On yet another sunny day in a record-breaking streak of dry weather, I rode down to a park here on the North Shore where they we demonstrating to stop pipelines from the oil sands to the coast of BC and hence to China.
Here is a photo essay of the event. So little of logic or intelligence transpired that I hesitate to write it down. The clincher was the fat, old lady riding a purple electric cart; she proudly proclaimed “I do not use oil; I plug my cart in.” I reminded here that the previous speaker had called for a halt to dam building in BC, and had gone further calling for the demolition of all current dams in BC. I reminded the fat lady that she gets electricity from said dams. Not loosing a beat, she tartly replied “The young are all muddled up. One day they will need electic carts to get around too.”
Then there was the young Scotsman who said we should keep the oil in Canada to ensure energy independence. I got him to admit that he has been in the country but one month, having finished his thesis on the poetry of Milton. He admitted that he had followed the rather attractive lady who was manning the booth calling for an end to the export of energy from Canada.
Then there was the flat speaker who admitted that she was not yet born at the time of protests against the Vietnam war, but that this gathering had the energy of those lost days. Try as I might, I could not feel today the energy of those long-ago protests.
It would all have been rather funny and entertaining if it had not been so scary. The speakers were passionate and sounded like those old films of Mussolini working up a crowd. Logic and reason were absent. All was lies and calls for destruction: from corporations, to police, to politicians, to pipelines, and tankers. The fascists were there in force. And their motto was: we may not have money or power, but we have people and we will resist.
One final observation: I saw only one bus that had brought people; but five or six bicycles; and for the rest the parking lots were overflowing. As most of those in attendance were old and/or overweight, I suppose they do need their cars and gas to get to protest to keep the oil in Canada and not send it to China or the USA.