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Posted by Daniel Sikorskyi on 9th September 2012

I, Daniel Sikorskyi, am back in Halfmoon Bay, Sunshine Coast, BC... I am truly satisfied with what Paul and I have accomplished so far...  We are now trying to find and figure how we can keep this alive with all the people we have engaged with so far and have an ongoing discussion and consideration of what all this is bringing about with regard to the treatment of 'OUR' environment... If you have any suggestions please feel free to share here or with anyone you so choose in order to keep engagement of as many people as possible with this issue...  This is Paul Fletcher's satement that was fotographed on the BC ferry traveling from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy... Can you just imagine a supetanker spill in these waters...!???

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"End of the Line" movie showing

Posted by Paul on September 26, 2012

Not to be missed:

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End of the road

Posted by Paul on September 3, 2012

Duncan. Saturday 6pm. Craig Street Brew Pub. We arrived where we launched the project from. Tired, exhilirated, excited about the next steps. Daniel has left for Victoria after a celebratory pint of Shawnigan red irish ale. Muchelle and Judy are back and in recovery mode. I am off to reconnect with friends and family. Despite being very tired, stayed up till 2:30 unloading the trip on my good friend Mark's ears. Ended the evening eating amazing organic tomatoes form Dan Ferguson's Dragonfly Farm. Thanks Dan for a delicious and perfect ending to an amazing journey. 

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Rupert to Hardy

Posted by Paul on September 3, 2012

Up and at em, 5:00 am on a chilly Prince Rupert meeting. One hour in the ferry lineup waiting to board for our 15 hour ride down BC's west coast, travelling the same waters that the super tankers would take if the Northern gateway was ever approved. Met and photographed amazing people from all over the world while, at the same time, watching the big screen of nature outdoors passing us by. How could we ever risk losing all that is here? Arrived at Port Hardy 10:30 and stayed at a local hostel. Morning we were up early, excited to be getting home.Did the last 2 Voices shoots with the owner of the Northern Adventure Hostel and Mike Beedell, one of my hero photographers from past years. What a great way to close a project, with portraits of a man who has been using his photography for years to teach others about the greatness and fragility of our great country. Last stop, Guidos for coffee with our new friends Kat and Mary. 

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The end is near

Posted by Paul on August 31, 2012

2 days in Prince Rupert waiting to board the ferry tomorrow for Vancouver Island. Mostly hanging out taking a bit of a break from the "Pipe". The ferry ride will prove very interesting as we will meet people from all over the world and get their opinions as well as photographing the route that the tankers will follow along the coast before turning into the Douglas Channel en route to Kitimat. Did one shoot in PR of Angela Gonu, a Nishga artist who holds down a day job at Dolly's Restaurant. As she told us, an oil spill would be the end of her job opportunities in Rupert and would affect the livelihood of most of the residents of Prince Rupert.

 

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Kitimat, end of the road

Posted by Paul on August 29, 2012

Made it to Kitimat late evening, no hotels or food until a frantic search provided us with the ugliest room we have ever had and 9lb take-out lasagnas that we scarfed down in one of the dingiest bars I have ever been in. Does any body ever change the carpets in dingy motels and bars? Woke up to wet coast rain but that didn't faze us as we headed to City Centre (actually the City Centre mall) where we harrassed locals for our project. Michelle and Judy had already gotten into the local Enbridge office where they had an enlightening conversation with Lucy, Enbridge's sole representative in the BC northwest. Headed out of Kitimat and travelled to Kitamaat Village located down Douglas Channel a ways.There we met and photographed Rosanne from Haida Gwaii who was visiting Kitamaat Village. Did some final interviews anf footage of us riding before parting ways with gals as we headed to Prince Rupert and they, back the way they came. Drove straight thru to Prince Rupert where we were met with the dreaded Prince Rupert rains about an hour out of Rupert. Arrived in PR drenched then the rain slowed allowing us a meal and a wet ride back to our motel. 

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Terrace, BC

Posted by Paul on August 28, 2012

A night in Terrace on the Skeena River, what a gorgeous place to be!! Today was filled with completely unexpected treasures. We spent the day with Roy Henry Vickers who toured us to some of the most magical places in the Hazelton after an inspiring interview and wild salmon sandwiches. One small piece of the interview can be found here. Tomorrow at 7:30 am we head into Kitimat with a few people to

 find and more to meet along the way. Yesterday we sat at Moricetown watching the salmon jump the falls, we were there for over two hours and could have stayed for many more, it truly is something remarkable to see. People here have such a deep love and respect for the salmon and for the endless streams, tributaries, lakes and rivers.

Putting a pipleline through here has quite honestly become unimaginable to me, even that someone could consider it seems ludicrous at best. They quite simply could have never spent a moment here, never seen a salmon dedicated to getting up a waterfall during spawning season, never seen the mixing where the Bulkley and Skeena join together, the excited cheers of the young kids who sit with their grandparents to watch the fisherman pullin his catch, the moon rise while the sun sets above the glaciers, the people here who have so much love and pride for this land. They must have just looked at a map and forgot to come and explore the actual space they drew over on the page that marked the proposed routes of these pipes.

I understand the other side to this, the parts of the promise that seem like a good idea. We all need to make money to feed our families to live in the world the way that it is but we will not be able to live here at all if this goes through. One leak, one break, one spill , one earthquake and from here to the coast our watersways will be destroyed, our way of life will become a story we tell of what once was a story in which each of us will be responsibe. I prefer to write a different version to tell my son and after only seven days on the road up here I can tell you one thing for certain, l am not alone.

