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I'm Kevin Washbrook, Director with Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, and I put my name in for a seat on the board of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority because I think it does a poor job consulting the public about new developments (like plans to build a massive new coal port, dedicated to the export of US thermal coal, right on the Fraser River in Surrey).

The board nominating committee -- composed entirely of port users -- rejected my application. They said they "want to go in a different direction." Personally, I think they are going in the wrong direction, because they aren't listening to residents, community associations, health leaders, local governments, climate scientists and the regional district -- all of whom think that expanded coal exports are a bad idea.

The nominating committee said that it is the federal Minister of Transport's responsibility to bring a wider range of perspectives to the Port Authority board. I invited people to help me create this video to kick off a letter writing campaign to the Minister.

Instead, even before we shot the video, I got a letter myself -- from the Port Authority's lawyer. The message: don't mess with our mascot.

The speed with which the Port responded to a potential perceived slight to their mascot comes in stark contrast to their response to public concerns about closed door decision making on coal exports. It appears to me that the Port Authority is more worried about their public image than they are about the public's well being.

This all needs to change. A good place to start? The Port Authority AGM, Tuesday June 4th, 3 pm at Canada Place. The Port has invited the public to come, ask questions, and talk with directors one on one.

Our Port Authority needs to be publicly accountable, it needs to better reflect our aspirations as a region, and it needs to help shoulder the responsibilities we'll be facing in the future.

(By the way -- that letter writing campaign to the Minister? No longer an issue. Minister Lebel made it clear in a recent letter that the buck stops with the Port Authority.)

Port Authority Board Run: Platform and Endorsements

Voters Taking Action on Climate Change approved my run for the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and I submitted my name for consideration on Monday, February 18th. |Press Release|Van Sun| Courier|

If you look at the "Notice of Board Vacancies" on the Port Authority web site, you might conclude that my skills and experience (community organizing, environmental advocacy, coalition building) are not what they are looking for in a new board member. That is one of the main reasons why I'm willing to put my name in for the board.

I think the Port Authority Board of Directors is already well represented by industrial interests. Seven of eleven seats on the board are nominated by Port users. What the Board lacks is representation from other sectors of society. Only one seat is nominated by regional communities. There are no seats representative of environmental concerns, or health concerns. I think it's time for this to change.

If I am appointed to the board, I pledge to:

  1. push for thorough and transparent consultation with the residents and municipal governments of all Metro Vancouver communities, prior to any decisions by the Port Authority on major developments, so that regional impacts of these developments can be properly evaluated;
  2. call for recognition of Regional Health Authorities as government-level stakeholders in all Port Authority decision making processes;
  3. initiate full disclosure of the regional and global health and environmental impacts of major exports, and seek to ensure that those impacts are duly considered in Port decisions;
  4. develop a closer working relationship with municipal and regional governments, as well a non-governmental organizations from all sectors of society, so that the region's concerns and aspirations are fully reflected in the Port Authority's vision, mission, values, strategic goals and day to day operations;
  5. call for an internal review of those powers delegated to Port Authority staff, to ensure that the Board of Directors provides good oversight of Port Authority operations and maintains a strong focus on environmental sustainability and social equity in all its decisions and practices; and
  6. work to ensure that the Port Authority strives to meet the entirety of it's federal mandate, including the requirement that it operate with broad public support in the best interests of Canadians.

If appointed, I would commit to using the generous remuneration provided to board members to meet with civil society groups, local and regional governments and public agencies to hear their concerns and relay them back to the board and staff. I would also commit to keeping the public informed about all matters relating to Port Authority planning, proposals, governance and decision making.

The nominating committee and the Minister of Transport may not agree that it is time for change at the Port Authority. Right now public pressure and an appeal to fairness are our best tools for making the Port more publicly accountable and representative of our concerns. I think "running" for the board on a platform of change is a timely way to highlight this demand. If you agree, let's send them a message.

Thanks for your support!

