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Oct 10 – Dig In for Climate Justice

Join the 10/10/10 Global Work Party to stop global warming. In the Lower Mainland join the party and work to bag sand from the proposed South Fraser Freeway to raise the dykes protecting nearby communities.

WHEN: Meet at 2:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Scott Road Skytrain Station (east side at taxi stand) then march to 129th St. and 115b Ave in North Surrey – near Bridgeview Elementary School (map:
Featuring The Carnival Band, Solidarity Notes Labour Choir, special guest speakers, refreshments and more!
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Town Hall Meeting – Jan 16 2010

The True Costs of the South Fraser Perimeter Road

Join the South Fraser Action Network for a townhall meeting focusing on the effects of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. There will be a group of speakers followed by a chance to ask questions and voice your concerns.

Saturday, January 16

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sundance Banquet Hall

6574 Ladner Trunk Rd.

Speakers include:

Harold Steves, co-founder of the Agricultural Land Reserve and the Farmland Defence League.

Stephen Rees, transportation economist and planner (ret.), blogger.

Eric Doherty, transportation planning consultant

Alexandria Mitchell, high school student and Copenhagen Climate Change Conference delegate.

Graeme Drew will be moderating.

Topics will include the social, environmental and economic impacts of the road, as well as actions you can take to help save Delta from the SFPR.

Have Concerns? Come Have Your Say!

All of Delta’s elected officials have been invited, come let them hear your opinion.

It is not a done deal. This road can be stopped.

For more information call Anita den Dikken at 604 948 0139.

Caption for farmland image:

Delta farmland being covered with preload in preparation for the SFPR. November, 2009.

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Campaigns update Dec 08


Larry Pynn (Vancouver Sun) wrote a major piece in Friday’s paper on the farmland impacts, quoting NDP Ag Critic Charlie Wyse as stating that the NDP are opposed to SFPR.  Within hours of that item hitting the newsstands the Commission approved “with conditions” the exclusion of the lands. 


We continue to campaign aggressively. When we launched Gateway 20 (approaching Gateway 50) we said that the goal was the May 2009 provincial election. That remains the case. We just watched in Vancouver how a coalition of environmental interests defeated Peter Ladner (preserving the greenest member of the NPA, Suzanne Anton).  Now, similarly, we are seeing how coalitions of political moderates have de-throned the big business interests of Stephen Harper. We must similarly call on our provincial politicians to unite to defeat the most ecologically dangerous government in BC history: the Campbell Liberals.



The only way that we are going to stop Gateway is to defeat the Liberal government. In particular, we need to defeat the two worst enemies of the environment: Kevin Falcon and Gordon Campbell.  I AM CALLING ON CAMPAIGNERS WITH ALL GROUPS to sign on for door-knocking days and send teams of people to Cloverdale and Vancouver Point Grey, to knock on doors and tell the voters in those ridings how their elected official is devastating the environment, health, etc,  in your community.

Campbell is a considerably easier target, as Mel Lehan is a very high profile, visibly hard-working and highly electable opponent. 

I need door-knocking teams to start working these ridings – every weekend from January to May.  We need

GATEWAY/Deltaport Teams (Delta-Surrey) 

CAUSS/Silverdale Teams (Mission)

Farmland Defence League Team 

VALTAC/TRAHVOL teams (Tsawwassen)

Fraser River Coalition 

 Similarly, we ask our member groups with representation in those ridings to arrange forums for each of the groups (the easiest example to come to mind is Karl’s environment committee at Unitarian Church). These don’t have to be meetings of hundreds of people – collectively, we can make a lot of headway speaking to mixtures of small and large groups.

I am working on a big rally in the premier’s riding – in partnership with labour and environmental groups – for closer to May, and, as recently reported, an  Echoes of Stop Gateway Rally at the East Delta Hall – probably in late February/early March. 

Thanks everyone!

