Hundreds of British Columbians joined over 100 cities in DefendOurClimate rallies on November 16 (Olsy Sorokina/BCIT News)
VANCOUVER (BCIT NEWS) – Strong wind and pouring rain did not get in the way of Victoria residents who wanted to voice their concerns over the recent pipeline agreements.
On November 16, over 130 communities across Canada have joined in the plea for the local and federal governments to reconsider pipeline and tar sands expansion projects. The Defend Our Climate rallies were held outside of government offices as well as the local landmarks.
Dozens of people gathered at Clover Point near Dallas Road beach in Victoria; the location provided the protesters with “a view of where the oil tankers would travel,” according to the event’s website.
Ombudsperson Kim Carter visited BCIT as part of her provincial tour. (Courtesy BC Ombudsperson Office)
VANCOUVER (THE LINK) – British Columbia Ombudsperson Kim Carter made a stop at the BCIT Burnaby campus on her recent tour of the province.
One reason for Carter’s visit to various parts of the province was to make the office’s services better known to British Columbians.
“A lot of people don’t know we exist,” Carter told The Link in an interview. “They don’t realize that if they have gone through everything, they think, ‘Well, that’s the end, the institution says there is nothing we can do,’ they can come to our office.”
An Ombudsperson office is an independent agency that ensures that people of the province get fair treatment from government organizations. The British Columbian office was set up in 1979, and is part of 9 provincial offices across Canada.
According to the province’s Ombudsperson office, the purpose of the October tour was to give British Columbians a chance to voice the concerns they may have with various government agencies in person.