Prince Albert still isn’t a blue community

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Prince Albert chapter of the Council of Canadians member Rick Sawa speaks to city council on Monday, outlining why he believes the city council adopt the “Blue Community” framework. 

A continued plea for the city to adopt a “Blue Community” framework has again been turned down at city hall.


But, the city’s elected officials appeared more receptive to the idea of adopting what Prince Albert Council of Canadians member Rick Sawa describes as a “more water conscious framework.”

“We should at least investigate it,” Coun. Don Cody said after Sawa’s presentation, urging city administration to look into the issue.

“I certainly hope that we would (become a blue community), because it is important to society that we make water as a (basic human) right.”

On top of that, Coun. Charlene Miller urged administration to look into installing water fountains that are capable of filling water bottles.

A “blue community” is one that has taken the following three actions;

• Recognize water as a human right.

• Promise to promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.

• Ban the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.

In the lead up to Monday’s meeting, Sawa sent a bulk email to members encouraging they attend in order to back up his request of the city.

We should at least investigate it. Don Cody

Last year, the Daily Herald spoke with Coun. Rick Orr, who noted that turning Prince Albert into a “blue community” would depend on vocal public support.

Council of Canadians member Nancy Carswell gave a presentation to council in March of 2013 urging council to adopt the “blue community” framework -- a request council effectively turned down by motioning to receive and file the presentation.

Orr said at the time that council hadn’t heard sufficient feedback from city residents to make a concrete decision.

The tentative motion of council was to again “receive and file” the blue community presentation, although Cody’s request of administration will, as he put it, will allow the city to “discuss it and possibly act on it” in the future. 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Prince Albert Council of Canadians member Rick Sawa, Daily Herald

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