Next month, Canadians will launch one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in the country’s history. Over 80 influential leaders from across the country, representing a wide cross-section of “business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities…announced an upcoming mass sit-in in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia on October 22,” according to the DefendOurCoast.ca announcement.
One only has to go a few miles northwest of B.C.’s capital in Victoria to see what governments are really doing about global warming.
While provincial Finance Minister Carole Taylor was finalizing her “go green” budget, governments at the federal, provincial and local level were taking steps that guarantee sprawl, gridlock and greenhouse emissions will continue to spiral.
The former U.S. vice president will descend on Victoria September 29, then cross the Georgia Strait for an engagement that evening in Vancouver. After his address, expected to focus on daily actions to combat climate change, the audience will be treated to high tea at the venerable Empress Hotel.
Under a new bylaw, the City of Victoria will fine drivers from $50 to $200 for leaving vehicles running unnecessarily. Such behavior includes waiting for passengers, driving through fast-food lanes, stopping at rail crossings, waiting to park or refuel, and other infractions.