Category Archives: Legislation
“FAIR ELECTIONS ACT”
or UNFAIR (BILL C-23)
Bring banners and posters and friends.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8th 2014
11am meet at GUELPH FARMER’S Market
11:30 am Silent Walk to M.P. Valeriote’s Office
11:45 am Presentations at Cork St office
Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice and
Council of Canadians – Guelph … Read the rest
Protecting the Human Right to Water
Emma Lui – Council of Canadians
March 11, 2014, 2pm EST
Canadian and indigenous communities are facing increasing threats to their water sources including the threat of fracking, water privatization, oil shipments on the Great Lakes and the lack of clean drinking water in First Nation communities. Learn what communities are doing to protect the human right to water and how they’re turning their municipalities into Blue Communities. A Blue Community is a municipality that recognizes the human right to water, promotes public water and wastewater services and bans bottled water at municipal facilities … Read the rest
Blue Drinks Toronto presents…
A Big Win for Groundwater Management in Ontario
The first in our 2014 Drink N’ Learn Series!
In October of last year, the water bottling company, Nestlé, withdrew its appeal on drought restrictions on their water permit for their site near Guelph, ON. This was a big win for the Wellington Water Watchers, the Council of Canadians, and their legal counsel, Ecojustice.
As much as there is … Read the rest
TELL THE GOVERNMENT TO BAN BEE-KILLING PESTICIDE
The Wellington Water Watchers is a member of the Friends of Pollinators Action Coalition, so please act on the information below and request that Canada impose a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.
In the spring of 2013, the European Union, after reviewing the compelling evidence, voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. In September 2013 this is what the Canadian Government said about these pesticides: “Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has determined that current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are affecting the environment
Last fall, the Ministry of the Environment (“MOE”) renewed Nestlé’s Permit To Take Water for the well site which it operates in Hillsburgh. As part of this renewal, the MOE placed mandatory restrictions on the amount of water that Nestlé would be allowed to pump during drought conditions. Nestlé appealed these restrictions to the Environmental Review Tribunal.
In February of this year, Wellington Water Watchers (“WWW”) partnered up with the Council of Canadians (“COC”) to seek Party status in the appeal, with both groups receiving representation from Ecojustice. At the preliminary hearing, despite the objections of both Nestlé and the … Read the rest
Last spring you attended a showing of “BOTTLED LIFE” at the Erin Legion and I felt you deserved an update.
A Roadmap for the Future of the Grand River Watershed: Grand River Water Management Plan Wednesday Workshop Series
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
January 23, 2013: Taking action to improve water quality
February 6, 2013: Securing our water supplies
February 20, 2013: Adapting to climate change
The partners of the Grand River Water Management Plan are hosting a series of discussions about key issues affecting the watershed and the actions needed to address them. The feedback received will be used by the partners of the Water Management Plan in their decisions about the actions needed to maintain a healthy watershed.
Sign … Read the rest
On September 28, 2012, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) renewed Nestlé Waters Canada’s Permit to Take Water in Hillsburgh, Ontario, at rate of 1.1 million litres per day for five years. On October 11, 2012, Nestle Waters filed an appeal to challenge provisions of the permit that would restrict their water-taking operations during times of drought.
The Wellington Water Watchers has read with interest and is alarmed by Nestle Waters’ justification for this appeal. The terms of the permit and the grounds for the appeal can be found at the following link: http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTE2MzU0&statusId=MTc2MjI2&language=en
While couched in legalistic argumentation, the … Read the rest
Official Plan Amendment (OPA) 48 is the third of three phases in the City of Guelph’s Official Plan Review. The province of Ontario’s broad-reaching Places to Grow Act necessitated a large-scale overhaul of the City’s Official Plan. Hence the City’s decision to amend the Official Plan in three phases:
Phase 1: OPA 39, adopted in June 2009, dealt with Growth Plan conformity.
Phase 2: OPA 42, adopted in July 2010, dealt with the Natural Heritage System. This is the amendment which contains the City’s provisions for environmental protection, including our treasured river systems and green corridors. OPA 42 is currently … Read the rest