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British Columbia West Coast

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Gateway Pipeline

I’m not sure how much people outside of B.C. and Canada know about the Gateway Pipeline, but this issue has held my interest since first hearing about it in January. Basically, Enbridge Co. wants to build an oil pipeline that runs from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C. From there, oil tankers will transport the oil from the port to Asia. However, the route the massive oil tankers would take adjoins the Great Bear Rainforest, a 64,000-square-kilimetre stretch of wilderness that is considered one of the most ecologically sacred on Earth. This area is home to the “spirit bear”, wolves, grizzlies, orcas, and humpback whales. And this entire ecosystem is based on salmon. If there was to be an oil spill in this area, the results would be disastrous to the Canada’s West Coast. I live along the west coast of B.C., and I feel very protective of the beautiful landscape around me. The beaches are lovely year-round, and the view from Grouse Mountain on a clear day gives you a wonderful view of the blue ocean.

However, enough public voices rose to argue again Stephen Harper and his government, and so, a three-person committee representing the National Energy Board is now travelling across Canada until the end of 2013, listening to the hundreds of people who wish to speak their opinions to this group. After they have heard everyone, the National Energy Board will make their decision and make a recommendation to the government on whether or not the pipeline should be built after all.

Stephen Harper has asked Canadians to not let “radical” foreign groups put money into charities and environmental groups in order to lengthen and stall the process. These comments have been met with shaking heads as Canadians question whether or not Harper is calling his own citizens and tourists to this beautiful province “radicals”. I found a fantastic quote in the Globe and Mail in January which gave me the idea of writing this post.

Florian Schulz is a German wildlife photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, and was quoted in the article “Caring for Canada’s beauty ‘beyond borders'”. He is talking about the government naming him and other environmental advocates as “radicals”. He says:

“To cherish the incredible beauty of Canada and to celebrate it-as a foreigner, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. There are certain values and ethics that I think are beyond borders.”

There are many foreigners who love Canada and the British Columbia West Coast. There are Canadians living abroad, there are animal lovers from Brazil, and there are simply tourists who fell in love with the landscape of this province. Should we really be shutting out those people who want to protect something so fragile and untouched? Why should borders matter when it comes to our planet and its resources. We are entering a time when we should all be protecting the Earth and the land we love, no matter where we are from or how far away that land is from where we live. If Harper is still worrying about borders on an issue such as this, he has a lot of catching up to do.

If that pipeline is approved, I will post pictures of my friends and I at the end of 2013, sitting in Kitimat, protesting.

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Canadian Electoral Reform

Hey guys, did you know that if we had a different system of voting in Canada, the chances are that Stephen Harper would not have gotten his Conservative majority last year? We can change that for the next election, or even just strive for more democratic elections in the future. Read this site and sign the letter! 🙂 Like this if you did! And please pass this on.
http://www.leadnow.ca/cooperation

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The effect of The Hunger Games

Who else is as excited for The Hunger Games as I am?! I read the series about a year ago, and I have re-read it since. These books got me started on every other dystopian fiction out there, including Divergent by Veronica Roth, Delerium by Lauren Oliver, Ashes, The Way We Fall, This World We Live In, and so many others. I think I’ve mentioned before how I work in a bookstore, and it isn’t uncommon to sell ten copies of The Hunger Games in one shift. At Christmas time, the box sets were flying out of our hands as they arrived in our shipment. This book is good. Right now, I believe the three books in the series are numbers 1, 2, and 3 in top sellers in the store. Let me tell you, my boyfriend does not read. He can convince himself to read the odd novel based on a video game, but that can take him months to finish those few hundred pages. He sticks with reading only a chapter at the most a night, as if any more than that would turn him into the anti-social bookworm I have become. I devour books, and I have never been able to strike up the same inspiration in him, until The Hunger Games. I had been begging him to give it a try for months, maybe even longer. Finally I got the book to at least sit on his bedside table. After more convincing, he read the first chapter, and then the second a week later. Until one morning, he admitted to reading four chapters the previous night! Since this is him we’re talking about, I felt like celebrating, “Today you are a man…” sort of thing, but I retrained myself. After that, he finished the book in a week. Although the book is only 370 large-font pages and a week is only an achievement for a 5th grader, it’s also a big deal for him. After all, this is someone who usually reads 1 book every 2.5 years, including any possible school novels.

Now that he’s on to Catching Fire, the second book in the series, I’m amazed at how this storyline can draw in even the most unusual of readers. The movie is also sure to get some new fans as well. I’m not one to enjoy comparison, but it feels a lot like it did when Harry Potter came out and it seemed like every kid and adult in the world was reading all of a sudden. Maybe Hunger Games can keep that going. I for one, am very thankful that my boyfriend now reads.

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I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
Robert Redford

Environment

Shia LaBeouf & Robert Redford

I definitely just stalked a movie set near my house tonight. And I definitely just saw Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf. And Shia definitely waved at me and said “Hey” in his Stanley Yelnats/Even Stevens/Sam Witwicky voice. And I swooned a little bit. But only a little bit.

 

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Midterms, movies, poetry, and halloween.

It is such a gorgeous day outside, and I don’t have to work or go to school, so I decided to bring all of my homework and spend the day outside at my favourite coffee shop. There’s something intellectually stimulating here that makes me want to read, listen to some chill music and maybe even write a blog post. Currently, I’m supposed to be studying for my Political science midterm that it tomorrow, but that’s not happening. So instead I’ll listen to some NeedtoBreathe, which is a fantastic band by the way, check them out. And those Salted Caramel Mochas are like insanely sweet heaven in a cup, yum.

So this semester I’m struggling with this Creative Writing class I’m taking. I took it for the fiction aspect, but realized too late that there are 3 parts to this course: fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Fantastic. I have severe difficulties with poetry, I just end up sounding so cliche and corny. Always happens. So the first assignment of the poetry unit is to write a 20 line poem and I’m in pain.  Not that anyone cares about my poetry-handicappedess, but I enjoy complaining. I don’t even want to think about screenwriting.

But a silver lining, I’m seeing Ides of March tonight with some friends. Yay for Toonie Tuesday! Two bucks for a George Clooney/Ryan Gosling movie? Thank you movie gods.

Switching topics again, I’m feeling the strange desire to be edgier lately. I want a lip piercing, and more ear piercings. I think its just the high from my tattoo, but still…

And I got my halloween costume. No slutty halloween for me thank you very much. I’m going to be… a purple crayon! I have a Crayola dress, so excited.

I love fall, I need to have more days like these. Chilly air, sunshine, coffee, and music. And I keep thinking about my tattoo, so happy with it. I want another one.

Voting System

H ey everyone, please read this site and sign the Declaration of Voters’ Rights. We deserve a better voting system in Canada. Make your voice heard! It’s your responsibility as a Canadian Citizen!


Steve Jobs

Thank you to the blog The First Gates for sharing this link with me. Life-changing:

Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford University in 2005.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2011/10/05/steve-jobs-2005-stanford-commencement-address/


“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

-Steve Jobs

RIP Steve Jobs