Kevin Washbrook

Director, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change

Seth Klein

Carrie Saxifrage

James MacKinnon

Tzeporah Berman

Brent Granby

Helen Carruthers

Gordon Price

Alejandro Frid

Kevin Millsip

Harold Steves

Eric Swanson

Adrienne Montani

William Rees

Warren Bell

Christianne Wilhelmson

Lynn Chidwick

Dan Overmyer, President, Nature BC

Marc Lee

Dr Trevor Hancock

Judy Fanstein

Stephen Rees

Daniel Whittingstall

Paul Magnus

Roger Emsley

Frederic Bass, MD, Dsc

James Kamau

Morag Carter

Ruth Walmsley

Julie Trimingham

Peter Cech

Len Laycock

Lynne Quarmby

Sharon Small

Michael Linton

Steve McMinn

Joni Cooke

Jay Blair

Lisa Mighton

Donavan Woollard

Karen Campbell

Keith Jardine

Daniela Dornicak

Chris Aikman

Hennie Aikman

Bruce Mohun

Marilyn McClelland

Karl Perrin

Arthur Caldicott

Jolan Bailey

Peter Jones

Wendy Thompson

Bill Herbert

Ross MacFarlane

Rudi Leibik

Karen Shklanka MD, CCFP

Roberta Olenick

Sonia Nazar

Bob Nation

Jamie K Donaldson

Rodger Hamilton

Colleen Ann Fee

Marilyn Machum

Lorna Medd MD FRCPC

Gunther Honold

Guy Dauncey

Gordon Kenney

Rob Baxter

Andrew Eisenberg

Alex Smith

Christian Holz

Andrew Rushmere

Magdalena Spalza

Fred Kay

Jack Morris

Donald Gordon

Kathryn Harrison

Scott Sinclair

Andrea Chapman

Chris Darroch

Stephanie Smith

Maggie Fee

Chris Dixon

Renee Rodin

Lynn Burrows

Will Horter

Brenda Mattman

Campbell Connor

Jamie Marshall

Clare Carver

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Mike Morrell

Jessica Campbell

Lyda Salatian

Dianne Henshaw

Eric de Place

Maureen Milledge

Vanessa LeBourdais

Lisa Barrett

Susanna Kaljur

Tom Green

Karen Wonders

Lisa Atkins

Lisa Zosiak

Cindy Lee

Nicholas Read

Catherine Russell

Becky Kelley

Dawn Hancock

Al Cannon

Michael Barkusky

Anita Romaniuk

Mary Etey

Elsie Dean

Mary Hatch

Lauren Davis

Peter Nix

Joe Kelly

Tarah Stafford

Beth Doglio

Valerie Clark

Gail Mitchell

Bill Uhrich

Jill Anholt

Andrew Humphries

Tracey Cooke

Caitlyn Vernon

Jan Slakov

Heather Duffy

Sarah Yuen

Blaise Salmon

Marie Booth

Simon Fawkes

Dave Cannon

Peter Ronald

Brenda Dixon

Pierre Friele

Cliff Stainsby

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James Boothroyd

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Josha MacNab

Kate Castelo

Emily Chan

Stephen Groves

Erica Frank, MD, MPH

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Robert Martin

Elizabeth Alice Ross

Matt Krogh

Robert Semeniuk

Shirley Samples

Line Gillespie

Keith Kennedy

Sara Muir-Owen

Meg Holden

Roger Van der Eerden

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Colin Brander

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Mary Kelly

Peter Whitelaw

Shirlene Cote

Catherine Douglas

Adrian Mohareb

Dave Palidwor

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Frank Martens

Anita Den Dikken

PJ Lilley

Ashley Miller

Simon Donner

Curtis Johnson

Arthur Lees

Max Wedge

Linda Wedge

Jane Pike

Robert Woollard

Tara Ivanochko

Peter Boothroyd

Tim Larsen

David Hendrickson

Anne Steino

Barbara Lelj Garolla

Petey Young

David Chesney

Michael Nicoll

Ron van der Eerden

Jennifer Harper

Lynne Wheeler

John Vaillant

Arno Schortinghuis

Thomas Mathieson

Jane Webster

James Brewer

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Cathy Orlando

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Charlie Campbell

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Caimen Shapiro

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Katie Fleming

Conrad Michael

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Lisa Dekleer

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Patricia McClung

Robert Houghton

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Merrell Gerber

Jane Kilthei

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Martin Havey

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Gwen Johansson

Joanne Turner

David Wilson

Robyn Monk

Brad Hornick

Monica Jacobs

Alice Enns

Patricia Hernandez

Cathy Tocher

Laraine Michalson

Theresa McCarthy

Rob Dainow

Raimey Gallant

Sally J McClean

Ken Ashdown

Max Thaysen

Pamela Zevit

Laura Cornish

Howard Hawthorne

Rolf Dekleer

Ben Mills

Monica Hromada

Quincy-Robin Young

Arlene Gould

Mary Paloma Chipman

Elizabeth Ward

Angie Gerst

Barb Taylor

Dorelle Anderson

Margaret Warkentin

Laurie Parkinson

Roz Isaac

Marianne Ketchen

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