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The tar sands. A drama of epic proportions that  we'll tell story by story over one year.
The tar sands. A drama of epic proportions that we'll tell story by story over one year.
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Your dollars at work: Mychaylo, Kitimat, Alberta health impacts

Posted by The Vancouver Observer (Creator)
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Hi Backers,

To give a quick update, your support meant we could afford to hire Mychaylo Prystupa to write for The Tar Sands Reporting Project. Mychaylo's filed more than 1,000 CBC TV News stories across Canada. And he's already written 20 stories for TSRP.  Here are just a few:

Broken trust: Alberta family without answers about oil sands' health impact 

Oil field fumes so painful, Alberta families forced to move 

Kitimat hunters fear a future Enbridge oil spill ‘wiping out’ wild game

Mychaylo Prystupa
Mychaylo Prystupa

 We're sending Mychaylo to cover the surreal Enbridge poliltical campaign underway to sway Kitimat to "vote yes" to oil pipeline.  Enbridge, Inc.'s corporate canvassers are pounding the pavement and going door to door to try and convince locals to vote for the pipeline.

It reminds me of the movie "Promised Land" in which a fracking company tries to win over a town.  The PR guy in the movie is played by Matt Damon and Enbridge's head of PR in Kitimat even looks like Matt Damon!

Donny VanDyk, Matt Damon look alike
Donny VanDyk, Matt Damon look alike

Bothersome to Manny Arruda about Enbridge's campaign,  the canvassers already knew his name.

“Invasion of privacy is definitely something I’m feeling," he told the Vancouver Observer. "They’re trying to get into every facet of my life."

“You can’t do anything without seeing Enbridge ads on the TV screen. You open a paper, and it’s two and three full page ads. You turn on the radio, and it’s steadily on the radio. And they’re phoning you at home.”

"...and now just showing up at your door. It’s kind of odd.”

“It almost feels like we’re getting bullied,” said Arruda.

Manny Arruda holding a newspaper with a full-page "vote yes" Enbridge advertisement.
Manny Arruda holding a newspaper with a full-page "vote yes" Enbridge advertisement.

 Without your support, we wouldn't be covering Kitimat.  And it would be out of sight, out of mind, for the world, because there won't be much national media coverage, nor regional, or Vancouver-based.  Thanks to you, we'll be there and we'll push the story out to the world.

With appreciation,

Linda

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    1. The Vancouver Observer Creator on

      Hi Lucie,
      T-shirts have been ordered and will be mailed to you in mid-late April.

      Linda

    2. Lucie Canfield on

      When will I get the t-shirt? I haven't received the pkg yet. Thanks!