Nestlé has made a conditional offer to purchase the Middlebrook Well in Elora, Ontario, formally owned by the Middlebrook Water Company. Nestlé wants to test the water first - for up to 60 days over a two year period - for quantity and quality and has applied for a Permit to Take Water with the Ontario government.
Some ways of protecting the Great Lakes include helping to stop Line 67 that would carry bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to Lake Superior, urging Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to stop a pipeline project that would bring fracked gas from the Marcellus shale to Toronto, calling for a moratorium on fracking in Ontario and the Great Lakes and making Great Lakes communities Blue Communities.
Watch this presentation by the World Council of Churches on their decision to join the Blue Community project, a joint initiative by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees that is now expanding to communities in other parts of the world.
A “blue community” is one that adopts a water commons framework that treats water as belonging to no one and the responsibility of all. View our Blue Communities work here.
The Blue Planet Project congratulates the City of St.Gallen in Switzerland for becoming the latest community to join the Blue Communities Project. More than 300 people were present at the ceremony in St. Gallen on September 24 where city councillor Peter Jans unveiled the certificate announcing that St.Gallen had achieved the designation of Blue Community by:
Leading up to the Sinking the Harper Agenda conference and our Annual General Meeting in Nanaimo, I’m currently in Vancouver meeting with local officials and allies.
Yesterday Trade Campaigner Stuart Trew and I met with Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan. Burnaby was Canada’s first Blue Community. We discussed the importance of community/local control of water services and keeping water services in public hands. He stressed concerns about the proposed Public-Private Partnership (P3) for a biofuel facility.
A blue wave swept across Ontario this past week with Blue Community presentations being made in Barrie, Pickering and Ajax.
Members from our Simcoe Region Chapter appeared before Barrie’s City Council (watch the video here) and in Pickering, 13-year old Robyn Hamlyn made her fifth presentation to a city council since last November, asking elected officials to pass the three resolutions needed to become a Blue Community.