Port Metro Vancouver cited for ‘greenwashing’ in contentious habitat restoration works on Boundary Bay
South Delta residents are planning to rally at Boundary Bay Tuesday morning to protest the start of salt marsh restoration work by Port Metro Vancouver that includes the removal of logs to improve fish habitat.
Residents feel there is no need for the Boundary Bay shoreline to be restored, and are concerned that the port is conducting the work as part of a “habitat banking” program to improve certain areas and offset destruction associated with port development, which could include the planned federal Terminal 2 container expansion project at Roberts Bank.
“This is ‘greenwashing’, just to make them look good in the public eye,” ...
Newsletter August 2013
Recently received information suggests that Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) will soon formally launch the Roberts Bank Container Terminal 2 (T2) project. Typically in the past PMV waits until a time when they think people will not notice – such as mid summer or over Christmas...
January 31, 2011
Port Metro Vancouver has put Roberts Bank Terminal 2 back on the agenda. They have got to be stopped as soon as possible. A second container port out on Roberts Bank will severely damage or perhaps even destroy this ecosystem. Join us in voicing opposition as loud as you can.
January 21, 2009
Goodbye Delta as we know (and like) it? - Vancouver Province
September 3, 2009
Priorities shift for subsidies - Peace Arch News
February 17, 2009
Vancouver port may be left waiting for its ship to come in
February 13, 2009
December 27, 2008
Premier Misinformed About Port Expansion
As published in The Delta Optimist:
I'd like to thank the premier for taking the time to provide his thoughts and views about the Delta South riding. Sadly, his staff and certain cabinet ministers have misinformed him when it comes to container ports and port expansion. The facts are that once the third berth expansion at Deltaport is complete, B.C. will have sufficient port capacity for at least the next 12 to 15 years, without any further expansion at Lower Mainland ports.
November 7, 2008
CONTAINER TRAFFIC SLUMPING VANCOUVER — Canada's ports face challenging months ahead as a global slump in shipping and weakening economies cut into traffic coming in and out of cities such as Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax.
October 16, 2008
A LETTER TO WASHINGTON STATE'S GOVERNOR FROM POINT ROBERTS BASED LIFEFORCE FOUNDATION
GOVERNMENT APPOINTED ADVISORS RECOMMEND PRINCE RUPERT BEFORE VANCOUVER
On January 21, 2008, David Emerson (the then Minister for Gateway) released a Strategic Advisors Report on the Asia Pacific Gateway Initiative. Authored by three prominent business leaders who were appointed by Emerson, the report made a number of sensible recommendations concerning Canada’s west coast container ports. Amongst those recommendations: "We recommend that policy makers develop container capacity in Prince Rupert before making any investments in Vancouver beyond what have been announced to date."
Port Metro Vancouver is trying to ignore this and is quietly proceeding with its plans for Terminal 2.Read Report
August 26, 2008
ENVIRONMENT CANADA COMMENTARY ON THIRD BERTH APPLICATION
See what comments and concerns Environment Canada had in 2005 when they reviewed the original Deltaport Third Berth environmental assessment application.Read review
Click here for a reference list (by page number) to locate just some of the very critical concerns raised by Environment Canada.Read more
Deltaport Adaptive Management Strategy Report
Port Metro Vancouver are ignoring warning signs that the Deltaport Third Berth Project is already damaging the environment and the fragile ecosystem of Roberts Bank. The first annual Adaptive Management Strategy Report – produced by consultants paid by Port Metro Vancouver – admits that there are elevated nutrient levels in the inter causeway area. The same report also owns up to the fact that third berth construction caused the formation of new drainage channels. Both of these have the potential to result in significant impacts in the inter causeway area. Elevated nutrient levels can result in eutrophication – whereby an algal bloom, reduces dissolved oxygen in the water when dead plant material decomposes and can cause other organisms to die. Environment Canada in its 2005 review of the Deltaport Third Berth Project warned that “If it does occur the state of eutrophication is predicted to result in such massive environmental change between the causeways that there would be public outrage as well as agency embarrassment on an international scale.”Read APE's Analysis of the report
Port Metro Vancouver's Adaptive Management Strategy Report
APE Update for April
Read up on the upcoming events, summary of this month's news articles and more in this edition of the APE Update.
Press Release is from the Livable Region Coalition
Gateway air quality promises running on empty. Feds call Gateway Program air quality studies inappropriate and misleading: Study of transit solutions required.
A couple of quick things... Click on the following link.
APE Special Announcement
APE organizers are pleased to announce that, as a result of a donation from one of our supporters, we've been able to appoint an Executive Director – something we had wanted to do but lacked the funds to provide for.
Roger Emsley has agreed to fill that role and has taken up the position as of August 1, 2007.
Please read the press release for information for and update on VPA's
investigation of improper ocean disposal related to the DP3 and BCTC
Highway Robbery?June 6, 2007
Two million profit in less than a year for SFPR Properties!
In 2005, land speculators earned $2 million profit in less than a year when the B.C. Government purchased their industrial properties for the South Fraser Perimeter Road. The same profits are not being paid to homeowners whose homes are being expropriated for the road in North Delta and Surrey.
A.P.E. UpdateJune 4, 2007
Just taking a moment to bring you up to speed on APE's activities before summer sets in and your time is taken up with beaches, barbeques, lakeside vacations and all that other fun stuff.
Rafe Mair has written a great article in The Tyee on the South Fraser Perimeter Road which he describes as a Monster road in Delta which runs over local rights. He slams the environmental assessment process as occurring after the decision was already made.May 15, 2007
A.P.E. members meet with four provincial cabinet ministers in Victoria to discuss concerns about expanding the Deltaport container facilityApril 2007
Read Article May 23 - Followup Letter to Gordon Campbell
Comments on Vancouver Port Authority Press Release of March 31, 2007.March 31, 2007
Hundreds of people came out to the STOP Gateway Rally on March 31st to voice their opposition to the provincial government's Gateway Program.March 17, 2007
Rally speakers included radio personality Rafe Mair, Delta-Richmond East MP John Cummins, Delta Councillor Vicki Huntington, Adriane Carr of the Green Party, and David Chudnovsky, NDP's Transportation Critic.
Pacific Gateway Strategy Plan
On March 13th, 2007, Delta Mayor Lois Jackson made the following presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications (TRAN).
About the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications
Connecting dots creates picture by Ian Robertson (Delta Optimist, September 2006)