“Transport Canada wants to hear from key partners and stakeholders, including Canada Port Authorities, Indigenous groups, provincial and municipal governments, industry; academia and experts; and associations/groups that have a particular interest in port activities.” (Image and caption credit: Transport Canada website)
The ports around Metro Vancouver have a huge impact on transportation, road and marine traffic, the environment, employment, farmland, and the quality of life. It is important that the public provide input into this review process. Many aspects of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) are invisible to the public, but this material below sheds a lot of light on things.
Susan Jones of the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee has done a huge amount of research and work on these topics. Below we share text on recommended points to make in public input, plus a copy of the BBCC’s detailed submission to the Port Modernization Review.
Here is just a gist of some of the points:
- Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) needs to be regulated and managed by the federal government as it currently operates without any credible accountability.
- The federally-appointed Board of Directors is chosen from business interests. There is effectively no representation of local, social, environmental or indigenous issues.
- The current mandate of the VFPA should be terminated as it has transformed port management into an unaccountable corporation working against the public interest.
- … Currently, without public input, millions of federal tax dollars are used to provide port infrastructure, some which creates traffic congestion and gridlock, as well as inappropriate use of public lands.
- There is a LOT more. Please read on, and remember …
Please Act Now! Deadline: December 3, 2018
Notice about Ports Modernization Review
The federal government is undertaking a Port Modernization Review and the deadline for public input is Monday December 3rd.
Please make a submission by either:
Sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More complicated: Visit the following link, register, add comments and/or make a submission.
Further below is text of a submission by the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee.
Points you may wish to consider when urging reform of the management of Canadian Ports: Continue reading