LETTER – Pipeline protest the beginning act of civil disobedience

The first major protest against the KM pipeline is planned for today (Saturday, March 10, 2018) and it is important to recognize that this has become not simply an oil pipeline issue but has become symbolic of many things, most of which are bad in people’s minds.

Symbols unify people and often mean different things to different people. First nations view KM as a threat to their traditional way of life. To KM shareholders it means more money for them. To the mayors of the coastal cities it threatens the natural beauty surrounding them.

For the sports and commercial fishermen it spells a potential income tragedy. For the Greens it makes a mockery of the Feds concern about climate change.

Those in the tourism industry shudder at the thought of a chemically laced bitumin spill. Those boating in the Gulf Islands likely feel their politicians have gone bonkers. For many it has now become a symbol of moronic thinking with total lack of any real concern of our children’s environmental future.

Those attending the protest rally will be motivated for many and varied reasons.

Symbols have enormous power. Think of the swastika.

Those who really care and feel most strongly about the symbol will, in the end, most likely be on the winning side. We are about to witness the beginning act of civil disobedience the like of which our gerneration has never witnessed.


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6 Comments on LETTER – Pipeline protest the beginning act of civil disobedience

  1. I support the protestor. Presently one in every four Canadian children have chronic health issues. 1/285 children are diagnosed with cancer. It is time to clean the country.

  2. Wayne Porter // March 10, 2018 at 9:52 AM // Reply

    Nelson, your NDP bias is showing.
    And not unlike your party, your statements pertaining to the Kinder Morgan pipeline are based on half-truths, innuendo and outright falsehoods.
    The truth of the matter is every First Nation crossed by the pipeline supports the project. Among these are nine First Nation Reserves in B.C., including Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, Nelson’s home town. Their Chief, Fred Seymour, stated during an interview, “As the old saying goes, we’re open for business,”
    Obviously, the N.D.P. are not open for business.
    It’s evident to everyone following this debacle that the actions of this government have caused a Canada-wide backlash against our Province that, if not dealt with, will result in serious and long-term ramifications.
    Nelson, pick up your toys and get out of the sand box, it’s time for the big boys to go to work.

    • To bad you can’y vote for trump .Perhaps you think that a promise made is only as good as the money it brings.You do not know what you are talking about when you say that F/N are on side.You could not be farther from the truth.But I’m sure that doesn’t bother you.Why don’t you move south of the boarder where integrity has no value

  3. Joseph Federico // March 10, 2018 at 9:30 AM // Reply

    Important issues need people who are passionate and ardently put forward their views with the intention of affecting change. These are the kind of people we can get behind. Nelson Riis is one of these people.

  4. Ken McClelland // March 10, 2018 at 9:09 AM // Reply

    Pretty ironic how much gas and diesel will get burned by people attending this protest against the use of fossil fuels. I wonder how many will be wearing clothing such as Gore-Tex and using technology that are also brought to them by the petro-chemical industry? And by the way, there are plenty of First Nations that are in favour of, and will benefit from, this particular pipeline. A number of BC First Nations are on record as being fed up with these foreign-funded professional protestors that have taken it upon themselves to speak for First Nations. Check out some of the video that Skeena MLA Ellis Ross has posted. Enlightening and informative to say the least.

    • There is no “irony”…we live in an economic paradigm based on oil. However many people do realize the dreadful realities and consequences of this paradigm. Climate change, pollution, environmental destruction, economic slavery and a host of other well-documented problems are awaiting a solution regardless of the clothing you wear.
      Doing the same thing over and over will not bear any different results…

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