Your dollars at work: Mychaylo, Kitimat, Alberta health impacts
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:
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!
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.
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.