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By Chad Ingram

Algonquin Highlands township became thesecond of Haliburton County's four lower-tier municipalities tosupport the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot movement during a Nov.19 meeting of council.

The Blue Dot movement is a nationalcampaign asking municipal councils to pass resolutions calling on theprovinces to call on the federal government to add the right to aclean environment to the Canadian constitution.

Many countries already have the rightto clean air water and healthy food written into theirconstitutions.

Locally the campaign is being led byEnvironment Haliburton with a spring kickoff. The group collectedsignatures throughout the summer and fall some 1300 in allincluding about half the student population of Haliburton HighlandsSecondary School.

In October members of EnvironmentHaliburton visited the upper tier of Haliburton County councilseeking support.

It was suggested the organizationaddress the lower-tier townships as county council – comprised ofthe reeves and deputy-reeves of the four lower tiers – didn't wantto obligate them to anything.

Last week Environment Haliburtonvisited Highlands East council which granted a support resolutionand Algonquin Highlands councillors followed suit on Thursday.

The township is also striking a newenvironmental committee and Deputy-reeve Liz Danielsen told EH repsHeather Ross and Carolynn Coburn that council was looking to havesome representation from the group on the committee.

Ross said Environment Haliburton plansto visit Dysart et al and Minden Hills council next month.