Doreen Marion Gee on federal approval of Victoria International Marina plans: ‘Two separate groups have applied to court for a judicial review of the federal decisions’

ESQUIMALT AND SONGHEES FIRST NATIONS,

DOGWOOD INITIATIVE, PADDLER TIM HOULIHAN

WANT FEDERAL MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

TO RECONSIDER AND SET ASIDE APPROVALS

 

The plot thickens with the mega-yacht marina controversy.

Opponents of the [Victoria International] Marina proposal are fighting back after the feds gave those approvals to the developer.

Two separate groups have applied to the [Federal] Court [of Canada] for a judicial review of the federal decisions.

On June 11, 2010, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations filed a notice of application with the federal Court asking for a judicial review of the decision to issue a navigable waters permit for Victoria’s proposed mega yacht marina.

The Nations say that they have rights in that area that will be adversely impacted by the proposed marina.

The other application filed the same day is by the Dogwood Initiative and Tim Houlihan (representing the paddling community).

It is a separate application for a judicial review of the same federal decision.

The applicants take issue with the environmental screening, the inadequate consultation process and many other concerns.

Essentially they want the federal decision set aside and referred back to the Minister of Transport for reconsideration.

 

CCC BLOG reprint:

Doreen Marion Gee

Hot off the Press!  Big Yachts and Floathomes

James Bay Beacon

July/August 2010

Page 18

CCC

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