Submission from Communities and Coal to Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau

Public comments to the federal government below.

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First NameLast NameYour comment to the federal government on port reformCity Province/State Entry Date
DonPaulsen

Attention: Marc Garneau - Minister of Transport

RE: Mr. Peschisolido's Recent Critique On
Port Metro Vancouver

Dear Sir:

A big thank you to Mr. Peschisolido for his recent article in the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers. I totally agree with his commentary. There is no accountability at Port Metro Vancouver.

I have written to you on several occasions and have yet to receive a response on my questions addressed to you from seven weels ago.

1. THE CANADIAN MARINE ACT

You say the act restricts any influence from the Ministry of Transport. In fact section 27 of the Act states: " For the purpose of this Part, the Government Council may make regulations for the corporate management and control of port authorities or wholly owned subsidiaries of port authority, including regulations. Why won't you address this question ?

2. Your ministry needs to have some influence over Port Metro Vancouver management and its board. Example: Building T-2 with no business case and at the expense of the Estuary and the Fraser River environment. I do believe Carla Qualtro took a strong position in the last federal election campaign to oppose T-2 based on a weak business case and the emnvironmental risk to the Estuary and the Fraser River. As we move into the new year we see that other municipalities like Richmond and Burnaby making headline news with their opposition to T-2 amd PMV.

The public expects our elected members of parliament to live up to their election promises. We voted for accountability and not for the continuation of influence peddling and cronyism by PMV and their board of directors as promoted by the formed Conservative government. I think the people of Delta and Canada voted for change and not status quo ? If you continue to stay the course on this issue, I believe it totally underminds the Liberal party promise to Canadians about change, the way the federal government manages the economy, the environment and the way we do business. When will you initiate some changes to the Canadian Marine Act for the purpose of making the Port accountable to the Ministry of Transport that reflects the Liberal Government promises per your election mandate ?

As in my previous correspondence I ask you again :

1. Please discuss the issue with your cabinet collogue,
Carla Qualtrough. I believe she has excellent knowledge
of the issue and is aware of the growing community
outrage in Delta.
2. Please do me the courtesy of explaining why the Act
does not allow the government to direct PMV. Please
explain what powers section 27 gives you ?
3. Please tell me how government policies influence actions
taken by PMV. for example the Minister of the
Environment and Climate Cjhange recently stated that
your government's policy was to achieve a proper
balance between economic and environmental interests.
PMV by it's actions continues to violate these policies.

I can assure you that the people of Delta, BC and Canada are not going to be satisfied with status quo on this issue.

Look forward to receiving you reply.

Don Paulsen - Delta, BC

DeltaBC 2016-04-17 11:13:50
DavidDorrington

MetroPort wants the Massey Bridge.The Massey Bridge is a waste of money. It is also bad for the enviroment as it will promote the use and import and export of fossil fuels. MetroPort needs more oversight as it is now an irresponsible organization that promotes the welfare and subsidy of it constituent private partners. Its process and governance is hidden from the public. There needs to be participatory control from the lower mainland municipalities. At the moment there is no meaningful input from people affected by its actions. MetroPort is out of control.

RichmondBC2016-04-17 13:31:03
AnnaGustafson

Our Port should be transparent in its decision making and accountable to the public.

Salt Spring IslandBC2016-04-17 16:07:45
Don Paulsen

RE: THE PORT OF VANCOUVER - FORMERLY PORT METRO VANCOUVER

Attention: Joe Peschisolido

I would like to congratulate you and thank you for your recent commentary about The Port of Vancouver. You hit the nail on the head and I agree with you completely.

In addition Robin Silvester and his board of directors at the PORT are the most arrogant and self serving appointed body I have never seen. They make the Canadian Senate look like minor leaguers for sure !

Although I am in total agreement with your commentary, I question the facts about The Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau not knowing in advance concerning the announced approval of the Jet Fuel project ? Mr. Garneau and Mr. Silvester spent considerable time together during the Minister’s visit to Vancouver earlier this spring. Do you really believe that Mr. Silvester forgot or decided not to tell the Minister about the decision to approve this project. The timing of the visit was just a short time ahead of the announced project approval. Knowing Mr. Silvester I would be shocked if he did not discuss the subject with Mr. Garneau. On the contrary, I believe that Mr. Garneau decided not to announce the decision to his fellow MP’s and asked Mr. Silvester to take the blame for lack of consultation on this occasion. I believe that Mr. Garneau is totally supportive of the Port of Vancouver as per his replies to my correspondence over the past several months. In fact Mr. Garneau told me that the Canadian Marine Act did not allow the Minister of Transport to make changes or have any input regarding Port business. Of course if you read the Act, one can see that his statement is totally false. I do not believe Mr. Garneau wants to make any changes to the Port’s mandate and shows no interest in initiating any changes a this point in time. I suspect the Minister is content to stay the course and allow the Harper Government guidelines to continue to guide the Port with a unilateral decision making concept and power that answers to no one. Indeed, The Port of Vancouver is Mr. Silvester’s empire and that’s the way he wants it to continue under the direction of the new federal Liberal government. I must say that so far he is getting his wish.

Like many other Canadians, I voted for the Liberal party during the last election based on a change of direction. The promise of open government, improved accountability, upgraded standards for the environment and upgrading Canada’s roll and environmental standards within the international community. The Port of Vancouver continues to be all about abuse of power, looking after their friends ( cronyism) with little or no accountability. This has to stop but I think it will not happen until there is a change in the minister of transport. Mr. Garneau has to go.

Hope you have better luck with this issue than me and many of my friends and colleagues in Delta.

Best regards

Don Paulsen – Delta, BC

DetaBC 2016-04-18 09:54:33
Mary MargaretKachurowski

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
•Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
•Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial developments while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
•As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
•All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
•Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

HamiltonOntario2016-04-18 10:43:34
RodMariner

Bitimen is something very different than oil. Bitimen sinks. It is impossible to clean up. Oil floats and can be recovered. That's is why Vancouverites do not want Kinder Morgan expansion!

North VancouverBC2016-04-18 22:37:06
carolDay

The Federal organization known as Port Metro Vancouver is the bully in the room. PMV tells the cities what they are going to do instead of working to find comprises. The previous organization " The Fraser Port Authority " was a partner and the cities had a great working relationship with them Mr. Robin Sylvester must go his management style is aggressive and unfair and does not reflect the new federal government in a positive light.

The Federal government must step in and make sweeping changes to protect the Fraser river and the Port of Vancouver before it is too late.

URGENT ACTION NEEDED : Recind the permit from PMV to allow for the Vancouver Fuel Facilities Corporation to build a 80 milion litre Jet Fuel Tank farm on Port Metro Vancouver Lands in south Richmond.

RichmondBC - British Columbia2016-04-19 08:12:29
J.J.West

It is not a "myth" that Port Metro Van under the arrogant rule of CEO Silvester and his merry band of political appointee hacks are contemptible of local and federal government. The lies and half truths perpetuated by them has well exceeded their fiduciary responsibility for public safety. Not a "myth", of the Port's three proposed projects should the Massey Tunnel be removed, 1) LNG transhipment so close to populated areas is ILLEGAL in the USA 2) Washington and Oregon have made it ILLEGAL to ship Wyoming coal from their ports and 3) Jet Fuel barging on the Fraser near populated areas is also ILLEGAL. The federal government must remove the CEO, executive, Directors and other hack Port political appointees forthwith, and restore accountability for their contemptible deceptions, and risk of public lives.

RichmondB.C.2016-04-19 08:54:14
DeirdreWhalen

Port Metro Vancouver is acting like a bully with the local Richmond City Council and with the BC government. They don't seem to care that Richmond residents do not want the Fraser River to be totally industrialized, nor do we want our agricultural lands in the Agricultural Land Reserve being used to store goods containers from Asia and beyond. The Fraser River supports the biggest salmon run in the world and the Richmond and Delta lands are the richest agricultural land in BC if not Canada. Port Metro Vancouver cannot be allowed to do their own environmental assessments! They cannot be allowed to pave over our farmland! Stop Port Metro Vancouver and their bullying ways!

RichmondBC2016-04-19 10:09:28
StevenFaraher-Amidon

"MP Joe Peschisolido (Steveston-East Richmond) said the port has become unresponsive to community concerns since the Stephen Harper government granted near-autonomous powers in 2008.
Liberal MP Pechisolido's comments say it all, in terms of the importance of a much needed review and reform of the Port Authority of Vancouver. as well as other Ports across Canada. Fundamental to democracy and a strong trade relationship, is the credibility of a Port system in which both Canadians and those we trade with believe the Port and feel comfortable that the Port is dealing above board. That has been missing with the past relationship, as the Port Authority spent too much time trying to get around proper review and above board, not to mention, transparent, environmental, health reviews. As MP Peschisolido states,
'I believe we should have a full review of the port authority, its structure and staff and everything. A lot of MPs have concerns with the port and how it functions,' said Peschisolido.
'Under Harper the environmental process was gutted and the port had authority to make those decisions. The Liberals ran on having a proper environmental review,' he said."
MP Pechisolido gets the importance of accountability. The current board of the Vancouver Port is made up of people from key industries who have dealings with the port, industries which stand to gain from Port activities augmented by a lack of full disclosure. The selection of the board must be made more democratically accountable and inclusive of more membership variety. Additionally, the Board has been well insulated from the public, in terms of real possibility for interaction, and not just at the AGM, which has become more of a dog and pony show, than a true access opportunity by the public.
This is not acceptable in a democracy. I look forward to action being taken on this, consistent with the stated goals of transparency, and accountability which the Liberal Party ran on and was elected to a strong majority government.

ComoxBritish Columbia2016-04-19 11:21:16
PaulMagnus

Please reboot PMV.

We need the South Fraser and it's delta to remain viable for biodiversity for species such as our declining salmon.

And to meet our Paris climate targets.

Best Regards Paul Magnus

RichmondBC2016-04-19 17:27:55
Peter van der Velden

The Federal Crown Corporation 'Port of Vancouver' is not living up to their mission statement nor vision. Instead they are acting like any large corporation that is only interested in a bottom line. As a Canadian -and shareholder- in this crown corporation I expect them to create jobs and be sustainable. Most of all I expect them to do it in an environmentally sustainable way. A way which INVOLVES community. At this point I feel that they are shunning our community and its interests. Interests like our farmland, our salmon run and our well being.

Please, change the board that runs this crown corporation and let the Port start acting like a responsible corporate citizen.

DeltaBC2016-04-20 10:50:34
PaulSimpson

Although not as well versed on all aspects of the Port Authority as I would like to be, as a resident of Tsawwassen I am deeply concerned with what appears to be a very powerful and secretive operation that has no real regard for the environment nor the citizens in the proximity of its operations. I have felt that for the thirty years I have lived here that the Port does what it likes when it likes backed by a bunch of faceless bureaucrats who discredit each and every concern brought forward by both science and concerned citizens in the name of driving big business forward at all costs. I totally get that we need this sort of industry for our economic growth but absolutely not at all costs. Now is another location this operation may be quite viable but here we are in such a critical area that supports such a large and varied amount of marine and bird life, farm lands and space already so pressured by development but direly needed to support our pacific flyway along with local wildlife and many threatened species.
The power of this giant is way too one sided and we desperately need to have a much more open, honest and reasonable way of conducting business that truly takes into consideration all stakeholders, including residents, loacal, regional and Provincial governments as well as the importance of preserving what little that remains of nature in our area.

DeltaBC2016-04-20 11:18:05
DonnaModeste

Marc Garneau, the hereditary chiefs were not consulted and do not give their consent. I am a member of the hereditary chief family of the Suhilton/Modeste lineage and you do not have my consent or the consent of my family. Elected chief consent is only applicable on the postage stamp reservations. This is an infringement on my rights and title to our unceded territory. Sockeye salmon are important to our culture. This is cultural genocide.

DincaBC2016-04-20 11:42:40
GeorgeRoberts

Transparency and accountability are paramount!

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-20 12:53:48
AndreaLee

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

RichmondBritish Columbia2016-04-20 21:05:30
CatherineRussell

I am concerned that Port Authority decision making needs to involve clear and open consideration of the local public concerns, and concerns oflocal governments and First Nations. c

VancouverBC2016-04-20 21:05:34
MargaretMeggy

I am writing to express my concerns with the Vancouver Port Authority (Port Metro Vancouver). It's governance is not appropriate for a public body. The Port's governance creates almost an automatic conflict of interest; the Port must encourage economic activity, yet it is in control of investigating and granting approval to economic projects which damage the local environment or conflict with local communities. A public body should never be in such a conflict of interest.

As a neighbour to port activities at Roberts Bank, I am also concerned about the poor quality of environmental reviews.

Tsawwassen BCBritish Columbia2016-04-20 21:06:34
StephenGarnett

You were elected because you said you would not operate like Harper who has no concern for communities or the environment. Please bring back regulations pertaining to effects on the environment, both short and long-term.

Cowichan BayB.C.2016-04-20 21:07:50
Neil W.Humphrey

The Vancouver Port is acting above the view of the public in how it does and plans it's business model for expansion. This is especially true with the Fraser River and Burrard Inlet.

Even though I grew up in Kitsilano and the waters of the now Salish Sea, I realized through my Dad that I was a guest to these lands and waters due to BC First Nations. I was raised to understand that BC for First Nations is unceded, unconquered and untreated traditional territories. In understanding this, I find it very disturbing that Vancouver Ports has not involved BC First Nations in any of their expansion plans.

When I read the Indian Act it is very specific as to protecting First Nations. In BC this is even more important as to the reasons about but also to current court cases that give BC First Nations rights and titles to their traditional territories. Read http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/supreme-court-s-tsilhqot-in-first-nation-ruling-a-game-changer-for-all-1.2689140

What is further disturbing is the BC Gov is doing the same thing with their George Massey Bridge. They haven't talked to BC First Nations either about the impact of adding infrastructure and more vessel traffic to the Fraser River.

Ultimately the bottom line is the same for me as it is for BC First Nations and that is, the Fraser River is Canada and one of the worlds largest Sockeye Salmon runs. It's a food source and industry for all of use that should not be jeopardize by any industry. Especially an industry like the Port who acts in secret on their own and with the BC Gov in reviewing environmental issues that should be discussed with BC First Nations and the public.

Please review what the Port and BC Gov are doing to the Fraser River without true consent from BC First Nations and a mandate from the taxpayer.

