In 1906, the town council of Fort William decided that a sewage system wouldn't bring any revenues to the community, therefore it was an unwarranted luxury. At the same time, the east end of Fort William was described by a journalist from Toronto as "a slum worse than those of India". They had ditches several feet deep, full of human waste, and as many as 25 people living in a house on a 25 foot lot. Today, Thunder Bay doesn't put any untreated sewage into waterways. Why should Ottawa?
I'd tell you that man is an idiot, but I see you've already been there. Carry on.