We must have identified just the tip of the iceberg in that plastic packaging may be a major source of xenohormone -- man-made substance that has a hormone-like effect -- the researchers said in a statement. "Our findings provide an insight into the potential exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals -- low-dose exposure to chemicals that interact with hormone receptors that may interfere with reproduction, development and other hormonally mediated processes -- due to unexpected sources of contamination."

The study adds to growing concerns about products that span the plastic spectrum, says Shanna Swan, an epidemiologist at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York. "I used to say: '4, 5, 1, and 2. All the rest are bad for you,'" she says, referring to the recycling codes on plastic products. "Now, I'm not saying that anymore. We don't know about 4, 5, 1, or 2. This raises questions about all plastic bottles."
One endocrine disruptor is pthalates:

Pthalates are mainly used as plasticizers (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity) and have been found in bottled water. They are of potential health concern because they are known as endocrine disruptors of animals, and some research has implicated them in the rise of birth defects of the male reproductive system.[33][102][103] Endocrine disruptors interfere with natural hormones in the body that are responsible for the maintenance of normal cell metabolism, reproduction, development, and/or behavior."[1]

These findings indicate a huge health issue that points to the need to eliminate bottled water.

Bottled water is a convenience not a necessity. Our own health and the health of the environment is a necessity not a convenience.

1. voice your concerns in writing to the Mayor and all Councillors. If they don't hear from you they will assume that Nestle's request is reasonable and there are few objections. I believe it is better to send a letter in your own words however in case you don't have a lot of extra time to create a letter here is an online form that you can attach your information to and it will be automatically sent to the entire council.
2. voice your concerns in the media - send a letter to the editor of the London Free Press and the Londoner
3. join me in the gallery at the February 28th Council meeting to see your elected representatives in action and to listen to the discussion and the decision. Your presence will be a visual indicator of your concern and of your support for keeping the original decision. Council meeting begins at 5:00 pm

From Maryanne MacDonald

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