2016-10-15 Sat

Bottled Water

There is a great deal of hoo-ing and hah-ing in the radio and newspapers these past two weeks over claims from the Guelph area of Ontario that Nestlé is paying a mere four dollars or so per million litres of water pumped from a well on Nestlé’s property to fill those plastic bottles that line our roadsides and sidewalks and decorative public spaces.

I am all for bottled water where it can be seen to be better than tap water, that is, almost never.

I can tolerate bottled water (I am talking the 330 ml bottles here for personal use) where we are dealing with the very frail (young, elderly, sick) or where a fixed platform is required – for example, a stable source of water during tests on medication or diet.

Which amounts to saying that I can see a use for bottled water in professional establishments such as the medical and pharmaceutical.

In Toronto I can see little reason at all. Toronto, for all its faults, has about the best tap-water I have drunk anywhere in my life.

So, suppose that you are dead-set against bottling water from . What should you do?

(1) Write a blog entry

(2) Write to your local member of parliament

(3) Write to your local town or city council

(4) Write to the company in question

(5) Write to your local newspaper

(6) Just stop buying bottled water and encourage two of your friends to carry the message, not the bottle?

When people stop buying bottled water, companies will stop bottling water. It’s that simple.

The Toronto Transit Commission

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Yet another reason to introduce some form of staggered service on the Toronto Transit Commission.

Think of the downtown core. And imagine the howls of outrage if ...

During peak hours subway trains serviced every other station alternatively. One train would service Bloor-Yonge, College, Queen, Union, Osgoode, Queens Park, St George, and then Spadina and all stations north. The next train would service Bloor-Yonge, Wellesley, Dundas, King, St Andrew, St Patrick, Museum, Spadina and all stations north.

With fewer stops, trains should run faster, regardless of the signaling system, and this is a procedural change – no need to wait until the signal system is revamped.

Passengers get a choice – hop off here and walk or wait for the next train and get there faster.