Al Gore Coming To Victoria for High Tea

Now everyone dress properly, mind your manners, hold your pinky finger high and join Al Gore for high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria.

According to the Globe and Mail, "It's going to be a 'green tea' of sorts," chuckled Justin Yorke, 20, who still can't believe their good fortune in securing the former U.S. vice-president for the Sept. 29 event. Six hundred guests will listen to Gore, participate in a question and answer session and enjoy tea and watercress sandwiches.

While they were given the option of having Gore present his popular "Inconvenient Truth" slideshow, they decided on a more conversational approach. "Something (where) he can really just let loose and talk about what he really thinks about...how citizens and local businesses can help in the fight against climate change," said Krepiakevich, adding that they anticipate it will be far more interesting than the slideshow because many people will have already seen the documentary. "It's a pretty green city," said Jacobson, adding that appears to have tweaked Gore's interest.::Globe and Mail

Note to Al: Victoria may say it is green but it isn't. it still pumps 129 litres of raw sewage straight into the ocean every day.


Watch "Mr Floatie" discuss Victoria pollution

"Greater Victoria dumps an average of 129 million litres of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca every day, making it one of the most high-profile sewage polluters in Canada and one of the few remaining urban centres in North America to dump untreated waste into the ocean.

The sewage is shot out of two outfalls.

The Macaulay Point outfall pipe in Esquimalt travels 1.8 kilometres away from shore and sits 60 metres below the surface. The Clover Point pipe is 1.2 kilometres long, and 65 metres deep. The pipes sit on the ocean floor, and shoot liquid waste out of small holes called diffusers. The waste hits the fast-moving currents of the ocean, where, some people have argued, it is diluted safely in the Strait of Juan de Fuca's natural flushing currents.

The debate over what to do about Victoria's sewage pollution has split the community, roughly, into two camps: Those who believe the cold tidal currents of the ocean flush away the waste with minimal environmental impact, and those who say it is doing untold damage to the ecosystem and must be stopped.

For years, the two sides have been at loggerheads, each producing scientific studies that proved sewage both did and didn't harm the environment.

The provincial government finally stepped in to end the debate on July 21, 2006. Environment Minister Barry Penner said the "scientific scales have tipped in favour of sewage treatment."" ::Times Colonist

So finally Victoria is being forced to do something about this problem.

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