Thank you

SurreyBC2016-04-20 21:16:55
WilliamSchuss

I am upset that a un elected body can make decisions that affect our quality of life.First of all Fraser Surrey docks wants to ship coal to foreign markets. This will require dredging the fraser river to allow these heavily laden ships to ply this waterway. Also the need to remove a traffic tunnel which was just recently upgraded and build a toll bridge in it's place. Total
Madness.Please make sure you give all this deep thought

SurreyB.C.2016-04-20 21:19:18
PaulChristensen

Port authority does not = God. Public consultation is a must. Effects of decisions must include all aspects of climate change. In the case of coal terminal the question that comes to my mind immediately given that ALL major coal producers in the US are loosing money or are seeking bankruptcy protections already. Is this terminal just a cheap land grab if all goes bad in the coal industry? 2500 acres of land removed from the ALR in the lower main land of BC. Handed on a platter to an extension of a failing coal giant. Seems like a good way to make lemon aid from the lemon of a faltering coal export industry by having the title too this land for development as a fail safe. This stinks to high heaven and should in no way get the go ahead on any level period

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2016-04-20 21:19:20
Rev. JordanEllis

Minister Garneau:
My take on many recent climate change actions and policies by large entities such as port authorities is that they have, and continue to, act in the interests of big business, almost always to the detriment of the people of the area in which they operate, and certainly to the detriment of our global climate.
Your government was chosen to counteract the deleterious 10 year regime of Mr. Harper.
Clearly, most of what the Harper government was trying to accomplish is now failing badly. Please stop trying to keep the dinosaurs - the outmoded industries and their support structures - alive at the cost of the best interest of the regular Canadian citizen and the environment we all share.
Thank you.
You know the right thing to do. Please ensure

NanaimoB.C.2016-04-20 21:19:26
PatriciaKealy

The Port should not be a power unto itself. They have to be accountable to politicians who are elected by the people.

White RockBC2016-04-20 21:20:30
BillieMcConnell

The Ports Authority must be more transparent in their decision making. All land under the Port must remain public land. Accountability should also be part of operations of the port. When has the disregard of the government and the people become acceptable operations of the Port Authority.

DeltaB.C.2016-04-20 21:26:16
jeremywilliams

democracy is transparent, accountable, accessible, and local

anything else is not democracy

this should apply to our ports!

powell riverbc2016-04-20 21:27:33
SabinaHill

Please carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development.

Port MoodyBC2016-04-20 21:29:38
CliffCaprani

Minister Garneau,

Please do ALL in your power to rein in the Port of Vancouver & its CEO Robin Silvester. The fox has been guarding the hen-house for too long.

Thank you.

LadnerBC2016-04-20 21:32:11
brigitterichters

I'm very concerned that the Vancouver Port Authority seems to be a law unto itself with no accountability to the citizens living on the Fraser or the Federal Government or any
Canadian governments.

deltabc2016-04-20 21:33:18
JacquelineSteffen

I have a real concern about how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority operates and makes decisions. It should be a port which is transparent and accountable to the public, however this has not been the case.

The governance of the Port Authority should reflect concerns from First Nations, environmental and health experts. All lands under the Port Authority should remain as public lands.

The Port Authority should also have open consultations with local government as well as First Nations.

As Ottawa follows through with a commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should involve evaluating all of the impacts of future proposed projects

I would like to see improved protection for our rivers, oceans and agricultural land here in BC and across Canada. The Fraser River is one of the worlds largest Sockeye Salmon runs. It's a valuable food source and industry which should be protected in every way.

CoquitlamBritish Columbia2016-04-20 21:39:23
DorothyYada

Port Authority boards of directors should include First Nation, environmental, health and local and regional government representatives. All lands under Port Authority control must be public lands. Port Authorities should be subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

VancouverBC2016-04-20 21:45:40
KathrynHarrison

Dear Minister Garneau:

As a poltiical scientist who for decades has studied Canadian political institutions and policymaking, I was shocked when I became aware of the number and extent of flaws in the governance model for Port Metro Vancouver. The problems include the following:

- The Port is mandated with regulating industries that use the Port, yet a majority of members appointed to the Port's board are nominated by those same industries.

- The Port relies exclusively on users fees and rent from tenants on federal lands within the Port's control to fund its operations. This is in conflict with the Port's responsibility to approve or reject development of those same lands and/or projects that would increase Port throughput.

- Although they have important decision making powers, those who lobby Port Authorities are exempted from reporting under the federal lobbying registry.

- Changes to the Canada Marine Act adopted as part of a 2014 omnibus budget bill limit transparency and accountability, even as port authorities are deliberating considering highly controversial developments and as allegations have emerged of organized crime operating in Canada's ports.

The activities that take place in Canada's ports demand careful attention not only for their contribution to our economy, but also for the environmental, health, and safety risks they pose. I urge you and your colleagues to revisit and fundamentally rethink the exercise of federal authority in Canada's ports.

VancouverBC2016-04-20 21:48:51
DebbieMcBride

Minister, I'm very encouraged to see a review of the Port Authority taking place. Currently PA's can, and do, make decisions that is reminiscent of the days of absolute monarchy rule. They are answerable to no one and this has been a detriment to the general public, the public purse and the environment. The fact that they can, and have, arbitrarily remove productive farmland into parking lots and warehouses shows they are out of control. Please take steps that will put oversight into port operations.

DeltaBC2016-04-20 22:00:42
Michael Coates

We have seen a great deal of action by the Port Authority in recent years that was without adequate public consultation. It was virtually unilateral. This may have been acceptable to the previous government as they did not care what the citizens of this country thought. They had their ideology to put into practice. We expect more from this government. In order for the Port Authority to become respectable again they need to properly consult and act on the information they receive from all concerned parties. They need to pay extra attention and show concern over local and regional health and environmental concerns through their actions.

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-20 22:01:11
NealJennings

Now is the time to improve port governance!

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-20 22:01:46
KarlPerrin

To: The Honourable Marc Garneau, Min. of Transport
I believe Port Authority appointees should be answerable to B.C. residents. Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.

BurnabyB.C.2016-04-20 22:05:06
DenaJensen

Here are my two top concerns:
Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public.

Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increased representation of First Nations, environmental and health experts, and local and regional government interests.

The port's decisions are critical to the health and safety of a great deal of vulnerable habitat and natural resources. The operation of the Port Aurhority must be set up in such a way that people are informed of decisions to be made and involved in the process of making them.

BlaineWA2016-04-20 22:20:12
PhyllisRuthven

Port Authority,and Mr. Sylvester, n particularn , seem to think they have supreme authority over everything the Port touches. They are ignoring the environment, the people who their proposed projects will effect wth cobsidered superiority.
This was amply demonstrated at the hearings yesterday when one of their lawyers lamblasted the cities of Surrey and New Westminister for having the temerity to offer a comparison to the Port stance at the hearing to that of a land use permit approval change.
He more or less ststed they had no business speaking out.! This project is in Surrey and borders New Westminster across the river. Of course they should speak out . It effects their citizen's directly.
This is the type of response most often put forward by the Port Autjority. If they say it is "good to go, it is goog to go" And the citizen's it effects be darned.

Mr Sylvester has developed a King Complex. Time his crown was reviked.

DeltaBC2016-04-20 22:28:26
KayJohnson

the Port has been given carte blanche under the previous corrupt government. Now we have a chance to clean up this mess. WE DON'T WANT THIS. We live here and don't want it. No social licence in New Westminster for a coal port.

New WestminsterBC2016-04-20 22:35:41
RolfHaack

As outlined in the adjacent paragraph entitled "Port Authorities must be more accountable, transparent and inclusive"

Blind BayBC2016-04-20 22:40:51
DianneVarga

Numerous media reports this month (April 2016) have detailed complaints from members of the public as well as from MP Joe Peschisolido and retired DFO fisheries scientist Otto Langer that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's 'public' consultation process has barely been publicized, that conflict of interest in decision-making and financial affairs is rife within the Port Authority, and that the Port became unresponsive to community concerns when the Stephen Harper government granted it near-autonomous powers in 2008.

There must be meaningful changes in Port governance that will ensure a Port Authority that's accountable to the public and that takes public concerns seriously.

I concur with all of the concerns so nicely laid out by the advocacy organization RealPortHearings.org --

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

KelownaBC2016-04-20 22:46:50
JudithMcphie

Our port authority should be transparent in its decision making and accountable to the public.
Environmental and regional concerns must e heard and accounted for.

Please take action on Port Authority reform.

VancouverBC2016-04-20 22:47:34
HermanBakker

Dear Minister,
I am very concerned about how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority operates.
Many citizens are concerned about the port authorities guns-ho attitude to coal exports, coal imported from the USA, to be shipped overseas. Those citizens have been ignored. The USA is wanting to ship their coal via a Canadian port because the US Port authorities have refused to handle it.
Canadians have the same concerns the US has. These coal exports need to be stopped but the VFPA ignores everybody who does not like their agenda.

VictoriaBC2016-04-20 22:48:56
ChrisAikman

At stake is the issue as to whether the port authority serves the interests of the many or of the few.

Hornby IslandBritish Columbia2016-04-20 22:49:44
EllenPye

Under the last Government, the Vancouver Port Authority got away with ignoring environmental assessments that ran contrary to their schemes, ran roughshod over bylaws and public rejection of many of their plans, especially in connection with the export of US coal through various points on the BC Lower Mainland.
In view of your promises regarding consulting Canadians and protecting the environment, I sincerely hope that this will now be brought to an end so that that body can begin to operate in a lawful manner and become a good corporate citizen.
In the U.S.A. communities are able to block projects such as exporting coal; in Canada communities do not have that power and are forced to accept these regardless of their harmful consequences. It is time Canadians were granted the same rights.

DeltaBritish Columbia2016-04-20 23:15:06
sandymcnamee

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority needs to do a better job of engaging local government, First Nations and the public. The Port Auth. should be subject to the Lobbying Act and the Access To Info. Act. Regional concerns must be examined and addressed. The environmental assessment process is dramatically flawed when the Port is the one doing the environ. assessment AND promoting trade/development. Ottawa must follow through on it's commitment to reforming this process.

white rockbc2016-04-20 23:16:46
CLCameroncameron

while I campaigned for three successful liberal candidates in the 2015 election , the populace voiced great concern that we are blind to permanent consequences to our biodiversity WHy is Canada so retrogressive when Washington state is more concerned than Canada is that in The Salish Sea decline of health of reproductive age female orcas, perinatal mortality of progeny, risk to vestibular function also in our dolfin/ porpoise populations and loss of salmon returning. This is not the Malacca straits or Gulf of Hormuz- we do not want massive shipping. Canada needs diverse industry not proven failures in petroleum products where prices will stay depressed as Iran will pump at rates to suite itself,. . We have huge intellectual capital which should better be ulilizedI have 3 degrees in medicine and have watched classmates emigrate to US or UK due to lack of research funding , as well for GPs lack of modern hospital facilitiesI hold tat we should DIVERSIFY OUR ECONOMY and not be dinosaurs going back to fossil fuel use when renewables are successfully implemented globally,even in 2nd world nations, The port Authority has no right to beinvolved in rezoning agricultural land for its own short sighted purpose of expansion especially in such an opaque manner It is NOT in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;

vancouverBC2016-04-20 23:37:59
RobynJacob

Hello,

This is my letter of support for advocates of Port Authority reform and those who cry for more public accountability and open consultation with local communities. While we all advocate for economic security, it is of utmost importance, with the knowledge that we have now about climate change and the very real impacts that will have on us, that things like proper environmental assessment processes and discouraging larger coal exports are paramount to securing our future.

It is important that the body that does these environmental impact assessments is not the same body that advocates for larger trade agreements, because that could directly be a conflict of interest.

Thanks for reading my comments and thinking of my concern.

VancouverBC2016-04-20 23:40:17
LisaHolland

Thank you for your concern for the communities affected by our port. We have to consider our neighbours' health now and their future health.
We can be a world leader in alternative energy.
Sincerely Lisa Holland

Bowen IslandBC2016-04-20 23:49:11
PennyOyama

Having attended 2 public meetings of the Vancouver Port Authority, I can well attest to the fact that profit and corporate power overrule any consideration of public or environmental good! No matter how many people asked for clarification of Port decisions to favour business interests, no answers were ever given!!
There is DEFINITELY a great need for an overhaul of Port operations ASAP!!
Thank you.

BurnabyB. C.2016-04-21 00:05:19
FrankMartens

The Trudeau gov't needs to take control of Vancouver's Port Authority:
1. There is a need for consultation with the First Nations of the area involved.
2. Before the Port Authority does anything it should consult with local and regional gov't interests.
3. Ottawa should make sure that any lands taken over by the Port Authority should remain public land.
4. Any action taken by the Port Authority needs to be transparent and accountable.
Sincerely,
Frank Martens
Summerland, BC

SummerlandBritish Columbia2016-04-21 00:58:44
DavidWhitmore

During the World Wars, the Port Authority was given extended powers as a matter of need; but now in peacetime, they should revert back to the role of administering public and local concerns, not battling against them. Decisions and options should be open and transparent. Port lands are public lands and should remain so, not locked off and bared from use by the public, except where security issues are dominant.

VancouverBC2016-04-21 01:25:37
LeslieStanick

It is unacceptable that the Port Authority has been making decisions regarding the building of the LNG port and expanding the Fraser Surrey Docks without adequate public consultation. 2500 acres of important and valuable agricultural land is being taken from Richmond for use for holding areas. The proposed bridge that will replace the Massey Tunnel will cause destabilization of the shoreline along the Fraser River, release salt into the Fraser and cause danger the largest salmon run in the country. The Port Authority has far too much power and far too little public consultation. There needs to be an overhaul of the system ensuring environmentalists and specialists in the salmon fishery, the river ecosystem, First Nations community needs, city councils and other parties be involved in the research, decision and planning stages of any future developments along the Fraser River. Stop making decisions in private that will have lasting, and devastating effects on the Fraser ecosystem, the protection of First Nations rights, agricultural land use, the shipping of toxic coal, spreading coal dust through our communities, air and waterways. The Port Authority needs to have local, First Nations and environmental specialists on the board, not just representatives that support the corporate agenda.

SurreyBC2016-04-21 01:41:33
TroySedgwick

Mr. Garneau,

In regards to the conversations currently taking place around the role of Port Authorities, and their accountability to Canadians, I am writing to express my desire to see their powers and autonomy rolled back.

Currently, there is significant opportunity for conflicts of interest in port authority governance. Additionally, said authorities are focusing too heavily on their mandate to facilitate trade, without acknowledging their equally important mandate “to operate with broad public support in the best interests of Canadians.” The Canada Marine Act, which governs port operations, identifies both promotion of trade and provision of a high level of safety and environmental protection as equal goals.

To this end, I am asking you, as Minister of Transport, to institute reforms over the powers and administration of port authorities, to ensure a higher level of accountability to Canadians, and the municipalities within which these port authorities operate.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I would appreciate feedback on my request

Troy Sedgwick

VancouverBC2016-04-21 05:05:53
marcboyd

Its the right thing to do - we need to protect our environment.

