Call for Independent Review on Proposed Mega Yacht Marina

Sept 21, 2009

Victoria Harbour’s mega-yacht marina project needs better public input and an independent environmental assessment process according to legal submissions prepared with the assistance of the ELC and delivered today to the Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice. Prepared on behalf of South Island Sea Kayakers Association (SISKA) and supported by a coalition of community, environmental, and paddling groups, the submission argues that the current closed-door, government-run assessment process must be replaced by full hearings before an independent, unbiased Review Panel.

SISKA Media Release

Letter:Submission to Minister of Environment (Sept 21.09)

Letters of Support


A Comments on the Victoria International Marina Project Environmental Assessment Reports, May 2007 and August 2008, by Brian Emmett. M.Sc., R.P. Bio.

B Notes to File of Jim Schellenberg, November 15, 2006.

C Letter and Comments to The Manager, Navigable Waters Protection Division, Transport Canada, from Gorge Waterway Initiative, dated December 8, 2008.

D Letter from Irene C. Faulkner, Barrister & Solicitor to the Hon. Ron Cantelon, Minister of Agriculture and Lands, dated April 14, 2009 E Letter from B.C. (Barry)  Hobbis, Director, Victoria Harbour Ferry to the Hon. Barry Penner and the Hon. Pat Bell, dated July 3, 2009

E1 Letter from Harbour Air Seaplanes to Transport Canada, December 1, 2008

F Letter to Superintendent, Navigable Waters Protection Program, Transport Canada, from Ocean River Sports, dated December 22, 2008.

G Letter from GO Rowing and Paddling Association of Canada to the Hon. Denise Savoie, dated March 3, 2009.

H Letter to Honourable John Baird. Minister of Transport from Kris Terauds, dated March 19, 2009

I Letter to Superintendent, Navigable Waters Protection Program from VCKC dated December 11, 2008

J Letter to Superintendent, Navigable Water Protection Program from SISKA dated December 22, 2008

K SISKA submissions to Transport Canada and to the Integrated Land Management Branch, August 14, 2009

L Email from-David Featherby to Rob  Ogden. Robert Prud’homme & Chris Cox dated November 28, 2007 and Email from Rob Ogden Robert Prud’homme, David Featherby & Chris Cox, dated November 28, 2007,  – review of McNeal & Assoc. Report

M Letter from Robert Prud’homme to Community Marine Concepts Ltd.

N Email from Chris Cox to David Nowzek, Rob Ogden, Robert Prud’homme, and Jim Schellenberg, dated November 27, 2008

O Email from David Featherby to Robert Prud’homme and Jim Schellenberg dated May 15, 2008

P Email exchange between  Rob Ogden and  David Featherby dated June 18, 2007 re: aerodrome safety & public interest.

Q Email exchange from Robert  Prud’homme to David Featherby et al. dated May 7, 2008, re: outstanding issue re hand powered boat access between the marina and the runway/taxiway.

R Letter from City of Victoria to Province of B.C. Integrated Land Management Branch, dated April 19, 2009

S Letter from Dean Fortin, Mayor, City of Victoria to The Honourable Patrick Bell, Minister of Forests and Range, June 25, 2009.

T Letter from Dr. Keith Martinn to Minister John Baird, dated April 9, 2009.

U Letter from Denise Savoie, MP to the Honourable Jim Prentice and the Honourable John Baird, January 22, 2009.

V Various Letters to the Editor

W Media clips (1, 2, 3, 4)

X Notes from telephone call between Mickey Lam (City of Victoria) and James Wilkinson (Transport Canada).

Y Email from Irene Lin to Jim Schellenberg, dated October 30, 2007. Z Letter from Minister Hagen to WAM Partner.

AA Emails from ILMB to the City and questions posed to the ILMB wrt Evans’ “interest” and the ILMB’s response.

BB Example of email from Transport Canada  mailing open house invitation.

CC 24 June 2008 – telephone record – call from Robert Evans

DD 26 Nov 2007 email from Robert Prud’homme to Robert Evans

EE Email exchange been Nan Judd and Jim Schellenberg, September 16 to October 1, 2008

FF Email fromWBRA to David Osbaldeston, Manager, NWPP

GG Media Release, Denise Savoie, MP, September 10, 2009 and letter from Denise Savoie, MP to Michael Henderson, Transport Canada, Larry Pederson, ILMB, and Mayor and Council City of Victoria, September 2, 2009

HH Notes of phone conversation between Mickey Lam (City of Victoria) and James Wilkinson (Transport Canad) dated October 16, 2008

II Letter from Dr. Gordon Greeniaus to Hon. John Baird dated March 11, 2009 critiquing  the developer’s  wave attenuator report


Media Stream:

Dec16.09 Monday Magazine: Day dives in

Dec13.09 The Globe and Mail: Unease over political ties taking the wind out of proposed marina’s sails

Nov4.09 Monday Magazine: Sailing together

Nov2009 Focus Magazine: Controversial development getting green light in comedy of errors?

Nov2009 James Bay Beacon: Cloudy Shores

Oct30.09 Times Colonist: Study mega-marina says MP

Oct22.09 Times Colonist: Marina backers lobbied politicians

Oct21.09 Monday Magazine: Testing the waters

Oct19.09 The Tyee: Marina promoter married to Lunn advertiser

Oct18.09 The Globe and Mail: 10,000 tons of fibreglass threaten harbour view

Oct15.09 The Tyee: Liberals Smoothed Waters for Mega-Yacht Marina

Oct1.09 CFUV Winds of Change (approx 20 min, 7MB mp3)

CFUV radio interviewer Janine Bandcroft talks about the proposed marina with ELC Articled Student Scott Bernstein and Lynn McDonald from Save Victoria Harbour

Oct1.09 Times Colonist: Peter Pollen’s editorial Mega-yacht plan out of place in Victoria

Sept29.09 Monday Magazine: Choppy Waters (scroll down to read story)

Sept24.09 Times Colonist: Denise Savoie’s letter to Editor Marina meet invitation was a courtesy

Sept24.09 Victoria News: Calls mount for review of mega-yacht marina

Sept 23.09 CBC News: Super-yacht marina opposed by Victoria kayakers