Algonquin Highlands supports Blue Dot movement
By Chad Ingram
Algonquin Highlands township became the second of Haliburton County's four lower-tier municipalities to support the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot movement during a Nov. 19 meeting of council.
The Blue Dot movement is a national campaign asking municipal councils to pass resolutions calling on the provinces to call on the federal government to add the right to a clean environment to the Canadian constitution.
Many countries already have the right to clean air, water and healthy food written into their constitutions.
Locally, the campaign is being led by Environment Haliburton, with a spring kickoff. The group collected signatures throughout the summer and fall, some 1,300 in all, including about half the student population of Haliburton Highlands Secondary School.
In October, members of Environment Haliburton visited the upper tier of Haliburton County council, seeking support.
It was suggested the organization address the lower-tier townships as county council – comprised of the reeves and deputy-reeves of the four lower tiers – didn't want to obligate them to anything.
Last week Environment Haliburton visited Highlands East council, which granted a support resolution, and Algonquin Highlands councillors followed suit on Thursday.
The township is also striking a new environmental committee and Deputy-reeve Liz Danielsen told EH reps Heather Ross and Carolynn Coburn that council was looking to have some representation from the group on the committee.
Ross said Environment Haliburton plans to visit Dysart et al and Minden Hills council next month.