SurreyBC2016-04-21 05:27:07
RobMiller

The Port Authority must engage with local and regional governments, First Nations and the public when considering any operating change.

A prime example of this requirement is the proposed anchorages off Gabriola Island.

VictoriaBC2016-04-21 06:05:04
WaterColour

Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. Obviously there is room for conflict of interest here, and dereliction of duties for responsibility to the environment and surrounding communities. It would be preferable if Port Authority governance was transferred to provincial or municipal control to better reflect the regional concerns. Of course, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Gabriola V0R1X0British Columbia2016-04-21 06:06:52
JeanMilne

We need Port Reform AND we need recent approvals & permits granted by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority revoked: in particular, but not limited to, the expansion of the coal port and the approval of the jet fuel facility in Richmond.

Port Authority lands must remain public lands, subject to the Lobbying Act and the Access to Information act.

Given the evidence of recent Port Authority decisions that approved developments despite strenuous opposition on environmental grounds, Port Reform must require Environmental Assessments and approvals be made by an outside Federal authority.

Protection of the Fraser river & estuary, and of our precious agricultural lands are critical.

VancouverBC2016-04-21 06:32:28
RobertTibbs

The port is out of control

White RockBC2016-04-21 06:38:06
ArneBaartz

In reviewing Port Authorities' mode of governance, especially that of the Fraser Port Authority, please make sure that local interest and concerns as outlined by VTACC are taken into account.

LasquetiBC2016-04-21 07:28:07
JimWhitworth

Dear Minister Garneau: By now most Canadians are aware of the concept of climate change, what is causing it and the consequences of it. I believe everyone, governments and corporations included have to do their part to minimize the damage that climate change is currently doing to the physical environment and all living creatures on our home the earth. Coal port expansion is not the way forward but rather a step backward. Destroying thousand of acres of farmland is not the way forward and similarily so for increased air pollution, water pollution and wildlife habitat destruction. I continue to be hopeful that our new government will be on the side of sanity and safeguards our home with legislation that says no to anything that contributes to our growing climate problems.

UclueletB.C.2016-04-21 07:36:56
BrodieGower

As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

SecheltB.c2016-04-21 07:43:35
KellyGreene

I am asking the federal government to bring accountability back to the Port Authority. It operates in a vacuum, approving projects of questionable safety and environmental responsibility. I am very concerned about the jet fuel, LNG, and coal projects. I have personally asked representatives about the fact their environmental review is completed in-house and would be a conflict of interest when approving the projects. They saw no such conflict of interest. I personally asked them about the impact of accidents with highly explosive and toxic materials. They stated accidents would not occur. I am sure that Lac Megnatic is an example of the hubris of thinking accidents do not happen. I am deeply concerned about the safety of my community. The jet fuel facility will be less than 1000m from a public pool, apartment complex, and entertainment complex including a hotel. In addition, the jet fuel will be located across the river from the LNG facility. Both of which are highly explosive. Something must be done, and soon, to reign in the Port from developing these projects which are clearly counter to the safety and well-being of the communities in which they are located.

RichmondBritish Columbia2016-04-21 07:43:52
terryslack

The Vancouver Port Fraser River needs to have "Public Representation Now" as most decisions are made in camera behind closed doors ! A public review of all the projects that effect the North Arm and Main Stem of the Fraser River river must be done in the spring of 2016 ..

vancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-21 07:48:14
DougHopwood

The Port of Vancouver must be made responsive to public concerns about environmental concerns and long term sustainability. We need a new regulatory framework based on local democracy and accountability.

First nations must be fully involved, as must local communities.

Environmental and other assessments of Port project must be conducted by an independent body that is separate from ownership and operation of the Port.

All port activities and projects should be evaluated in terms of carbon footprints.

Qualicum BeacbBC2016-04-21 07:49:50
JaneCamfield

Dear Mr. Garneau,
It is inconceivable to me that the federal government can't prevent the building of a huge port along the Fraser--to be used to ship coal through densely populated urban communities and through waterways already busy with marine traffic. The idea of encroaching on agricultural land, of polluting our air/waterways for the sake of a dying coal industry based in the U.S. is not in the best interests of Canadian voters/citizens.
Port Metro Vancouver has kept ordinary Canadians as far away from hearings, from participation, from information as they possibly can. The processes they have been using smack of secrecy, under-handed, backroom deals to benefit "the market".
Please stand up for the common wealth/health of British Columbians who live and work in this beautiful place beside the Pacific. Help us to clean up the methods of Port Metro Vancouver and help us to stop the coal industry.
Sincerely,
Jane Camfield

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-21 07:51:41
JamesBrewer

Dear Minister Garneau - the government is elected by the people, and its role is to govern and ensure that decisions are made in the peoples' interest. I urge you to make the Vancouver Port Authority fully accountable to the people and not to act in the interests of the people and the planet.

Time is running out on climate change - strong action is needed and a clear signal needs to be sent by the government that the people want change and are fed up with corporate greed.

VancouverBC2016-04-21 07:53:55
GrahamMulligan

Dear sirs/madams,
The Port Authority structure is flawed and must be changed. It is not accountable to the people and is really just a hand-maiden to the controlling corporate interests. I am opposed to this Harper-era structure.

Here is what I want:

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

Thank you
Graham Mulligan

SurreyBC2016-04-21 08:05:52
TomGreen

Dear Minister Marc Garneau,

With the change in government in Ottawa, we now need a parallel change in governance at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Thanks to reforms under the Harper government and pre-existing limitations, the Port Authority's decision-making lacks transparency and accountability. As a result, it is failing to adequately engage local governments and the public into project approval processes.

I am heartened by comments made recently by Steveston-Richmond East MP Joe Peschisolido recognizing that the public is dissatisfied with the Port Authority's decision making.

I would urge you to make changes to Port governance following a thorough consultation process with First Nations, local and regional governments, civil society and the public.

The composition of the Board of Directors needs to change to offer greater accountability to First Nations, to include health and environmental expertise and local and regional governments.

Governance should ensure that the Port Authority is not set up so as to create real or perceived conflict of interest. The Port Authority should not be in charge of the environmental assessments of projects on Port lands, since its mandate includes promoting trade and economic development. The Port should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

I trust you will bring governance of the Port Authority into alignment with the provisions of the applicable mandate letters issued by Prime Minister Trudeau.

Yours truly,

Tom Green

VancouverBC2016-04-21 08:09:23
MaureenMilledge

It's time to make Vancouver's Port Authority accountable to local and regional levels of government, First Nations organizations and the concerned public. Environmental and health experts should be included on the Board of Directors, as well as local and regional government advocates.
Port Authorities should operate in public, and be subject to the federal Lobbying Act. It should also remain subject tot the Access to Information Act.

VancouverBC - British Columbia2016-04-21 08:21:52
LesleyClark

Please rein in the VF Port Authority. We, the public are very concerned by their lack of consultation with local interests that will be affected by the Port's decisions. The enviroment matters to all of us.

LasquetiBC2016-04-21 08:35:36
MarieMay

Governance is a privilege ,not license to be a autocracy.The Vancoiver Fraser Port Authority's decisions affect all the citizens of BC.They have a responsibility to listen to those who through the public purse pay their salaries and therefore are their employers .They should be accountable to the citizens not large corporations.We are at a turning point in our planets survival and it is time to wake up and stop doing buisness behind closed doors.Thankyou for your attention to this matter.

Denman IslandBC2016-04-21 08:36:38
Lynn Shepherd

There is insufficient oversight of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to ensure that its mandates do not routinely ignore local and regional concerns about broader implications of industrial development. The processes for environmental reviews of proposed projects are flawed and must be reformed to include representation from local and regional governments, First Nations, and concerned citizens. There needs to be substantially more transparency regarding Port operations and more involvement by federal agencies in the permitting process. The Port needs to assume responsibility for inherent environmental risks in projects by having built-in funding to cover cleanup. These are public lands with uses and value beyond trade and economic development and should be administered as such.

VancouverBC2016-04-21 08:54:24
DanOvermyer

Please stop the Vancouver Port Authority and Robin Sylvester, who is a sneaky liar who cannot be trusted. He really doesn't care for Vancouver, only for his own career! Please fire him, and start over with PMV plans. Dan Overmyer, FRSC, Ret. Prof. UBC

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-21 09:04:20
LauraJones

Elected community counselors and citizens affected by proposals by Port Authorities, should have more say in the outcome. For example, the proposed coal port in Surrey BC is opposed by the mayor of New Westminster because the terminal will be directly across the Fraser River from the city. The opposition in large part is that coal is a highly polluting substance and should be left in the ground. Climate change should figure greatly in all decisions - especially building infrastructure to ship coal.

New WestminsterBritish Columbia2016-04-21 09:46:08
PatCaraher

I've become aware that the new government in Ottawa is aware of public concern about Port Authority decision making, and is considering changes to how our Ports operate. It's important that you take decisive action on Port Authority reform.

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public. Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests. Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates. As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development. All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands. Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act. It's important that there be strong federal control of Port Authorities, as at least in the case of BC, when the Port Authority says "jump", the provincial government usually says "How high?"'

VancouverBC2016-04-21 09:59:02
ElaineGolds

I am very concerned that Port Metro Vancouver no longer gives the environment serious consideration when making decisions. The loss of the FREMP/BIEAP dealt a serious blow to how the Port is managed. We must consider the ecological significance of the Fraser River estuary and the wild salmon populations in this River when making decisions about future port expansion.

With the devastating impacts of climate change upon us, we must be taking more sustainable actions - "business as usual" is no longer an option. Yet the Port seems to be very much in denial about this. All their actions are simply "business as usual". In this day and age, this approach is shocking and is totally inappropriate response.

Port MoodyBC2016-04-21 10:14:44
Eyal Lebel

the world is moving away from dirty energy, coal is the worst of it.
we have elected your new government on the platform of change, you made many promises in Paris,
its time to stand behind it.

its also time to change the way port authorities make decisions. they need to listen and acknowledge public needs and opinions

Eyal

VancouverBC2016-04-21 11:07:04
DeborahJones

The present governance structure of Port Metro Vancouver makes a mockery of Provincial, regional and local efforts at land-use planning in Metro Vancouver. PMV's authority to conduct its own environmental reviews of its own projects further aggravates the situation. How can our region plan for economic and environmental sustainability when the private business interests of this key player are beyond our ability to regulate or influence?

I urge you to undertake the much-needed reforms that will make Port Metro Vancouver's governance structure more reflective of regional and local concerns, and more accountable to broader and higher principles of environmental assessment than merely its own.

DeltaBC2016-04-21 11:09:04
JohnVaillant

Dear Minister Garneau;
I have lived in Vancouver for nearly twenty years and during this time the VFPA has behaved as if its sole mission and sole consideration is to grow at any and all costs, regardless of new information about the environment or the concerns of the communities and citizenry who also call Vancouver home. In the past, the Port's behavior in negotiations, hearings and development plans have come across as arrogant, tone-deaf and indifferent to the evolving needs of the city, and the world at large. This may have been effective in 1950, or 1980, but the culture has changed along with our city -and= our climate. The Port is one part of complex and changing community, and its interactions with us must reflect that going forward.

Sincerely yours,
John Vaillant

VancouverBC2016-04-21 11:19:50
MichaelWall

The Port Authority is the most egregious example of non-responsive authoritarian management of potentially harmful public assets. It should be reigned in and made accountable to the public it serves, not commercial interests.

salt spring islandBC2016-04-21 11:23:30
SusanJones

1028 51A Street, Delta, B.C. V4M 2X8
April 21, 2016

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minster of Infrastructure and Communities

Lack of accountability of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

It is discouraging to receive two form letters (January 18 and April 5, 2016) from the Minister of Transport which show no change in the Ministry since being elected in 2015. It appears this letter, and all previous letters I have sent, are being addressed by the same bureaucrats who run the Department of Transport.

The letters formally state it is business as usual and that you, the Minister of Transport, are content to permit the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (Port of Vancouver) to operate as it did during the previous government.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has the jurisdiction to plan Projects, undertake environmental assessments, issue permits, and then benefit from Projects. It is classic Fox in the Henhouse. It is classic conflict of interest. And it continues.

Two equally scary thoughts come to mind. Either you don’t know how your bureaucrats and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority are operating, or, you know and are complicit with their actions.

I question the legality of the statement in your letter stating the Canada Marine Act:

“…does not allow the government to direct Port Metro Vancouver”

This contravenes the principle of nondelegation which directs that a branch of government must not authorize another entity to exercise the power or function which it is constitutionally authorized to exercise itself.

It also contravenes the core principles of Open and Accountable Government, 2015, by Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on November 27, 2015.

Action is needed:

• All Projects being assessed and permitted by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority should be terminated due to the flawed jurisdiction that is conflict of interest.

• The Mandate granted to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, January 1, 2008, does not comply with stated policies of Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and should be withdrawn immediately.

• The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority should be advised that as they are managing public assets, they should not initiate new plans until the federal government can revise legislation destroyed by the former government.

Fraser River Delta at Risk

The Ecosystem of the Fraser River Delta is in deep trouble. Nine mega Projects on the South Arm of the Fraser River threaten the survival of the Ecosystem. Four projects have been completed with five more planned. What they all have in common is the lack of due process and compromised environmental assessments.

The four completed Projects tell a tale of legally flawed processes and lip service to the internationally significant Fraser River ecosystem.

• Port Mann Bridge
• Golden Ears Bridge
• Deltaport Third Berth
• South Fraser Perimeter Road

Tragically, the Canadian Government has failed to provide credible cumulative environmental effects assessment of past, current and planned projects on the lower Fraser and estuary as required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Currently, five more imminent Projects are proposed when Canada has no laws of protection due to the actions of the former federal government which removed protective legislation and due process:

• Roberts Bank Terminal 2 – a new container terminal with 3 shipping berths in the Fraser Estuary threatening internationally-significant migratory birds, salmon and endangered orcas.

• WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project – A Terminal to export LNG from Tilbury Island, 21 kilometres up the Fraser. This will bring LNG carriers in the Fraser River for the first time in history threatening public health and safety and the survival of the Fraser River Ecosystem.

• Direct Transfer Coal Facility at Fraser Surrey Docks – plans to ship up to 9 million metric tonnes of American thermal coal through B.C. Why would Canada want to waste this prime industrial site by shipping dirty US thermal coal through B.C.?

• Vancouver Airport Fuel Delivery Project – plans to bring supertankers up the Fraser River in order to import offshore jet fuel for the airport.

