Internet has mobilized new wave of activism


British Columbia has earned a reputation for its tumultuous politics and recent events are doing nothing to temper that view. Well,
it turns out that one in four of us in B.C. actually considers him or
herself an “activist.” And activists can cause a lot of distress for
politicians — and anyone else who tries to tell them what to do. But
politicians and business leaders are starting to learn that it’s all
about consultation. If they want to put up a 50-storey building, or just
five street lamps, they have to talk to the public first.

What’s precipitated this change? The Internet, of course. There
was a time when the sphere of influence for the average person’s
opinion was limited to the water cooler, dinner table, coffee shop or
bar and, from time to time, a letter to the editor. But now, with
the proliferation of blogs, website polls and social networking sites,
people can literally broadcast their opinions any time — and do it
freely. And they’re having a huge influence on the shape of our
communities and our province.

Read more of Evi Mustel’s guest column in the Province here


About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.