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Shawnigan residents support First Nation’s call to halt contaminated soil dumping

January 22, 2016 

Evidence put forward in a supreme court affidavit by the Malahat First Nation has added to the list of concerns held by citizens in the Shawnigan Lake area, says the president of the local residents’ association.

In an affidavit filed with the B.C. Supreme Court on January 21, 2016, Malahat First Nation Chief and Council questioned the independence of the science used by government to grant a permit to Cobble Hill Holdings, which legally allowed the company to dump contaminated soil in the Shawnigan watershed.

In the affidavit, Malahat First Nation called on the government to grant a Stay of that permit so that evidence in the matter could be reviewed and they could be properly consulted as part of their traditional right and title.

"On behalf of the SRA I would like to extend thanks to Malahat Chief and Council for appearing before the court yesterday. We echo the need for pause and support the Nations desire to exercise their rights to be properly consulted" stated Calvin Cook SRA president.

Mr. Justice Robert J. Sewell will rule on the admissibility of the application this morning.

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