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NEWS: Lower Mainland chapters plan direct action against freeway

Cathy Wilander

Cathy Wilander

The Delta Optimist reports that, “A teach-in will be held this Saturday to prepare for a mass direct action on the proposed route of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. …The action is being organized by climate justice activists from Lower Mainland chapters of the Council of Canadians, (formerly and the Critical Criminology Working Group at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.”

“’We are looking for input from the community in planning this action,’ said (Council of Canadians Delta-Richmond chapter activist) Cathy Wilander. ‘We will be doing a direct action Friday, April 22, Mother Earth Day and Good Friday, aimed at disrupting the construction of a climate crime in our community, the South Fraser Perimeter Road.’ … Actions might continue over multiple days on the long weekend and beyond, said Wilander. …The actual site of the action is not being disclosed at this time ‘but we do have a meeting place on the 22nd and we are not planning to disrupt people living close to the action,’ Wilander said.”

“The freeway’s proposed route is close to the banks of the Fraser River and runs through critical habitat and needed farmland, Wilander said.”

“The teach-in will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ladner United Church and will cover such topics as logistics, legal rights and information, and direct action planning. …The teach-in is the first of a series to be held before the action. Others are in Vancouver on March 26 and in Surrey on April 9.”

The Delta Optimist article is at A mid-March campaign blog on the April 22 action can be read at