Eastside organization gets green light from CRD

The newly formed CRD Eastside committee to explore sewage treatment options is official

The newly formed CRD Eastside committee to explore sewage treatment options is official.

Coun. Ben Isitt reiterated his concern over the makeup of the two committees as the municipalities overlap with waste headed to both Clover Point and Macaulay Point outfalls.

However, the terms of reference are crafted to reflect geography as opposed to what area uses which outfall.

“I have a high expectation there will be a collaboration between them [Eastside and Westside],” said Victoria Coun. Marianne Alto.

Saanich Coun. Vic Derman said he suspects the governance structure is not yet ideal and will evolve.

“It provides a forum, it starts a process,” Derman said. “We may find a need to alter it as time goes on.”

The committee is tasked with working with the Westside committee and municipalities to explore potential common facilities and use of current CRD assets.

Meetings will be open to the public (unless closed in accordance with legislation) and the meetings are to be webcast and held in the CRD board room on Fisgard Street.

“I do think we absolutely need to have an open and transparent process between the two committees,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “It can’t be two mayors just meeting in a coffee shop … that doesn’t do it for me.”

The Eastside committee, fashioned after the Westside, will meet at least once a month and at the call of the chair.

“It’s a great opportunity for us all to be moving forward,” said Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardin.

“Westside is not proprietary in any way, shape or form” and Eastside is free to share, steal and borrow their research and findings.

 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

 

 

Just Posted

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

GoodLife marathon helps enrich lives, share stories

Seniors’ care one of many causes supported by GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Oak Bay community invited to News’ 5th annual readers tea

Oak Bay News, Carlton House host Sept. 17 afternoon tea

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

Tour Government House and other homes, enjoy art along the way

The Art Gallery’s 66th annual House Tour features artists at work, artistic floral displays

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Scheer makes quick campaign stop in Comox

Conservative leader highlights tax promises early in campaign

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Most Read