Sewage treatment is a waste

If anyone wanted to see how much thought has been applied to the decision to proceed with land-based sewage treatment

If anyone wanted to see how much thought has been applied to the decision to proceed with land-based sewage treatment, the comments of our CRD chair, Geoff Young, must surely win the gold medal for utter nonsense.

Young says, “The idea we are going to be allowed to continue to dump this stuff into the ocean and assume it does no harm, because we can’t detect the harm, is something that is not going to appeal to regulators … when we talk about delay we have to be concerned about the fact they’re offering us two-thirds of the cost.”

Think about this for several seconds: Young admits there is no evidence that harm is being done by the current screening system; it doesn’t matter that dozens of marine scientists and studies can’t detect any harm. Young and the regulators know better. He forgets that the folks who are offering to pay the other two-thirds of the cost also happen to be taxpayers, not some wealthy benefactor. He also clearly admits there is no evidence that this billion-dollar boondoggle will improve the problem one iota, as he has already confirmed there is no evidence that one actually exists.

Shouldn’t we retire some of our brilliant leaders who love nothing better than creating monuments at our expense?

Hopefully, this latest turn of events will at least force our leaders to commission a proper study to determine what benefits, if any, we will get for the biggest expenditure of tax funds in Victoria’s history.

Better yet, let’s elect people who will do their homework and stand up for our interests.

Bob Wheaton

Saanich

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

MISSING: Victoria police on the lookout for woman last seen April 28

Leah Parker, 41, is described five-foot-five and about 140 pounds with brown/blonde hair, blue eyes

Bears spotted near Saanich lake spooked by police, wandered off

Bear, cub not seen over weekend but police ask residents to be on alert

Victoria’s 75,000 veggie plants ready to find a home

New gardeners line-up for Get Growing Victoria

Vote for your favourite Peninsula businesses

Voting extended for annual Readers’ Choice Awards

Vancouver Island hasn’t seen a new homegrown case of COVID-19 in two weeks

Island’s low and steady transmission rate chalked up to several factors

COVID-19: B.C. grants aim to stabilize sexual assault recovery programs

$10 million fund not yet ready to take applications

Case of missing Vancouver Island woman inspires new true crime podcast

‘Island Crime’ Season 1 covers 2002 disappearance of Nanaimo’s Lisa Marie Young

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

B.C. mom’s drug-pricing petition on behalf of son garners thousands of signatures

Petition geared to gaining access to new medicines drew support of Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl

‘Paralyzed by fear’: B.C. woman details anxiety, grief at Italian relief hospital

Sheila Vicic spent two months in Italy as the country grappled with COVID-19

Dr. Bonnie Henry given new name in B.C. First Nation ceremony: ‘one who is calm among us’

The provincial health officer was honoured in a May 22 ceremony at elementary school in Hazelton

CAMH survey looks at binge-drinking, financial anxiety during COVID

Alcohol may be used as a coping mechanism for those whose careers may have been sidelined due to the pandemic

Half of Canadians say governments are hiding something about COVID-19: poll

More than a third of people believe the virus was created in a lab

Most Read