Environmental Battles Unite British Columbians


With the leadership of both major parties up for grabs you should know what The Common Sense Canadian will be doing from now until the next election.

First let me assure you that we are not party-political. We simply support the party that declares for the environment.

Thanks to a conspiracy of silence, the mainstream media have simply ignored environmental issues with the exception of making Letters to the Editor and Op-ed space available to those who would desecrate our environment.

We have seen some significant changes in the environmental movement over the last couple of years with much fuller contact between various groups. More and more The Common Sense Canadian has had speakers and other support from colleagues and we’ve been returning the favour when we can. To name but a few, people like Joe Foy and Gwen Barlee from he Wilderness Committee, the in comparable Alex Morton, Rex Weyler, Donna Passmore, many others and I have found ourselves on the same platform, meaning, among other benefits, we get to know one another better. Our collective pledge is to help each other and to ensure each of us that their struggle is ours too. For far too long governments have been able to divide us and I believe we are quickly coming together – as we must.

We are working hard to bring expert opinion to our web page not only on our own account but from others as well.

We have both senior governments to thank for this because they have assaulted the environment in so many fields it’s galvanized those who care and brought unity where there was once conflict and indifference.

Damien Gillis and I founded The Common Sense Canadian because in fighting for our rivers in the ’09 election we saw that our talents mixed beautifully. We’ve assembled a marvellous group of contributors, advisors, and even a first class cartoonist, Gerry Hummel, whom you’ll be seeing much more of.

We are and have for a long time been appalled at how the desecraters of our environment have got away with it. There are exceptions – thank God for that! – in smaller communities, and we’ll be asking them to help us let the public know what we’re up to and when Damien and I are coming to show his videos and hear our message.


About Rafe Mair

Rafe Mair, LL.B, LL.D (Hon) a B.C. MLA 1975 to 1981, was Minister of Environment from late 1978 through 1979. In 1981 he left politics for Talk Radio becoming recognized as one of B.C.'s pre-eminent journalists. An avid fly fisherman, he took a special interest in Atlantic salmon farms and private power projects as environmental calamities and became a powerful voice in opposition to them. Rafe is the co-founder of The Common Sense Canadian and writes a regular blog at rafeonline.com.

4 thoughts on “Environmental Battles Unite British Columbians

  1. the only realistic option is the peaceful political process.
    Force only empowers harpers dark side, riot police
    and his new jails. the NDP is the Peoples vehicle to claim, refresh its grass roots/agenda, and begin to let the light in
    to all those reeking back rooms, TOTAL TRANSPARENCY in all matters of governance is the needed medicine to restore public trust and(necessary) participation in democracy. Put it all on the internet! CAN YOU IMAGINE!?
    the ndp IS what WE make it
    AND once the people coalesce and feel their POWER…
    well… “i have a dream”….. of a love based ‘economy’
    WE have the numbers !! once we resurrect ourselves
    from our graves of APATHY and CYNICISM
    look at Tunisia !!!

  2. Agreed Rafe, the environment is the single most important issue in front of us; not only here in BC but the entire world.

    Without a healthy environment in which to grow healthy food for human consumption we are finished as a species; any other issue becomes moot once we cannot nourish ourselves properly.

    Oh sure you will get the deniers; the GMO supporters and the fish farm supporters and the IPP supporters etc, etc. These good folks tell us all that we can run down to the local corporate fast food chain to be served up with the poison dispensed from those sources…. Might be called food but where exactly is the nutritive content?

    Simply put these are humans of laziness; no motivation to see anything differently, nor creativity to try something in a different way. More of the same old home cooking; industrialization and the Milton Freidman School of Nut Bar Economic theories….

  3. Few politicians think for a minute, that all of humanity lives on a ball of matter only 8,000 miles in diameter. None think for a second, that if the Planet Earth were the size of a basketball, our atmosphere would be the thickness of plastic wrap. Filling this thin layer of air with increasing levels of CO2 does not disturb the ignorant or cause concern for what they are putting upon their grandchildren. None admit that any and all development of any kind, comes at the cost of loss of environment. Denial of these realities and greed have been the hallmark of most governmenst, and alas most leaders. The public are the ones at fault, because we don’t want to hear of reality, we only want to hear of industrial expansion and growth, both of which will ultimately destroy all living things. Denial is comfort.

  4. May God help us allif Kevin Falcon is at the helm of BC! He would become the most anti-environmental Premier of them all! Too bad the NDP messed up when they were ahead of the game…it just makes things more complicated now.

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