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Don’t ban bottled water

February 26, 2009
By Ann Lukits | Standard Health Reporter


bottled_waterFeb. 26, 2009 – Kingston's medical officer of health wants city councillors to
reconsider a proposal to ban the sale of bottled water, saying it would
be a "step backwards from a health point of view."

"The ideal," says Dr. Ian Gemmill, "would be to have [tap] water
widely available, have healthy fruit drinks available in machines and
no garbage beverages."

Last month, councillors directed city staff to prepare a report
on the policies and timelines required to eliminate bottled water in
city-owned venues that have easy access to tap water. The report, due
in May, was triggered by a motion from councillors Steve Garrison and
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