The gig was up. B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell didn't even wait for his government's next Speech from the Throne to announce a change in policy.
The argument that sewage is diluted is "just not viable anymore," he told the Union of B.C. Municipalities. "The lack of sewage treatment for our provincial capital," he added, "is an embarrassment to British Columbians."
The old party line still has its defenders.
"The Victoria core sewage is 99.93 percent water and has very little actual solids," a group called Responsible Sewage Treatment Victoria claims on its website. Citing screens at Victoria's two outfalls, it insists: "There are no 'floaties'."
But Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin answers that it's time to get off the put, telling the Times-Colonist newspaper: "This is the 21st Century. We cannot keep putting raw sewage into the ocean and think we don't have an impact."
Humor, combined with science, can move even governments.
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