Still not a “Blue Community”

Tyler Clarke
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Council of Canadians’ Prince Albert representative Nancy Carswell is seen outside of council chambers on Monday with the water bottle she presented to city council as an alternative to selling single-use bottled water. 

Prince Albert city council says no to adopting the “Blue Community” designation at this time.

Although Prince Albert city council declined to adopt a “Blue Community” designation, they did express some interest during Monday’s meeting.

“Blue Communities” carry three requirements, local Council of Canadians representative Nancy Carswell told city council during her presentation:

• Recognizing water as a human right.                 

• Banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events (where water is available).

• Promoting publicly financed owned and operated water and wastewater services.

Council of Canadians members have given a similar presentation to the current and past city councils for several years running. The biggest pushback is always their request for a ban on selling bottled water at municipal events.   

“Like every problem it presents an opportunity to improve our condition,” Carswell said, pulling out a reusable water bottle the City of Prince Albert could sell at civic facilities, which the public could re-fill at specially equipped water fountains.

Responding to Carswell’s presentation, Coun. Ted Zurakowski said; “I think it’s more of an evolution than a revolution, and we’re moving in that direction.”

The city’s elected officials have long-considered the “Blue Community” points, he said, noting that Coun. Charlene Miller has advocated repeatedly for the installation of specially equipped water fountains at civic facilities.

“I would certainly be in favour of moving in that direction,” Coun. Lee Atkinson added, noting that it’s a shame the city doesn’t already have the water fountains.

Enthused by city council’s receptivity on Monday, Carswell said after the meeting that she wasn’t too bummed out to see city council “receive and file” her presentation without taking any immediate action.

Shrugging, she said; “You’ll see me next year!”

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World Water Day movie night

In recognition of World Water Day (today – March 22!), the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library is hosting a movie night for the documentary, “Sweet Crude.”

The movie “shows the humanity behind the statistics, events and highly sensationalized media portrayal “ of the Niger Delta, the library website notes.

The documentary will be screened in the library’s downstairs theatre at 7 p.m. 

Organizations: Council of Canadians representative Nancy Carswell, John M. Cuelenaere Public Library

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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