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March 04 , 2013

"It's official! Highway Review Committee Report published by JCC"

The JCC has officially published on its website the report by the Highway Review Committee chaired by Dr. James Armstrong. According to Dr. Armstrong's report, significant shortcomings must be addressed before a decision is taken on Debe to Mon Desir by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Read more in the Trinidad Express...

Click here to download the report...


March 01 , 2013

"Please respect the Highway Review Committee Report"

The Government and its agents need to respect the report submitted by the Dr. James Armstrong-led Highway Review Committee. Any attempt to change the contents of the report would severely jeopardise the review process.

The public DESERVE transparency!

Read more in the Trinidad Express...


February 15 , 2013

"Highway Review Committee Report is out! "

BREAKING NEWS!

The independent Review Committee for the Debe to Mon Desir Highway (that was established 2 months ago following Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh's hunger strike) has issued their report.

The Review Committee has found "significant shortcomings which warrant further interrogation to determine the way forward".

It goes on to say: "A significant concern with the Debe to Mon Desir Highway is whether or not the lawful authority responsible for this large public expenditure is conforming to due process, including observance of various oversight statutory requirements for environmental management, the development of land, and due consideration of socio-economic impacts of the affected persons."

According to the Review Committee, it is their "considered opinion that shortcomings resulting from the inadequacies of proper assessment of the likely impacts on the human and natural environment must first be determined and resolved."

Full report to be published on JCC's website on Monday. Look out for it!

Read more in the Trinidad Express...


January 17 , 2013

"Rural sectors hold the key to transformational growth.."

Dr Kublalsingh in an interview with the Bobie Lee Dixon, Trinidad Guardian.

Read more...


January 11, 2013

Update on Debe to Mon Desir Review

Members of the Highway Re-Route Movement presented their position to the Debe to Mon Desir Highway Review Commitee (chaired by Dr. James Armstrong) yesterday evening.

The presenters were rock solid. Our aim was to show that the Debe to Mon Desir highway would have severe negative and permanent social impacts, would disconnect families and communities, would cause flooding, and would have an unjustifiably high cost, considering that a viable alternative route exists.

The Review Committee was very attentive and our arguments were well-received.

We will update you as things progress...keep supporting!


December 31, 2012

Tribute to Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh's Birthday

In Tribute to Dr. Kublalsingh's birthday - 30 Dec. We in the the Movement are still amazed that we were able to get these personal images from Dr. Kublalsingh. Thank you sir!

See the pics here...


December 31, 2012

"Stand Up and Fight for What is Right"

The Trinidad Express visited Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh on his birthday (Dec 30). He talked about his wish for 2013.

Read more in the Trinidad Express, Dec 31 2012...


December 31, 2012

Happy New Year to Trinidad and Tobago!

The Highway Re-Route Movement would like to wish the nation a Happy New Year 2013!

To our supporters, as well as ordinary citizens who are now demanding a greater level of transparency and accountability from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to the people, we want to thank you for helping our cause over the past year. Every bit of support has been instrumental in transforming the Debe to Mon Desir highway issue into a national (and even international) one.

This has been a difficult year for the communities between Debe and Mon Desir but also it has been a very successful one. We intend to keep up the struggle into the New Year. Many persons are still unaware of what the cause is about, and this has not been helped by the misinformation coming from Government quarters. We intend to continue our education drive. We want you to continue to ask questions and become informed. We encourage you to support us as we aim to achieve victory for the communities between Debe and Mon Desir, and for Trinidad and Tobago.

All of God's blessings, peace and prosperity to you and yours for the New Year! See you in 2013!


December 18, 2012

Disinformation on Highway - Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh

A progressive Government, serious about genuine economic transformation, could do no better than embark on a major intellectual and physical campaign to transform our rural architecture...

Read more in the Trinidad Guardian, Dec 18 2012...


December 17, 2012

The Re-Route Movement meets with the Review Committee

On December 15, 2012, Dr. Kublalsingh and a representative of the Highway Re-Route Movement met with Dr. James Armstrong, Chairman of the Independent Working Group that is undertaking the review of the Debe to Mon Desir highway

Read more...


December 12, 2012

The PP Empire Strikes Back (Commentary by Trevor Sudama)

I wanted to” move on” as religiously advised by the PP administration when it wishes to gloss over troublesome issues such as Reshmi Ramnarine, Jack Warner’s embarrassing shenanigans and Section 34, but I feel compelled to revert to the case of the Highway Re-Route Movement.

Read more...


December 6, 2012

Dr Wayne Kublalsingh calls an end to his 3 week long hunger strike on the evening of Wednesday December 5, 2012.

Read more...


December 3, 2012

Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh refuses medical aid, comes off IV

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Update---Kublalsingh---I-Am-Prepared-To-Die-181853011.html


November 29th 2012

'Re-Route' goes to court ...requesting early trial date

An application by the Highway Re-Route Movement seeking an early trial of the constitutional motion aimed at bringing a halt to the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension,


November 28th 2012

Statement by the Highway Re-Route Movement

The Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM) has always been, and is, in favor of the construction of the San Fernando to Point Fortin highway.

