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General News · 11th November 2016
Bill Wheeler
A dozen Cortes Islanders braved stormy seas and strong winds on Monday to go to the TD Bank in Campbell River to protest the bank’s involvement in the Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline.
Here is the text of a note I gave to the bank’s manager:

Our presence here today is not meant to disturb your customers or employees. However, the TD Corporation is acting in a manner that is very anti-social and needs to be called to account. We live in a time when it is recognized that we need to leave most of the known fossil fuel deposits unburned if we are to have even a chance of not experiencing violent climatic disruptions that create misery for all beings and ecosystems on earth. Yet, TD, and lots of other big financial and resource corporations carry on as if business as usual is a valid response. Unfortunately they are operating in an economic and political systems that rewards that kind of behavior.
But one thing for certain is we don’t need any more oil pipelines. Please urge your boss to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline and also from all fossil fuel development projects. It is for everyone’s survival.

We spent a couple of hours holding our signs in several locations in the vicinity of the bank. The bank was expecting us and had hired a security guy for the day. The manager met us outside the door as soon as we had arrived and set our banner up across the entrance to the building. After a brief discussion about private property and trespassing we moved away from the building to other locations more visible to highway and other vehicle traffic.
As a first effort we feel like this action was a success. We also feel like this is a critical issue and it is not just about the Standing Rock Sioux. It is also about Lelu Island, the Kinder Morgan expansion, Northern Gateway, Site C, and the wellbeing of all. The next action is currently being planned. Join us.
Comment by ChrisWalker on 13th November 2016
Bravo Sir, and thank-you.