Victoria By-Election

Paul Summerville • December 9, 2012

Commentary on life after massive weight loss, gay marriage in the United States, finally good news for newspapers, Europe’s austerity kills the future, unequal future, freedom of speech, and those F35s.

I have a dear friend who is morbidly obese and I haven’t had the courage to say “lose that weight”. Julia Kozerski documented her decision to cut her weight in half and the trauma of dealing with her new body.

Paul Summerville • November 5, 2012

At doorsteps and on sidewalks across Victoria a great swelling voice is rising.

There is a growing recognition that our great city is being pushed into a decision to build an environmentally unstable and fiscally dangerous secondary sewage treatment plant.

A plant based on technology that belongs to the 19th when 21st century solutions are within our grasp.

A plant whose construction is driven more by image than science.

Paul Summerville • October 30, 2012

A great summary of the environmental issues at stake.

Stop the mad plan.

Pdf below -- Marine Pollution Bulletin Sewage Treatment Wasted

Paul Summerville • October 21, 2012

(Victoria) Now that Prime Minister Harper has called the Victoria federal by-election for November 26, Liberal candidate, Paul Summerville says he is raring to go.

“I am looking forward to running for rationality in the way Victoria taxpayers’ money is spent,” says Summerville. “We must stop this mad plan for an unnecessary and expensive sewage treatment plant for Victoria, a billion dollar boondoggle. We need to spend those limited funds on things Victorians really want and need. The Conservative/NDP priorities are simply wrong.”

Paul Summerville • September 5, 2012

There has been speculation about whether or not I will be contesting the nomination for the upcoming by-election in Victoria following the resignation of Denise Savoie, who for the record, in my estimation – and most of her constituents – was a thoughtful, effective, hard-working and decent Member of Parliament that represented Victoria very well.

I am very grateful for the interest in my potential candidacy that many people have expressed.

Paul Summerville • November 25, 2012

The Times Colonist does Paul Summerville.

Paul Summerville

Paul Summerville • November 24, 2012

He's back.

Mr. Floatie resurfaces for sewage debate

(note -- Halifax has totally different geographic conditions and comparison is not scientific)

Paul Summerville • November 23, 2012

Not only did Conservative candidate Dale Gann shoot himself in the foot when he said during an all-candidates’ debate on CFAX this morning that his own party was his campaign's Achilles’ Heel, but his Party returned the favour in the House of Commons when in an answer to a loaded NDP question about Gann’s sewage treatment plant flip flop the Conservative's confirmed their support for the billion dollar boondoggle.

Paul Summerville • November 23, 2012

Don Galloway’s campaign literature has incorrectly said that David Suzuki endorses his candidacy.

Just how do you make a mistake like that?

Sorry David.

Times Colonist -- David Suzuki says the ocean is not a garbage can, he doesn't endorse Green candidate Galloway
Activist wades into sewage debate, short of backing Green candidate

Paul Summerville • November 22, 2012

 

At the start of this campaign, I stated that the key issue for me would be the land-based sewage treatment plan, the billion dollar boondoggle, because it represents a breakdown of the responsibility of your representatives to spend your tax dollars wisely, based on good science and evidence.

 

The other parties derided me, saying I was wasting my time, a one issue candidate.

 

But you have made the billion-dollar boondoggle the top issue in this campaign not me.

 

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