Hope, the whale, is ready for the Enbridge hearings in Vancouver

Enbridge is coming to Vancouver this week, and a group of local multi-media artists have built a 25 foot whale to bring to the public hearings to symbolize the expansive and growing community of people with a vision of an oil-free coast in BC.

If you can't attend the hearings or the many protests happening around town this week in person, you can still share your own message of hope for an oil free coast that we'll project directly onto the whale. Just tweet a message using the hash tag #hopethewhale, or check out our cool live updates widget where you can type in your own message in the comments field.

The sculpture is designed to be a welcoming, collaborative, visual, interactive and peaceful approach to supporting a healthy environment. The whale will amplify our a collective messages of hope and a vision for a healthy ocean, water, land, communities, green economy, cultures and people.

Remember, YOUR tweets, photos and videos will be projected onto the whale! Either in person at Burrard and Nelson, or virtually using our live updates widget.

Share your message of Hope for an oil-free coast:

Also check out this inspiring video below to see what Hope looks like!


Hope the Whale from Zack Embree on Vimeo.

Let’s give Enbridge a warm welcome

It’s been a few months, but we wanted to let you know about some plans our allies are cooking up to “welcome” Enbridge this month:

The “public hearings” for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline roll into BC’s biggest cities this month, and we want to be sure concerned citizens in Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna are able to actually tell them what they think about their ludicrous project.

Because the public is – for the first time in the Federal government’s Joint Review Panel process so far – barred from attending the actual hearings, we think it’s critical that people who didn’t already register to formally present to the panel have a chance to be heard.

Here are five ways you can get involved this month:

  1. NOISE Demo - No Consent? No Pipelines! This event is in solidarity with the Idle No More and front line Indigenous communities. Bring drums, pots & pans, whistles, horns, and maybe ear plugs, it’s going to get loud! RSVP for the event on Facebook and please invite all your friends.
  2. Hope the Whale – in Vancouver starting on Jan 14, share your messages of hope for an oil-free coast on this artist-created 25-foot whale. Stories will be captured in-person and via social media. Location TBD: see our Hope action page for updates
  3. Leaked: Stories from Oil Spills Event – Hear first-hand stories from speakers who experienced devastating oil spills in their communities.  Featuring Michelle Barlond-Smith (Kalamazoo, MI), Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree, AB). Songs by Ta’Kaiya Blaney.  7PM, Jan 31.  Heritage Hall (3102 Main St, Vancouver.
  4. Knock the Vote – Help make oil tankers a vote-determining issue by going door-knocking in a battleground provincial electoral district. RSVP for the Vancouver event here
  5. Share on social media – the best way to amplify the voices of BC citizens standing up for our coast is to share their stories, and the real world actions above, with your networks on social media. Let’s keep the buzz high and make sure everyone knows Enbridge is in town and that everyone wants them to go away.  Check out our friends at Pipe Up Against Enbridge on Facebook for graphics, stories, and news to spread.

With many national news commentators pegging the Enbridge pipeline “dead”, and the controversy as one of the top news stories of 2012, it’s important we don’t now lean back and assume our work is done. The forces lined up behind this have literally billions of dollars backing their success. What we have is people-power, a deeply held love for our land and coast, and the beautiful creative expression that happens when citizens and communities self-organize and fight for something deeply meaningful to them.

We hope to see you on the streets and online this month!

