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UPDATE: Victoria poised to become a blue community on June 23

Victoria city councillor Marianne Alto

Victoria city councillor Marianne Alto

The capital city of British Columbia is poised to become a blue community.

Victoria city councillor Marianne Alto will be introducing a blue communities resolution to the city’s Committee of the Whole meeting tomorrow (Thursday June 16), and if that committee recommends approval, City Council will consider the resolution on Thursday June 23.

A municipality can become a blue community by: 1) recognizing water as a human right; 2) promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services; and 3) banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.

If the resolution is accepted by City Council on June 23, Victoria will become the second blue community in Canada. Burnaby, the third largest city in BC and located just east of Vancouver, became the first on March 22 of this year, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=7061.

Congratulations to BC-Yukon organizer Harjap Grewal, chapter activist Bharat Chandramouli and the Victoria chapter for their work on this.

The 18-page Blue Communities Project guidebook that can assist you in making your community a blue community, can be read at http://canadians.org/bluecommunities.