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RALLY for RIVERS, Saturday, April 4

By Friend of Bute - Posted on 14 March 2009




Join with like-minded citizens as we Rally for BC Rivers at the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) meeting in Nanaimo, Saturday, April 4th.

We are gathering to focus public concern on the 700 BC river ecosystems threatened by private energy developments which will change the British Columbia wilderness landscape forever.

We are requesting cumulative environmental assessments and a province-wide public process for river-diversion energy projects. Help promote precautionary principles and send a message to AVICC, at this important annual meeting of our municipal and regional government leaders.

Meet people who share your concerns -- and help build coalition among our coastal communities!

Watch here for more details.

Calling all BC Citizens: First Nations • Elders
Naturalists • Sport & Commercial Fishers • Forest Workers
Environmentalists • Paddlers • Hikers & Climbers
Moms & Kids • Teachers & Students • Business People
YOU and Your Friends!

Bus to the Rally for Rivers from Campbell River and Victoria - pickups along the way!

We’ve got bus transportation to our Rally for Rivers on Saturday, April 4th.

From Campbell River

Catch the noon ferry to Campbell River and join with other islanders who are going to 1) have fun, and 2) tell government how much we care for BC’s wild rivers. We’re going to sing and chant and wave our placards; excellent speakers will deliver our message to local and provincial politicians meeting at the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities. Lets tell them we want to have a say in what happens to BC Rivers and BC energy!

Bus departs CR at 12:15 from the ferry terminal. The Rally for Rivers happens downtown at the Nanaimo Convention Centre starting at 2:30. Parade to after-rally gathering where we can share more info, ask questions, collaborate and strategize. Come home feeling satisfied and energized! Bus leaves Nanaimo in time to catch the 8:30 ferry.

So pack some food, gear up for the weather and join your neighbors in a show of support for Bute Inlet -- and all of BC’s rivers!

Bus fare $16 return. Please call soon to reserve your seat! If we receive enough early commitments, we’ll organize a second bus. Please call Carol 285-2771.

From Victoria

The bus will leave Saturday April 4th at 12:00 from Felicitas (Student Union Building) at UVic. We'll be back 9:00 pm the latest. It is small bus for now (24 people) but if there are more people interested, we'll switch it to a bigger one. We can also pick you up on the way (Goldstream, Mill Bay, Cobble Hill, Duncan, Ladysmith).

Please let us know (Jakub and Petra 250-382-3499, if you are riding with us! And spread the word!

Help Paint Rally for Rivers Placards!

Calling kids and artists! We’re aiming to make this a different kind of rally – not only are we joining our voices, we’re bringing heart and soul! Many kids and adult artists are creating art placards – no words, just evocative pictures – the only criteria is that a river runs through it. Please consider making a river picture for the rally! Colourful and joyful, please use poster stock or paint on something already sturdy. Send your really beautiful message even if you can’t attend!

We’ve collected tons of great slogans and we’re also making 100 rally placards! On Wednesday April 1st at 7 pm come down to the Community Centre and help make slogan signs for the Rally for Rivers. If you have spare brightly coloured latex paint or paint brushes bring them along. Good placard materials also welcome: we need clean, bright and sturdy paintable surfaces, large but not huge!

If you make a river picture placard at home, please deliver it to the Community Centre by Wednesday April 1st or bring it with you to the rally.

Tapped Out

Todd Butler on Canada's water sellout. Click to play

We walked w. Alex!