Sewage ‘circus’ deserves the curtain

Costly ventures all about timing (Our View, May 11)

Capital Region residents do have an option regarding the proposed sewage treatment system. Every resident has the democratic right to be an engaged citizen and demand that such a project be justified.

The decision by former B.C. environment minister Barry Penner was a political decision that had little basis in science.

The report the minister relied upon does vacillate around the suggestion that the issue should be decided by “the expressed will of the electorate” in a referendum on the matter.

The current system has been monitored for decades in one of the most intensive outfall monitoring programs in the world, and thousands of pages of data, hundreds of reports, dozens of studies show it has minimal effect on the marine environment and that there is no evidence of harm to human health.

Citizens should be outraged that this sewage circus is being driven more by the antics of some clown dressed as a turd than by years of reports and reviews that our tax dollars have paid for.

Brian Burchill

Victoria