According to Mike Riley, Board Member for Friends of Bend, “We turned to Parsons and the 1000 Friends because of the good work they did to implement a progressive transportation vision and plan for the Portland area. What started with opposition to a controversial vision that served only cars a proposed western by pass highway around Portland turned into a transportation plan that emphasized all modes of transportation and paid attention to land use issues like mixed use development. Given their experience, we figured we could gain some new insight from them into our draft transportation system plan as well as the southern bridge controversy.
The lack of trust is a direct consequence of the government’s concerted attempts to delegitimize the movement. First it was argued that these were only rich farmers, then that they were not farmers at all after which they were alleged to be Khalistani terrorists and finally they were part of an international conspiracy spearheaded by a popstar, a teenage environmental activist and a former porn star. After this to insist that ‘this is an internal matter which will be amicably resolved’ to external critics is understandably not the most credible position..
The statement is especially true when considering budgetary decisions. Council members have to weigh requests in the context of every other city agency and initiative and according to our mutually agreed upon priorities. I would like to share with you some of the information at our disposal and a view of the big picture within which we will be making our decision on this question..
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In 2016, the NDP energy minister confirmed that the “coal category 2 designation does not preclude surface coal mine development” in a letter encouraging a company to continue its application to mine the Ram River area. If you have never visited this area west of Rocky Mountain House, you should. It is gorgeous country, has Alberta’s prettiest waterfall, and the Notley government did absolutely nothing to discourage open pit mining applications there..
What the removal of gate guns is likely to do on the other hand is encourage the use of frigates and cruisers for pirates with the faster locking times that these smaller ships provide. I feel that this is a fair tradeoff as the lack of gate guns should encourage the use of small ship gangs for opponents. Also many pirates use the smaller ships already to catch other players in belts and deadspace..