A Paddle from the Peace

The faces of betrayal & bullshit.

On December 11, 2017, Premier John Horgan and his government announced that they were continuing the Site C dam in spite of all the evidence against it. In spite of the expert testimony against it, in spite of the voices of people in Treaty 8 Territory and the Peace River valley, and hundreds of NDP & union members and supporters who urged the government to stop the dam. Although Treaty 8 was signed in 1899, and the Premier said in 2016, “You cannot mitigate alienating people from their traditional actions which is fishing, which you will not be able to do after the dam.” The Premier even used the word “Reconciliation” in his speech in a disgraceful display of hypocrisy. Prior to the 2017 election, he and many in his cabinet had pledged in public, in print and in the legislature to stop Site C. Then they turned 180 degrees.

Photo of me & Claire at the Paddle for the Peace by Matt Prevost, Alaska Highway News.

The government has yet to provide credible answers for its decision and excludes the Site C decision from its lists of the triumphs of its first year in power – as if nothing happened. In response to their breach of trust, I chopped up a paddle I had used on the Halfway River and Peace River (as well as many times on the Bowron Lakes circuit) on the winter solstice.

I then constructed “caskets” for the paddle pieces, using Chinese plywood (thinking of the attempted takeover of Aecon Construction by the China Communications Construction Company). I printed the logo of the BC Building Trades unions on the base plates, since these mostly US-based unions lobbied heavily in favour of Site C. On the sides I printed a paddle with glow-in-the-dark ink to embody its spirit.

An NDP coroplast election sign I kept after the May, 2017 election (in which I put up signs for the Cariboo North candidate and scrutineered) provided material for six lids printed with quotes from Premier Horgan and Ministers Heyman, Popham, Dix, Mungall and Fraser before the election. I wired marettes that matched the NDP orange  into the lids as handles, and routered rabbets in the boxes so they would sit flush.

I lined each coffin with shredded Canadian money, since our government has no qualms about wasting billions of dollars for power we don’t need and for which it has no market. They were on display at the Site C Summit in Victoria in late January, 2018, after which I took them to the steps of the BC Legislature for a photo shoot.

Then the coffins made their way to Arlene and Ken Boon at their farm at Bear Flat. Ground Zero of the Site C dam.

With their usual grace and good humour, they cremated the coffins on a beautiful day late in the spring with the sun sparkling on the snow. Here are some clips courtesy of Arlene and Ken:
receiving & unpacking the coffins,
stacking the coffins in the burn bin,
cremation with stakes in background,
panoramic cremation, and
mounting the lids with quotes on the bird feeder.
Still shots follow here (all photos courtesy of Arlene Boon):

Rather than burn the plastic lids, they mounted them to a tall bird feeder where the words of Premier Horgan and his Ministers – George Heyman, Lana Popham, Michelle Mungall, Adrian Dix and Scott Fraser – remain on display as a record of their betrayal of the people of Treaty 8, the Peace River valley and all of BC (we’ll all pay for this boondoggle).

T-shirts I printed to raise funds for T8’s legal defense.

The above words in Cree and in Dane-zaa remain true and I trust will guide us in the months and years ahead, regardless of the actions of the government and BC Hydro. Thanks to Art Napoleon for the Cree translation and Verena Hofmann & Treaty 8 Tribal Association for the Dane-zaa text. Thanks to Ian Crawford for photodocumentation and shipping support. Also thanks to Arlene and Ken Boon for their photos, videos and unparalled hospitality.

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Is the NDP on crack, FFS?!

“There is a crack, a crack in everything … ”

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Why, oh why would the BC NDP government listen to the paid lobbyists, carpetbaggers and dam-whispers of the US-based BC Building Trades unions and their pals who want BC Hydro’s Site C boondoggle to continue, contrary to the most
credible evidence presented to the BC Utilities Commission?

Do they not remember what happened in 1975 when Dave Barrett ordered union workers back to work and then called a snap election? Enough union workers stayed home that Barrett lost his own seat, not just the election. And now, NDP supporters have the option of voting Green if they feel betrayed by the party. Such is the case with Site C.

On very short notice, hundreds of union and/or party members and volunteers have signed a statement of Peace River Solidarity, and people continue to sign. Below are just some of their messages to Premier John Horgan:


Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.


 

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,


Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vast community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,


Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.


Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,


Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!


Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,


Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.


If Site C goes through I WILL quit the party.

I have been a life-long NDP supporter, but if the NDP goes through with Site C, I will never vote NDP in my lifetime. Mr. Horgan, if you go through with the Site C dam, you will sink the NDP in BC for good.

