MEDIA BACKGROUNDER: National Sewage Report Card III

Sept. 2004 View the National Report Card Report Card Highlights Evaluation of the 22 cities was based on: level of sewage treatment, volume of raw sewage discharged, compliance with laws and regulations, type of disinfection, method of sludge disposal, prevalence of combined sewer overflows and commitment to improvement Calgary, Edmonton and Whistler: Top of the class with 100% Tertiary treatment…

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BC falling behind rest of Canada in treating sewage National Sewage Report Card results

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release September 8, 2004 Embarrassingly low grades for coastal cities, Victoria suspended VANCOUVER, BC – A national report card released today reveals that BC coastal communities continue to dump raw sewage into the environment, while more and more communities across Canada and around the world are moving towards more responsible sewage treatment. In its third “National…

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BC Ignored Evidence in Approving Victoria’s Sewage Plan

Media Release: April 13, 2005 VICTORIA, BC – Documents recently obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show that Joyce Murray, then BC Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection (WLAP) ignored overwhelming evidence on the harmful effects of dumping raw sewage into the ocean when she approved Victoria’s Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP). The approved LWMP allows Victoria…

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BC Government thwarts years of effort to force CRD to upgrade sewage facilities

Media Release: April 21, 2005 VICTORIA, BC – Documents recently obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show that the current BC Government was pressured by the Capital Regional District (CRD) to approve Victoria’s lackluster 25 year Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) in 2003 and that the province knowingly ignored a 1993 agreement with Washington State to…

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Groups applaud leadership on Victoria sewage

Media Release: July 8, 2005 VICTORIA , BC –Environment Minister Stéphane Dion’s recent statement that he would like to see the city of Victoria, along with all cities across Canada, having a minimum of secondary treatment for its sewage is an important and welcomed step forward in efforts to reduce pollution impacts on our oceans from municipal waste, say local…

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Contaminated sites created by Victoria’s sewage

CRD sampling data reveals high levels of toxics near outfalls Media Release: November 15, 2005 VICTORIA, BC – Sierra Legal Defence Fund, on behalf of the Georgia Strait Alliance and T Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, made an urgent request today that the Province of British Columbia formally designate the underwater areas surrounding Victoria’s sewage outfalls as contaminated sites. The groups…

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Groups urging BC to clarify its stand on CRD sewage

Media Release: February 8, 2006 VICTORIA, BC – Sierra Legal Defence Fund, the Georgia Strait Alliance and T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation are expressing frustration over a mixed response recently received from the BC Ministry of Environment in regards to their request from last November. The groups had asked the province to formally recognize that the Capital Regional District (CRD)…

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Province misses the boat on Victoria’s sewage problem

Media Release: February 22, 2006 VICTORIA, BC – The BC government’s budget is a major lost opportunity to stop the dumping of raw sewage by the Capital Regional District of Victoria (CRD), say local environmental groups. By not committing its 1/3 share for a new sewage plant, the government is allowing the CRD to continue flaunting the province’s environmental protection…

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No more excuses

Media Release: July 13, 2006 Victoria must plan for sewage treatment now VICTORIA, BC – Environmental groups strongly support the findings of the recently released SETAC Scientific and Technical Review of the Greater Victoria region’s waste management plan and are pressing for urgent action. According to Georgia Strait Alliance, T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation and Sierra Legal Defence Fund, the…

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Province intervenes on Victoria sewage treatment

Media Release: July 21, 2006 Environmental groups praise Environment Minister VICTORIA, BC – Environmental groups are delighted with the strong message sent today by BC’s Minister of Environment Barry Penner to the Capital Regional District (CRD) concerning the CRD’s inadequate sewage treatment. Sierra Legal Defence Fund, Georgia Strait Alliance and T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation commend Minister Penner for directing…

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