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The Premier and PM Made an Announcement

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Being only a blogger I was not allowed to get inside to hear it. I will have to pick it up later on once the mainstream media have done their thing.

Outside a small group of protesters were being very careful not to block traffic – not that there was very much to get blocked. Surrey Fraser Docks are obviously feeling the pinch of tough economic times as well.  River Road showed no signs of the congestion that is supposed to justify building a major road through sensitive ecological areas, sacred First Nation sites and a number of communities.

Of course the stage management of these announcements has to be very careful. Quite why it needs to be held inside the secure area of the port with no-one but accredited press allowed in I will leave to the participants to explain. I doubt if any of those huddled in the drizzle outside would have thrown their shoes at anyone. Many were people directly impacted  – all they had to do was cross the road to join the protest. But of course on a Monday afternoon most people will have been at work or school.

Once I find some coverage to link to, I will update but for now here is the official communique

I am currently watching “Vancouver at 6” on CBC – and yes they had footage of Campbell and Harper  from this afternoon’s farago. No they did not cover the announcement. The story was the Flase Creek athletes’ village. No mention of Gateway or SFPR.

Written by Stephen Rees

January 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm

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  1. From what I could see, they started preliminary construction quite a while ago.

    Harper and Campbell are poor, misguided fools.

    Steve

    January 12, 2009 at 9:55 pm

  2. What? A photo-op missed? Poor Gordo, poor Harpo. Any mention of the Evergreen Line? The federal silence is deafening.

    Malcolm J.

    January 13, 2009 at 6:25 am

  3. […] » Thanks to Eric Doherty on the Livable Blog I have a list of stories that covered the announcement yesterday of the […]

  4. GlobalTV also prioritized the Olympic Village story – it’s more sensationalist – which is what the news is all about. Looks like the rabid reporters took the opportunity to grill them on whether they’d bail the City of Vancouver out of its screw-up.

    They carried an SFPR story after the first or second commercial break.

    Ron C.

    January 13, 2009 at 12:55 pm

  5. I think it is offensive to hold announcements about public expenditures on private property.

    Shane

    January 13, 2009 at 5:43 pm

  6. Well said Shane.

    Steve

    January 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm


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