It’s a symbolic day for sewage treatment in the capital region.
One of the most notable, and bizarre, proponents for a treatment system is officially retiring…It’s Mr. Floatie.
The mascot that raised a stink over the capital region’s system of dumping raw sewage into the ocean.
After more than a decade of protests, his creator, elementary school teacher James Skwaro, agreed to step down after the CRD finally adopted a plan to build a treatment facility by 2020.
Today Mr. Floatie was sent by float plane to Seattle for his retirement party.
Washington state objected to the lack of treatment in Victoria, even threatening a tourism boycott.
Victoria Mayor, Lisa Helps said, “It’s a real honour to be traveling today, to be hosted by the Canadian consul general, he found a day in his very busy schedule to host a retirement party for Mr. Floatie. I look forward to putting Mr. Floatie’s costume in a box, never to be seen again.”
Mr Floatie commented, “I’m just part of a large movement, a movement of caring and determined people, who have been pushing really hard to get sewage treatment for Victoria. Now it’s time for me to be relieved of my duties.”