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.
This 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).
- Aerial helicopter rides: 1760 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road
- Walking perimeter tour: 360 Stebbings Road
- Peaceful protest: 360 Stebbings Road
You 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
- Stand Up For Shawnigan Facebook Event
- Save Shawnigan Water
- Shawnigan Residents Association
- Sign the petition
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!