The Pas Resident Robin Marshall started a petition for The Town of The Pas to stop them from using balloons at the annual release a memory ceremony. Marshall spoke to Arctic Radio news and said she started the petition after she posted on social media that she did not approve of the town for quote allowing people to purposely litter. People on social media messaged her and suggested that she start a petition.
Marshall added that there are lots of other ways that we can honour and remember our loved ones. She suggested that they could instead paint rocks, plant trees, release fish, or something more environmentally friendly at the ceremony.
The petition was posted to The Pas Community What’s Happening in the Tri Area Facebook group and Marshall hopes to get more signatures. Mayor Jim Scott says the balloons that are being used at the release a memory ceremony are biodegradable but he is still open to suggestions for alternatives.