VTACC Director Kathryn Harrison’s critique of the Transport Minister’s position on port reform.

Submission from Communities and Coal to Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau

Public comments to the federal government below.

To send your own comments to Ottawa, go here. 

First NameLast NameYour comment to the federal government on port reformCityEntry Date
BobDierker

Our Port Authority isn't accountable to regional concerns. It doesn't take our input seriously. It prioritizes "the facilitation of trade" above community well being, our health, the environment and the climate.


Please help us develop real hearing processes that include the values of our citizens.


Vancouver2016-07-11 8:18
KevinMoriarty

Reign in the Port and make them accountable to the regions they serve.


Toronto2016-07-08 6:47
LaurieParkinson

I have been personally frustrated by the Port Authority. The Port seems to be a rule unto itself. Public hearings appear to be a sham. The Port is neither transparent nor accountable to the public.


I live in the City of North Vancouver. A few years ago Richardson Grain Terminal wanted to expand. There were public hearings, which I attended. The Port’s reply to many questions were either very opaque, or they would say “I won’t answer that”. Amazing.


The grain terminal expansion happened. As a result, many homes that previously had a view – now look at a wall of cement. This led to great unhappiness, and undoubtedly a reduction of property values. Port Accountability to the public is very poor.


I suspect this wall of cement promoted a major move to increase density in this grain terminal affected area (people wanted to sell to developers to recoup their losses). The move for density increase led to much contention between residents, and many strident City of North Vancouver Council meetings.


Now there is a proposal for massive G3 grain terminals in North Vancouver. I suspect this plan has been on the books for some time, but the public was not made aware of it when the Richardson Grain Terminal expansion was discussed. The Port needs to be more transparent with and accountable to the public.


Another topic re lack of accountability to the public:

The grain elevators make a lot of noise – especially the old Cargill grain elevator. The noise from the Cargill and Richardson facilities cross onto municipal land. When asked about this at a public meeting, the Port’s representatives said they “try to follow municipal laws”. So - the Port’s tenants do not need to respect municipal sound laws. To me, this is ridiculous.


The Port’s tenants should not be above municipal laws. The Port needs to be more accountable to the public.


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


Thank you,

Laurie Parkinson

634 E 4th St

North Vancouver, BC

V7L 1J8


North Vancouver2016-06-30 10:53
AndrewMurray

There has to be much broader public participation at the Board table. Climate change must be a factor in decision making including upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions.The current CEO must go! He has consistently shown a disregard for local concerns and has a very narrow focus based on his personal political viewpoint.


Thank you,


New Westminster2016-06-28 10:25
AgnesWatts

Bottom Line - It's our port, not some faceless un-elected "authority". We live here, and deal with the consequences of decisions. Commerce is not the only consideration. Quality of life matters. The current arrangement does not protect that, so it must be changed to include local representation, to address local concerns.


Vancouver2016-06-27 17:45
SheilaPratt

Port Authorities should act in a transparent manner and BE ACCOUNTABLE to the public so any changes to Port Authority governance must involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, etc. Regional concerns MUST be considered. Destruction of farm land should not be allowed. Promoting trade and economic development should come after environmental protection and the health of local populations.


Maple Ridge2016-06-22 16:42
AnuradhaRao

Changes to governance of the Port Authority should involve consent of First Nations, and open consultation with local government and the public. Port Authority governance should ensure no conflicts of interest, including in the area of environmental assessments. Port Authority lands should remain public lands. We need greater transparency and accountability with respect to Port operations.


Vancouver2016-06-18 17:48
BillBargeman

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 increased 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.


Vancouver2016-06-16 11:12
DevinGrey

This out of control leftover from the Harper government has to be reigned in. Please restore decision-making to the regions where the ports operate.


Delta2016-06-15 23:54
KarenWonders

Port development in Vancouver is handled by an English CEO who has no idea of the enormous traditional values of the land and water. Who hired this person to represent industrial and corporate interests? What about the ecological interests of the Fraser River, the most valuable salmon run in all of North America? Who is representing the irreplaceable value that it provides? We do not want to see port expansion serving the short-sighted shipping of Canada's natural resources at cut rate prices to China. We reject the current unauthorized directive toward ever more urban sprawl, paved over farmland, coal export expansion, and marine fill projects. The Port Authority make decisions unilaterally and acts as it is not accountable to the public or to regional concerns. We need to take back control of this public body and demand that our concerns be primary: community well being, the environment and the climate. Stop the greed and profiteering by corporations and governments.


Victoria2016-06-12 12:07
JanePower

There seems to be an inherent conflict between Port Authorities' mandate to promote economic activity and industrial development and their ability to carry out their own environmental assessments.


Port Authorities' mandates should require that decisions be based on scientific findings regarding environmental impacts and on consultation with local and regional authorities (including First Nations), organizations, and interested members of the public.


Port Authorities should understand that economic growth need not depend on industries and activities that are harmful to the environment in which we live and the ecosystems on which we depend.


Vancouver2016-06-11 12:06
JChu

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.

Please take decisive action on Port Authority reform.  


- 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 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 for your consideration


Vancouver2016-06-10 8:03
DianneDunn

Please change how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority operates by making their actions more accountable, transparent, and inclusive. Please ensure that all Port Authorities engage local governments and natives, incorporate regional concerns and environmental considerations, into all of their Project Approval Processes.


Thank you for taking the time to read, and seriously consider my request.


Surrey2016-06-09 11:40
BobAlexander

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 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;


LONDON2016-06-07 6:47
ErikaKoenig-Workman

Stephen Harper strategically placed hand picked individuals for the 10-12 positions on Port Metro Vancouver to will and act on behalf of the Conservative's big business and corporate investment mandate. The results or fallout of this imbalanced action created the seeds of derision, tension, mistrust, anger, and a closed style of communication that has become conflictual between the public and the port. A large monilithic wall erected by a government that never intended to work in collaboration with people currently remains in place thwarting repeated attempts by the public to voice their concerns about topics that directly affect them. Environmental Assessments for projects such as the Fraser Surrey Docks coal facility for moving US thermal coal on our waterways seemed to be superficially handled. Citizen led 'Communities and Coal' unfortunately had to take the Port to court for the right to be heard on matters of health, air quality, coal sediment in the water, and on farmland and other issues. Mr Sylvester underestimated the voice of the farming community and at the beginning of his post dismissed the important and economic value of Foodsecurity and local farming. I hope there will be a thorough reforming of the individuals who sit in office at PMV who wield a level of authority and privilege at the 'Gates of Vancouver'. Additionally, create a process whereby the public can be informed and included and a part of the decision making stages instead of excluded.


Richmond2016-06-07 0:30
HisaoIchikawa

The protection of our water and land comes before economical growth. We must not sacrifice our environment for shipping the American coals which the Americans don't want to ship from their ports. Please chose accountable decision makers. Thank you,


Hisao


Vancouver2016-06-06 20:41
AbeLevy

Port Authority decision making should be transparent and reflect environmental protection at the highest levels.


Bonita Springs2016-06-06 11:51
edithwood

I'm very concerned about safety with jet fuel being stored in a populated urban setting.


vancouver2016-06-06 11:21
PatriciaMcClung

Our most important job is to protect our environment from poisoning our and our children's future. This consideration must be number one on our priority list. Without clean air, water and healthy soil to grow our food on we will live in a waste land. Money can not buy what no longer exists due to the greed of decision makers. Please consult and give weight to the concerns of local regional governments and First Nations. Industry and governing authorities must be more transparent and accountable for their actions. Most importantly the first goal should be to do no harm.


North Vancouver2016-06-06 8:39
SusanMuraja

I a very concerned in the LACK of transparency of the current port authority, it should be accountable to local and regional governments and First Nations on lands it operates on. It's board of directors should better reflect the public which live in the area and include environmental and health experts as well as First Nation people's. All lands under port authority need to remain in public hands.


Surrey2016-06-05 22:36
TomasErsson

Time to make sure that port authorities (and other federal authorities like airports too) governance better reflects regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increased representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests.


As the Liberal government 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.


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.


The accountability of airports to local residents should also be improved (as we recently have seen with the Montreal airport expansion cutting sown green space in Dorval against the wishes of West Island residents).


Beaconsfield2016-06-05 20:50
RexEaton

Whether it is about coal ports, jet fuel terminals, use of farmland, Kinder Morgan or its efforts to foist an unnecessary bridge on taxpayers at their expense, the Port Authority has shown itself to be seriously out of step on issues ranging from regional concerns to global warming.


The problem begins with its Board, which currently ensures an absolute majority of corporate interests that use the port. There is only one representative from all Lower Mainland municipalities and no representation from coastal First Nations. It's a Board with a track record that belongs in the last century - not in the present nor in future.


It is time for a change.


Surrey2016-06-05 19:42
ErichHilbrecht

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 increased 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.


Kamloops2016-06-05 13:49
D LynnChapman

The first lens for any development MUST BECOME Biodiversity protection. Economic development at the cost of our environment is Not Acceptable.

Public consultation processes MUST BE real, inclusive, open and meaningful to and reflected in the decision that results.


Roberts Creek2016-06-05 12:41
LouiseBjorknas

The Port Authority actions seem to be in a continual conflict of interest.

We have too many important issues that that the Port Authority appear to completely ignore.

They oversee the operation of the port, including addressing environmental concerns, while also promoting development of the port.

They arrive at their decisions without public oversight, no First Nation representatives are on the board; environmental experts, local governments, members of the public are also excluded from input.

We are in an age when our environment really needs our care and commitment, yet we are closed out.

Please keep the functioning of the port in public hands and allow the great expertise of the aforementioned, not just economic concerns to guide us forward.


white rock2016-06-05 11:13
HenryHightower

Port Authorities must:

Be open in their dealings

Give rreal consideration to views of local people including those up and downstream

Consider all impacts of what they do and of bulk products they accomodate

Port Metro Vancouver has given us some recent bad examples that should be reversed now


Sechelt2016-06-04 22:27
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.


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 for your time.


Surrey2016-06-04 21:40
KenHamer

I was pleased to learn that the Liberal government is looking into the matter of Port Authority behaviour.


Here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, the Port Authority appears to be brazenly ignoring the welfare of residents while pandering to the interests of large corporations. One example is the importing and exporting of American coal, largely because U.S. west coast ports refuse to handle it. The results are feared to be injurious to the health and well-being of individuals, and destruction of our environment.


North Vancouver2016-06-04 17:59
FranDietz

The Port is a business operation. And like any good business, it has to get along with the local neighbours. It has to be accountable to the public.


I'm very thankful that changes are being considered regarding Port Authority's manner of making decisions.


Vancouver2016-06-04 17:34
CathyKnapp

Port Authority governance in Canada is need of reform. One of the primary issues that need to be addressed is around multiple jurisdictions given the Port Authority is federally regulated yet has both provincial and municipal impact. There has to be involvement - meaningful involvement at all levels including public consultation, municipal, provincial, and federal with factual independent due diligence work undertaken and examined by credible experts to thoroughly examine the impact the Ports' operations - both old and new - have on the environment and local communities before projects are considered for approval.


The matter in which Fraser Surrey Docks & Port Metro Vancouver colluded with total disregard for community and public concern over the Coal Port Project at Fraser Surrey Docks is evidence that they cannot be trusted and have no interest in being a community partner. Stephen Harper underhandedly stripped important legislation taking away environmental safeguards so he could ramrod and push through projects of this nature purely for profit and its time to put those safeguards back in place. Canada's part in this project is simply a conduit to transport this dirty commodity from the U.S. to China with a total of 25 jobs being created. The U.S. said "NO" so the project had to find a new home and Canada under the current Port Authority structure said - yes - selling out Canada's environment and community health despite large and significant public outcry.


Fraser Surrey Dock was asked repeatedly by the public to have a full Environmental Impact Study and Health Risk Assessment as due diligence with results to be submitted to decision making bodies for the building of their coal port facility and they arrogantly took the stance this wasn't required.


First Nations, environmental, health experts, all levels of government and last but not last need to be part of consultation and decision making regarding port projects going forward and not only brought in after decisions have been made - as a cursory rubber stamping motion.


I am relying on Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet to do the right thing by repealing the damage done to the legislation under Harper and to institute reform needed to protect the environment and communities alike.


Surrey2016-06-04 15:54
LouiseTaylor

The public and First Nations must be consulted at depth on Port Authority changes. 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;


Pemberton2016-06-04 15:53
LynnMaxted

The most important concern of our time is climate change. Every decision needs to be assessed with a climate test first. Please do this for the ports. This probably will mean no expansion for any fossil fuels. You also need to follow the science very carefully for any dredging of possibly toxic materials, often it is better to leave it where it is.


Comox Valley2016-06-04 15:16
UrsulaEasterbrook

The Harper Gov't made sure that the Port Authority was in the hands of local industrial authorities! It is time to let the Port Authority be in the the hands of regional authorities and that environmental assessments are kept separate! An agency like Delta Port should not be in charge of it's own future!


Delta2016-06-04 14:51
DorothyRandall

Any entity operating within the borders of

Canada must come under the aegis of our Federal Government. The Port Authority, as it now acts,

is a rogue force.


Change is absolutely necessary.


Surrey2016-06-04 14:33
williamchase

Trudeau got elected partially because we were sick of Harper's "behind closed doors" Policy deciding.

We deserve and demand open transparency in decision-making, with the general public having a far greater say than the Multinationals that always act only on "the Bottom :Line" on the balance sheet.


Fort St John BC2016-06-04 13:49
TeresaPhillips

I have faith this government will work to correct systems that are in dire need of change. How the Port of Vancouver is controlled is one of those at the top of the list.


Comox2016-06-04 8:30
M.Creagh

All changes to Port Authority mush include public consultation.

Port Authority must better reflect regional concerns and regional impact.

Economic activity and jobs are important but the environment and long term impacts to that and the people living within the area must be considered at all times

All lands of the Port Authority must remain public lands and subject to public discussion of their use and impact on lives and the environment.


Surrey2016-06-04 8:12
KateChung

The Toronto Port Authority is an example of how NOT to manage a community's waterfront. The dangerous airport (a disaster just waiting to happen among the waterfront condo towers) must be closed. The Toronto Port Authority brings no benefit to the people of Toronto, and cuts us off from our own waterfront.


The environmental impact of the Island Airport and the mad rush to build towers on the Toronto waterfront has not even entered into decision-making. Ths is shameful.


All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands.


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 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.


Toronto2016-06-04 7:12
JudyGreen

The Port Authority isn't accountable to regional concerns. It doesn't take our input seriously. It prioritizes "the facilitation of trade" above community well being, our health, the environment and the climate.

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!!!


Richmond2016-06-03 17:20
MikeBothma

Responsible government. Listen to the worlds need.


West Vancouver2016-06-03 17:11
RobieLiscomb

Stop undemocratic, unaccountable, opaque, elitist and industry-captured port authorities.


Victoria2016-06-03 16:40
TeriDawe

How can the Port Authority operate in a manner oblivious

to the towns and cities that surround them.

Is their any public interest considered in their decisions?

Is their any accountability to the places and people living there?


Sechelt2016-06-03 16:35
AgnesWatts

"Whose port is it, anyway?!" The port authority seems to think their sole function is to serve the business and industrial needs of the area. They don't care what it costs the people who live here. They don't care what it costs the environment. That is not acceptable and it must change. The board must include local people whose interests are not financial. Their deliberations and decisions must be made in public. Their funding must be made public. Our government must see to it that the rules change for the betterment of the citizens. That is their responsibility.


Vancouver2016-06-03 16:04
raymondwall

Please consider the wishes and aspirations of the west coast natives who are the legal heir to this land and MUST be consulted and most importantly agree with these mega projects that have a very dubious financial objective.I cannot see how 80 dollar Alberta oil gets shipped to china for forty dollars and somehow this is suppose to ameliorate the risks to the wildlife,fishes,water and land. Please consider that many Caucasian people will be marching side by side when push comes to shove.Thank you.


New Westminster2016-06-03 15:36
MargaretMeggy

Port Metro Vancouver is insufficiently accountable to the public. Environmental assessments are inadequate, in that the port authority should not be allowed to evaluate the environmental impact of a project when the port's mandate is to develop & grow its activities; this is a blatant conflict of interest. Further, Port Metro Vancouver gives inadequate consideration to the impact of its industrial activities on neighbouring residential communities.


Delta, 2016-06-03 15:32
StephenGarnett

Listen to the people, not the corporations or their promoters (Vancouver Fraser Port Authority).


Cowichan Bay2016-06-03 15:16
sandymcnamee

The Port Authority isn't accountable to regional concerns. It doesn't take our input seriously. It prioritizes "the facilitation of trade" above community well being, our health, the environment and the climate. This is wrong and needs to change now.


white rock2016-06-03 13:31
MichelBoucher

The greatest polluter and life destroyer and health hazard in northern NB is the port of Belledune. Tons of coal, arsenic, coke, gypsum and sulfetic acids to name but the main ones are dumped into the the port waters each week adding to the over 30 million gallons of water from the smelter filled with heavy metals, oils and other chemicals. They allow ships to wash their tank holds in the port waters if that ship needs to fill up with a refined lead ore or others. Hot water from NB Power generating plant and the toxic exhaust from the big ship add to this mess. The harbour area has been a dead zone for a number of years now. There is a lot more pollution coming out of there at other times. Then the major calamity of scallop dragging has removed and destroyed the ecosystem that could of protected us. It could easily be called the perfectly engineered destruction. I have the videos and pictures to prove all of this.


Beresford2016-06-03 13:20
DorothyNelson

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 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.


Vancouver2016-06-03 13:02
MaitreyiSalmon

The port is a law unto themselves and needs to be reined in. They must listen to the communities they are allowed to operate in.


Delta2016-06-03 12:17
DeannePala

We need to respect this earth as we are guests upon here - RESPECT FOR WATER is a MUST !! as a Native woman I have a better understanding of life - please CONSULT !! Involve people please because we have concerns !!


Alliston2016-06-03 12:07
MarilynMcClelland

From what I have seen Port Authorities seem to think they can make their own decisions and approve questionable projects despite all the negative affects to the region, habitat, wildlife, the environment, climate, pollution and the genuine concerns of the public and people who's lives are negatively affected by their rash decisions. They seem to be accountable to nobody and ignore anything that attempts to get in the way of their uncaring attitudes.


This has to change and especially with regard to the Vancouver Port Authority where rash decisions about coal ports that are no longer needed, LNG ports that are an accident waiting to happen and generally the miss use of our precious West Coast BC waters and harbors. The public must be listened to and respected and scientific knowledge from scientists and an independent review panel considered long before any project is approved or started.


Fanny Bay2016-06-03 11:52
julihobart

Dear Minister Garneau,

I would like to request that Port Authorities be more accountable,transparent and inclusive in their decision making.

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 Nation, environmental and health experts 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 for your consideration.


