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WIN! Public sewage treatment in Victoria

A CUPE BC media release this evening states, “On March 31, Capital Regional District (CRD) directors gave final approval to a business case that will see public operation in at least five, and possibly all seven communities mandated to develop sewage treatment.”

That means, “residents of Greater Victoria have the option of choosing fully public sewage treatment and resource recovery.”

“Mauricio Navarette, president of CUPE 1978 which represents CRD workers, said that the work of CUPE’s ‘Keep it Public’ campaign, coordinated by Kim Manton, along with the Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition and the Council of Canadians has gone a long way to ensuring public and environmentally sound sewage treatment.”

On November 20, 2009, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke against the privatization of sewage treatment in Victoria. More on that at www.canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=2251.

Kim Manton wrote in the November 2009 issue of our newsletter ‘Making Waves’ that, “Public opinion research and consultation confirms that the residents of Greater Victoria overwhelmingly reject privatization.” That’s at www.canadians.org/publications/subscribe/making-waves/vol-1.html.

There’s also much more about this campaign on our Victoria chapter’s website at http://victoriacouncilofcanadians.blogspot.com/.

The Victoria Times-Colonist reports that, “The provincial government requires that every project needing more than $50 million of provincial funding look at a public-private partnership.”

“Ninety per cent of the people who attended public meetings and gave their opinion on how the project should be done were in favour of a fully public system, the (Capital Regional District) board heard today.”

“The regional sewage committee earlier decided that the major components of the system be done publicly, and that the West Shore treatment centre and a resource recovery centre where biosolids are converted should have the option of a P3 or public.”

“That recommendation was approved by the (CRD) board this afternnon, at a meeting filled with spectators advocating for a fully public system.”

“The province’s Partnership BC will review the business plan and give its recommendation likely in June.”

The CUPE BC media release is at http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Win-for-Public-Sewage-Treatment-in-Victoria-1141240.htm.

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