Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Revelstoke to encourage donations to Red Cross last year. The PM will be in Nanaimo on Friday, Feb. 2 for a town hall. (BLACK PRESS file photo)

Environmental groups will have plenty of questions at town hall with prime minister

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in the Harbour City on Friday, Feb. 2

British Columbians will ask questions concerning the coast when the prime minister comes to town tomorrow.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in the Harbour City on Friday, Feb. 2, as he holds a town hall forum at the Vancouver Island University gym.

It won’t be just Nanaimoites filling the VIU gym – the visit is expect to attract people from other communities, including a busload organized by Dogwood B.C., a Victoria-based environmentalist and citizen’s rights group.

Kai Nagata, communications director for Dogwood, said he hopes for discussion about First Nations reconciliation and also about protecting B.C. coasts.

[The prime minister] is coming to Nanaimo at a really interesting time, when there are some really raw, unresolved issues around reconciliation that are very close to the surface in B.C. and relate to a lack of consent,” Nagata said.

The Dogwood spokesman suggested that the PM’s support for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project almost seems to be provoking British Columbians.

“We need to have a strategy to deal with the existing vessel traffic and derelict barges and all the rest of it before we contemplate a huge expansion of oil tanker traffic,” he said.

Dogwood communications coordinator Christina Smethurst said in an e-mail that her organization has contacted other environmental groups.

“Our hope is to get as many Dogwood supporters inside the town hall as we can to ask questions about oil tanker expansion on our coast, but for those who don’t get the chance to register, we’ll be joining other groups like Georgia Strait Alliance, Wilderness Committee, Sierra Club B.C., Watershed Watch and STAND, and hopefully local First Nations, in a peaceful demonstration/rally,” she wrote. “Our objective for the rally is to show Prime Minister Trudeau there is strong opposition to his government forcing an unwanted oil tanker project on an unwilling province.”

Sierra Club isn’t organizing a bus, but has promoted the Nanaimo town hall.

Those wishing to attend the town hall should register in advance at http://terrybeechmp.ca and then check in at VIU’s lower cafeteria, Building 185. The event will get underway at 11 a.m. and doors will open at 9 a.m.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Gabriola Island community bus sees 100,000th rider

Gabriola Environmentally Responsible Trans-Island Express celebrated milestone Jan. 25

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mayor and council aren’t necessary

Instead of candidates, put municipal priorities on the ballot, says letter writer

RDN budget talks to include public consultation results

Director not impress with level of engagement

Pro wrestler Raven to re-live ECW, WCW, WWE days

Pro wrestler host a talk Jan. 31 at the Queen’s in Nanaimo

VIU volleyball wins all its matches

Mariners sweep past College of the Rockies Avalanche on lengthy road trip

WATCH: Find a perfect venue at Hitched Wedding & Events Affair

Check out vendors, venues and more at the Comox Community Centre today until 4 p.m.

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

Most Read