Cancel Site C, preserve agricultural land, implement the excellent Power BC plan you campaigned on. I know there will be blowback, but there are many like me who will stand behind you.

I ALWAYS vote NDP and have been an NDP member in the Cariboo North Riding in the past. Lapsed membership is irrelevant – we always vote NDP. Unless Site C goes ahead. Then we would vote Green instead.

Have always supported the NDP. Site C will be a game changer for me if they approve.

Voted for NDP, never again if Site C goes ahead; Prince George Mackenzie riding.

Campaign worker and donor in multiple campaigns over five decades.

Power BC is a better alternative to Site C.

If you build it this will forever be your legacy to BC, not one that will make us proud.

This is your chance to show real leadership!

This is a critical issue to those of us, like me, who have voted NDP their entire adult lives but are increasingly concerned about the party’s stand on environmental issues. In the last campaign we were assured that the NDP would let the sound judgment of the BCUC guide the decision on Site C. It’s time to keep that promise.

Just because Christy Clark left behind this mess doesn’t mean the BCNDP has to be left with it. Please scrap Site C, for the good of all British Columbians and future generations.

PowerBC is a vision I can get behind. That is what I voted for. I voted against Site C because I believe the PowerBC vision is the right direction for BC.

Site C is a moneyless & bottomless pit. It will be biggest loss of ALR farmland in BC history and biggest boondoggle any taxpayer financed project.

POWERBC NOT SITE C. Preserve precious farmland & respect indigenous rights to their culture and homeland.

There is $2 billion currently invested, and an estimated $2 billion required for remediation. The remediation will create jobs and stimulate the economy, so it should not be considered as money down the drain. Don’t build Christy’s vanity project and stick your party and the people of BC with the economic, cultural and ecological loss that Site C has created.

You will lose my vote and contributions by allowing Site C to be completed.

Site C can go two ways: cancel it and lay all blame on the Liberal grafters who promoted it, or continue it and have the NDP blamed for its catastrophic failure. Don’t accept it, please. 

Please do not approve the Site C Dam. It is not required for power. The farmland is essential. It is too expensive. It is not recommended by experts, studies. I will no longer support the NDP if your government approves this dam against the experts’ recommendations. Then I will know that the lobbyists persuaded your government to complete an unnecessary dam to employ union workers. Not because it is needed. Thank you.

Follow thru on promises I voted for.

Please don’t sell out to big business or big union interests.

BC does not need the Site C dam, do the only rational thing and cancel it now before we end up like Muskrat Falls in NFLD Labrador.

I want to see PowerBC rather than Site C

We don’t need Site C. It was a payoff to donors of the Liberals, and we CERTAINLY don’t need to spend 12 billion dollars for a white elephant that we don’t need. Kill Site C.

John, you created such a sense of hope and purpose with your Power BC platform. It has the potential to revitalize BC’s economy in a truly innovative way. Now is the time to implement Power BC – starting with ending the Site C boondoggle and redirecting money and jobs in ways that will truly create a clean energy economy.

Please do not go through with building of site C dam. We do not need it. I can honestly say that if it is built, I will not be voting NDP the next election or anytime after. I have only voted NDP all my life both provincially & federally, but am not opposed to voting other or not voting at all.

Please cancel Site C and employ workers in remediation and alternative energy. Union member and NDP supporter for 40 years.

Site C is a march backwards. Let’s move forward together.

If you want to win the next election, listen to your voters and cancel Site C immediately.  Better to lose $4B than waste $12B to complete and stiff taxpayers.

Don’t let Muskrat Falls boondoggle happen in BC. Stop the Site C dam.

As a union member and dedicated NDP campaign volunteer, I have never thought it wise, just, or beneficial for  Site C to proceed.

We must absolutely end Site C project. For First Nations, the environment, farming, and the economy. I trusted in you to do the right thing. Please cancel the project.

Please cancel the site C dam project. It will saddle future generations with huge debt, trample treaty rights and destroy farmland. Instead, be VISIONARY. Lead the way in green energy. Thank you.

The BCUC report has shown a portfolio of alternative energy strategies will cost less, carry less risk and create more jobs than Site C. Please cancel Site C – the electricity it will produce is not needed and the cost to future generations will be enormous.

I am very concerned that despite the findings of the BCUC, that the Site C Dam project may yet go ahead. I feel very sad and disheartened at this possibility as I was thoroughly convinced during the election campaign, and especially after having read Power BC pamphlet, that although it was right for the project to go through a review by the BCUC, that the ultimate preference for the NDP was for the discontinuation of the project and to move BC into a more forward looking future. From my readings of the BCUC report, there is nothing that can convince me that it is a good thing for British Columbians to move forward on. We need to move forward in a different way. We know that there is a huge loss that will be incurred by the cancellation, but we also know that in the long run, it will cost less to cancel the dam and to use the money saved from the cancellation to cleaner, greener, more egalitarian, more modern society. The negative consequences and suffering caused by the continuation of the construction of Site C greatly outweigh any benefit there may be. Please put a stop to Site C.

