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APRIL 2014
Environmental Appeal Board 
Hearings Extended
Black & White Gala Fundraiser Dinner, Dance & Auction
March 27 Rally Highlights
SRA Membership
Shawnigan Residents Association
Stop the SIA Contaminated Soil Permit
 SRA Legal Action Fund 
Shawnigan Residents Association
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Environmental Appeal Board Hearings Extended

The Environmental Appeal Board completed four weeks of hearings on Shawnigan's controversial contaminated soil dump on April 4.  The three member board, chaired by Alan Andison, heard over twenty expert witnesses on many aspects of the contaminated soil permit.  The witnesses were questioned by lawyers representing the Shawnigan Residents Association (Sean Hern and Robert Anderson QC of Farris LLP), the CVRD, the BC Ministry of Environment, and South Island Aggregates, as well as Shawnigan residents John and Lois Hayes as well as Rick Sanders.  

Most of the expert evidence provided by hydrogeologists, engineers and other professionals appeared to be damning for the permit.  Of interest was that a visit to the SIA site by all parties, including the Appeal Board members, showed that SIA did not have the required water treatment system in place, and the settling pond was situated too close to the property boundary.   

Due to the complexity of this case, several more days of hearings have been scheduled, April 16, 17 and 23, and June 4 - 6.  The Shawnigan Residents Association has raised over $150,000 for legal fees so far. More funds will be needed to carry on the fight.  The SRA believes in clean, safe, drinkable, swimmable and liveable water. Please show your support, visit our website today

Black & White Gala Fundraiser, May 16, 2014


It's time for another fundraiser! Tickets are now available for our Black & White Gala in person at Dewar McCarthy & Co or on-line at Proceeds to SRA Legal Action Fund.

The Gala will be held Friday, May 16th at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club. Cocktails at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm followed by a briefing from our Farris' team of Sean Hern & John Anderson. Music performed by the fabulous Maria Manna.  Tickets are $75/person, tables for groups of 8 can be reserved while they last.

We are also accepting contributions for both our Live and Silent Auctions. Please contact if you have anything to contribute. 

Please share & invite your friends!


The SRA would like to apologize to the Leora Nugent Family for misspelling Leora's name in our media release last month. We regret that this resulted in her name being misspelled elsewhere and for that we are very sorry.

The Leora Nugent Family's generous challenge to 'match' contributions prompted 41 others to contribute $10,000 last month - resulting in Legal Action Fund contributions of $20,000 in March!  
Are you interested in contributing to the SRA Legal Action Fund to #SaveShawniganWater?  Do you have a 'Challenge' that you would like to send out to the community? If so, we would love to hear from you.  

#SaveShawniganRally at the Victoria Legislature, March 27th


The SRA and Shawnigan Lake School led a successful rally with the support of the community on March 27 at the Legislature where hundreds showed up to voice their opposition to the SIA contaminated soil dump.


We made our voices heard in the halls of power in Victoria and let our politicians know that the will of the people to protect our drinking water must trump that of opportunistic business interests now and in the future. 

SLS Students
Dwight Students


SRA Fundraising

Thank to the generous support of community members, businesses and others who care about the future of Shawnigan Lake, we have raised 75% of the estimated $200,000 needed for our Legal Action Fund.  We continue to seek your support!  No donation is too small.

The SRA has committed to ongoing fundraising actives. Our next fundraising event will be a Black & White Gala Fundraiser with Live Auction.  Details coming soon. 


Please support the businesses that support Shawnigan!

Shawnigan Lake School
The Black Swan Pub
Steeples Restaurant
Enjoue Esthetics (Cobble Hill)
Mason's Store
Bonterra Pizza
Shawnigan House Coffee
Esthetics by Lois (Shawnigan Village)
Epicure (by Cathy McKinstry)
Bridgeman's Bistro
Richard Shaw, Carver
Duncan Butcher Shop
Haven Hammocks
Dewar McCarthy & Company
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club
Lia Sophia Jewelry
Roger's Chocolates
Carol Anne Shaw, Painter
Whiskey Point Grill
Cowichan Valley Alternative School
Leola's Weaving Studio
Cowichan Pasta Company
Ananda Ayurveda Yoga
Come Over Rover Doggy Day Care
The Malahat Legion
Elkington Forest

The Cobblestone Inn

Lexington Spa (South Shawnigan)

Valley Health and Fitness
Monet Spa (Valleyview)
Newport Realty
Third Edition Gifts
Wear It's At
Amuse Bistro
Clay & Co Web Design & Development
Dave Vaesen RMT
Redwood Green Music
Renu Laser Inc
Pharamasave Mill Bay
InTown Creative
Dinter Nursery
Mixed Metal Mimi Jewelry
doTerra Essential Oils
CanLink Marine
Mill Bay Pizza
Fiddlestick Pottery
Just Jakes
Cuthbert Construction
Hands On Massage
Studio One Hair Professionals
Oughtred Coffee
Jamieson Vitamins


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The Shawnigan Residents Association welcomes membership from anyone residing in the Shawnigan lake area. Membership is only $20 per year and you can join or renew online or by clicking here


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