Standing Up, Standing Together, Standing Strong

It’s been quite a week.

We in Shawnigan have once again stood up for our drinking water. And we have  demonstrated, in no uncertain terms, that we do not and will never accept the risk of a contaminated landfill at the headwaters of our designated community watershed.

save our lake(Photo credit: Taehoon Kim)

And so many came to stand with us.

Hundreds on the road – people came from across the Cowichan valley, from  Victoria, and from Nanaimo – all standing in solidarity with the people of Shawnigan.

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Dozens of reporters and politicians who were invited to the village and they came all day long to take their flights over Shawnigan, to see from the air the spectacularly beautiful lake that we are all working so hard to protect.

The media response has been extraordinary, and stories are still coming daily.

You can see the long and growing list of stories here:  Media

Tonight it was The Province, with an in-depth look at the particulars of the Shawnigan Residents Association’s Judicial Review in the BC Supreme Court (see below for more details).

Shawnigan Lake residents fight to shut down landfill they fear will contaminate their drinking water

Here’s the thing.  While this story is getting so much coverage, there’s an element to this story that isn’t being reported in all of this, and that’s the story of how we have come together, and transformed into a deeply connected and organized community.

How extraordinary is our community?  In just over a week, dozens and dozens of people volunteered their time and energy to put together a very complicated day-long event that involved two locations and the coordination of helicopter flights throughout the day.  And it came together beautifully.  Shawnigan was able to show that our community of 8,000 people has the capacity to accomplish anything we put our minds to, and that in itself makes us extraordinary.

sooke lake 2(Photo credit: Laura Colpitts)

This, above all, must be understood.  The Shawnigan community is determined, organized, and capable of amazing efforts.  Why?  Because we know the future we want for our community, and a contaminated landfill is most definitely not a part of that future.

So what lies ahead?

The SRA Judicial Review case begins Monday, January 11th at 10:00 am, room 401 of the Victoria Courthouse (840 Burdett).  You can read SRA’s Applications and Affidavits here: SRA Legal Archive

On the evening of Thursday, January 14th, Victoria City Council will debate a motion that’s been brought forward by Mayor Helps and Councillors Loveday and Isitt.  The motion calls on Minister Polak to revoke CHH’s permit.  The council meeting starts at 7:00 pmCTV News Story     January 14 Agenda

Our allies grow in number and strength, as we ourselves become stronger and more connected.

I remain, as ever, in awe of this amazing community.