Roger Chin from Duncan used a megaphone to explain the purpose of a noon-hour demonstration outside Environment minister Mary Polak's Langley office on Tuesday. About 40 protestors came over from Vancouver Island to demonstrate against policies they say are ruining water quality.

Visiting protesters press for water quality protection

Demonstration becomes victory celebration outside the Langley City constituency office of MLA Mary Polak

A trip by some Vancouver Island residents who oppose a controversial contaminated soil dumping facility in the Shawnigan Lake watershed turned into a victory celebration outside the Langley City constituency office of MLA Mary Polak, the provincial environmental minister, on Tuesday (March 22).

The day before the 40 people boarded the bus for the World Water Day Rally in Langley, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that the contaminated soil landfill is not a permitted use next to the community in the Cowichan Valley.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District went to court after the provincial environment ministry issued a permit for a “contaminated soil treatment facility and a landfill facility” that many Shawnigan Lake residents fear will contaminate their drinking water.

The court victory made for an upbeat mood on the trip over, said protester Roger Chin, a Duncan resident.

“It was the party bus,” Chin said.

The protestors staged a polite noon-hour demonstration outside Polak’s offices on the one-way, holding signs that called for stronger regulations to protect water quality.

The court ruling against the Shawnigan Lake watershed soil dumping said it was “not a permitted use on the property” under current zoning bylaws.

The judge also issued an injunction that bars further importing of contaminated soil, but stopped short of ordering removal of the soil dumped to date.

South Island Resources Management, the company that operates the site, said its legal team is reviewing the implications of the court’s decision.

Land owner Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. said it is considering an appeal.

 

– with files from CTV news

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria riders ready to race at track cycling provincials in Colwood

Westshore Velodrome to see a mix of new, older and master riders

Playground honouring RCMP constable and mother killed by drunk driver in Langford to open on time

‘There will be a few tears’: Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens on Aug. 24

Driver crashes into Victoria home causing significant damage to front yard

Impairment believed to be a factor in early morning crash

Three churches joining for a night through the power of music

Anyone who can play an instrument welcome to join Christian rockers Bruce and Cheryl Harding

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after Const. Beckett’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

VIDEO: Canadian zoos’ captive breeding programs help preserve endangered species

Programs considered last-ditch effort to prevent local extinctions of turtles, butterflies and more

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Environment groups warned saying climate change is real could be seen as partisan

Talk of climate change could be viewed as advocating against Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada

Search crews find 4-year-old boy who went missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

15-year-old boy drowns after midnight jump into Okanagan Lake

The RCMP and BC Coroners Service are investigating the drowning.

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Most Read