Waste incinerator in Burnaby.

FVRD rejects Metro’s olive branch to consult on incinerator

The FVRD will not consult with Metro Vancouver on waste-to-energy until FVRD obtains a seat on the WTE third party expert panel

The Fraser Valley Regional District has rejected Metro Vancouver’s offer to consult on the Waste-to-Energy incinerator plan, on the grounds that dialogue won’t be meaningful until Metro demonstrates more transparency about the project.

In a brief letter dated July 12, Greg Moore, chair of the Metro Vancouver board of directors, invited three FVRD directors to a meeting to discuss “outstanding issues.”

“I would reiterate Metro Vancouver’s invitation to consult on the important topic of waste-to-energy in our region,” wrote Moore. “Please consider appointments of up to three interested FVRD directors who can meet with the same number of Metro Vancouver directors. This would support a full discussion of outstanding issues.”

Moore concluded with his hope of hearing from FVRD “so we may advance this important discussion.”

The letter arrived two weeks after Zero Waste Committee chair Malcolm Brodie’s visit to FVRD’s board meeting resulted in a tense confrontation between Brodie and FVRD directors on the issue of waste management.

At last Tuesday’s FVRD board meeting, chair Sharon Gaetz directed staff to draft a reply rejecting Metro’s invitation.

The FVRD will not consult with Metro Vancouver on waste-to-energy until FVRD obtains a seat on the WTE third party expert panel, and until Metro shares all WTE-related documents at no charge.

“We have no interest in listening to talking heads and not having meaningful dialogue. We need all the same information that they have in order to have that kind of meaningful consultation,” said Gaetz.

Once those two conditions are met, Gaetz assured that FVRD will welcome consultation.

“We will look forward to it, we will be so excited, we will move everything on our calendars to be there, wherever they choose to conduct it.”

Just Posted

Chilliwack Chiefs erase three goal deficit in overtime win

Down 3-0 to the Cowichan Capitals, the Chiefs came back to win 4-3 in the BCHL Showcase match.

Chilliwack man feeling helpless about puppy stolen while at church

Evidence of neighbour trespassing and accusing him of dog neglect not enough for RCMP

UPDATE: Missing Chilliwack man has been found

Chilliwack RCMP is thanking the public for keeping an eye out

UPDATED: Chilliwack councillor’s expenses being sent to the RCMP

Decision to have expenses audited and shared with RCMP taken at special meeting of council

Risk of thunderstorm this afternoon for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

A special weather statement calls for heavy rain and wind over the next 48 hours

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Remainder of Vancouver Whitecaps season filled with ‘must-win’ games: coach

With Vancouver currently sitting four points out of a post-season spot, each contest is crucial

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

Most Read