Basic values define Blue Community label

Nanaimo city council has a chance to take a leadership role.

To the Editor,

Barry O’Neil’s presentation at the June 11 city council meeting was quite interesting, as was the question period that followed. Over the next week or so, let’s hope that Mayor John Ruttan and Nanaimo city councillors  strongly consider declaring Nanaimo a ‘Blue Community’ and subsequently vote ‘yes’ at the next council meeting.

The three resolutions – recognizing water as a human right; promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services; and banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events – are about quite basic values.

It is my understanding that once these value statements are agreed upon and the ‘Blue Community’ status accepted, Nanaimo – similarly to other individual ‘Blue’ communities – will have the opportunity to interpret and implement these resolutions based on our local circumstances.

This is a wonderful opportunity for city council  and the community to take an active leadership role both locally, provincially and perhaps even beyond. As individuals and as a community, it is time to make responsible decisions so we can start to implement the changes so necessary to protect our natural resources and our basic human rights.  It also just makes good sense.

We have exceptional city councillors working on our behalf, and I would like to thank them for their considerations on such matters and for their efforts to involve all segments of our community in the ongoing strategic planning sessions for our city’s future – both in the short- and long-term.

Working together we can do amazing things.

Lynn Burrows


Just Posted

UPDATE: Premier promises Nanaimo byelection before February budget debate

Historically safe NDP seat will be vacated by longtime MLA Leonard Krog

Suspect who died at Nanaimo ferry terminal shot himself at the same time police fired

Officers didn’t commit any offence, says police watchdog office

Regional District of Nanaimo’s Area A and B have new directors

Keith Wilson and Vanessa Craig will join board table

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

Eighty-eight year old woman keeps shaving her head for Tour de Rock

NANAIMO - Senior parts with hair to raise $10,000 for Cops for Cancer

OPINION: Nanaimo not only voted, but voted with purpose

Nanaimo’s civic leadership will see the change that so many wanted

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

Most Read