March 18th is Bottled Water Free Day; thousands mark day with events across Canada

March 18th is Bottled Water Free Day; thousands mark day with events across 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 -- People across Canada
and around the world are marking today as the fourth Bottled Water
Free Day. Over 25 events are being held across the country
highlighting the negative impacts of bottled water, and the need to
defend public water resources and infrastructure from privatization. 
"Canada's public water systems provide millions with clean, safe
drinking water every day. Bottled water puts unnecessary strains on
these resources in the name of profits," said Paul Moist, national
president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. "Bottled Water
Free Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to stand up against the
privatization of our water by choosing and supporting municipal
public tap water." 
Organized by the Canadian Federation of Students, Canadian Union of
Public Employees, Council of Canadians, Polaris Institute, and the
Sierra Youth Coalition, Bottled Water Free Day events will include
the premiere of a new video on the importance of public water. 
"Access to safe public drinking water is a human right, yet far too
many in this country - particularly on First Nations - are being
denied the basic necessity," said Maude Barlow, national chair of the
Council of Canadians. "For all people in Canada, and for the billions
around the world denied access to clean drinking water, we need to do
more to protect this vital resource." 
In partnership with Cinema Politica, organizers are also sponsoring a
series of documentary film screenings in communities and campuses
across Canada. 
"Students across Canada are standing up for public water," said Adam
Awad, national chair of the Canadian Federation of Students. "We're
proud of the growing number of campuses that have shown their support
for our public water by banning bottled water." 
Bottled Water Free Day started in 2010 in response to the growing
privatization and commercialization of drinking water by the bottled
water industry, and has been endorsed by over 80 organizations. To
date nearly 100 municipalities, over two dozen university and college
campuses, and countless workplaces have restricted the sale or
distribution of bottled water. 
A full list of events and endorsing organizations is available at
Adam Awad
Canadian Federation of Students
613 232-7394 
Daniel Cayley-Daoust
Polaris Institute
819 593-4579 
Tria Donaldson
613 915-0763 
Dylan Penner
Council of Canadians
613 795-8685
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