Metro News reports that Mr. Floatie has been around a while, and he has made the point quite clear at his many appearances in the Victoria area-the lack of sewage treatment facilities for this area resulting in dumping of raw sewage in the ocean is not cool.
Mr. Floatie was a six-foot costume that looked like the “organization’s acronym”, People Opposed to Outfall Pollution, or POOP. School teacher James Skwaro unveiled Mr. Floatie in 2004, and has been part of Greater Victoria’s conscience advocating for a secondary-sewage treatment facility for the region. A plan has been finally adopted to build a treatment facility by 2020, ending the daily flushing of 130 million litres of untreated sewage directly into the Salish Sea and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Mr. Floatie’s last public engagement is in Seattle today, hosted by the Canadian consul general, the Mayor of Victoria, and area tourism representatives. I expect everyone will be flushed with success.