The implication by Christianne Wilhelm-son, executive director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, that opponents to wastewater treatment need to be treated with kid gloves so as not to be frightened by the "bogeyman" is insulting to citizens of the Capital Regional District. Her noblesse oblige attitude that the gospel of secondary treatment be soft-sold to us for our own good should be taken with a grain of salt.
I am against this particular version of secondary wastewater treatment - the boondoggle that this project represents does indeed inspire rational fear into me, fear that property tax increases will mean that many of us won't be able to afford to live in Victoria, fear of the false sense of security that secondary treatment will do anything to remove any of the heavy metals and pharmaceutical residue, which is the real problem, not Mr. Floaties.
If Wilhelmson is firm in her belief that "most people in the CRD agree with us and agree with the CRD plan," then she and CRD officials should put the matter to referendum. With "most people" voting for the CRD's wastewater treatment plan, it will certainly put the matter to bed.
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