Thursday, November 24, 2016

Protesting Kinder Morgan's pipleline plan

On Monday night several hundred people gathered in Centennial Square beside Victoria's city hall for a candlelight vigil to protest Kinder Morgan's plan to build another pipeline to the BC coast to carry bitumen from Alberta's tar sands for export to China.

It appears that Justin Trudeau is poised to announce approval of this pipeline even though he campaigned and was elected on a promise to listen to communities before approving these kinds of things.

He needs to listen to British Columbia, where more than 65 per cent of the population is against pipelines and oil tankers. Trudeau signed the Paris Accord and this pipeline will just increase our emissions from the expanding tar sands.

Sorry it's such a blurry photo but it gives an idea of the gathering. You can't read the signs but I'll repeat a few of them here:

No to Fossil Fuels

No tar sands, no pipelines, trains, tankers

Climate Leaders Don't Build Pipelines

Our coast, our call

There are No Jobs on a Dead Planet

Sorry Alberta, our world takes precedence

If you want to send a note to our prime minister to tell him your thoughts on the pipeline project you can do so by emailing him at

Or you can click here to sign a petition.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fall in the Fernwood

Some cheery photos taken over the past couple of weeks as fall arrives in Fernwood.


It's a neighbourhood of old wooden and brick buildings, some but not all of them restored.

And as you can see from the crane above Wellburn's Market, there's some building going on too.
We're really close to Victoria's downtown and a building boom is happening there. I think it's a good thing to create more density downtown and rental accommodation is badly needed.

Our little neighbourhood on the edge of downtown will be affected but not changed too much, I hope.
Here's our little house, where we're snuggling down for late fall and winter.