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Highway Update - Call to Action!


Your guide to activities and plans in opposition to the #1 Highway expanion and doubling of the Port Mann Bridge.

Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon is expected to release his Hwy1/Port Mann expansion plans on Tuesday.  This is the report we've all been waiting for - Falcon is finally laying out the details of his ill-conceived plan!  And - as expected - they're not consulting the public in any meaningful way...just holding "open houses" to tell you why you should think the plans are a good idea.  If you've been wondering what you can do to fight this highway expansion, read on!  Now's the time for action!  These next 10-weeks-or-so are ripe with opportunity to voice our opposition.
 
Please spread this through your networks.  Here's how we're reacting...and how you can help. 

1* Monday morning (Jan 30): Installation of the "Kevin Falcon riding backwards on a donkey...surrounded by shrubbery" effigy at the 1st Avenue Interchange *and* release of our Freeway Fighters' Handbook.  We need six volunteers to help pull this off.
 
2* Tuesday at noon (Jan 31): Falcon is speaking downtown at the Hyatt as part of the BC Chamber of Commerce Transportation Summit.  This is when he's expected to release his report on the Hwy1/Port Mann expansion, and we want to give it a big Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion welcome!   Come demonstrate at noon (the Hyatt is at 655 Burrard St.).
 
3* Public 'Open Houses' (note, they're not even calling them consultation!) are taking place mid-February to April.  Check back on our website for details.  And speaking of our website...if you have web skills and want to contribute to the campaign...we could use your help!
 
Read on for the details...
 
Your feedback/comments/questions are always welcome.  Feel free to contact us at this address, or by phone at 604-708-0777.
 
Cheers,
CCHE
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1** Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion to release The Freeway Fighters' Handbook and unveil "Kevin Falcon riding backwards on a donkey...surrounded by shrubbery"!  Monday morning, January 30th.
Monday morning we will gather a small group of concerned citizens at the 1st Avenue/Hwy 1 interchange to release The Freeway Fighters' Handbook and unveil our papier mache effigy.  We plan to do this during rush hour, and could use a handfull of volunteers.  We'll have all the gear (including reflective vests for safety!) but are asking you to RSVP if you're interested in taking part - to arrange a time and place for meeting up.  Give Dave a call at 604-722-4775 or send him a note at astrochimp@telus.net
 
2**  A big Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion welcome to Kevin Falcon's plans for Hwy1/Port Mann expansion!  Hyatt Regency (655 Burrard) Tuesday, January 31st at noon.
BC Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon is speaking to the BC Chamber of Commerce Transportation Summit on Tuesday morning, January 31st, and it is widely anticipated that he will be releasing his plans for the Hwy1/Port Mann expansion.  Various groups will be reacting, including CCHE.  We'll be there to handle media commentary, and would like to get a good-sized demonstration together.  Come by the Hyatt Regency (655 Burrard Street) on Tuesday January 31st from noon-1pm to take part.  If you haven't been able to make it out to an event so far, this is one you don't want to miss!
 
3** Gateway 'Open Houses' are taking place mid-February through April.  No public consultation here!
Public 'Open Houses' are taking place mid-February to April.  It can't hurt to get out to these and voice your discontent!  And, plans are in the works for some 'alternate' consultations through other groups, so we'll keep you informed of those.  Check back on our website for details. 
 
And speaking of our website...if you have web skills and want to contribute to the campaign...we could use your help!  We use an easy share-ware template through the Vancouver Community Network, so it doesn't take long to learn...we're just constantly spread a little thin and aren't able to keep it as up-to-date as we would like.
 
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Highway Updates are sent out by Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion with information about the proposed #1 Highway expansion between Vancouver and Langley. For more information on the issue, visit our website at www.stophighwayexpansion.ca.  If you do not wish to receive future updates, please let us know by e-mailing stophighways@telus.net.




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