Delta2016-06-03 11:47
LeslieStanick

It is unconscionable that the Port is making dangerous decisions to build ports in metropolitan areas that handle flammable and highly explosive substances without local input. LNG is a high;y flammable gas that under pressure is frozen below 1100 F. One rupture of a tanker would leak frozen gas, freezing and killing everything in its wake. Then comes the enormous toxic fireball of noxious gases, burning everything in its wake, starting fires and other explosions. I understand a port is being planned for Lelu Island, the Fraser River in Delta/Richmond and Horseshoe Bay. Who, in their right mind, is making these dangerous and frankly murderous decisions?

First, LNG destroys our fresh water supplies by injecting toxic chemicals into our precious aquifers. More chemicals are injected which can cause explosions and huge fires. Water, land and air are polluted, and the ecosystem and humans suffer.


First Nations communities are being inundated by LNG wells, and pipelines across their land. LNG leaks into their water supplies, land and air. Pipelines disrupt the migration routes of many animal species. LNG is adding huge amounts of methane into the atmosphere, killing animals, raising global temperatures and ultimately, us.


I urge yo to stop all LNG infrastructure. Your greed for money is killing us, and our planet. Once we hit the 2 degree rise in temperature, the planet is toast! Ecosystems will start to unravel rapidly, and we won't be able to stop it. YOU ARE KILLING US AND THE PLANET WITH LNG. Frankly, It's criminal!


STOP all fracking, LNG pipelines, storage facilities and tankers. just STOP FRACKING AWAY OUR FUTURES!


Surrey2016-06-03 11:42
KellyMcConnell

We want clean air and water. Is that too much to ask? Why is it always the case that our human rights are considered less important than corporate profits?


LET US VOTE on the issues that affect OUR communities, LET US DECIDE if our environment is more important than a corporations profits.


Pender Island2016-06-03 11:37
AmyNewell

West Coast voters would never forget a federal government that made decisions in the government's own best interest while trampling our wants, need and desires for that area. It is INSANE to consider taking land out of the Agricultural Land Reserve. If Canada is serious about it's climate targets we need to be serious about growing more food in Canada.


All matters of the Port Authority should be transparent and publicized. The federal government should make an effort to have informed consent from people living in the area that these changes affect.


North Vancouver2016-06-03 11:10
JaneGibney

I have lived directly above the Port of Vancouver for the last 20 years soon I will have to leave my home. The relentless increase in diesel fumes from the trains and container trucks are affecting my breathing. The long line of container trucks often block the entrance to our children's park and pool. We have lost so much in this neighbourhood to the port during Mr. Harpers time in office. So many neighbors laid off from the privatization of grain industry. Exporting coal from the harbour when every rainfall leaches coal dust into our water. Beaches closed due to ecoli from too many ships waiting in the bay. The so called Canadian port is owned and operated by American business! Please help!


Vancouver2016-06-03 10:17
HilarieMcMurray

The Vancouver Port Authority is running roughshod over local and regional concerns - it has put industrialization as paramount without any consideration of the environment or farmland and food security. The threat to the health of the Fraser River & the wild salmon is huge. The Port Authorities everywhere in Canada should be democratic, transparent & accountable.


Richmond2016-06-03 10:07
JudithMcphie

Port authorities must be accountable to the regions within which they operate.


Vancouver2016-06-03 9:54
GeorginaHunt

It has become surprising clear that the ports in Vancouver run by their own rules no controls and have to answer to no one. This is all done with little regard to people who live in these neighbourhoods or this province. Yet we have to pay the bill and the consequences of pollution,destruction and shortsighted of greed.

It is time our federal government took back the control of these areas of our country. Remove the control from a handful of individuals whose only motivation is the greed of foreign companies.


Surrey2016-06-03 9:41
PetrCizek

As a resident of Texada Island, I was appalled at the cavalier manner in which the Vancouver Port Authority treated our concerns about coal transport to Texada by barge for storage here prior to shipment Asia. This needs to change to make the Port Authority accountable to residents of the region. Regards, Petr Cizek


Gillies Bay2016-06-03 9:41
michaelkrisinger

Dear Fed. Transport Minister Garneau,


Please take action! Please reform the Port Authority to be more transparent and inclusive. Needless to state, any fossil fuel infrastructure projects should NOT be built. Its long overdue that we transition to 100% renewable energy projects. That means rejecting all NEW proposed infrastructure and phasing out existing infrastructure.


best wishes,

Dr. Krisinger

UBC - Biochemistry Department


vancouver2016-06-03 9:32
KatherineMaas

I am writing to express my keen desire to see this government take action to reform port authorities.


There are a number of issues I would like to see addressed in this reform:


1. Port authority governance needs to better reflect regional concerns by having increased representation of First Nations, environmental and health experts, and local and regional government interests.

2. The government must ensure that port authorities are able to operate without conflicts of interest among their diverse mandates. In particular, there is a very real conflict of interest between the port authorities' mandate to promote trade and development and the task of evaluating the potential environmental impact of proposed port project.

3. Any changes to port authority governance needs to involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for port reform, and the public.

4. Port operations need improved transparency and accountability.

5. All lands under port authority control need to remain public lands.


Victoria2016-06-03 9:16
WayneSavard

In order to save the world from devastating effects of climate change, we must rethink our dependence on foreign trade and our over-consumption of non-essential goods that are shipped to and from Canada"s shores.Port authority reform is necessary to curtail unnecessary economic activity that produces vast amounts of CO2.


Nelson2016-06-03 9:06
SarahWestwick

I am concerned that there is too little accountability in regards to Port Authorities in Canada. I am aware that the current government is considering making changes to the governance structure of Port Authorities and I urge you to make sure there is more transparency and accountability in Port operations, that local, provincial and First Nations governments are included in Port decisions and governance, and that Port Authorities are required to consider the local impact of their decisions. Port Authority boards should also be required to have representation from health and environmental experts.


Vancouver2016-06-03 9:04
peterthompson

environmental health is key to global survival. please ensure that public concerns are heard re environmental impact of ports.


kelowna2016-06-03 8:47
JenniferMacArthur

Decisions made by the Port Authority must honour the communities and environments any changes will effect. When community after community say "NO", they mean "NO".


Surrey2016-06-03 8:39
JefKeighley

With rare exception, Canada's ports are also Canada's largest coastal cities within their respective regions. While it is clear that a port must continue to function as working infrastructure to continue to provide jobs and the flow of goods and commodities in and out of Canada, our ports must be made more responsible to the population centres that surround them. Ports cannot continue to be allowed to act as laws unto themselves. They must be accountable to and made to cooperate with their respective city and regional citizens and governments.


Surrey2016-06-03 8:31
BillieMcconnell

Port Authorities must be more accountable, transparent and inclusive.

The public must be considered and included in such decision as coal ports, jet fuel terminals and use of farmland and many more issues.


Delta2016-06-03 8:29
SharonPriest-Nagata

Hello Minister Garneau: I am so relieved to hear you are considering changes to the powers of Port Authorities across the country. A few years ago, some residents in North Vancouver woke up to the mowing down of an entire hillside of trees, apparently without warning. These trees were their front yards, so to speak, and sheltered their homes from noise and lights at the terminals below them. The Port Authority apparently had the right to remove the trees, but it was done with no consultation and no warning. One small act that affected a handful of families but I noticed that it seemed indicative of the current trend of Port Authorities here in the lower mainland and up in Prince Rupert making highly impactful decisions and claiming authority to do so without consultation. It soon became apparent that the ports along our coast are not regulated by the Province and not overseen closely by the federal government. Thank you for your consideration of these matters, and for including local people and organizations, as well as First Nations groups, in any changes going forward. In particular, I would like to see local people, First Nations among them, on the boards of directors of the ports so that regional concerns (and most definitely health and environmental concerns) are consistently in the forefront of decision making. In particular, I feel strongly that port operations MUST NOT interfere with the health and well-being of our wild salmon throughout their life cycles, from fry in the eelgrass at Prince Rupert, to spawners returning to the great rivers that feed us all.


Vancouver2016-06-03 8:21
WendyKrahn

No government authority should be able to overrule the wishes of citizens impacted by the actions of that authority.

Any government body that is allowed to do that is no longer part of a democratic system.

Canadians have demonstrated that they want a government that will uphold democracy in every facet of it's operations.

While ports are important they must work within that democratic process for the betterment of all citizens not just for the benefit of their corporate clientele.


West Kelowna (originally Richmond, B.C.)2016-06-03 8:16
ChrisDarroch

It is good news to hear your government is considering serious reform of the decision-making processes and bodies which control our country's ports.


As things stand at present, the response I and many others have had regarding our legitimate concerns over the types of commodities -- particularly climate-destroying carbon-base fuels -- shipped through our ports, and the extent to which our ports would actively seek to expand and enhance their ability to store and transport these goods, has been met with frank disavowal of responsibility by the port authorities. They simply defer all such concerns to you.


Here is a typical response:


"Port Metro Vancouver recognizes that some citizens or groups may have concerns about the types of commodities that are traded through the Port. If these individuals and groups wish to have a dialogue about commodities, that conversation should take place between the people of Canada and senior levels of government, as it falls outside the scope of Port Metro Vancouver’s jurisdiction."


Well ... now I'm having that conversation with you, and asking that port authorities not simply be left off the hook when it comes to issues of climate change, nor other environmental and social impacts, nor indeed should their mandate encourage them to increase rather than decrease their traffic dangerous products.


Thank you very much for your attention to this matter,


Chris Darroch


Victoria2016-06-03 8:13
DonBarthel

The Vancouver Port Authority makes decisions contrary to the public interest and makes me feel that our political system is very broken. Please restore my confidence in governance and reform the port authority system to be accountable to the citizens of Canada.


Vancouver2016-06-03 8:11
RuthWalmsley

I am writing to urge you to make the Vancouver Port Authority more transparent and accountable in it's decision-making.


Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increased 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.


Burnaby2016-06-03 8:08
GwennGuthrie

Port Authorities must be more accountable, transparent and inclusive.

Our Port should 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 boards of directors should have increased 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.


Victoria2016-06-03 7:59
ChristineJohnston

We are very concerned that Port Authorities seem to have been working in isolation of environmental issues and of local government, including First Nations. We would like the changes planned to be more transparent and accountable to the public.


Farmland will be even more important in years ahead than today as will the survival of salmon stock. We will need local food as transported food becomes even more expensive. Paving over much of the land is not the answer.


Victoria2016-06-03 7:59
melvilleJohnston

Please work more closely with local and First Nations authorities as well as with the several environmental groups which are concerned with the long range welfare of Canada including agricultural and fishing needs .


Vcitoria2016-06-03 7:58
IanBennett

Everything needs oversight if it affects the public.


Squamish2016-06-03 7:53
FionaOld

Minister Marc Garneau, Dear Sir,


Re: Port Authority Reform


Firstly reform is greatly needed and I congratulate the government on hopefully acting to do so.


1 The Port Authorities must become accountable to government in relation to the balance between port regulations and industrial proposals.


2 Environmental assessments must be done and be independent of industrial proposals on the part of Port Authorities.


3 Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and the Access to Information Act.


4 Democracy in Canada is a work in progress. To further this end governments at all levels must be consulte: First Nations, the public, and organisations which are advocating for port reform.


5 Public lands must remain public.


Thank you,


Sincerely,

Fiona Old


White Rock2016-06-03 7:45
Tim K.Takaro

As a public health physician I have been following with interest efforts by the Port of Vancouver to undermine local health authorities as they seek to expand coal export facilities in BC. The Port's cavalier behavior towards the health impacts of the expansion shows it past time to reform these bodies and make them accountable to the local community and the local and provincial professionals responsible for public health protection. Thank you for your efforts in this regard!


New West Minster2016-06-03 7:12
AlvinGlover

The Vancouver Port Authority has lost the confidence of a majority of Vancouver/BC citizens as legitimate representatives of our interests.

The Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns with increased representation from First Nation, environmental and local government interests.

It should also ensure there is proper oversite in place.


Vancouver2016-06-02 17:48
TeresaBrandvold

Prime Minister Trudeau's statement that development proposals need to have "social licence" before proceeding.Logically he must apply that rule to all enterprises that affect the public, whether they be public or private.Let's start by proper oversight of the Port of Vancouver.


Lions Bay2016-06-02 15:11
markdalton

Dear Minister Garneau,

I am a resident of Surrey B.C. asking you to review the activities and management of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA). Their belief seems to be that port activities should be expanded without any consideration for the environment, marine life, public health, nor public safety. They approved the Fraser Surrey Docks coal port expansion despite massive public protest. They approved the jet fuel terminal on the Fraser River without consulting you. If they have their way with the expansion of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2, they will destroy valuable migratory bird habitat and endanger the whole marine ecosystem. They now want to convert to industrial use 1,000 acres of land that has been part of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) since 1973. In responding to protest about this, VFPA CEO Robin Sivester said, "I don't think we would be bound by the ALR .... we have supremacy." What clearer demonstration of the VFPA's arrogant, self-serving attitude can there be but that. The majority of their Board of Directors have ties to industries that gain from increased port business. Their mission seems strictly to be to line their own pockets. Please put a hold on their projects, revamp their management structure, and require them to conduct proper environmental and health impact assessments on their projects.

Thank you.


Surrey2016-06-01 21:45
MarkHill

Without public appointees, public is not represented. its 2016....


North vancouver2016-06-01 10:49
HannelorePinder

I object to an unelected, lopsided (in favour of industry!) port authority. There needs to be consultation and joint decision making with various local authorities and first nations representatives. I object to the unabated shipments of coal from Roberts Point to China. Coal burned in China is just as dangerous as coal burnt right here.

Hannelore Pinder


Vancouver2016-05-31 20:55
MelFelker

It is totally unacceptable that an unelected body such as the port authority can make decisions which go against the wishes of our community and our elected representatives. Return democratic decision making to the local community.


Vancouver2016-05-31 17:04
LindaHeese

The Port Authority seems to be accountable to no one - especially the citizens of the areas most affected by their decisions. They do not seem to consider the environmental impacts of the projects they are working on.


We need our Federal Government to step in and change this process to include proper regional consultation and environmental reviews before any project goes forward.


NV2016-05-31 16:13
alanwest

I hope Marc Garneau only gets coal in his stockings on Christmas. No but I'm sure he and his badluck friends are getting paid off eh! Talkin' bout corruption on the government. Ya I think bc should become it's new country soon if the rest of Canada doesn't respect our fishing and native land and national park's by forcing us to except your sinking butiman, rape the land, animal killing, kill the fish oil companies that don't give hell unless they make money. I hope they choke on their own bile!!


delta2016-05-31 13:23
AlastairMaxwell

Input from local stakeholders needs to be part of the decision making process. The Port of Vancouver should not be the final arbiter in any decision made that affects the lower mainlands ecosystem. Financial gain must be balanced by sound, scientific research in regards to environmental trade offs.


Ladner2016-05-31 12:36
DarleneLeverett

Every level of government should be held accountable to the people who pay taxes. The Port Authority is not autonomous and should be better regulated.


For the Port CEO Robin Silvester to claim “supremacy” over land use decisions in the province, arguing the port doesn’t need to obey provincial law is downright Orwellian and he should be removed from that position immediately.


Vancouver5/30/2016 23:31
WayneKinna

Port Metro Vancouver is completely out of control in their expansion plans for the Mighty Fraser River.


They need to be stopped. A whole new board needs to be appointed with fresh environmentally compatible plans.


Delta5/30/2016 21:10
PaulWitt

Now is the time to change 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 increased 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.


Delta5/30/2016 18:56
JimMorrison

It is absurd that Port Vancouver is in a decision-making world of its own, operating unilaterally, not collaborating with local governments and populations who will be impacted. As a citizen, i am angry at this corporate tyranny behaviour, Can you imagine our federal government allowing such a body to carry out an environment assessment and approving it in the same breath??? After this corporation has all the answers!!! Now is the time to move into the 21st century and develop appropriate mandates and processes that create harmony for our future benefits. Corporations do not prepare, decide, implement and monitor public policy. A good first step is to replace the Port Vancouver principal leadership and modernize the mandate.


Delta5/30/2016 15:59
RosalindBritten

Dear Honourable Minister Garneau,

The current lands "owned" by the Vancouver Port Authority should be recognized as public lands because that is what they are. Those managing the port should not have the power to unilaterally decide the fate of the lands. Environmental protection does not appear to be foremost in their considerations as to the future use of the lands.

The waters of the port and surrounding lands are the home of many animals, and its mudflats are a vital stop for long-distance migratory birds such as the Western sandpiper. In every project, the effects on resident and visiting animals should be the most important consideration.


North Vancouver5/30/2016 15:56
ToddBeernink

The coal transfer station will be in my neighbourhood, yet its impacts will be felt globally. You may not mind that, but I do.


How can a community accept that it will become a conduit for coal, the dirtiest energy source available, without open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, progressive organizations, and the concerned public?


We shouldn't have dirty coal development in anyone's back yard. Where such projects are to be considered, the process must be more transparent and inclusive.


New Westminster5/30/2016 15:26
SharieLoychuk

The Port of Vancouver has had autonomy over port decisions and have had such power that elected representatives and citizens/residents have been unable to influence the Port as to what is reasonable growth and what is outrageous growth. I would like the Federal government to put a moretorium on all port growth until this agency is investigated thoroughly and the Federal government understands that port reform is absolutely necessary. Currently huge decisions are being made for the port of Vancouver, we need to protect against all unhealty growth and potential environmental suicide.


North Vancouver5/30/2016 14:14
GiselherWeber

Please make port Authorities in Canada accountable to the public and transparent in their dealings


West Vancouver5/30/2016 13:43
KrissBoggild

Port reform must include an open, fair process and environmental assessment of on-going effects on the ecosystem of our waters and land, and recognize indigenous rights before granting any further powers of incursion to the Vancouver Port Authority.


Vancouver5/30/2016 12:16
StuartSmith

Ports are certainly important and useful but there is no reason for their actives to be subsidized, directly or indirectly. Building a 10 lane bridge to enable more trucks and bigger boats is public spending for private benefit. If the port feels these things are going to earn them a return on their investment, then they should be willing to pay for them themselves.


Vancouver5/30/2016 12:03
RebeccaGraham

Robin Sylvester's comment, 'We have supremacy,' is sickening. What makes Sylvester think business interests are more important than the long term health and well being of my children and the environment in which they will live and raise future generations? Sacrificing farmland and a healthy environment to industrial uses may be good for the bank account for the next few years, but everyone knows it's a dead end, and it's selfish, greedy, and wrong.


Vancouver5/30/2016 11:50
TrinaRowles

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 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.


vancouver5/30/2016 11:10
JohnGoudsward

Dear Minister Garneau.


I am concerned about the power our present Port Authority maintains. I ask you to make changes so that there is consultation with local governments, First Nations and concerned public organizations. Proposed changes affect the local community, and up to this point it is evident that their concerns may be heard, but are seldom recognized

Yours truly,John Goudsward


Surrrey5/30/2016 8:14
SkyeRichards

These issues with the waterways legislation and oil and gas agreements with companies is not being discussed openly. Things are being pushed through, safety concerns are not being heard, and the alternate and viable pathways into the future are being ignored due to money being the bottom line instead of health and safety for the environment and the various lifeforms, including humans, being affected being top of the list. The quality of our lives is being downplayed in the tally of the economic game that will collapse if we continue to play this out indiscriminately. The writing is on the wall about the planet's ecosystem.

