Important Blue Community Update
City Council will receive Administration`s report on the implications of becoming a Blue Community at its Monday, March 23rd meeting at 6:30 at City Hall. (3rd Floor Council Chambers) Our Chapter will ask City Council to adopt the Blue Community Resolutions so that Thunder Bay can become a Blue Community. http://www.canadians.org/bluecommunities
Citizens need to let Mayor Hobbs and City Council know that we want Thunder Bay to be a Blue Community. Contact them and plan to attend the March 23rd Council meeting.
Thank you to all the citizens who have already contacted City Council and to the following groups for sending Mayor Hobbs and Council Members letters of support for Thunder Bay Becoming a Blue Community:
The EarthCare Advisory Committee, Eco Superior, Lakehead Region Conservation, CUPE Local 87, Thunder Bay regional Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph`s Care Group Professional Staff, Registered Nurses of Ontario, Fort William Clinic, Lakehead Elementary Teachers, Ontario Secondary Teachers`Federation, Environment North, Citizens for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP) and Bay Credit Union.
On Monday, March 3, 2014 the Thunder Bay Council of Canadians gave a presentation to Mayor Hobbs and City Councillors requesting that Thunder Bay become a Blue Community. Blue Communities recognize the human right to water, promote public water and waste water services and phase out the sale of single use bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events. Council unanimously voted to have Administration bring back a report to Council with recommendations by July, 2014.
Thunder Bay is a recognized leader in the provision of clean drinking water and has state-of-the-art public water and waste water infrastructure. In response to a recommendation by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that its members phase out the provision and sale of bottled water in their facilities, in 2010 City Council banned the distribution of single use bottled water in municipal facilities where tap water is easily accessible. More than 80 Canadian municipalities have banned or restricted the sale of bottled water in their facilities.
The City of Thunder Bay funds a Back to the Tap program delivered by EcoSuperior to promote tap water and has an ongoing program to make tap water more easily accessible in municipal facilities. (adding drinking fountains and refillable water bottle stations) Water bars are provided at municipal events. Thunder Bay is more than ready to become a Blue Community! Here are some bottled water fact sheets: 5 reasons to ban bottled water Spinning the Bottle