• George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project - The B.C. Government plans to build a very high bridge near the estuary to facilitate supertankers and Aframax freighters carrying jet fuel and LNG in the Fraser River for the first time in history. As shipping lanes on the Fraser and through the Gulf Islands are narrow, appropriate hazard zones are not possible to provide safety of the public, salmon, migratory birds and orcas. The Canadian Government needs to inform B.C. that the high bridge is not necessary as these vessels will not be permitted on the River

It is disconcerting to learn that the new federal government is not listening and has a policy of permitting current project reviews to continue. The Canadian Government has the authority and responsibility to terminate three of the Projects because Transport Canada is the proponent of these Projects which inappropriately exploit public assets (represented by Port Vancouver and the Vancouver Airport).

• Roberts Bank Terminal 2
• Direct Transfer Coal Facility at Fraser Surrey Docks
• Vancouver Airport Fuel Delivery Project

The LNG export Project on the Fraser needs to be terminated due to public safety and threats to the Fraser River ecosystem.

The Environmental Assessment Processes for two of the Projects, Roberts Bank Terminal 2 and the WesPac Tilbury LNG Terminal, are legally flawed as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is permitting a disclaimer that states:

“the effects of the Project on marine shipping are not environmental effects of the Project and will not be included in the Minister of Transport’s decision on the Project”.

Three weeks after Stephen Harper dissolved the Canadian parliament, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) wrote to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office making the disclaimer that the effects of shipping associated with the WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project are:

”beyond the care and control of the proponent, along with the designated shipping route within the South Arm of the Fraser River, from the Project’s marine terminal to the pilot station at Sand Heads.” (Letter from CEAA to B.C. EAO, August 24, 2015)

This statement defies belief. So no one is accountable for the effects of up to 122 LNG carriers and 90 LNG barges per year for 21 kilometers in the Fraser estuary and then through the narrow channels of Boundary Pass and Haro Strait out to the Pacific.

There will be far-reaching effects beyond the project footprint as the container ships will be traveling in the ecologically sensitive estuary and narrow shipping channels to the Pacific. This route, Orca Pass, is also the route of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

Just yesterday, April 20, 2016, an article in the Times Colonist addresses the issue of increased shipping in the Salish Sea with concerns from Canadians and Americans:

Comment: Take closer look at shipping effects in Salish Sea
Chris Genovali and Ross Dixon / Times Colonist
April 20, 2016 08:02 AM
http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/comment-take-closer-look-at-shipping-effects-in-salish-sea-1.2235258

“Beyond the obvious catastrophic potential of oil spills, shipping increases will escalate the incidence of ship strikes for marine mammals, as well as acoustic disturbance. Evidence submitted by Raincoast to the National Energy Board indicated that, given existing conditions, the population of endangered Southern resident killer whales cannot withstand the additional pressures that would result from proposed increases in Salish Sea shipping traffic, recover from their endangered status, and survive in perpetuity.

There appears to be no requirement for cumulative-effects assessment of shipping and energy developments in the Salish Sea at either the project review or regional management level. No one is examining these proposals from the perspective of their cumulative impacts, and how they affect the economies, cultures and values of the Salish Sea.”

CEAA has been advised by lawyers from Ecojustice that the Disclaimer Clauses contravene the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and CEAA has been put on notice that should shipping effects be excluded from the cumulative effects assessment and the decision-making process, clients may be forced to take the issue to court.

This intent to slip past due diligence should provide the new 2015 Liberal Government with a reason to terminate this flawed, illegal process under the Canada Marine Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Species at Risk Act, and the Environmental Protection Act.

Action is needed:

• restore and strengthen Canadian legislation

• terminate the mandate of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and ensure federal accountability

• place a moratorium on the mega projects in the Fraser River delta/estuary

• initiate a cumulative environmental effects assessment of port, industrial and land developments in the Fraser River delta/estuary as required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

• develop a plan and legislation to protect the health of the Fraser River delta in perpetuity

Sincerely,
Susan Jones

DeltaB.C.2016-04-21 11:33:00
LynneWheeler

I would like to see greater public consultation and transparency from the Port Authority. Their decisions affect local citizens and ecosystems. They should not have the high livel of autonomy the currently have.

Fanny BayBC2016-04-21 11:36:33
Dr. DavidHendrickson

Please consider that changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;

Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;

Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;

As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;

All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;

I voted for your government because you campaigned on a new more transparent approach for all Canadians.

I request you provide a written response on specifically how you are doing this in regards to how our Ports make decisions and are accountable to the communities they reside in and near.

VancouverBC2016-04-21 11:36:42
ChrisArmstrong

The Vancouver Port Authority has been an ABSOLUTE DICTORIAL DISGRACE to British Columbia for MANY YEARS! They are very badly in need of REIGNING IN!!

LADNERBC2016-04-21 11:39:40
J.D. Gibbard

Listen to the people of BC who are opposed to expanded dirty fuel ports. Listen to the scientists who make it clear that increased carbon emissions equal accelerated mass extinctions. Listen to the part of your brain knows it is wrong to listen to those who are profiting from global genocide because it is 2016 and the world is too freaking hot already.

Victoria BC2016-04-21 12:18:14
BonnieSokoloski

The people who live in a port city should have the right to have their voices heard regarding concerns about actions the port authorities might take that will affect the city's environment.

Kamloops BCBC2016-04-21 12:33:54
Aragorn Klockars

Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport,
As a citizen who tries keep on top of things, I have been concerned for some time with the operation and decision making of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. It seem that they have been operating as a secretive corporation not receptive to public input, even though on public lands.
I would like to see the governing structure of the Port Authority reformed to include a broader range of stakeholders, including First Nations, local and regional governments, the organizations for port reform, and concerned citizens to more adequately reflect regional concerns. To prevent conflicts between port operations and approving proposals with promoting economic activity, the federal government must insure proper oversight.
The Liberal government has committed itself to greater environmental standards. Is it in the public interest to have the Authority assessing its own projects on federal Port lands while promoting trade and economic development? It should fall under federal environmental assessment procedure.
In conclusion, transparency and accountability are more than just buzz-words, they are principles of democracy. The port Authorities should also be held to the federal Lobbying Act and remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

NanaimoBC2016-04-21 13:04:23
BarbaraBeamiss

Hello Mr. Garneau,
I'm writing to express my concern over what I believe is a conflict of interest by Port Authority to evaluate the environmental impacts of the industrial development proposals that it also promotes and regulates. I've been following the Port Authorities' proposal to transport US thermal coal from Wyoming through several BC municipalities, onto Fraser Surrey Docks for transport to Asia. I attended a public meeting 2 years ago in Surrey BC about this proposal when the public was asking for independent health and environmental impact assessments to be done and found the Port Authority had no interest in these concerns. It doesn't make sense that Port Authority has no independent oversight, that it disregards the publics' concerns and that it can bring in potentially harmful operations like US thermal coal (that numerous US municipalities have already rejected due to health and environmental concerns) while the public living and working around the proposed coal rail routes will be impacted.
I ask that you honour your election commitments to reform the environmental assessment process of this federal body so that the public can be assured that ALL concerns are heard when industrial proposals are being decided upon and not just those of the Port Authority itself.
Thank you.
Barbara Beamiss

LangleyBC2016-04-21 13:12:01
Julihobart

Dear Sir,
I have some comments to make on how our Ports make decisions.
Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.
Thank you and look forward to some positive action for public concerns.

TsawwassenBritish Columbia2016-04-21 13:12:28
Jennifer ISullivan

Regarding Vancouver Fraser Port Auhtority Reform:
1) Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
2) Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
3) Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
4) As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
5) All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
6) Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

BurnabyBC2016-04-21 13:23:39
JohnStevens

As a longtime commercial fisherman I believe that Port Authority should operate in a much more environmentally sensitive way. The Fraser River estuary needs much better protection from potential and current industrial projects such as coal shipment from Fraser Surrey Docks, the Proposed L.N.G. terminal expansion at Tilbury, and the jet fuel facility in Richmond. Such indusries are incompatible with the environmental integrity of the Fraser River.

DeltaB.C.2016-04-21 14:20:26
DianneCarlslon

It is time for you, as Transport Minister, to change how Canada's Ports make decisions. My particular interest is with The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which regulates Port Metro Vancouver, and must be transparent and accountable. Changes would best be made byi nvolving open consultation with local and regional governments,
First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform and concerned citizens. By increasing First Nation, Environmental and health experts on Port Authority Boards, governance would better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority mandates to regulate operations and approve development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity conflict. Therefore, Federal Government oversight must ensure that conflicts, even perceived ones, do not occur between these two mandates. Please consider if it is even possible for these two mandates to be viable. My opinion is that this these two mandates are not in the public interest. It is essential that all lands under control of the Port Authorities remain public lands. Improvement of transparency and accountability of Port operations should be accomplished by making Port Authorities subject to the Federal Lobbying Act & should remain subject to the Access to Information Act. I've attended a Port Metro Vancouver Annual General Meeting when I felt that it's board had nothing but contempt for public citizen concerns, had no obligation to take them into account and didn't, and I trust that this is going to change for the better under your direction.

SurreyB.C.2016-04-21 14:27:20
DeenaGuffei

Hi there,

Please consider the following points in regards to how our ports operate.
Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
•Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
•Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
•As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
•All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
•Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

VancouverBC2016-04-21 14:43:44
ThomasMoody

Absurd decisions result from Port Authorities being biased toward maximising port activity. For example, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority maintains that replacing farmland with port facilities is perfectly acceptable because imports could replace the agricultural production that would be lost. As such imports would come our way via port facilities, nothing could please the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority more. In another absurd example of placing the maximisation of port activity above all else, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has fought tooth and nail in favour of a proposal to bring thermal coal by trains from the United States to a port facility that would ship the coal down the lower stretch of the Fraser River into the Salish Sea and thence across the wide Pacific Ocean to countries that, like all countries around the world, are so successfully fulfilling their goals to get off the stuff that the price of coal is plumbing lows that have already bankrupted the largest North American coal companies. The very high likelihood of such a facility quickly becoming a stranded asset fazes the Port Authority not a whit, thanks to their suffering the co-morbidity of short-sightedness. (By virtue of the second malady, one needn’t even bother to introduce the associated aggravation of global climate change into the argument against building such a coal facility, because the Port Authority will not be aware of it.)

By means of a short-sighted port-activity-maximising system, the world might indeed be able supply itself with all the food and other goods it would need to function for some limited time to come, but that would probably be the least energetically efficient and most environmentally damaging way to do it. Thus, I would suggest that reforms to the operation of Port Authorities include measures to counterbalance the bias toward short-sightedly maximising port activity. Such measures must include revisions to the way in which the costs and benefits of proposed projects and policies are analysed.

In part, the required revisions to cost-benefit analyses might be realised by restructuring Port Authority boards to ensure that they include people who represent First Nations, municipalities, environmental experts, public health professionals, and independent economists. In addition, it may be necessary to mandate that all cost-benefit analyses of proposals include specific steps to ensure that an evidence-based approach has been applied to calculate the costs of the energy that would be expended and the environmental degradation that would be expected if a given proposal were approved, along with the benefits of any existing agricultural production that would be sustained and any existing services from the natural environment that would be maintained only if a given proposal were rejected.

VancouverBC2016-04-21 15:27:08
AnneLadouceur-

The Vancouver FraserPort Authority appears to be concentrating on one part of its mandate at the expense of the other and is clearly often not acting in the best interest of the community, in particular as relates to the environment.

I share the following concerns regarding the Port Authority"
- Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
- Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
- As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
- All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
- Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

Port MoodyBritish Columbia2016-04-21 15:54:39
KarlMaier

Port authorities and airport authorities have become autonomous and not accountable to anyone, not the government or the people in the regions they operate in. The Port Metro Vancouver exemplifies this. When challenged on the Surrey Coal Port decision, it deflected the challenge to the Federal Government, which had alrerady said it was the Port Authority's decision! SOMEBODY must be accountable to answer to the public at the regional level, not just at the national level.

The same rules that apply to government ministries should also apply to ports, including: Lobbying Act, Access to Information Act, and government-wide commitments such as that to meet GHG reduction targets.

New WestminsterBC2016-04-21 16:31:20
Sheila Pratt

There must be changes to Port Authority governance that includes MEANINGFUL, INCLUSIVE consultation that reflects regional concerns - this means INCLUDING local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform and the concerned public. Environmental and health experts MUST be given full consideration. (The economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment, and please remember that we cannot eat money!)
All lands under Port Authority control should remain PUBLIC.

Maple RidgeBC2016-04-21 16:50:18
MargoElfert

As a biologist who has worked in and lives on the Fraser River, the rampant disregard for anything other than profit by the VPA has appalled me for years.
The VPA must be a true "authority" that we can trust to work with other parties, including the Civic governments and concerned public citizens, to make competent decisions on this River.
Putting an LNG plant on an inland river, as has been proposed by Wespac, is both ecologically, and financially short sighted. The thought of replacing the Dease Island Tunnel with a bridge is another nail in the coffin of this rich delta.
Econonomic development is important, but not to the exclusion of environmental concerns.

RichmondBC2016-04-21 17:38:51
Dr. AlSchulze

Whether it is about coal ports, jet fuel terminals, use of farmland or a host of other issues, there is widespread regional frustration with how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes decisions. Our Port should be transparent in its decision making and accountable to the public. It should do a better job of engaging local governments and incorporating regional concerns and environmental considerations into its project approval processes.

SurreyB C2016-04-21 18:30:04
Maureen Bailey

Minister Garneau:
Thank you for your interest and attentiveness in dealing with transportation issues affecting Canadians.
I am writing today in regards to the unrestrained and unaccountable decision-making powers granted to the Vancouver Port Authority. The Port Authority has been acting with impunity towards regional governments and concerned groups and citizens, including above all First Nations. I'm asking you to make changes to how the Port operates so they will be transparent and accountable to Canadians.
As Canadians, we want our decision makers to be attentive to our voices and concerns, not able to make decisions that go against our values and priorities. We also want them to be held accountable for their decisions and actions.
I feel that the Port Authority is bullying us into allowing US coal to be transported through our region and into Asia where it will be burned adding significantly to greenhouse gases and climate change and polluting the air we breathe all along the way.
It is just such zealous and unfettered, pushy growth and development that has brought us to the verge of a global climate change crisis with the potential to displace the people of entire countries.
It's time for the federal government to stand up to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. It's time to stop growing our economy through dirty jobs when green jobs are ethically and economically feasible.
Canada, under a new Liberal government, has boasted of its commitment to doing its part to prevent further damage to the environment. In order to maintain that commitment, I feel it is imperative that we stop the transportation of polluting US coal through the port of Vancouver, which will in turn hopefully stop it from being burned in Asia.
Please do all that is necessary to ensure that our values are upheld in this regard.
Mr. Garneau, make the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority accountable and transparent. Above all, don't let the voices of concerned citizens be silenced in this regard.
Thank you sincerely.

