What some Experts Have to Say
Comments on specific aspects of the Marina proposal by experts in their field.
Letter to ILMB raises several key concerns and questions about the revised marina plan.
Gordon Greeniaus, 20 January 2010
Comments following a visit to Victoria Harbour
Ray Spaxman, former Director of Planning for City of Vancouver, December 2009
- Legal submission to Minister Prentice by Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria
Irene Faulkner, September 2009
- Review of 2007 & 2008 Environmental Assessment Reports
Brian Emmett, M.Sc., R.P. Bio., 24 November 2008
- Safety & access issues for paddlers
Kris Terauds, a competitive canoe and kayak racer, 19 March 2009
- Comment Regarding Wave Attenuators
Gordon Greeniaus, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Alberta, 11 March 2009
What some politicians have to say
Read what Minister Pat Bell said in response to questions by Maurine Karagianis
Read a transcript here.
Some of MLA Karagianis' questions:
"The public consultation stage of the process ó what does that look like? What does it entail? Is there a beginning? Is there an end? How, in fact, does the public engage in that process?"
"Who takes responsibility for [the environmental aspect], and where is the reporting out of that? How is that open and transparent to the public?"
- "Can we talk about the actual application and when it was submitted and why the city was unable to put in their rezoning application to turn this into parkland, which of course would have then considerably changed the magnitude of the current development proposal?"
Marina Man Getting Pushy
Vic News, Apr.30/10
Harbour about to be WAMed?, by Patrick Isaac
www.focusonline.ca, page 6 under Reader's Views, May 2009
"Personally, if they were going to build a marina, I would say build one for smaller boats, in the 27-foot to 40-foot range....To me, they are the heart and soul of the boating community - not some guy who flies in from wherever for a week, jumps on his boat, powers over to Port Angeles, loads up on cheap food, booze, and fuel and then cruises back through the lower Gulf Islands for a couple of days."
Mega-yacht marina inappropriate, by Alistair Craighead, former City of Victoria councilor
Victoria News, April 8/09
"Building a marina for mega-yachts in one of the last public spaces in Victoriaís harbour is the wrong idea."
Paddling mad, by Janet & Ross Shortreed, Victoria
Monday Magazine, April 2/09
Marina wrong for cityís image, By Jeremy Kinsman
Times Colonist, March 30/09
ìHuman-scale marinas for the communityís recreational craft are handsome additions. But the proposal to build a gated marina for mega-yachts for outsiders in the cityís central asset, the harbour, could not be more wrong for Victoria, nor less opportune: Many have seen their life savings plunge.î
Dear Minister Cantelon.
This photograph of a mega yacht leaving Victoria Harbour was taken from the 3rd floor of a condominium building on Erie Street. The area for a proposed marina for such mega yachts can be seen on the far shore. This yacht is about the height of a three storey building and, if moored in the location of this proposed marina and allowing for the state of the tide( low in this picture), its Bridge deck would be as high, if not higher, than the roof line of the two storey town-houses seen in the background!!
Read the rest of Geoff Stewart's letter here
Letter from SISKA to Minister Cantelon In a letter to Minister Ron Cantelon, Irene Faulkner, the lawyer representing the South Island Sea Kayaking Association (SISKA), requested that the Minister act in the public interest to deny the application by Community Marine Concepts for a Victoria Harbour Water Lot License of Occupation. She states in the letter,
"The fundamental issue is that if you grant a license of occupation for this water lot, you will be taking an expanse of public waters currently enjoyed by all Victorians, and privatizing those waters for the use of the internationally wealthy. You will also be privatizing irreplaceable viewscapes and the shoreline - shifting them from the shared use of the entire community to the private benefit of a handful of mostly foreign-owned luxury yachts"
Read the full letter
Letter regarding safety of human-powered boat traffic
Letter from Scott Parfitt, General Manager, GO Rowing and Paddling Association of Canada.
Victoria Harbour Ferries Position on Marina Development
Letter from Barry Hobbis, Managing Director of Victoria Harbour Ferries.
Letter to Province about harbour safety issues, environmental impacts and detrimental impacts on neighbourhood
Letter from Donald Grovestine, Victoria Resident.
Victoria City Council has taking a position against this marina development proposal.
Read more about the City's position in this press release.
MLA Maurine Karagianis sends letter to Minister John Baird urging him to establish an independent panel to review environmental assessment
See video clips of the public meeting hosted by Denise Savoie, Victoria MP on Sept. 22nd on the proposed marina.
Provincial and federal officials heard the views and concerns of many people and groups who are opposed to this marina.
Check it out at www.youtube.com/denisesavoie#p/u/8/MwrrD9rbQqc
The Honourable Stockwell Day, Treasury Board President and Senior Regional Minister for BC, wrote a letter to Transport Minister John Baird last March urging him to approve this project. Read his letter here. We need to start raising questions of him and other political decision makers about a process that allows political influence on the divestiture of a valuable public asset. We need to send letters to Minister Baird demanding that the process be opened up to public scrutiny and be the subject of a full and independent environmental assessment review. Click here for his contact information.
We have garnered support from many local politicians. Denise Savoie, Victoria MP and Maurine Karagianis, Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA, presented our petition with close to 7000 signatures in the House of Commons and BC Legislature this summer. They have written letters and lobbied vigorously on behalf of their constituents for a full public and environmental review of this project. Dr. Keith Martin, Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca MP, has also loudly voiced his concerns to government about the many negative impacts of this marina on Victoria harbour. Former Victoria mayors - Peter Pollen, Alan Lowe, and David Turner - have spoken out against the marina.
Former federal Environment Minister and Victoria MP, David Anderson voices his support for a full environmental review of this project in a letter to Scott Bernstein at the Environmental Law Centre at UVic.
Read a letter about the impacts this marina would have on our harbour and our city from Ann who says "The Inner Harbour is a place of beauty and should be maintained as an area to be enjoyed by all".
Through this web site, we are providing a forum for the public to express their views and concerns about this marina development proposal which could change our harbour forever.
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Letters to the Editor
Letters to Government
Dear Mr. Baird, Dr. Martin, and Ms. Savoie:
We are writing to register our strong opposition to the proposed marina development adjacent to the Songhees in Victoria. We object to it on a number of grounds, including: aesthetics, restricted usage and access to foreshore by the public, and environmental degradation.
We have written separately to Mr. Prentice as he does not publish his email address.
Thank you for taking our views into consideration.
Colleen & Bill
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