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Two controversial Port Metro projects up for discussion during meeting Friday

Last Updated Jun 3, 2016 at 12:20 am PDT

The Centerm pier, off of Crab Park, in the Downtown Eastside (Courtesy Port of Metro Vancouver)

NDP MPs Jenny Kwan and Fin Donnelly to bring up concerns about port expansions in Port Moody and Vancouver.

The impact on locals will top agenda when MPs meet Port Metro Vancouver over two proposed projects.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Two projects being undertaken by Port Metro Vancouver have prompted two local politicians and community reps to sit down with the agency Friday.

One of projects calls for the expansion of a pier off of the only waterfront green space in the Downtown Eastside. The proposed Centerm Expansion Project is a series of improvements to increase the number of containers that can be handled at the existing terminal by approximately two-thirds.

NDP MP Fin Donnelly lists some of the concerns.

“The impacts to Crab Park, which was established in 1987, is what we need to talk about. We need a timeline, we need to see an environmental assessment and some public consultation.”

The other controversial project is dredging at a terminal in Port Moody in order to accommodate potash.

He says he will be joined by NDP MP Jenny Kwan for the meeting.

“Over the years ports in the country have gotten more and more autonomy, while getting less and less accountable to the public.”

And he says environmental assessments once performed by third parties are now being handled by Canada’s ports themselves.