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New 10-lane bridge to replace Port Mann

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Vancouver Sun

The link above takes you to the news story and the long list of comments. My point is simple. The only critical comment comes from NDP MLA Bruce Ralston. Everyone else they quote is a cheer leader. Nothing from the community, nothing from any of the various groups that oppose Gateway. Nothing from people concerned about traffic in their neighbourhoods. Nothing about any concerns anyone might have about greenhouse gas emissions – or indeed any environmental impacts. And nobody questioning the extremely dubious financial case either.

This is simply lousy journalism. It is not the function of a newspaper in a free society to accept uncritically what a government and its supporters tell it. The people of this region deserve to be fully informed about what this announcement means. And having seven ‘pro’ and one ‘anti’ commentators is nothing like a balanced approach

Written by Stephen Rees

February 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Posted in Gateway

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