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Duly Quoted: Mayor Rob Ford

“…you can take Coke down to City Hall, you can take iced tea down to City Hall, everything else, fruit juice down to City Hall. But you can’t take water? And water is the healthiest form of liquid.”

—Mayor Ford is not a noted health enthusiast, but he has at least this much in common with the kale-eaters of the world: he loves water—bottled water. Well, it might be more accurate to say that he hates the fact that, in 2008, city council banned bottled-water sales on City property. Now, Ford is telling the media that he’d like to get that ban reversed. (This particular quote is from the Sun.) Does he remember April 2011, when his ally Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) tried to reverse part of the bottled-water ban and failed? Did the mayor learn nothing from his own attempt, earlier this year, to reverse the five-cent plastic-bag fee—a similar type of Miller-era environmental initiative—which only inadvertently spurred council into banning plastic shopping bags altogether? Is there more than one form of liquid? These are the questions.

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