DeltaBC2016-04-21 20:54:47
RogerEmsley

It has become clear that Port Metro Vancouver - now Port of Vancouver - is a government agency that is out of control. Simply put this is a rogue port.
I have written to Minister Garneau and petitioned the Commissioner of Environment and I get the same answer back from the Minister - the Government does not interfere with how the Port operates. This is totally unacceptable.
I want the Ministry of Transport to investigate Port of Vancouver's container port expansion plans - specifically on Roberts Bank. Why, because the environmental assessment process currently being managed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is biased and fundamentally flawed. This assessment will not uncover key information and the whole process is designed so that the review will get to a yes decision. One such example is that the Agency bowed to Port pressure and limited the environmental assessment to the immediate port footprint. Not only that but the assessment will not cover a key issue - container forecasts and existing capacities and planned expansions.
Why do I say this, because the Port is not being truthful about container growth forecasts and current container port capacities. In reality with the expansion plans at existing container terminals, as well as at Prince Rupert, West Coast Canada has enough container port capacity for many years to come, without building a second container terminal on Roberts Bank. Furthermore the Port is in a conflict of interest situation. It is handling ever increasing volumes of US containers which adds nothing to the Canadian economy. The only reason they do this is to add to the Port's revenues. Take out the US volumes and the Port is handling less Canadian containers now than it did way back in 2008. So the Port poaches US traffic for one reason - more Port revenues and to try to justify its decision that another container terminal is needed.
Furthermore the Port is not being transparent about environmental impacts on Roberts Bank. It's environmental analyses - specifically those dealing with biofilm, the critical food source for millions of shorebirds- are flawed and incomplete. Some of this has now come to light in the media. Scientists, not associated with the Port, are suggesting that there is a real risk that this biofilm will be compromised with the port expansion on Roberts Bank. All this in an area that is recognized as the most important ecosystem in North America and one of the top most important bird areas in the world. Add to that the Roberts Bank Port expansion impacts on endangered species, such as the Southern Resident Killer Whales, the negative impacts on salmon, herring and crab populations and what we have is the Port of Vancouver prepared to risk our environment for its selfish business interests.
There are also community issues that will not be addressed in the Panel review. An example, the Panel is prevented from looking at the impacts of port truck traffic on surrounding communities. The Port refuses to look at alternatives such as short haul rail or short sea shipping. Neither is it prepared to support and encourage inland intermodal terminals.
Overall it is time that the Minister of Transport took an active stance and brought the Port of Vancouver under better control and oversight.

Roger Emsley

DeltaBC2016-04-21 21:45:34
SusannaKaljur

As a concerned citizen I am frustrated with how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes decisions. I expect our Port to do a better job of engaging local governments, incorporating regional concerns and environmental considerations into its project approval processes. VFPA must be transparent in its decision making and accountable to the public.
Any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port Reform and the concerned public. Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns and its Board of Directors should have increased representation of First Nations, environmental and health experts as well as local and regional government interests.
The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts or perceived conflicts of interest as Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity.
Just as Ottawa has begun its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process so too it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port Lands.
All lands under Port Authority should remain public lands.
Transparency and accountability must be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

CourtenayBC2016-04-21 22:24:24
PatO'Connor

Port reform needs to insure public interest trumps foreign corporate interest. The port mandate needs to include environmental initiatives that insure sustainability. The rail component of the port should be electrified. Farmland needs to be protected. Twin the Massey Tunnel rather than build a new super bridge. No to thermal coal exports. Respect our commitments in Paris by restricting oil tanker traffic to current levels. Sincerely

SurreyB.C.2016-04-21 23:13:57
EvelynWeimer

Port should not be able to review applications & then issue permits. This is the FOX IN THE HENHOUSE scenario.

The Port finances its operations through leases & fees from Port users.
Thus it seems that Port has a direct financial interest in projects under its review. This decision making is not free of bias.

The Board Directors (7 of 11) are nominated by the industries that use the port. First Nations, environmental and health experts are excluded.
Strong community representation is lacking. There is only 1 representative from local governments.

White RockB.C.2016-04-21 23:59:00
Nancy Wigen

My most serious concern is with the environmental impact of recent port decisions, e.g. why is Canada prepared to export dirty US coal that US ports refused?
And why would the extremely environmentally damaging Woodfiber LNG port be approved for Squamish in Howe Sound, making access for the second most dangerous (next to ships carrying explosives) shipping in the world to use this beautiful fiord, to devastate the recovering marine ecology there and endanger a large human population?
These decisions seem contrary to local, public, regional, First nations or National best interests. We need Federal action on Port Authority reform.

Salt Spring IslandBC.2016-04-22 04:59:38
MelindaAuerbach

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority should be transparent in its decision making and accountable to the public. Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public. It should also reflect better regional concerns with increase representation on the boards of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests. The Federal Government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts - or perceived conflicts - between these mandates. All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands.

Lasqueti IslandBritish Columbia2016-04-22 07:55:30
SheilaHarrington

Port authorities should have environmental protection as a mandate as well! These ports are also in important marine areas fir fish and birds. Any IBA or other areas must be respected. Port authorities should include biologists and include env assessments of projects.

Lasqueti island BC2016-04-22 08:14:32
BrendaGuiled

Dear Minister Garneau:

Port Authorities have become little republics unto themselves. They command public waterways for private industry with no regard for Canadians' concerns about pollution, noise, harms to ecosystems, and all manner of conflicts.

I've given up sending them any feedback, even when they invite it, because they're going to barrel ahead with their plans, no matter what. Public consultations are window dressing, a waste of everyone's time.

Please use your government's fresh mandate to look into aligning our Port Authorities with democratic ways of operating. We can do so much better, and the time is now.

Salt Spring IslandBC2016-04-22 08:56:50
RussellRead

The Port Authority wants to rid us of a tunnel so the Frser can be dredged for larger vessls. The want us to py for a bridge to nowhere and ruin the river for the salmon and other fish. Apparently the company that created the tunnel and bridge from Denmark to Sweden could build a second tunnel for far less that the bridge but they were rejected (I'd say out of hand) in 2014 because the Port wanted the river dredged. If the Port Authority had its way, the lower mainland would be a wasteland of Montana coal dust (the like of which even the Americans refused to ship from any of their ports) all for the dollar.

DeltaBritish Columbia2016-04-22 09:00:34
AgnesWatts

This is another residual disaster from the "Harper years". The free reign given to the Vancouver Port Authority must be rescinded, not to mention the conflict of interest they ignored, and the rules redrafted to include the rights and concerns of local residents, governments, and First Nations. We have to live here, breathing the additional air pollution, and dealing with the added toxins in the soil and water, as a result of the cavalier approval given to the various projects that will have huge consequences for the area. The Port Authority has altered its original mandate. That must be corrected and reversed. The lands and waters it oversees must remain public. The environmental impact of any proposals must be thoroughly assessed and included in any decisions.
The plans to address climate change that Canada agreed to in Paris cannot be achieved if we keep encouraging and supporting fossil fuel use in projects like pipelines and coalports. The environmental impact assessments must include the use of these outdated energy sources at their final destinations, otherwise we are never going to meet our targets and we will be hypocrites.

Vancouver and also South Pender IslandB.C.2016-04-22 09:12:15
Robin Del Pino Ferries

Any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns for protection of natural resources and public health.

Port Authority boards of directors should have increased representation of First Nation, environmental and health experts, and local and regional government interests.

As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider whether it will be able to provide for the protection of the public interest when Port Authorities evaluate the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands, while also working to promote trade and economic development.

All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be of utmost priority. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

VancouverBC2016-04-22 10:11:19
HeidiBoehm

It's high time that we change the way we treat our environment before it becomes a distant memory!!!

RichmondBritish Columbia2016-04-22 10:24:54
Phil Harrison

Dear Minister Garneau:

It is imperative that the port authority take into account what residents say. This is needed to keep the process accountable.

The decision must take into consideration the financial viability of this investment. The window for coal infrastructure investment has ended, as declared by Goldman Sacs.

The upstream and downstream impacts must be considered with the Federal governments commitment to address climate change.

Surrey BC2016-04-22 10:47:15
RobinChakravarti

We are very concerned about how our Ports operate and understand the Federal Govt. is considering changes. Please try to ensure the following: 1) you must have open public consultations' 2) Port operations should better reflect local concerns (for example, Vancouver is trying ti make itself into a green destination and attract high-tech and green industries, whereas the Port Authority is trying to make us into a coal ad oil terminal) 3) Port Authority plans should be subject to a full environmental assessment. 4) All lands under PA jurisdiction should REMAIN public lands. - no selling off bits and pieces to fund plans or operations. 5) More transparency and accountability.in PA operations.

Thnak you for your attention.

Vancouverb\BC2016-04-22 11:02:35
GeorgeDavies

Sir
This message joins the many voicing common concerns about governance and operation of port authorities, in particular the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. While it would not be helpful to repeat them here, I wish to add that that they be considered and acted on using democracy and justice as essential guiding lights.

SurreyB.C.2016-04-22 12:17:22
HowardBreen

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2016-04-22 14:58:10
RobieLiscomb

Port Authorities are exercising governmental authority without transparency or accountability. Reform is necessary.

I call upon my government to reform the regulations and oversight of port authorities.

Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;

Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;

Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;

It is not in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;

All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;

Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

VictoriaBC2016-04-22 15:18:41
DebBledsoe

This says it all. The Vancouver Port Authority has taken WAY to much power and they need their proverbial wings clipped.

ChilliwackBritish Columbia2016-04-22 15:35:37
MarilynWeland

I am concerned that further expansion of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will be detrimental to the Salish Sea. Already there is impact here on Vancouver Island with our sheltered bays being used as moorage sites for huge freighters, waiting their turn to be loaded.
As well, I believe the fertile delta land of The Fraser needs to be kept for food production. With predicted ocean levels rising and major earthquakes predicted for this area, I think it is foolish to expect any longterm construction in the area will be stable.

DuncanB.C.2016-04-23 07:32:17
ReneeRodin

Dear Minister Garneau,
Thank you for taking responsible action to reform the Port Authority so that it involves open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public.

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-23 10:44:40
MelissaWaddell

The Port system is an important part of Canada's economic links to the rest of the world. With 55 world leaders, including PM Justin Trudeau, meeting this week to declare their commitment to environmental responsibility, it is way past time for the Port Authority to be accountable and transparent to the populations it serves. Greater input from First Nations, local and regional governments and environmental experts, and increased representation from these groups on the Board of Directors are key issues that need to be addressed. Federal input and oversight, to ensure that Canadians work together to meet climate change goals as they are developed by the new government, is crucial.

VancouverBC2016-04-23 12:05:00
WilliamSneddon

The Vancouver Port Authority seems to answer to nobody and needs some federal regulations. They are determined to see their plan to transport vast amounts of American coal to China via Fraser Surrey docks.. I was in the Federal court in Vancouver on Tuesday April 19th 2016 to witness lawyers for the Port & FSD try to stop the case against them from being heard with some irrelevant legal technicality.
In this day and age this coal transport plan has no merit and no future. It must not be allowed to go ahead. There is overwhelming opposition to it by all the citizens and politicians directly affected.The trains and ships coal transportation and final burning will affect a large number of people. The concerns and dangers are well documented. Canada's international reputation would also suffer in it's efforts to combat climate change.

SurreyBritish Columbia2016-04-23 13:58:19
KevinPistor

The port authorities should be acting in the interests of the local residents and in cooperation with city councils and neighbourhood associations. Board members should be elected locally. People using the waterways should have free access to water and shorelines within the Port authority's jurisdiction and not be subject to fees and charges in place for business users.

Our water ways need protection and are not for sale to the highest bidders.

NanaimoBC2016-04-23 21:52:26
KenMcRobert

Until my recent retirement I was the Manager of Logistics for one of the largest grain terminals on the Pacific Coast with 44 year on the Vancouver waterfront. Robin and his merry men have an agenda of empire and ego building. Staffed storefronts in mall to extol the virtues of the PMV this is paid for by the levies on the companies that operate in the port. T2 consultation (I participated in them all) run by the PR director at which almost all participants disagreed with "their" growth projections but where told that is what "their" experts gave them. Not only will T2 hurt the Fraser River fishery it will result in vast amounts on farmland being paved over for infrastructure. Currently we only use 60% of the maximum container volume in the port . Private interests are putting money to increase output in the port. PMV is also distorting the truth on Fraser Surrey docks handling coal because the USEPA will not allow it to be exported on the US West Coast.. Robin and his Merry Men want to become land owners and that is not their function. We urgently need reform and fair representation.

DeltaBC2016-04-24 09:53:21
JudyGreen

Whether we're fighting coal exports, a jet fuel terminal, the loss of farmland or the protection of our health, our communities and habitat, we're ultimately working for the same thing: a Port Authority that is accountable to the public and takes our concerns seriously.

Richmond BC2016-04-24 12:13:15
KathleenBaker

Minister Garneau,

Please ensure our federal Liberal Government ensures our Port Authority is trasparent in its decision making and accountable to the public. I'd like to see it do a better job of engaging local governments, First Nations, organizations advocationg for Port reform and concerned citizens incorporating regional concerns and environmental considerations in its project approval processes.
Any changes to PA governance should involve open consultation. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of the PAs so that there are no conflicts - or perceived conflicts- between these mandates.
Ottawa should carefully consider if it is in the public's best interest for PAs to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while aso working to promote trade and economic development.
All lands under Port Authority control should remain puclic lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved, PAs should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.
Thank you for your attention and concern.
KM Baker

VancouverBC2016-04-24 15:51:46
margieostroff

now is the time to change how our ports make decisions
environmental assessments and real public input

surreybc2016-04-24 18:30:50
IanBrown

As you make changes to Port Authority governance please consider that Port Authorities should be responsive and consultive with local governments. All lands should remain public property and land use should be a shared decision with local authorities. We who live near your ports have to live with the consequences of bad land use decisions and port pollution.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2016-04-24 20:14:26
KerryWilliams-Freeman

Minister Garneau...either consider working to change the corporate fiduciary duty to emphasize the impact of corporations operations on the community and the environment... or... take decisive action on Port Authority reform as the present Port Authority does the bidding of corporations before community and the environment.

Powell RiverBritish Columbia2016-04-25 09:56:41
TedFullerton

Regarding port planning, risk, environmental, economic studies, governance and public engagement:
- I agree with the general concerns raised by RealPortHearings regarding separation of planning and approving functions within PMV
- specific case in point is the proposed 5 new large vessel anchorages immediately North of Gabriola Island. Planning by the proponent group has been underway in secret for 5 years, the process is invisible, seems to be made up on the fly (a environmental assessment was ordered where none was planned initially), the business case so far is just grand generic statements about the critical link between these new anchorages and billions of dollars worth of trade that is at risk without the anchorages. There are no new local jobs or cash flow that arrive with the new anchorages. There is no consideration for local residents, visitors, commerce on the island, recreation, nothing that addresses the penalties placed on these good public things. Anchored ships cost the Canadian economy millions of dollars per year directly in demurrage fees charged by ships that arrive on schedule while their cargo does not. More anchorages means greater losses to Canada and to local populations. This proposal is a complete mess and needs to be withdrawn and quashed permanently. Every PMV planning review process needs reviewing and rewriting, coastal communities are getting hammered by this unfeeling monopolist with delusions of superiority and arrogance towards its neighbors.

