The city of London, Ontario, is now formally recognized as a Blue Community.
The Council of Canadians London chapter presented the official Blue Community certificate to the city’s mayor and water department during a ceremony in front of City Hall last week. You can watch the TV coverage here, starting at 23:11.
The London chapter has worked tirelessly for years on this campaign, building unanimous support in various city committees and raising awareness among the community. We congratulate and thank them for all their hard work and tenacity!
We are heartened by the growing number of communities, schools, faith-based groups, and other kinds of communities that have adopted principles that treat water as a common good – one that is shared by everyone and the responsibility of all. This burgeoning movement is a force for good against the constant pressure from big business to privatize water infrastructure and commodify water resources.
The Blue Communities Project encourages municipalities and communities to support the idea of a water commons framework by passing resolutions that:
- recognize water and sanitation as human rights;
- ban the sale of bottled water at municipal facilities and events; and
- promote publicly owned and operated water and wastewater services.
Does your community support Blue Community principles?
The Council of Canadians continues to mobilize our supporters locally and nationally. Consider volunteering with your local chapter to turn your community Blue and learn more about Blue Communities Project.