B.C. government red tape could stall sewage program

Province won't commit money until feds hand over money

  • Oct. 12, 2011 9:00 a.m.

The Capital Regional District may need an extension on building its sewage treatment plant, with the province yet to give a firm funding commitment.

In 2006, the province gave the region 10 years to establish secondary sewage treatment, ending the current practice of pumping liquid waste into the ocean. Then-premier Gordon Campbell said his government would fund one-third of the cost.

But the deal has yet to be put in writing.

“It’s going to be impossible to meet the current deadline,” said Denise Blackwell, a Langford councillor who chairs the CRD sewage treatment committee. “It’s a frustration for sure. We’ve had no indication of when they’ll come forward with the funding.”

Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, said the project proposal is working its way through regular government process and is currently being reviewed by the treasury board.

“This is a large project and unfortunately it does take this long to go through,” Chong said. “We need to know exactly how we are going to roll it out, and over how many fiscal years, before any funding announcement.”

Chong and Blackwell both stressed that the sewage project will still go ahead.

“If the CRD wants to extend the deadline, that’s something that can be considered by the minister of Environment,” Chong said.

Blackwell said it’s hard to know how a delay would impact the overall project cost, estimated at $782 million.

However, if the province delays too long, Blackwell said a federal grant secured to cover 25 per cent of the project will expire.

“Our biggest question right now is: when? When will we get the funding? When can we move forward?” Blackwell said.

 

Chong wouldn’t speculate on the answers: “Even I don’t know that.”

 

 

Just Posted

International, Disney and Hallmark films set to be filmed in Victoria in 2019

Local and international production companies seeking out film locations in town

Missing Saanich man last seen in Vancouver’s downtown eastside

Jonah Donato, 40, travelled to the mainland in June

‘Goodness prevails’: neighbours reflect following suspicious death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Martin Payne was found dead in his Metchosin home on Friday. Police have confirmed foul play.

Swim-enthusiasts ready to make a splash at the 2019 Gorge Swim Fest

On July 21, swimmers of all ages make their way to the Banfield Park dock

Toy Run organizer says motorcyclists unfairly targeted

Motorcycle toy drive returns Sept. 29 to Turkey Head

VIDEO: Sparrows raise their chicks in Cadboro Bay deck planter

Jill Yoneda captured 11 days up close with tiny Junco sparrows

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

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

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing ‘like’ counts to more countries

Social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland

Man involved in beating and tasering over a drug debt to be sentenced in Nanaimo

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne pleaded guilty to charges, including aggravated assault

Pamela Anderson adds star power to B.C. Green Party town hall

Celebrity attended Nanaimo meeting with representatives from U.S.-based environmental group

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

Most Read