The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter participated in the ‘Stand Up for What You Love’ rally yesterday, Valentine’s Day.
The Facebook outreach for the rally highlighted, “Fracking, flooded farmland, threatened orcas, destroyed ancient forests and a changing climate? Is this your vision for BC’s future? Or would you rather a province that prioritizes clean water, renewable energy, respect for Indigenous rights, and a safe future for everyone? Join us at noon at the BC Legislature to stand up for what you love!”
The outreach added, “This rally will coincide with the official opening of the BC Legislature — where decisions around critical environmental issues like tarsands pipelines and tankers, fracking and LNG export plants, the Site C megadam and the continued destruction of endangered old-growth rainforests are made. We need your help to make this rally HUGE, and to send a strong message to BC’s elected leaders! Sometimes love hurts, and it’s time to tell BC politicians that their decisions have consequences. The rally will feature speakers from the local environmental movement and First Nations.”
The Tyee now reports, “Outside the legislature, protesters organized by several groups held a “stand up for what you love” rally. Speakers and signs expressed opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal, Site C dam, LNG, fracking, the Massey Tunnel replacement, the Port Mann bridge, old growth logging and more.”
The rally was hosted by the chapter and numerous other groups including Amnesty International, RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs), and the Wilderness Committee- Victoria Office.
The event was held on the territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.
Voting day in the upcoming British Columbia provincial election will be May 9.