GabriolaBC2016-04-25 15:34:15
LynnMaxted

We need to start thinking localization rather than globalization. Climate change is our biggest concern for our future. We must slow down trade and consumerism. We cannot eat, drink or breath money. All port decisions need to first address a climate test for everything they do and how the products going through are causing climate change.

Comox ValleyBC2016-04-25 22:15:20
Greg J.Edwards

Marc Garneau
Federal Transport Minister

Re: Port Metro Vancouver holds too much authority over our environment, especially the Fraser River system

Mr. Garneau:

As an astronaut, you saw our warming globe from space, an occasion that must have caused you to reflect on mankind's intelligence, stupidity and greed.

Greed and selfish ambition are influencing how Port Metro Vancouver is prepared to treat greater Vancouver, especially the Fraser River. Port managers are proposing that we develop the Fraser as a working river, a euphemism for a dead river. Vancouver already has a port along the shores of Burrard Inlet, so why does Port Metro Vancouver need to endanger our other waters, especially the Fraser River?

Port Metro Vancouver managers say that they have to expand shipping capacity along the Fraser in order to compete with the rest of the world, a false argument that serves no purpose beyond the development of their careers and the interests of those who want to see the port along the shores of Burrard Inlet given over to redevelopment. Other cities have seen this manipulation.

A case in point: Port Metro Vancouver managers want us to handle American coal, a desire that illustrates the falsity of their argument that we must expand port capacity in order to compete with the ports of the world. Americans don't want their ports to handle American coal, so there is no need for Port Metro Vancouver to handle it either beyond its mangers' need of an increase in cargo to brag about in their resumes.

Besides, coal is one of the many causes of global warming. And what about coal dust?

Mr. Garneau, please remember your moments of reflection while you were gazing down at our world when you consider the excessive authority Port Metro Vancouver has over our air and water.

Yours truly,

Greg J. Edwards
5078 Walker Avenue
Delta, BC
V4M 1A7 604-948-5149

DeltaBC2016-04-25 22:52:05
KlothildeGrose

Vancouver Fraser Port must be accountable to the people who are affected by their decisions. Why should we allow dirty coal dust, that America does not want in its waters, to pollute the Fraser River , loose the salmon, that first Nations depend on, and risk the health of the people that live there.
We do not need oil tankers in the harbour and pipelines to contaminate the environment.
This government was elected to protect us from greedy exploitation of special interest groups.
More and better jobs are generated investing in green energy.

VancouverBC2016-04-25 23:12:44
SoniaSneddon

We feel strongly about the restructuring of Port Vancouver. The board is formed mostly by interested industry representatives, although their decisions impact a wide range of aspects in our society, (environmental, health of communities, etc)
For instance the Fraser Surrey Docks Coal expansion started with poorly publicized public consultations (people living near the FSD were not informed of the project). The health impact assessment was not conducted to the satisfaction of medical health officials. It hasn't been addressed properly in the risk studies that the number of trains traveling from Wyoming, USA to Surrey will increase in the next years after coal expansion starts.
Port Vancouver has ignored the concerns of Surrey, Delta, New Westminster municipalities; also from organizations and business in general.
Other controversial issues of Port Vancouver are the approval of the jet fuel terminal in Richmond, use of farmland, etc.
In the last elections we voted for transparency, open discussions, real actions on Climate Change, investment and creation of jobs in green technology. Port Vancouver and the laws pertaining to their activities should be restructured to reflect the "change" the Liberal government proposed and to give action to Canada's commitment after signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

SurreyBC2016-04-26 01:03:18
gerdaschulz

the insanity continues

vancouverbritish columbia2016-04-26 14:25:29
IrwinOostindie

NO CENTERM expansion should be even considered before a report on last year's toxic fire is shared with the community and before genuine community consultation takes place on the proposed 66% increase of the Dubai World Centerm container terminal.

VancouverBC2016-04-29 16:01:49
DonBarthel

We can't be exporting more coal after having signed the Paris Declaration. But the Port of Vancouver doesn't see the problem. Fire Robin Silvester and bring in someone responsive to the citizenry's concerns!

VancouverBC2016-04-29 17:46:50
BruceBatchelor

Reform is a must.

VictoriaBC2016-04-29 17:51:33
DerekSpragg

Changes are long overdue.

VancouverBC2016-04-29 17:55:06
CathyFortin

Dear Mr. Garneau; Surely it is obvious by now that not only do we need real reform regarding environmental issues, but a very, very large percentage of Canadians understand that and want positive changes. There should be consultation with local government, First Nations and the general public before any project is approved.

We need to change direction and quickly, if we are to improve decision making and assessment.

Prince GeorgeBC2016-04-29 17:56:47
Julie-AnneLe Gras

Dear Minister Garneau,
I used to live in East Vancouver, right along Burrard Inlet, just above the industrial area to the west of the Second Narrows Bridge. There had been many neighbourhood complaints about the increasing pollution (air, noise - trucks and trains -, light) and increasing traffic congestion due to trucks hauling containers. A community meeting was held in the late spring of 2014, with reps from the Port Authority, who told us all this would increase by another 40%. They washed their hands off any responsibility - they were "so sorry" but could do nothing as either something was the City's jurisdiction or the Province's. But... they could help - oh yes, by extending activity to midnight, to lessen the traffic congestion. Evidently, they didn't care one bit about our sleep deprivation, stress, or ability to breathe some reasonably fresh air. When asked to whom they were responsible, their answer was, to the federal Minister of Transportation. Seeing this situation as hopeless, especially under the then so-called "Harper" government, we decided to sell, and move to North Vancouver.
I am telling you this, because I truly believe that the Vancouver Port Authority, and probably their counterparts elsewhere in the country, are completely out of hand, out of control, doing whatever they like in the name of profit. I don't actually know if there is a nominal Board of Directors, but if there is, the Directors would be Harper appointments - need I say more?
This lack of accountability needs to change, post haste. Any change to how the Port Authority/ies function should be in consultation with the governments, groups, and citizens in the respective regions. There must be responsible oversight and monitoring of their decisions and activities. If there is a Board, its members must be replaced. And so forth....
Please put a stop to the bullying and bull-dozing that we Canadians have had to endure for a long time on the part of the P.A.
Thank you!
Julie-Anne Le Gras

North VancouverBC2016-04-29 18:02:59
DebbieGraham

Our lands have to be preserved for future generations. Green energy is the only way to continue. Put money toward green energy.

KamloopsBC2016-04-29 18:05:04
harveyostroff

the public needs to have a say as well as environmental concerns.

surreybc2016-04-29 18:08:29
MaureenMilledge

To Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau,

I believe the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority should be transparent and accountable to the public.
Please make Port Authority reform a top priority.

Sincerely, Maureen Milledge

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-29 18:09:18
KentGilchrist

Since we live on the Fraser River (New Westminster side) with thousands of neighbours we are obviously going to be opposed to the Port Authority endorsing coal to be off loaded on the Surrey side of its banks.
And we most definitely are opposed!
The "new" Liberal government needs to have a chat with the Port Authority and help it see that it needs to be more honest, straightforward and transparent in its dealings with the people who are going to be affected most by its decisions.
AND START MAKING SOME BETTER ONES.

New WestminsterBritish Columbia2016-04-29 18:13:15
PatriciaKealy

Definitely need port reform. They are a power unto themselves answerable to no-one it seems.

White RockBC2016-04-29 18:38:29
DonAlexander

It's no longer acceptable that the Port Authority be allowed to operate as a law onto itself.

VancouverBC2016-04-29 18:39:16
RuthCampbell

We are tired of the arrogant and environmentally irresponsible decisions made by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Our Ports should be accountable to the public and consult with local government, First Nations, and others advocating Port reform. Transparency in decision-making would improve if Port Authority boards of directors reflected the composition of communities with membership including aboriginals, environmental and health experts, and representatives of local government. Furthermore, the federal government oversight of Port Authorities should ensure there are no conflicts among Port mandates to regulate operations, consider industrial development proposals and increase economic activity. Regarding the last point, it is an inherent conflict to have Port Authorities evaluate the environmental impact of proposed projects while also promoting economic development. Therefore, possible environmental impacts should be assessed by a separate and independent body. Lastly, the federal government can help to ensure fair decisions by Port Authorities by subjecting them to the federal Lobbying Act.

VancouverBC2016-04-29 18:45:12
sandymcnamee

Port Authority is overdue for reform. We are now in a new 'phase' where old operating methods are no longer acceptable. There is a necessity for transparent decision making, engagement and accountability to the public, First Nations, and local/regional governments. We are entering a time when environmental impacts and contributions to climate change are of utmost importance. As a resident of White Rock, BC, 40 km outside Vancouver, I have serious concerns about coal trains, Fraser Surrey Dock Expansion, destruction of farmland, jet fuel terminals and more. We are all watching the Trudeau gov't and looking for decisive action.

white rockbc2016-04-29 18:46:06
RoyParkinson

Port Authorities must be brought under control ! They have no respect for the ENVIRONMENT & Local Citizens !!

ColdstreamBC2016-04-29 18:46:25
JuliaHansen

I am writing you today regarding Port Authority Reforms, specifically asking for increased transparency, accountability and public engagement for decisions affecting or made by Port Authorities in Canada. In light of Ottawa's commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, the federal government should consider the conflict of interest that results when Port Authorities to be responsible for evaluating the environmental impact of projects while also striving to enhance trade and economic development. The decisions made about activities at our nation's ports affect the health, economy, social fabric, and environment of entire communities, for example, expansion of the Fraser Surrey Docks for US thermal coal export would have a significant negative impact on the health and environment of several surrounding municipalities. For this reason, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with affected stakeholders, including First Nations, concerned members of the public,as well as local and regional governments. This would be a true reflective of the transparency, accountability and democracy promised by the Trudeau Government.

North VancouverBC2016-04-29 18:47:42
RosemaryPartridge

Please make port reform a priority!

Saltspring islandBC2016-04-29 18:53:38
duncanb

this is extremely concerning ... especially the bizarre attitude of the officials involved ...

vancouverbc2016-04-29 18:58:45
petercole

democracy can only take place with the direct sharing of one's voice rather than representative governance this voice must be informed through experience and knowledge gained from and with others the knowledge shared must be free from coercive influences free from corruption misinformation and bad medicine

the ports are the ears eyes and mouth of our country through them most international trade is done most goods delivered most corruption allowed through self interested workers on portlands the laws and regulations are far from adequate the ports are one place where known corruption is condoned and normalized by all levesl of government because the powerful will not be controlled by those who seek equity and justice and the elected few want their share of the laundered lucre

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North VancouverBC2016-04-29 19:22:27
PaulChristensen

I am sure that you get repetitive messages here I will try not to do this. EVERY major coal producer is loosing money in the states at this time. # of the 5 largest are in bankruptcy protections. The BC government wants to remove 2500 acres from the ALR [agriculture land reserve]. My concern is that this land will be put into a seperate companies name. This company having no legal ties to the coal company other than being a contractor handling the product. If the coal company goes broke and stops shipping coal this land now removed from the ALR is now open to being used as development property. This in one of the highest priced market places in North America. Sounds to me like this is a plan B for making lemon aid from the lemons of going bankrupt. In residential pricing on building lots in the area this works out too 7 Billion dollars gross.This is some of the best farmland in one of the best climate zones in CANADA PERIOD. In no way should it EVER be used for development of ANY kind.
Canada has recently signed onto the Paris climate agreement will this do any good for the air we all breathe anywhere on the planet?
Have first nations been consulted? Are they all in agreement? Has there been proper consultations for those persons/groups concerned to voice their opinions? By proper consultation were these forums held at a time when the ordinary person did not have to take time off work?
Outrageous manipulations like this to do end runs around proper consultation/assesment regarding what will be an unpopular project must be held in check. This can only be done with the reimplementation of sufficent checks and ballences to make sure that our rights as residents and tax payers are respected as well as our land water and air.
Personally I feel we as a country/planet of many nations MUST do all we can to reduce emissions and capture/remove carbon from the air we all breathe. This whole concept of increasing coal exports in any way shape or form is counter productive to that basic goal that all but the very few [climate deniers] aspire to. That goal being stopping global temperature rise

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2016-04-29 19:25:40
HeleneHarrison

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

ShirleyBRITISH COLUMBIA2016-04-29 19:41:10
cg

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

san diegoCalifornia2016-04-29 19:51:34
SusanStout

It's time for Canada to ensure First Nations approval before making any moves that could impact the environment.

North VancouverBC2016-04-29 19:55:16
trinacooper

Port Authorities must be more accountable, transparent and inclusive.

federal wayWashington2016-04-29 20:04:39
MarilynHarkley

I agree with the statements on Port Authority reform.

DeltaB.C.2016-04-29 20:27:41
ChrisAikman

Port Authority must reflect interests of all levels of government & society.

Hornby IslandBC*2016-04-29 20:47:11
LeoLevasseur

To whom it may concern. Any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public. We live in a democracy, and we all have a stake in what goes on in our port. Therefore, we must all have a say in what is done there. As our governing body, it is your responsibility to listen to what we have to say.

BurnabyBC2016-04-29 21:25:17
LaurenceGough

Outrageous that Canada's ports, and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in particular, act like small-picture fiefdoms, as if they have a moral authority to act as they please without regard for their neighbours or the greater good of the planet. Outmoded thinking, and it has to end.

VancouverBC2016-04-29 21:55:29
Kim PatrickO'Leary

There is no outside oversight with ports in Canada.
I lived near the port in Vancouver for over 15 years until recently.
I was shocked to see and hear what was happening.
There needs to be much more investigation and oversight especially regarding environmental concerns.
Ports should not be allowed to totally govern themselves. To whom is the Port of Vancouver responsible? To whom do they answer?
Can the City of Vancouver be sued if the Port is not allowed to do as they wish (e.g. the Fraser River docks expansion).
I was an editor/researcher... and read law for a legal publisher for 12 years and I am constantly disappointed in the way Ports are operated, and that local governments and First Nations are constantly "battling" them over plans that are often kept secret.
This is Canada not communist china.

CoquitlamBC2016-04-29 21:59:08
StanOlson

The Port Authority should be made more accountable to the public, local and regional governments, and First Nations, and should be required to reflect their concerns. Environmental effects and factors, both immediate and long-term, should be given full, serious and proper independent consideration in all proposals, rather than just economic development setting the agenda.

