Elizabeth May is coming to Shawnigan Lake Community Centre this Sunday at 12:30. This is an opportunity for us to come together again, and to be clear that what we want is for all levels of government to commit to protecting drinking water, and to protect our right to stand up for our communities.
The clear message from Shawnigan Lake is being heard – we do not want a contaminated soil dump in our watershed. Our voices are strongest when we use them together.
See the Media page for the recent coverage.
At the community meeting held on March 23, close to 300 residents came out to get informed about the serious threat to our watershed and get involved in saving it. As Sean Hern eloquently said, change is possible, but you have to fight hard to make it happen.
Add your voice – go to the Save Shawnigan Water page on this website (https://soniafurstenau.ca/save-shawnigan-water/) and write letters to the Premier, the Minister of Environment, and the rest of the provincial cabinet.
Chek news coverage of the meeting: http://www.cheknews.ca/minister-wont-intervene-in-soil-dump-dispute/
There will be a Shawnigan community meeting on Monday, March 23rd at 8 pm at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre.
We will discuss the outcome of the EAB decision and the path forward for the Shawnigan community.
I am devastated by the news that the Environmental Appeal Board has upheld the permit to allow 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil in our watershed.
We cannot give up on this fight – it is a fight for the future of our community.
Here is a link to the EAB’s decision: http://www.eab.gov.bc.ca/2015ALLDECList.htm
You can write to Premier Christy Clark: firstname.lastname@example.org
CC John Horgan and Bill Routley: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters to the editor can be sent to Times-Colonist: email@example.com or to the Cowihcan Valley Citizen: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 147-page decision can be read here: http://www.eab.gov.bc.ca/2015ALLDECList.htm
My article on the background of this story is on the One Cowichan site: http://www.onecowichan.ca/update_on_shawnigan