Donna Passmore

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Burns Bog Management Plan Information Meeting

Gateway Campaigners – I think we need to turn out in droves for this event, and demand of Delta and Metro Vancouver that the Bog and its critters be protected from the ravages of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. 

Thursday, December 4th @ 6:30pm – Delta Town & Country Inn: 


Yesterday a group of us took Green Party Leader Jane Sterk on a tour of the route.  Here’s what we found  


The public have been told by Falcon and his agents that it had to choose between Burns Bog or Delta’s farms. Not only is that Sophie’s choice morally reprehensible, it is dishonest.  They are both going to suffer incredibly at Kevin Falcon’s hands.


Donna Passmore

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Premier Environmental Messages

Time and Place
Sunday, September 28, 2008
11:00am – 1:00pm
Connaught Park – next to Kitsilano Farmers Market
Larch Street & 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Gateway 40 Citizens Network
Farmland Defence League
Save Our Rivers
Tsawwassen Mothers Against Power Poles

fabulous speakers, displays by leading groups and a giant petition to the premier.

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2nd Annual VALTAC Picnic in the Park

Valley Transportation Advisory Committee 


WHERE: Douglas Park 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley, City

 When: Saturday August 9th, 2008

Time: 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM

What: Family Picnic in the Park. 
Music, Food, Children’s Games,
Ride a Trolley from the Vancouver Trolley Company


VALTAC (Valley Transportation Advisory Committee) has been actively campaigning for 3 years to bring passenger rail to the Fraser Valley. We have connected with thousands of people at festivals and events in Langley, Aldergrove, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. VALTAC is inviting you out to our event to show your support for this cause. VALTAC believes the time is now to put the Fraser Valley’s transportation issues up front and center for the upcoming municipal elections! On August 9th VALTAC, South Fraser ON TRAX, Rail for the Valley, Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society all are coming together to help launch VALTAC’s latest campaign initiative. IT IS BIG, BIG BIG! 

VALTAC continues to seek the support of our MP, MLA’s, Mayors and Councilors to GET ON TRACK and show their support to “Bring Community Rail BACK to the Fraser Valley Now!


 VALTAC’s Feature Entertainer

VALTAC is very pleased to have as our feature entertainer Karen-Lee Batten 

 BC’s Country Sweetheart and Canadian Idol finalist from Abbotsford, B.C.


VALTAC 2nd Annual Picnic in the Park is proud to be hosting a showing of the newly released film “City Reflections” produced by the Vancouver Historical Society. Back in 1907 a movie camera mounted to the front of a B.C. Electric Railway streetcar recorded the sights of the streets of Vancouver. To celebrate the centenary of this earliest known surviving film of Vancouver, a group of film and history enthusiasts have created their own unique look at 100 years of the city’s history, the result is the film called City Reflections: 1907-Vancouver -2007 This 55 minute historical film shows Vancouver as it was then…and is now! The Director of the film Jim McGraw will be present.
To learn more about this film see

For further info

VALTAC President Sonya Paterson at 604-888-2066 email –
VALTAC Vice President Eric Bysouth at 604-534-3133 email –

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Vigil to Sacred Site

What a day! It was a multifaith, ethnically diverse gathering united in our view that spiritually and scientifically rich sites like St. Mungos – or Glenrose or other sacred/archeological sites along the Fraser River foreshore – must not be paved.


Thanks to Rick Green, the event’s co-organizer, for the fabulous photos. Thanks to Desmond and Victor Guerin (Musqueam First Nation), Bertha Williams (Tsawwassen First Nation), Chief Capilano (Squamish First Nation), Chief Red Jacket (Turtle Island) and Michelle Morningstar Doherty (Turtle Island) for words of welcome (as the original landlords) and sharing the history and culture of first nations across North America.


Thanks to UBC’s Professor Matson, and to the international archeology community that is becoming increasingly active in helping to protect these sites from destruction.

See photos from the event: 

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