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Community Banners Resist Government Climate Spin

December 28, 2009

Banners vs. Bulldozers:
Gatewaysucks sends Copenhagen greetings to Harper and Campbell

For immediate release
Friday December 18, 2009

Surrey and Delta, BC – On the final day of the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, local residents have hung a series of community banners over government billboards used to promote the $1-billion South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR), part of the province’s controversial Gateway freeway expansion
program.

In recent months, the billboards have been erected throughout the region featuring contradictory claims about the supposed benefits of the project, such as “reducing congestion” and “strengthening the
economy”.

Our Premier and Prime Minister are in Copenhagen claiming to work toward a global climate treaty, yet at home they are paving farmland (90 hectares of the best farmland in Canada), paving Burns Bog (the largest carbon sink in the Lower Mainland), and paving the banks of the Fraser River (endangering the most important salmon-bearing river in North America). Even the government’s own studies say that the Gateway freeways will increase GHG emissions by over 160,000 tonnes per year, over 11 times the claimed reduction for the $2 billion Canada Line.

Regarding congestion, Premier Gordon Campbell said in 2003 at GVRD Council of Councils, “you cannot build your way out of congestion”. Adding four lanes of pavement to our communities would add thousands of new vehicles and new trips to fill the new capacity. The Provincial and Federal governments have provided massive investments to the Port in Prince Rupert to develop its container handling abilities, yet the Prince Rupert port is being used at less than half of its capacity. This calls into question the billions being spent on port and freeway expansion in Delta, while the Province delays or cancels critical social programs such as:

-School Seismic Upgrades (jobs, safety, education)
-Seniors Health Care (jobs, health, respect for the people who built this Province)
-LiveSmartBC (programs to help reduce greenhouse gases in homes and businesses)

The community messages we have posted on the Gateway billboards are:
-Transit Not Truck Routes (King George Hwy at Patullo Bridge)
-Homes Not Highways (River Road under the Alex Fraser Bridge, near a neighbourhood of homes being demolished for the SFPR)
-Peatland Not Pavement (River Road at Huston Road, near Burns Bog)
-Farms Not Freeways (Hwy 17 at Hwy 10, near Delta farmland being bulldozed for the SFPR)
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For video see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK1_XF8Ac6M

For pictures see:
http://flickr.com/photos/badfreeway/
or http://www.flickr.com/photos/43367159@N07/sets/72157622798719051/

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  1. December 29, 2009 2:07 pm

    I love this blog. It has the best action videos and twitter tweets. Keep up the good work. PS the snow is cool too. how come it is shut off?

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