Defend Our Coast Event in Victoria, BC – October 22

4,500 people came together on October 22 on the lawns for the BC Legislature in the ‘the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience to stop tar sands pipelines and tankers that Canada has ever seen.”   They came together to express their indignation that corporate profits are being given precedence over our environment, that First Nation rights are not being respected, and that our Canadian economy is being driven by the toxic greenhouse-gas-polluting tar sands industry.

44 members and supporters of the Comox Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians gathered before dawn to bus down to the Defend Our Coast rally where they spent the day listening to speaker after speaker, including the Council of Canadian’s National Chairperson, Maude Barlow, reinforce the message that the risk of an oil spill is simply too great and that governments need to be providing leadership in transitioning from a fossil fuel economy.

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

Photos from the protest in Victoria

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