Blue Community - Town of Ajax
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Blue Community

In December of 2011, the Town of Ajax became the second Blue Community in Ontario and just the fourth in all of Canada. The Blue Communities Project is a joint initiative of the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). A Blue Community is one that seeks to protect the water commons and views all water systems as shared resources that should be kept clean, safe and accessible for all Canadians. The movement is a reaction against increasing pressure to privatize water services in the country.

The Project calls on communities to adopt a water commons framework by adopting three specific actions:

  1. Recognizing water as a human right.
  2. Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.
  3. Banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.

The Town adopted these three actions in the form of resolutions after receiving a letter from 13-year old, Robyn Hamlyn. The motivated young activist has contacted dozens of municipalities across Ontario and is speaking at city council meetings throughout the province about the importance of the Blue Community water initiative.

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