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Your dollars at work: Kitimat says "No!"

Posted by The Vancouver Observer (Creator)
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Dear Backers,

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.

Nathan Cullen waits to hear vote outcome
Nathan Cullen waits to hear vote outcome

Enbridge loses the Kitimat plebiscite on Northern Gateway (BREAKING NEWS) Watch the video inside the story to hear people scream with joy as Cullen announces the results.

But now the question is, can Northern Gateway continue without social license?

It started months before with a mayor and a prayer meeting.

Kitimat Mayor
Kitimat Mayor

Kitimat ‘growing like Fort McMurray’: a mayor’s prayers answered?

And it looked like Enbridge was pouring so much into the campaign they would win the vote.

Surreal Enbridge political campaign underway to sway Kitimat to "vote yes" to oil pipeline 

Enbridge canvassers
Enbridge canvassers

 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.

"Yes" for Kitimat actually meant "Yes" to Enbridge.  Designed to confuse?
"Yes" for Kitimat actually meant "Yes" to Enbridge. Designed to confuse?

But they did understand.

Kitimat mayor flash mobbed by 'No Enbridge' protesters at Haisla basketball game (VIDEOS) 

Mayor Flash Mobbed by Haisla First Nation basketball players
Mayor Flash Mobbed by Haisla First Nation basketball players

 When the Yinka Dene pipeline communities decided to ban Northern Gateway, it was pivotal.

Yinke Dene celebrate their decision to say no to pipeline
Yinke Dene celebrate their decision to say no to pipeline

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)

Whales and whale lovers
Whales and whale lovers

Remember the deleted Enbridge islands? They have sea lions (PHOTOS)

Sea lions on "disappeared" island
Sea lions on "disappeared" island

Meanwhile, the on an island dead centre of the controversy,  the Gitxaala First Nation are battling with Enbridge for their very survival.  

Chiefs Elmer Moody and Clarence Ince of the Gitxaala First Nation in the Vancouver Observer office
Chiefs Elmer Moody and Clarence Ince of the Gitxaala First Nation in the Vancouver Observer office

And in Vancouver, yesterday on a gorgeous summery day, Burnaby residents rallied to say no to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

People's Procession & Rally Against Kinder Morgan Pipeline marches in Burnaby (IMAGES)

"We live here!" they chanted.
"We live here!" they chanted.
An apt statement on sign at anti-Kinder Morgan pipeline rally
An apt statement on sign at anti-Kinder Morgan pipeline rally

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. 

Linda

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. 

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    1. The Vancouver Observer Creator on

      Thank you, Patricia and Michael. Your vote of confidence means the world.

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      Patricia McClung on

      This is wonderful news. We (my family of 6, in moodyville, north vancouver), are so thrilled with the win against the devilish Enbridge.....hope we can have a similar response in our neighbourhood. May mother earth and our natural world be saved!!!!!!!!

    3. Michael Billington on

      Linda: congratulations to you and your staff... as a retired journalist (I spent nearly a half century as an ink-stained wretch) I can only say that we need more people in this somewhat misunderstood profession doing what you and your crew are doing. The money I and everyone else invested in your ongoing efforts to tell the truth in the face of such well-financed opposition was well worth every penny. Keep up the good work.
      Mike