Prime Minister Stephen Harper,Premier Gordon Campbell and Stockwell Day offically launch construction on the contentious South Fraser Perimeter Road


*** reaction to this launch here:


( Although you would never know it, by the lack of coverage on the evening news tonight, or in the major local papers online.  Oddly enough, a reporter with CTV had both the Premier and the Prime Minister comment on the 2010 olympic village fiasco, and failed to show the SFPR story in any part. )

Despite the opposition of environmental groups, residents and business alike, the Prime Minister officially launched construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road today in Surrey at the Fraser Port. ( Interesting how this all has occurred right at the height of the 2010 Olympic village nonsense- but I’m sure that has nothing to do with the timing) .

  The press moment had been kept under wraps, however, was leaked to certain individuals in the public last night by an internal source, allowing for protesters to make it to the fence outside . The Prime Minister was  joined by Premier Gordon Campbell and  International Trade Minister Stockwell Day,  and it was clear that the Prime Minister seemed pleased at the speed of which construction has begun.

 ” The South Fraser Perimeter Road is a concrete example of how two levels of government are working together to take the steps needed to protect Canada’s economy today and strengthen its foundations for the future,” he said. ” I am pleased that both levels of government were able to finalize an agreement this fall and, soon after, get shovels in the ground.”

Gordon Campbell used the moment to emphasize  how the project will assist in job creation. “The South Fraser Perimeter Road Project will create an estimated 7,000 new jobs by 2021 and will build B.C.’s economic competitiveness by streamlining the movement of goods and people and ensuring we can tap into the trade opportunities with the Asia-Pacific “.

Sure. It’s all about the jobs….

There was much speculation about who will be running this project and  H.W. Lochner, a large American firm that is a nationally-recognized authority in surface transportation infrastructure and related services seems to be the name popping up most often. From planning and consultation to implementation, they are definitely a realistic bet to get the job done.

Of course, despite the repetitive billing that the SFPR will  improve traffic safety and travel for families as well as business in the GVRD, the bottom line remains the ease at which goods will flow from port to rail, and trucking facilities to industrial yards. Construction has been rammed through despite the concerns of how this will impact the ecologically sensitive Burns Bog area, as well as the quality of life for students and residents whose homes and schools parallel the route of construction.

Stay tuned for more commentary from the most vocal protesters of this project shortly.

Mountie involved in Dziekanski taser incident to make first appearance January 15th in Surrey provincial court.

A local RCMP officer will make his first appearance in Surrey Provincial Court on January 15th, where it is expected formal charges will be laid in relation to his involvement in a collision dating back to October 2008 where a young man dies at the scene – and the officer  in question was allegedly impaired.

Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson  was released on a promise to appear, and is facing charges of impaired driving causing death following the accident  in Tsawassen that left 21 year old Orion Hutchison dead.

He is also one of the 4 officers involved in the tasering of polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, that did not result in criminal charges being laid.

All I can say, is that  sometimes justice works in funny ways.

South Fraser Perimeter Road announcement scheduled today – no public access allowed.

******Update: See the following story on my home page here: *********

Gordon Campbell, Kevin Falcon, and Federal reps will be making an “announcement about the South Fraser Perimeter Road” at the Surrey Fraser Docks.This announcement may concern new Federal funding for the SFPR, but interestingly enough, the announcement will take place behind the fence on Port property, so public access can be controlled. Does the Premier fear the reaction of local residents?

Part of the  very contentious Gateway Project, the South Fraser Perimeter Road has been a thorn in the sides of Surrey/Delta residents since the conceptual plans for Gateway were first introduced.

The Project is a massive old-school highway-expansion plan being launched by the BC Government, spearheaded by Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon

Key points of the scheme are
-twinning of the Port Mann Bridge
-Expansion of Highway One to eight lanes between Langley and East Vancouver
-construction of North and South Perimeter Roads through Delta, Langley, Richmond and Surrey
– massive reconstruction and enlargement of the Delta shipping port

The Gateway Project is expected to cost approx. $10 billion, and there has been virtually no meaningful public consultation on this project, nor have any environmental assessments been completed. The Province has announced plans to “streamline” the environmental assessment process in order to break ground on target.

Full details from the BG governments provincial website can be found at

Interestingly however, to date, Gateway has found its most vocal opposition south of the Fraser, where residents are outraged by the threatened expropriation of our most fertile farmland and the tragic impact of highway-building and port expansion on the rare ecosystems of Burns Bog and the Fraser estuary, including the orca pods of the Georgia Straight. This map shows exactly where expansions are planned:

The project is being touted as a “solution to traffic congestion,” although every traffic planner knows there is NO evidence to support this approach. All evidence proves that increasing road capacity does not decrease congestion – in fact, it makes it worse.

In fact,  Gateway was never intended to ease commuter traffic – it was conceived to move goods, not people. It’s true intent is to facilitate trade with Asia. The appeal to local drivers is a simple ploy to garner votes. Sound familiar?  ” Let’s entice and appease the locals to get what we want…”

Regardless of content , todays announcement will  surely have an impact on the lives of those who inhabit the areas where  road construction is planned. Let your voice be heard by local politicians, today between  ONE and TWO pm, at the Surrey Fraser Docks on Elevator Road. Google map

For more information, check out  , the source of the above information.