Chapter activist Ted Woynillowicz stands behind Shawnigan Lake area director Sonia Furstenau at yesterday's protest. Source: CHEK News.
The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter was at a protest at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt yesterday calling on the federal defence minister to help them defend the right to water.
CHEK News reports, "Shawnigan Lake Residents are hoping the Department of National Defence [DND] will stop dumping contaminated soil above Shawnigan Lake. In March, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled the controversial Stebbings Road site can’t be used as a landfill. But six contracts — responsible for 106,000 tonnes of waste — can be fulfilled and the vast majority of the tainted soil is coming from DND." Shawnigan Lake area director Sonia Furstenau says, “We’re asking the defence minister to help us defend our watershed."
The article adds, "Defence minister Harjit Sajjan says he was recently made aware of the situation and will look into it."