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Archive for January 11th, 2009

Monday SFPR action w/Gordo & Harper

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Tomorrow — Monday Jan. 12, 2pm — Gordon Campbell, Kevin Falcon, and Federal reps will be making an “announcement about the South Fraser Perimeter Road” at the Surrey Fraser Docks.This announcement may concern new Federal funding for the SFPR.

MAJOR MEDIA WILL BE THERE. Let’s greet them with a large outside presence, and let them know that the people of the Lower Mainland demand TRANSIT NOT FREEWAYS — GREEN WAYS, NOT GATEWAY!

The announcement will be behind the fence on Port property, so public access will be controlled (interesting, that they need to control access for a public announcement…what are they afraid of?).

Please  join us there between 1 and 2 pm, with signs, drums and banners if you got em! (we will have some extra to share).

The announcement site is at the Surrey Fraser Docks on Elevator Road. Google map
To get to the site: you can take the #640 bus from Scott Road Station. (bus schedule) Ask the driver to let you off at River Rd & Elevator Rd. OR take the #312 from Scott Road Station to Townline Diversion

Thanks all! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, as we continue to demand better solutions than Gateway and, in the leadup to the Provincial election, let our leaders know what the public wants.

UPDATE Monday January 12, 9 am

Jan. 11, 2009


Office of the Premier


SURREY – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell,
Federal Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific
Gateway Stockwell Day, and B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister
Kevin Falcon will launch construction of a major joint federal/provincial
infrastructure project.

Date: Monday, January 12, 2009

Time: 2 p.m.

Fraser Surrey Docks
11060 Elevator Road

*Please note: The Fraser Surrey Docks is a secure site. All attending
media will be required to show two pieces of ID along with valid media
accreditation. Media must arrive 30 minutes in advance of the event for
security check and to set up.

Written by Stephen Rees

January 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Posted in Gateway

Heavy rainfall sends raw sewage into B.C. waterways

Lisa Johnson of the CBC reported on the Friday edition of Vancouver at Six and now the story is on line. I have dealt with the issue of partially treated sewage here before – but the recent heavy rains and melting snow overloaded Vancouver’s antiquated combined system. Most places now have separate storm and foul water drainage systems. We don’t.  However it is recognised to be a problem. Just not one that is being dealt with any sense of urgency.

the pipes are slowly being separated and overall the sewage system is improving, but work won’t be completed until 2050

“That’s a ridiculously long timeline,” [Georgia Straight Alliance spokeswoman Christianne Wilhelmson] said. “I realize there’s challenges with digging up streets and replacing pipes, but this has got to be a greater priority for the region because everyone can see right now the impact that it’s having.”

Now in case you think this is just about polar swimmers paddling in poo, the stuff that is being dumped is going into what was once a major salmon habitat. And the stuff that we flush is loaded with pharmaceuticals which we excrete and then go into the food chain. Along with all the heavy metals and what not that goes down the drains in the street. So I am not just talking about the need for better sewage treatment but also some treatment for storm run off.

At least the CBC story is attracting comments – 38 so far. Please add your comments there and not here. I have added nothing to this story I am simply passing the link along

Written by Stephen Rees

January 11, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Environment, sewage