Reader provides alternate project list for CRD funding

Sewage treatment money could pay for many other worthwhile projects

Re: Capital Regional District’s sewage treatment plans

The $792 million (assuming no major overruns) supposedly available for sewage treatment could instead be spent on many useful things, such as:

– Fund the new Johnson Street Bridge ($93 million)

– Repair the E & N railway line ($25 million) and get a commuter train running from Langford to the new bridge. Another two trains could offer at least twice daily service from Courtenay to Nanaimo, and from Nanaimo to Langford, all timed to connect. (Call that $20 million; maybe revenues would even sustain it.) Better still, electrify it to reduce operating costs and fares ($50 million)

– Widen the Old Island Highway to four lanes, at least from Admirals Road to Helmcken Road, to alleviate the daily massive traffic congestion ($75 million)

– Build a bigger dam so we can end summer water restrictions and reduce the price of tap water so we can garden freely again ($20 million)

­– Create a website where citizens can initiate and vote on referenda, perhaps along the lines of American state initiatives or propositions ($10 million)

– Provide a rebate of $20,000 on each new electric car for the first 10,000 cars purchased ($200 million)

– Provide a $10,000 rebate for the next 10,000 “made in B.C.” electric car conversions ($100 million).

Compared to sewage treatment, how much real, serious pollution could be eliminated by such steps and how much irreplaceable fossil fuel would be saved?

The referendum website would reduce the present wide gap between government agendas and the real needs and wishes of the people they supposedly represent.

Craig Carmichael

Esquimalt

Just Posted

Victoria seniors want to know more about marijuana

Four presentations on the medical properties of cannabis for seniors come to Victoria

Rickter Scale: California Dreaming with Steve Shutt

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column in the Goldstream News Gazette

Victoria gears up to axe free parking on Sundays

Council vote puts Sunday parking fees towards bus passes for youth

Oak Bay one step closer to deer immunocontraceptive test

Up to 80 deer could be given ‘birth control’ vaccine in the fall

Black Press readers share photos of their favourite critters on #LoveYourPetDay

Greater Victoria is raining cats and dogs…and snails and goats

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

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

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Nanaimo edges Royal Bay by one point to win Vancouver Island AAA girls basketball title

Nanaimo District Secondary School wins first AAA girls’ Island title in 29 years

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Most Read