The Council of Canadians Brandon/Westman chapter will be asking Brandon City Council to designate the city as blue community on March 20.
The Brandon Sun reports, "Brandon City Council will hear a presentation on Monday on becoming a 'blue community', from the local Council of Canadians chapter. The Blue Communities Project encourages communities to adopt a water commons framework by recognizing water and sanitation as human rights; banning or phasing out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities/events; and promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services."
The first item on the Brandon City Council agenda for Monday says:
"(A) HEATHER DOTY, BRIGETTE DEPAPE AND SCOTT BLYTH, BRANDON/WESTMAN CHAPTER OF COUNCIL OF CANADIANS - BLUE COMMUNITY DESIGNATION
That the presentation by Heather Doty, Brigette DePape and Scott Blyth on behalf of the Brandon/Westman Chapter of the Council of Canadians with respect to the designation of the City of Brandon as a Blue Community be received."
Brandon/Westman could become the first blue community in the Prairies.
There are currently 18 blue communities in Canada, including:
Atlantic - District of Lunenburg
Ontario-Quebec - Thunder Bay, Bayfield, Tay Township, Amqui, Thorold, Welland, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Ajax, Tiny Township
Pacific - Tsal'alh, St’át’imc Territory, Comox, Cumberland, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby
Chapters are also working to designate eight more municipalities as blue communities: Prince Albert (they made a presentation to their city council on March 13), Saskatoon, Montreal, Toronto, South Shore, Charlottetown, Stratford, and St. John's.
For more information on our blue communities campaign, please click here.