It is time to wake up to the big picture of what is happening to the biosphere and make appropriate choices for a sustainable future. We must deal with the problems of energy, that is true, but the short term reactions to these pressures is simply minimally delaying the more serious problems that are and will continue to surface at an alarming rate. Full and comprehensive energy policies have got to become the norm, not these backdoor dealings by politicians with obligations and their own agendas. There is already a sense that there is too much corruption within the political infrastructure or other bodies of governance, which is not healthy in my opinion. I may say it openly, but many people feel it and express it in conversation, so please take the problem seriously. The process for approvals must be seen and experienced as having integrity. Please make sure that the bodies making decision serve the interests of whole and do not make decision beyond their mandates or appropriate reach.


Sincerely,

Skye Richards


Vancouver5/30/2016 6:53
virginiastark

NOW - NOW - NOW - is the time to change how ports make decisions!!!!


Vancouver5/29/2016 21:55
EveThorne

Please reform the laws regarding port authorities.

I'm concerned that an extra toll bridge would be built in Vancouver to accommodate shipping coal at the request of the Port Authority.

Should we not be phasing out coal instead of building more infrastructure?


Calgary5/29/2016 21:43
JChu

Please take decisive action to ensure port authorities are 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.

Here are my key concerns:

1-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 increased 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;

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 for your consideration and attention to this matter.


Vancouver5/29/2016 20:26
wendywulff

I believe that the Vancouver Port Authority is not serving the best interests of the people of British Columbia. It serves the interests of shipping companies and does not protect the precious waters and life in them that these companies are exploiting and fouling.

Port authority directors should have a wider diversity of interest and expertise so that their decisions are more in keeping with the actual concerns of the public.

Meetings and decisions should be more transparent to the public.

Thank you for your attention.


surrey5/29/2016 19:38
KeithStein

It is incomprehensible to an intelligent citizen how the government can put the responsibility for this critical part of our economy and ecology in the hands of those who answer to no one and obviously have no caring for so many things that really do matter to all of us.


Vancouver5/29/2016 17:24
ChristineDunbar

Port Authorities must be more accountable, transparent, and inclusive. The public, including First Nations, must be consulted in any change.


Surrey5/29/2016 17:24
LindaForsythe

We need a fully accountable port authority. We also need to end appointments that are politically motivated.


Burnaby5/29/2016 16:18
DanMackle

We need to make sure the Trudeau government takes 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 increased 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 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.


Surrey5/29/2016 13:25
MaryDavison

As a long-time resident of Vancouver and lifelong environmentalist, I plead with you to use the power of the federal government to block the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's attempts to unilaterally install a coal terminal on the Fraser River. The Fraser-Surrey docks's owners are private individuals, who have a long history of flouting environmental regulations. They are a private, for-profit corporation the has gamed the system to circumvent environmental regulations. These individuals don't give a damn about the ways they set us up for environmental disasters. Even with a major spill or dump of coal waste into the river, the mere existence of their proposed terminal guarantees poisoning of our air and water, endangering not just public health but that of the fish, birds and other animals dependent on the Fraser. Since the Fraser hosts our biggest salmon runs, such a terminal will endanger the BC salmon industry and break long-and hard-fought treaties with our First Nations. Do you really want to run that risk? Think how many millions we've spent already to make amends for all the rights we so cavalierly ignored. Meanwhile, just having the tankers use our ports ensures that we, the residents the Greater Vancouver will be poisoned along with our air, water and wildlife. The proposed terminal threatens our health, yet so far, we have no say. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is a lawless, for-profit corporation run solely for the profit of its private individuals. It is utterly outrageous that such an entity can thumb its nose at federal and provincial laws. The proposed coal terminal brings to benefits to those of us who live her, only to the US coal companies of Montana ad Wyoming. Over the border, public outrage has ensured that politicians in the state of Washington have denied eastern coal trains' access to Washington ports. We should do the same. Why should we be treated as a Third-world country where the US can ship its waste with impunity, utterly careless of the impact on the people living there? BC is not a dumping ground. We who live in the greater Vancouver area and ensured a Liberal victory last fall should at heard and respected.


Vancouver5/29/2016 12:46
JenniferStone

Living on a bluff overlooking North Vancouver's port facilities, our lives have been forever changed by unilateral Port Authority decisions. Attempts to mitigate those decisions, which have affected our health and our property values, were useless. We tried for five years within a system of "consultation" that was purely for show. I now understand why people opt for civil disobedience. Even our Conservative then-MP was unable to get more than token acknowledgement. Port Authority personnel should be elected, responsible, and should have a mandate to consider the well-being of the city in which they are making huge decisions that affect our environment.


North Vancouver5/29/2016 12:39
PamelaByerss

The port is making decisions that are not in the best interests of the area - in particular the proposed coal port on the Fraser River . This will create many unacceptable situations in the air and in the water. Some time ago when the Port spoke in the community they said they would be barging the coal, now they say deep sea ships will be used. However, they also said that if the coal was not economical at some point they could transport food grade oil.

Why do we want to perpetuate coal when it is so damaging in so many ways, when other western ports have refused this product, and when we will get virtually no employment out of it?


New WEstminster5/29/2016 12:14
ScottCovey

Minister Garneau,


As the federal Minister of Transport I am sure you are aware of the actions, plans and leadership of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Myself and many other fail to understand how the ongoing attitudes, actions and plans of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority can align with your Government's priorities on the Environment and dealing with First Nations and community consultation. As your portfolio is responsible for Ports, I hope you will take action to look into and resolve this matter. Your Government has made ambitions statements regarding change on such matters, real change is in action not just words.


Vancouver5/29/2016 12:00
RemiCaudron

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Vancouver5/29/2016 11:32
TonyLyttle

I strongly object to the Port Authorities being so unaccountable to the public wishes. The unellected Board of Directors is totally appointed be industry and seems to have no loyalty to the greater good of societies varied wishes.


Please immediately initiate action to better account for all our needs, including environmental issues.


Regards, Tony Lyttle


West Vancouver5/29/2016 11:28
DavidRada

Start listening to the people!!!


n.Vancouver5/29/2016 11:13
AlasdairDouglas

Robin Silvester’s arrogance and lack of accountability to the people that he should be serving is abominable. if you want our support you need to replace him and take decisive action on Port reform. It appears our local MP's are aware but no one seems to be taking an action to correct and reform this autocratic and archaic agency.


As is stated by many orignizations trying to create change;

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 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.


best

Alasdair Douglas


North Vancouver5/29/2016 9:51
MarionPollack

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 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.

I live very close to the Port and am worried about the environmental and health impacts of expanding the Port. I am also worried about dangerous cargo being transported,


Vancouver5/29/2016 8:42
JackieAngel

Port Authority reform needs to be addressed immediately. Regional and local concerns are ignored and decisions are made without adequate consultation. Governance and oversight are clearly issues. As a result land use and environmental impacts of projects and proposed projects are not given due consideration, which impacts us all. Please ensure changes to the current model and processes..


North Vancouver5/29/2016 8:30
JoanJaccard

Transport Minister Marc Garneau,


I call on you to change the rules of governance to require the Port Authority to be accountable to local and regional, and national interests regarding the bigger issues and consequences of global warming, and local issues of land use and planning, agricultural preservation, environmental protection, and regional transportation planning.


All decisions must come after meaningful consultation with local and regional and First Nations organizations and governments, and with full public consultation and input. Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Transparency and accountability in Port operations should be improved. Regional and local concerns must take priority over industrial development proposals and increasing economic activity.


Joan Jaccard


Vancouver5/29/2016 7:43
RolfJander

Minister Garneau:


As you know, the Vancouver Port Authority is currently uncountable to the public and made up of industry insiders. This is simply unacceptable. We need complete reform of this body so that public concerns about issues relating to the port can truly inform decision making. As it currently stands, concerns about public health issues, local and global environmental issues seem to be continuously swept away to maximize port traffic.


The port is trying to ship American powder basin coal, which many American cities have rejected from their ports. I and many others do not want to see this dirty, greenhouse gas source pass through our region (or any region).


Please make it a priority of your ministry to reign in the power of this body and make real reforms as soon as possible.


Rolf Jander,

Surrey BC.


Surrey5/29/2016 7:38
ElsieDean

The Vancouver Port Authority needs to answer to the Federal Government/local governments and the people of Metro Vancouver before approval of coal ports jet fuel or LNG.


Burnaby5/28/2016 23:09
WJHinestrosa

This a beautiful part of the world and we do not want it ruined by a very for profit at any cost Port Authority


Burnaby5/28/2016 21:24
yvonneadalian

I am horrified to learn how the Port Authority governance in Vancouver is "run". There seem to be too many conflicts of interest at play at the moment with no open consultation with First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform and the concerned public.

There needs to be an arms length environmental assessment of any new (or old come to that) industrial proposals and decisions .

Please ensure that the Trudeau government takes action on Port Authority reform.


Vancouver B.C.5/28/2016 18:45
MurrayBond

I believe the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is making decisions which are counter to the interests of local communities, British Columbians and all Canadians. It seems determined to expand at all costs regardless of impacts on the lives of Canadians and even world citizens. Clearly there is no need to expand to handle US coal which US ports refuse to handle as the coal should be left in the ground. Reckless expansion of container traffic at the expense of farmland will leave us with a "white elephant" once the Panama canal expansion is completed and cargo moves directly from Asia to the East coast of North America.


Delta5/28/2016 16:24
Irene and MichaelJeffery

It has been clear for some months that the present Port of Vancouver Authority has been making decisions that are not supported by the citizens of the Lower Mainland. This unelected, unaccountable port authority should be replaced as soon as possible.


West Vancouver5/28/2016 16:16
WilliamMaarsman

accountable, transparent the Port has never been these.


New Westminster5/28/2016 15:47
RonGloux

Please ensure the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is actually accountable to the electorate, not buffered away as a virtually unaccountable level of government working for the interests of a select few.


Surrey5/28/2016 14:36
DonAllison

Vancouver is my home of 40 years and I get so frustrated and angry that the environment that I live and breath in is totally manipulated by a few appointed,not elected,people..Stop this board now and allow elected and first nations members to run it.Thank you.


Vanvouver5/28/2016 13:21
LaEgan

The POV is not acting in the public interest in any way. They seem to be smug that they are above the law and are accountable to no one. Except to Clark gov't and corporate interests.

They want to the George Massey tunnel removed and a new taller bridge to allow dangerous expansion of ship traffic while putting a province that is in historic record debt in even worse fiscal condition.

We cannot also afford to lose first class agricultural land.


New Westminster5/28/2016 12:53
jamesneyedli

it should be self evident that governments in democracy begin and end with the People, and any body that acts on behalf of the government, are in the public TRUST.

The arrogance of the Vancouver Port Authority to believe that they are beyond the purview of the Public, our democratically elected Government, and to even the Charter itself, has eroded their Charter that put them in power, to form a State accountable only to themselves, so long as we turn a blind eye to their actions.

Well, no more!


vancouver5/28/2016 12:27
ElizabethFendley

The Port Authority is acting unilaterally to increase it's footprint and operational authority in Vancouver. The increase in coal exports through the Surrey Fraser docks is completely unacceptable for a variety of reasons - health, safety, sustainability, and contribution to global climate change. The loss of our most valuable farmland to industrial use must be stopped. The port authority is acting beyond its mandate. Please act now to curtail the power behind the port and give local government more control.


Vancouver5/28/2016 12:06
NikiB

the port authority can not ignore federal and provincial guide lines. Our farm lands and waterways must be managed with the public and future in mind!!


Van5/28/2016 10:59
ThomasPoulton

This group has WAY too much power!


Delta5/28/2016 10:32
DavidHendrickson

ny 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;

I am concerned about the Port Authority governance, which should better reflect regional concerns.


Port Authority boards of directors should have increased 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.


I look forward to a written reply explaining your rationale for your decision making.


Vancouver5/28/2016 10:31
BarbFraser

I was born in the city of Vancouver and I cannot believe the number of people who want to destroy the beauty of this city and the [once!] pristine beauty of this province.. The callous disregard for what can NEVER be replaced is astonishing! Kinder Morgan [ a texas based company] wants to quadruple the already excessive amount of tanker traffic in our precious but treacherous harbour and surrounding water ways... my father was a captain of a vessel that navigated these waters and he would be rolling in his grave! to learn of the stupidity driven by greed of those who want to play with the odds of having another environmental disaster here, play with the possibility of catastrophic pollution in our harbour….they talk about money for spills as if filthy lucre could ever bring the creatures of the sea back, as if money could ever bring back the life of the forest which includes yes! the trees and all the creatures in the incredible but fragile ecosystem of the coast.. . that would be forever destroyed by overground pipelines…NOTHING is worth the price we as citizens here would have to pay…and now once again…foreigners driven by NOTHING but GREED and STUPIDITY want to play lets pollute Vancouver with foreign COAL for heaven's sake! Filthy, dangerous COAL that puts our marine life and human life at serious risk.COAL that Washington AND Oregon refuse to handle in their harbours!

How many different ways and how many times do we [the citizens of Vancouver] have to say NO! NO! NO! We don't want your pipelines, your tankers, your coal waste, your US money? your Chinese money? Keep out of our beautiful city and our beautiful province! We don't want this for any price!

The Vancouver Port Authority is acting like a criminal rogue corporation that does not act in the interests of Vancouver or BC but answers only to corporate, often foreign corporate interests. Master mariners know how dangerous all those huge tankers filled with bitumen and all that coal is. We also know how it threatens not only the environment but the future of the province, which relies on tourism as a major factor in its economy.

But NO economic reasons would suffice to endanger our waterways. The Port has now embarked on an expensive PR campaign to tell Vancouverites how GREEN[sic!] they are. We have this before and are not fooled. Vancouver Port Authority needs to recognize who is in charge here in Vancouver, and whose resources they use, and who they are answerable to. Its NOT corporations. It is the people of this beautiful city and this magnificent province.


Vancouver5/28/2016 10:30
DanBlake

Unelected and unaccountable power over public assets is unacceptable in 2016.


Vancouver5/28/2016 10:30
RobinMacdonald

Our Vancouver port has long been operating on laws of their own.

Is this what Ottawa wants?


VANCOUVER5/28/2016 10:23
merrellgerber

Beautiful BC will not be turned into a parking lot for fossil fuel exports benefiting only those foreign interests ( and politicians ) while leaving the ugly and toxic mess for our province's residents to deal with.


vancouver5/28/2016 9:52
normanhuber

The need for transparency should be paramount in deciding the future of the Port of Vancouver. The government must move towards a more inclusive consultation process that includes the representation of all interested parties and not just cherry picked directors who only look in a singular direction. The survival of our Coastal and Fraser River delta environmental region depends on a non biased approach to it's development


surrey5/28/2016 9:39
DaniellaNajda

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 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.


North Vancouver5/28/2016 9:06
KathleenWhipp

Since they were separated, the Port Authorities on the West Coast have been competing with each other, rather than working together in a national strategy for trade and employment. I have also been alarmed by the Vancouver Port's refusal to commission the health impact studies that surrounding communities have demanded, as well as the port doing it's own "environmental assessments". We need more Federal oversight of our ports and trade strategy, independent environmental and social impact assessments, and open partnership and consultation with local communities. Our precious and increasingly disappearing farmland, and Fraser River Delta ecology are vital to preserve.


Delta5/28/2016 9:00
Krisvon Schalburg

Minister Garneau, in regard to the jet fuel storage facility proposed for south Richmond, could we please have some sanity prevail. I have to wonder, “Who comes up with these ideas and why does any thinking person sign off on them”? For example, who thinks it is wise to store jet fuel right on the banks of the Fraser River, a river that sustains one of the world’s largest salmon runs?


Furthermore, where is the logic of spending hundreds of millions of dollars for a dock, multiple fuel tanks and the laying of kilometres of pipeline and pumps across the length of Richmond, when a perfectly good pipeline is already in place? Even now the pipeline from the Burnaby Chevron refinery that currently serves YVR is not being fully utilized. Increasing the diameter of the current pipeline would easily serve the needs of the airport well into the future. Beyond environmental and safety concerns, Richmond is still waiting to be given full financial accounting and justification for such an illogical and unnecessary project?


Minister, can we count on you to make Port Metro Vancouver answerable to the public and to the federal government? Too much is at stake for important decisions such as these to be left in the hands of an unaccountable, unelected body.


Richmond5/28/2016 8:45
Mary LeeBurns

The Port Authority is completely ignoring environmental issues!


Vancouver5/28/2016 8:13
DonBarthel

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes land use decisions without any meaningful public consultation. It is overrunning valuable farmland in Metro Vancouver. And its unelected board and CEO are making a mockery of our elected officials by ignoring their concerns and governance structure. Its time that the Port Authority be restructured to make it transparent and publicly accountable!


Vancouver5/28/2016 7:14
AgnesWatts

The citizens of the area concerned should have input and final say over the running of our port. WE have to live with the consequences of decisions made about this vital area. The port authority should NOT be autonomous but must answer to the people. The current system is a disaster and must be abolished.


Vancouver5/28/2016 5:11
DaveRiopel

• 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 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.


Vancouver5/28/2016 4:30
RobertBlair

The Port of Vancouver is off the wall in it's decision making processes. We need to change the way decisions concerning the port,the public, and first nations are made and we need to do it now to stop the devastation.


Surrey5/28/2016 4:20
XiaLee

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 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.


Surrey5/28/2016 3:59
LarryKazdan

Port Authorities must be more accountable, transparent and inclusive.


Vancouver5/28/2016 1:34
LeenaHasan

Dear Minister,


I was disturbed to discover about the reckless and irresponsible behaviour of the Port of Vancouver in ignoring provincial law and approving a jet fuel terminal in Richmond without even making the federal government aware of this decision.

The Port Authority needs serious reform to ensure that community voices are heard, especially the First Nations of the land. Port Authority board of directors should increase their representation of First Nations people, environmental and health experts, and local and regional public and government interests.

The federal government must ensure appropriate oversight of Port Authorities to avoid conflicts between the interests of safe regulation of port operations and promoting economic activity.


Thank you,


Burnaby5/27/2016 23:13
PaulMagnus

Dear Marc Garneau,


We are at the cusp of real climate action. Trudeau made many commitments to tackling global warming before the elections and at Paris.


To address this grave issue we need all onboard. All government departments at all levels must be behind prompt and comprehensive measures. Every project, policy and infrastructure spending must contribute to the effort to try to get to a 1.5C warming target. It simply a must if we are to have any hope of keeping it close to 2C.


The Port of Vancouver has consistently down played and shirked their responsibility to tackling climate. They have have ignored community concerns for local health and safety issues as well as the global threat of climate.


