I went down to the demonstration...There, between 1-3 thousand people of all stripes showed up to demonstrate their opposition to the proposed Enbridge pipeline that would carry poison bitumen from the Tar Sands environmental disaster in Canada's north (primarily Alberta) across the width of British Columbia, transiting hundreds of streams and rivers, to be deposited at Kitimat, B.C., there to be shipped through the treacherous waterways of inland fjords, and out the jagged coastal Salish Sea for ports in Asia and the US. One spill threatens the entirety of life within this unique environment.
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Last month, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper prorogued prematurely the nation's parliament. This is the second time in just more than a year that Harper has made used the device to shut down debate in the House. The last time was to avoid an imminent non-confidence vote; this time, it is widely believed the move was made to shut down a parliamentary investigation into the so-called Afghan Detainee Torture scandal. Thousands of Canadians came out today across the nation to voice their opposition to the misuse of Canadian democracy, and I attended the rally in Victoria, B.C.
Ape Goes to the demo. It was a lightly attended affair (perhaps 150 to 200 people) but the anger is palpable, and this could well lead to bigger things, all bad, for B.C. premier Gordon Campbell. Dozens of anti-HST demonstrations were held across the province today.
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