Crab Park July 1st Festival 2016 – report, petition, photos: Under shadow of Centerm port expansion

Below we share a report of a July 1, 2016 Canada Day festival from Crab Water for Life Society, which is fighting to protect the waterside Crab Park on the Vancouver waterfront from the negative impacts of a proposed expansion of the Centerm Port.

For our previous coverage search for “Crab Park” in our search field. They are currently running a petition to protect the park. See petition text at bottom of this post — it includes a good summary of the issues.

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Crab Park July 1st Festival 2016
Crab Park at Portside – Vancouver, B.C.
Pictorial Report

Thanks to our Sponsors
Vancouver Cultural Services – Port Metro Vancouver
Canadian Heritage – Vancouver Park Board – VanCity

Crab Park 1-July-2016 festival (7)

Audrey Siegl Opening Ceremony 2016

Crab Park 1-July-2016 festival (8)
Jenny Kwan M.P. Vancouver-East Opening Address

Crab Park 1-July-2016 festival (3)

Food Lineup with Petition sign up tent in foreground
Crab Park 1-July-2016 festival (11)

The Mike Van Eyes Band

Crab Park 1-July-2016 festival (4)

Crab Park 1-July-2016 festival (2)Al and the two Brendas helping with Barbeque
Crab Park 1-July-2016 festival (5)
Petition in sign up tent: against Centerm Pier Expansion
Don Larson, Crab Park, Crab Water for Life Society, 1-Jul-2016
Don Larson, Festival Organizer

Crab Park Festival Poster 1-Jul-2016
Annual 2016 Poster – Richard Chapman Design
Crab Park 1-July-2016 festival (6)
Petition sign up tent

Award for Crab Park at Portside 1991
Crab Park at Portside was honored by the Washington D.C. Waterfront Center
For its enhancement of Vancouver’s Waterfront area.
Vancouver Parks are becoming famous for their design and use of urban space.
– Vancouver News. December 4, 1991

Thanks to all of our helpers, music bands and the people
Thanks to the 396 guests who signed our petition against the Seven Acre Centerm Pier expansion.

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PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, Summer 2016

Download in PDF: Crab Park petition House of Commons, re Centerm expansion, July 2016

We the undersigned citizens (or residents) of Canada draw the attention of the House to the following:

WHEREAS Vancouver-East community members fought long and hard, including a 75-day occupation of Crown land in 1984, for the creation of the community’s only waterfront public green space – CRAB Park beach in 1987;

AND WHEREAS The Port of Vancouver plans an expansion of the Centerm container terminal by infilling the harbor with rocks and dirt infilling seven acres toward downtown Vancouver destroying the current world-class view of the central waterfront of Vancouver, the ocean, and the North Shore Mountains and replacing it with heavy industry;

AND WHEREAS There are serious concerns of this proposal around the impact to water quality and circulation in the area of the park; the increased level of heavy traffic, as well as the construction of a 5th rail track, to an area where it can already be difficult to access the park;

AND WHEREAS On March 4, 2015, the people of East Vancouver were caught in the smoke of a chemical fire from the Centerm container terminal that required an evacuation of the waterfront, the shutdown of public transport and a police action to keep citizens indoors in surrounding areas. Had the wind shifted, the emergency area would have included downtown Vancouver and to date, residents and businesses in the area have yet to hear a response from the Port of Vancouver or Centerm regarding their safety concerns and this proposed westward expansion brings the risk of a Lac Megantic-type disaster closer to downtown Vancouver and closer to a densely populated residential neighbourhood;

AND WHEREAS  Regulation changes made by the Harper government grant the Port sweeping powers, which poses a serious threat to legal protection from and public oversight of Port activities, including environmental threats, the right to override local land use plans, and the Port’s assessment and approval of its own projects; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT your petitioners call upon Parliament to conduct a full review of the Port; that Port activities respect indigenous rights consistent with the Government’s commitment to a new nation to nation relationship; that public accountability is restored; and that vigorous, independent environmental assessment processes for proposed projects is re-established;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Minister of Transport exercise his authority to stop the westward expansion of the Port of Vancouver’s Centerm container terminal.

SIGNATURES                                                ADDRESSES

(sign your name; do not print)                   (give full home address, or city and province)

 

 

Your petitioners call upon Parliament to conduct a full review of the Port; that Port activities respect indigenous rights consistent with the Government’s commitment to a new nation-to-nation relationship; that public accountability is restored; and that vigorous, independent environmental assessment processes for proposed projects is re-established;  And that the Minister of Transport exercise his authority to stop the westward expansion of the Port of Vancouver’s Centerm container terminal.

 

SIGNATURES                                                   ADDRESSES

(sign your name; do not print)                      (give full home address, or city and province)

 

 

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