October 24th Media Report

Date Title Source City
10/11/2012 Campbell River to be a site of pipeline action day Campbell River Mirror Campbell River
10/19/2012 Pipeline protest, forum set for Kamloops Kamloops this Week Kamloops
10/19/2012 Provincewide pipeline protest planned Nanaimo Bulletin Nanaimo
10/21/2012 No pipelines, no tankers Coast Reporter Sunshine Coast
10/20/2012 Thousands pledged to ‘bold action’ in demo against pipeline and tankers Monday in Victoria Tyee Vancouver/BC
10/20/2012 Pipeline foes plan sit-in at legislature Times Colonist Victoria
10/21/2012 Vernon joins provincewide protest Vernon Morning Star Vernon
10/19/2012 Pipeline protest, forum set for Kamloops Kamloops this Week Kamloops
10/18/2012 Pipeline protest planned Whistler Question Whistler
10/23/2012 Defend Our Coast anti-pipeline rallies planned for all corners of B.C. Brandon Sun Brandon
10/23/2012 Enbridge opponents rally in Prince Rupert The Northern View Prince Rupert
10/23/2012 Defend Our Coast: A national movement is building Rabble BC
10/23/2012 Pipeline protest planned for Penticton Penticton Western News Penticton
10/23/2012 Barbara Yaffe: B.C.’s subsea resources left untouched as Victoria runs a deficit Vancouver Sun Vancouver/BC
10/23/2012 Defend Our Coast anti-pipeline rallies planned for all corners of B.C. Winnipeg Free Press Winnipeg/Manitoba
10/23/2012 Protesters rally against pipelines Vancouver Sun Vancouver/BC
10/23/2012 More pipeline rallies planned for tomorrow News1130 Vancouver/BC
10/24/2012 B.C. pipeline protesters target MLA’s offices CBC News online Vancouver/BC
10/24/2012 Hundreds of people to march to offices of B.C. MLAs in protest of two pipeline projects Global BC Vancouver/BC
10/24/2012 kinder morgan and enbridge local protests CTV lead story
10/23/2012 local protests MLA Oak Bay News front page Oak Bay
10/24/2012 Defend Our Coast Province-Wide Rallies Planned Today CFTK-TV Terrace/BC
10/24/2012 Huge turnout expected for Defend Our Coast day of action AM1150 Vancouver/BC
10/24/2012 Pipeline protesters to rally at B.C. MLA offices CTV B.C. BC
10/24/2012 Defend Our Coast protest lands in PoCo The Tri-City News Tri-Cities/BC
10/24/2012 Ethical Oil founder Ezra Levant slams Defend Our Coast protests in BC Vancouver Observer Vancouver/BC
10/24/2012 Defending our coast from Vernon CASTANET.net Vernon/BC
10/24/2012 Defend Our Coast Rally in Kitimat a Success CJFM.ca Kitimat/BC
10/24/2012 Nelsonites rally at City Hall to send message to politicians and Big Oil The Nelson Daily Nelson
10/24/2012 Northern Gateway pipeline protest: Rallies, sit-ins planned across B.C. on Wednesday The Province Vancouver/BC
10/24/2012 Battle Against Northern Gateway Heats Up CFTK-TV Prince Rupert
10/24/2012 Locals gather at Big Beach to rally against pipeline expansions Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News Tofino-Ucluelet
10/24/2012 Pipeline protesters deliver ‘strong message to MLAs’ offices around B.C. The Province Vancouver/BC
10/24/2012 Pipeline protesters target politicians’ offices iPolitics online/national
10/24/2012 Clear up Kinder Morgan position, oil pipeline protesters urge B.C. NDP leader Tyee Vancouver/BC
10/24/2012 Defend Our Coast Rally in Kitimat a Success CFTK-TV
10/24/2012 UBC activists march on Christy Clark’s office to protest pipelines Vancouver Courier Vancouver
10/24/2012 Defend Our Coast anti-pipeline rallies planned for all corners of B.C. Brandon Sun Brandon, MB
10/24/2012 Pipeline protest coming to Duncan Canada.com
10/24/2012 Whistler protesters march against oil pipeline construction Pique news magazine Whistler
10/24/2012 HQ EXCLUSIVE: McRae Responds to Local Pipeline Protest HQComox Valley.com Comox Valley
10/24/2012 Anti-pipeline protesters march on Chilliwack MLA offices Chilliwack times Chilliwack
10/24/2012 Pipeline protesters gather in front of offices of B.C. politicians Vancouver Sun Vancouver
10/24/2012 Pipeline demonstrations draw protesters to B.C. premier’s office Metro 24 Hours Vancouver
10/24/2012 Hundreds rally at Premier’s office calling on her to ‘defend the climate’ Metro News Vancouver
10/24/2012 B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix invites pipeline protesters into Vancouver office Metro News Vancouver
10/24/2012 Oil protesters push Dix for Kinder Morgan answer CTV News Vancouver/BC
10/24/2012 Defend Our Coast anti-pipeline rallies planned for all corners of B.C. Yahoo News
10/25/2012 Anti-pipeline rally held Prince George Free Press Prince George/BC
10/25/2012 Our View: Why seek arrest, pipeline protesters? Oak Bay News Oak Bak/BC
10/24/2012 Pipeline protests CHBC news Kelowna
