Category Archives: Activism

Apr 7 – Maude Barlow BC Book Tour

Barlow Talks Water in BC

Maude Barlow is coming to BC to launch her latest book Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis.

Water is one of the most important issues of our time and will be front and centre leading up to the B.C. election this May. Boiling Point is a timely and insightful guide for residents, election candidates, elected officials and environmental organizations seeking to protect freshwater in the province and in Indigenous communities, leading up to the B.C. election on Tuesday May 9, 2017. Hear about issues such as the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the Site C dam, bottled water takings, fracking, NAFTA and gutted water legislation.

Maude Barlow Speaking on BC’s Water Crisis in Nanaimo


WHEN: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm – doors open at 6:00 pm

WHERE: Bowen Park Auditorium, 500 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo

MORE INFO: Bill Eadie, Mid-Island Council of Canadians, 250-758-0218

COST: By Donation

Tour Dates & Cities


  • Comox – April 6
  • Nanaimo – April 7
  • Victoria – April 8
  • Williams Lake – April 10
  • Kamloops – April 11




Feb 27 – Shawnigan Sacred Land & Water Event

Sacred Land & Sacred Waters

Saturday, February 27th  at 9am on Stebbings Road

Traditional Welcoming and Water Ceremony for Shawnigan Lake/Sooke Watersheds as Community Gathers to Stop Contaminated Soil Dumping

Join Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Canada’s youth ambassador to the United Nations, along with Pipe Carriers, Elders and CommUNITY voices who gather/stand in honour of the Lands and Water of our collective future.


NEB Kinder Morgan Protest Report

Together we can stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline


We were there on Jan 23rd at the Burnaby Delta Hotel to rally in protest regarding to the National Energy Board Hearings on the Trans Mountain/Kinder Morgan Pipeline.

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Maureen reports that they were happy to be together with people who take steps to be engaged in free speech about a flawed system of governance when it comes to deciding the merits and problems of oil pipelines.

She says, what is important to ‘everyone’ is the increased shipment of oil through the strait and what a spill will do to nature. There is climate change, too, serious to consider. Standing up in such a rally affirms a sense of right to have a personal conscience.

Meeting and/or just being with people from so many groups, to stand up and be counted, as well as being further educated, was really ‘cool’.

Maureen heard and saw several people who were there, from whom she’s received and read emails, or about blogs, news articles, Hansard* dialogue, about or from. She knows some of their issues and how they work for the sake of the environment, whether as First Nations. as writers, makers of trails through first forests, members of provincial or federal parliaments, ones who stand up for birds, animals, fish, for rescue or prevention of problems, keepers of ideas of equality and justice.

*Hansard – the official verbatim record of debates in the British, Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand parliament.

Save Shawnigan Water Protest Report

From the Ground

Photos from yesterday’s protest at Shawnigan Lake and a reports from Lynne and John.

The event was well attended and peaceful, and very educational. The tour leaders were able to show us quite a lot of what’s wrong with the operation, apart from being in the wrong place.

During the protest trucks were stopped from continuing to the quarry and the dump site by the large gathering of people on the road…and snowmen.

The picture with a tanker on the top is where trucks presently are dumping toxic soil which is then mixed with fly ash, which creates concern for airborne contamination from the ash.

In the Media


Shawnigan Lake soil dumping protests attract hundreds on Vancouver Island

CHEK – with video

Hundreds protest Shawnigan Lake contaminated soil site, and politicians take helicopter tour of watershed


Rally decries Shawnigan Lake contaminated-soil landfill

Jan 6th 2016 – Stand Up For Shawnigan

Show Up & Show You Care to ‘Save Shawnigan Water’

Jan 6, 2016 from 9am to 3pm


Peaceful Protest & Media Event

This event is hosted by the ‘Save Shawnigan Water’ Community Action Group, and the MICOC is adding their ‘Super Supporter Power’ to this very dire situation. The dire factor being: this is the just the beginning of government permissions to dump contaminated soil near community watersheds.

