Your dollars at work: Kitimat says "No!"
Last night, emotions ran high in the Kitimat, B.C. and your dollars were hard at work telling a big story in a small town.
But now the question is, can Northern Gateway continue without social license?
It started months before with a mayor and a prayer meeting.
And it looked like Enbridge was pouring so much into the campaign they would win the vote.
Sometimes Enbridge's campaign even seemed designed to confuse voters. "Yes" for Kitimat actually meant "Yes" for Enbridge. Observers wondered if people would decipher the true meaning of this code when they cast their ballots.
But they did understand.
And while some locals believed the pipeline would bring prosperity, others thought it would bring death to marine life. 'Expect dead whales' from Northern Gateway oil tankers, warn Kitimat locals (VIDEO)
And in Vancouver, yesterday on a gorgeous summery day, Burnaby residents rallied to say no to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
Not one of these stories would have happened without you. Many thousands are sharing them on Facebook and twitter. They are now an archive of a David and Goliath tale in a drama that we are all a part of in one way or another.
One last thing I'd like to tell you. Last week, the Vancouver Observer was honoured with a nomination for the Excellence in Journalism Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
The five finalists in the local or regional media category are: CBC Edmonton CBC New Brunswick Global Calgary L'Écho de Frontenac and VO.
Once again, it wouldn't have happened without you. Thank you so much.
P.S. We ARE running late with the t-shirts. But you should have them by mid-May, those of you who selected that level of reward. Apologies for the delay.