Jericho House is Niagara’s Newest Blue Community

Blue Communities recognize that water is a shared resource for all. Access to water and sanitation are human rights.

A Guest Story by Gary Screaton Page

Posted July 10th, 2019 on Niagara Atia Large

Jericho House Youth Leadership, Justice, and Spirituality Centre recently marked yet another milestone. It became the 49th Blue Community in the country.

Blue Community, a program initiated by The Council of Canadians, the Blue Planet Project and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), recognizes that water is a shared resource for all. Access to water and sanitation are human rights!

Like other Blue Communities, Jericho House, located on Rathfon Road in Wainfleet, Niagara is committed to being free of bottled water and to advocating for publicly—not privately—owned water and wastewater services.

Among the resolutions passed that make Jericho House a Blue Community, is the recognition that it has a responsibility, “to promote the ethical treatment and preservation of water for this and future generations.”

Photo used by permission of Council of Canadians.

Board Chair, Wayne Badaway, seen here, signed the certificate as The Council of Canadians welcomed Jericho House as the newest Blue Community. Being situated close to Lake Erie and with a sizable source of spring water in the conservation area next to its teaching centre property, Jericho House, ably guided by Co-Directors Brother Bill Carrothers and Sister Jacquie Keefe, is committed to the responsible use of water. Life on earth is not possible without clean fresh water! “Water is a common good that is shared by everyone and is the responsibility of all.”

Among the resolutions passed by Jericho House to make them a Blue Community, is the assertion that “the adoption of a water commons framework to address pollution, degradation, depletion, and privatization at the community level is crucial in the global struggle to preserve water and ensure fair access to all.”

Jericho House recognizes “that the corporate takeover of water is an underlying cause for the privatization of water and its infrastructure.” Therefore, this Youth Leadership, Justice, and Spirituality Centre, “is committed to join and/or support individuals and groups who advocate for safe, clean water and sanitization and who resist the corporate takeover of water.”

The Executive of Jericho House are committed to being a Blue Community that will, “Advocate for the protection of public ownership and operation of waters and watersheds.”

You, too, can be part of this commitment by, among other things:

  • Monitoring the personal use of water.
  • Using only the amount of water needed.
  • Advocating for the protection of waters and watersheds.
  • Advocating for clean water and sanitization to remain public and available to all as a human right.
  • Jericho House invites you to commit to making your home a bottled-water-free zone!

For more information about Blue Communities, click on –  https://canadians.org/content/booklet-blue-communities-project-guide.

Chaplain Rev. Dr. Gary Screaton PageOMC is a member and retired Sr. Pastor of First Baptist Church-Fort Erie. He has degrees in Psychology, Sociology of Education, and a Ph.D. in Counselling. Chaplain Page has over 50 years of counselling and teaching experience.

He is the author of several books and was Contributing Editor of The Educational Courier, and was a consultant for children’s television. He is a Registered Clinical Therapist and creator of an online self-counselling interpersonal coping skills program.

He serves on the Board of Directors of Jericho House Youth Leadership, Justice, and Spirituality Centre in Wainfleet, and Matthew House Refugee Ministry in Fort Erie.

In January 2017 Gary was awarded the Ontario medal for Good Citizenship for his dedication to the betterment of others.

To learn more about the Blue Community program, click on – https://canadians.org/bluecommunities .

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