Earlier, we exclusively reported industry interests are organizing an Astroturf movement to "sway public and political opinion in support of the government's transportation programs." It's name: the Livable BC Coalition - which is more than a little similar to the Livable Region Coalition, a group opposed to blacktop expansion in the Lower Mainland. But it looks like livable region organizers are moving to protect their moniker. In an interview on Public Eye Radio, group spokesman Deming Smith, said when he read the B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association was going to setup a Website for their coalition, "we immediately grabbed all of the obviously logical domains that (the road builders) would use for that Website and they will all be steered to the Livable Region Coalition (Website)."
March 5, 2006