Category Archives: Civil Disobedience

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!

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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!

Oct. 12th March Against Monsanto


October 12th is one of the busiest grocery shopping days of the year and the Mid Island Council of Canadians will be leafleting at major grocery stores starting at 10am and then following the march from Country Club at noon. Our leaflets request that local grocery stores provide labelled shelf space for products that are GMO free so consumers can make informed decisions about what they feed themselves and their families. If you would like to join the leafleting action please contact Paul by email for details.


March and Rally Against  Monsanto in Nanaimo
Saturday, October 12th
Organized by GE Free Nanaimo – Facebook Event Page

This is part of a global call to action aimed at informing the public, calling into question long-term health risks of genetically modified foods (GMO’s and demanding that GMO products be labeled so that consumers can make informed decisions.

We are marching to protect our food supply, support local farms. protect our environment, promote organic solutions and protect our families health.

We are marching because we refuse to be Monsanto’s lab rats. We have a right to know what is in our food supply.

There are two routes
12:00 starting at Country Club Mall
(in front of Future Shop)
1:00 starting at the Aquatic Centre
Both marches meet at Maffeo Sutton Park for a 2pm Rally

Certificates for Workshop Participants

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In acknowledgment of the 90+ local activists who have participated in our Direct Action workshops over the past two years, chapter member Diane Babcock has created a downloadable Certificate of Participation. You can add your name digitially, using imaging software, or print the certificate out and fill in your name with a calligraphy pen for a stylish look.




Direct Action Workshop

WHEN: Saturday June 1st, 10am – 5pmuberdrop
WHERE: Nanaimo Church of the Nazarene, 2150 Departure Bay Rd.
Directly across from the Brooks Landing Tim Horton’s. Plenty of parking & accessible by public transportation.
WORKSHOP PRESENTER: Harjap Grewal, BC-Yukon Regional Organizer, Council of Canadians

Feeling frustrated about the lack of action from our governments on any number of critical issues? Not sure how to respond? Some trepidation about being an “activist”? This workshop is for you!

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Occupy Love – Film Review

by Diane Babcock

When Velcrow Ripper asked the question, “How can a crisis on the planet become a love story?”, he was amazed at the answer and you will be, too. Thank you all who attended this awesome showing and supported this global cause.

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Occupy Love takes a closer look at the relationship dynamic and reveals a pattern in the connection between crisis and love as an evolutionary process of the heart. It seems there is first a yearning and separation followed by a coming together, only this time it’s between humanity and nature.

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