February 2016 – Media Archive

Stephen Hume: Soil remediation site manager defends contentious landfill

Vancouver Sun – February 25, 2016

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Will Shawnigan turn into Flint, Mich. with water woes?

Cowichan Valley Citizen – February 25, 2016

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Eagerly Awaiting the Results of Lot 21 Soil Samples

Andrew Weaver MLA Report – February 23, 2016

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Shawnigan court update: fairness and Lot 21

Local News Eye – February 20, 2016

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Green Party’s Andrew Weaver Testing Soil From Lot 21

CFAX – February 20, 2016

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Problematic when province ignores the locals

Cowichan Valley Citizen Editorial – February 19, 2016

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When will we ever learn?

Cowichan Valley Citizen – February 19, 2016

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LNG a ‘giant experiment’ Valley crowd told

Cowichan Valley Citizen – February 19, 2016

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British Columbia Government takes over Controversial Soil Dump

Hazmat – February 18, 2016

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Don’t dump toxic soil near a water supply

Times-Colonist – February 19, 2016

Re: “Landfill battle takes a toll in Shawnigan,” Feb. 14.
If we must move contaminated soil from one spot to another, why is a location near a source of drinking water the only place we have to put it?
It’s shocking and outrageous that this situation would ever even arise. Whether you live in Shawnigan or not, this is our water!
The people of Shawnigan should never have had to fight to protect a water supply and should be reimbursed the money they had to raise, but it probably can’t make up for the distress.
Aren’t we supposed to be trying to clean up our act? Accidents happen, but this dumping of contaminated soil is deliberate.
Bottom line: You don’t put toxic material near sources of drinking water. Perhaps the technical experts and Environment Minister Mary Polak should come live in Shawnigan to prove their claims that there’s no chance of an “oops” down the line.
Lil Command
Mill Bay

Shawnigan dumping has long term ramifications

Times-Colonist – February 17, 2016

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MLA calls for drilling and testing on Shawnigan Lake’s “Lot 21”

CFAX Radio – February 17, 2016

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Andrew Weaver on CFAX

February 17, 2016

SaveShawniganWater

a video by Justin Kohse

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Contentious Shawnigan property forfeited to Crown

CHEK-TV News – February 15, 2015

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Bill Routley questions Enviro minister about drinking water protection Shawnigan

February 15, 2016

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John Horgan seeks answers about the contaminated sites in Shawnigan Lake area

February 15, 2015

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Sonia Furstenau on CFAX Radio

February 16, 2016

Shawnigan Lake: Questions Keep Mounting

Andrew Weaver – February 15, 2015

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When will we ever learn?

Times-Colonist – February 13, 2016

I am reminded of the words of a song from the 1960s, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, with the refrain “When will we ever learn, When will we ever learn.” This pretty much describes the situation at Shawnigan Lake.

A couple of years ago, we moved here from the Fanny Bay area. There, for more than five years, a group of courageous residents dealt with the threat of a coal mine uphill from a local drinking water source and world-famous Fanny Bay Oysters. Fortunately, the proponent, Compliance Coal, pulled its application.

No thanks to the provincial government, but mostly due to public outcry. The threat could return at any time. There is virtually no protection of drinking water in B.C.

This flagrant disregard for protection of drinking water must change. It must not be continually left up to concerned citizens’ groups to do what is fundamentally the responsibility of governments.

It is not as though protection is some kind of “rocket science.” Any Grade 3 student can assure you “water runs downhill” and that it is a good solvent; what are “mud pies” made of? So why on earth would we allow toxic waste material to be dumped upstream from a drinking water source? It is ridiculous.

Come on, folks, let’s all do our part. Persuade the government to pull the company’s permit and stop further dumping before something really bad happens.

Terry Avery

Mill Bay

Three dismissed as Malahat reviews corporate arm

Cowichan Valley Citizen – February 12, 2016

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Judicial review of dirty dirt permit next week

Cowichan Valley Citizen – February 12, 2016

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To Dance In The Shadows Of The Law’s Ambiguities

South Cowichan Echo – Bernhard H.J. Juurlink

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It’s not just water that’s poisoning our kids; it’s also our collapsing democracy

The Guardian – February 8, 2016

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Neighbourhood in despair over illegal trash dumping

Cowichan Valley Citizen – February 5, 2016

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Stephen Hume: Tests trigger alarm over contamination

Vancouver Sun – February 4, 2016

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Standoff at Polak Springs

Focus Online – February 2016

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