Site C is a billion dollar mistake. Redundant before it’s finished.

Dear Premier, We were thrilled that you were elected, replacing Christy Clark. Please CANCEL this terrible dam. There are other jobs that can be created for union members in the north. DON’T ALLOW THIS GIGANTIC MISTAKE TO HAPPEN! Cancelling this is a Big part of why a lot of us voted for you.

One of the two reasons I voted NDP was to stop site C dam. Agricultural land and potable water are essential to life. All the rest is gravy. Please find a way to invest the remainder of the money in sustainable energy development and training for workers instead of throwing more money into a Liberal boondoggle that the majority of BCers are against. Thank you.

You and the NDP must stop this corrupt, destructive waste of resources.  The NDP will never recover if you betray us.

Site C is a very bad idea for all British Columbians.  Do not be swayed by the Unions lobbying you and advocating for Site C – theirs is a short term self-serving position that benefits only them and only for the short term. 

I will never vote NDP again if this goes through.

Please place BC at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution and stop this destructive, extraordinarily expensive and unnecessary project.

Honourable sir (and I believe you to be honourable), I rejoiced in your election success, because it held the hope that the Site C project would be given a fair review at last, and that government ears would hear the wisdom of the nations who hold claim to Peace River lands.

John, do what you know is right, don’t cave to big business pressure; if you do, you kiss my vote goodbye.

There is clearly enough evidence to allow you to make the right decision regarding Site C. Please honour your commitment to protecting the environment and respecting First Nations’ rights.

The Site C dam was approved by Christy Clark and the BC Liberal government in December of 2014 without a review by the BC Utilities Commission, whose job it is to evaluate if energy projects are in the best interest of British Columbians. In August 2017, the new BC NDP government referred Site C to the BCUC. We now have their final report and soon the BC government will decide the fate of the Site C dam project. Please shut this project down. We need to protect agricultural land now more than ever.

Don’t define your legacy by continuing this BC Liberal boondoggle. Implement the BC NDP’s forward-thinking PowerBC program instead!

Don’t saddle BC and our youth with massive debt for the unnecessary Site C dam. Your PowerBC election platform clearly outlines how retrofitting public buildings and homes, energy conservation, updating current hydro facilities and development of renewable energy sources would provide the electricity needed and many more jobs for BC at a much lower cost than this Liberal boondoggle.  I have been an NDP member, supporter and volunteer for 45 years I am counting on you to Stop Site C and implement these platform policies.  If you don’t, I will feel betrayed and have to leave the party.

The PowerBC plan that you announced prior to the election was inspiring and that gave me confidence that the NDP was poised to take leadership. The NDP offered a bold vision appropriate for the 21st Century and a powerful (pun intended) alternative to Site C. Please honour that courageous promise.

Please don’t repeat serving the big unions and big business before the needs of all the rest of the population.

Stick to your guns. Do not allow the Site C Dam to continue, for all the reasons you eloquently articulated during the campaign and before. The review has strengthened that position.

Please follow through your campaign undertaking to drop Site C in favour of the BC Jobs and Energy Plan discussed during the election, contingent ONLY on findings of the BCUC. Those findings were as unambiguous as it is possible in this imperfect world.

Don’t make political decisions like this one with taxpayer dollars. If the project were to go forward, it would only be reinforcing this kind of bad behaviour by politicians.

You know the arguments as well as I do. If the NDP Government approves Site C I will not be able to support this party come next election.

Stop Site C, Mr. Horgan, we are counting on you.

Stop Site C – redeploy labour to sustainable energy and repurposing Riverview for a BC Mental Health Centre. Please don’t flood farmland and destroy the Peace River Valley!

Do the right thing and shut down Site C! This Liberal boondoggle can be avoided; it just takes courage. The time for reconciliation is now; support the Treaty 8 First Nations opposed to this project. This project is wrong for so many reasons: cost, unnecessary power production, and the destruction of agricultural land and critical wildlife habitat. Stand up to the trade unions and let them know make work projects need to be in the best interest of British Columbians and this one isn’t!

Stop Site C or you are as bad or worse than the liberals.

Don’t let them bully you. We don’t need Site C dam. We don’t need to destroy that beautiful valley for power that will be obsolete in the future. We will support you on this decision.

