LETTER: CRD using taxpayers as ATM

Taxpayers do not want money spent on wastewater trips. It leaves the impression the CRD does not know what they are doing after 20 years of discussion. Let the travelling salesmen bring their promotions to Victoria as they will likely receive a commission.

The CRD have also chosen to ignore the expertise of the local taxpaying – job creating contractors with bonded guarantees. Past lawsuits and bankruptcies must be investigated and a cost-benefit analysis completed. Also, politicians can travel for free (at the speed of light) with technology like the Internet, tele-conferencing and qualified Youtube video information.

As wastewater treatment was mandated by the former province and federal governments, the new governments should be negotiating with engineers not CRD politicians. Many of the directors, Jane Bird and the “expert panel” (with no qualifications as engineers) have ignored the the input from Richard Atwell, John Ranns and the late Vic Derman. The P3 pipeline to Hartland is a costly, outdated engineering project that will provide pensions for a chosen few.

Soon, the excuse will be that “the CRD has spent too much money and it is too late to change the plan.” Other delays to consider are the 2018 and 2019 elections.

There will be an audited account and the media revelation that “mistakes continued throughout the project”. Consider the plan of toxic byproducts being pumped uphill, spillage, odour, wasted energy, wetland and groundwater contamination with heated pharmaceuticals and plastics returning a cold marine environment – within a proven megathrust earthquake zone. EDPA bylaws will be exempted in the process.

In conclusion, if a politician has the conscience to sleep in a five-star hotel while there are local citizens “houseless”, I wish you well in your new career. “Taxpayer” is not an acceptable password to the public ATM.

Art Bickerton


Just Posted

Island Health, service providers meeting to talk about used needles in Victoria

Recent public needle-prick incidents prompt call to reduce number of needles found

Dozens rally outside Premier’s office for sick Sooke boy

Six-year-old Landen Lanthier needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Announcement for Sooke Road improvement expected this week

Premier promising ‘preliminary’ work, with more on the way

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

The 38th annual New Year Classic saw 172 players in 226 matches

New lights in Oak Bay tennis bubble illuminate local talent

Saanich signals support for in-fill developments in Gorge-Tillicum

The Gorge-Tillicum neighbourhood continues to experience infill. Council’s committee-of-the-whole signaled Saanich’s support… Continue reading

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

Wanted by Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers for the week of Jan. 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Most Read