10/24/2012 Pipeline Protesters Target BC Politicians’ Offices HuffPost British Columbia BC
10/24/2012 Coast defenders protest oil pipeline at de Jong’s Abbotsford office Abbotsford Times Abbotsford
10/25/2012 Pipeline protest outside Donna Barnett’s Williams Lake office Welcome to Williams Lake Williams Lake
10/24/2012 Burnaby residents protest pipelines BurnabyNow Burnaby
10/24/2012 Defend Our Coast movement hits South Delta Delta Optimist South Detla
10/24/2012 Cowichan protest targets slick oil campaign Cowichan News Leader Cowichan
10/24/2012 Anti Enbridge protesters give MLA’s an earful CHBC News Okanagan
10/23/2012 Linking hands to ‘Defend Our Coast’ Castanet.net Okanagan
10/24/2012 Penticton protest draws big crowd Castanet.net Okanagan
10/24/2012 Anti-oil rally strikes Surrey-White Rock MLA’s office Peace Arch News White Rock
10/24/2012 Osoyoos a ‘Gateway’ to protest Castanet.net Okanagan
10/24/2012 Peeved about proposed pipelines Kamloops this Week Kamloops
10/24/2012 Pipeline protesters disappointed MLA a no-show for rally Saanich News Vancouver Island
10/24/2012 Pipeline protest Coast Reporter Sunshine Coast
10/24/2012 Hundreds rally against pipelines in North Vancouver North Shore News North Vancouver
10/24/2012 Protesters call for end to oil tankers South Delta Leader Delta
10/24/2012 Pipeline Protest Set for Penticton and Osoyoos Am 1150 Penticton
10/24/2012 Pipeline protesters at MLA’s office Mission City Record Mission
10/24/2012 Protesters target MLA offices Goldstream Gazette Victoria
10/21/2012 Valley in Brief The Daily Courier Kelowna
10/24/2012 Campbell River to be a site of pipeline action day Campbell River Mirror Campbell River
10/24/2012 Northern Gateway pipeline protest: Rallies, sit-ins planned across B.C. on Wednesday Calgary Herald Calgary
10/26/2012 Canada no longer goes from coast to coast to coast Vancouver Sun Vancouver
10/26/2012 Enbridge protest comes to CR Campbell River Island Courier Campbell River
10/25/2012 Protesters gather at MLA offices to demand more action against pipelines Globe and Mail Vancouver/BC
10/25/2012 Comox Valley among B.C. communities with Defend Our Coast rallies Comox Valley Record Comox Valley
10/25/2012 Nanaimo pair avoids arrest at Defend Our Coast rally Nanaimo Bulletin Nanaimo
10/25/2012 Tanker protesters line Davis Bay Coast Reporter Sunshine Coast
10/25/2012 Protesters brave elements to say no to pipeline project Comox Valley Echo Comox Valley
10/25/2012 Defenders’ descend on de Jong’s office Abbotsford Times Abbotsford
10/26/2012 Opponents to pipeline plans stage protests Coquitlam Now Coquitlam
10/25/2012 Anti-pipeline rally held PG Free Press Prince George
10/25/2012 Terrace participates in province-wide day of action against tanker traffic Terrace Standard Terrace
10/25/2012 Environment needs heroes Abbotsford Times Abbotsford
10/25/2012 Nearly 70 protesters rally in Chilliwack against proposed pipelines The Progress Chilliwack
10/25/2012 Bitumen bash attracts 60-plus to MLA’s office Campbell River Mirror Campbell River
10/25/2012 Large Turnout at Local Pipeline Protest HQ Comox Valley Comox Valley
10/26/2012 Protesters sound alarm over B.C. pipeline Vernon Morning Star Vernon
10/25/2012 NDP pledges B.C.-based environmental appraisal Times Colonist Victoria
10/25/2012 BC activists protest pipeline at Premier’s office Vancouver Courier Vancouver
10/25/2012 Pipeline protesters target MLAs North Shore News North Vancouver
10/25/2012 Pipeline protesters find support at MLA’s office Delta Optimist Delta
10/25/2012 Numbers game North Shore News North Vancouver
10/25/2012 Politicians pushed over pipelines Nanaimo Daily News Nanaimo
10/25/2012 Squamish residents protest pipeline The Chief Squamish
10/25/2012 Pipeline protests go local The Province Vancouver/BC
10/25/2012 Pipeline protestors hit streets of Duncan, MLA’s office The Citizen Duncan
10/25/2012 Pipeline protesters get Timbits and hugs at MLA’s office Royal City Record New Westminster
10/25/2012 Pipeline protests in Langley Langley Times Langley
10/25/2012 Our take: Yes, the Enbridge pipeline does matter to you Cowichan News Leader Cowichan Valley
10/25/2012 Symbolizing wall of opposition Bowen Island Undercurrent Bowen Island
10/25/2012 Pipeline protest at Maple Ridge MLA’s office Maple Ridge News Maple Ridge
10/23/2012 Routley’s office site of Ladysmith Defend our Coast action Ladysmith Chronicle Ladysmith
10/26/2012 UPDATE: Squamish protest among B.C.’s largest The Chief Squamish
10/25/2012 Kelowna’s pipeline protest brings people into the streets Kelowna Capital News Kelowna
10/24/2012 Anti-pipeline group to protest at B.C. political offices CTV News Vancouver/BC