The economics of Site C make absolutely no sense. We must not burden my generation or my children’s with this crippling, underwater business case.

I vote NDP because I place more value on sustainability, community, reconciliation. Site C is a force for destruction of these values and goals; please don’t be the agent of destruction.

Dear Premier,
I was so excited when you were elected premier and we finally again had an NDP government, this time with the backing of the Green Party. What a celebration we had! During the election I had seen you speak on Site C, among other things; I had read the pamphlet Power BC which lays out many arguments for better alternatives to Site C; I believed your vision for a better, greener British Columbia. I was pleased that Site C was to be reviewed by the BCUC and hopeful for an outcome that would give a strong indication as to whether the project would be of benefit to British Columbians or not. I felt optimistic that the project would end up getting cancelled.

The review was completed and from what I’ve read, I see no indication of the BCUC deeming the project to be of benefit to British Columbians. Once again, I felt optimistic about the cancellation. But there now seems to be a lot of pressure to keep Site C going for the sake of keeping the current (impermanent) construction jobs. I understand the difficulty; it is hard to lose one’s job and I certainly feel compassion for anyone who is about to lose their job. Yet I know from personal experience that most jobs, especially in construction, come to an end. And BC currently has a low unemployment rate, as well as a need for construction workers. Please, find the courage within yourself to stand up for your ethics, your vision for the future. Please encourage those party members who are wavering to listen. Say “NO” to Site C.

Don’t put my generation into massive debt and impact our relationship with Treaty 8 Nations for power we don’t need.

Cancel Site C is the beginning of a better future for BC under NDP.

Have the courage to stop the dam.

I voted for you and not for Site C.

Stand firm on NDP principles.

Do the right thing and cancel this albatross.

A big part of the reason I voted NDP in the last election was to halt Site C.  It is a bad idea, and future generations will thank you for cancelling it.

Site C is an albatross and my kids and grandkids will pay for this boondoggle for the rest of their natural lives. Save the agricultural areas, First Nations rights and environment. I have been an NDP supporter my whole life, since the days of Dave Barrett. Part of the reason for me voting NDP this last election, was because of this issue. Stop Site C … the “jobs” are short term and many of the workers are from out of BC. 

Dear John,
we do not Need Site C, simple as that; the workers will have jobs cleaning up the mess and working on projects within BC that we NEED. If in 75 years we feel wind power doesn’t serve us well, we can take down a windmill, blast out the cement foot and continue farming. However, should YOUR Government not be brave enough to halt the BC Liberal’s White Elephant in its tracks as Social Credit Premier, Bill Bennett, was brave enough to do in the 1980s, and our Farmland is flooded and sloughed into the methane-producing Reservoir, in 75 years we future generations won’t have that riverside and river bottom land to farm anymore. That is a very long reaching Legacy for YOU and the gov’t you lead, that will not be quickly forgotten.  As well, there are the 200+ lives on the Old Fort Subdivision and beyond further downstream, that could be lost should this Dam fail as predicted by many reports.

The internet is forever and VERY unforgiving and you and your party will be to blame for cost overruns, decommissioning costs and deaths of wildlife in the reservoir and human lives should the proposed dam breach. Those things alone should make the smart decision to terminate fairly easy. Stop Site C today. Let’s move into the 21st century of power generating and conserving ideas.

Please cancel this project. It would not only be environmentally and economically disastrous it will give the Greens on our Island a cudgel for the next election.

Don’t. You will hurt the NDP, you will hurt Unions, you will hurt people and you will hurt the planet. I will never vote NDP again.

This is a hard decision but one that must be made. You have demonstrated the leadership skills and attributes that you possess.  Please provide the leadership this province needs and cancel Site C!!!!

John, the answer here is clear for a dozen reasons. Just do the right thing.

Site C is the worst idea for a plethora of reasons. Nobody with a brain wants it.

Stopping Site C is the right thing to do. You know full well how the Liberals decided to give this away to their corporate sponsors in the Natural Gas industry.

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vast community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.  Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vaNote: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.st community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

I voted NDP, but I’m not happy with this at all.

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vast community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.  Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vaNote: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.st community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

If you approve Site C it will be the biggest mistake we have made in this province in this century.

Young people interested in the world are green. Your stand on Site C may well be the difference between attracting/keeping that support, and losing it. They do pay attention.

