More than a year ago, Premier Gordon Campbell "unveiled a comprehensive $3-billion plan to open up the province's transportation network today in Vancouver" - also known as the Gateway Program. But the provincial New Democrats still haven't decided whether they'll support that program. At a news conference in January, party leader Carole James told reporters, "We're waiting for the informationâ€ - a reference to Opposition demands for transportation ministry documentation on the environmental impact of that program. "It's critical to get the information, to get the facts to be able to make a decision based on that.â€ But could it be that some of her caucus members are getting a bit tired of standing in the middle of the road? After all, transportation critic David Chudnovsky is scheduled to attend a mass rally in Delta against the highway expansion project - this, according to an announcement from Gatewaysucks.org "a loose voluntary association of individuals and organizations who are ticked off about Gateway." The following is a complete copy of that announcement.
Mass Rally in Delta
On Saturday March 31, join the mass rally in Delta to show your support for those fighting this Frankenstein project South of the Fraser!
â€¢for Sustainable Transportation â€¢for Wildlife Protection â€¢for Agricultural Protection â€¢for Neighbourhood Preservation â€¢for Democratic Process
East Delta Community Hall
10379 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta
(Between Highway 99 and Burns Bog)
Ned Jacobs, Eagleridge Defender
Rafe Mair, Editorialist
Joe Foy, Wilderness Committee
Gord Price, Livable Region Coalition
Donna Passmore, Gateway 30 Network
Adriane Carr, Green Party of Canada
David Chudnovsky, NDP Transportation Critic
Jim Houlahan, CAW local 111 (Bus Drivers)
Craig is organizing a bike ride to the rally, meeting at Grandview Park at 11 am -- email him for details.
Grandview Woodland Area Council is coordinating a motor caravan to the rally -- meet at Grandview Park at 12:30 PM this Saturday. If you need a ride or can offer space in a vehicle, please email Mike or call 604-876-6273.
If people want to make placards for the rally and bring them to Grandview Park to take to the rally, that would be great! Lets show some East Van solidarity with people South of the Fraser who have such poor public transit. We are all concerned about the health and sustainability of our valley that is threatened by the Gateway Project.
Rideshares are being organized from the North Shore, East Vancouver, New Westminster, Kitsilano, South Delta/Ladner/Tsawwassen (call 943-6406), and White Rock/South Surrey , There are folks coming from Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. If you have/need ride sharing arrangements from your community, please email Donna .
You can get there by taking the 351 Crescent Beach bus from Burrard Stn, it is a 46-min ride plus 3-min. connecting bus from there. BUT, there will be a shuttle (thanks to the Livable Region Coalition) from the 351 bus drop drop off to the Hall.The C76 leaves Ladner Exchange once an hour at :30 and leaves Scottsdale Mall once an hour at :50. The bus stops right at the hall going each direction.
Check www.translink.bc.ca for schedules.
For more info about the rally email Donna .