WHAT IS GATEWAY?



The Gateway Project is the most environmentally threatening highway mega-project in British Columbia's history. It WILL affect our region's air quality and hasten global climate change. And it WON'T reduce traffic congestion.

Check out the MAP of the proposed Highway Expansion, and find out more about Gateway HERE.

There ARE solutions

March 14, 2013

<< a bulletin from www.stopthepave.org >>

Greetings from your friends at Stop the Pave!

With everything from port expansion to coal exports to jet fuel pipelines stirring controversy in the region these days, we'd like to alert you to a couple of upcoming action opportunities:

1. Saturday March 16: Action for Better Transit Not Freeway Expansion

Join the Council of Canadians Delta/Richmond Chapter in calling for improved transit instead of building a multi-billion dollar replacement for the Massey Tunnel and expanding freeways. We will picket and leaflet the Ministry of Highways’ Delta open house on Saturday March 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn 1665 56th Street, Delta, B.C. (Access via 601 bus from Bridgeport Station on the Canada Line) http://tinyurl.com/cqsz35b

"We need to make transit an accessible and convenient mode of commuting instead of spending our public money replacing the tunnel." said Cathy Wilander spokesperson for the Delta/Richmond chapter of the Council of Canadians. "We have to get people out of their cars. This is particularly relevant to our community as global warming from carbon emissions is here and our community, a flood plain, is particularity vulnerable to rising sea levels.”

Improving transit is one of the most important ways to reduce emissions, and to give commuters a way to avoid congestion. Numerous studies and long experience shows that highway expansion just creates new bottle necks, wider traffic jams, and increased carbon emissions.

A new tunnel or bridge would allow Port Metro Vancouver to move much larger ships, including oil tankers and coal ships to expanded facilities, up the Fraser River. Oil spills and coal dust pollution are a serious threat to the ecological health of the River and the salmon that depend on it.

Media release: http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/newsrelease/16739
Invite your friends on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/434254403322845/

2. Saturday March 30: Global Day of Action against Chevron and the Pacific Trail Pipeline

American oil giant Chevron wants to build a destructive pipeline across unceded indigenous territory to carry fracked gas to the coast, and export climate change to the world. We say NO. We do not need fracked gas, we do not want another pipeline and we will not stand by as colonial governments and greedy corporations push us over the climate catastrophe cliff edge.

Read the call out from Rising Tide Vancouver Coast Salish Territories http://risingtide.resist.ca/?p=347
Find out about a local action in Vancouver on March 30 https://www.facebook.com/events/550192548348590/

<< a bulletin from www.stopthepave.org >>

March 13, 2013


Government has "tunnel vision" when it comes to commuter needs:

Picket planned for Ministry of Highways open house Saturday in Tsawwassen.

Delta BC: The Council of Canadians Delta/Richmond Chapter calls for improved transit instead of building a multi-billion dollar replacement for the Massey Tunnel.

"We want transit not tunnels" says Cathy Wilander of the Delta/Richmond chapter of the Council of Canadians. "We need to make transit an accessible and convenient mode of commuting instead of spending our public money replacing the tunnel". Pointing to figures from the B.C. Government website, she continues "Right now 1 percent of passenger vehicles using the Massey Tunnel are buses. They carry 26 percent of the people heading in and out of Delta on highway 99. At the same time single occupancy vehicles account for 77% of usage. We have to get people out of their cars. This is particularly relevant to our community as global warming from carbon emissions is here and our community, a flood plain, is particularity vulnerable to rising sea levels.”

Improving transit is one of the most important ways to reduce emissions, and to give commuters a way to avoid congestion. Numerous studies and long experience shows that highway expansion just creates new bottle necks and wider traffic jams.

"Replacing the tunnel also plays right into the hands of the Port Corporation who want the tunnel replaced to enable Port expansion and the use of larger ships on the Fraser River. A new tunnel or a bridge would allow much larger ships, including oil tankers and coal ships, to dock on the Fraser. There has been opposition to Port expansion since day one in this community and this opposition continues to grow. You have to wonder who this proposed tunnel replacement really benefits, our community and the needs of commuters or the Port Corporation?" asks Wilander

The group plans to picket and leaflet the Ministry of Highways’ Delta open house on the Saturday March 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn 1665 56th Street, Delta, B.C.. “We invite others who don't want this tunnel replacement to join us" states Wilander.

The province’s proposed replacement of the Massey Tunnel is expected to cost in the neighbourhood of $3 billion dollars. "TransLink has cut bus service to save a few million, meanwhile the province is spending billions on freeways which increase our dependency on cars and tarsands oil," explains Bob Ages of the Council of Canadians Delta/Richmond Chapter. “1950’s thinking won’t solve the problems of the 21st century."

