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Request that Nanaimo join Blue Dot movement sent to committee for consideration

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A request that Nanaimo join the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot movement was met with some skepticism last night.

Nanaimo was being asked to join 36 other municipalities across Canada in recognizing that citizens have the right to to fresh air, clean water, and healthy food.

Mayor Bill McKay questioned the broad nature of the five-part declaration.

The ultimate goal of the Blue Dot movement is to have environmental rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter.

Councillor Wendy Pratt says the Blue Dot declaration could be helpful during the upcoming core review.

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Councillor Diane Brennan told presenters Paul Manly and Trevor Greene that she likes the idea, but she wants to know more about the possible implications.

Councillors voted to have the Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability take a look at it, and have staff report back within the next two months.

 

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