Fraser Surrey Docks: Fox in chicken coop

Port Metro Vancouver tries a bait-and-switch tactic for an environmental impact assessment.

Port Metro Vancouver, a full three months after Dr. Paul Van Buynder of the Fraser Health Authority called for a full health impact assessment of the proposed new coal terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks, now tries a bait-and-switch tactic.

Rather than comply with the good doctor and his cohorts, including chief provincial medical health officer Perry Kendall, the port claims it will go one better.

Forget about the health impact assessment, it will complete an environmental assessment.

Sounds great, right? What could be better?

Well, for starters, it could complete the full health impact assessment Van Buynder called for, which would be a full assessment of the health impacts – not limited to the dock area, but a review that would provide assurance of health and ecological balance, studied in a comprehensive, independent, and transparent manner.

Fraser Surrey Docks is even in charge of who shall do the review.

This is just another example of the fox being inside the chicken coop.

That approach only leads to dead chickens and, in this case, a suspecting public, replete with over 24,000 in petition signatures of concern over this proposal, becoming even more suspicious.

And who can blame them?

 

Steven Faraher-Amidon, Surrey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

McCallum declares Feb. 1, 2020 RCMP ‘Appreciation Day’ in Surrey

This year is the centennial anniversary of the national police force

Uber threatens legal action to ‘defend its right’ to operate in Surrey

‘I have no concerns,’ Mayor Doug McCallum replies

Plans for apartments on Strawberry Hill shopping site move forward

It would be near the library, and include 123 rental units

Locke calls for brake on Surrey policing plan, says First Nations not consulted

Surrey City Councillor Brenda Locke wants immediate suspension of city’s policing transition process

Province announces two new sites for future Surrey schools

South Newton site cost $18M, while Redwood Heights location cost $25.5M

VIDEO: Feds look to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Party bus door fault for years ahead of Langley woman’s death: Coroner

Tuesday report classifed Chelsea James’ death accidental, but was critical of bus inspection process

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Victoria resident says WestJet employee uttered racist comment, refused to let her on plane

Customer claims she was told ‘You guys can’t handle your alcohol’ by WestJet employee

Bystander who tried to help dog being attacked not liable for its death: B.C. tribunal

Owner of dog killed tried to get $5,000 in damages from man who tried to save it

INFOGRAPHIC: See how fast your B.C. city grew in 2019

The province’s fastest-growing municipalities were located on Vancouver Island

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

Most Read