Stratford Citizens Charter

Adoption of Stratford Citizens Charter – July 2015

At the July monthly council meeting, the Stratford Citizens Charter was adopted to establish citizen rights and responsibilities.   In recent months municipalities across Canada have been asked by the David Suzuki Foundation to adopt a resolution regarding citizen environmental rights, known as the Blue Dot campaign.  The Stratford Town Council embraces the principles of the Blue Dot campaign but also has a broader vision of a more sustainable future for Stratford.  Council therefore decided to broaden the Blue Dot campaign declaration to reflect the Town of Stratford’s vision.

The Town of Stratford hereby declares that Stratford is a community where:

Residents of the community have a right to:

  • safety and security of the person and property
  • personal health and wellness
  • respect as a person including freedom from prejudice and discrimination
  • meaningful participation in the cultural life of the community
  • meaningful participation in the governance of the community
  • a healthy environment in which to live

Residents in the community have a responsibility to:

  • respect the rights of others
  • respect the natural environment
  • obey the laws of the community
  • participate in the governance of the community

The Town of Stratford, within its jurisdiction, respects, protects, fulfills and promotes these rights and responsibilities.

The Town of Stratford applies the precautionary principle: where threats of serious or irreversible damage to human health or the environment exist, the Town takes cost effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens and the lack of full scientific certainty is not be viewed as sufficient reason for the Town to postpone such measures.

The Town of Stratford considers, in balance, the full impact of decisions and actions, and mitigates any negative impacts where feasible, to ensure that the community moves continuously towards a more sustainable future.

The Town of Stratford continually develops and refines long term plans, objectives and performance measures to achieve a more sustainable future and to fulfill resident rights and responsibilities.
“These principles align with Stratford’s vision and will help to guide our actions towards a more sustainable future” stated Mayor David Dunphy. “The Town of Stratford is a great place to live and work so we see this declaration as continuing to promote the sustainability pillars that we are already working towards daily.  We hope that this declaration inspires and empowers residents to participate in the community sustainability journey and feel more connected to their community as well.”

The Town of Stratford’s vision is to become a sustainable community where the social needs of residents are taken care of, where our culture and heritage is rich, diverse, and celebrated, where the limits of the earth to sustain us are recognized and respected, where there is a thriving local economy and where there is a transparent and responsive local government.

In declaring the above rights and responsibilities, Council is articulating public policy principles but not creating or guaranteeing any legal rights or obligations.  The Stratford Citizens Charter was adopted unanimously by Stratford Town Council.

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For more information please contact:
Wendy Watts, Community Engagement Coordinator
Town of Stratford
T:  (902) 569-1995     E:  wwatts@townofstratford.ca

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Photo: Patrick Lévêque (left), Stratford resident and member of Stratford’s Accountability and Engagement committee and Don Mazer (right), volunteer with Blue Dot PEI are pleased to see the Town of Stratford adopting the Stratford Citizens Charter.

Media Release – Stratford Citizens Charter (July 2015)

Stratford Citizens Charter

Adoption of Stratford Citizens Charter – July 2015

At the July monthly council meeting, the Stratford Citizens Charter was adopted to establish citizen rights and responsibilities.   In recent months municipalities across Canada have been asked by the David Suzuki Foundation to adopt a resolution regarding citizen environmental rights, known as the Blue Dot campaign.  The Stratford Town Council embraces the principles of the Blue Dot campaign but also has a broader vision of a more sustainable future for Stratford.  Council therefore decided to broaden the Blue Dot campaign declaration to reflect the Town of Stratford’s vision.

The Town of Stratford hereby declares that Stratford is a community where:

Residents of the community have a right to:

  • safety and security of the person and property
  • personal health and wellness
  • respect as a person including freedom from prejudice and discrimination
  • meaningful participation in the cultural life of the community
  • meaningful participation in the governance of the community
  • a healthy environment in which to live

Residents in the community have a responsibility to:

  • respect the rights of others
  • respect the natural environment
  • obey the laws of the community
  • participate in the governance of the community

The Town of Stratford, within its jurisdiction, respects, protects, fulfills and promotes these rights and responsibilities.

The Town of Stratford applies the precautionary principle: where threats of serious or irreversible damage to human health or the environment exist, the Town takes cost effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens and the lack of full scientific certainty is not be viewed as sufficient reason for the Town to postpone such measures.

The Town of Stratford considers, in balance, the full impact of decisions and actions, and mitigates any negative impacts where feasible, to ensure that the community moves continuously towards a more sustainable future.

The Town of Stratford continually develops and refines long term plans, objectives and performance measures to achieve a more sustainable future and to fulfill resident rights and responsibilities.
“These principles align with Stratford’s vision and will help to guide our actions towards a more sustainable future” stated Mayor David Dunphy. “The Town of Stratford is a great place to live and work so we see this declaration as continuing to promote the sustainability pillars that we are already working towards daily.  We hope that this declaration inspires and empowers residents to participate in the community sustainability journey and feel more connected to their community as well.”

The Town of Stratford’s vision is to become a sustainable community where the social needs of residents are taken care of, where our culture and heritage is rich, diverse, and celebrated, where the limits of the earth to sustain us are recognized and respected, where there is a thriving local economy and where there is a transparent and responsive local government.

In declaring the above rights and responsibilities, Council is articulating public policy principles but not creating or guaranteeing any legal rights or obligations.  The Stratford Citizens Charter was adopted unanimously by Stratford Town Council.

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For more information please contact:
Wendy Watts, Community Engagement Coordinator
Town of Stratford
T:  (902) 569-1995     E:  wwatts@townofstratford.ca

2014-07-24 09.45.02-2

Photo: Patrick Lévêque (left), Stratford resident and member of Stratford’s Accountability and Engagement committee and Don Mazer (right), volunteer with Blue Dot PEI are pleased to see the Town of Stratford adopting the Stratford Citizens Charter.

Media Release – Stratford Citizens Charter (July 2015)

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