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Editorial: A few wishes for 2013

As the new year approaches and Richmond residents make resolutions to stay fit and cut out (insert unhealthy snack here), we hope some other local groups are doing the same.

For starters, we’d love it if the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation resolved not to ship jet fuel up the South Arm of the Fraser River to a tank farm by Riverport. There’s plenty of better options out there, including building a new deep-water port off of Jericho Beach and sending jet fuel to the airport through a new pipeline under Blenheim Street in Vancouver’s West Side. Sound ludicrous? Well, so is shipping jet fuel along the shallow Fraser and then piping it 15 kilometres under Richmond to Sea Island.

We’d love it if Port Metro Vancouver would stop buying up farmland for dreamed-of future expansion. Port boss Robin Silvester seems to think of this whole idea of producing food locally to be quaint, especially when we can all dine on tinned-foods coming from ships at sea.

We also hope the Supreme Court of B.C. resolves to throw out the lawsuit put forward by members of the Musqueam Indian Band over the sale of the Garden City Lands. The City of Richmond buys the lands from the Musqueam and feds and then gets sued? Let’s hope this one ends quickly so the city can get planning for the lands’ future.

We hope local restaurants will take shark fin soup off their menus, or at least only stock shark fin that is from proven sustainable sources.

And lastly, we hope our provincial government resolves to look at more efficient methods of getting people to their destinations, such as better funding public transit, as opposed to throwing money around on another mega-project, such as replacing the Massey Tunnel with some crazy scheme that will put port traffic first and devour more farmland.

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