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Shawnigan Lake School Contributes $30,000 to SRA Legal Action Fund

29 January 2014 
By: Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA) 

Shawnigan Lake, BC: The SRA is pleased to announce the generous donation this past week of $30,000 from Shawnigan Lake School (SLS) to our legal action fund. This money comes at a critical time as the hearing dates for the Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) are only weeks away.

"This financial contribution from the Shawnigan Lake School exemplifies the fact that our community continues to rally against the development of a contaminated soil dump in our watershed. Students at the school and their families have enjoyed the lake as a centerpiece of their education and formative years for decades. Any risk of contamination is a risk none of us are willing to take". Calvin Cook, SRA Vice President.

This is the largest single donation to date for the SRA. The community has helped the SRA to raise over $115,000 for the legal efforts to stop South Island Aggregates (SIA) aka Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) from accepting contaminated soils from around BC. We are still seeking community support to meet our $200,000 goal. The SRA is being represented by Sean Hern and Robert Anderson QC of Farris LLP.

"We are happy for it to be known that the School wholeheartedly supports the SRA in their efforts to stop this permit and we will continue to lend support moving forward." David Robertson - Headmaster, Shawnigan Lake School.

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The SRA is engaged in legal proceedings which are before the BC Environmental Appeal Board against South Island Aggregates (SIA) aka Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) who have been granted a permit by the BC Ministry of the Environment to dump 5 million tonnes of Contaminated Soil on a slope above Shawnigan Lake. The soils will include dioxins, furans, heavy metals, BTEX, MTBE, VPHs, LEPHs/HEPHs, PAHs, Chlorinated Hydrocarbons, Phenolic Substances, Chloride, Sodium and Glycol to name a few of the contaminates. The SRA believes any level of risk associated with the dumping of these types of chemicals is unacceptable because of the irreversible effects. Sean Hern and Robert Anderson QC of Farris LLP are representing the SRA.


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Calvin Cook
p. 250.208.2749

David Robertson
Shawnigan Lake School
p. (250) 743-5516

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