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SRA Executive Meets with NDP Leadership on SIA Contaminated Soil Permit

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July 24, 2013 By: Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA)

Victoria - Today the SRA met with the Official Opposition's Environment Critic Spencer Chandra-Herbert, Forests & Renewable Resources Critic Norm MacDonald and Deputy Forests & Renewable Resources Critic and local MLA Bill Routley to discuss South Island Aggregates (Cobble Hill Holdings) application for a contaminated soil dump in the Shawnigan Lake drinking watershed.

The SRA optimistic that the Official Opposition will help to raise the issue of protecting our water as a matter of public policy at the Provincial level. We are calling upon Minister Polak to exercise her authority and to ensure the people of Shawnigan Lake and the people of BC have safe, liveable, drinkable and swimable water.

"Our meeting was incredibly productive and we found the Opposition Critics to be supportive and share our concern. We look forward to working collaboratively on finding a common sense solution to this issue and encourage Minister Polak to step up to the table to discuss an appropriate resolution that places the public well being above that of big business. The degree of conflicting science should be reason enough to pull the plug" says Jason Walker SRA Director.

The SRA recognizes that significant amendments to the Water Act are necessary to allow for local control over local water in the long term and we support new legislation that will address this. However, our issue cannot wait. The SRA has retained Farris LLP to represent us in all matters pertaining to the issuance of the SIA permit.

The burden of this fight is on the backs of the people of Shawnigan Lake. Government at all levels have failed to step up to the plate and make water protection a priority. Words are not enough, its time for action.

We encourage our members and the general public to make their voices heard by writing Minister Polak and Premier Clark, as well as the CVRD and demand that fighting to save our drinking water from contamination is a responsibility government must be accountable for in a real way.

Garry Horwood
SRA President
c. 778.868.8204

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