Did you know…Week of December 23, 2017

Must Reads from Last Week Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt The grizzly bear trophy hunt is now banned in BC.  BC is one of only two provinces in Canada without endangered species legislation.  I have no doubt our BC Green MLAs will be working on that. Adam Olsen has a brief video on the BC Greens’ efforts on this. Site C One woman’s reaction to the NDP’s Site C decision. Excerpt:  “A wise and good friend once said…: “Sometimes the sheer indignity of the will of a government imposed on people leaves me in a state of tongue-tied rage, unable to even put voice to the injustice served up….” šxʷʔam̓ət (home) Theatre for Living is going to present šxʷʔam̓ət (home), in Courtenay on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. The event takes place at Mark Isfeld School, and doors open at 6:30. Start time is being finalized – between 7:00 and 7:30. The event will explore the following questions: What does Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people look and feel like? How does this idea of “Reconciliation” translate into our day to day human relationships? This audience interactive play puts real, tough, current issues on the stage about the blockages we all face moving towards Reconciliation.  It asks the “What now?” question in regards to Reconciliation, and compels audiences to think about Reconciliation not as a “thing of the past”, but something that permeates many aspects of all of our lives. What Is Forum Theatre? Forum Theatre is an opportunity for creative, community-based dialogue. The play is performed once, all the way through, so the audience can see the situation and the problems presented. The story builds to a crisis...

Did you know…Week of December 16, 2017

Must Reads from Last Week Site C Well, the decision is made.  Read Sierra Club’s press release from December 11th. Excerpt:  “Today is a dark day. The government has passed up its chance to stop this misbegotten project. Instead, it has betrayed First Nations and all those who voted in hope of stopping Site C.  History will not look kindly on this decision. While the blame must be shared with the previous government, which recklessly proceeded without a proper review, this government has now assumed responsibility for the harsh environmental and social impacts to come.” “Today’s decision also underscores the need for electoral reform in B.C. It is highly unlikely projects such as Site C and Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers project would have been approved under proportional representation. Voters who want to see politics done differently, including a reduction of the influence of powerful insiders, need to come together to vote in favour of proportional representation next fall.” Watch Andrew Weaver on Power & Politics, responding to Premier Horgan’s decision. Calling budding photographers… Canadian Geographic is holding a “Show Us Your Riding” competition.  They are “We’re looking for the best photos from each and every one of Canada’s 338 ridings to see what democracy looks like where you live! Landmarks of political history, issues that should be addressed, or even politics in action.” Kinder Morgan The poll Vancouver Sun poll on whether or not you agree with the NEB’s decision to approve Kinder Morgan is still active.  Check it out and cast your vote.  Right now it shows 69.21% of people in support of the NEB’s decision on...

Did you know…week of December 3, 2017

Must Reads from Last Week BC Greens Weekly Update  If you’re not a member of the BC Green Party you’re not getting these weekly updates.  I really like their format.  In fact, the format of these Must Reads is somewhat similar.  The weekly update that came out on Sunday leads with Site C.  If you’ve been wondering exactly what the BC Greens’ position is on Site C, read this. There’s much more in this weekly update, including Sonia Furstenau on salmon farms and the blood and effluent being pumped into the water in Clayoquot. Site C There are lots of options to let the government know you want them to cancel Site C (if that is, in fact, what you want). CHEK News is doing a poll.  Cast your vote here.  When last I checked, it was 78% in favour of cancelling and 22% in favour of going ahead with it.  It’s a quick, easy way to weigh in on this decision. Tiny House Warriors If you don’t know about these folks, they are AMAZING.  There is a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to build tiny homes along the proposed Kinder Morgan route, to show Indigenous presence and claim. Check out their Facebook page.  Here is an update I got this week: Project Update: Tiny House Warriors - W’sanec Territory Build Posted by li kellerWe are so thrilled to announce that we’ve surpassed our $10,000 goal and this tiny house is now complete! Last week, together with a group of Secwepemc Nation Tiny House Warriors, the tiny house left the build site making important stops on its way to blocking...

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Must Reads from Last Week OPINION Trudeau, Orwell and ‘Deliverology’ PM embraces a political fad that promises accountability and delivers — well, nothing. By Andrew Nikiforuk 23 Nov 2017 | TheTyee.ca Excerpt:  What does a status quo politician do when he wants to hide his aversion to real change?  “Deliverology is an information-oriented approach to politics. It’s something that wouldn’t be out of place in Orwell’s ‘Minitrue.’ Fundamentally this ‘deliverology’ looks like manipulating constraints on the public by the powerful (to keep them in power) through the medium of information.” And that’s what Trudeau is now doing. He refused to deliver on electoral reform and won’t be able to deliver on climate change. Read more Keystone XL and petition of our Federal Government: Excerpt:  State authorities in Nebraska just issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline – but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. We’re still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this fight is definitely not over. If politicians like Trump and Trudeau keep bulldozing ahead with pipelines like Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan, it’s up to us to rise up and stop tar sands expansion at the source. Sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to give the largest open pit tar sands mine ever proposed – Teck Frontier – a proper review that considers climate change and Indigenous rights. The Teck Frontier mine is a massive tar sands expansion project. If built, it would be an open pit mine nearly three times the size of Vancouver, and would fill massive export pipelines like Kinder Morgan – and,...

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