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Recently Published Photo: 6 Years Ago in Environment
Last week the BC environmental movement lost two of its foot soldiers in the shape of Harriet Nahanee and Pierre Rovtar.
Harriet was instrumental in the Eagle Ridge bluffs protest and at 71 had been sent to prison for 14 days for simply not apologising to the construction company at Eagle Ridge Bluffs. Along with fellow protestor Betty Krawzyk, Harriet took a stand on the bluffs overlooking West Vancouver, like Betty she was arrested for breaking the will of a judge who simply issued a piece of paper.
It is a statement of our times to see pictures of Harriet on the blockade in one hand a piece of paper originally written 200 years back; the other hand in hand with a West Van RCMP officer. Our court system refuses to acknowledge such an old document, even if it was written in the King's hand. Today a court order can overrule the word of a long dead king with a simple signature.
I dropped in on this planet, September 2nd, 1962 and my life has not been the same since. Growing up in the industrial NW of England was fun, to a point. But when Maggie Thatcher spoiled the party, my parents decided to head off to the west coast of Canada to escape. So I have been living here in Vancouver since 1981, I've been educated, married and passed on my genetic markers to my offspring. In my life I have been a movie and tv extra, professional writer, poll researcher, pub doorman, chicken coop cleaner, professional pea picker, olympic athlete, track and field official and soccer coach. I now live in an East Vancouver co-op. I ran unsuccesfully in the last two BC elections and I currently work at Simon Fraser University. You can call me a Green Party supporting, guitar playing, bike riding urban enviromentalist, who has a dislike for anything that decreases the quality of our environment.