Activist Agenda

Events for Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012

Title: Bottled Life: Nestle’s Business With Water
Organization: U of A Council of Canadians
Cost: Free
Location Name: University of Alberta, Telus Building Room 217/219
Location Address: Corner of 111 Street and 87 Avenue, U of A Campus
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Date Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012

Since the University of Alberta announced it will award an honorary degree to Nestlé Chair Peter Brabeck-Letmathe on March 1, hundreds of students, professors, alumni and concerned citizens around the world have contacted the University to express their outrage.

Is Peter Brabeck-Letmathe a leader in “the preservation, distribution and management of one of humanity’s most vital resources: water” as the University claims? Join us for a special advance screening of the brand new film Bottled Life, which explores Nestle’s global business with water and the impacts Nestlé is having on communities around the world.

Presented by the U of A Chapter of the Council of Canadians as part of Solidarity Week at the U of A. For details about other Solidarity Week events, visit 

Can’t make it to this screening? There is also an evening screening on Wednesday, February 29 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) in Education Centre South Room 129 (113 Street and 87 Avenue, U of A Campus):

Be sure to join us on March 1 to say no to an honorary degree for Nestlé:

You can also send a message to University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera and Chancellor Linda Hughes here:

About Bottled Life:

Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there's a company which has developed the art to perfection - Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water.

Swiss journalist Res Gehringer has investigated this money-making phenomena. Nestlé refused to cooperate, on the pretext that it was "the wrong film at the wrong time". So Gehringer went on a journey of exploration, researching the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan. His journey into the world of bottled water reveals the schemes and strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company on our planet.

Bottled Life focuses a critical spotlight on Nestlé's global expansion strategy in the business of bottled water. In the United States and Europe, the company sells mainly spring water with a designation of origin. In developing countries, however, the corporation pursues another concept – namely Nestlé Pure Life. This product is purified groundwater, enriched with a Nestlé mixture of minerals. Nestlé Pure Life was the brainchild of Peter Brabeck, a Nestlé man almost all his life, a former CEO and currently Chairman of the Board. Today Nestlé Pure Life is the world's top-selling brand of bottled water.

Nestlé places great priority on promoting its image. And when it comes to water, it's Peter Brabeck in particular who does the promoting. As CEO – and even more so after becoming Chairman of the Board in 2005 – he developed a communications strategy which operates under such noble pretences as "Corporate Social Responsibility" and "Creating Shared Value." A preached philosophy – but a practised one?

In researching this film, journalist Res Gehriger comes to a sad and sobering conclusion. It is that of a company intent on amassing resource rights worldwide. With the aim of dominating the global water market of the future.

Learn more and watch the trailer here:
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  • Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 , from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Title: Solar Energy - Direct Uses
    Organization: Solar Energy Society of Alberta
    Cost: $250
    Location Name: Grant MacEwan University
    Location Address: Room 6-291
    Contact: Rob Harlan
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    Contact Phone: 780.378.6178
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    Date Posted: Friday, Jan 27, 2012
    Description: A six week evening class plus a tour of solar installations. Interested in “Going Solar”? Planning on building a new home? Interested in greening your job? What is the path to energy independence for the Alberta homeowner? Solar technologies are rapidly being adopted all over the world and most of them work very well in Alberta. Find out about the latest opportunities in the world of solar energy. In this class you will learn: -How to plan a solar electric system for your home or business including the basic components, costs and benefits as well as sources of equipment and installers. -The design principles and working parts of an Alberta off-grid cabin solar electric system. -How to choose a solar hot water system for your home including information on components, system maintenance and costs. -The elements of cold-climate solar home design from an energy efficient house on up to a full net zero energy building. -A solar greenhouse plan to grow fresh produce year round in Alberta. For further details and to register:
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  • Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 , from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

  • Title: Solar Seminar - T'Sou-Ke First Nation Solar Community
    Organization: Northern Lakes College, WorkForce Development
    Cost: Free
    Location Name: LIVE Online, take from home or office computer with internet access
    Location Address: LIVE Online, you must register to participate, contact WorkForce Development at 780-849-8623 or email:
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    Date Posted: Saturday, Jan 07, 2012

    LIVE Online Speaker Series (FREE):

    Sponsored by the Council of Community Education Committees of Northern Lakes College.


    Solar Seminar – T’Sou-Ke First Nation Solar Community

    Following a year-long visioning process the T’Sou-Ke community embarked on a program to achieve energy autonomy, economic self-sufficiency and food sustainability while utilizing the ancient wisdom and skills still available within First Nations communities. Their ongoing achievements include three solar electric systems, 38 residential solar hot water systems and an ambitious energy efficiency program along with indigenous plant propagation and food-producing greenhouses. Join us in a conversation with Andrew Moore, project manager, to talk about how T’Sou’Ke First Nation became the most solar-intensive community in Canada,  what has been achieved so far, the training they incorporated and what the future is looking like for their community.

    Available Anywhere – LIVE Online

    Feb 28, 2012

    7:00PM – 8:30PM

    FREE (you must register to participate)

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  • Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 , from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM