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Highway Update - 31 October 2005

Highway Updates - week of 31 October 2005.
Your guide to activities and plans in opposition to the #1 Highway expanion and doubling of the Port Mann Bridge.

In this update: 6 new items
1* Public Forum in Vancouver - Saturday, November 5
2* Public Forum in Burnaby - Sunday, November 6
3* Pacific Gateway Act - but no federal dollars yet for Highway#1/Port Mann expansion
4* Gateway Report delayed...again
5* Municipal Elections on November 19, and All-Candidate's Debates
6* Last chance with this round of Petitions
 
Related Issue:
7* Rally to protest the Delta Port Expansion - Thursday, November 3
 
Reminders:
8* Financial support of the Hwy 1 opposition - donations welcome
9* Creative fundraising help needed
10* Invite CCHE to your community meeting - we're looking for opportunities to spread the word

 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**Community Forum in Vancouver on Port Mann/Highway #1 Expansion - Saturday November 5
A public forum in Vancouver is being organized for Saturday, November 5th, 1-3pm.  Libby Davies (Federal  MP for Vancouver East) is hosting the event.  Speakers include Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion, David Chudnovski (Provincial MLA for Vancouver-Kensington) and Shane Simpson (Provincial MLA for Vancouver-Hastings).
 
Saturday, November 5, 2005
1pm-3pm
Grandview Baptist Calvary Church
1803 E. 1st Avenue, Vancouver (at Salsbury)
For more information, please call 604-775-5800
 
2**Community Forum in Burnaby on Port Mann/Highway #1 Expansion - Sunday November 6
A public forum in Burnaby is being organized for Sunday, November 6th, 7-9pm.  Bill Siksay (Federal MP for Burnaby-Douglas) is hosting the event.  Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion will be on a panel to answer questions about the proposal and our opposition to it.
 
Sunday, November 6, 2005
7-9pm
Confederation Centre
4585 Albert Street, Burnaby
For more information, please call 604-219-8863
 
3**Pacific Gateway Act - but no federal funds yet for Highway #1/Port Mann expansion
Federal Transportation Minister Jean Lapierre introduced the 'Pacific Gateway Act' into the House of Commons on October 20.  According to his press release, "The legislation sets out a new policy and governance foundation for further development of Canada’s Pacific Gateway and commits the Government of Canada to a clearly defined strategy. The Act establishes Canada’s Pacific Gateway Council to promote consensus among a full range of public partners and private sector stakeholders, and to advise decision-makers on priorities for developing the Pacific Gateway."
 
Although the Act was quickly followed by federal for implementing the Gateway Program, none of the money has been targeted at Highway #1 or the Port Mann Bridge.  This lack of funds is encouraging news!  
 
4**Gateway Report Delayed - again
Despite a promise to have detailed plans around the Highway#1/Port Mann expansion available to the public by early this Fall, the provincial government has still not delivered.  On October 20, Gateway Program officials announced that it would be months still before the report - including all the technical data - will be released.  One thing the did say, though, is that the expansion certainly won't be completed by 2010.
 
5**Municipal Elections November 19, and All-Candidate's Debates
Municipal Elections are being held all over BC on Saturday, November 19.  Please take the Highway/Port Mann expansion issue into account when you place your vote.  All-candidates debates are being planned, and we're posting them as they come in on our Events Calendar and our Elections page on our website (www.stophighwayexpansion.ca).
 
Hastings Community Centre All-Candidate's Meetings - call the centre for more information: 604-718-6222
- November 7 for Council candidates
- November 14 for Parks Board candidates 
 
Community Livability Forums in Vancouver and Surrey:  Hosted by SmartGrowth BC, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, BC Sustainable Energy Association, and the Tenants Rights Action Coalition. 
- Vancouver date: Wednesday, November 2nd, from 7-9pm at the Segal Room, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St. RSVP to nov2@smartgrowth.bc.ca
- Surrey date: Wednesday, November 9, from 7-9pm at the Theatre, SFU Surrey Tower, 13450 - 102nd Street, Surrey. In association with the Fraser Valley Conservation Coalition and the Surrey Environmental Partners.  RSVP to nov9@smartgrowth.bc.ca
 
6**Last chance for this round of petitions
We are planning on handing over petitions to the provincial and federal goverments this coming weekend (November 5/6).  If you have any petitions lying around, please mail them to us, or bring them with you to either of theorums.  Printable versions of the petition are available at http://cche.vcn.bc.ca/petitions.  Print them off and collect signatures from friends, neighbours, fellow transit riders and your car pool buddies. Completed petitions can be returned to us at:
Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion
3011 Maddams St.
Vancouver BC V5N 3K3
 
RELATED ISSUE
7**Rally in protest of the Delta Port Expansion
APE (Against Port Expansion) is organizing a protest in front of the shared offices of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada.  These departments are working on a compensation and mitigation arrangement that may eventually permit the Vancouver Port Authority to triple its size, bringing in new ships through Orca pass, threatening endangered southern resident Orcas and five million migratory birds.  Thursday, November 3, starting at 11:45am, at 401 Burrard Street (at Pender).  For more info contact Liz Gough (604-946-3969 or Gillian Anderson, 604-943-7384
 
REMINDERS:
8**Financially supporting the highway opposition
The support for work in opposition to the #1 Highway expansion has been obvious in many ways -- wearing buttons, volunteering at information tables, petitioning at street corners, cross-walk actions, meetings with community groups and writing letters. Many people have also been generous in making financial contributions. As we gear up for a new round of campaigning this fall, we recognize that to continue our campaign, significant financial support is required. Please consider making a donation to Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion -- any amount helps. 

Cheques, made out to Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion, can be sent to us c/o 3011 Maddams St., Vancouver BC V5N 3K3.

9**Looking for Creative Folk
Speaking of money, we're looking into some new fundraising ventures. From calendars to t-shirts and a new set of buttons, we need your creative input. Artwork, photos, slogans or other special messages and content you would like to contribute would be greatly appreciated. In particular, we need photos and artwork of transportation and highway-related events, issues or ideas for a calendar. If you're able to contribute, please contact us at stophighways@telus.net or 604-708-0777.

10**Invite CCHE to your community meeting
Whether it's a neighbourhood get-together, a traffic calming meeting or other kind of public forum, CCHE volunteers are available to meet, answer questions to the best of our ability, and participate in a discussion about issues surrounding the highway expansion. 

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