As a long-time NDP member and stalwart supporter with close ties to the

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vast community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.  Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vaNote: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.st community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

union movement, I would like you to cancel Site C. At the same time as you axe this Liberal folly, please announce new jobs for those workers displaced by the cancellation. Perhaps they can find employment remediating the damage already done, or retrofitting buildings, or building the infrastructure you promised (schools, hospitals, care homes for our elders), or converting traditional energy into geo-thermal, solar, wind. Isn’t there a bridge near Fort St. John that needs to be built? Use the talent in your cabinet to come up with ways to shut down Site C AND create jobs. In closing, it pains me to say it, but if your government does not cancel Site C, I will not be able to see my way clear to vote NDP in the next election, or perhaps ever. The Green Party will have proved to be closer to my values.

Don’t continue Christy Clarks’ dirty work.

Listen to the people who elected you and keep the promises you made during that election. Big money is at the root of this project and the people and environment with be the ones who pay for their greed. End this project NOW!

I realize fully it’s a difficult decision, but I think it’s time to call it off. 

It’s your turn to protect BC, its residents and natural beauty… as well as the future grandchildren … stop Site Christy.

Cancel Site C. As a life long member and as a union member, we fought aga

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vast community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.  Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vaNote: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.st community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

inst this before the last time we were the ruling party. The day of modern union polit

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate

Hi John,

My partner and I have generously contributed to the NDP provincially and federally for most of the last twenty years.  We are both union members, and I belong to a construction trade union.

We will not make another commitment until we hear the outcome of the Site C review.  We have spent a lot of time educating ourselves on the multitude of concerns and issues surrounding this project.

When Site C is cancelled, we will again contribute to the NDP.

I deeply hope that you will show the same fortitude and intelligence that you showed on the campaign trail talking about better alternatives to Site C, and after reviewing the evidence will make the difficult decision to not throw more good money after bad.  British Columbia does not need short term gain employment, an ever-rising budget boondoggle,  without support of indigenous communities.

You have a tremendous opportunity to make the truly bold leadership move and cancel Site C.  This project is not the doing of the NDP Government.

Kindest Regards,

Dear Premier Horgan;

I write today with a plea for you to stop the ridiculousness of the Site C Dam.  Those economists and scientists and our own Utilities Commission have made it clear that damming the Mighty Peace once again is not  desireable economically, socially or environmentally.  Some say you and others fear a rate increase in Hydro rates.  Well, good education will help people to conserve hydro. There are many programs conducted in other jurisdictions that BC has never undertaken. Reasonable rate increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vast community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.  Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

increases are not the worst scenario for us in any case.

It seems incredulous that as we fight so hard to stop Kinder Morgan there is a possibility that given a situation the BC Government can control, namely Site C that we would not move directly to stop it.

I want the NDP to continue to be the party of choice for me and those in my vaNote: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.Note: names have been omitted for the sake of privacy until permissions are granted.st community.  Although I am on a fixed income and I have had moments of scepticism, I did dig deep to find money that I might otherwise have used for a short holiday, to support the NDP during the run against the liberals.  Frankly, though, if the NDP cannot find ways to fight the kind of environmental, social and financial devastation threatened by projects like Site C I will not longer be able to support the NDP with good conscience.

Site C was a boondoggle of Christie Clarke.  Many people in British Columbia are suffering as a result of her many boondoggles. Stop this one before it goes any further. I hope that you, Premier Horgan, will end this madness but go further as well.  Establish a province-wide public education campaign highlighting the importance of environmental conservation in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Focus spending on more and better public transportation, trains and buses linking the province. Put people to work be it in trades, administration, academia, environmental research, sustainable forestry, fishing and extraction,  and more on those things that will truly make BC an enviable place to live and liveable environment as well.

Anticipating a responsible decision,

Dear Mr. Horgan;

Please add my name to others who are advising
“no termination, no money and no support for the NDP.”

An impartial review of all the relevant scientific, technological, economic, social, climate change, environmental and cultural facts, can only result in Termination of Site C.

Dear John, (I’ve never before had the privilege of writing a Dear John Letter!)

Pull the rug out from under the Site C project, would you please? It was a political decision made by Christy Clark as a gift to her contractor friends who have already done untold damage to the province and who need to wear the blame for the, pardon me, downstream effects. Our union brothers and sisters should be looked after by an ambitious (but well thought-out) program of renewable energy infrastructure, forest and fishery remediation, and programs to encourage small-scale intensive organic farming, as well as the protection of vital water resources. The Liberal Party needs to wear the blame for this project, every aspect of it, like Coleridge’s Albatross, as they parade through the upcoming corruption inquiry (you will encourage Mr. Eby to undertake this, won’t you?), along with all the other (NOT) on-time, on-budget fiascos that characterized the Campbell and Clark tenures on the government benches.

