Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is poised to become Canada's next Blue Community.
On Thursday, June 16, 2011, City Councillor Marianne Alto introduced a Blue Communities resolution to the Committee of the Whole. Since the Committee recommended approval, city council will vote on the resolution on Thursday, June 23.
In order to become a Blue Community, a municipality must pass a resolution banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events, recognizing water as a human right, and promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.
On March 22 of this year, Burnaby, the third largest city in British Columbia, became the first Blue Community in Canada. If the resolution is accepted by city council on Thursday, June 23, Victoria will become the second Blue Community in Canada! To read the Blue Communities Guide visit, www.canadians.org/bluecommunitiesguide.
So if you live in Victoria, tell the mayor and your city councillor that you want Victoria to be the next Blue Community and that you support water as a human right, global commons and public service. Please send this action alert to friends, family and colleagues. You can find the mayor and city councillors' email and telephone numbers below.
Thanks to the support of council members like you in Victoria, we are on the verge of a historic moment for people of Victoria and our shared water future!
To send an email to the Mayor and ALL City Councillors, visit: www.victoria.ca/citymail/index.asp?rec=262&subj=Council+Feedback
Mayor and individual councillors:
Mayor Dean Fortin
Telephone: 250.361.0200; Email: www.victoria.ca/citymail/index.asp?rec=114&subj=General+Feedback
Councillor Marianne Alto (Oaklands/ Victoria West)
Phone: 250.361.0216; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Chris Coleman (Fernwood)
Phone: 250.361.0223; Email: email@example.com
Councillor Lynn Hunter (James Bay)
Phone: 250.361.0218; Cell: 250.216.6462; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Philippe Lucas (North Park, Hillside / Quadra)
Phone: 250.361.0217; Cell: 250.216.5433; Email: email@example.com
Councillor John Luton (Downtown, Harris Green)
Phone: 250.361.0222; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Pamela Madoff (Fairfield / Gonzales)
Phone: 250.361.0221; Email: email@example.com
Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe (Burnside Gorge)
Phone: 250.361.0219; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Geoff Young (Rockland, North & South Jubilee)
Phone: 250.361.0221; Email: email@example.com
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