International Noise Awareness Day, April 28: SILENCE! Today at 2:15 pm for one minute

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Preamble: Many Vancouverites love their right to quiet. Surprise! Today is the 26th Annual International Noise Awareness Day! See press release from the Right to Quiet Society below.

Over the years, CityHallWatch has covered the issues of noise vs quiet a number of times. From the media you can clearly see that residents do love their quiet and have various concerns about various noise sources (traffic, parties, boats on the water, amplifiers and buskers, loud cars/trucks/motorcycles, leaf blowers, and more). We know that people do pay attention to the sound environment. Just yesterday, social media were ablaze within seconds after they heard two CF-18 fighter jets fly over Vancouver (see CBC article). More and more scientific research is coming out about the human health benefits of quiet and the ability to have access to natural sounds. And about the need for quiet for all forms of wildlife, even insects…

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Petition: Say “No” To Roberts Bank Container Terminal Two (RBT2) in Delta (by Dec 2)

We are sharing this poster from Against Port Expansion with our readers. If you care, take action to oppose Terminal 2 by signing the petition to the House of Commons:

Say “No” To Roberts Bank Container Terminal Two (RBT2) in Delta

Will the estuary remain a home to birds, salmon whales and wildlife? Not if Terminal 2 is built:

  • Endangered Orca Whales further threatened, perhaps driving them to extinction.
  • Already declining Fraser River salmon stocks further depleted
  • Destruction of critical feeding grounds for millions of migratory shorebirds of the Pacific Flyway, Canada’s Most Important Bird Area.

Wildlife Habitat will be destroyed – caused by a Not Needed Man-Made Island for Terminal 2

The Lower Fraser River and Estuary has already lost over 80% of its natural habitat. RBT2 is the tipping point.

Tell the Trudeau Government and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to reject the second Container Terminal on Roberts Bank that:

  • Requires dredging and filling the estuary for a new man-made island – the size of 250 football fields – 9 times the size of Granville Island.
  • Doubles port truck traffic on highways and through the Massey tunnel.
  • Increases air, noise and light pollution in Ladner and Tsawwassen.
  • Industrializes our communities and puts scarce farmland at greater risk.
  • Will cost $3.5 to $4.0 billion of taxpayer funds
  • Lacks economic justification (West Coast Canada already has sufficient terminal expansions elsewhere to satisfy container trading needs for years to come).

If you care, take action to oppose Terminal 2 Sign the petition to the House of Commons:

And Support the Cities of Delta and Richmond who have already voted to oppose Terminal 2.

For more information visit

The link to the petition is on the home page – Online Petition

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URGENT: Deadline for input into Tilbury Phase 2 LNG is July 16, 2020 (Thurs)

URGENT: Deadline is Thurs. July 16, 2020, for input into Tilbury Phase 2 LNG

Lack of transparency in plans for massive LNG production and export in the Fraser River Estuary

The Governments of Canada and B.C. have facilitated incremental LNG developments over the past 7 years without public input and without disclosing and assessing the impacts of the full-scale plan. 

ACT NOW to tell the Governments that it is unacceptable for FortisBC to further expand LNG production by a factor of 15 and more than triple LNG storage on Tilbury Island in Delta, B.C.   This is part of the plan to permit LNG tankers on the lower Fraser River to export up to 3 million tonnes of LNG per year.  This is in contravention of international safety standards which have not been adopted by Canada.

If built, the $3 billion Phase 2 expansion would mean the Tilbury Island LNG plant would produce 1.4 times more LNG than the Woodfibre LNG plant in Squamish.

FortisBC claims the plans on the adjacent property for a LNG export marine terminal are “separate and distinct” from the Tilbury LNG expansions.  This is ludicrous as the documents for the Marine Terminal state they plan to export the Tilbury LNG.  Just this June, it was announced that FortisBC and Seaspan have become owners of the LNG export terminal project.

The full-scale plan for production, storage and export should have been disclosed and assessed under one cumulative environmental effects assessment 7 years ago. Continue reading

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Help orcas and wild Pacific salmon: Deadline TODAY for public input on upgrade to Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (Metro Vancouver)

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orca in body of water Photo by Andre Estevez on

grayscale photo of body of water Photo by Andre Estevez on

Here is a topic on which more public support could make a big difference for many decades to come. A crucial deadline for public input is today, June 8, 2020. Below we share an e-mail from Celia Brauer, staff member and co-founder of the False Creek Watershed Society. See our previous post on this topic here.

This topic is relevant to everyone in Vancouver and Metro Vancouver, as much of our sewage flows to this treatment plant. Links to extensive reference material are provided further below.

To provide your input into the consultation, please click this link or write a direct e-mail.


E-mail from Celia Brauer, False Creek Watershed Society (

June 3, 2020

Hello Water…

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Important Metro Vancouver online meetings on upgrades to Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (19+21 May, 2020). You can help orcas and wild Pacific salmon!

Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, GSA 2020Metro Vancouver’ is holding two online community meetings (same content, one in afternoon, one in evening) on the upgrade to the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Thursday, May 21, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

See the agendas and register online here on Metro Vancouver website.

Why is this important? Much of the sewage and wastewater from Vancouver ends up being treated here before being discharged into the Salish Sea. Your voice can help make it better. Read on!

The meetings are for the Project Definition Phase of the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Project.

Learn about the design concepts for the new plant and give feedback on community and park integration, and habitat enhancement and resource recovery opportunities. Each meeting will have the same presentations, with time for questions and discussion.

Here is an excerpt from a notice by the Georgia Straight Alliance.

Share how better wastewater treatment can protect the Salish Sea

An upcoming upgrade to Metro Vancouver’s largest wastewater treatment facility, the Iona Island Plant, is presenting an exceptionally rare opportunity to tackle a significant source of pollution to the Salish Sea. The Iona Plant’s outflow is discharged directly into the Salish Sea at the mouth of the Fraser River. Without advanced tertiary treatment, this effluent carries toxic contaminants and microplastics directly into habitat critical for endangered Southern Resident orcas and wild Pacific salmon. These contaminants are known to disrupt the reproductive and developmental health of these iconic species, and it’s vital that we take quick action to reduce the Iona Plant’s impact on the Salish Sea and its inhabitants. Continue reading

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DP World acquires Fraser Surrey Docks

Dubai-based DP World ( issued a press release on 24-Feb-2020, of interest to the Metro Vancouver region. In British Columbia, DP World also owns port facilities in downtown Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Below are a few excerpts of the press release. Please visit the link for full quotes and text.


Fraser Surrey Docks photo DP World web 24-Feb-2020

Fraser Surrey Docks, photo credit DP World

DP World Acquires Fraser Surrey Docks

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24-Feb-2020
– DP World adds largest multi-purpose deep-sea marine terminal on the West Coast of North America to its portfolio
– DP World and CDPQ’s global investment platform continues its strategic growth.

Vancouver, British Columbia, February 24, 2020 – DP World, the leading enabler of global trade, and one of the world’s largest port operators, announced today it has completed the acquisition of Fraser Surrey Docks from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP) alongside its partner Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ).

This acquisition complements DP World’s footprint in Canada, which also includes terminal operations in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince Rupert and Saint John. The integrated coast-to-coast platform provides customers with bulk, breakbulk and general cargo services.

DP World’s global strategy is to become a trade enabler and solutions provider as the company looks to participate across a wider part of the supply chain. DP World has invested significantly across its Ports, Logistics & Maritime Services businesses. The aim is to connect directly with customers to offer logistics solutions and remove inefficiencies in the supply chain to accelerate trade.

…  Fraser Surrey Docks was founded in the early 1960s and has become the largest modern and multi-purpose terminal on the West Coast of North America. It operates more than 1,200 metres of berth, 189 acres of yard and is one of the region’s major steel import terminals. It moves approximately one million tons of agriproducts annually and serves several container lines, handling over 350,000 TEU in 2019.
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BC Ombudsperson in Metro Vancouver week of Feb 24, 2020, to hear your complaints

BC Ombudsperson in Metro Vancouver soon to hear your complaints
Chris Campbell / Burnaby Now, February 13, 2020

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If you feel you been treated unfairly by a provincial or local public organization like ICBC, BC Hydro, a government ministry, or a school district or local municipality, then you now have a place to air your complaint.

TBC Ombudsperson staff will be holding in-person appointments to hear complaints from the public the week of Feb. 24 in Metro Vancouver.

This is a chance for us to hear first-hand from people who have complaints about how they were treated when receiving public services,” said Ombudsperson Jay Chalke, in a news release. “It may be you didn’t receive clear reasons for a decision that impacts you, it could be you feel specific policies or procedures weren’t followed properly, or maybe you’ve experienced a lengthy delay – these are the kinds of areas we may be able to address,” said Chalke.

The Office of the Ombudsperson is independent of government with the legal power to impartially investigate complaints and recommend system improvements that promote fair treatment for all British Columbians. The Ombudsperson has wide-ranging jurisdiction over more than 1,000 public sector bodies. The office receives the most complaints about the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and ICBC.

“We encourage anyone who believes they have been treated unfairly to call us. Whether it’s an issue with a small municipality or a large complex government ministry, let us know if something has gone wrong and we’ll see if we can help make it right.” said Chalke.

To make an in-person appointment, call 1-800-567-3247. Complaints can also be made by phone, mail, fax, online or in-person at the Ombudsperson’s Victoria office – 947 Fort Street. For more information visit

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Opinion: TransLink SkyTrain Business Case Hoax – letter sent to PM & Premier on SkyTrain to UBC proposal

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Arbutus to UBC SkyTrain map 2020 This proposed costly Arbutus to UBC Skytrain extension to UBC is definitely NOT supported by everyone.