Call out to attend Kinder Morgan information sessions

It is crucial that residents attend these open houses. Unless the public voices its concerns through this forum, their silence may be deemed as consent,” says Chief Justin George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. “We call on all people to make their voices heard.

You probably haven’t heard that Kinder Morgan is holding information sessions across the Lower Mainland about the Trans Mountain Pipeline.  We have a sneaking suspicion they don’t want us to know about it, since as Chief George put it silence may be deemed as consent.

Please attend these sessions.  Let the company know what we think of its pipeline proposal.  The formal provincial and federal decision making process will start in 2013 when Kinder Morgan actually files there detailed application with the National Energy Board but these sessions are an opportunity to make sure Kinder Morgan can’t claim there is support for their project as they move forward.

Date Location Address Time
3 Nov North Vancouver North Shore Neighborhood House 225 East 2nd Street 4pm – 7 pm
6 Nov Belcarra Municipal Hall, 4084 Bedwell Bay Road 5pm – 7pm
7 Nov West Vancouver Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave 4pm – 7pm
10 Nov Bowen Island Bowen Island Community School 1041 Mt Gardner Rd 2:30 – 4:30pm
13 Nov East Vancouver Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Hastings Room 2901 East Hastings Street 5pm – 8pm
15 Nov Downtown Vancouver Harbour Centre, Segal Hall 515 West Hastings Street 5pm – 8pm
17 Nov West Point Grey Aberthau Mansion, 4397 West 2nd Ave 5pm – 8pm

Dates and details for other communities have not yet been announced.  We will make sure to keep you posted about upcoming meetings.

