-from Zac Doeding
North Saanich Mayor Alice Final, who is about as far from the Juan De Fuca as you can get in the CRD, wants to take away our access to public water.
As head of the Planning, Transportation, and Protective Services Committee of the CRD, she, together with Saanich Councillor Vic Derman, is seeking to reverse the Oct.23/15 decision by the CRD Committee of the Whole (COW) that allows the 5,000 residents of the JDF the same right to water that the other 300,000 residents of the CRD already enjoy.
After months of wrangling and hours of contentious debate at the CRD the COW passed a resolution on Oct.23/15 to adopt a “servicing policy for the updated Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) that would apply to both municipalities and the CRD that is silent with respect to the expansion or provision of water services” [SPN ed: see Resources below -b]. So the provision (or denial) of water would no longer be used as a planning tool.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]That means that the residents of the JDF, including Demaniel Creek Estates and The Woods in Otter Point, Anderson Cove Rd. and Seed Tree Rd. in East Sooke etc., would no longer be denied access to clean, safe public water.
But there was a catch.
The vote was close, the situation fluid, and the No Water For You group managed to get an amendment attached that would require a two thirds vote of the CRD Board for any future Official Community Plan (JDF) or Regional Context Statement (municipalities) amendments.
So the price of water equality would be even more control by CRD committees over our affairs, pending a legal opinion to see if the 2/3 vote requirement would be allowed under legislation.
Turns out that it’s not legal.
So now Directors Final and Derman are going to the March 9 CRD Board meeting to try once again deny CRD water to the people of the Juan De Fuca. They will attempt to de-rail the RGS draft, which is supposed to to be referred out now to the municipalities and the Juan de Fuca for comment, and send it back to the COW to try to re-impose water servicing restrictions on the Juan de Fuca.
Really, enough is enough! Water is a human right, and that includes us in the Juan De Fuca.
Want to make your thoughts known to the CRD Directors? Here’s the link: http://www.addressthecrd.com/
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Resources added by SPN
- CRD COW Agenda from October 23, 2015
- Address the CRD
- UN: Making water a human right. 2010