I implore you to reign in their cavalier attitude and irresponsible manner in these matters. It is time that such a key player in tackling climate was accountable.


Please make it so.


Best regards,

Paul Magnus.


Richmond5/27/2016 23:07
EricDoherty

The $3.5 Billion Massey Tunnel replacement project has convinced me that Vancouver's Port Authority has become a rogue organization. And I am concerned that other port authorities across Canada are similarly tainted and out of control.


The Vancouver Port Authority has, on the face of it, taken a very active roll in pushing for the removal of the Massey Tunnel to allow deeper dredging of the Fraser River (primarily for coal, LNG & oil shipping). But they and provincial authorities now deny that a primary reason for this project is to dredge the river deeper, despite the fact that the project includes the costly removal of the tunnel when it could be allowed to flood and be left in place if deeper dredging was not a key objective.


I am also very concerned that the Vancouver Port Authority is pushing fossil fuel exports rather than acting as a responsible regulator with a role in meeting Canada's Paris climate commitments.


I urge your to rein in our Port Authorities. Changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with First Nations, local and regional governments, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public


Port Authority governance should include a mandate to help reduce GHG pollution on a global and domestic level, and better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increased representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests.


As the federal government 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 fossil fuel exports.


Victoria5/27/2016 22:42
MadelineSloan

- 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 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.


Vancouver5/27/2016 21:10
PatriciaRandall

Having written a number of letters to MP's in the past few years regarding issues connected to the Roberts Bank Port and the Surrey Fraser Docks, I was rudely surprised to learn that no federal (nor provincial) body seems to have jurisdiction over the Vancouver Port Authority. It is insupportable that the governance of the local ports is completely unaccountable to the region in which it operates and the concerns of the local communities. Any changes in the governance framework for the Vancouver/Fraser Port authority must include meaningful consultation with the local levels of government and the concerned public, both in the process of making change, and in the accountability of the end results. There should be independent oversight of the Port Authority so as to ensure that the values of environmental health are NOT subjugated to the Authority's own agendas.


Surrey5/27/2016 20:45
MichaelCoates

Don't you think it's time your government undid the damage caused by the last government. You can start by reigning in Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and make them accountable to the regions citizens and reflect the federal Liberal Party and It's goals. The goals I'm thinking of are first, adhering to the Paris climate agreement. We can start by reversing the coal export agreements that are expanding our port to serve USA coal, something even the United States do not want. Second, create a Port governance that reflects the regions diverse population, interested parties and that consults with them in good faith.


Vancouver5/27/2016 20:34
AnnaKraulis

Minister Garneau: Please take action on Port Authority reform!


Including:


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.


Vancouver5/27/2016 19:58
MarianneRev

Dear Minister Garneau,

Recently, the CEO of the Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) has made some mind-boggling statements indicating that the VPA's decisions are above provincial and federal law! The board of the VPA consists mainly of industrialists. There is no indigenous representative on their board. Their decisions are biased. It's time to reign in Mr Silvester and his BoD! Please do this urgently. Please put a moratorium on their development plans...at least until their governance and accountability have been reviewed.

Sincerely yours,

Marianne Rev


Vancouver5/27/2016 19:33
RobertHubele

To take this problem to it's essence, the Port Authority is running rough-shod over the democratic process here in the lower mainland. It takes no public input, yet directly effects the lives of milliions of people here. How any one group can dominate the lives of so many with so little thought to their welfare is reprehensible in a "Democracy"! The Federal Government has a duty to protect it's citizens, NOT corporations, who operate on the principle that the 'bottom line' is the only important moral ethic they pay heed to.


Vancouver5/27/2016 19:10
DebraHerst

To Mark Garneau, Federal Transport Minister,


I am writing to you with my concerns regarding the Port Authority in British Columbia.

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 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.


Vancouver5/27/2016 18:25
SandraMolendyk

Consultation, especially environmental. First Nations, and community consultation should always be considered.


Vancouver5/27/2016 18:20
hisaoichikawa

Please chose people who are not related to the industry but those who can decide for the people living here.


Vancouver5/27/2016 18:11
BarbaraCharron

As the Port Authority is charged with regulating port operations, approving industrial development and increasing economic activity, it behooves the federal government to ensure that the board of directors include members who represent not only the business community but First Nations, local and regional government, environmental and health experts plus ensure proper oversight so that there are no conflicts, perceived or real, between these mandates.


Richmond5/27/2016 18:09
MattiasWestby

Mr. Garneau,


Thanks to the Dogwood Initiative's recent email on the matter, I'm sure more eloquent people than myself will be contacting you on this topic, so I'll try to make it brief. I was under the assumption that when creating a port in Metro Vancouver, Metro Vancouver would have a say in the matter, as well as other governing bodies and communities that would be affected by the creation of a port. Why is this not the case? That simply makes sense. Furthermore, why should ports be the ones to regulate and review their own operations instead of an official government body? Why aren't ports subject to the Access to Information Act? None of this makes any sense.


I think it would be in the best interest of the Canadian public to question and possibly reform the rules under which ports operate.


Thank you for your time.


Vancouver5/27/2016 18:02
GertrudaHadwin

The Port Authority seems to think they can do what they want in their fiefdom, they desperately need to be reined in.


N. Vancouver5/27/2016 17:51
AndrewHolliday

Who the heck are these people anyway? Why have we put the people with the least responsibility to the public good in charge of a public resource?


Vancouver5/27/2016 17:35
NachikoYokota

A port reform is badly needed is my opinion. Have learned recently that a Saudi Arabia grain terminal is planned on the Lynnterm dock in North

Vancouver. A Dubai Container Dock was purchased several years ago on the south side of the Port of Vancouver. The US apparently declined the sale to the Dubai shopper, why did we sell it? It is madness if Kinder Morgen is allowed to use the port for its oil tanker traffic as well. Add to this congestion Cruise ships are increasing their visits too!!

All ports should remain public lands and any transactions should be

in the public interest after evaluating the environmental impact. Transparency and accountability should be the first order.


North Vancouver5/27/2016 17:31
SteveYehle

To All Concerned:

Would you please take a close look at how an unelected group of Harper appointees are making decisions for the Port of Vancouver.

As part of your election platform please ensure environmental concerns are also addressed.

As you know they have not been for the last 10 years.


West Vancouver5/27/2016 17:19
RuthCampbell

It's time to change the arrogant, unelected Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to a more transparent and accountable body..


Vancouver5/27/2016 17:12
StefanSeller

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. I strongly believe that the VFPA should be accountable to the public and thus make it's decision making transparent.


I believe that 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 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.


Thank you.


Stefan Seller


Vancouver5/27/2016 17:11
KenCollier

Governance, decision-making and responsibility need to be laid out clearly and fairly. Consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public should be organized in fair and accessible ways. Port Authority responsibility (mission) to promote trade and the economy at the same time as protecting the environment creates crucial conflicts of interest. They should be divided and placed in competent hands. No privatization of port lands or facilities.

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


Mission5/27/2016 17:02
MichaelReppenhagen

Shake things up! Looks like the Feds need to come in and do their thing....


New Westminster5/27/2016 16:46
DanielBanducci

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


Vancouver5/27/2016 15:59
HarveyMckinnon

I strongly believe that the Port Authority decisions need to take into consideration the voices of the public, regional governments and First Nations.


I am very concerned about how the Port Authority is currently operating, and I hope that your government, one which I was very busy campaigning to elect, will listen to people of British Columbia. Thank you.


Vancouver5/27/2016 15:55
KyleFlemington

Hold them accountable.


Vancouver5/27/2016 15:35
SHansen

The Port Authority is behaving like the New York garbage workers: hold of everyone hostage if they don't get their way. They are representatives only not absolute monarchs and should be held to account.


Vancouver5/27/2016 15:31
CameronMcLean

The Port Authority is out of control. 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.


Vancouver5/27/2016 15:19
JamesMorrison

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


North Vancouver5/27/2016 15:18
Dr. RonGibson

Dear Minister Garneau,


I am extremely concerned about the unreasonable autonomy of the Port Authorities. In my view, 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 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


Vancouver5/27/2016 15:06
JoMacleod

In this day and age of so called "open government and equality" it is disgraceful that any one Authority still holds the final say in what is going to happen to our country.....They are self serving and do not care about the future of our people, our country or our infrastructure.....

WE THE PEOPLE who live, work, and pay taxes in this country, have a right to be involved in the decision making of our country's future. That would be EQUALITY and open to all to have a say....


Langley5/27/2016 14:59
arniratzlaff

how can First Nations,the public, local and regional govenments NOT be included in this process?....I find it quite shocking that this is allowed to happen !!..


Vancouver5/27/2016 14:52
IanKing

We continue to be told that we live in a democratic society. We also live in a world that relies heavily on international trade. The majority of the goods imported and exported are done so through our ports. Our ports on the west coast are currently controlled and administered by a group of people who were appointed, not elected. As such, their views do not reflect the views of the people who live around the areas that this port authority keeps making decisions about and they are not held accountable for these decisions. It is time that this group of appointed people be removed and that the voices of the local communities be heard and respected. Please do what most of us want and remove the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and replace it with people who are voted for and held accountable by people living here.


Delta5/27/2016 14:28
bobboase

Infrastructure so central to Vancouver's future must not be left to unelected business people. We need a more open, transparent system.


North Vancouver5/27/2016 14:23
TonyPop

It is reprehensible that the unelected, unaccountable port authority, with a board made of industry appointees and no First Nations representation, should have unlimited power over resource projects and land use in the lower mainland.


Vancouver5/27/2016 14:21
RonStrand

the port authority is not consulting with local/regional/other interested parties in port matters it should


Vancouver5/27/2016 14:19
BenjaminIredale

Beyond the issues advocated in this message, I am especially concerned over the lackluster policing. There is known corruption within the Vancouver ports and it has only gotten worse since disbanding the dedicated police unit in 1992. It's time to add some public accountability to the governance of this integral institution and re-think how we are monitoring the primary gateway for illegal international goods into our country.


Vancouver5/27/2016 14:18
KellyRivard

Approval of the shipment of U.S. coal out of Fraser Surrey docks will negatively impact not only air quality but will also no doubt impact salmon in the Fraser River. Coal dust in large volumes will settle into the river and the toxic mercur\y will no doubt affect fish stocks and the food supply.

U.S. citizens voted strongly against increasing coal shipments out of Washington and Oregon. It is a reflection of how little the federal government cares about protecting the environment if they allow this to go ahead.


Vancouver5/27/2016 14:12
margaretdelgatty

It is incredible that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority apparently sees itself as accountable to no one. The Port has impact in so many ways besides economically, and is a treasure that belongs to all Canadians, but especially those who live in BC and the Lower Mainland.


I am outraged at the arrogance expressed by Port CEO Robin Silvester; terms such as 'supremacy' have no place in the 21st century when the world is such a small place, and we are all so obviously interdependent. Changes to Port Authority governance are long overdue, and need to include open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and the concerned public.


vancouver5/27/2016 14:09
LamargoPetersen

Political Ministers are voted in by the people to work for the people,so when they forget that and go their own way we have problems in communication.

Corporations lobby the Ministers to lean to their own wishes instead of Ministers working with the people. Canadians should not fall into the same trap that the USA has.


Vancouver5/27/2016 13:58
JohnStevens

It is high time that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority be re-structured to reflect the needs and wishes of the people of Canada. Currently, VFPA appears to be controlled for the exclusive benefit of the corporate sector, which in Canada are still promoting fossil fuel industries. Canada needs to phase out all fossil fuels as soon as possible in order to meet our climate change objectives. This is a matter of human survival and requires immediate action . Democratize Vancouver Fraser Port Authority now!


Delta5/27/2016 13:56
TanyaLebar

Dear Minister Garneau:


i am writing to express my great concern over how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes decisions, that is, without transparency and without accountability 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.


Please consider the following points:


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 for your consideration. I look forward to your reply.


Vancouver5/27/2016 13:34
jimleuba

We need a Port Authority that is accountable and a benefit to the local area. The Vancouver Port Authority has in the past made decisions that primarily benefit their own interests at a significant cost to their own neighbors and the world environment. Examples of VPA's tunnel vision abound, such as duplicating railroad infrastructure, building half baked road & bridge infrastructure and promoting coal exports. All these investments will be stranded capital in the coming years.


Langley, 5/27/2016 13:12
GaryCoward

I smell collusion when a civil servant goes rogue. Corporate interests seem to be driving the decision-making process. Not public interests. Not even those fuzzy "national interests."

The TMX proposal has been given approval by the NEB....another example of a "legally" rogue body where again a srtong whiff of collusion sours the coastal air. And where the waters have a clear probability of, not just souring, but being ruined, ruined for their real purpose, to be a healthy habitat for the planetary marine life.

Corp-land will become corpse-land.

Stop this trend dead in its tracks. Time has run out.


Vancouver5/27/2016 13:07
ChristineWild

The evolution of civilization demands accountability, transparency and inclusion for all government and industrial entities.


Please assist Canadian's in leading the evolution to open and participatory governance.


Thank you for your attention to this concern.


Grateful to be a Canadian, Christine Wild


Vancouver5/27/2016 13:01
SandraBerman

I would like to raise some issues with you regard to your planned Port Authority Reform. 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. I believe that Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns and Port Authority boards of directors should have increased representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests.


It is essential that all lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands and lastly 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 for your consideration.


Vancouver5/27/2016 12:50
EdChessor

Our ports have a major impact on air quality, our ability to use local waters and all the wonderful creatures that live in Georgia Strait and surrounding waters.


We need a governing body for the port of Vancouver that understands it is responsible to our elected representatives and first nations


Vancouver5/27/2016 12:46
kriscable

Changes need to be made.


fanny bay5/27/2016 12:41
paulbogaert

The port authority is not considering the needs of the people of the region around the port. it is acting unilaterally in it's own interests to the detriment of the people and environment by ignoring the recommendations of the agricultural land reserve, coastal health authority, metrovancouver, city councils and first nations of the region. they need to be accountable and need reformation.


vancouver5/27/2016 12:40
BridgetMacKenzie

Why are we allowing the Port Authority to build a terminal for shipping American coal when the American west coast ports have refused to ?

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 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.

Ottawa need sto make sure that its commitment to reform environmental processes is actually done.


Vancouver5/27/2016 12:29
JessieMartin

We need the Port Authority to have independent and environmentally sound oversight as well as consultation with First Nations.


vancouver5/27/2016 12:27
ThomasMoody

I am writing to request reforms to the operation of Port Authorities, and to request that such reforms include measures to counterbalance such authorities’ demonstrable bias toward short-sightedly maximising port activity. I believe that 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.


New Westminster5/27/2016 12:19
SidneyShniad

It's about time that high-handed bureaucracies like the Port Authority be made subject to democratic control of the citizenry.


Surrey5/27/2016 12:18
GudrunWochingeer

The Port Authorities in Vancouver are truly acting irresponsible as they do not entertain or consider people living in the areas they "rule".

"WE ARE THE FOLK" is a slocan used to underline the responsiblity local/provincial/federal Government Officials should remember when making decisions without consulting those effected. Those appointed officials do or rather should work on our behalf, their wages are also paid from our Taxes. Those people do not necessarily have the authority to "rule" on our behalf without consultation of all involved and concerned.

I strongly recommend reforming esp the Port Authorities.

Thank you!


Victoria5/27/2016 12:17
LenShaw

Port Authorities must be more accountable, transparent and inclusive


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 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.


Surrey5/27/2016 11:44
BrianAvent

It is unacceptable for a Port Authority to believe they have unfettered authority, unaccountable to the local stakeholders.


Richmond5/27/2016 11:37
LarryDea

More local accountability is necessary.


N Van5/27/2016 11:37
JanetHenri

Minister Garneau,


Now is the time for democratic reform regarding the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Regional concerns need to be addressed and consultation with First Nations and local governments must be taken into account.

Proper oversight of the Port Authority is needed, transparency and accountability as the basis.


Our environment is worth a million bucks and we need to start respecting our impact on nature and the future of our children.


Richmond5/27/2016 11:32
VirginiaAyers

Governance of Ports must be reformed immediately and address court-mandated consultation with First Nations. Also provide meaningful participation by citizens through an overview board that responds to the views of local and regional governments which can address science-based factors on health and environmental integrity. Now is the time for plans toward development and expansion to be guided by the "precautionary principle" (if there is any risk of harm, do not proceed).


New Westminster5/27/2016 11:15
MJansen

We call on you to make transparent and decisive reform on our Port Authority.


In order to do this, open and comprehensive consultation with all concerned is necessary, including First Nations, the public and organizations interested in this process.


Regional concerns and the wishes of those who live in affected areas must be sought out and taken into consideration when decisions are taken.


Please follow through on your commitment to reform the environmental assessment process and ensure that Port Authorities are made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and remain subject to the Access to Information Act.


Thank you.


Vancouver5/27/2016 11:11
HeidiBoehm

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.


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.


Richmond5/27/2016 11:08
TaraThurber

As a British Columbian and resident of the Salish Sea I am vehemently opposed to the transport of coal through our valuable and ecologically sensitive waters. It is time to focus our economic efforts on the real value of this coast: the environment and it's enjoyable beauty. I am not interested in policiticians who refuse to see this and only listen to the corporate interests of resource extraction for energy production. It is time for change from the archaic practices of burning fossil fuels as it has proven to be destructive to the planet upon which we depend for life and the lives that live upon it! There are many other methods of producing energy that don't nessecitate these industries that are being ignored or prevented from implementation because of the short-term economic gains of the few and if members of Canadian government persist in supporting those interests in the name of providing jobs and the economy then they are not fit to represent the people of this land, it is time for change!


Victoria5/27/2016 11:05
CoralieWoodley

In particular the Port Authority should better reflect local concerns and priorities. In my community we are extremely concerned about the proposal to bring coal from the USA, and ship from the Surrey Fraser docks. It seems that the Port Authority is not in the least concerned that such a move will negatively affect the environment and health of the large population that lives in contiguous communities. They appear to be ignoring the opposition to their plan made by local health and environmental experts, as well as the local population.


New Westminster5/27/2016 11:02
RobEnglish

I agree that a non elected body should not have so much impact without

consequences


Delta5/27/2016 10:59
OnniMilne

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the issue of abuse of power and lack of accountability by the Vancouver Port Authority. It comes as no surprise to learn that CEO Robin Silvester claimed “supremacy” over land use decisions in the province, arguing the Port didn't need to obey provincial laws. CEO Silvester didn’t think the federal government needed to know that he had approved a jet fuel terminal in Richmond. What else should you expect from someone who was unelected and unaccountable for his actions.


Instead of the current governance structure, we need to implement the following changes immediately:


1. Any changes to Port Authority governance must involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform and concerned citizens.


2. Port Authority governance must reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increase representation by First Nations, environmental and health experts and local and regional government interests;


3. Port Authorities must have no conflict of interest between their mandate to regulate port operations and approve industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity.


