Category Archives: Blue Planet

Lets Make Thunder Bay a Blue Community

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.

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.

5 reasons to ban bottled water    Spinning the Bottle



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

Take the Tap Water Pledge



Community Awareness Event: Water Crisis in First Nations Communities

Tuesday January 28th from 7 – 9 PM at the Waverly Library Auditorium

The Thunder Bay Council of Canadians Blue Planet Committee invites you to this free event to learn more about the water crisis in First Nations Communities. Featuring the Water Brothers documentary “Water Everywhere… Not a Drop to Drink” and a panel discussion with Teresa Trudeau, traditional healing coordinator at Thunder Bay’s Anishnawbe Mushkiki, and Dr. Robert Stewart, professor of geography at Lakehead University.

For more information on the Blue Planet Committee, contact Janice  at

Blue Planet Committee Update

In May, 2013 Council of Canadians Thunder Bay Chapter (CoC TBay Chapter) members and supporters formed a Blue Planet committee to promote access to safe, clean water as a human right and the protection of our lakes and waterways and to challenge the bottled water industry. The committee chose a Blue Communities Project as its first initiative.

Back to the Tap

Back to the Tap

The Blue Communities Project is a joint initiative of the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) designed to help citizens, organizations and local leaders protect and conserve our shared water resources. In order for Thunder Bay to become a Blue Community, City Council must adopt three resolutions that: recognize access to safe, clean water as a human right; promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater infrastructure and ban (phase out) bottled water in municipal buildings and at municipal events. Our Committee is actively garnering political and public support and on Lake Superior Day, we launched our ‘No to Bottled Water – Yes to Superior’ Campaign. The Back to the Tap sub-committee is partnering with EcoSuperior to give presentations to high schools students; to book a presentation for your group or organization contact Ann at

In August, 2013 we were one of three organizations in the Canadian Great Lakes Basin chosen to participate in the Freshwater Alliance’s Great Lakes Mentorship Program. The goal is for participants to become leaders in creative engagement and communication while working on freshwater projects. The 4-month program involves one-on-one mentorship and in-person training sessions, small group webinars and peer learning circles.

Our Blue Planet Committee anticipates our participation in the Mentorship Program will further our Blue Community initiative and help us become a better ally to First Nations communities and organizations as we campaign for safe, clean water for everyone. Thirty First Nations communities in Northern Ontario are under ‘boil water’ advisories due to contamination and inadequate water and wastewater services. Faced with a host of health issues, many rely on bottled water shipped at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. The Council of Canadians is calling for the recognition of access to safe, clean water as a human right, legislation that sets standards and monitors drinking water quality and safety and public funding of water and waste water infrastructure with local management.

Join the growing movement for public water. Contact Janice at

Blue Planet Logo

COC at the TBay Country Market

We will have an information booth set up at the Thunder Bay Country Market this Saturday, August 24th from 8 AM – 1 PM. Come by to check out our Blue Planet Committee’s “No to Bottled Water – Yes to Superior” displays, pick up handouts about bottled water and information on the Great Lakes Commons Initiative. We will also have COC membership forms if anyone wants to join the Council of Canadians (cash or cheque only). Mark-It on your calendar!

Thunder Bay Country Market

NO to Bottled Water – YES to Superior!

Our drinking water in Thunder Bay comes from Lake Superior. Clean water is delivered to over 100,000 residents in Thunder Bay through the Bare Point Water Treatment Plant. In addition to the world-class filtration system upgraded in 2007 , Thunder Bay also recently implemented a Source Protection Plan  to further ensure that we will continue to have access to a safe a reliable source of water by protecting our lakes and rivers. So lets enjoy our clean water and say “NO to Bottled Water – YES to Superior”.
  • Water is a human right and a public resource;
  • Canada has one of the best public drinking water systems in the world and municipal tap water is safer, healthier and more regulated than bottled water;
  • Bottled water requires massive amounts of fossil fuels to manufacture and transport, and it takes three to five litres of water to produce a one litre plastic bottle of water;
  • Bottled water companies use municipal water sources, groundwater and surface water, when over one-quarter of Canadian municipalities have faced water shortages in recent years;
  • Bottled water creates excessive amounts of physical waste when communities in Canada face a waste management crisis.

For more information, check out these two factsheets on Tackling Industry Spin on Bottled Water and 5 Reasons to Ban Bottled Water.