About 500 people rallied together during the course of the 2 hour demonstration October 24th, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm which stretched 1,540 feet along the highway symbolizing the size of an oil tanker.
Malaccamax oil tanker. Google Images.
1,540 feet is the length of a Malaccamax Very Large Crude Carrier that could end up plying up and down the narrow and treacherous Douglas Channel to Kitimat to service the Enbridge Northern Gateway project if built.
Local event planners were told by the Defend Our Coast provincial organizers that the event in Davis Bay was likely the biggest of the 65 events around BC!
“I’m sure it was the liveliest and most enthusiastic! After all, this is the Sunshine Coast and we do it with style!” said Jef Keighley, from Alliance 4 Democracy
A big thank you all for your generosity! With the donations given in advance of the event and the collection taken during the event we are happy to be able to say that we covered all of our costs and have a little left over as seed money to finance the next activity, as that gets decided.
Thank you to everyone, young and old who came out to line the 1,540 feet of the highway in Davis Bay and turn a dull day into a happy and hopeful event! Thank you to all the people who forwarded emails ahead of the event, who put up posters on poles, on bulletin boards and in stores, who handed out flyers and talked up the event.
Thank you to all who have and will be contributing their photography, especially Daniel Sikorskyi and Rick O’Neil who were in the air taking the aerial photos and footage while we were on the ground. A very big thank you to Rod Powell, who donated his time and his plane to make the aerial photography a reality!
Thank you to Mary Bitroff, who bought her hot dog trailer out to help feed us and warm us with coffee. Mary donated 25% of the proceeds back to our organizing efforts.
Shishalh Elder Tharesa Jeffries with MLA Nicholas Simons. Photo courtesy Heather Conn.
Thank you to Nicholas Simons and Kim Tournat who opened Nicholas’s constituency office for warmth, free coffee and the ever popular ‘People’s Potty’.
Thank you to all Sechelt Nation people who attended, the original defenders of our coast, and helped remind us of the necessity of thinking seven generations down the line.
Thank you to The Local, The Coast Reporter, CKAY, and others who helped publicize the event before hand and provide coverage afterward to educate people up and down our Coast about the importance of the issues.
Thank you to the RCMP who made sure we were all kept safe and ensured the traffic flowed both ways with remarkable ease.
Thank you to the Sunshine Coast Teachers, the Sunshine Coast Labour Council, the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association and the Sunshine Coast Senior Citizens for your solid support.
Thank you to all who helped with the set-up and take-down, who collected donations and signatures on the petitions to Stephen Harper and who handed out leaflets alerting us all to the dangers of the secretive Canada-China Investment Treaty.
Thank you to the drummers and musicians who helped create an upbeat vibe! It was a great day!
No Pipelines! No Tankers! No Way! DEFEND OUR COAST!
On October 22nd concerned more the 3,500 citizens gathered on the lawn of the BC Legislature in Victoria to Defend Our Coast. Two days later we came together in 76 communities around BC to say No Pipelines! No Tankers! No Way! Defend Our Coast! The gathering in Davis Bay on the Sunshine Coast, was the largest in the province. This 10 minute video follows Alliance 4 Democracy – Sunshine Coast activists to Victoria and back home to Davis Bay.
People are coming together like never before to tell our provincial and federal governments that BC’s coast must be protected from tar sands pipelines and tankers.
“Pipeline Blues” was inspired by a March 26, 2012 rally in downtown Vancouver protesting the proposed expansion of oil pipelines and tanker traffic in BC. This song reminds us of what we stand to lose in the event of a major oil spill on land or sea. By Barry Truter
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