"We must stop spending public money on making the climate crisis worse, and shift the money to solutions like public transit and electric trains" says Eric Doherty with the Council of Canadians Vancouver / Burnaby Chapter. “It’s time for all concerned people to take a stand against these freeway projects that are cooking our planet.”

Invite your friends on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/434254403322845/

January 11, 2013

Enbridge Joint Review Panel comes to Vancouver and… WE SAY NO!

ENBRIDGE NOISE DEMO!
No Consent? No Pipelines! No Tar Sands! No Climate Crimes!

Monday January 14th @ 5:00 pm
Victory Square, Cambie & Hastings Street
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories

On Facebook: http://on.fb.me/ZLnKKO
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/risingtide604

* This event is in solidarity with IDLE NO MORE & frontline Indigenous communities. Bring drums and wear regalia.
* Noise demo: bring pots and pans (to bang), whistles, horns and such! (and ear plugs, it’s going to get loud!)
* This is a child and family friendly event.

When the pipeline Joint Review Panel comes to Vancouver on January 14th it is our time to voice our opposition. It is our moment to say NO to this crazy climate crime of a pipeline and to expose the Review Panel for what it truly is – a sham, a corporate smokescreen, seeking input while reserving the right to approve the project regardless and removing the right of communities to say no.

On Monday 14th we invite you to attend the Enbridge Review Panel NO!SE DEMO!

Indigenous communities have already said no to this project and have repeatedly affirmed that free, prior, and informed consent must be respected by both colonial governments and industry.

More than 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law that bans all tar sands pipelines within the Fraser Watershed. The Unist’ot’en Clan have made it clear that they oppose the construction of all pipelines, including natural gas pipelines, on their territories, that may even blaze the trail for Enbridge’s proposal.

We are standing in full support of the self-determination of Indigenous communities and calling out the “consultation process” as inadequate and ultimately unacceptable.

Furthermore, the Joint Review Panel have provided a long list of issues that cannot be discussed during the hearings. Shockingly, one of these issues is climate change-perhaps one of the most significant impacts of the project.

Climate change impacts many communities globally as well as locally, and by affirming our belief in environmental justice we hope to mobilize grassroots communities in order to highlight the voices that will not be in the hearings and are generally underrepresented in the resistance to pipelines.

Unceded Indigenous lands are threatened to be further destroyed these projects. Subsidies and tax breaks to industrial corporations are promoted in the face of austerity for the people. People are being displaced by these projects and climate change around the world to live in exploitative and impoverished conditions whether they be in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver or in migrant worker camps. Militaries that are waging war against the people of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan are fueled by these industries. Structured sexism (or patriarchy) and other oppressions aid in determining who bears the brunt of social impacts of industrial expansion upon communities and who profits. Capitalism and state promotion of economic growth are the driving forces behind extractive industries.

Join with thousands as we meet the system’s violence with our creative defiance. On the streets we will amplify marginalized voices demanding environmental and social justice and challenge the legitimacy of the Review Panel process. From every roof top in the city we cry No Consent? No Pipelines! No Climate Crimes!

This event is organized by Rising Tide – Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, and endorsed by:

Alliance for People’s Health
Ancestral Pride Ahousaht Sovereign Territory
Beyond Boarding
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign
Café Rebelde Collective
Council of Canadians
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
Downtown Eastside Not for Developers Coalition
Downtown East Side Power of Women Group
Food Not Bombs
Fractured Land (Documentary & Transmedia Project)
Fraser Valley Peace Council
Home Health Care
Idlenomore Founders (Jess Gordon, Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, Nina Wilson, and Sheelah McLean)
Indigenous Action Movement
Indigenous Environmental Network
Idle No More founders
Kootenays For A Pipeline-Free B.C. (Kootenay to Kitimat Caravan)
Lhe Lin Liyin (Grassroots Wet’suwet’en)
Mining Justice Alliance
No One Is Illegal – Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
Occupy Vancouver Environmental Justice Group
Pedal Revolutionary Radio
Peoples’ Health Movement
PIPE UP
Purple Thistle
Rhizome Cafe
Shop Wrong Collective
Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
Social Coast
South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
Spartacus Books
Stop the Pave
StopWar.ca
Streams of Justice
Unist’ot’en Camp
Vancouver Catholic Worker
Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network
Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
Vancouver Raging Grannies
Vancouver-West End Greens

If you would like to add your name to the list of endorsers, please email risingtide604@riseup.net.

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