On June 17th, Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow presented Mayor Hobbs and Councillor Foulds with Thunder Bay’s Blue Community certificate at our Chapter’s AGM. It was a proud moment for our Chapter and our community.
Over the past two years, our CoC Chapter’s Blue Planet Committee has been very busy seeking political and public support for Thunder Bay to become a Blue Community by adopting a water commons framework that recognizes that water belongs to no one and is the responsibility of all. Hundreds of citizens and groups representing health care professionals, educators and social and environmental activists sent letters to City Council encouraging them to make TBay a Blue Community. On March 23, City Council voted unanimously to become Canada’s 17th Blue Community.
In addition to recognizing the human right to water, City Council is urging the federal and provincial governments to enshrine the right to water in legislation. It is also asking the federal government to develop an action plan and provide a national infrastructure fund to ensure that everyone, in particular the people living in more than 120 First Nation Communities under boil water advisories, have access to safe, clean water and sanitation.
The City of Thunder Bay is a recognized leader in providing superior tap water and has confirmed its commitment to public water and waste water services. The sale of single use bottled water in our City’s facilities and at its events will be phased out where tap water is available by March, 2016. Way to go Thunder Bay!