CRD to review ten key questions on sewage treatment



    VICTORIA, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - The Canadian Union of Public Employees
presented members of the Capital Regional District (CRD) Core Area Liquid
Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) with ten key questions concerning business
advisor Ernst & Young Orenda and its role in supporting private sewage
treatment.
    At its last scheduled meeting of the year today, the committee requested
staff to review the questions presented by Blair Redlin, CUPE national
research representative, and to provide a report back.
    In the spring of 2007 the CRD hired the corporation to prepare a
financial analysis of the sewage treatment project, including potential
private sector involvement.
    "Ernst & Young Orenda has a long track record of promoting privatization
through public-private partnerships or P3s. And we know that the provincial
government is really pushing for privatized operation of new sewage treatment.
We wanted to give members of the committee some key questions to make sure
there is a fair assessment of this important project," says Redlin.
    Kim Manton, from CUPE 1978, which represents staff in the Capital
Regional District, was also at this morning's meeting. "This is an exciting
project. We have the opportunity to have world-class sewage treatment that
includes resource recovery. It should be done right as a publicly-operated and
integrated system," says Manton.
    Manton is pleased that the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee
passed a resolution requesting staff to look at CUPE's ten questions and
report back.
    CUPE's ten questions:
    http://www.cupe.bc.ca/files/nov_28_07_tenquestions-calmwc.pdf
    More information is available at www.keepwaterpublic.ca




For further information:

For further information: Roseanne Moran, CUPE Communications, (778)
835-7537

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