AbbotsfordBC2016-04-29 22:19:22
FredRicher

Stakeholders have not been properly consulted.

NelsonBC2016-04-29 22:36:07
PauLedaire

The port authority should not be allowed to do an environmental assessment on its own projects. That is a clear conflict of interest. The Fraser river is too important a resource to be risked on a dying industry such as coal. We elected you, in part, to safe guard the environment and climate from the horrendous policies of the Harper government. Please remember and respect that.

SurreyBC2016-04-29 22:48:14
AnitaDEN DIKKEN

I, along with many others in my community of
Delta, B. C., am concerned about the apparent ability of Port Metro Vancouver to make decisions which impact this community, without meaningful consultation with the community.
We need this Port authority to be accountable to the government and to the populace which is impacted by their decisions. Right now this is not happening. "Consultation" has been a token gesture which is designed to look good on the surface.
Another sticking point is that the Port "approves" its own initiatives without proper consideration for environmental concerns. Stringent environmental assessments need to be carried out by an independent agency which is charged with those kinds of assessments.
The Port must NOT be able to take over lands which are in the Agricultural Land Reserve.

DELTABritish Columbia2016-04-29 22:51:52
Laurence gill

I find it reprehensible that a stacked board of Eastern Conservatives from the last gov (who were tossed out) makes decisions about our ports out west with no , no, accountability to the people who have to put up with their dictates. Time for the port authority board to not be political appointees from the ruling gov of the time with their mandate lasting for years. Port authorities must consider local opinion.

surrey BC2016-04-29 23:02:50
CarrieSaxifrage

The Port Authorities should have greater transparency in their decision making and be mandated to mitigate climate consequences. They should have elected directors to better reflect local priorities.

Mansons LandingBC2016-04-30 00:26:18
NoahQuastel

Changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local publics;
Governance should better reflect regional concerns with First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities should be mandated to consider sustainability concerns, not just economic and industrial development but social and environmental values need to penetrate all decision-making ;
We need iIndependent evaluation of port activities using strategic, integrated and regional sustainability assessment principles.

VancouverBC2016-04-30 01:05:58
NMorrison

I wholeheartedly agree with the following points, as expressed by the Voters Taking Action on Climate Change:
Changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

CoquitlamBC2016-04-30 01:12:25
RobertBlair

Ports in Canada must be transparent in their activities and responsive to public consultations in their planning stages.

SurreyBC2016-04-30 03:50:16
JuneRoss

Greetings,

I am writing to you in regard the dismal state of governance in our Port Authorities.
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;

Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;

In addition, Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increased representation of First Nations, environmental and health experts and local and regional government interests;

Finally and foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public; Transparency and accountability in Port operations must be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

Thank you for your attention to this letter.

NanaimoBC2016-04-30 04:21:47
JeffGraham

Please be aware that all of these issues are of great concern to me, my family and friends. We voted for you and anticipate you will do the right thing for us and our fragile planet. Do not forget us

SurreyB.C.2016-04-30 06:22:07
AndyKeir

Canada is OUR country. It belongs to ALL of us. Yet for far too long it seems that the only voices being heard are those of large corporations, particularly in the resource extraction industries, and those organizations which cater to their interests. A much better balance is required where the voices of citizens and concerned groups are not only heard but listened to. A move in this direction would be most welcome.

Thetis IslandBritish Columbia2016-04-30 06:28:57
DerekNanson

It is time to make some changes to our port authorities. They lack transparency and they often make decisions which are not consistent with regional concerns. Their decisions have a major impact on our cities, our environment, and our future, there decision making should be more in keeping with government direction on the environment, and national and local concerns.

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-30 07:10:58
BarryFaires

This is a vital aspect of what Climate Justice is. It is not possible to continue the use of fossil fuels in order to rid the Earth of fossil fuels. So get real, unlike Premier Notley.

BurnabyBritish Columbia2016-04-30 08:15:59
Mr. RafeSunshine

Vancouver's Port Authority is making important decisions without consultation of the First Nations, environmental movements, the local municipal governments and the regional bodies that should have greater input on decision-making. Too much arable land is being paved over in the quest for evermore Port Authority land used for transshipment of coal and other fossil fuels that increases the number of ships entering the Fraser River Delta area. These may harm the marine ecosystem and haven't secured environmental cleanup facilities for the region. Without transparency and accountability of the Port Authority lands that must remain in the public's jurisdiction, there are private interests that wish to subvert the environmental interests of Vancouver and of Canada.

VictoriaBC2016-04-30 08:22:25
GeorgePayerle

It is absurd for something as crucial to public interest as the Port Authority to operate without public oversight. In the instance of coal transport along the Fraser River, it is criminal.

Roberts CreekBC2016-04-30 08:25:37
IngridSulston

Our Port Authority is operating under an outdated model with a very narrow mandate, and needs to be reformed to reflect the larger community that Port Authority activity affects and benefits from.

1. Port Authorities should not be assessing the environmental impact of their own development projects, as their position is firmly biased towards expansion with little regard for negative environmental effects or how projects affect the surrounding communities.

2. The Port Authority board should include minimal representation from the communities they function in (and for). This should include elected persons representing the local population including First Nation leaders, as well as experts that can assess the health and environmental effects of Port Authority actions.

3. More transparency and accountability is needed in Port Authority Operations, including consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations groups and Environmental Organizations.

Thank you.

VancouverBC2016-04-30 08:58:42
TimBartoo

A port authority appointed by the federal government unilaterally making decisions that directly affect the local communities and First Nations in which a port operates, without public consultation, is inherently undemocratic. Fundamental structural reform is the only viable way forward. Seats at the table should be allocated to local and regional governments, including First Nations, as well as health and environment representatives. The mandates to regulate and to promote port activity are conflicting interests and must be separated. Whether any public resources should be expended promoting port activity by private interests is a question that must be addressed. Environmental impact assessments must be carried out by independent bodies, not port authorities, and port authorities must be required to satisfy all environmental conditions resulting from assessments during a project approval process. Port authorities currently act as opaque sources of back-room decision-making , with no public accountability. The Lobbying Act and the Access to Information Act should apply to port authorities.

BurnabyBC2016-04-30 09:58:20
JessicaCarson

Firstly, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests. As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development. I believe this is a serious conflict of interest so I call on the government will work to ensure these conflicts are mitigated. Finally, transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

VancouverBC2016-04-30 10:12:25
ClaudeRossman

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority must be accountable in its decision making and accountable to the public. Any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation and must reflect local concerns.
Port Authorities should be subject to the federal Lobbying Act and the Access to Information Act.
Sincerely,
Claude Rossman

SurreyBritish Columbia2016-04-30 10:16:16
MarieMay

Make the port authority account table to community .It is important that we allow the democratic process to be part of Port Authority decisions.The possible impacts on communities quality of life and the well being I'd the environment need to be considered first and foremost. Thank you

Denman islandBC2016-04-30 10:17:06
DesBelton

Port Authorities need to be accountable to all laws and regulations that apply to other corporations, governments, and individuals. They must act in accordance with and with respect for local laws, especially environmental laws. They need to engage in respectful consultation with all other stakeholders in their areas, and attempt to come to consensus decisions.

AiyanshBritish Columbia2016-04-30 10:52:55
HeidiBoehm

Do The Right Thing NOW!!

RichmondBC2016-04-30 10:56:27
WendyBurton

Minister Garneau,
Why in this day and age of knowledge are we even considering allowing a coal export location in a BC port? The world has changed and moving forward, coal is an outdated, dangerous fuel option that needs to be stopped!!! I don't want corporations and governments making decisions based on money, instead of global public health and safety. The pollution generated by coal use is undeniable and I want no part in supporting it. Ports need to be held accountable for products being exported and imported.
In Canada, with a new progressive government, we have a chance to make a difference to not only Canada, but to the world, by taking a stand against the operation and expansion of ports to facilitate coal storage and shipping.
Global warming is a reality that we all need to take responsibility for!
Thank you for taking the time to read my concerns,
Sincerely,
Wendy Burton,
New Westminster, BC

New WestminsterBritish Columbia2016-04-30 11:33:15
JoeTannenbaum

I am writing regarding the Port Authorities governance and accountability. I encourage the federal government ensure that Port Authority governance involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public.
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.
In addition all lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands.

VancouverBC2016-04-30 11:41:09
JanePower

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority seems to base its decisions solely on its own short-term profit, without regard for either the opinions or interests of those who live or work in the area or for the future well-being of the region or the planet.

Please take steps to end this autocratic impunity.

VancouverBC2016-04-30 12:36:01
AnnetteHorton

1 Any change in the Port Authority governance must involve open consultation with First Nations, local and regional governments and the concerned public.
2 The governance of the Port Authority should better reflect regional concerns and boards of directors should reflect the those by having representation of First Nations, environmental and health experts, and local and regional government interests.
3 Port Authorities should not both evaluate the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands and promote trade and economic development which are often at odds with each other.
4 All lands under Port Authority should remain public lands.
5 Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act. This will make them more accountable and transparent.

VancouverB.C.2016-04-30 13:14:14
Rick Zaleski

It is beyond comprehension that a group with the ability to impact so many Canadians should operate without elected representatives and without consultation with others. After all...it is 2016.

ChilliwackBC2016-04-30 15:15:13
Tim K.Takaro

Climate change is real, and it presents a public health imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The UN panel on climate change has clearly described why we must stop building new large fossil fuel infrastructure.

The Port ignores these inconvenient truths, dismisses local health authorities and threatens public health. It is not accountable to municipal or provincial authority much less the public. Selection is non-democratic and favours industry over community. Ottawa should insure the public interest and include climate science when reforming management of the ports on native and public lands.

New WestminsterBC2016-04-30 16:10:30
PhyllisRuthven

Our Port Authority manager has come out and blatently asserted that he
Has supreme authority over all that the port cover, or in my mind covets.
It all probably came to a head with FREMP being disbanded in2013, along with former government having little or no reguard for the environment.
The Port must be reined in and governance from now on should involve open consultation with the concerned public.and local govrnments.
In the regions it effects.
Right now it is a case of the fox guarding the henhouse. The Port in its assumption of supreme power deems only it has control over c
Griwth, environmental concerns , and land it deem it requies.
Private farms are being held under ther authority even after the government decreed they should be given or sold back to original owners.
Environmental concerns such as the eelvrass beds adjacent to the current facility are being threatened by the Port's desire I
To become a mega Port facility. Tell me how can you wipe out such a crucial environmental area and not care. And tell me where and how they hope to replace such a valuable resourse so we can keep our wild salmon runs.
The Port's so called remedial action by removing logs zt Boundzry Bay is a classic example of their mistaken idea of remediation. It went ahead dispite information by scientists that it was an incirrect proceedure and that it would cause harm. But no, the Port knew what it was doing and went abead and disturbed and destroyed hsbita tarea under the guise of remedial swapping.
The Port seems to think it owns abd controls all land under it's authority. This was public land and xhould remain public land.
The trancparency and accountability of the Port comes is under scrutiny and they must be informed that the public is not going to accept it as the final authority.

DeltaBC2016-04-30 16:57:56
LarryTolton

I am aware that Port Metro is in one of its expansionary cycles and that it working diligently to convert some of Canada's most productive food producing land into roads, parking lots, marshaling yards, wharves and other industrial structures. I am also aware that they employ tactics of coercion, deception and federal pre-eminence to accomplish.their agenda.

In other words they are not responsible community members; they are exploiters.

These things are self evident:
1. People need food.
2. Food production needs land - good land.
3. Burning carbon degrades our ecology - our only ecology.

It follows, therefore, that sacrificing prime agricultural land and our food security to aid in the increasing of atmospheric carbon dioxide loading, thus hastening disastrous climate change, is a very bad program.

I urge you, Minister Garneau, to use your considerable influence to forestall further damage to BC's farm land and to implement meaningful reforms to the manner in which Port Metro conducts its business.

Respectfully,

Larry Tolton (RMC 6694)

RichmondBritish Columbia2016-04-30 17:28:11
Maria Petrucci

We need governments who have ethics, standards, integrity and are here to protect us. Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with First Nations organizations and concerned public.

As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development. It appears to not be.

All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-04-30 17:51:12
jameshermon

Canada's Port Authorities are still stuck in a Big Oil project development mindset. This would appear to be very much at odds with the federal government's mandate to curb green house gas emissions. Renewable energy projects are the only way we can transition to a carbon-neutral economy.

It is the federal government's duty to oversee Port Authorities to ensure they do not compromise public interest. Our government must be open and fully accountable to the public at all levels, including Port Authorities. The federal government also needs to take an active role in ensuring decisions made by Port Authorities align with environmental and public health concerns. Port Authorities must also consult with and respect the concerns of all affected regional parties, including First Nations peoples.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We threw Harper's 'conservatives' out of power because they were corrupt scumbags who had absolutely zero respect for any of these issues, and we are watching the Liberal party very closely to ensure you clean up their disgraceful mess.

burnabyBritish Columbia2016-04-30 19:05:36
TerryClark

Port Authority Reform is necessary to ensure that the local community and regional governments are involved in and represented in the decision making process.

Roberts CreekBritish Columbia2016-04-30 20:45:17
BonnieSokoloski

Port Authorities owe the people who live in their cities the right to have their concerns heard and duly considered. They should not have the right to make decisions that may have serious impacts on the people who live in their vicinity. In addition, if this government is serious about mitigating climate change, this country should not be encouraging further coal exports, so it makes no sense to approve a new coal export facility.

KamloopsBC2016-04-30 21:30:20
RonGloux

Ports need to respect Provincial ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) desiginations and local governments, not simply default to the concept of 'Federal Primacy' in order to pursue their narrow self interests.

SurreyB.C.2016-04-30 22:05:42
RichardSkipp

Change the name to Port "Services" as even the term "Authority" is inappropriate in this day and age in a democracy. And the name as it stands clearly goes right to the heads of these facilities. From rampant nepotism, to complete refusal to engage with any local organization attempting to address local concerns. So change the name, change the policies to follow that title.

Port AlberniB.C.2016-05-01 06:45:06
annmcivor

Port Authority is an UNelected body making decisions with NO imput from taxpayers. This is wrong and must change. Any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments and the concerned public, First Nations and organizations advocating for Port reform.

port alberniBC2016-05-01 08:53:50
CaroleAnnLeishman

We need to reform how our ports are able to make decisions.
There should be better and more open communication and consultation with the community; the Port governance should reflect the regional concerns; there should be increased representation of First Nations and local government strategic priorities; the Federal Govt should provide oversight, not allow the Ports to self-regulate. There must be complete, third party environmental and health assessment processes carried out prior to any large scale projects and all lands under Port Authority should remain public lands.

Powell RiverBC2016-05-01 09:18:21
ROZISAAC

I would like to see a Board of Directors of the Port Authority that includes representation of First Nations as well as experts on environmental, health and local/ regional community interests.

