Enormous crowd at Defend Our Coast demonstration undeterred by "a little rain"
"A little rain isn't stopping this enormous crowd," @DefendOurCoast tweeted a few minutes ago.
Author Tzeporah Berman is one of the three thousand people gathered in the rain right now at the Defend Our Coast demonstration outside the BC legislature.
The crowd is in Victoria to protest the Enbridge Inc. proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
"It's time for citizens from all walks of life to take a stance," Berman told The Vancouver Observer by phone from the demonstration.
"The fact that thousands are willing to take the day off to voice their concerns should signal to the people around this country to take notice that it's too risky and too dangerous to build the pipeline."
Ben West, a Wilderness Committee campaigner, is also at the demonstration.
"I'm hoping folks far and wide can see this rally and that it emboldens them to get involved."
Elected officials show support
The provincial legislature is effectively shut down for the day, a government spokesperson said.
“It should be no surprise to anyone that the people of British Columbia care deeply about the environment. The members of our government care every bit as much about protecting British Columbia’s environment as anyone who is involved in the protest."
“I hope that the demonstration will be peaceful. I think we have processes like the environmental assessment process ongoing at the moment that gives people the opportunity to express their views in a civilized way."