CHW obtained a copy of this letter from Malcom Johnston, a 35-year advocate for user friendly, cost effective transit), sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others, before Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart headed to Ottawa seeking federal money for a “SkyTrain to UBC” as announced in Jan 29 joint media event (reported here).  At the media event, the Mayor said is next task was to raise money to study the business case for SkyTrain to UBC.


“TransLink SkyTrain Business Case Hoax”

[Sent 3-Feb-2020 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, BC Premier John Horgan, BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena, and BC Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson.]

“It is interesting how TransLink has used this cunning method of manipulating analysis to justify…

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Metro Vancouver’s 14 standing committees: Members announced for 2020

Metro Vancouver issue 59 committees

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Who’s who and who’s doing what at our Metro Vancouver regional body, representing about 2.5 million people in the region’s 21 member municipalities, one electoral area, and one treaty First Nation? Here is information from the January newsletter of Metro Vancouver about the 14 standing committees, which meet regularly at the headquarters in Burnaby. We encourage interested citizens and groups to check their meeting agendas and minutes, regularly, attend from time to time, and communicate their interests and concerns to the committees.



  • Climate Action: Chair Adriane Carr (Councillor, City of Vancouver); Vice Chair Sav Dhaliwal (Councillor City of Burnaby and Chair, Metro Vancouver)
  • Electoral Area: Chair Jen McCutcheon (Director, Electoral Area A); Vice Chair David Hocking (Councillor, Bowen Island)
  • Finance and Intergovernment: Chair Linda Buchanan (Mayor, City of North Vancouver and Vice Chair, Metro Vancouver); Vice Chair Sav Dhaliwal (Councillor, City of Burnaby and Chair, Metro Vancouver)
  • Housing: Chair Mike Hurley (Mayor, City of Burnaby); Vice Chair Mike Morden (Mayor, City of Maple Ridge)
  • Indigenous Relations: Chair Mary-Ann Booth (Mayor, City of West Vancouver); Vice Chair Ken Baird (Chief, Tsawwassen First Nation)
  • Industrial Lands Strategy Task Force: Chair George Harvie (Mayor, City of Delta); Vice Chair Brad West (Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam)
  • Liquid Waste: Chair Richard Stewart (Mayor, City of Coquitlam); Vice Chair Lisa Dominato (Councillor, City of Vancouver)
  • Mayors: Chair Kennedy Stewart (Mayor, City of Vancouver); Vice Chair Doug McCallum (Mayor, City of Surrey)
  • Performance and Audit: Chair Sav Dhaliwal (Councillor, City of Burnaby and Chair, Metro Vancouver); Vice Chair Malcolm Brodie (Mayor, City of Richmond)
  • Regional Culture: Chair Val van den Broek (Mayor, City of Langley); Vice Chair Linda McPhail (Councillor, City of Richmond)
  • Regional Parks: Chair John McEwen (Mayor, Village of Anmore); Vice Chair Michael Wiebe (Councillor, City of Vancouver)
  • Regional Planning: Chair Jonathan Coté (Mayor, City of New Westminster); Vice Chair Jack Froese (Mayor, Township of Langley)
  • Water: Chair Malcolm Brodie (Mayor, City of Richmond); Vice Chair Doug Elford (Councillor, City of Surrey)
  • Zero Waste: Chair Jack Froese (Mayor, Township of Langley); Vice Chair Craig Hodge (Councillor, City of Coquitlam)

The complete listing of Board and Committee members is available here –

[Link goes to Board Members, Committee Members, Electoral Area A Board of Variance, and Remuneration]

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Consultation begins on Metro 2050 – An update of Metro 2040 Regional Growth Strategy

Important information from Metro Vancouver. Consultation is beginning now for Metro 2050, an update to Metro 2040, the regional growth strategy. This is crucial time for community groups and residents/neighbourhood associations to keep an eye on what happens at the whole regional level. Below is a copy of the online notice. Stay tuned for dates.

Metro Vancouver Metro 2050 map image


Two key links:


Metro Vancouver is updating Metro 2040, the regional growth strategy. Since its adoption in 2011, Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future has been a strong and effective tool representing the region’s collective vision for managing growth in the region.

The update is being undertaken to extend the regional growth strategy to the year 2050, to consider significant drivers of change, to integrate with Transport 2050 (TransLink’s new Regional Transportation Strategy), and to implement policy improvements in a number of areas.

Metro Vancouver is committed to working in close collaboration with member jurisdictions, TransLink, the Province, adjacent regional districts, and other regional agencies throughout the update to Metro 2040. The updated strategy, anticipated to be completed in 2022, will be called Metro 2050.


The update to Metro 2040 will take place over three phases between 2019 and 2022.


Reviewing Metro 2040 through a series of Policy Reviews by subject area to identify any gaps and opportunities, and set a direction through vision & principles.   Initial consultation underway.


Work with member jurisdictions to refine and add detail to a set of recommended policy changes and draft Metro 2050 content.

PHASE 3: APPROVALS (MID 2021-2022)

Seek acceptance from affected local governments and TransLink & final approval from the Metro Vancouver Regional District Board. Continue reading

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