Category Archives: Climate Justice

Jun 27 – White Water Black Gold

Cinema Politica Film Series (6)
#2 – White Water, Black Gold

Cinema Politica Nanaimo is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary, “White Water, Black Gold” by David Lavallee at Vancouver Island University.  VIU Faculty Association, Vancouver Island Water Watch,  VIU Students for Social Change and Mid-Island Council of Canadians co-sponsor this film.

An audience discussion facilitated by two speakers Sheila Malcolmson, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committee will follow the film.

Venue: VIU, building 200, room 203
Date: Tuesday, June 27
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: free (by donation)
For information contact Bill Eadie:
250 758 0218

Web site:


“White Water, Black Gold” is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands.

As a mountaineer and hiking guide, David is on the front lines of climate change. Over the past 15 years he has worked in the Columbia Icefields of the Canadian Rockies, and has noticed profound changes in the mountains: climate change is rendering these landscapes unrecognizable.

When David discovers that his province is ramping up growth in an extremely water intensive industry downstream of his beloved ice fields, he is surprised he knows so little about this industry. This necessitates a journey: from ice fields…to oilfields.

In the course of his journey he makes many discoveries: new science shows that water resources in an era of climate change will be increasingly scarce (putting this industry at risk); first nations people living downstream are contracting bizarre cancers; the upgrading of this oil threatens multiple river systems across Canada and the tailings ponds containing the waste by-products of the process threaten to befoul the third largest watershed in the world. Additionally, a planned pipeline across British Columbia brings fresh threats to BC Rivers and the Pacific Ocean.

“White Water, Black Gold” is a sober look at the untold costs (to water and people) associated with developing the second largest deposit of “oil” in the world.


Director: David Lavallée
Editor: Nancy Rosenblum
Cinematographer: Alan Bibby, Pat Morrow & Will Schmidt
Animator: Will Anielwicz
Sound Editor: Luke Martin
Soundtrack Composer: John Tucker-Havelock
Producer: David Lavallee
Narration: Peter Coyote


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.

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!

Dec 15th Fractured Land at VIU

Fractured Land Film Screening
Tuesday, Dec 15th at 7pm – VIU Malaspina Theatre


MICOC is co-hosting this award-winning film that reveals what it is like to the be at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth.

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Caleb Behn

We will have a table prior to the film where you can get some printed material such as:

  • LNG in BC:Fracking Our Future
  • Myths Versus Realities:…Getting the Facts about Fracking
  • No Fracking Way
  • Fracking and Climate Change
  • Free Trade is Fracking with our Future
  • Don’t Frack with Our Water
  • Frack Free

The evening will also feature a Q&A with filmmaker Damien Gillis.


Facebook Event Page:

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

GASLAND PART II – World Water Day Screening

WWD Gasland Poster

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 –

Sat. Nov. 16th TWO LOCAL EVENTS!

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RALLY: 11:30am at the Downtown Nanaimo Library (Diana Krall Plaza) has called for a national day of action on Saturday Nov. 16th to demonstrate the growing number of communities across this country taking action to stop reckless tar sands expansion and runaway climate change – people across Canada are coming together to “Defend our Climate and Defend our Communities.”

In BC we face unprecedented pipeline expansion and tanker traffic – we need to stand up and be heard! The Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians has taken the lead in organizing our local Nanaimo event, in solidarity with organizers all across Canada.

RSVP for this event at or on Facebook.

**SUBSCRIBE to the Mid Island Council of Canadians weekly e-newsletter for news about local actions and events**


PRESENTATION: 1pm at VIU, Nanaimo Campus, Building 356, Room 109. By Donation

Do you have questions or concerns regarding genetically engineered (GE) foods and human health? The GE Foods and Human Health: A Canadian Speaker’s Tour seeks to provide the Canadian public with an opportunity to discuss their concerns around GE foods from a scientific and regulatory perspective.

The tour will feature a presentation by Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who, after a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, no longer supports GE technology. Dr. Vrain is intent on increasing public awareness about this growing issue and having the federal agencies in the US and Canada take notice.

Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former Health Canada senior scientific advisor who blew the whistle on bovine growth hormone (rBGH), several additional hormones, antibiotics, and various other products endangering public health, will accompany Dr. Vrain for most of the tour. His book, Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower, is an international best seller.

Co-presented by GE Free BC, Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group, GE Free Nanaimo and the Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians.

Facebook Event Page

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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OCCUPY LOVE screening

occupyloveThe Mid-Island chapter of the Council of Canadians invite the community to join us for a free screening of the highly-anticipated documentary OCCUPY LOVE. This is the closing film of our spring series of Cinema Politica documentaries, we’ll be back in the fall with more great films to share with you.

SCREENING LOCATION: Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Campus, Building 356, Room 109
DATE & TIME: Tuesday April 30th, 7pm
FREE ADMISSION, donations accepted.

The evening will open with a special video message from director Velcrow Ripper. Our post-screening discussion will be lead by Fred Speck, Gwawaenuk Tribe & Idle No More activist.

Watch the OCCUPY LOVE trailer

Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”

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