(1) SFPR action this Saturday June 30!
(2) Updates from recent actions in Delta & New Westminster
(3) No Pipelines - No Tankers
(4) Transportation at Sustainable Communities Summer School
1. SFPR action this Saturday June 30!
The people of Bridgeview have been resisting the onslaught of Gateway for some years now. This working class community has often faced the raw end of the deal when it comes to industrial development schemes, but a fighting spirit persists among those who refuse to let their riverside neighbourhood turned into a wasteland. A pop-up "Occupy SFPR" event has been called for this Saturday June 30. There are two meeting times at the taxi stand at Scott Road Skytrain, 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm, to accommodate the 30th Anniversary of the Vancouver Walk for Peace taking place that day. For more details on the action, check http://www.facebook.com/events/272555262839079/
The steamrollers are set to start paving the Surrey portion of the SFPR this fall - let's show the people resisting in Bridgeview our support! Contact Bernadette 778-867-6115 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you are arriving later.
2. Updates from recent actions in Delta & New Westminster
On June 16, about 200 people took to the streets of the Ladner village in Delta in opposition to the proposed expansion of Deltaport at Roberts Bank, and construction of a Free Trade Zone (FTZ), that would double the current container capacity, and facilitate the runaway expansion of Gateway projects in the region.
On June 23, almost 100 people from Surrey and New Westminster held a lively demonstration against Translink's plans for a 6-lane replacement of the Patullo Bridge, calling for transit for South of Fraser communities instead. http://www.canada.com/health/Westminster+residents+rally+against+expande...
3. No Pipelines - No Tankers
The movement to keep pipelines off the land and tankers off the coast is growing every day. However, construction could start soon on a 'trail-breaker' pipeline through northern BC (Pacific Trail LNG pipeline) that would serve to weaken our resistance. Grassroots Wet'su'wet'en people have been constructing a camp directly in the path of this and several other pipelines, including the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, and have stated that they will stop all of these projects from crossing their territories. They are hosting the 3rd Annual Unis’tot’en Action Camp from August 6-10, and deserve all the support we can muster. Find out more at http://unistotencamp.wordpress.com/ and for details about a caravan from Victoria and Vancouver go here: http://forestaction.wikidot.com/caravan
Meanwhile, the provincial government has launched a $400,000 advertising blitz to convince us to use more tar sands oil on our nice new shiny bridges and freeways: http://www.straight.com/article-717601/vancouver/transportation-minister...
A "Transit Not Tankers" petition is available at the Wilderness Committee's website: http://wildernesscommittee.org/takeaction/support_transit_not_tankers
4. Transportation at Sustainable Communities Summer School
The Langara College Sustainable Communities Summer School features a workshop and course that may be of interest to freeway fighters. The Transport: Sustainable Access for All workshop will be held on Saturday July 7 at the conference Sustainability and Power: How the 99% Can Change the World. www.langara.bc.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/summe... The course Transportation Transformation: Sustainable Transportation for Your Community will be held Tuesday & Wednesday, July 10 & 11, 6:30-9:30pm. www.langara.bc.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/summe...
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