Update: The Oregon Aquarium says that the Pacific Sideband snail is “considered common”, not endangered.
In our last posting we covered how protesters against the expansion of Burnaby’s Trans Mountain pipeline attacked “the man” by yelling insults and expletives at the working man. Meanwhile, the Pulitzer worthy (well, more worthy than Linda Solomon at the Observer) geniuses at Burnaby Now newspaper have claimed that the battle is heating up. And how did they back this theory? With a picture of 19 protesters and another of a guy with a bagpipe.
Previous protests involved scores more protesters- adding the fact that Burnaby is a college town with a population of over 200,000, it’s becoming clear that the Trans Mountain protesters are going nowhere fast. So, what’s a protester to do when the public doesn’t give a damn? Simple, time to go hunting for Spotted Owls!
If you’re a fan of French cuisine, you’ll find their solution deliciously fun…
Today’s recipe for activist hijinks comes, of course, from Mia Nissen- a highly credible source who compared her 7-day fast to Gandhi’s hunger strike, and who’s scheduled for a court appearance today after locking her neck to the front of Chevron’s Burnaby refinery.
Nissen posted on her Facebook page a couple days ago that “biologists” have discovered a dead “endangered” snail on Burnaby Mountain. Voilà, the new Spotted Owl! She next claimed that the “biologists are hoping to find a live one.” I use “biologists” in quotes, because a real scientist wouldn’t “hope” to find anything, they would try as neutrally as possible to identify what actually exists.
How convenient would it be to find an endangered snail? How easy would it be to drop a few in the forest? In our last story Nissen exclaimed that the pipeline would only go in “over my dead body”, perhaps that sort of extremism could drive one to drop a few dead snails? Are the “biologists” so “hopeful” they’re willing to drop their standards?