Help tell the story of Defend Our Coast by sharing our new video!

Last week, people came together like never before to show a united and powerful wall of opposition to the expansion of tar sands pipelines and tankers.

12,000 of us joined protests in Victoria and in 70+ communities all across British Columbia to show our elected leaders that citizens are passionate and powerful, and will do whatever it takes to stop Big Oil and bullying governments from pushing their worst projects against our will.

Today we have something special to share: an inspiring video that captures the energy of last week. Let’s work together to spread the word even further by sharing the story of Defend our Coast. Please share in your social networks.

A big thank you to all the citizen photographers in Victoria and at rallies across the province for capturing such beautiful images, and a special shout out to local photographer / videographer Zack Embree for creating such a beautiful compilation.

We owned local media across BC last week

One of our goals with Defend Our Coast was to empower local community leaders to take our message home where they lived, showing the unbroken wall of opposition across the whole province. We were wildly successful at getting actions into local newspapers across the province, including many beautiful big photos of people out in the streets! From Terrace to Abbotsford, Prince Rupert to Prince George, our stories and our message were heard across the land.

Here is a quick round-up of local media stories:

Oak Bay Times: Local Protest Target MLA

Prince George: Anti-pipeline Rally Held

Terrace TV: ”Defend Our Coast” Province-Wide Rallies Planned Today

Williams Lake: Pipeline Protest Outside Donna Barnett’s Wiliams Lake Office

Cowichan: Cowichan Protest Target Slick Oil Campaign

Okanagan: Pipeline Protesters Give MLA’s an Earful

Penticton: Pipeline Protest Draws Big Crowd

Osoyoos: Osoyoos a “Gateway” to Protest

Vernon: Defending Our Coast From Vernon

Kamloops: Peeved About Proposed Pipelines

Kitimat: Defend Our Coast Rally in Kitimat A Success

Nelson: Nelsonites Rally at City Hall To Send Message to Politicians and Big Oil

Prince Rupert: Battle Against Northern Gateway Heats Up

Tofino-Uculet: Locals Gather at Big Beach to Rally Against Pipeline Expansion

Campbell River: Campbell River to be site of Pipeline Action Day

Duncan: Pipeline Protest Coming to Duncan

Whistler: Whistler Protesters March Against Oil Pipeline Construction

Comox Valley: HQ Exclusive: McRae Responds to Local Pipeline Protest

Saanich: Pipeline Protesters Disappointed at MLA No-Show for Rally

Sunshine Coast: Pipeline Protest

Chilliwack: Anti-pipeline Protesters March on Chilliwack MLA Offices

Mission: Pipeline Protesters at MLA Offices

Abbotsford: Pipeline Protesters March Outside deJong’s Abbotsford Office

Burnaby: Burnaby Residents Oppose Pipelines

Tri-City News: Defend Our Coast Protests Land in PoCo

North Vancouver: Hundreds Rally Against Pipelines in North Vancouver

Delta: Defend Our Coast Movement Hits South Delta

White Rock: Anti-Oil Rally Strikes Surrey-White Rock MLA’s Office

Our “unbroken wall of opposition” was way bigger than expected

You did it.  On Wednesday,  you showed an unbroken wall of opposition to tar sands pipelines and tankers across BC - a wall that is deeper, more powerful and more beautiful than anything any of us could have imagined.

Turn-out for the Defend our Coast BC-wide Day of Action was way higher than expected. In Bella Bella, four people RSVPd and 120 linked arms to say no to tarsands pipelines and tankers. In Penticton, 175 people came and the local organizer had to stand on a van and shout till she lost her voice. 500 linked arms in Davis Bay, near Sechelt. In Vancouver, hundreds and hundreds stood together at Premier Christy Clark and NDP leader Adrian Dix‘s offices to send a clear message: we want firm commitments to stop tanker expansion and the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines.

