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.
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.
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!
The Mid Island Chapter joined other local community organizations to protest at the Kinder Morgan, Trans Mountain pipeline expansion open House in Nanaimo on Dec 4th. Chapter members kept the Kinder Morgan PR team busy with difficult questions and inconvenient truths. People sang outside and signs and banners were visible throughout.
Here is the video of our No Tankers No Pipeline campaign in action at the annual Silly Boat Regatta in Nanaimo harbour. This year we played “Oilagopoly” with attendees at the Regatta and our Silly Boat entry the ‘Epic Disaster’ was indeed an epic disaster.
Here’s a video of the No Tanks campaign in action at the annual Silly Boat Regatta in Nanaimo harbour – selling EnRich stock and launching the bad ship Gonna Spill. “The more we drill, the more we spill, the more you earn.”
In 2011, the Mid Island Chapter concentrated on the No Tanks campaign against the shipping of tar sands crude oil in tankers from Vancouver, the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan piplene to Vancouver and the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker shipments from Kitamaat.
Here are some photos of the No Tanks action on Canada Day. And take a look at our video of the days events right here.
Please help us clean up our poor oil coated Ducky!