“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest”
– Elie Wiesel
We're in Oakville, Ontario
It's 8.01am and I'm sitting at the kitchen table of two of the most generous and wonderful people we know, (Keli and Paul Wybrow), and I'm gazing out at their backyard. Two Cardinals are nibbling away at the bird feeder (probably comfort food after their World Series loss)
I'm keeping one eye on Louis…the little five-month-old desperado who is feigning sleep next to me
It's a very long way from Roberts Creek, BC and a lot has happened since our last blog posting
On Saturday (November 16th) Wendy and I went to our first ever public demonstration. It was a 'Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Community' rally at the wharf in Davis Bay. It's 11am start time was set to coincide with protests happening across Canada
In BC, the rallies were a demonstration of the people's opposition to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline
“If approved, the almost 1,200-kilometre twin pipeline would carry about 525,000 barrels of petroleum per day from the Alberta oilsands to the B.C. coast for shipment by tankers.”
Where pray tell, is all of this dirty oil going?
How will it ultimately affect our forests, coastlines, habitats and health?
Are you one of the few who will benefit from it's profits? (or one of the multitude who will not)
Luke has joined us (it's his first rally too). The three of us arrive just before eleven…and discover that we're pretty much the first ones here.
Where's everybody else? Oh that's right, we're on Coast Time…they'll be along shortly
The wharf is festooned with banners and signs of protest
(dammit…we forgot to make signs)
Not a problem, our presence and our voices will suffice (ATTICA, ATTICA)
It's a beautiful day…cold and crisp and soon we are joined by others (oh sure, they brought signs)
It's not a large crowd…hardly the overwhelming numbers one would have expected but a very visible and vocal presence nonetheless (APATHY, APATHY)
Don't be hatin…be demonstratin (pitter-patter, let's get at 'er)
Slowly and surely, the crowd begins to swell…
…families with children…
…even Barney Rubble and the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes show up
The atmosphere is friendly and festive
It's time for us to leave…Wendle and I have some packing to do. All in all, the protest was a great experience. We've done our civic duty and exercised our right to peacefully manifest our objections. Will Ottawa listen? (i'm not touching that with a ten foot pipeline)
We'll see you all tomorrow and bring you up to date on our journey East. Right now, I've got a chiro appointment to go to (hey Rash…charge up the electrodes)
Moose and Wendle
Here's Wendle, with a little story that may prevent you from going viral
The 'Do Search' Virus
If you read the “As It Is” post (November 12), you know Luke came over last Saturday night and we watched Ned Kelly (how can you go wrong with Heath Ledger… really). What you don't know is in attempting to watch Ned Kelly we contracted a computer virus… Doh!
Project Free TV, it turns out has a fake version for those unsuspecting newbies like myself… (perhaps I should have waited for Luke to point to the right one instead of being so click-happy!). It would have been MUCH less expensive to rent the damn movie than it was to contact… and pay… a pro (in my case Len Friesen of DVI Tech www.dvitech.com) to remove said virus.
Len was wonderful and had the computer all fixed up and in my hands in a couple of hours from when I called! Fortunately he lives and works only 15 minutes from where we live. I had phoned 3 other places… 2 went to voice mail and the other said… um you know you'll have to leave it with us for a day or so right? Hahaha… I don't think so.
We had also watched Master and Commander… which for some strange reason, we could only find on iTunes. Word to the wise… unless you have Apple TV… or you want to wait 3 hours for your iTunes movie rental to download… don't try and rent a movie on iTunes. Apparently Apple is looking for a solution to this, but as yet does not have one.