Sewage treatment decision politicized

Victoria has a unique geography surrounded by tidal currents that make the existing primary sewage treatment a natural solution

Former prime minister Stephen Harper was repeatedly criticized by his opponents for ignoring the science around global warming in favour of his support of ‘Big Oil’.  He was vilified for putting his political agenda ahead of what was good for the environment.  We now have many of these same Harper critics in support of secondary or tertiary sewage treatment for Victoria even though the science indicates there will be insignificant benefits to the marine environment.  Sewage treatment proponents have yet to do a cost-benefit analysis so additional treatment may actually do greater harm to the environment than the status quo.

The hypocrisy of this is astounding.

Those that say further sewage treatment is unnecessary include Shaun Peck (former medical health officer for the CRD), David Anderson (former federal environment minister), marine scientists from B.C. and Washington state, and public health officials. These are credible sources that have no reason to mislead the public.

Imagine what could be accomplished if the same $1 billion were spent helping the multitude of cash-strapped service agencies in Victoria.  We could truly benefit the environment by reducing the Colwood Crawl through mass public transit, or preventing pollution from urban runoff in storm water discharges.

Our local elected officials should stop operating from a political starting point, acknowledge the science, and challenge the upper level government regulations that require further sewage treatment.  Victoria has a unique geography surrounded by tidal currents that make the existing primary sewage treatment a natural, environmentally sound and cost-effective solution.

Jeff St.Gelais

Saanich

 

Just Posted

Hundreds rally in support of horse carriages outside Victoria City Hall

Crowd angry with Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion to ban local horse carriage industry

New virgin queen headlines ‘Bee Day’ at Saanich sanctuary

Taste bee spit and check out the hive at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary this Sunday

Rifflandia Festival cancelled for 2019

Early Bird tickets can be refunded at point of purchase, or held and redeemed for 2020

Five-month bridge closure poses early impacts on drivers during rush hour

Construction began Tuesday on the crossing commonly known as the Bay Street bridge

Several hundred SD 62 students team up to clean the shoreline

Effort aimed at keeping Esquimalt and Albert Head Lagoon trash-free

VIDEO: Canadian, U.S. Coast guards run oil spill response drills

20 vessels were on the water to practice international response methods

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Young Victoria distillery earns prestigious Scotch awards

Scottish influences range from techniques to ‘kilted tours’ at award-winning business

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Most Read