4. Reform for the environmental assessment process must consider if it is in the public interest for Port Authorities to evaluate the environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while also working to promote trade and economic development, placing them again in a conflict of interest situation.


5. All lands under Port Authority control must remain public lands;

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


I ask you to ensure that the Vancouver Port Authority of the future is a different and progressive corporation compared to the current version that has affected and continues to affect the quality of our health and environment.


With Hope For Real Change Now,


Vancouver5/27/2016 10:50
JudeGorgopa

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 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. Stringent environmental assessments need to be carried out by an independent agency which is charged with those kinds of assessments.


Vancouver5/27/2016 10:37
AlVarty

The ports are not listening to the people. Put a stop to their reckless decisions.


Vancouver5/27/2016 10:36
BrendaJamieson

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.


North Vancouver5/27/2016 10:33
JudyBonifacio

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.


Delta5/27/2016 10:20
MarcHerrmann

It is high time that PAs' need to be accountable and demonstrate transparency in effecitve/efficient operational management and planning of capital projects. More importantly, PAs' need to commence consulting engagements with local and regional governments including First Nations, Environmental Experts and the Public.

PAs' have worked in isolation far too long making rash decisions on matters that have potential long term negative consequences not only from an environmental, safety and health perspective but direct impact on neighbouring communities and their quality of life.

PAs' need to be scrutinized in determining running their operations are optimized and align with operational schedule, logistics and budgets.


Gabriola Island5/27/2016 10:18
RandyApps

Hello Mr. Garneau,


I should have sent this to you first. I don't know if anyone received the first letter.

This news paper article give's you an idea of what kind of man is representing the federal Government.


http://www.theprovince.com/news/richmond+mayor+sees+with+federal+port+authorities+over+agricultural+land/11652581/story.html


His recent apologies, for his poor behavior, I'm sure where given with tongue in cheek.

I don't find him interested in what the people want or think, his recent bullying tactic's regarding Crab Park.

He certainly is not the kind of person that the Liberals would want in this post

He clearly represents Harper in his actions and his sense of self importance.

Isn't there an opening at another port outside of BC for a person like him? Baffinland?

It would be great to have someone here that represents the new way Canada does business.


North Vancouver5/27/2016 10:17
SusannaBraund

Public accountability is everything in dealing with matters that could negatively impact the environment for generations to come


Vancouver5/27/2016 10:15
MichaelBurnside

ANYTHING of this magnitude (or of any size, really) needs to be beholden to provincial laws, civilian oversight, and any other potentially affected communities.


The Port Authority is clearly working with too long a leash. Please shorten it.


Vancouver5/27/2016 10:08
ARobinson

As Kevin Washbrook, of Voters Taking Action Against Climate Change, says: “Whether we're fighting coal exports, a jet fuel terminal, and 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.”

All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands


Denman Island5/27/2016 10:02
TeresaPatterson

There are too many back room deals being for the future of the Port of Vancouver & the Fraser River regarding plans to bring big tankers into the Burrard and the Port. These deals coujd have a disastrous effect on the environment and the future of BC. These plans be determined with all parties at the table as it affects us all including future generations.


Port Coquitlsm5/27/2016 10:00
BarbaraMcGeough

Port Reform must reflect the safety of populated areas and coastal environments first and foremost and not the demands of industry. Our approach to Port Authority governance should reflect the concerns of local and regional communities and the First Nations community as well as a larger vision of the future of our environment.


Vancouver5/27/2016 9:59
JeanettePaisley

I am concerned that the Vancouver Port Authority seems to be riding roughshod over the people in the area. There should be open consultation between First Nations, those advocating for Port reform, and members of the public who feel that anything done by the Port Authority affects them directly. The boards of directors of the Port Authority should have as members First Nations representatives, environmental and health experts, and should also reflect local and regional government interests.


The mandate of Port Authorities is to regulate port operations and to approve industrial development proposals. They also have a mandate to promote and increase economic activity. Proper oversight by the federal government is necessary in order to ensure that there are no conflicts between these mandates.


All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands. There must be improved transparency and accountability in all Port operations and Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and should remain subject to the Access of Information Act.


It would appear that the Port Authorities feel that they are a law unto themselves and can do whatever they feel like doing. There seems to be little accountability in what they do and this must stop.


Langley5/27/2016 9:56
AnnGrant

Environmental impact should always include consideration of the effects on climate change not just the local environment.


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.


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.


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.


Vancouver5/27/2016 9:55
JohnBaldwin

Please reform the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority so that it is accountable to the public.


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


Vancouver5/27/2016 9:52
WendyWaidson

The Port Authority needs to be more open to consultation with the public and other levels of government, and more transparent in its decision making process. There needs to be more representatives from First Nations and local levels of government on the Board.


Please make these reforms as part of the federal government's commitment to improving the environmental assessment process.


Thank you.


Surrey5/27/2016 9:50
Ronvan der Eerden

We recognize that we benefit from a healthy and thriving port.


But we cannot achieve it without the valued input of local citizens and First Nations who know the limits of our local environments and actually care about the health of all its inhabitants. Like the global impact our port has - reaching the far corners of the Earth, it also impacts migratory wildlife that is threatened by ill-conceived port expansions. Particularly when those expansions are for damaging and destructive resources, like fossil fuels, we all suffer while a small few are greatly enriched.


Declaring that the port can do what it wants and over-riding local opposition, just because it can, is no way to flourish either environmentally or economically.


The processes of port decision making must incorporate real input from all stakeholders which must include all those who are affected by its impacts or who stand up for those who can't speak for themselves.


Vancouver5/27/2016 9:43
JaneGibney

Please help to control the Vancouver Port Authority. Living directly above the port has become a nightmare. The increased noise, the diesel fumes and dirt,the long lines of truck going in and out of the port blocking the entrance to our park, pool, and tennis courts. Please put Canadians in charge of the port instead of American business interests!


Vancouver5/27/2016 9:39
JohnDavidson

Presently, the Port Authority is not accountable to the public. It must be. The Fraser Dock Environmental Impact submitted by the Port Authority was a disgrace and is an example of their whole approach to such matters.


Surrey5/27/2016 9:39
AdriennePaquette

Port Authorities must be more accountable and transparent. First Nations, local and regional governments should be involved.


Vancouver5/27/2016 9:37
CharlesColeman

The Vancouver Port Authority is a non elected body that has huge powers. Many of the actions taken by them have been wise and necessary. However, recently the Port Authority has made decisions that lie entirely outside their jurisdiction.


In giving the green light to the export of huge amounts of coal via New Westminster they are allowing a project that has little economic benefit for BC and huge downsides in terms of creating toxic air quality in the New Westminster area. None of the Western States were willing to take on this project because of the downside. Why in earth should we in Canada take it on. The rest of the world is well aware that the future is in renewables. We need to stop this process of short term gain for long term pain. The Port Authority seems totally oblivious to the fact that the world is facing a Climate Crisis.


Now, the Port Authority wants to take hundreds of acres out of the Agricultural Land Reserve. People need to eat. As Climate Change impacts more and more of the Earth and food supplies begin to dwindle removing valuable growing land is short sighted. You can't eat industrial products.


As a new government, we are looking for you to manage the country in the way that you put forward in your election plan. Doing the right thing always pays off. Corporations' mandates are to maximize profits. Government has a much broader responsibility and that is to ensure that the citizens of a country are nourished and protected and able to thrive. Don't give in to interest groups whose only aim is profit.


Best wishes,

Charlie Coleman


Burnaby5/27/2016 9:37
ThomMcKenna

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 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


Vancouver5/27/2016 9:35
LauraTremblay

An entity with a mandate that is strongly skewed towards economic problems to the detriment of local consultation should not be allowed to sidestep democracy.

The Port Authority is a legal construct and needs the guidance of a large community in making balanced decisions that take into account everyone's beliefs in what constitutes a better life.


Richmond5/27/2016 9:35
DavidHuntley

Dear Minister Garneau:


The idea that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has supremacy over the BC government and the people of BC is abhorrent, though this was recently expressed by Robin Sylvester.

I have had an unsatsfactory experience with Mr Sylvester. About three years ago I wrote to him pointing out that tankers traversing Burrard Inlet were regularly contravening the the rules for tankers stated on the Port's web site. I did not receive a reply from him. Months later I talked to his representative at a public meeting; she indicated I should have received a reply. I sent her an e-mail reminding her, but neither responded.

This was a serious matter, yet this seems to me to be arrogant behaviour on the part of a public servant. It is totally unacceptable.


Burnaby5/27/2016 9:28
ChristineHo

Dear Sir,

Please take decisive action on Port Authority reform. The way the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes decisions is not acceptable.


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 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.


Vancouver5/27/2016 9:28
CarolRemwick

I am writing to ask that the Port Authority of Vancouver give fair representation to all those concerned in the outcome of decisions, especially all local residents and First Nations, Experts on environmental impacts of any decisions must be consulted in assessing projects. Economic development is important, but a healthy environment is essential to quality of life.

Please make all processes transparent and responsive to citizens, not just business interests.

Thank you,

Carol Renwick


Kelowna5/27/2016 9:18
StephenChitty

To be brief; I support the six main points of the

portreform.realhearings.org submission.


Surrey5/27/2016 9:16
HeatherWardle

We as citizens should be able to know and have a say in how much and what kind of traffic comes in and out of our Canadian ports. I am particularly concerned about the environmental impacts of increased traffic to and from the Port of Vancouver. There are 125 species at risk in our local waters, yet the Federal Government has done little to protect them. Your Ministry has a direct impact on these species because marine traffic causes pollution, small and large oil spills, invasive and introduced species, and noise pollution. First Nations, local and regional governments, and the concerned public should be consulted on Port Authority changes and governance because Port actions and decisions can affect us all on the coast.


Vancouver5/27/2016 9:10
ScottMcFadyen

As I understand, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is a Crown Corporation. As such it should be accountable to taxpayers. It seems to me that the Port is using its money to fight taxpayers in court. Using taxpayer money to fight the wishes of taxpayers seem deeply wrong to me. This should not be happening. It's time for a change to the way the Port does business and to its governance. Kind regards.


VANCOUVER5/27/2016 9:07
GregGillespie

I believe that the Vancouver Port Authority's expansion does not take into account the wishes and needs of the people with respect to concerns around marine environment and ALR's. I welcome and support the Federal Government stepping in to give exercise it's authority to the address concerns of citizens who are concerned about a massive tanker increase on our coast. Thank you in advance.


Vancouver5/27/2016 8:57
GrahamMulligan

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 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.


Surrey5/27/2016 8:52
Jo-AnnAnakotta

Once again, accountability of the port's CEO Robin Silvester comes into question with his usual arrogant manner. How much longer is this going to go on?


Surrey5/27/2016 8:51
JeffreySimpson

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.


Vancouver5/27/2016 8:46
JordanHall

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 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.


Vancouver5/27/2016 8:45
ChristinaLongo

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 Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests.

All lands should remain public.


Vancouver5/27/2016 8:44
AnneEaston

Dear Minister Garneau,

Please stand up for the people of the Lower Mainland and make the Port Authority accountable. 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. We need Port Authority reform.

To that end: 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; The federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between the conflicting mandates of the Port Authority to both regulate port operations and approve industrial development proposals while also promoting and increasing economic activity. All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands; finally, 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 consideration


Burnaby5/27/2016 8:30
DianaConsell

Dear M. Garneau,

It has been brought to my attention that the Port Authority in the Vancouver area is a private company with a mandate to promote the economy in the lower mainland. Considering the state of our water, beaches and surrounding farmland I do not think this a good situation. The Port Authority should be under Federal jurisdiction, as what happens in our ports affects the entire country, not just Vancouver.(Remember the Pine Beetle?) Shipping dirty coal may be economically sound, but the effect on the environment will eventually be disastrous. Why has Vancouver accepted as a great idea that which Tacoma rejected? Why is Canada promoting the mining of US coal and the use of it in China as an energy source by facilitating the shipments? Do we not stand behind what we preach - that fossil fuels as energy sources are not the choice of the future?

Please have the governance of the Port Authorities throughout Canada reviewed.

Thank you for your time.

Diana


Surrey5/27/2016 8:29
QuinnTemmel

Any organization operating within Canadian borders must be subject to Canadian laws and oversight. There is no reason that a corporation operating on public lands and waterways should have unlimited access and control over what happens in its so-called "territory". If I were to attempt to build a gas station on a piece of agricultural land that I owned without going through the proper channels and zoning allowances, I would face severe consequences. The same oversight and consequences should apply to the Port of Vancouver.


Vancouver5/27/2016 8:21
JefKeighley

Marc:


I won't waste your valuable time simply recasting the well conceived positions of Real Port Hearings.Org other than to tell you that I fully concur with their arguments and to let you know that when we elected your government last fall, it was not simply to see 'business as usual' continue under a modestly different regime. We expect real Port Authority reform.


Halfmoon Bay5/27/2016 8:17
Jean-PierreTurcotte

Give a break! Port Authority NOT accountable to taxpayers? What kind of corrupt crap is this? No wonder this country is headed to the toilet! Get off your high horse and do something RIGHT for a change - bunch of impotent imbeciles in parliament. And if you can't do anything about this, then step aside!


Delta5/27/2016 8:00
KateLancaster

Let's start to see some of your promised "real change" starting with accountability and transparency from all levels of government, including the port authority. We do not want dirty American coal shipped from Delta port. But the Vancouver Port Authority thinks it can do whatever it pleases, federal oversight be damned! How do you feel about that, Mr. Garneau? Are you going to let the port walk all over you? Or are you going to stand up for Canadians and do the right thing by stopping coal shipments from the Fraser river?


New Westminster5/27/2016 7:54
HeatherGlass

We as Vancouverites, are frustrated by the repeated lack of transparency of the Port Authority.


West Vancouver5/27/2016 7:52
CaitlinDodd

I feel very strongly that the governance of the Port Authority must better reflect regional concerns. Moreover the board of directors should be far more diverse including representation from First Nations, environmental and health experts as well as local and regional interests.


Vancouver5/27/2016 7:48
NadineSheppard

Any and all changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform, and concerned citizens of BC.


North Vancouver5/27/2016 7:45
StaceyNixon

No one has supremacy over our food chain or the environment we live in. Make it clear this profits over people will not be going away any time soon.


Vancouver5/27/2016 7:41
JeffGraham

To whom it should concern;

We rely on you and yours to look after our best interests re future decision making in our area. Please do what is necessary to ensure transparent and democratic process is followed, to safeguard against corporate greed ruining our home and planet.


Surrey5/27/2016 7:23
HildaMayo

There needs to be stronger control from the Government on structures being placed in our ports and more transparency for the public.


Vancouver5/27/2016 7:23
DonWright

Time to reign in the Port Authority


Vancouver5/27/2016 7:06
MelissaHiggs

The must be accountable to tye public, and proposed changes in operations should be reviewed through fair, thorough and transparent review.


Vancouver5/27/2016 6:59
ColinAngel

It's time to make the port authority accountable to the people and local government. Flouting provincial law and ignoring the federal government is reckless. Thorough environmental assessments and truly open public hearings are needed to ensure the best decisions are made for the good of the commons.


Vancouver5/27/2016 6:29
WilliamDidur

We live in south Delta, within site of Roberts Bank. Coal dust, truck traffic, port expansion, loss of farm land, are very real issues in our community.


Delta5/27/2016 6:24
PatriciaFraser

The Salish Sea is more than just a port in the city of Vancouver.


Without real control over the port, the sea itself is at risk. It is time for Ottawa to review and reform port authorities across the country.


We need to make these port authorities accountable to the public and to the First Nations who reside in the area.


Vancouver5/27/2016 5:59
MarcErickson

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.


Vancouver5/27/2016 5:52
johnwatson

it's not the wild west anymore. people live here and i'm one of them


VANCOUVER5/27/2016 5:52
LynnShepherd

Vancouver's Fraser Port Authority cannot be allowed to make further decisions about Port development and operations without undergoing substantial reforms. It must be mandated to engage local and regional governments in project approval processes and include First Nations, farmers, health authorities, and environmental experts to participate in decision-making. Promoting industrial activity to the detriment of all other uses is short-sighted given the importance of the Fraser River to all British Columbians and for the ecosystem it supports. Please make substantial reforms to the Port Authority that make it accountable to local and regional authorities and subject to provisions of the federal Lobbying Act and Access to Information Act.


Vancouver5/27/2016 5:40
deansinnett

bring back the guillotine for darth silvester!


unceded coast salish territories5/27/2016 5:16
EleanorCoffey

The Port authorities need to be made more transparent and accountable to the public to eliminate crony capitalism.


Vancouver5/27/2016 4:59
AngelaHiggs

The health of Residents as well as the health of our environment should always be the first consideration of any decision made and the government needs to insure this.


North Vancouver5/27/2016 4:20
BJMickleburgh

Fail to understand why these unelected port "authorities" are calling the shots and continue to fly in the face of our elected officials. I live in White Rock BC and am plagued by the coal trains dust.-


Surrey5/27/2016 4:14
Zshu-ZshuMark

Time to change how our ports make decisions.


Vancouver5/27/2016 1:20
GarthPreston

My family and I feel that the Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increased representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests. And any changes to its governance should involve 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.


Delta5/27/2016 0:02
TerryLawrence

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.


Surrey5/26/2016 23:51
TomBurke

Now is the time

To Change How Our

Ports Make Decisions


Delta5/26/2016 23:44
KatherineSharpe

The time for an unrestrained, unaccountable, expansionist Port Authority with no oversight has passed. Please take action now to reign in or replace this board with one that will have the taxpayer's, and the environment's best interests at heart during their decision making process.


Langley5/26/2016 23:38
JAMESWILSON

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 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.


WEST VANCOUVER5/26/2016 23:32
raymondwall

Please help us save the coast of this great land.


New Westminster5/26/2016 23:26
SusanStewart

We are a democratic country....aren't we? Stop responding to corporate demands and ignoring key stakeholders in this process - like the citizens who OWN THIS LAND. The government does should not be deciding the fate of the citizens' land without proper consultation with the local people and the First Nations.

The Port Authority should not be acting like an overlord or are we in Old England where we are simply the commoners and the 'government' are the land owners? This is ridiculous.

The government needs to act in the best interest of the people, even when the people don't know any better (the uneducated). Stop this madness of consumerism and development before it's too late. Do what's right - be the stewards of our land like you have been elected to do.


WEst Van5/26/2016 23:22
SusanStewart

We need to reduce the consumption levels rather than expanding ports. Let us look to the future of reduce, reuse and recycle. These things don't go backwards - if you build it more crap will ship here. Enough of the ruin that's going on all over the planet. We have one of the last countries where there is space, a relatively healthy environment and people who will respond to positive government action. Let us teach our citizens about other things - economic sustainability and high standards of living can coexist!


WEst Van5/26/2016 23:17
johneastman

I think it's time the port authority became as accountable to the people of canada as the liberals have claimed government agencies are going to be.


delta5/26/2016 23:12
RafaelZambrana

A democracy is meaningless unless it is the people, the voters and taxpayers who benefit from the actions of ALL Public Servants, including the Port of Vancouver authorities.

