Tanker on Chestermans Beach

Tofino Oil Spill—Fossil Fools Day!

Dan Lewis is a founding director of Clayoquot Action.

Happy Fossil Fools Day!

Thanks to everyone who checked out TofinoOilSpill.com! Imagine if this had not been a prank—how would you feel if you heard there was an major oil spill near Tofino—for real? We staged the mock oil spill in Tofino to show the ridiculous reality the fossil fools are pushing. Continue reading

Gold stays in the ground

Long live Fish Lake!

By Joe Foy, Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director

A couple of weeks ago our office at the Wilderness Committee had erupted in a rising babble of excited disbelief. All around me people were frantically logging on to their computers to get confirmation of some seemingly impossible news.

Our federal Environment Minister, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, had announced Continue reading

more precious than gold

More precious than gold

Dan Lewis is a founding director of Clayoquot Action.

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations (TFN) continue to oppose proposed exploration for gold in the Tranquil Valley Tribal Park. Last August Vancouver-based Selkirk Metals (owned by Imperial Metals Corporation) was granted a permit despite opposition from TFN. The Tla-o-qui-aht are not satisfied with the level of consultation by the company and the BC government. Continue reading

Camping on Clayoquot River

Clayoquot Lake—a world away

Dan Lewis is a founding director of Clayoquot Action.

Clayoquot Sound is the crown jewel of Vancouver Island, a place that calls people, and keeps them coming back. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place, teeming with the power of wild nature. It is a testament to the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations’ stewardship that so many people lived such rich lives here for millennia, without diminishing the place.

Large, undisturbed rainforest valleys make Clayoquot stand out ecologically—they’re full of iconic monumental cedars, with timber wolves and black bears roaming the floodplains, fishing for wild salmon. We’ve had the pleasure of visiting these pristine valleys, most of which are not legally protected. For this year’s annual pilgrimage Bonny & I decided to checked out the Clayoquot River. Continue reading

Clayoquot Action and Greenpeace take action for wild salmon in Tofino,

An action-packed year!

Dan Lewis is a founding director of Clayoquot Action.

It has been a fantastic first year for Clayoquot Action! Quite a whirlwind of a year—from the start-up in spring right through to the Clayoquot Summer 20 Years After fall tour. At year’s end, our infrastructure is up and running, including a small office in Tofino. Ready now for some quiet time by the woodstove to rest, reflect, and celebrate—and to get stoked for all the possibilities the New Year will bring!

Highlights of 2013 included hosting Alexandra Morton and Twyla Roscovich on their Salmon Confidential tour, organizing the Imperial Metals AGM rally with the Wilderness Committee, presenting a total of twenty two ’20 Years After’ shows to almost twelve hundred people, and organizing logistics for the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior’s Tofino visit. Continue reading

Vic Theatre marquee

Roadshow Wrap-up

“…amazing presentation. It can be easy to start to feel hopeless or helpless about all that is happening in the world, but you two are doing honest to goodness wonderful work… and it was very heart opening and inspiring. Hope that many get the chance to meet you both and see your presentation! Gratitude!” Kelli Gallagher, Powell River.

Standing on the deck of the ferry, gazing back at Salt Spring Island, heading for home. Reflecting on all the coastal communities we were able to visit this fall, all the amazing people who organized the shows and opened their homes to us. It has been a great run and we are heading for home satisfied and inspired!

After performing the Clayoquot Summer 20 Years After show weekly in Tofino from July through September, we decided to get out on the road to reach communities around Georgia Strait. We travelled to Courtenay, Powell River, Cortes Island, Gabriola Island, Vancouver, Victoria, Denman Island, Cowichan Bay, and Salt Spring Island. Continue reading

Big Black Bear

Tranquil Creek divine

Tyson Cross is a volunteer member of Clayoquot Action’s Salmon Virus Sampling Team. He lives and works in Tofino, and took the photo above.

The day prior to departing on this excursion to help monitor wild salmon, I watched a short film clip of Robert Bateman. He said “Think of a place that really means something to you deep in your heart.” He fears that if he were to ask young people this question they won’t have that place, it’s just not there. If people have no contact with nature, not only nature but also humanity will have a very gloomy future. However, one can’t despair—take action, it’s useful!

Tranquil Tribal Park—could a name say more? Most simply, the Tranquil is just something that needs to be experienced. Follow the inlet to the mouth of the creek. Follow Tranquil Creek just a little further in, and you will experience one of those moments that lasts a lifetime. Continue reading

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior welcomed by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations near Tofino BC

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior visits Tofino

Dan Lewis is a founding director of Clayoquot Action.

Save Our Salmon

It was a gnarly morning, with a cold wind gusting under grey skies. I was feeling good about the decision to cancel the planned flotilla to greet Greenpeace’s flagship the Rainbow Warrior on the water. We had instead decided to convene at Chesterman’s Beach near Tofino. A couple of dozen people had shown up—not bad considering the conditions, I thought.

And then the magic happened! People began streaming out of the forest, onto the sandspit—all ages, and many walks of life, brightly dressed in a rainbow of raingear.

Sarah King from Greenpeace had spelled ‘Save Our Salmon’ in big letters on the sand. We lay down on the beach, and right on schedule a floatplane flew over, with local photographer Marnie Recker on board. Continue reading