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[at-l] Action Alert - Wreck Beach
- Subject: [at-l] Action Alert - Wreck Beach
- From: shane at theplacewithnoname.com (Shane Steinkamp)
- Date: Sun Nov 14 22:12:17 2004
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MASSIVE PUBLIC LETTER - WRITING CAMPAIGN OPPOSING UBC MARINE
Monday, November 1, 2004
The University of British Columbia (UBC) may not be paying attention
to public sentiment, but as a result of over 432 letters from all
over the world, AND 21,000 PETITION SIGNATURES REACHED TODAY,
NOVEMBER 1, the GVRD is! Collectively, these Wreck Beach
signatories have generated over $4-million in goods and services.
Public outcry is intensifying against four, 20-storey towers
planned to overlook internationally-renowned Wreck Beach. If you
have not yet signed the petition, please go to www.wreckbeach.org
and click on the petition link.
It is time that UBC also began heeding all those who cherish
Vancouver's legacy of unspoiled forested cliffs by the sea! It is
time for all persons from Vancouver, the rest of B.C., across Canada
and internationally, to let UBC know they will lose worldwide
respect if the university persists with this madness. Write from
your heart! Tell UBC and GVRD why this forested promontory should
remain natural as well as what it means to you. If nothing else,
tell them why you support the WBPS in keeping the area high-rise
We need your letters NOW, before Nov. 17th in time to make a
difference BEFORE Nov. 22. Please send your letters to the e-mail
and/or snail mail addresses listed at the end of this release with
copies to the WBPS at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not only will the view from the beach be destroyed forever, but the
entire gateway to Vancouver will be changed from wilderness-like to
a glass, steel and concrete row of behemoths growling their
greetings to Vancouver's Lower Mainland.
You need only stress: (1) Cliff stability; (2) Stormwater control,
and (3) Viewscapes being altered irrevocably from Wreck Beach to
the cliff tops. GVRD officials have agreed that these three issues
cause them to be concerned over the Towers project..
Point Grey lies in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Its cliffs and
foreshore comprise only 7.8 km. of a 1500-hecatare park, but
account for 57 percent of total park usage. Over 300, 000 visitors a
year use only one of seven trails to this magical beach. In 2001,
Wreck Beach Trail #6 visitors contributed over $61-million to the
total economy in goods and services.
However, the economic boon to the area is not the only yardstick by
which this spiritual retreat for Vancouverites and international
visitors is measured. A recent study of the connection between
wellness and man's ability to connect with nature has proven
conclusively that urban dwellers in particular must find
regeneration and renewal in nature as provided by our parks. That
Wreck Beach is only 15 minutes from the heart of a thriving
metropolis, makes it all the more precious for Vancouverites and
those who travel from across Canada and from abroad to reconnect
with nature as Nature intended .
What can anyone concerned about the breakneck speed and lack of
adequate public consultaton UBC has invested in this towers project,
do? !! Sign our petition, and PLEASE.take a moment to write to the
GVRD Board, the BOG, the GVRD Park Committee, and the Joint
Committee c/o of Paulette Vetleson, Corporate Secretary, 4330
Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4G8, and e-mail or snail mail to:
Paulette.email@example.com and Kristian.Nichols@gvrd.bc.ca
Please also send letters to UBC's Board of Governors, by mailing to
Shelley Jackson at the above address or e-mailing her at
Shelley.Jackson@gvrd.bc.ca Thank you!
SPEED IS OF ESSENCE!
PLEASE CALL EITHER JUDY AT (604)-856-9598/ Cell: 604-308-6336, OR
JAMES AT (604)-689-9697 FOR DETAILS