A proper form of people's control needs to be established to reign in the actions of this port for the benefit of the community.


Victoria5/26/2016 23:06
GaryBarclay

Foremost, any changes to Port Authority governance should involve open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 23:00
BrianMcKinlay

The Vancouver port authority is nothing more than a band of fossil fuel thugs who push their way around our province, making decisions with no regard for democracy or environment. They are criminals needing a jail sentence.

Please create for us a system built on democracy and respect for our water, air, land and First Nations.


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:57
Norman A.Godfrey

Unilateral decisions on our port by an unelected.uncontrolled,bunch of unqualified posers....= the biggest un- of all....UNACCEPTABLE!!!


SURREY5/26/2016 22:56
JuneWells

Dear Minister Garneau,

Over the last number of years I have observed the increasing dictatorial behaviour of Port Metro Vancouver.There is no local community input to the decisions made .We who live adjacent to the Port suddenly find increasing infrastructure on our doorsteps like new 2 new grain terminals on the North Shore, and a Jet fuel terminal on the Fraser and the Surrey Coal port expansion.The latter is particularly of concern as this is for shipment of US coal and such facilities were denied in Washington and Oregon States.Agricultural land is under threat in Richmond,PMV decrees that industrial use trumps food production.It is time to revamp the Port Authority and rein in the rampant its unelected ,unaccountable behaviour.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 22:54
RonBruce

Port CEO Robin Silvester claims “rule” over land use decisions in the province, arguing the port doesn’t need to obey the Provincial law. Apparently Robin Silvester trumps all laws, Agricultural Land Reserve designations, and environmental rules. Therefore, the Federal Transport Minister has no input and BC is a kingdom on its own. BC will sign contracts and inform the Federal Government after the fact - a chapter right out of the BC Premier's playbook.


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:53
TerryFerguson

I am opposed to projects like the jet fuel port and others that have had no or little public consultation and don't appear to even be accountable to the Federal or provincial governments.

Please put an end to this!


Richmond, BC5/26/2016 22:52
SteenLarsen

I do not believe the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority acts in the best interests of the population of the lower mainland. Instead they focus on supporting business interests to the exclusion of the health and welfare of those who live near port terminals. I believe the Port Authority should have more balanced representation to balance the needs of both residents and business. Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns. Port Authority boards of directors should have increased representation of First Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests.


Delta5/26/2016 22:51
KathrynAyres

I certainly do not trust the present Port Authority in Vancouver, considering moderate real estate is going for something like $1000/ft.


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:45
GiliAvrahami

i would like the board to represent all stake holders and be more transparent and accountable. the coal exports need to be minimized and there is absolutly no justification for using agricultural land for expansion of port operations.


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:43
HeatherHiebert

As a resident of Burnaby for twenty years and of the Lower Mainland for thirty-nine, I am tired of corporations running roughshod over my rights to clean air, water and land while our government put their needs ahead of their constituents.


VFPA needs to consult in a transparent, respectful manner with stakeholders in the community. The board should have a cross-section of representatives including First Nations, local, environmental and health experts. Ottawa needs to reform the environmental assessment process. All lands under VFPA control should remain public and Authorities should remain subject to both the federal Anti-Lobbying Act and the Access to Information Act. It's doubtful that the Port Authority can do an objective environmental impact evaluation when its mandate is to promote trade and development; The federal government must ensure there are no conflicts of interest between its regulating operations, approving development projects and increasing economic growth.


Burnaby5/26/2016 22:38
A. J.Born

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.


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:37
KimMulder

Please help us clean up the Port! They do not operate as if they are accountable to the public.


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:37
BobRussell

The time for accountability of the Port Authority is long overdue!


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:30
DebbieMaloway

The Port of Vancouver has a responsibility to consult with environmental groups, First Nations & all levels of government. Important decisions which effect the broader community should not be made at the whim of the Port Authority.


Surrey5/26/2016 22:26
ArturoDuran

I wish to raise my concerns that agencies such as the Port of Vancouver Authority feel that they do not answer to our government, and ultimately to the people of Canada that are affected by their decisions.These agencies should not have the autonomy or sense of entitlement they seem to enjoy with their appointed officers.

I voted Liberal to get transparency on decisions made that affect not only me but my family and future generations. I trusted the Liberals to be proactive, and reign in these Authorities that seem to have no accountability to anyone but special money hungry interests at the expense of the general people affected by their decisions. Please don't disappoint the people that trusted you and voted accordingly.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 22:23
RobinMalahoff

We need Port Authority reform,it should be accountable to the public.


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:21
NathanAllen

Any Port Authority governance needs to involve an open consultation with local and regional governments,First Nations, organizations advocating Port reform and concerned public


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:19
ChrisSchneider

Do you dare stand up to corporate interests and side for the enviroment?


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:15
StevenSolomon

It is unacceptable to have private corp controlling all the water around Vancouver that are not accountable to the people who live there. Industry needs to be controlled by the community not the other way around.


Coquitlam5/26/2016 22:13
AlvinHamm

Now is the time to change how our Ports make decisions. Port Authorities must be more accountable, transparent and inclusive.


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 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.


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:08
DouglasJackson

RE- Vancouver Port Authority reform.


The public cannot be served and public interests cannot be protected when a non elected board has a free hand to make decisions of public consequence without regional input from the public and their government representatives.


The Vancouver Port Authority in its present form is an affront to democracy and to all the concerned citizens affected by their decisions, made without consideration to the opposition of local interests.


Reforms must be put into place to protect the public interest by providing the public, first nations, local governance and special interest concerns a voice within the decision making processes.


Sincerely,


D. Jackson


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:07
AlexThumm

As an urban studies and planning graduate student, I am very aware of how Port Metro Vancouver fits into the urban fabric of the region. A lot of the time, unfortunately, its governance structure alienates Port activities so much from the rest of the city. It's almost a geographical paradox: it is here, but we can't speak with it.


Ports are certainly critical assets to retain within public ownership. Most other public organizations are subject to far more public oversight. It is troubling how ports, in the name of some sort of capital economic interest, are deemed eligible for the advantages of being a public agency but excused from the obligations.


Let's change this. We need an extensive public process to inform how ports should be governance and held accountable to the public interest in the 21st century.


Thank you.


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:03
ShelleyPelech

A port, like a city, town, or country, should be governed by representatives of the people it serves. Too much is at stake to have appointees running such a large and vital part of Vancouver.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 22:02
PeterWing

I am concerned about the decisions being made about port de3velopment in this region with little if any consultation. In particular, I am concerned about the need for environmental protection as well as observation of first nations' rights.


Kindly ensure that a fully transparent process takes place so that we may all understand what is being done in our names.


Sincerely,


Vancouver5/26/2016 22:02
ByronBona

It appears that Vancouver Port Authority and the NEB both believe in the autocratic behaviour of supremacy. I'm afraid that the Divine Right of Kings ended with the Glorious Revolution of the late 1600s in England, a peaceful overthrow without civil war. May I suggest that the Port Authority is NOT subject to no earthly authority. The environment and resources should be safeguarded by the people as a Nature Trust. Governments tend to forget that. The people are the government's employers and corporations should be subject to restraints.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 22:01
PhilHoran

It is absolutely disgraceful that Port Metro Vancouver is absolutely unregulated and can run roughshod over local authorities, including the the Province and local government. Robin Sylvester has made it very clear on a number of occasions that he can do whatever he wants.


It is time there was ministerial oversight of this entity. It is important that there be meaningful consultation with all stakeholders, not the farce that currently exists. Growth of the port must be controlled and subject to stringent reviews by an independent body which will examine the real need for growth and assess all alternatives, choosing the alternative that best meets the needs of all stakeholders.


delta5/26/2016 21:52
LoraineWellman

There needs to be Port Authority reform as soon as possible. It is not democratic to have an unelected board making decisions that have ramifications for the public - either regional or environmental. All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands. Port Authorities should be made subject to the federal Lobbying Act and remain subject to the Access to Information Act. Ports need to reflect regional concerns.


Richmond5/26/2016 21:51
DianneHenshaw

As a Vancouver resident I am very concerned about how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes decisions. It seems to lack accountability, and makes decisions that are not in the public interest and do not fully take into account environmental concerns. I think the Federal government should use its legislative ability to take action on Port Authority reform, including ensuring that the Port Authority boards of directors have increased representation of First Nation, environmental and health experts, as well as local and regional government interests.


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:47
HildaDyck

Port Authority governance should better reflect regional concerns.


Burnaby5/26/2016 21:46
StanLopatyuk

The Port Authority is only interested in expansion of the Port of Vancouver and more money.


Local winds along the Fraser river will provide steady flow of coal dust and particles to the city of New Westminster and Surrey and make these cities dirty and dusty, and their residents sick and angry. In order to get more knowledge of coal shipping methods and its relevant hazards we suggest you to visit our local coal terminal in Delta, BC, where you will find coal everywhere all year around, and our constant and heavy rains are delivering huge masses of coal dust to the sea waters in winter time.


You will be surprised to find a big mess over there.

We do not want to have the same mess in New Westminster.


Vancouver Port authorities Must Be transparent in its decision making and accountable to the public.


Surrey5/26/2016 21:44
GretaHurst

Obviously, the Port Authority needs reform on all levels.


New Westminster5/26/2016 21:44
HeatherFowler

Stop reigning over the lower mainland with the sole intent to increase yours profits and with total disregard for the qualithy of life of the constituents in those areas. Everyone in your areas should have the right to vote and give the ulitmate approval on all your projects. Further, your desire to rapidly and massively overdevelop around residential areas especially in North Vancouver is completely unacceptable!!


NORTH VANCOUVER5/26/2016 21:43
VictoriaLessoway

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority needs to be reviewed and reformed, starting with the Board and including every aspect of their activities and responsibilities, so that it becomes the opposite of what they currently are. They need to act in the best interests of the people who live here and to achieve that the board composition needs to be changed as well as their mandate and power.


Please hear our request!

Thank you


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:42
StevenBarringham

It's time to rein this rogue organization in and send it's obnoxious CEO packing.


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:40
YvonneMarcus

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority should be transparent in its decision making and accountable to the public. Decisions made by the Port Authority have enormous environmental and health impacts for the Lower Mainland.


Any changes to Port Authority governance needs to include open consultation with local and regional governments, First Nations, organizations advocating for Port reform and the concerned public.


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:37
DorothyRandall

As the governing body in this country of Canada, I call on you to to exercise the sovereignty of this nation. It is necessary for the Port Authorities to be answerable to government. In order for this to occur, government must enact legislation and provide the structure within which

these entities do business.


Surrey5/26/2016 21:35
AlisonRobinson

Cannot continue to behave without reference to local concerns.


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:35
DavidMivasair

Please use your influence to change the way Port Authorities make decisions. We in the BC Lower Mainland are extremely frustrated with the dysfunctional, undemocratic and unaccountable process we experience.


David


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:32
RosemaryCornell

Dear Minister Garneau,

I have heard that the structure and decision-making process of the Vancouver Port Authority is on your radar, and that is a good thing. The board of Directors is stacked with industry reps, lawyers and Investment company directors. No First Nations reps, no environmental advocates, no advocates from tourism or local government. As it is now the Port authority can build a new coal port to receive and transfer thermal coal from Montana that no port in the States will accept - and they get away with this by conducting their own environmental review which does not consider climate impacts (of course). The communities surrounding the new facility on the Fraser River are opposed to this project. The unelected CEO of the PA needs to be reigned in as he thinks he is above the authority of the local and Provincial Governments


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:30
michaelkrisinger

Let the people make decisions, not industry!


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 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.


vancouver5/26/2016 21:29
RobHollins

Port Authority decisions must reflect the current climate crisis re: the environment, curtail shipments of coal and oil, obey land use regulations, minimize GHG and other pollutants, and ensure First Nation concerns are accommodated.


Surrey5/26/2016 21:27
CharlesSeaton

The Port Authority should be governed by an elected body, that reflects the concerns of its citizens, and not be the sole economic domain of Industry. The archaic system, that is in place, is not transparent. Regional concerns of various levels of government, First Nations, and concerned citizens should be making decisions, while striking a balance between economic development, environmental impact, and sustainability.


vancouver5/26/2016 21:27
EdwardCannell

It is very much of a concern to me that the Vancouver Port Authority makes decisions without any public input. Regardless of what people feel, think and say in the lower mainland the Port Authority simply does what it wants. And what it wants seems to want is to aid big business ventures that require, ultimately, the tax dollars of ordinary working people to build the infrastructure to support said ventures. The money for roads and bridges that are needed are not being funded by big business and yet it is the big businesses that reap the greatest benefit.


I am not against free enterprise but I want to see fair play and the concerns of people residing in the Lower Mainland to be part of the decision making process.


Burnaby5/26/2016 21:27
RichardPerriment

For goodness sake, use your power to protect the citizens who depend on your responsible oversight! We need Port Authority REFORM and we need it yesterday!


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:21
RobertAndrew

We need change. Our VancouverPort Authority has gone rogue under CEO Robin Silvester and it needs to start being accountable. Port Authority governance needs to: 1-involve regional govt. First Nations and a concerned public, 2-reflect regional concerns, 3-have federal govt over-sight to avoid conflicts between their mandates of port operations and promoting industrial developments. 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. Jet Fuel Terminal approval is just one recent example of the rogue entity in action. Robert Andew, Vancouver


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:20
SusanStout

We need to protect habitat and First Nations cultural heritage. Ensure that ports operate with full consultation.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 21:20
MikeBarrett

Vancouver Port Authority is clearly in Jimmy Hoffa mode, & it's well past time to rein it in & reform it!


Sechelt5/26/2016 21:17
BillWinder

Please find a way to prevent the transit through Vancouver of an increasing amount of North America's dirty fossil fuels that have been rejected by the (surprisingly sane and forward-thinking) communities of Washington State and Oregon. Why should Canada lag behind the US in its climate commitments? Why should Vancouver, which has the goal of being one of the world's greenest cities, serve as the hub for the world's dirtiest energy?


The people of Vancouver want their government to wake up to the climate crisis. Time is running out.


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:17
MarianneWyne

We live in a democracy but the Vancouver Port Authority does not seem to know this or what this means. Please support Port Authority reform to ensure their governance actually listens to local concerns and actively involves open consultation with all stakeholders. What is this 'profit first - at all costs' attitude - I just don't get it!?


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:15
SpencerTopliss

Ports are our avenue to free trade markets. As citizens we should be consulted before we're represented on the world market. I'd like the export of bitumen and coal to stop; as a nation we make too little profit on the exchange of raw materials. Some of these exports, (oil and coal primarily) inflict far more harm on the environment than any potential job opportunities could rationalize. My wish is for a government that recognizes the values of coastal communities, and their dependencies on clear and preserved ocean waterways.


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:12
RonM

The people of British Columbia recently voted out a government whose policies posed grave risks to our environment and, by extension, our economy. If the Liberal party wants to avoid the same fate, It cannot be propping up industrial interests with no social licence. The port of Metro Vancouver must operate by the standards of Metro Vancouver, or not at all.


Vancouver5/26/2016 21:08
CaroleSimcox

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has and is making decisions as if they are above the law of the Province.


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.


I am outraged that the Port Authority feels it is exempt from the Provincial laws. What happens in the Port affects the whole Province and all of the people within it.


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


All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands;


Salt Spring Island5/26/2016 21:08
LornaFroidevaux

The arrogance and cynicism which the Port Authority displays is a frightening sign of the future to come if we, as citizens, lose the ability to choose the future we want for our cities. The Federal and Provincial governments cannot stand by this and ignore it. Sadly I believe that the BC govt. is protecting and promoting the Port's abuse of power in order to have more access to move commodities through Vancouver to Asia.


West Vancouver5/26/2016 21:01
LutzHaufschild

We need to look at the benefits for the whole community and the country at large, not just what is 'good' for the port authority. And we need to think long term so that our children and their children benefit from the decisions that are made now. The port authority is clearly out of step with today's priorities and responsible governance.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 20:59
Cheryl-AnnArchibald

Among the multitude of issues surrounding the way the Port of Vancouver operates, the issue that has riled me the most is the Port's disregard for the importance of farmland to the future of the Lower Mainland. When our conversation about food includes talk of sustainability and buying local so that our food does not need to be transported from thousands of miles away, it is very short-sighted indeed to take rich farmland and convert it for industrial use.


Surrey5/26/2016 20:57
PattiGilbertson

Please ensure that our Port is accountable to the public and the intentions of our new federal government. It's current freedom of decision making requires oversight and reform.


New Westminster5/26/2016 20:55
PeterMartin

The Port Authority must be accountable to all levels of our elected governments. Please bring the rogue Vancouver Fraser Port Authority under control.


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:49
RonTurner

Dear Minister Garneau,


I was astounded to learn that our Ports are controlled by Boards that are essentially unaccountable to the citizens within whose regions these Ports exist. This situation must be corrected immediately and I would submit that your Government understands the unfairness of this situation and the importance of correcting that imbalance as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing your proposals for how the Government will implement both proper oversight of these Boards and accountability to all citizens potentially affected by their decisions.


Ron Turner

North Vancouver


North Vancouver5/26/2016 20:40
HennyCoates

Port authorities, like the Vancouver Fraser, must be made much more accountable to the public. Changes should be made after open consultation with local and regional governments, First nations and concerned members of the public. Governance should better reflect regional concerns, and representation should be more diverse.Also, the appointment process must be more transparent and democratic.


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:38
RandallGray

Please make the Port Authority accountable to the people of BC Lower Mainland. We do not want any further transshipment of fossil fuels, especially bitumen, through our cities and ports; no more port expansion projects that destroy agricultural lands; and no more American thermal coal through Canadian ports.


Vancouver Port Authority is a closed shop made up of Harper cronies. They've got to go!


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:38
denisagar

There is a strong case to put the port in regional or municpal control. We can trust the regional leaders to run it in the nation's interest because it's our lifeblood!


vancouver5/26/2016 20:34
TerryPlottel

I voted for you because of you stand on the environment and now your going the other way, why vote your all the same!!!!!


Delta5/26/2016 20:34
TedHayes

The quality of life in North Vancouver has deteriorated rapidly in the past three years, with rampant growth and insufficient infrastructure to support the growing population. Traffic is a constant problem and noise from the waterfront is already intolerable, especially at night with all the shunting of trains. As someone living on the slope overlooking Burrard Inlet, I've noticed a dramatic increase in the amount of particulate matter that accumulates on our deck, emanating from industries along the harbour. A huge new development by G3 Global Holdings is now being considered for our waterfront, with very little public consultation. Recently a petition with over 700 signatures was presented to the company, but they made no reference to this in a recent update on their proposal. In fact, they made it sound as if their call for public input garnered few responses. Their plan to build 48 new grain silos [with more in the future], encircled by railway tracks, will most certainly exacerbate the already-unacceptable noise and air pollution felt by our community. Is the Vancouver Port Authority listening to the many opponents to this project? This in unclear, but I fear they are not. Time will tell.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 20:31
RobertWinston

The actions of the Port Authority (like the actions of the NEB) run counter to the interests of the citizens of Surrey (and New Westminster, BC, Canada and the world)!

