Dr. Hedy Fry asks the Minister of Transport to prevent sewage dumping in English Bay

Hedy Fry In The House
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dr. Hedy Fry asks the Minister of Transport to prevent sewage dumping in English Bay

Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal Party of Canada): Mr. Speaker, currently small craft are not allowed to dump sewage less than three miles from Vancouver's coastal waters.
 
Transport Canada is thinking of reducing this to one mile, which will cause a serious public health hazard, increasing E. coli contamination, on the busy beaches in Vancouver where kids and locals swim.
 
Public health officers, health authorities and municipalities have raised concerns with the minister. Will she ensure Canadians that she will prevent this public health catastrophe and abandon this reckless idea?
 
Hon. Lisa Raitt (Minister of Transport, CPC): Mr. Speaker, it is true that Transport Canada is reviewing these guidelines. As such, we welcome input from all members of Parliament, indeed all Canadians across the country with respect to changes that are being considered.
 
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To download a copy of Dr. Fry's petition to retain the three-mile sewage dumping limit, please click here.