For more info see http://gatewaysucks.org/farms-not-freeways-wed-mar-24
Join the South Fraser Action Network for a townhall meeting focusing on the effects of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. There will be a group of speakers followed by a chance to ask questions and voice your concerns.
Harold Steves, co-founder of the Agricultural Land Reserve and the Farmland Defence League.
Stephen Rees, transportation economist and planner (ret.), blogger.
Eric Doherty, transportation planning consultant
Alexandria Mitchell, high school student and Copenhagen Climate Change Conference delegate.
Graeme Drew will be moderating.
Topics will include the social, environmental and economic impacts of the road, as well as actions you can take to help save Delta from the SFPR.
Have Concerns? Come Have Your Say!
All of Delta’s elected officials have been invited, come let them hear your opinion.
It is not a done deal. This road can be stopped.
Even if you live outside Delta or Surrey this $1.1 billion road impacts you – your air quality, your environment, your climate and your tax dollars. Let’s work together for better solutions for our region!
For more information call Anita den Dikken at 604 948 0139.
Download the poster and help spread it around!
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
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
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)
For video see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK1_XF8Ac6M
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Award Winning UBC Prof Blocks Freeway Construction
Gateway Work Shut Down for Four Hours
VANCOUVER, BC – On Monday December 7th UBC Professor Patrick Condon joined a group of climate activists who occupied a freeway construction site in Vancouver. Work was stopped at the site for four hours. The protest coincided with the first day of climate change talks in Copenhagen, where Canada received yet another Fossil of the Day Award. The notorious award goes to the country doing the most to obstruct progress at UN climate negotiations.
This action was directed at the controversial Gateway Program, a massive freeway-expansion project that would increase greenhouse gases (GHGs) in a sector that is already the largest source of emissions in our region. The province’s own assessment estimates the increase at over 160,000 tonnes per year. If the billions being spent on Gateway were re-directed to an emissions reduction program including cost-effective public transit, emissions could be reduced by millions of tonnes per year.
The Gateway Program is linked to a larger Pacific Gateway strategy that includes pipelines to the Alberta Tar Sands, Canada’s largest point source of greenhouse gas emissions. Cars and trucks in BC already burn fuel made from tar sands bitumen, and the proportion of this dirty tar sands fuel in our gas tanks is increasing.
“As a citizen it enrages me to see Canada drag its feet on climate change through support of the world’s dirtiest fuel: tar sands,” said Patrick Condon. “As a resident it breaks my heart to see the Vancouver region abandon livability and sustainability through the construction of more freeways. And as a parent, I can’t look my kids and grandkids in the face if I don’t do whatever I can to stop this madness.”
Approximately fifty people were involved in the protest. At one point construction workers moved a piece of equipment on to the site. Police physically removed protesters blocking the equipment but there were no arrests. After parking the equipment workers left and did not resume work until after the protesters were gone from the site.
Patrick Condon is a senior researcher at the UBC Design Centre for Sustainability and has held the position of the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments.
For more info on this event and the Gateway Project see http://www.gatewaysucks.org
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The blog here hasn’t been kept very up to date for a while now, and probably won’t be in the immediate future… but the struggle continues, and the best place to watch is on the Bad Freeway youtube channel!