save-shawnigan-waterThis protest will include some very vocal and optical components that focus both public and political attention on the devastating condition of the Shawnigan Lake Watershed caused by the dumping of contaminated soil at South Island Aggregates (SIA).

sia-shawniganYou are requested to Show Up & Show You Care, because this is just the beginning of this type of contaminated soil dumping on Vancouver Island. There will be experts and advisors from Shawnigan Basin Society and Shawnigan Residents Association on hand to answer questions about the SIA contaminated landfill. There will also be documentation handed out regarding the past and current actions being taken to protect this invaluable drinking water resource.


  • Dress warmly and wear good walking shoes
  • Park on only one side of the road
  • If the RCMP ask you to move, please comply peacefully
  • Don’t fly drones over the pit or higher than 100ft


Answering a Plea

Dec 3rd: A plea for help came to the Mid Island Council of Canadians with a link to When will it be enough? in regards to the Shawnigan Lake contaminated soil dumping issue.

“The toxic waste that is coming into our watershed is being barged over from Port Moody to Duke Point and trucked to Shawnigan.

If you could get the word out in Nanaimo that this is happening we would appreciate the support. This is so much more than a Nimby issue in one community.

This is about Vancouver Island becoming the province’s toxic dump. This is about the provincial government forcing their agenda, and their toxic waste, down our throats while they espouse their support for communities.

If they do it here, they’ll do it everywhere.”


The MICOC immediately contacted the group currently known to be active in the cause, which was Action Nanaimo and shared the information to shed more light on what was happening in the pre-dawn hours just 80 kilometres South of us.

Dec 9th: Gratitude from the front lines at Shawnigan Lake.


This thing just gets more ridiculous every day.

My wife was up at the site today and tells me that SIA workers are madly scrambling with tarps, sand bags and hand tools, whatever they can get their hands on to try and control the water pouring off the site.

Your group is another invaluable voice trying to get the minister to see sense.

I’m very grateful.”

This is the kind of activism that gets things done…and it’s surprisingly quite fun!

Dec 21-15 Citizens’ Solidarity Flotilla at Duke Point

One Port, Two Travesties! Solidarity Flotilla–For Walbran Valley Ancient Forests and Shawnigan Lake Water Rights !!!

Land and water protest! Canoes, kayaks, row-boats and paddle boards welcome!

Facebook Event Page


At Nanaimo’s ‘Dirty Port’ at Duke Point!

Nanaimo’s Duke Point is the port of entry for barged off-island contaminated soils bound for a hazardous dump site threatening the Shanwigan Lake residents’ water supply.

It is also the location from which Teal Jones booms and barges ancient forest logs from the plundered slopes of the Central Walbran valley and elsewhere on Vancouver island, to its mill in Surrey B.C.

Shawnigan residents and Walbran valley protectors have both recently been issued court orders enforcing destructive industrial activity for corporate profit, threatening island communities and ecosystems.

Join Shawnigan residents, ancient forest activists and fellow islanders in solidarity against these corporate travesties passing through the port of Nanaimo!

On this morning it is expected that Shawnigan residents and supporters will be challenging the trucks and their toxic cargo.

Get an early jump on the shortest day of the year.

Meet at Jackson Rd near Daholt at Duke Point ( look for the banners!!!) 7 am, December 21st, with banners, water, lunch, pfds– to take to the water or protest on land for healthy island communities and ancient forest ecosystems! Supporters are welcome to join land protests against the toxic soil trucks later in the day.

UPDATE: It appears that the Toxic Soil Barge is not coming Monday. Apparently they think it isn’t the best day. Gee, I wonder why??? Shawnigan/Walbran event is still occuring Monday morning, and people are encouraged to come out Tuesday morning as well. We surely wouldn’t want to miss the trucks!

100% Possible Climate March

Sunday, Nov 29th at 1pm – Maffeo Sutton Park

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.


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.


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.


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.



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.