North VancouverBC2016-05-01 10:16:30
JohnTurnbull

There is no justification to preserve a profoundly undemocratic system of governance over a facility as critical to a nation as its ports.

The global shipping industry is both a network of extra-legal, secretive money transfer and an unaccounted menace to the environment. More important, it is also the foundation of our global slave labor consumer economy.

Port Authorities welcome and facilitate this industry, making operational decisions based on nothing more than the self-interest of their fiefdoms.

Global trade is necessary. Efficient ports are necessary. But the self-preservation of corporate comfort and rule is not.

VancouverBC2016-05-01 11:28:22
DonnaModeste

The Hul'qumi'num Musti-muhw territory extends up the Fraser River, but our hereditary chief lineage has not been consulted and we do not give our consent. If I am wrong, please send me the name of the person who claims to be our hereditary chief.

Duncan BC2016-05-01 11:52:14
ToryRussell

I am heartened by the government's intention to reform Canada's environmental assessment process, and I look forward to seeing the government's own principles applied to Port Authority reform.

When you address Port Authority governance, local citizens and communities expect:
2. Decisions will be based on science, traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples and other relevant evidence;
3. The views of the public and affected communities will be sought and considered;
4. Indigenous peoples will be meaningfully consulted, and where appropriate, impacts on their rights and interests will be accommodated; and
5. Direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions linked to the projects under review will be assessed.

The implementation of these principles will restore balance between the mandate to protect the environment while also increasing economic activity. For this balance to be met, it is critical that all lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands.

Thank you.

WhitehorseYukon2016-05-01 12:51:49
SharonDaly

It's 2016, and time to get on with cleaning up our Environment. Clean, renewable, and sustainable energy resources have been invented. It's time to start using them, and once again be respected as a caring Country.

ComoxB.C.2016-05-01 21:31:08
DorothyHansen

The health of Canada's natural environment -- our rivers, lakes, oceans and lands -- should be the first consideration of any project. This is true of planned work in any part of our nation: seashore, forest, waterways, tundra.

Port Authority governance should reflect the needs of people in general, not just those who wish to make a profit from operations. Directors need to be accountable to everyone who can be affected by decisions. This means that communities such as First Nations and concerned public need to have representatives on all boards of directors.

EmbrunOntario2016-05-01 22:28:31
AlisonWatt

It is time to allow citizens yo the table when it comes to the operations and decisions of our ports. It is time to return ports to some kind of accountability both to the public and to government.

NanaimoBC2016-05-02 00:25:36
BobHansen

We need more local input to port development. And major business decisions that the port development processes impact are not being considered in a democratic process. The Port Authority has become a defacto industrial development director, without public input or elected representatives making key decisions, without input from local or national public by debate and consideration. This needs fixing. The Port Authority is running feral and needs to be accountable to more levels of the public and government, and to be far less independent.

LadysmithB.C.2016-05-02 05:40:07
Jeff Moore

Please take action on Port Authority reform. Several areas need to be addressed: better transparency and accountability: better oversight; the potential conflict between evaluating environmental impact and promoting trade and development: and improved consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations and concerned organizations and citizens.

DeltaBC2016-05-02 08:22:37
Jeff Moore

Please take action on Port Authority reform. Several areas need to be addressed: better transparency and accountability: better oversight; the potential conflict between evaluating environmental impact and promoting trade and development: and improved consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations and concerned organizations and citizens.

DeltaBC2016-05-02 08:22:39
Dr. DavidHendrickson

Dear Sir,

As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;

All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;

Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

I would appreciate a written response outlining your rationale and position on this issue.

VancouverBC2016-05-02 09:42:34
JordanBober

The Port of Vancouver as currently constituted is a relic of the Harper era that Canadians overwhelmingly rejected. Please, dismantle this dangerous legacy and make the Port accountable to Canadians again.

VancouverBC2016-05-02 10:41:13
AnneO'Shaughnessy

Make the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority more accountable to us who live here. We live along the river and will be affected adversely if this new coal terminal goes ahead.
The Port Authority is only interested in expansion and money.
1. Public health authorities have warned about the health hazard.
2. The coal itself is low-grade, and uncovered will blow along the whole of it's lengthy journey contaminating everything it passes by.
3. We don't produce the coal, and have been asked to transport it because no American west coast port will.

New WestminsterB.C.2016-05-02 12:03:16
StellaDodge

I am very concerned with the ongoing concerns over thermal coal being exported through the Lower Mainland in B.C. Washingtpn state has banned the rail exports from Wyoming through their communities and for the same reasons {pollution locally, climate change} so should we.

North VancouverB.C.2016-05-02 14:33:52
StellaDodge

I am very concerned with the ongoing concerns over thermal coal being exported through the Lower Mainland in B.C. Washingtpn state has banned the rail exports from Wyoming through their communities and for the same reasons {pollution locally, climate change} so should we.

North VancouverB.C.2016-05-02 14:33:57
JCStevenson

As a long-time resident of the Salish Sea area, I have been concerned for years about the high-handed way that the Port Authority in Vancouver has been running the facilities they have responsibility to manage in the interests of the public good. Instead, their Directors treat the port as their private fiefdom and fail both to consider the interests of local and regional citizens, including First Nations, or the need to protect of the marine ecosystem which the shipping industry ignores and despoils around the world.
Canada should now be well past the time when narrow economic interests are granted unchallenged primacy over all other considerations. Along with the current government's commitment to greatly improved environmental responsibility in several files, I urge reform of the Port Authority, including vastly improved transparency and accountability for decisions made over all port operations with the greater good firmly in mind.

Salt Spring IslandBC2016-05-02 16:03:44
ChristineDujmovich

Please assist us with our concerns. The decisions that the Port makes affects all of us, yet they are NOT held accountable for their actions, nor do they listen to the people from the affected communities. This needs to change, especially when their decisions impact the environment (air pollution), noise pollution and quality of life. I live directly across from the site where the Port hopes to create the Coal "Transfer" station at the Fraser Surrey docks. Our family has lived on this site for over 80 years. It will be horrible, with the train noises, the ship noises (they will have to run with their auxiliary engines the whole time they are in port - no shore power provided) - additional air and noise pollution. Please help. Thank you!

SurreyBritish Columbia2016-05-02 16:22:18
DanielBrix

You may not like to read this Government; none the less, without checks and balances, you are the destruction of us all. Yes that includes you. Who else?

SurreyB.C.2016-05-04 10:11:58
FrancineDupuis

Problems with Port Governance
We live on a small island, a part of the City of Nanaimo, and all of the following issues are of our concern. Two years ago, we almost lost public access to the Nanaimo Harbour, and it is only with legal action towards the Nanaimo Port Authority and its American investor planning a take-over for private use that public access to the harbour was saved. The harbour is our access to the city and to Vancouver Island in general. The NPA has total control of policies, regardless of city government, citizens and their concerns.

Port Authorities must be more accountable, transparent and inclusive
Whether it is about coal ports, jet fuel terminals, use of farmland or a host of other issues, there is widespread regional frustration with how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes decisions. Our Port should be transparent in its decision making and accountable to the public. It should do a better job of engaging local governments and incorporating regional concerns and environmental considerations into its project approval processes.

As Steveston-Richmond East MP Joe Peschisolido recently made clear, our new government in Ottawa is aware of public concern about Port Authority decision making and is considering changes to how our Ports operate.

We need to make sure the Trudeau government takes decisive action on Port Authority reform. Can you take a few minutes to send a comment to key decision makers to call for change? Use the the form at right to send your comments to Marc Garneau, the Federal Transport Minister (in charge of Ports). We’ll make sure your comments are copied to the PM, local MPs and local governments.

Here are some key concerns to raise:

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;
Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;
As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development;
All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.
For more detail, read Communities and Coal’s submission to the Federal Transport Minister here. Public comments to Ottawa on this issue are displayed here.

NanaimoBC2016-05-04 10:22:00
CharonHunniford

it is my request that all actions deemed aligned to true and beneficial consequences to Life-itself be the mandate. Listen to the voice of experience … be it environmental or science … and most importantly to those who have '''lived with different aspects of the situation'''.

White Rock BC2016-05-04 10:24:06
Robert Dodge

Please add my name to those requesting changes to the structure, responsibility and accountability of Port Authorities. My dealings with the Nanaimo Port Authority have shown they lack the willingness to do what is best for the users of the marine environment they control or the citizens and business of Nanaimo who have a vested interest in a thriving harbour. In particular I live on Protection Island which is within their control but our special needs for use of the islands foreshore for moorage of commuter boats and access to the city via the publicly owned marina have not been dealt with fairly. I am also dissapointed with their lack of enforcement of the regulation they enacted to deal with derelict and neglected boats anchored within the harbour putting themselves and others at risk of damage and financial loss.
I am also apposed to the expansion of the area they control to include all of the waters around Gabriola Island and the Southern Gulf Island without a change in their accountability and need to act only with the approval of the citizens and public government organizations in the affected area.

NanaimoB.C.2016-05-05 08:49:34
Don Corfield

As a thirty year resident on a small, urbanized island in the port of nanaimo's harbour , I feel victimized in the extreme. While some two name changes ago as the Harbour Commission there was a mission statement that read "to enhance the use of the harbour by it's user groups". Now the focus is strict corporate profiteering. In recent audits the Port Authority has several times been chided for it's top -heavy executive branch and heavy-handed treatment of harbour user groups , with ever increasing fees and lack-lustre operations . Please set this be-suited gang of corporate thugs , on the road to service and access, rather than creating mega-project boondoggles

nanaimoBC2016-05-06 15:55:07
NikkiShaver

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public.

Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests.

Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

SurreyBC2016-05-06 20:01:57
MargaretJohnson

To The Honourable Federal Transport MInister Garneau:

I write to express my concerns with respect to Port Authority reform:
1. Any changes to Port Authority governance must involve open consultation with First Nations, local and regional governments and concerned members of the public.

2. Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests;

3. Port Authorities are mandated with regulating port operations and approving industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between these mandates;

4. Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act; and

5. It seems evident to me that it is not in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development.

Thank you for your attention.

VancouverB.C.2016-05-06 20:02:26
margaretHASHMI

I live in Bellingham, WA USA, and whatever you do effects my community. I am only 20 miles from the border.

Please consider your neighbors in your decisions on coal, jet fuel, farm land, etc.

Thank you,

Mrs. Margaret Hashmi

BELLINGHAMWA2016-05-06 21:34:30
LauraCornish

It is time to change how the Ports make decisions.

Our Port should be transparent in its decision making and accountable to the public. It should do a better job of engaging local governments and incorporating regional concerns and environmental considerations into its project approval processes.

Given the local impact, the lack of representation from local government representatives is crazy.

I personally, am extremely upset about the approval of an expansion of a coal port directly across from the park I play with my toddler everyday. Local governments were against this approval.

Here are my thoughts:
- any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;
- Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests.
- As Ottawa follows through on its commitment to reform the environmental assessment process, it should carefully consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to be evaluating the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development.

Thank you

New WestminsterBC2016-05-08 00:29:00
Karren Smith

Dear Honourable Minister Marc Garneau:

RE: The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Would you be willing to do all in your might as long as you shall live to ensure that

• all lands under Port Authority remain public lands;

• any changes to Port Authority governance involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public;

• impartial and vigilant oversight of Port Authorities is in place so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between regulating port operation and all proposals promoting and/or increasing economic activity;

• Port Authorities be subject to the federal Lobbying Act and remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

I look forward to your response.

VancouverBritish Columbia2016-05-08 20:54:16
marcelleroy

It is obvious to me that all the various department of the Government of Canada need to get in sync if we are to come anywhere near achieving the maximum 1.5 degree of warming as agreed to in Paris.
Being in sync means that Port Authorities' decision making need a major overhaul to reflect the reality of global warming and the promises made by the Liberals during the election campaign one of which was to repair relations with First Nations.
Therefore involving First Nations in open consultation towards reforming how Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes decisions would be a great start. Secondly transparency and accountability to First Nations, the public and NGOs is also a must.
Thirdly separating the conflicting mandates of Port Authorities to both regulate port operations and to promote economic activities.
The promotion of economic activities would better serve the public when that role is handed over to an independent body such as the Ministry of Economic Development. Likewise any environmental impact of any proposed project on federal Port lands need to be evaluated by the Ministry of E. & Climate Change not by the same Port Authority governance that is promoting the projects.You promise to reform the
environmental assessment process this can be a great follow through. Port Authority boards of directors need to reflect regional concerns such as significant First Nations representation, environmental & health experts, local & regional government interests.
Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities need to be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access to Information Act.

salt spring islandBritish Columbia2016-05-08 23:46:25
SueMaxwell

Dear Minister Garneau,
Please ensure that Port Authorities are working in harmony with the regions they are in. This means they should have an open and accountable system, thorough consultations with citizens, local governments and First Nations and respect key areas of interest such as regional growth strategies, environmental protections, preservation of agricultural lands, cumulative health impacts, etc. Please ensure that the Ports are working in the public's best interest, not private interests.

WhistlerBC2016-05-09 05:26:07
EdHore

I am in Toronto. We have problems with the Toronto Port Authority, recently rebranded "Ports Toronto". The problems appear to be somewhat similar to the ones expressed here. Perhaps the "port authority" model under the Canada Marine Act needs an overhaul. PT is an unaccountable and unelected body which controls or owns Toronto harbour and substantial landholdings around it, including the controversial Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport on Toronto Island. There is very little shipping (annual cargo at the so-called Port of Toronto is between 1 and 2 % of Vancouver's tonnage) yet PT holds vast empty areas of crumbling concrete and rusting buildings used for nothing. To sustain its own existence, PT has morphed into an airport operator despite being created under the Canada Marine Act. It recently sought to expand the island airport, by lengthening the runway and introducing jets, for example. This proposal was recently defeated after a 30 month political battle. It may try again. Other expansion schemes seem to be afoot but PT is secretive about its plans. As a result, it is widely distrusted, and unpopular with local residents. Its commercial shipping-related statutory mandate is obsolete, and incompatible with Toronto's on-going waterfront revitalization. It does not bother to cooperate on planning with the City. There is a long history of litigation and acrimonious relations with City Council. PT is an unaccountable, bloated, out-of-date agency, bent on preserving and expanding its turf. It needs to be thoroughly reviewed by an objective outside entity (as recently occurred with Waterfront Toronto, the agency running our massive revitalization project). Public consultation is necessary. It may be that there should be a thorough review of all port authorities across Canada. I believe there are 17 altogether.

Toronto Ontario2016-05-09 08:12:45
JasonStanley

We the people should be consulted first - that is "Real Change" we were told to believe in!

DeltaBC2016-05-11 13:28:29