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100% Possible Climate March

Sunday, Nov 29th at 1pm – Maffeo Sutton Park
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Along with many organizations, MICOC will be active in this hugely global event under the banner: 100% Possible

Wear Green

All are invited to show up in your favourite shade of green…all over.

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Think green! Green is the symbol of renewable energy, so dress in green:

  • clothing
  • posters
  • face paint

Anything and everything goes

Or dress up as the climate solution:

  • windmill
  • solar panel
  • electric car

Get creative!

Build a renewable energy float, paint some banners, or turn yourself into a walking piece of art.

“This is a peaceful, family friendly event to demonstrate to world leaders that we want a real climate action plan developed from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.” 

Facebook Event hosted by Paul Manly

Choose Your Country & Go Vote Banner Rally

On October 9th for one hour from 4:30-5:30 the Harper or Canada? Initiative will join in concert with the Council of Canadians Go Vote! Drive to bring attention to the need for people to be active and prepared for the most important election in Canadian history.

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Our ‘Spokes Car’ Flower will be at Pearson Bridge in full blossom and we will be handing out the CoC Voter’s Guide 2015 to all who stop by.

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Come and join this high-vibe movement by smiling and waving at motorists along side us and put a bounce in your step by Choosing Canada.

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Remember

Pearson Bridge/Comox intersection is where you want to be tomorrow Oct 9th at 4:30 and if it’s not on your route, take a detour, so you can honk, wave, thumbs up and smile for us.

 

Is Our Community Watershed Protected?

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Jump Lake

The answer may suprise you.

The cities of Vancouver and Victoria own their watersheds and control all of the activity within them, guaranteeing the security and quality of their water supply. But the City of Nanaimo does not own the community drinking watershed that supplies the residents of our community.

The city of Nanaimo owns two dams and two reservoirs, the South Forks dam and reservoir and the Jump Lake dam and reservoir but it only owns a few meters of the land around these lakes. The rest of the watershed land surrounding these reservoirs, including all of the creeks and streams that drain into these lakes, is owned by two forest companies. Island Timberlands, a subsidiary company of the multi-national corporation Brookfiled Asset Management owns 86% of the Nanaimo community drinking watershed and TimberWest another forest company, owns the remaining 14%. The City of Nanaimo does not even have a written agreement with these companies that guarantees the city access to the dams or reservoirs.

Why is this important?

Over the past fifty years there has been increased logging in the watershed to the point where there is no old growth forest left. Logging increases soil erosion, which leads to turbidity in the water. Turbidity makes it more difficult to kill pathogens in the water and increasing chlorine levels creates carcinogenic by-products. Also, it has not always been easy for the city to monitor industrial activity in the watershed. A previous owner, forest giant Weyerhauser, used fertilizer in the watershed that was proven to be laced with heavy metals and toxic chemicals and made tree-planters sick.

The Shawnigan Lake Precedent

The headwaters for the Shawnigan Lake watershed used to be predominantly owned by a single land-owner, a German Prince who believed in sustainable forestry. That land was sold in 1999, completely clear-cut logged and then subdivided. Now there are four mining operations in the watershed and one of the granite quarry’s has a permit for a contaminated toxic soil dump fifteen meters from the main tributary to the lake. The lake is the drinking water source for 12,000 people. This could happen in the Nanaimo community drinking watershed. There are two land-owners in the watershed now but that could change anytime.

The Victoria Precedent

Natural forests are the best filters for purifying water, which is why the Capital Regional District halted all logging and other activity in the Sooke Lake watershed decades ago. The CRD recently purchased an additional watershed, the Leech river, which they are letting grow back to a natural state for future needs.

It’s Time for Action!

A clean, high quality, secure source of drinking water is the most important asset that any city can own. It’s time for the City of Nanaimo to start the process of purchasing or expropriating the important parts of the Nanaimo community-drinking watershed to protect it now and for future generations. The most important sections are the valleys and streams above Jump Lake that flow into the lake.

Contact the Nanaimo City Mayor and Council and the Nanaimo Regional District and let them know that you want the community to own our drinking watershed. Email Nanaimo Mayor and Council at Mayor.council@nanaimo.ca. Email the RDN board care of Linda Burgoyne at lburgoyne@rdn.bc.ca.

For more information visit the Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition website and watch Paul Manly’s documentary “Troubled Water”.

Spread the word! Download & distribute our pamphlet about Nanaimo’s community watershed.

GASLAND PART II – World Water Day Screening

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The Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition and VIU Faculty Association Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee are pleased to present a free screening of GASLAND PART II in recognition of World Water Day.

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level.

GASLAND PART II shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition GASLAND PART II looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”.

WHAT: World Water Day screening of GASLAND PART II
WHEN: Friday March 21st, 7pm Free Admission
WHERE: Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Campus, Building 356, Room 109
Please note: On-campus parking is free after 8pm – https://viu.vincipark.ca/

No Pipelines Tanks

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The number one way to ensure that we have “world-class tanker safety and pipeline safety systems” is to ban pipelines and tankers from transporting tar sands bitumen through British Columbia! Come out and voice your opposition to pipelines and tankers on Wednesday December 11th.

Doug Eyford, Canada’s Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure to British Columbia and Alberta First Nations is hosting a meeting in Nanaimo on Wednesday Dec. 11th from 9am to 3:30pm at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel, 70 Church Street. The meeting is to review his recommendations from his report on “world-class tanker safety and pipeline safety systems”.

We are asking for a respectful presence outside of the meeting to publicly express our opposition to the proposed pipelines and increased tanker traffic along the coastline. Please come down at one or all of the following times – 8:45am, noon & 2:30pm. Thank you!