Mair, Gillis bringing common sense to Kelowna April 3


From the Kelowna Capital News – March 30, 2011

Rivers, hydro bills, oil tankers, democracy—these are the
subjects of a rousing tour of B.C. this year led by Rafe Mair and Damien

Gillis and Mair are founders of a new online
journal called The Common Sense Canadian, created to provide a voice for
the public and the environment.

As part of a speaking tour that reaches some 30
communities around the province, Mair and Gillis  will appear in Kelowna
on Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m., at First United Church in downtown Kelowna.

The event is co-sponsored by the Kelowna chapter of the Council of Canadians and Citizens for Public Power.

The townhall meeting will feature Gillis’ new
short documentary on the proposed Enbridge pipeline to B.C.’s North
Coast, called Oil In Eden, and a keynote speech by Mair, a former
provincial government cabinet minister under former premier Bill
Bennett’s Social Credit government and a now retired long-time Vancouver
radio talk show host.

The two will also take questions from the audience.

The tour is designed to inform and empower British Columbians.

“These aren’t matters of left and right, but of right and wrong,” Mair said.

“It’s time for Common Sense Canadians to band
together—through our own media and community organizing—to address our
greatest challenges: Protecting our environment and democracy.

“We can be the generation that lost B.C., or together we can be the one that saved it.”

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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.