Who benefits? ....I think you see where I am going.

Please work for the 99%.


Surrey5/26/2016 20:30
EllenPye

It is unacceptable that a Port Authority, an arm of the Federal Government of Canada, is able and allowed to disregard and wittingly contravene the laws and regulations of the country and the province in which it is situated. Not only that, but it ignores duly constituted environmental assessments as well as public rejection of its plans and policies. This attitude is not only harmful to the population of the Lower Mainland of BC, it is also undermines the democratic process our Government has sworn to uphold. If our own Government fails to do so, what hope is there for any kind of law-based civic society to survive?


Delta5/26/2016 20:27
ShawnGroff

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 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.


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:27
MonaBenge

the Port of Vancouver behaves as if it is a power of its' own unaccountable to the people and to the government in Ottawa.


Please check what you are being told by Harper bureaucrats still in place and have been endlessly lobbied over the years by the oil and gas industry.


West Vancouver5/26/2016 20:27
BruceMcLeod

Historic practices for Port of Vancouver administration no longer seem to reflect the public interest. Include in decision making process the public whose interest is most affected, not merely those who profit from the public asset. The public must have supremacy. Not current appointees.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 20:26
JoyWoodsworth

Please take a good look at the environmental disaster that will occur if Port of Vancouver expands into necessary wetlands. Birds all along the west coast depend on them and the Port Authority is determined that nothing will stand in the way of its supremacy, not even the natural world. Please stop them!


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:17
SharonPriest-Nagata

Hello Minister Garneau: It is unacceptable to me, and everyone I talk to about this, that the Port Authorities in BC, and Port Metro in particular, do not seem to be regulated at any level. Their stance seems to be that they don't care what they ship, as long as they ship lots of it, and their reckless disregard for the quality of life of people in the province is chilling. We NEED OUR FARMLAND. Only 2 % of BC is arable land as it is and we're paving it over at an alarming rate. IT is unacceptable that a port would have free reign to make decisions like the recent approval of a jet fuel facility. Thank you for paying attention to what's happening on your watch.


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:15
PeterThomson

The port is important to citizens but not more important!


Langley5/26/2016 20:10
DaveDuncan

It's simple, the authority should be comprised of representatives for all those affected by it's decisions. If for whatever reason that can't happen the authority should be mandated to consult with those affected. Thank you for your time.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 20:08
peterlavelle

Port Authority should be accountable to the public,and have transparent decisionmaking,with open consultation.

port authorities should be made subject to the Federal Lobbying Act,and the Access to Information Act

All lands under Port Authority control are ,and should remain, public lands,;

their governance should reflect the concerns of the region,First Nations,environmental and health organisations

Signed, peter Lavelle


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:07
NatalieTsang

The Port Authority is unelected and unaccountable. It needs to be reformed.


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 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.


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:02
markachbar

Sir: I live right next to the cargo terminal in Vancouver, at the bottom of Main St. I've learned that a major Port expansion is planned without meaningful input from affected residents or, to the best of my knowledge, any kind of meaningful environmental assessment. When I say affected, I mean directly affected: by increased truck traffic and its associated pollution and noise; increased ship traffic with horrendous associated air and water pollution; noise from trucks backing up, warning bells ringing constantly day and night; trains shunting day and night; train engines idling right below my window, bellowing un-filtered diesel exhaust with decibel levels that make the windows vibrate. And with this expansion, container traffic is meant to increase by 2/3 by 2018. The Port is unaccountable for all this, or corrupt. The increased risk to the seaway from old ships flying flags of convenience, with exploited, exhausted crews, is simply asking for a marine disaster. More ships means increased risk of invasive species from other ports. It's a question of when, not if we have a huge oil or chemical spill.


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:01
JonPovill

Dear Minister Garneau,


I'm writing to ask the Liberal government to please take swift and decisive action on Port Authority reform. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has been increasingly opaque and arbitrary in its decision making process and this is antithetical to good governance.


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


While the approval of industrial development falls within the mandate of the Port Authorities, such development should not come at the expense of environmental or safety issues, nor should it violate the needs and wishes of the public interest. The decision making process must be transparent and accountable. I hope that you will keep these values in mind as you continue the vital process of reforming the current practices.


Thank you very much,

Jon Povill


Lions Bay5/26/2016 20:00
JuanitaBradley

Our waterways are so important for sustaining life on this planet


Vancouver5/26/2016 20:00
TeresaSankey

Hello,


I am a resident of a housing co-op across from Crab Beach in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. I am deeply concerned about the lack of public oversight and consultation regarding the proposed expansion of the Port of Vancouver. This issue brings into focus the need to change how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes decisions. Any changes to the Port Authority's governance must involve open consultation with key stakeholders including government at both the local and regional levels, First Nations and the public. The Port Authority must reflect regional concerns, not just corporate interests, and include representation from First Nations, environmental and public health experts (such as our medical health officer, Patty Daly) as well as our local and regional governments. I support sustainable port development that provides local jobs and strengthens the Canadian economy but not at the expense of the environment and public health. This issue is of urgent concern to voters and the time to act is now. It is time for this Liberal government to overturn Harper's legacy.


Regards,

Teresa Sankey


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:59
PatriciaCurrie

I think it's unbelievable that these guys can just run roughshod over the whole lower mainland, and no one seems to be interested is stopping them. Except a few of us horrified citizens of the area. Are you planning on letting them take over the whole area? Please get involved..... P. Currie


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:57
RobertHeidbreder

We live in North Vancouver near the Port and what has been distressing over the years and continues to be distressing is the determined lack of public and neighbourhood consultation. The Harper Government allowed them free reign, I feel, and the Port Authority has become arrogant and undemocratic. It is time for a thorough review of their policies.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 19:57
mei linyeoell

LOCAL environments, LOCAL issues, LOCAL aspirations have to be a PRIORITY. Ecosystem failure, Economic system failure, can be attributed to inattention to detail ..... again LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL. Governing from some other locus (" on high" , " Ottawa", some imagined or even ordained "authority") creates breakdown, disruption and failure. Don't do it!


langley5/26/2016 19:57
PeterBates

Port reform is vital if British Columbia and Canada wish to meet their targets to fight climate change.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:56
remichretien

Private business interest cannot control decision making when decisions that may make huge impacts on community and environment are concerned.


vancouver5/26/2016 19:54
PatSloan

All major development decisions should be subject to public review. Please change the laws and regulations covering Port authorities immediately.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:51
RexEaton

Reform begins with the Board of Directors. Only 1 representative from the Lower Mainland, no representatives of First Nations and 7 of ll members representing corporate interests is no way to ensure accountability. The actions of the Port Authority over the past years have provided ample evidence of its lack of respect for the region, its disregard for environmental issues including climate change, and its arrogance in lobbying for a bridge at taxpayer expense that runs contrary to the needs of the population while serving its narrow interests.


Surrey5/26/2016 19:50
PatO'Connor

Vancouver's port authority is operating in the interests of foreign private corporations instead of public interest. Public interest must insure we protect our farmland in the Fraser River delta, that we say no to thermal coal, that we twin the Massey Tunnel, and electrify the rail operations in the lower mainland.


Surrey5/26/2016 19:49
ValerieYeoman

Very unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour


West Vancouver5/26/2016 19:47
SusanPetrusa

1. 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.

2. All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands.

3. 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.


New Westminster5/26/2016 19:45
KarenLewis

It is not possible to protect the environment if business interests are in charge of our ports!


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:41
ColinBryant

The port authority needs to represent the interests of the Canadian public, not corperations.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:41
JeanSansum

The Port Authority should have increased representation of First Nations, environmental and health experts, and local and regional governments. It should not be making unilateral decisions without considering local concerns.


New Westminstere5/26/2016 19:41
UrsulaLitzcke

Our ports are acting without concern for the community; they are not accountable for their decisions.


The Board of Directors should be chosen to fairly represent the community in which the ports are located.


The Government must ensure proper oversight and input from citizens.


e.g., In Vancouver we do not want the coal dust which was rejected by citizens in Seattle.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:39
SandraHanson

Dear Minister Garneau,

I live in North Vancouver British Columbia.

I'm not sure you know that in North Vancouver we the people who live here and pay local and federal taxes that pay for roads and health care and infrastructure have less that 1% public access to our waterfront.


In North Vancouver on Burrard Inlet recent decisions for increased Coal and Grain capacity including an additional Grain Elevator construction have resulted in an exponential increase of air quality issues from dry particulates and from increased cancer causing diesel particulates and air pollution. Whole neighbourhoods have been forced to live with new cancer causing high voltage hydro lines needed to give those private industries energy. New rail lines and Port activity have decreased access to individual human transportation. Across our inlet Kinder Morgan seeks to double capacity of oil traffic through pipelines to our coast and the added risk to our oceans with a major expansion to super tanker activity.


Access and protection of our local waters and ocean have been compromised by this corporate activity in our area due to the greed of Corporations and the Port "authority" wildcat greed. The transportation and storage of dangerous goods and Canada's Resources were made in the 1880's. We have no access to our waterfront due to the decisions of corporations who have no accountability to the people they live beside.


The great arteries of this nation - the rail, highways and pipelines feed Port Activity decreasing our livability and risking the health of human activity and the planet to feed an unquenchable thirst of offshore destinations and corporate greed.


The Port has shut down affordable light industrial land available to small business on our waterfront and essentially now has a monopoly on all activity on our North Shore in Vancouver. All lands are now privately owned thus shutting down our local economy. It's a dangerous time.


There needs to be some accountability and transparency.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 19:37
LorraineKoren

It's time to move the power of the Port Authority to a consultative process with regional issues and local stake holders highly involved. Transparency must be increased and decision makers must hold environmental issues not profiteering as the primary focus. It is time for change.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:35
KevinMacDonald

It is insane to have such a cavalier group of self interested people in charge of such a vital part of our economy and our environment. Please move quickly to create an elected body that ensures the Port is acting in the best interests of Vancouverites and all Canadians and keep them accountable to the public.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:29
SavannaghRyane

First Nations and the public should have the right to be included in meetings and final decision making about how we use our ports from now on.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 19:27
PaulinaNelega

For the below-cited reasons:


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; and,


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.


I respectfully request that you take immediate and decisive action on Port Authority reform.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:26
TomCalvert

The Vancouver Port Authority must be made accountable to the Metro Vancouver community.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 19:25
JonHumble

Please make the radical and sweeping changes to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority that are long overdue and install an authority that represents the citizens of BC, instead of the narrow self interests of industry and commerce.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:25
JohnMoore

The port authority is not accountable to anyone?

I thought we got rid of Harper...


Surrey5/26/2016 19:25
CeliaBrauer

The Fraser River is highly beleaguered. It has been since the settlers arrived. The Lower Mainland, including the river is at least 70% extirpated. Are we going to sell out some more, taking resources for humans, selling them to the highest bidder and then just expecting the river to juts keep rolling along? Methink Port Metro Vancouver is doing shoreline cleanups to defer attention from the fact that they had no interest in the environmental health of the river when it comes to port facilities for oil, LNG, coal and a host of other further intrusions. Shame! The salmon and future generations deserve much better! Time to stop supporting fossil fuels exports! NOW!


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:24
BarbaraDurant

Port Metro has a long history of making high handed and arrogant decisions without any consultation with regional authorities or any consideration of critical environmental and social factors. Its actions must be reigned in considerably by Ottawa as soon as possible.

In the first place, 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- this is an obvious conflict of interest.

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

Thirdly, the federal government must ensure proper oversight of Port Authorities so that there are no conflicts — or perceived conflicts — between all the mandates within Metro Vancouver. The activities of Port Metro Vancouver must be judged not only in terms of regional interests but also in terms of provincial, national and global environmental issues.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:23
SusanParker

I'm writing to say that it's time that Port Authority reform includes the public and all appropriate organizations, including their input on environmental assessments.


Please take real, decisive action in Port Authority reform.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:22
felicitygeoghegan

Regarding the Vancouver Port Authority: I think that this agency needs to be revamped and made more accountable to the public and the all levels of government.

Furthermore, port lands should remain public lands.

It is important for all operations of the port authority to be transparent and accountable.

Finally, VPA should be subject to the same environmental assessment process as any other business or government body.

I urge the federal government to enact legislation that takes the above issues into account.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:21
DianeArcher

All agricultural lands, must remain under the ultimate control of the Canadian government. Our clean water resources and marine life are to be protected. First Nations must be consulted regarding land development and environmental protection. We must develop long range plans to ensure the health and safety of future generations.


Surrey5/26/2016 19:20
DeanBeauvais

Port Vancouver has operated for it's own benefit with no care or concern for the people. There is no oversight other than projects completed and designed by them. There are positive effects but only for the port authority. Really?


Richmond5/26/2016 19:18
DorothyNelson

I am primarily concerned with the Port exercising uncontrolled expansion, meanwhile lying that environmental concerns for Roberts Bank have been considered and acknowledged. Not so. Coal is so yesterday thankfully. We don't need tankers destroying the fragile marine environment, already compromised.


Please take over Minister; I voted Liberal for the first time in my 70 years, confident that your government would not make the same mistakes of the previous regime.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:17
DonnaLawrence

no comment required!


West Vancouver5/26/2016 19:15
PeterBallin

The port authority seems to view our environment as subservient to its economic agenda. I wonder how costly are the ads on TV making it look like they are the good guys.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:15
DonDavidson

The issues of transparency and accountability require urgent attention.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:14
DorothyNelson

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.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:12
patmorin

MPs were elected by citizens and are accountable to them. Simply passing their authority to Port Authorities and other similar jurisdictions does not bypass MPs' and Ministers' obligations to listen and act on citizens' concerns and it certainly does not give non elected port authorities the right to usurp citizens rights.


This downloading by MPs of their responsibilities to these un-elected uncountable bodies who have as their simple goal their own objectives without due consideration to the citizens needs to be ended.


Too much of our citizens' authority have been deferred to these non-elected bodies who are inclined to serve first and foremost business interests.


richmond5/26/2016 19:11
Jennifer ISullivan

Dear Sir,


Regarding proposed Port Authority reform here in Vancouver, I would like to outline my concerns:


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.


I need to make sure my current federal government takes decisive action on Port Authority reform. Do please reassure me.


Thank you,


Jennifer I Sullivan


Burnaby5/26/2016 19:08
JAMESJORDAN

Allowing foreign coal exports through our port is a BAD Idea.

Washington residents will not allow an expansion of their facilities to ship it out.

We will bear the cost of Fraser river dredging, and replacing the Massey tunnel as the freighters are too deep to pass over!

The recent Port Metro Vancouver decision is a Multi Billion dollar give- away!


LANGLEY5/26/2016 19:08
DennisRankin

It would appear that the Vancouver Port Authority operates with little or no authority. Coal, oil tankers and jet fuel seem to command greater importance than farmland, waterways and the shoreline.

Our longterm interests in food production and the environment must be held in greater prominence to the interests of corporations.


Surrey5/26/2016 19:06
ElaineTaylor

This is a 'point-in-case' of how government decision making should be 'for the people'!! This affects our lives and the future of our children so 'we :- the electee's' should have a say!

Suffice to say we would appreciate this not a close-ended issue over-riding public opinion.

Sninerely, Elaine A. Taylor


Surrey,5/26/2016 19:06
MichaelStorey

Industry must not displace agriculture. Importing food is not stable or sustainable, despite the claims of the port and it's associates.


Delta5/26/2016 19:05
SaraCiantar

Hi,

I believe that 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 a tsawwassen local and friends with members of Tsawwassen First Nations I see the effect that the Ports have on the environment and the people for the worse.


Delta5/26/2016 19:05
BrendenMacDonald

Coal needs to stay in the ground, not be consumed violently.


Surrey5/26/2016 19:04
KarenPetersen

The Vancouver Port Authority has gone rogue. You've no doubt heard. Please help.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:04
BernadetteKeenan

HI


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.


Some key 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 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.


Bernadette Keenan


Surrey5/26/2016 19:03
JenniferUpsdell

To the elected officials of my Canadian Government,


I have increasing concern over the wide spread belief that economic concerns trump all others.


With the wealth of scientific knowledge at our disposal, and a growing population of educated citizenry, I cannot understand how we are continuing to be engaged in risky, unsustainable, unrepresentative decision making, such as some decisions currently being made by the Port Authority.


It is time for real change, indeed. A change from governments, companies, and lobbyists who make decisions that only benefit themselves and their shareholders in the short term. A change from decisions that ignore environmental impacts. A change from the devaluation of all things unmarketable. Some things, such as clean water, fresh air, living oceans and forests, and unspoiled land have value unto themselves, regardless of human enjoyments.


It is unconscionable that, in our current era, we are still determining the value of all things on Earth based upon the benefits which humans receive from them.


I urge you to make history. Become the change that you wish to see, that we wish to see. Step forward with bold, radical change. Rein in oil, port, and energy 'review' boards, slow the process for approving corrupt and destructive resource extraction applications. Create a forum for our intelligent and informed citizens to participate in a national reform of our structure; from voting strategies, to resource management, to First Nations relations.


Please, for every voting Canadian, for every child growing up hoping for a healthy life, for our unborn future generations. Bring real change - Stop the Port Authority abuses of power and protect us from the greed of a few.


Thank you,

Jennifer Upsdell


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:02
MatthewTaves

Please help change this system - control by elected individuals with vested interests does not result in decisions that are best for the region, province, or country. Accountability is critical!


London5/26/2016 19:02
MichaelSheppard

I believe any changes to Port Authority should involve open consultation with local and regional governments and First Nations, as well as the concerned public.


I believe Port Authority governance should reflect regional concerns and that environmental experts, health experts, as well as representatives of First Nations and local and regional governments.


I believe Port Authorities should be accountable and that there should be no real or perceived conflicts between regulating port operations/ improving industrial developments while at the same time promoting/ increasing economic activity. I believe federal oversight is necessary for this.


I believe Ottawa should consider the public interest and environmental impact of proposed projects on federal Port lands while working to promote/ increase trade/ economic development.


I believe Port lands should remain public.


I believe transparency and accountability of Port operations should be improved. Port Authorities should be subject to the federal Lobbying Act and Access to Information Act.


Vancouver5/26/2016 19:01
CarolynShaffer

Please make the Port Authority accountable to the public, and ensure it is comprised of a variety of stakeholders including First Nations and local elected officials.

Thank you.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:57
LouiseManelia

The Ports of Canada belong to the people and management must be accountable to and representative of the people. The mandates of the Port Authorities are far too broad. Reform and reigning in the Port Authority's powers are due now. Who do these people think they are? Why have they been granted such authority to make decisions which affect Canadians? Change this now!


North vancouver5/26/2016 18:55
RobertMarriott

Please make port decisions in the Vancouver and Fraser Valley transparent and accountable to the public. Thank you.


