Letter: Having multiple councils sidelines sewage

Halifax's successful sewage project points to problem of multiple jurisdictions

Thank you for the interesting articles on sewage treatment. The one concerning Halifax was especially good.

Having lived in Halifax for several years on three occasions, I can safely say that they got the sewage treatment done for only one reason. The reason is obvious.

There is only one municipal council thanks to the visionary provincial government under the late Premier John Savage who had the courage to force the four previous municipalities to amalgamate.

Now there is only one council which is capable of making decisions without being beholden to numerous noisy undemocratic neighbourhood NIMBY associations and protest committees.

Our provincial government could do the same thing. They have nothing to lose since this area is NDP anyway. They could leave a lasting legacy for efficiency, democracy and environmental improvement by forcing amalgamation and sewage treatment.

Eric Nielsen

Oak Bay