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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

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February 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

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by Ryan Longoz, 2008 CMNS 482 Directed Study

Metro Vancouver has a long way to go before it can call itself a livable region. Why are we further committing ourselves to car orientation? Building roads just adds to the problem we’re trying to address, and just think of the transit service $3.9 billion could buy.

Driving, shopping, advertising, consumer culture, Hummers, sprawl, it’s all here. Our addiction to the status quo is quickly working against our needs for community, complete infrastructure, and efficient ways of getting around. What in the hell are we doing?

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April 17, 2008 at 8:15 am