Langley5/26/2016 18:54
DianeRichards

Oooooo


New Westminster5/26/2016 18:53
EdisonPedro

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 Nation, environmental and health expert, and local and regional government interests.


RICHMOND5/26/2016 18:53
JanHalvarson

Keep it in the ground.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:53
JuneRyder

In the Metro Vancouver area, there is widespread regional frustration with how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority makes decisions. The board of. governors consists of local buisnesmen who have no appeciation for the preservation of farmland or wildlife habitat -- or indeed, livable area for humans.


There should be changes to the Port Authority governanc that 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 increased 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; The fox is in charge of the hen-house!

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.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:53
WilliamOrr

What is democracy? Do we really have democracy in Canada? I am confused.


Surrey5/26/2016 18:51
MichaelMarcoux

We don't want a port authority that is expanding to increase the export of coal or any other C02 producing product. We want a port authority that realizes that those days are over and that it is now time for clean, green, renewable energy so that our children have a future.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:51
RoganMcmordie

The Vancouver port authority has far, far too much reach and not enough to the people of the lower mainland. Transparency, accountability and responsivity are all hallmarks of a organization serving the community around it. The actions of the port authority lately seem similar to that of a drunk monarch. Do what thou will seems to be the order of the day. Does it matter that me and most of my peers feel that coal mining, shipping and burning should be left to countries unwilling to face the moral obligation to leave a livable planet for our children??


Courtney5/26/2016 18:50
MicahWaskow

Port Authority governance needs review. The Vancouver Port Authority is unaccountable to any level of government, to Canadians or to the local community impacted by its decisions. Please investigate and rein in the Port of Vancouver Authority.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:49
LynFlitton

The Port Authority is making decisions behind closed doors and granting permission to entities like Neptune Terminals to expand its facilities, even though Neptune's massive coal piles are very near to city residents, city traffic and pedestrians. We feel that, with the impact on climate change on burning any kind of coal, these decisions are taking Vancouer's harbour, and Canada, in the wrong direction. Their public input sessions are a sham with industry reps giving the same answers over and over, making it obvious that the decisions have already been made no matter what members of the public have to say.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 18:49
David G.Brown

The Vancouver Harbour is not large enough to withstand the growth that is being contemplated. There are already at least 12 freighters at anchor in the outer harbour. They are already a blight on this beautiful area and the increases being proposed could result in more than double the number of ships coming into the harbour. Freighters burn crude diesel fuel which is very high in sulphur and they contribute greatly to air pollution in Vancouver which has serious health implications. A freighter accident would be much more likely with increased traffic. We know that an accident with a freighter loaded with bitumen would probably be the end of the Vancouver Harbour and of Howe Sound. The port's expansion is greatly increasing truck traffic and the congestion is increasing dramatically. The Port Authority needs to be accountable in both its ongoing operations and all future planning. Vancouver has a great deal to lose if this scale of development continues on unchecked.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 18:48
JanineReid

Please make the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority accountable to the elected government,


New Westminster5/26/2016 18:47
GFraser

The Port has acted in a high-handed manner and in a less than forthcoming manner. Certainly, anything within their pervue that can or might have any impact at all beyond the actual land at the port, should be well regulated and answerable to the public. This would included the waterways, fuel lines, roads, air quality, noise & light pollution, etc.


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. There must be mechanisms in place to ensure public input and redress if not actual approval.


Richmond5/26/2016 18:47
DeborahJackson

It is unacceptable that the decisions made about our ports are made behind closed doors with no accountability to those who are most affected by those decisions, including First Nations and those with health risks ...


Vancouer5/26/2016 18:46
Sonyamakaroff

Please fix the unaccountable, secretive, dictatorial, apparently responsible to no-one, grandiose and out of control "government within the government " that is the Port Authorities... we Canadian citizens deserve better !


vancouver5/26/2016 18:45
AlanTremaine

Stop destroying the environment of Canada for a few dollars in your party's election campaigns.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:44
SharonBurns

Re: Port Reform


Changes need to be OPEN CONSULTATIONS with local, regional and First Nations governments, concerned public and organizations.


It is reprehensible that the unelected, unaccountable port authority, with a board made of industry appointees and no First Nations representation, should have unlimited power over resource projects and land use in the lower mainland.


STOP THE INSANITY! BECAUSE IT'S 2016!


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:43
dondorofay

I have lived in Vancouver all of my life and believe.

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;


vancouver5/26/2016 18:43
GlennWoodruff

No Tanker traffic increase in our harbour.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 18:42
NavidTabatabai

It is totally undemocratic to have these decisions being made by an unelected and unaccountable board.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:42
PaulSiemens

Let's insist that the port authority and other government bodies that have been entrusted with our future listen to and hear the people of Canada and act in our best interest mindful of a future Canada..


North Vancouver5/26/2016 18:41
AngelaLeigh

Please flex your muscles and compel the Port Authority in Vancouver to be transparent and accountable to the citizens who live here.


I'm most concerned about the Port Authority approving projects and/or industries that do not reflect the will of the people and or have no common sense! Conflicts of interests should be avoided and transparency and honesty should be first and foremost.


I would appreciate the Port Authority be accountable to the people of Vancouver and for some regulatory body to monitor their decisions to ensure this happens. No more behind closed door deals!


Thank you.





North Vancouver5/26/2016 18:40
RonaldHatch

Port Authorities should be publicly accountable and mandated to comply with Provincial laws, consider environmental and climate change in all decisions and engage in meaningful consultations with First Nations.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:38
Simonde Weerdt

The Vancouver Port Authority is an important administrator of pubic function. It seems to have been operating as if accountable to a private mission while making decisions about public resources in an apparent absence of public accountability.


This unaccountability is a real and growing concern. Our government works best when we work together.


Please bring the Port Authority onto our team.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:38
CHERYLMARION

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,

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;


West Vancouver5/26/2016 18:37
LaurieParkinson

The Port of Vancouver should be transparent with its decision making. At the moment that is not true. I have dealt with this personally.


I live in North Vancouver, and the Port has grain terminal tenants. The terminals make a lot of noise, that comes onto municipal land and breaks municipal noise laws. Doesn't matter - Port tenants can break municipal laws.


Also hearings were held for the Richardson Grain Terminal expansion. At the hearings, the Port would not answer many questions the public asked. The public consultation was a sham. Of course the expansion happened - it was a foregone conclusion.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 18:37
DustinKeller

All lands under Port Authority control should remain public lands.


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;


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.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:37
MarlaBurnham

The city of Vancouver cannot support this size of port, it should be moved. I live near the port and without consulting local residents in a neighbourhood that predates the port, truck traffic was introduced to 1am 5 night a week. No public input whatsoever. When we do have meetings all we are told by our representatives is that its federal.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:36
GiselherWeber

I want transparency and accountability to the public in the Vancouver Port Authority.


West Vancouver5/26/2016 18:35
DebbieLongley

The Vancouver Port authority should be accountable to the people of Vancouver and the people of Canada. There should be First Nations representation on the board and accountability to government officials.


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:35
JohnFerris

Time for good accountable decision making.


Victoria5/26/2016 18:34
dbray

Port Authorities need to be accountable to US, the citizens


vancouver5/26/2016 18:34
DavidMazzei

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.


North Vancouver5/26/2016 18:33
ROBERTRODGERS

The port must follow provincial and federal laws


Coquitlam5/26/2016 18:31
ChrisHaddon

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


Vancouver5/26/2016 18:30
EoghanMoriarty

The Port is out of control on the lower mainland. Many people voted to change our Federal government because of the way the Harper Conservatives ran roughshod over any who opposed them. Fast forward several month, the Liberal government has a majority government and the public are looking for serious port reform to protect us from this completely flawed organization.


If the group making the decisions on project approvals is appointed based on the suggestions of the people who operate and own the ports is not a classic case of conflict of interest, I do not know what is.


Before the Harper government gutted our environmental legislation and port structure, local governments and communities had a seat at the table.


Reform port governance nationwide and prove to the people of Canada that the Liberal campaign was not all empty rhetoric whose only purpose was election.


Delta5/26/2016 17:19
JasonStanley

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


Delta5/11/2016 19:52
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.


Toronto5/11/2016 19:51
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.


Whistler5/11/2016 19:50
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 Island5/11/2016 19:50
KarrenSmith

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.


Vancouver5/11/2016 19:49
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 Westminster5/11/2016 19:47
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


Bellingham5/11/2016 19:46
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.


Vancouver5/11/2016 19:46
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.


Surrey5/11/2016 19:44
DonCorfield

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


Nanaimo5/11/2016 19:43
RobertDodge

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.


Nanaimo5/11/2016 19:40
SeanMoriarty

Here are my 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 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.


Mount Pearl5/11/2016 4:02
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 Rock5/4/2016 10:24
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.


Nanaimo5/4/2016 10:22
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?


Surrey5/4/2016 10:11
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!


Surrey5/2/2016 16:22
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 Island5/2/2016 16:03
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 Vancouver5/2/2016 14:33
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 Westminster5/2/2016 12:03
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.


Vancouver5/2/2016 10:41
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.


Vancouver5/2/2016 9:42
JeffMoore

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.


Delta5/2/2016 8:22
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.


Ladysmith5/2/2016 5:40
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.


Nanaimo5/2/2016 0:25
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.


Embrun5/1/2016 22:28
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.


Comox5/1/2016 21:31
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.


Whitehorse5/1/2016 12:51
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.


Duncan5/1/2016 11:52
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.


Vancouver5/1/2016 11:28
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 Vancouver5/1/2016 10:16
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 River5/1/2016 9:18
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 alberni5/1/2016 8:53
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 Alberni5/1/2016 6:45
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.


Surrey4/30/2016 22:05
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.


Kamloops4/30/2016 21:30
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 Creek4/30/2016 20:45
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.


burnaby4/30/2016 19:05
MariaPetrucci

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.


Vancouver4/30/2016 17:51
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)


Richmond4/30/2016 17:28
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.


Delta4/30/2016 16:57
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 Westminster4/30/2016 16:10
RickZaleski

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.


Chilliwack4/30/2016 15:15
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.


Vancouver4/30/2016 13:14
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.


Vancouver4/30/2016 12:36
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.


Vancouver4/30/2016 11:41
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 Westminster4/30/2016 11:33
HeidiBoehm

Do The Right Thing NOW!!


Richmond4/30/2016 10:56
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.


Aiyansh4/30/2016 10:52
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 island4/30/2016 10:17
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


Surrey4/30/2016 10:16
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.


Vancouver4/30/2016 10:12
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.


Burnaby4/30/2016 9:58
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.


Vancouver4/30/2016 8:58
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 Creek4/30/2016 8:25
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.


Victoria4/30/2016 8:22
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.


Burnaby4/30/2016 8:15
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.


Vancouver4/30/2016 7:10
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 Island4/30/2016 6:28
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


Surrey4/30/2016 6:22
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.


Nanaimo4/30/2016 4:21
RobertBlair

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


Surrey4/30/2016 3:50
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.


Coquitlam4/30/2016 1:12
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.


Vancouver4/30/2016 1:05
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 Landing4/30/2016 0:26
Laurencegill

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.


surrey4/29/2016 23:02
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.


DELTA4/29/2016 22:51
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.


Surrey4/29/2016 22:48
FredRicher

Stakeholders have not been properly consulted.


Nelson4/29/2016 22:36
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.


Abbotsford4/29/2016 22:19
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.


Coquitlam4/29/2016 21:59
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.


Vancouver4/29/2016 21:55
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.


Burnaby4/29/2016 21:25
ChrisAikman

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


Hornby Island4/29/2016 20:47
MarilynHarkley

I agree with the statements on Port Authority reform.


Delta4/29/2016 20:27
SusanStout

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


North Vancouver4/29/2016 19:55
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 George4/29/2016 19:25
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


kukwstum'c


North Vancouver4/29/2016 19:22
duncanb

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


vancouver4/29/2016 18:58
RosemaryPartridge

Please make port reform a priority!


Saltspring island4/29/2016 18:53
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 Vancouver4/29/2016 18:47
RoyParkinson

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


Coldstream4/29/2016 18:46
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 rock4/29/2016 18:46
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.


Vancouver4/29/2016 18:45
DonAlexander

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


Vancouver4/29/2016 18:39
PatriciaKealy

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


White Rock4/29/2016 18:38
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 Westminster4/29/2016 18:13
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


Vancouver4/29/2016 18:09
harveyostroff

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


surrey4/29/2016 18:08
DebbieGraham

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


Kamloops4/29/2016 18:05
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 Vancouver4/29/2016 18:02
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 George4/29/2016 17:56
DerekSpragg

Changes are long overdue.


Vancouver4/29/2016 17:55
BruceBatchelor

Reform is a must.


Victoria4/29/2016 17:51
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!


Vancouver4/29/2016 17:46
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.


Vancouver4/29/2016 16:01
gerdaschulz

the insanity continues


vancouver4/26/2016 14:25
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.


Surrey4/26/2016 1:03
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.


Vancouver4/25/2016 23:12
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


Delta4/25/2016 22:52
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 Valley4/25/2016 22:15
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.


Gabriola4/25/2016 15:34
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 River4/25/2016 9:56
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.


Victoria4/24/2016 20:14
margieostroff

now is the time to change how our ports make decisions

environmental assessments and real public input


surrey4/24/2016 18:30
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


Vancouver4/24/2016 15:51
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.


Richmond4/24/2016 12:13
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.


Delta4/24/2016 9:53
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.


Nanaimo4/23/2016 21:52
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.


Surrey4/23/2016 13:58
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.


Vancouver4/23/2016 12:05
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.


Vancouver4/23/2016 10:44
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.


Duncan4/23/2016 7:32
DebBledsoe

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


Chilliwack4/22/2016 15:35
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.


Victoria4/22/2016 15:18
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.


Surrey4/22/2016 12:17
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.


Vancouver4/22/2016 11:02
PhilHarrison

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.


Surrey4/22/2016 10:47
HeidiBoehm

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


Richmond4/22/2016 10:24
RobinDel 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.


Vancouver4/22/2016 10:11
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 Island4/22/2016 9:12
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.


Delta4/22/2016 9:00
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 Island4/22/2016 8:56
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 island4/22/2016 8:14
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 Island4/22/2016 7:55
NancyWigen

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 Island4/22/2016 4:59
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 Rock4/21/2016 23:59
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


Surrey4/21/2016 23:13
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.


Courtenay4/21/2016 22:24
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


Delta4/21/2016 21:45
MaureenBailey

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.


Delta4/21/2016 20:54
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.


Richmond4/21/2016 17:38
SheilaPratt

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 Ridge4/21/2016 16:50
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 Westminster4/21/2016 16:31
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 Moody4/21/2016 15:54
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.


Vancouver4/21/2016 15:27
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.


Vancouver4/21/2016 14:43
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.


Surrey4/21/2016 14:27
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.


Delta4/21/2016 14:20
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.


Burnaby4/21/2016 13:23
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.


Tsawwassen4/21/2016 13:12
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


Langley4/21/2016 13:12
AragornKlockars

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.


Nanaimo4/21/2016 13:04
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 BC4/21/2016 12:33
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.


Victoria4/21/2016 12:18
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!!


LADNER4/21/2016 11:39
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.


Vancouver4/21/2016 11:36
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 Bay4/21/2016 11:36
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


Delta4/21/2016 11:33
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 island4/21/2016 11:23
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


Vancouver4/21/2016 11:19
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.


Delta4/21/2016 11:09
EyalLebel

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


Vancouver4/21/2016 11:07
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 Moody4/21/2016 10:14
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?"'


Vancouver4/21/2016 9:59
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 Westminster4/21/2016 9:46
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


Vancouver4/21/2016 9:04
LynnShepherd

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.


Vancouver4/21/2016 8:54
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 Island4/21/2016 8:36
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.


Lasqueti4/21/2016 8:35
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.


Vancouver4/21/2016 8:21
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


Vancouver4/21/2016 8:09
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


Surrey4/21/2016 8:05
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.


Vancouver4/21/2016 7:53
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


Vancouver4/21/2016 7:51
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 Beacb4/21/2016 7:49
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 ..


vancouver4/21/2016 7:48
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.


Richmond4/21/2016 7:43
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.


Sechelt4/21/2016 7:43
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.


Ucluelet4/21/2016 7:36
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.


Lasqueti4/21/2016 7:28
RobertTibbs

The port is out of control


White Rock4/21/2016 6:38
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.


Vancouver4/21/2016 6:32
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 V0R1X04/21/2016 6:06
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.


Victoria4/21/2016 6:05
marcboyd

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


Surrey4/21/2016 5:27
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


Vancouver4/21/2016 5:05
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.


Surrey4/21/2016 1:41
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.


Vancouver4/21/2016 1:25
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


Summerland4/21/2016 0:58
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.


Burnaby4/21/2016 0:05
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 Island4/20/2016 23:49
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.


Vancouver4/20/2016 23:40
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;


vancouver4/20/2016 23:37
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 rock4/20/2016 23:16
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.


Delta4/20/2016 23:15
ChrisAikman

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


Hornby Island4/20/2016 22:49
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.


Victoria4/20/2016 22:48
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.


Vancouver4/20/2016 22:47
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.


Kelowna4/20/2016 22:46
RolfHaack

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


Blind Bay4/20/2016 22:40
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 Westminster4/20/2016 22:35
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.


Delta4/20/2016 22:28
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.


Blaine4/20/2016 22:20
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.


Burnaby4/20/2016 22:05
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.


Vancouver4/20/2016 22:01
MichaelCoates

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.


Vancouver4/20/2016 22:01
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.


Delta4/20/2016 22:00
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.


Vancouver4/20/2016 21:48
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.


Vancouver4/20/2016 21:45
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.


Coquitlam4/20/2016 21:39
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.


delta4/20/2016 21:33
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.


Ladner4/20/2016 21:32
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 Moody4/20/2016 21:29
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.


Delta4/20/2016 21:26
PatriciaKealy

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


White Rock4/20/2016 21:20
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


Nanaimo4/20/2016 21:19
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 George4/20/2016 21:19
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


Surrey4/20/2016 21:19
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


Surrey4/20/2016 21:16
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 Bay4/20/2016 21:07
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 BC4/20/2016 21:06
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


Vancouver4/20/2016 21:05
GeorgeRoberts

Transparency and accountability are paramount!


Vancouver4/20/2016 12:53
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.


Dinca4/20/2016 11:42
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.


Delta4/20/2016 11:18
Petervan 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.


Delta4/20/2016 10:50
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


Richmond4/19/2016 17:27
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.


Comox4/19/2016 11:21
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!


Richmond4/19/2016 10:09
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.


Richmond4/19/2016 8:54
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.


Richmond4/19/2016 8:12
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 Vancouver4/18/2016 22:37
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.


Hamilton4/18/2016 10:43
DonPaulsen

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


Deta4/18/2016 9:54
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.


Richmond4/17/2016 13:31
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


Delta4/17/2016 11:13