Ted Dew-Jones, letter to Victoria News, October 22, 2010 6:00 AM
University of Victoria oceanography professor Jack Littlepage, who wrote one chapter of my book Victoria’s Sewage Circus, points out that “we should be promoting our system as one of the most efficient and environmentally sound systems in North America.”
Nobody knows more about it.
To change to land-based secondary sewage treatment plants would be environmentally backwards. The proposal to do so is based on lack of knowledge.
Such a [...]
A gross misuse of a public treasure — and a wasteful system to boot
John Motherwell, PEng.
John Motherwell, Bob Furber and Alex Murdoch, Special to Times Colonist, September 23, 2010
Capital Regional District board chairman Geoff Young defended the choice of McLoughlin Point as the site of a sewage treatment plant, citing “significant resource recovery, lower cost and reduced impacts on neighbourhoods” plus “social, economic and environmental sustainability.”
We disagree, and support Esquimalt council in its call for [...]
Times Colonist, letter from John Vukovic, September 07, 2010
Many people are upset with the harmonized sales tax and the impact this tax will have on their lives. For some it may be substantial, but for most it is really just a few extra dollars a year.
Because it is a consumption tax you can choose to buy an item or not. As for the tax dollars collected, they go toward paying for all the services our government provides, such [...]
In September 1994, the B.C./Washington marine science panel released its report, based on the input of dozens of marine scientists on both sides of the border ..finding the impact of Victoria’s sewage discharge is negligible. [...]
Brownhoff: McLoughlin Point represents the most comprehensive, intelligent and responsible site for secondary sewage treatment in the core area of the CRD [...]
Science-based decisions don’t include sewage plan
Times Colonist, Letters, April 20, 2010
It is laudable that, in her support of the NDP’s Climate Change Accountability Act, Victoria MP Denise Savoie has stated that: “It is based on science-based targets, not politically watered-down ones.”
Savoie also supports the stance of the province and the Capital Regional District that Victoria needs a secondary sewage-treatment system.
Their stance, however is politically motivated, not science-based.
A multitude of marine scientists, wastewater engineers, and past [...]
No reason to proceed with sewage plan
Times Colonist, April 15, 2010
Saanich Peninsula Sewage Treatment Plant
On April 8, I e-mailed these two fundamental points to the mayors and councillors of Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich, Esquimalt, Colwood, Langford and View Royal:
1. Six past and present medical health officers have stated that “there is no measurable public health risk from Victoria’s current method of offshore liquid waste disposal.” They are Dr. Richard Stanwick, Dr. John Millar, Dr. [...]
The attempt to find a cure for a sewage problem that does not exist has spawned a number of scandals. The CRD retaining the University of Victoria to monitor the outfalls and then ignoring their advice; likewise ignoring the findings of scientists doing similar work round the shores of the United States and Britain, thus writing off the work of a significant chunk of other people’s lives; the CRD discounting the work of our own scientists and of the Pat Bay Oceanographic Centre by paying $600,000 for a report by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry which in fact contains no recommendations but only suggests what “a potential approach might be.” [...]
Planning for sewage treatment must stop until another referendum returns a decision by the people that they have changed their minds and want to pay a billion dollars to construct, and millions annually to operate, an unnecessary, environmentally destructive sewage plant mega-scheme. [...]