However, the HRM has difficulty with the Debe to Mon Desir link to the main highway which will push through the Oropuche Lagoon. It is this particular segment of the highway for which they recommended a substantive review including a social impact assessment, a hydrological study, and a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed construction. A review of these proposed works by an Independent body is what had been requested, and was agreed to by the Prime Minister.

On March 16th 2012, the Prime Minister met with the HRM led by Dr Kublalsingh, and by calling for a halt on all construction and a technical review, acknowledged that there were legitimate technical concerns that needed to be addressed. Today, Dr Kublalsingh is on the 13th day of the hunger strike, to protest the Government's failure to provide the independent review.

The HRM was subsequently called to two meetings. At the first meeting, the HRM was prevented from bringing their own technical team to meet with the Government’s technical team and it is because of this that the HRM left the meeting. At the second meeting the HRM was given a five-page document with photographs and one-line statements. At no stage have the technical reports been produced in the areas of hydrology, enviroinmental and social impact, or cost benefit. Although construction works were slowed for a while it has never stopped.

The Government claims to have satisfied the promise of the technical review. The HRM has called the process a farce and a public relations gimmick.

To date no technical reports have been provided to the HRM on hydrology, environmental and social impact, or cost benefit. The government last light at a meeting in Debe, waved in the air a copy of what seemed to be, a June 2012 Nidco Report claiming that they had addressed the issues raised by the HRM. This Report is actually part of the evidence filed by the HRM in the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago, substantiating its claim that there was no further “technical data” provided by the government, further to March 16th 2012.

After years of writing letters, placarding, campaigning, camping on the site, being arrested, and witnessing the Prime Minister renege on her commitment, Dr Kublalsingh has embarked on a hunger strike, eating no food and drinking no water. As at November 27th, Dr Kublalsingh would not have had any food to eat or water to drink for 13 days. The health and potentially the life of Dr. Kublalsingh remains significantly at risk.

On November 26th, a five-minute video of Dr Kublalsingh was released via YouTube. Still calm and coherent, Dr Kublalsingh outlined again the reasons for his action. He is asking that an independent technical review be done as this has the potential to save billions of the taxpayer’s money, that will be more environmentally sound, prevent significant flooding and that will avoid the unnecessary upheaval and displacement of approximately 300 homes in 13 communities.

Dr Kublalsingh stresses that what he wants is for this highway to be built wisely, and for a particular segment of it to be reconsidered with the people, and the environment and taxpayers' money in mind via a proper technical process.

He awaits the Prime Minister's announcements on the matter.


November 28th 2012

Media Release From The Office Of Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj S.C


November 28th 2012

Please sign the Petition to Save Dr. Kublalsingh's Life


November 27th 2012

Police prevent Kublalsingh from occupying pavement (with CNC3 video)

Highway Re-Route Movement leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh was made to sit on a plastic chair on Gray Street, St Clair with just an umbrella over his head, blocking out the scorching sun yesterday

http://guardian.co.tt/news/2012-11-27/police-prevent-kublalsingh-occupying-pavement


November 27th 2012

Canadians support Kublalsingh’s cause

Canadian environmentalists have aligned themselves with the cause of hunger-striker Dr Wayne Kublalsingh. Freda Huson, spokesman for the Unistoten-Wet’suwet’en (People of the Headwaters) people of the C’ilhts’ekhyu Clan, has also called on President George Maxwell Richards to give a hearing to Kublalsingh and to look at what the Highway Re-Route Movement was proposing.

http://onecaribbeanradio.com/canadians-support-kublalsinghs-cause/


November 25th 2012

Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh on the Re-Route Option

Dr Wayne Kublalsingh explains the current position of the Highway Re-Route Movement, and the reasons for continuing his hunger strike - Monday, November 25, 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUhguG92uuQ&feature=youtu.be


Follow Dr. Kublalsingh's Hunger Strike in the International Press

CNN ONLINE!

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-886582

Montreal Gazette

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Trinidad+hunger+striker+returns+prime+ministers+office/7611766/story.html

Leader Post
http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Trinidad+hunger+striker+returns+prime+ministers+office+protest/7611766/story.html

Vancouver Sun

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Trinidad+hunger+striker+returns+prime+ministers+office+protest/7611766/story.html


The Hindu (India)

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/trinidads-new-show-stopper-is-indian-origin-environmentalist-on-hunger-strike/article4134045.ece

Times India

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-27/other-news/35386446_1_kamla-persad-bissessar-hunger-strike-highway-project

Jamaica Observer

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trinidad-hunger-striker-s-health-deteriorating_13054396

Antigua Observer

http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=84058

CANA News Online

http://cananewsonline.com/news/84475-no-plans-to-stop-multi-million-dollar-highway-project.html

Taiwan News

http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=2076035

Barbados Advocate

http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=editorial&NewsID=27965

Daily Herald

http://eww.thedailyherald.com/regional/2-news/33488-dr-kublasingh-on-day-4-of-hunger-strike-protesters-plead-with-pm-to-save-his-life-.html

NCN Guyana

http://www.ncnguyana.com/ncntv/no-plans-to-stop-multi-million-dollar-highway-project/


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