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Nanaimo becomes a Blue Community

Jul 09, 2012

We, each and every one of us, need to look at the way we use water. I applaud the City of Nanaimo for this choice and hope that they will help turn the tide by helping to educate the public about how we use this essential resource.

Nanaimo Council votes to become Blue Community

The coalition of local groups, Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition, the Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Island Glass Artisans and Local 401 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which brought forward the Blue Communities resolutions to Nanaimo City Council would like to thank and congratulate the Mayor and Council for adopting a water commons framework.

On Monday, June 25th, the city council passed three key resolutions designating the City of Nanaimo a Blue Community. Firstly, the city agrees with the proposition that access to clean water is a human right. Second, the infrastructure for the provision of tap water and waste water services for the city should remain under public ownership with no profit motive attached to the delivery of that service. And thirdly the city agreed to ban the sale of bottled water at city owned facilities where safe clean tap water is available and promote city tap water. This third resolution will be phased in over a period of months.

The bottled water resolution caused the most confusion on council. Banning the sale of bottled water at city facilities does not stop people from consuming water from single use bottles that they bring with them to these parks and facilities. This resolution merely reaffirms the values inherent in the first two resolutions. If city council believes that water is a human right and that municipal water systems should not be privatized for profit then it follows that the city should promote the excellent tap water it provides and not be profiting from the sale of single use bottled water where tap water is readily available.

The Nanaimo Blue Communities coalition is looking forward to making another presentation to city council, this time with a certificate, which recognizes the City Of Nanaimo as a Blue Community.


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Posted by Muhd on
- You really did elxpore Myanmar! Thanks ya! Hope you enjoyed your trip. And I also love the kids. Such kids especially from towns and villages are fond of cameras so much. Nothing can compare their smiles when they are posing for cameras.
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