John, er, Mr. Premier, I like your style, generally, and much of your policy platform and would like to think that I could, with a clear conscience lend both moral and financial support to your party. But a decision to maintain any part of the Site C project or to support the various pipeline fantasies would preclude support of any nature, particularly as a decision on a moral basis: I have grandchildren and I would like for them, and for all citizens of B.C. (your bailiwick), Canada and the World to have a reasonably stable planetary environment in which to grow and thrive. Site C cannot be part of that vision.

Get in front of the cameras, with or without that Weaver feller, and tell BC that the citizens are in charge, not the SNC Lavallins of the world.

In hopes that you’ll act in a way that allows me to sign this…

Respectfully,

Premier Horgan,

In ancient times, when the Israelites were waiting to conquer their new land
they were terrified!  They were being led by a new leader Joshua; and his
first mission was to lead the charge and take by force the land that was
given to them by God.  God spoke His commissioning message to the new young
leader  –  “be strong and courageous” to Joshua; not once, but four times in
the same speech!

I am asking you Premier Horgan – to do the same thing – Be Strong and
Courageous!!  Do not fail the way your predecessor did and fold under
pressure and corruption!  Be strong and courageous for you were called to
such a time as this – to be the man that makes the tough decision – the
correct decision – to CANCEL Site C Dam.  When all others were too weak to
say No; I encourage you to step up and say No.

Be written of and recorded of as a Man of Integrity; a man of great strength
and wisdom.  Preserve the authenticity of the Treaty; allow the environment
it’s right to be beautiful and pristine; save the taxpayer the burdensome
long term debt; and direct a vision to newer, more efficient energies that
are significantly lower cost!

Be Strong and Courageous!

Subject: Site C – an NDP member and volunteer’s thoughts

Dear John,

I am an NDP member, a union member (BCGEU) and a local NDP volunteer in South Surrey/White Rock who has worked extensively to support the NDP. I am thrilled by your government’s work so far. However, I am distressed that lobbying by unions may result in Site C being continued.

I strongly urge you to cancel SIte C. This project is financially and environmentally irresponsible. More importantly, moving forward would alienate younger party members and Greens, as well as upset many First Nations groups.

Personally I will cease donations and cancel my NDP membership if this project moves forward, and put my vote towards the Green Party.

Please consider the ramifications carefully and focus these funds on sustainable and responsible solar, wind and other projects that provide long-term employment for British Columbians.

If you have not already, I suggest you read Site C: The Peace in Peril; it provides an excellent overview of the irreversible environmental damage that will come from this project. The younger generation has no more patience for this senseless degradation of our land or trampling the rights of First Nations. Please Stop Site C, for the sake of the party and its political future.

Respectfully yours,

Dear Ms. Mungall,

Since my letter to you four days ago, concerning the fate of Site C, I have been able to view a video of a public statement by you made on July 9, 2016, at a “Paddle for the Peace” event, apparently in your home constituency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR78s-BWs8).

Your remarks were clear, unambiguous, and forceful:

We will work to end Site C … Our desire is to keep the Peace where it is, running free, to stop the Site C dam and hopefully we’ll have the ability and the opportunity to do that after 8 o’clock on May 9th

If the government of which you are now part decides to continue this project, despite all the evidence against it, and in contempt for everything that you apparently stood for 17 months ago, you will have no honourable alternative to resigning immediately from Cabinet and the Legislature.

ics cannot be allowed to prevail.

Please do not betray your supporters over this issue. We want you to remain in power to fulfill your promises.

I know you’re between a rock and a hard place. I think cancelling it is your best option.

I am member, donor, volunteer AND union member. Please do not approve this! We voted for change and we want you to remain in power to enact good legislation after these many years of bad government.

I will campaign incessantly against the NDP forever if you approve the Site C.

Learn from Muskrat Falls NL. Stop Site C now before it is too late.

Site C will be an unmitigated disaster for our economy, for jobs, for the environment and for the future of the NDP as a viable political organization. If we go ahead with Site C or try against First Nations and public outrage, we will saddle BC with an enormous debt that can never be paid off from the value of the electricity generated, we will squeeze out the possibility of making forward looking investments in low carbon renewable energy, we will produce relatively few jobs, we will destroy valuable agricultural lands and we will condemn the BC NDP to second or perhaps third party status for years to come. Don’t do it. Say no to Site C. Say yes to a comprehensive program of energy conservation, low carbon energy technologies and make BC a major actor in combating climate change.

Cancel Site C great Christmas Present for all BC & The Environment and future of Power BC.

STOP SITE C – THAT’S WHY I VOTED FOR YOU.

