|By Laura Lavin|
THE PENINSULA *
Reg Teeney wants some money back from the federal
Nine years ago, when the Bevan Pier project in Sidney
was in its infancy, a $2,500 environmental assessment was done to
ensure the 100-foot extension to the pier and the 450 offshore reef
balls would not harm the surrounding sea life.
The project passed
with flying colours, but according to Western Economic
Diversification Canada, that was then, this is now.
In order for
Sidney to receive the federal half of $580,000 given to the project
in April, part of the Canada-BC Infrastructure program, the WEDC
ordered another assessment.
"It was exactly the same assessment
we did last time," said Teeney, who is a major fund raiser and
proponent of the project.
However, Susan Schooley, spokesperson
for WEDC, said each application needs to be treated distinctly and
part of that meant an up-to-date environmental assessment needed to
"A nine-year old study would be considered dated,"
So, the town forked over the money for the
assessment, and again it passed with flying colours, which prompted
Teeney to try and get the money back from the feds.
Sidney director of development services Al Cameron said the $2,500
is not a concern for the town.
"It's not a big deal. If you're
getting $600,000 in grants you have to be a little giving," he
Nonetheless, Teeney said he has contacted Victoria MP David
Anderson and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Gary Lunn about the
He wants them to see if they can get the money back since
the project was two-thirds completed when the second assessment was
"If they're not able to do anything about it, that's
fine. At least I got it off my chest."