Say no to a P3 sewage treatment project

Government needs to pay attention to calls for minimal public-private partnerships on project

The Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition urges the Capital Regional District to recall, and remind the provincial and federal governments of the many meetings at which we and other groups and individuals spoke out against a public-private-partnership (P3) approach to this project.

We also urge you not to bow to senior level government pressures in favour of a P3, and to reject any grants from them conditional upon a P3.

If the senior level governments continue to mandate the project, then they must be made to understand local conditions and concerns, and that local taxpayers will not be bullied by them.

We were pleased that the CRD business plan submitted to the provincial government called for a maximum of 20 per cent P3. Now we are dismayed that senior governments have paid no heed to your considered plan.

Do our provincial and federal politicians not realize that we understand that in the end, the users – the taxed public – will pay far more if we go the P3 route?

There is a string of unsuccessful P3 projects in this province and country, and literally around the world.

What the provincial and federal governments are doing is an attempt to make them look good now while loading the costs on to future generations through multi-decade P3 agreements, with any profits generated by the system going to corporations.

Nancy Stuart

Saanich

Just Posted

Two to hospital after University of Victoria sailing mishap

Wind gusts capsize boat of recreational club sailors

Victoria’s deaf community advocates for different sign languages to be recognized on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Transport Canada announces funds for pollutant clean up in Victoria Park, removal of abandoned boats

Contaminants at Laurel Point Park will be removed starting at the end of September

Volunteers gather in Metchosin for B.C.’s 1st ever search and rescue joint training

Around 200 volunteers came out for the three-day training program

Moon Lantern festival to light up Gordon Head

Saturday night festival celebrates harvest moon, fall season

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

5 things to do this weekend in and around Greater Victoria

Sooke Apple Fest returns, Saanich lights up with lantern festival and anarchists unite for downtown book fair

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Most Read