White Rock council notes: City urged to join Blue Dot Movement

WHITE ROCK — The city is being urged to join David Suzuki’s "Blue Dot Movement" in an effort to add healthy living to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.

Michelle McNeil appeared before council Monday (Feb. 16) to request White Rock join cities like Richmond and Vancouver in requesting that fresh air, fresh water and healthy food should be made a right for all Canadians.

"Shockingly, these rights are not protected," said McNeil, adding White Rock has a chance to be a leader on environmental rights with this endorsement.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin said staff would look the details of the endorsement and get back to council on it.


Peninsula Productions appeared before council seeking funding for its coming season. Having established itself five years ago, this is the first time Peninsula Productions has come forward seeking grant money. Part of the reason, according to the organization’s Wendy Bollard, is that the group wanted to establish itself before seeking aid from outside sources.

White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin said the request would be looked upon favourably when the Grants in Aid applications were being considered in coming weeks.


Also seeking funding from White Rock council Monday were representatives from Kwantlen Polytechnic University for a localized food system study.

Kent Mullinix, director of the institute of sustainable food systems for KPU, was on hand to explain the study, which is being conducted by four institutions. According to Mullinix, the three-year project will look at how to design a regional food system that would keep the market specific to local producers and buyers.

Mullinix requested White Rock endorse the project, assign a liaison from the city and contribute $6,000 to the project.

Council directed staff to look into the request.


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