Ottawa may consider banning bottled water
Ottawa councillors are mulling whether they should follow the lead of London, Ont. and ban the sale of bottled water in municipal buildings.
"I think somebody's finally had the courage and convictions to do the right thing and I wish it had been Ottawa and we had been the leader," Coun. Clive Doucet told CTV Ottawa.
His comments come after the City of London banned the sale of bottled water in its municipal buildings on Monday.
Although the debate over bottled water was put to rest after becoming a hot topic in the capital last year, Doucet says council might revisit the issue.
"I think we'll see it come forward again, whether or not we'll pass it, I think it's doubtful with this council," he said.
The idea of a bottled water ban, however, received mixed opinions on the streets of Ottawa on Wednesday.
"There's no need to be spending all that money on water bottles and a lot of them end up in landfills anyway, they don't always go to recycling," said one Ottawa resident.
"Bottled water's not necessary; it's coming out of the streams and the mountains every day. As long as it's going through a purification system naturally, it's safe to drink," added another.
"I trust more bottled water than the quality of the water of the city," said another.
Other cities considering ban
Other Canadian cities, including Toronto, Kitchener and Vancouver, have also expressed interest in a similar ban.
Toronto Mayor David Miller says city council will examine how the city can curb bottled water waste as part of a larger effort to reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills.
A report outlining the City of Toronto's options will come before council in November.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Jonathan Rotondo and files from The Canadian Press