If the C dam goes through I won’t be supporting the NDP. Our continued collective future is more important than money or mega projects that disrupt the world’s ecosystems.

I’m a member of the NDP in Esquimalt Metchosin. I worked for Mitzi Dean during the campaign. Primarily I worked for the NDP because I believed that, finally, the NDP would commit itself to a strong environmental program (Power BC, Site C (instead of flooding farmlands we will….etc), stronger environmental assessments, and more. For me, the deciding factor was Site C.

I have worked for and supported the NDP in every single provincial and federal election since I was 19 years old. I’m 72 now. In my earlier years i ran as candidate and sat on Federal Council.

I have been heartened and excited by the positive steps taken by the new government to date. I agree with many aspects of the NDP’s platform and I hope you get the chance to implement them.

The Site C decision is a watershed moment for me. Make the decision to cancel and i will vigourously support you in whatever way I can. I will continue to do so through the next election. I will applaud the courage and vision it will take and I will take on your detractors with the best of my skills.

Sadly, I am hearing many rumours this is not the lean of your cabinet. If those rumours are true, being nice and supportive and helpful and providing an avalanche of good reasons for cancelling the dam will not have been useful.

So let me be crystal clear, as one committed and active citizen. I cannot stand by and support a government that would violate treaty rights and destroy such a productive and beautiful ecosystem in the interests of a completely unnecessary mega project that our children’s children will pay for.

If you decide to continue with Site C it will be the great tragedy of your administration.

I want to let you know the consequences, insofar as I have agency. I will cancel my membership. I will make no more donations to the party and I will no longer vote for you. And more, I will actively work against the party in the next election. And I will encourage others to do the same. Not because i am critical of Mitzi Dean, because I am not — she is a great MLA. But if you go in the direction that ‘some powerful insider’s’ are suggesting, the problem will be with the party and the interests which drive it, despite what I believe to be the stance of the party membership and many of your supporters. So I will stand against the party. And I believe that I am not alone in this conviction. Furthermore, I believe a new generation of young environmentally focused activists will also act accordingly.
There comes a time when party loyalty shrivels in the face of the destruction and loss that continuing with Site C will wreck on the land, on traditional territory and on taxpayers for generations.

I’d rather focus on the positive, and I continue to hope that the NDP will make the right decision. Please make the decision that will inspire us for years to come. It will be worth it and your legacy will be a shining example.

More to follow …

Globalization irony

Claire Kujundzic and I produce practically everything in our gallery right here. This winter, we designed and silkscreened neck tubes and paid a friend to cut and sew them. We printed “Fair Made” on them. For some other items, we thought we’d add “Made In Canada” stickers to the labels, so imagine our chagrin to find these…

Stickers purchased at a Dollar Store in Quesnel, BC Canada.

Purchased at a Dollar Store in Quesnel, BC Canada.

MadeinCanada-labels-CU

Closeup: the fine print.

The power of song

I’ll never forget the first funeral I attended here in tiny Wells, BC in the summer of 1996. Faythe Thompson had died at age 35 and the Curling Rink’s upstairs lounge was packed with mourners at her wake.

With a guitar and mandolin, Barkervillians Rod Nagel and Ross Douglas led the gathering in Stan Rogers’ Mary Ellen Carter, and the room boomed out in unison. The hair stood up on my neck, not just from the emotion of the moment or the power of this song, but the fact that nearly everyone in the room knew all the words to a Canadian song. And not just any song, but a long, rousing anthem.

Shortly after, I learned that not only did a lot of Stan Rogers fans live here, but back in the 1930s, the town’s founder, Fred Wells, preferred hiring miners who could sing or play a musical instrument – or play various sports. Apparently this was common practice in mining towns: it helped bond communities through culture. Think Men Of The Deeps in Cape Breton.

Social singing
As a result, if someone leads a song at a Wells coffeehouse or a visiting musician asked the audience to sing along during a concert, people really do sing along – with gusto. Very different from many situations I have experienced elsewhere in Canada where people might squirm or look around in embarassment.

Whether it’s because so much US culture floods our airwaves, cinemas and newsstands, or because we’ve become consumers of culture more than participants, or some other mysterious reason, for the most part, we Canadians have lost our voice. In doing so, we have given up a tremendous source of power.

Just watch The Singing Revolution or Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony to see what level of organization and change is possible through music. Singing binds us in a natural act of solidarity, and harmony – creating new sounds out of diverse ones – even more so, through the sounds of our own vocal chords and breath. A song’s message has a power and elegance that’s hard to counter.

