I read with interest the article that appeared in the July 5 edition of the Guelph Tribune entitled, “Student councils to drive bottled water campaigns.”
In the piece, it stated that Upper Grand District School Board approved a student-led political campaign against bottled water and plastic beverage containers in its schools, effective September 2012.
What the article didn’t state was that the board formally rejected yet another attempt to ban the sale of bottled water in its facilities, for which it should be commended. Once again, the board has put the health of its staff and students ahead of all other considerations.
While we are disappointed that a political campaign against the Canadian beverage sector and the Canadian plastics industry is being counselled in our schools, we are hopeful that those in positions of leadership at the board will step forward and advise student organizers about the importance of investigating all sides of the issue, of building a narrative based on independent, peer-reviewed scientific fact, and of engaging all stakeholders in the research, dialogue and decision-making processes.
John B. Challinor
Director of Corporate Affairs
Nestlé Waters Canada