In total, we estimate 7,100+ people participated in almost 70 community actions and you absolutely blanketed BC with amazing media coverage. Across the province, people stepped up to tell local reporters why this cause is so important to them, and for many of them it was the first time talking into a microphone. Your communities will be inspired by your voices.

We also heard from people across Canada and the US who were deeply moved by your actions. In the US climate movement, there was “a collective jaw-drop from San Francisco to DC” because of your efforts. Countless Canadians watched as you boldly demonstrated that bottom-up mobilization is going to stop Big Oil and the federal government’s plans to ram pipelines and tankers through a sham process over local opposition. Period.

We’re already seeing the change. We saw much stronger language from our politicians. NDP leader Adrian Dix applied his “made in BC” test for Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline to include the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion plan. And many BC Liberals went on the record today with much stronger statements about tarsands pipelines and tankers, including BC Cabinet Minister Ida Chong, who said that without First Nations support for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline she will have to tell Premier Christy Clark that the pipline simply can’t go forward.

There is so much to be proud of, and more work to be done. We’ve heard from so many of you speaking with the same voice to say: let’s keep building! For you, the next step could be the PowerShift climate conference this weekend in Ottawa, a massive convergence of Canada’s youth climate movement.

We also strongly encourage you to support the important Athabasca Chipeywan First Nations constitutional challenge to stop Shell’s massive new Jackpine Mine in the tar sands.

There’s more to come. For now, sign-up here and we’ll send you a personal Defend our Coast action kit, and we’ll follow-up with next steps as we work together to stop tar sands piplines and tankers.

Thank you BC, you are amazing.

#DefendOurCoast has gone viral!

Thanks to the thousands of participants of today’s Defend Our Coast actions.  We have engaged MLAs, media and citizens across the country and made it clear that our coast is not for sale.  Photos and videos of community actions have been spreading around the web like wildfire.

And people are paying attention.

Carole James @carolejames: Amazing energy at my constituency office today for#defendourcoast. Thanks to all for your strong voices! #bcpoli #yyj pic.twitter.com/YBBhwcqZ

Chilliwack NDP MLA Gwen O’Mahony took time to speak to Defend our Coast supporters and her office shared cookies and coffee.

John Horgan, MLA @jhorganmla -  Almost 100 in Langford for #defendourcoast. Peek Freans were a big hit! #bcpoli http://yfrog.com/kjyvdmvj

Jenny Kwan ‏@jennykwanmla @leadnowca I heard from many people in our community today who share serious concerns about #KinderMorgan. #defendourcoast

Even Ethical Oil’s Ezra Levant is getting nervous.  Read the Vancouver Observer article.

And we’re not done yet. We need to keep up the pressure and make it clear that British Columbians are united against the expansion of oil tanker traffic on our coast.

Continue the conversation on Twitter and keep tagging your MLAs. Their Twitter handles are here: http://bit.ly/T9Xikp

Also, please keep posting, sharing and re-tweeting your photos and videos.  Here’s how:

Facebook: Facebook.com/DefendOurCoast

Twitter: #DefendOurCoast

Photos: Send all photos to photos@defendourcoast.ca

Videos: Send all videos to videos@defendourcoast.ca

Instagram: Tag all photos with #DEFENDOURCOAST

Live-tweeting: Hashtag #DefendOurCoast

Find cool complimentary images to tweet here: http://on.fb.me/Ta2TqV

Try and include #BCpoli #BCNDP or #BCLib.

Thank you so much, and keep sharing!

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Watch out Christy Clark. Here we come.

The action at Christy Clark’s office is staring of with a bang.  Hundreds of people, including many professors and students from UBC march over to Christy Clark’s office to tell her that our coast is not for sale.  University professors are not your normal protesters.  It’s a sign of the passion and unity that crosses many demographics in BC.

Tzeporah Berman, author and environmentalist tell the crowds and says “This is a tipping point moment in history.  Let me say one thing to Enbridge and Kinder Morgan – this is our moment..”