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Rick Sawa seeks to make Prince Albert a blue community

Rick SawaThis Monday March 10, Council of Canadians Board member and chapter activist Rick Sawa will ask Prince Albert city council to make Prince Albert, the third largest city in the province, a blue community.

The Prince Albert Herald reports, “A Blue Community presentation will made to city council by local Council of Canadians member Rick Sawa.”

There are now are six municipalities recognized as blue communities in Ontario (Thorold, St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls, Ajax, Tiny Township), five in British Columbia (Comox, Cumberland, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby), and one in Quebec (Amqui). The Union of British Columbia Municipalities has also passed a blue communities resolution.

Internationally, Bern, Switzerland, the University of Bern, and the Evangelical-Reformed Congregation Bern-Johannes Church have all been recognized as blue communities.

The newspaper notes, “This won’t be the Council of Canadians’ first attempt at trying to convince the city to adopt the Blue Community model. On March 11, 2013, member Nancy Carswell told the city’s elected officials that the Blue Community concept is adopted by municipal councils that recognize water as a human right, promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services and ban the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events. Last year, the city’s elected officials motioned to receive and file the presentation, without any discussion.”

We told the story of that first attempt in this blog, Carswell asks for Prince Albert to become a blue community.

We wish Rick and the Prince Albert chapter success on Monday.

To learn more about the Blue Communities Project, please see this campaign web-page.