Sometimes this makes musicians targets of repressive forces, such as when the Pinochet regime murdered Victor Jara shortly after the coup that toppled Chile’s Allende government (that other September 11th, in 1973). Victor was part of la nueva canción movement, which, like volcanto in Nicaragua, fused existing folkloric forms with new ones laced with poetic political content.

Posthumous album of Victor's music

A thousand kilometre culture
When a song is home grown and not globalized pop pap, it can assert cultural pride as a counterpoint to colonization and silence. I think it’s analagous to reclaiming a language which has been suppressed.

Perhaps that’s why a Stan Rogers ballad can have a deeply political layer beneath its lyrical strength and beauty. His songs elegize and celebrate the mythic and the real here in Canada; they don’t fawn over New York or L.A.

My outlook on life changed when I discovered Stan’s music, as well as that of Stringband, Connie Kaldor, Roy Forbes and other singer-songwriters who have persisted in writing lyrics and melodies about Canadian lives and places. I had grown up on imports, and hearing songs like Bob Bossin’s “Tugboats” brought me home. James Keelaghan, David Francey, Maria Dunn and many others continue to expand my understanding and appreciation for this land.

I’m fortunate to live in an area that has a wealth of songs about it by people like Ross Douglas, Allen des Noyers, Yael Wand and more. Just walking to the post office each day I pass two buildings and two streets that feature in Ross and Allen’s songs; whenever I take out our canoe on Bowron Lake, I hum Yael’s Take Me To The Water or One Stroke. Their music deepens my relationship with places and people close by, moves me, and dares me to dream.

From the heart, direct
Singing in public can be cathartic. As Kristin Linklater explains in Freeing the Natural Voice, all humans can sound a wide range of notes which tap into an assortment of emotions. Because most regular speech occupies only a narrow range of notes, it can’t stir up our emotions the way singing can. Ironically, music’s power to provoke is also a reason many recoil when asked to sing. Such a request immediately sparks old or unknown feelings.

In certain settings, singing can also offer the elements of surprise, satire and humour. I remember a massive anti-war demonstration in Managua, Nicaragua, in 1986, when Ronald Reagan was the President of the US and his administration was financing and directing the contras in their terrorist attacks on civilian targets. Tens of thousands of people were marching, chanting angry slogans like, “Aquí, allá, el yanquí morirá!” (Here, there, the Yankee will die!)

Suddenly, the Comandantes at the front of the march started singing The Banana Song: “Ev’ry nation like bananas…” and everyone joined in unison, laughing and smiling. It was a soca dance song that was popular at the time, done in an Atlantic Coast kind of Pidgin English, and I realized that not only were these serious ex-guerrillas confident leaders, they knew how to have fun, even dressed in fatigues. (Let’s leave the question of what happened to the Sandinista revolution for another day.) Maybe not quite what Emma Goldman might have had in mind about revolutions needing dance, but a step – with a shimmy – in that direction.

Can Canadians Sing?
As Stompin’ Tom Connors sings, “A land without song cannot stand very long…” It may be hard for Canadians to imagine singing together publicly like Nicaraguans, South Africans or Estonians. But just because we’re out of practice or feeling a bit shy doesn’t mean we can’t reclaim our voices. Like apologizing when another bus passenger steps on our feet, it’s just an old national habit to break.

It wouldn’t take many singers to catalyze the Occupy movement with some much needed melody, rhythm and content. A completely low tech source of power awaits those who risk singing out loud in a group, large or small – hopefully something Canadian. I wouldn’t be surprised if the doctrinaire protestors who worship at the church of the clenched fist, as well as the authorities, will want to try to silence them. But once they start, it might be hard to stop.

Arise, ye prisoners of iTunes
As the old saying goes, If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing. One, two, three, altogether now …

My question is, What Canadian song do you think we should start with?
(Apart from Leonard Cohen’s First We Take Manhattan! 😉

Three updates

…related to imagery & design in the Canadian Occupy movement:

1) The Church of the Clenched Fists has gone from bad to worse. Here’s the new Facebook page of Occupy Vancouver:

Legions of cloned left fists

At first I thought these hands have six fingers, but I guess that’s just a graphic anomaly. Maybe it’s their Hallowe’en edition. But I think there are other physical gestures that communicate, “Come, join us” better than a march of zombie fists. Like an open hand maybe?

All the fists are the same shape, but in different sizes, in black and shades of grey. So much for “diverse experiences”.

2) I guess they didn’t listen to Raffi.

3) Part Three of CBC’s The Current Monday October 31, 2011 has a nice interview with Simon Garfield who has written Just My Type: A Book About Fonts. Explains a few things about design, including the Gotham typeface used in the Obama campaign. Plus a fun barrage of invective against Comic Sans!