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Minister Falcon’s Office Declared “Crime Scene”

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The mainstream media appear to have ignored this side of the day of action on Saturday. So I am publishing the entire Gatewaysucks release as is

SURREY — Activists South of the Fraser marked the riding office of provincial Highways Minister Kevin Falcon a “Global Warming Crime Scene” this morning, and piled sand used by Ministry contractors for highway construction in front of the door.

Residents from Surrey and Delta took part in the event at 108-17700 56 Ave, to send a message to government that Gateway freeway expansion is unacceptable given the climate crisis.

Saturday also saw citizens from West Vancouver to Chilliwack hoist banners on Highway 1 overpasses across the region in a coordinated Day of Action, with slogans such as “Stop the Gateway to Global Warming” and “Better Transit, Not Freeways”. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in BC, and emissions will rise substantially if the Gateway Project is built.

“Kevin Falcon is a Climate Criminal, bulldozing us with freeways, and roasting the planet with greenhouse gases,” said Surrey resident Jim Shook as he attached large strips of yellow “Global Warming Crime Scene” tape across the door to Falcon’s office. “In solidarity with the region-wide Day of Action on Highway 1, we declare this a ‘Global Warming Crime Scene’ and return this freeway construction material to let him know that he should cancel the Gateway project immediately.”

The activists emptied buckets of highway construction sand in front of the office, taken from an area of recently bulldozed homes in Surrey’s Bridgeview neighbourhood that is being dumped with sand to prepare for possible construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road.

According to Bridgeview resident Sonia Nazar, “Kevin Falcon has raped our community for his billion dollar freeway scheme, but our transit system is still starved for cash. Would he do this to his own neighbourhood?”

“Thousands of people from throughout Metro Vancouver have signed petitions against Gateway,” says Carmen Mills, spokesperson for GatewaySucks.org. “The people of the region are clearly opposed to this project, and we will make our voices heard. With this action, we’re saying it loud and clear: No Falcon Freeways!”

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Written by Stephen Rees

April 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

Posted in Gateway

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  1. Well done. That sort of protest doesn’t haooan a lot here, but I think that may change as people get more angry at the silly projests currently being pushed…

    Andy in Germany

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 am

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    April 13, 2009 at 3:48 pm

  3. This is retarded the gateway project is a much need project. You’d have to be brain dead to think other wise.

    yes given transportation is needed and the gateway can help with that with better connects to places for buses.
    i mean heck you could use the SFPR for a bus route from central Surrey to the Ferries. It will help surrey make its self a better transportation hub for buses.

    Erik from Surrey

    April 18, 2009 at 8:55 pm

  4. Erik

    The Gateway project is not “much need” – better accessibility is. Freeways have not delivered that because they induce traffic – more trips and longer trips to achieve the same ends. Transportation is a derived demand not a need in and of itself. What is much needed is more transit – and it has now been demonstrated that you get much more in terms of person carrying capacity and geographic coverage from spending the same sum as Gateway on transit expansion.

    Widening freeways has never solved traffic congestion. Anywhere. Doing the same thing and expectiong a different outcome is “brain dead”

    Stephen Rees

    April 19, 2009 at 10:09 am


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