Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion





Highway Update - 3 October 2005

Highway Updates - week of 3 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: 5 new items
* Public Forum in Surrey - Wednesday, October 5
* Public Forum in Abbotsford re: Sumas II - Thursday, October 13
* Community Forum in Vancouver - Saturday, November 5
* Province's Budget "consultation" - Have your say
* David Suzuki Foundation report All Over the Map criticizes BC with respect to plans to widen the #1 and Port Mann
* Hollyhock Leadership Training - one or two openings to attend on behalf of CCHE
* October 3-7 is Walk to School Week! - Kids ride transit free all week.
* Petitions - please collect signatures at any opportunity
* Financial support of the Hwy 1 opposition - donations welcome
* Creative fundraising help needed
* 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.

Public Forum in Surrey on Port Mann/Highway #1 Expansion
On Wednesday, October 5th, the Livable Region Coalition is presenting a public forum and discussion of the BC government's plans for highway expansion in the greater Vancouver area - and its impacts on traffic congestion, neighbourhoods and regional liveability.  Panel speakers include: Michael Kluckner, Author of Paving Paradise; David Biggs, Envision Sustainability Tools; Stuart Ramsey, Transportation Engineer; and Professor Patrick Condon, University of British Columbia.
SFU Surrey Campus, Central City Tower
SFU Lecture Theatre - room SC2600
13450 - 102nd Avenue, Surrey
Wednesday, October 5th, 7pm
(within one minute walk of the Surrey Central Skytrain Station).
Please come and join the discussion.  For more information, call 604-736-7732 or e-mail
Public Dicussion re: Sumas II
The Sumas II discussion is still alive, and for those interested a public event is planned. Note the connection between SE2 and PM2 (Port Mann Twinning), as discussed by the Provincial Health Officer...
Is Sumas Energy 2 still alive?  Kwantlen's Institute of Transborder Studies presents Patricia Ross, Abbotsford Deputy Mayor, and Tim Howard, Sierra Legal Defense Fund, discussing the status of the US power plant proposal and its implications for our air and water.  Oct 13, 7:00 pm, Conference Center G-1205A, Kwantlen, (12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey). Info 604-599-3163.     

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.  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
Grandview Baptist Calvary Church
1803 E. 1st Avenue, Vancouver (at Salsbury)
For more information, please call 604-775-5800
Provincial Government's Budget 'Consultation'
The BC Provincial Government is asking for input on budget decisions for the future, including the priority of new infrastructure projects.  There is nothing specific asking input on the Gateway Project, but there is space for comments!  Go to
David Suzuki Foundation report All Over the Map
Most provinces are doing little or nothing to address climate change, says a new David Suzuki Foundation analysis of provincial climate change plans.  The Suzuki Foundationís report, All Over the Map, looks at provincial and territorial action on climate change, compares their greenhouse gas emissions, assesses their climate change plans and evaluates their records. BC is applauded for its implementation of the Agricultural Land Reserve, but slammed for the proposal to widen Highway 1 and the Port Mann Bridge.  Read the report at:

Hollyhock Leadership Training: Winning Campaigns Organizer Training 17 October - one or two spots to attend on behalf of CCHE
"With municipal elections coming up, plus the ever-present need to be more effective organizers and build our base of supporters, Hollyhock Leadership Institute is again offering Winning Campaigns: An Organizer Training, in collaboration with ACORN Canada and Tactical Outcomes." 
As a result of one of the many conversations we had at the Car-Free Day festifities, we were offered a couple of spots at the upcoming Winning Campaigns Organizer Training session being offered in Vancouver on October 17.  See the write-up at then call us at 604-708-0777 if you are interested in attending with one of our organizers.  Tuition is normally $55, so if you are interested in registering on your own, registration can be done through the Hollyhock website.

October 3-7 is Walk to School Week!  Kids ride transit free all week.
School-aged children and their parents are encouraged to be car-free on their way to school during Walk to School Week.  Children who live too far away to talk are able to participate this year thanks to a motion passed at Translink on September 21 allowing school-aged children to ride public transit free all that week!  Spread the word!  This is thanks in no small part to a convincing letter to Translink Board from the Parent Advisory Committee of Laura Secord School.  Commendations to Barbara Docherty and the PAC at Laura Secord Elementary School for seizing the opportunity and getting this on the agenda with the Board of Translink.
Push those petitions
Keep them coming!  With a new session of the provincial legislature beginning this fall we would like to make some waves by submitting our petition. Printable versions of the petition are available at  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

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.

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 or 604-708-0777.

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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