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Monday, August 11, 2008

Water, water everywhere

The Liberal Party of Canada's house organ, the Toronto Star, has given a home today to the op-ed musings of Liberal Party shooting star Justin Trudeau, who takes aim at that ever-convenient target of anti-corporate, pro-environment types--bottled water.

Trudeau and his writing partner advance a deluge of arguments against bottled water but, like so many other critics, fail to address what I think is the single most important issue relating to bottled water's success: convenience.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on August 11, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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I'll throw this question out for a debate.

Is Justin Trudeau a messiah to Canada's Liberals in the same way Barak Obama is to American Democrats?

I apologize to Senator Obama for comparing him to the Son of the Devil, Pierre the Terrible.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-11 4:44:26 PM

I use bottles in the field for convenience. I refill them with tap water a few times, 'til they get lost or dirty. I freeze them overnight so I'll have icewater. They work as freezer packs in my lunch bucket.

They're the greatest product since sliced bread, but they definitely are overused. I drink tap water at home, but when it comes to being out in the boonies, I don't care what some Trudeau thinks.

Posted by: dp | 2008-08-11 4:48:29 PM

Bottled water tastes better. It's still cheap and I can afford it. It's convenient.

I don't trust the security of domestic water supplies. Maybe if the government wasn't running water treatment plants I would feel more safe.

So much city water is medicated with fluoride that I refuse to drink it. First, I don't need nor trust fluoride and secondly, I hate government inforced public medication through water suppplies.

I recycle the damn bottles so what's the problem?

Don't tell me what kind of water I can drink and don't force me to install mercury vapour lights in my kids bedrooms.


Posted by: epsilon | 2008-08-11 5:00:35 PM

Are we to believe the Trudeau spawns never use bottled water? Let's say this is a message and a messenger with no credibility.

Enough of the Socialist Nanny State cradle to grave interference in our lives. I'll continue using what I consider best for my health while causing no harm to anyone.

Isn't that the sort of freedom our ancestors fought for, take care of ourselves and help others as needed without a meddling and controlling government running every facet of our lives?

Posted by: Liz J | 2008-08-11 5:22:49 PM

I think Justin's financials should be checked to see if he has a stake in any potential decline in the sales of bottled water. These people are not to be trusted one bit.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-11 5:38:31 PM

There are so many things wrong with this article it won't be possible to address them all. What is alrming is that he say "Canadians need to thinnk"...

In other words, when given the chance, he would make us think... his way!

Foreign ownership makes no difference to us finacially.

Environmental consequences? Well, we could always use glass or stainless steel bottles. But manufacturing them is probably even more energy intensive. If you add the cost to clean them all the time, and then one day dispose of them, only then will you get the true additionl cost of the plastic bottles. Until then the numbers he quotes are meaningless.

The bottles can take up to 1000 years to break down? He also states that "many of these bottles break down into inclreasingly tiny pieces" that enterst our food chain. I didnt know we were making them 1000 years ago?

That is just the beginning. The article would be good for a laugh, except that this thinking will likely end up resulting in legislation one day. Probably a tax on the purchase to discourage the purchase. Then if that doesnt work, an outright ban.

This guy is dangerous.

Posted by: TM | 2008-08-11 5:42:35 PM

TM said "he would make us think... his way!"

I think that he, like his old man, would only need a fraction of the population to think his way. The rest can go to heck. It's deja vu all over again. If he ever came to power, prepare for the Second NEP and the Second Invasion of Quebec.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-11 5:53:39 PM

If you want people to stop turning to other sources for their water, stop poisoning the water supply with fluoride.

Posted by: suzuki | 2008-08-11 8:23:27 PM

If you want people to stop turning to other sources for their water, stop poisoning the water supply with fluoride.
Posted by: suzuki | 11-Aug-08 8:23:27 PM

I guess you can no longer sit back and allow communist infiltration, communist indoctrination, communist subversion, and the international communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of your precious bodily fluids.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-08-11 8:57:49 PM

If you want flouride, brush your teeth. Don't drink it.

Posted by: glen | 2008-08-11 9:02:46 PM

So, how do you guys feel about iodine in table salt? How about vitamin D in milk? Don't you understand they know what's good for us?

To be truthful, our diets have been thrown way out of whack. We need supplements because we can't eat fat anymore. We cook the nutrients out, then add them after.

We need to eat more dirt. A few years ago some Canadians went to Africa to drill waterwells. It was a noble mission, and they were successful, except the natives were reluctant to drink clear water. They ended up having to add a little mud to keep them happy. I think it's a true story, but I don't remember many details.

Posted by: dp | 2008-08-11 9:25:36 PM


"I guess you can no longer sit back and allow communist infiltration, communist indoctrination, communist subversion, and the international communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of your precious bodily fluids."

Isn't that what they said about DDT?

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-08-11 9:27:43 PM

Haven't heard much from Trudeau, like many Liberals he's hiding out, probably on the advice of some of the "Old Boys". They're currently letting Dion and Turner get on with the job of self destructing, kill two BIRDS with one stone.

Trudeau being their future prospect for kingship, they don't want him to be involved with this present fiasco, or, peak too soon. It's all about timing.
Bottled water is an excuse to say, hey, I'm still here, pretty and vapid as ever.

Speaking about timing, Iggy and Rae are past their time if we are to believe Robert Thibeault who's been insulting seniors. He's also fired off a nasty one at Senator Marjory LeBreton, calling her an "Idiot" and telling her she should go back to making tea for Brian Mulroney.

Looks like he's losing it, like so many other Liberals. He only won his seat by 500 votes last time so he sees the writing on the wall for his chances next time with Dion and his carbon tax.

Posted by: Liz J | 2008-08-12 6:02:19 AM

Liz J:

hibeault is a plodding,humourless,boring and arrogant oaf.
He's at least offered a half witted contriteless apology which is more than can be said for his collegue Garth Turner who denied the existence of a senior and then peddled backward furiously changing posts and spreading disinformation while his online goon squad proceeded to delude themselves.
Garth Turner had even less class than Thibeault if such a thing is possible.
Is it any wonder he's despised by all parties even his own?

Posted by: bocanut | 2008-08-12 8:53:23 PM

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