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Healthy environment a right: Councillors

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 03 April 2019

Brockville council will vote next week on a motion declaring “the right to a healthy environment.”

Members of council’s planning and operations committee on Tuesday unanimously backed Coun. Cameron Wales’s motion to adopt the declaration put forward by the David Suzuki Foundation’s “Blue Dot” movement.

The full council is expected to put the declaration to a final vote next Tuesday.

The Blue Dot movement website describes it as “a national grassroots campaign based on the idea that everyone in Canada deserves the right to a healthy environment, including clean air and water, and a say in decisions that affect our health and well-being.”

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Wow, Ontario. You stepped up!

David Suzuki Foundation / 06 December 2016

In July, we told you Ontario finally agreed to review its Environmental Bill of Rights. We asked you to call for a stronger Bill that includes environmental rights and responsibilities and access to environmental justice.

What an incredible response. Almost 20,000 of you asked the province to strengthen our Environmental Bill of Rights. Thank you.

You know we need substantive environmental rights to safeguard Ontario’s most vulnerable communities. Every person in our province should have the right to clean air, safe water, a non-toxic environment and healthy ecosystems.

We sent your comments to the minister of the environment and climate change. We’ll be watching to ensure the resulting recommendations reflect your input. In the New Year, we’ll send all MPPs a riding-by-riding analysis of your comments. And we’ll ask them to support an improved Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights. We’ll let you know how it goes!

What’s next for Blue Dot?

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Manitoba first to sign right to healthy environment declaration

Province of Manitoba / News Release / 16 October 2015

Blue-Dot-LogoThe Manitoba government will invest $400,000 over the next two years in the new Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg, Premier Greg Selinger announced today, adding that Manitoba also becomes the first Canadian province to sign the Blue Dot Declaration put forward by the David Suzuki Foundation, which demonstrates the province’s commitment to a healthy environment for all Manitobans.

“Manitobans and their families have seen the effects of climate change first-hand, and the financial and emotional impacts severe weather events can have on our communities,” said Premier Selinger. “By investing in this centre, it is clear that our government views the environment and the effects of climate change as some of our highest priorities. By becoming the first province to sign the Blue Dot Declaration, we are committing to introduce legislation to provide all Manitobans with a healthy environment, we are ensuring sustainable prosperity for future generations.”

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[ See also: Manitoba commits to environmental bill of rights ]

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