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  • October 31, 2011

    Stave Lake Water Decision- Media Release

    Abbotsford City Council candidate Henry Braun announced today that he will be voting ‘No’ on the Stave Lake Water question on the November 19 referendum ballot.

    Since declaring his candidacy, Braun has been seeking answers to his questions about the proposed P3 water deal.  ‘Over the past weeks I have been listening, gathering information and learning as much as I can about our water situation and the Stave Lake Water plan voters are being asked to decide on. Along the way I heard from many people, most of whom are opposed to the project. Some of the opposition seems to be for reasons other than the project itself’, Braun stated. ‘These include escalating property taxes, much higher water bills, the HST, operating deficit of the Entertainment… Continue Reading


  • October 31, 2011

    Stave Lake Water Project –YES OR NO?

    There are many things we can do without. Water is not one of them. Dr. Richard Wolfenden, professor of biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill put it this way, “To say that water is essential hardly covers it.”

    Over the past weeks, I have been listening, gathering information and learning about our water situation and the Stave Lake Water plan presented to taxpayers.  Along the way, I heard from many people, most of whom are opposed to the project. Some opposition seems to be for reasons other than the project itself. Concerns such as; escalating property taxes, much higher water bills, the HST, the operating deficit of the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Center, perceptions of waste in day-to-day operations (work around the City), the uncertainty in the global economy, etc., etc. In the face of all of these… Continue Reading


  • October 29, 2011

    Guide for Voting For/Against the Water Referendum

    During my campaign travels, numerous people have shared their confusion with me that, while they agree with some portions of the referendum question, they disagree with other portions. The following guide may be helpful in working through that process.

      Step 1:             Carefully Read the Referendum (note that each underlined portion is in fact a separate question/issue, of which there are 10):   Are you in favour of the City of Abbotsford (1) developing a new water supply source at Stave Lake (2)(consisting of a water intake in Stave Lake, a pump station, a water treatment plant and a water transmission line from Stave Lake to the City of Abbotsford) (3) to ensure that the current and long term water needs of the City of Abbotsford are met by: the City (4) entering into a partnering agreement with… Continue Reading


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