Rafe Mair to speak in Penticton


From the Penticton Western News – March 31, 2011

Former Social Credit cabinet minister and political commentator Rafe
Mair will be in Penticton Saturday as part of a provincewide series of
engagements called: A Town-hall Tour for Common Sense Canadians.

As a radio talk-show host throughout much of the
‘90s on Vancouver’s CKNW, Mair made a name for himself as a thoughtful,
witty and, at times, abrasive stewart of political discourse.

Two years ago, when he last spoke in Penticton,
Mair said that if the BC Liberal government continues on its “path of
disseminating BC Hydro”, the province’s residents will face huge price
hikes in our electrical bills.

Since then, according to Mair, “we now face, on average, 50 per cent hikes in our electrical bills.”

Once again, Mair will speak on issues affecting B.C.’s rivers, hydro bills, fish and democracy.

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

The town hall meeting will also include former
provincial Green Party candidate Julius Bloomfield, an advocate for
alternative energies such as solar and wind, and filmmaker Damien
Gillis’ new short documentary on the proposed Enbridge Pipeline to
B.C.’s North Coast.

The event will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at
the Shatford Centre (the old Pen High building across from the Penticton
Public Library).

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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.