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Thursday, April 02, 2009

A trace of sanity in the City of Calgary, bottled water will still be available at rec centres, golf courses

A trace of sanity, because that's the only thing required to make the right decision. The Calgary Herald reports:

A city committee has capped a proposal to look at banning the sale of bottled water in city facilities such as recreation centres.

In a 7-3 vote this morning, the intergovernmental affairs committee voted down a motion to have city staff explore the implications, including financial, of such a move.

Concern ranged from removing a healthy drinking choice to the impact it could have on city water contracts.

“If we pick on water, we’re saying perhaps we’d rather have you drink sugar-based drinks,” Ald. Ric McIver said. “That all we’re really doing, taking away choice.”

Contrast this to Toronto, which recently earned a special mention on a US "dumbest bans" list, for its decision to prohibit sales of bottled water in December 2008.

(h/t AM770 CHQR)

Posted by Kalim Kassam on April 2, 2009 in Municipal Politics | Permalink


Ric McIver is the voice of conservative common sense on Calgary's city council. There have been rumours that Stephen Harper's backers in Calgary have been rallying behind him to oust Bronco in the next civic election.

Posted by: Wayne | 2009-04-02 3:54:46 PM

I would gladly drink tap water if it didn't contain lead, antibiotics, and other poisons. Until then, bottled spring water it is. You know that we're close to doom when basic necessities like water and electricity are frowned upon by the state and are close to being banned and/or rationed.

Posted by: Realist | 2009-04-02 7:34:34 PM

To me, it has nothing to do with what we drink.
Who the hell do these people think they are to dictate what I'm allowed to drink, and who empowered these twits to run our personal lives. Whatever happened to a "Free country" ???. We need a lot more people like Ric.

Posted by: peterj | 2009-04-02 9:26:44 PM

Tap water is just fine, but it's easier to have water at hand, when you can carry a nice plastic bottle.

Most bottled water is no better than tap water, and some of it is tap water. The plastic they use isn't actually food-grade. Health isn't the real issue, convenience is.

And, it seems choice is a big issue, to a lot of you. I certainly don't want to be told how to hydrate.

Posted by: dp | 2009-04-02 9:50:43 PM

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