Tired of sitting idle in Masset’s Haidawood Studios, puppets from the recent production Haida Raid 2: A message to Stephen Harper got together in downtown Masset to Defend Our Coast from the Evil Enbridge Empire. According to Raven, “We’re sick and tired of these companies like Enbridge threatening to bring massive oil tankers to our coast hauling toxic bitumen. It’s time to stop their motion and start defending our coast!”
While the members of the Haida Raid production were feisty and bold at the protest action, the event was largely peaceful and no arrests were made.
Want to know more about what happened in Alaska when the Exxon Valdez Spilled a supertanker of oil? How about what’s going on now? Come and see Riki Ott speak in Masset and Charlotte about her own experiences with clean-up and as an “incidental activist.” This event is supported by CoASt and the TBuck Suzuki Foundation.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 7:00 pm
Queen B’s Cafe, 3208 Wharf Street
Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:00 pm
The Haven, Harrison Ave (above Green Gaia)
Need some straight facts to back up your opposition to Enbridge and Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposals? Vancouver Observer journalist Carrie Saxifrage will be editing an eBook that will offer just that. Providing an alternative to Enbridge and KMP’s highly funded PR campaigns, the eBook will explore the long-term effects of oil spills like the Exxon Valdez and their possible impacts up and down the coast as well as revealing the many half-truths and snow jobs the two companies are selling to the public.
The new eBook, featuring a foreword by former Greenpeace International campaign director Tzeporah Berman, will be put together through an online campaign you can donate to at indigogo.com. To learn about the project, get involved, or donate, go to:
1. Changes to the Fisheries Act mean that the law may no longer protect all fish and the waters where they live.
The new protection framework could exclude many fish and watercourses. Generally,
habitat protection will only include permanent alteration or destruction of “commercial,
recreational or aboriginal fisher(ies)” habitat and some activities will be exempt from the
law regardless of how much damage they cause. The federal government will also be
able to hand over the power to authorize destruction of fish habitat to provincial
governments or other entities, which is worrisome.
2. No maximum time limits on permits allowing impacts on species at risk.
This means that there will no longer be any guaranteed review to evaluate ongoing
impacts to endangered species. These potential ‘perpetual’ permits could continue even
where there is a drastic decline in the population of a species affected by the permitted
3. The National Energy Board (NEB) will be exempted from species at risk protections.
The NEB will no longer have to ensure that measures have been taken to minimize
impacts on the critical habitat of at-risk species before the NEB approves a pipeline or
other major infrastructure. For example, Continue reading →
The Haida culture is based in our spiritual, mental and physical relationship to the land, waters and all life forces. The very core of our culture is our spiritual connections, which govern our use of the Creator’s gifts.
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We well know the sweat of our brow. We follow our ancient harvest calendar to provide for self and community. Harvesting, preparing and preserving for the year takes a great deal of work and community effort from the spring through winter. On Haida Gwaii, our people are working intimately with all life forms: seaweeds, clams, cockles, all species of fish, sea cucumber, geoduck, mussels, octopus, to name a few of the ocean foods. The forest gifts include trees, medicines, berries and greens.