Sleep well, Michelle Staples
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Houston

Posted by Paul on August 26, 2012

Sitting in Telkwa campsite with Michelle, Judy and Daniel after a day of riding and road searching for the mysterious river blockade where right of way clearing for a natural gas pipeline, along the same corridor as Northern Gateway, has begun. Will try again tomorrow. Managed to meet, talk to and photograph a number of people yesterday in Houston. The Project continues and seems to be gaining momentum as we are now meeting people that have heard of our project or have viewd the website.

Today, after the blockade search, we will be in Smithers talking to people before moving on to Hazelton and Terrace. Still working out the details to get to Hartley Bay to meet some of the real heroes of this protest.

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Fort St James

Posted by Paul on August 25, 2012

Stayed in Prince George Thursday nite and then drove to the Vanderhoof/Forst St James area Friday. Cold moist riding all day but fortuntely no rain despite the grey heaviness of the clouds. Fort St James was very interesting as the pipeline crosses just south of town and crosses under the river that supplies salmon to the local First Nations and the locals are adamant about having no pipeline. 

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Thursday night update

Posted by Paul on August 25, 2012

A Thursday Night Update by Michelle

Just finished after a long and very amazing day. Bear Lake, Summit Lake, downtown Prince George, six interviews from six VERY different people, perspectives and insights. Will post excerpts from video's some time tomorrow night, am in desperate need of sleep :) until tomorrow ~ Michelle  

A few quotes of the Day 

"My house isn't for sale." Pat Magee, Bear Lake 

"It's not just Enbridge that wants to build a pipeline. There is the PTP (Pacific Trails Pipeline) and what it will do is give right away to every pipeline after it. They are actively logging for right of way now. Stopping the PTP is an absolute priority because if that goes through they all go through." Frank Wright, Prince George 

"If people don't speak out, if we don;t know and aren't educated they (government and industry) will just take advantage of whatever is there. We just need to do it." Phil Cote

"It's a fight that either they or their children will have to fight and after spending time with the people there, they are not going to leave this for their children to fight. I can't believe we're even going through this debate." Emmy Marshall - Hill, reflecting on her time in Haida Gwaii

"If you are feeling like you have something to offer like this is tearing at your heart then do something, get out there, raise awareness do whatever you can to get people behind yo. If enough people do it there is no way this will go through."  Shanti, Toronto 

"Nature isn't going to put on a catchy advertising campaign with slogans, nature doesn't work like that. We still have live here when they leave, we still have to drink the water." Nigel Fox, Prince George

"How the hell are you supposed to save the world if you can't even find Prince George?" Tom Maguire, Prince George really Uncle Tom you yourself said the layout of the roads here is completely "messed up" (well those are the closest worlds I can use here that describe what you said) and there are signs everywhere that say Prince George except when you drive into Prince George. 

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Back in BC

Posted by Paul on August 23, 2012

Back in BC, Chetwynd to be more specific. Heading to Bear Creek and a meet up with the ladies of Ride the Pipe- Michelle and Judy who are making a vdeo version of Ride the Pipe. From there we travel to Kitimat and then out to Hartley Bay on the Douglas Channel along the route that the tankers are goibg to take from Kitimat. The last couple of days have been spent in NE Alberta from Fox Creek through Grande Prairie to near Bonanza. We have met many people, such as our accidental meeting with the Mayor of Tumbler Ridge, when Daniel spontaneously asked a guy if he was the Mayor and he was. We also met with Liam, a friend and doctor from Grande Prairie and again an interesting discussion. Then it was up to the Bonanza area to be taken under the wing of Susan (and Ralph) who introduced us to farm ways and farmers opinions on things. We left Susan and Ralph's midday and went through Grande Prairie, Tumbler Ridge and finally parked our bones after a ruckus meal at Murphy's Pub in Chetwynd. Highlight of the day, standing under one of the new wind turbines at the Tumbler Ridge Wind Fram Project. 

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Whitecourt

Posted by Paul on August 20, 2012

Whitecourt , Alberta, heart of the oil patch! Today we were interviewed by Kathleen at the local radio station the Rig. Good questions and an informed discussionThen we met with Mayor Thain where we had a lively discussion over the merits of the Northern Gateway Pipeline. He had some goodpoints but again, lacks the west coast perspective of the amount of damage a spill could cause whether it be in a river or in the ocean itself. There seems to be a prevailing feeling in Alberta that, #1 the pipeline technology is now so good that it MAY never leak and #2, if it did leak, the technology is available to clean it up. The seems to be an information gap about diminishing resources and funding to protect BC from a spill. On the other hand most Albertans, when asked, agree that it would be better upgraded and refined here rather than offshore. Again, an enlightening day...

 

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Kitimat Upgrade

Posted by Paul on August 19, 2012

Kitimat upgrade announced yesterday, $13 Billion- ooh ya. I think Mr Black should invest in new fighter jets first and take the pressure off our need to sell out our natural resources as fast as we can. Top of the news across Canada, politicians going into huddles and doing the press dance, environmentalist's first to the post. As we hear in Alberta a lot- "Refine it where you Mine it" - and sell to our own people first! Count down is on, we are hearing the NGP pipe manufacture starts this fall.

 

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Morinville

Posted by Paul on August 19, 2012

Late start today with big plans but plans fell short when we ended up at the Morinville Hotel mixed up with a biker rally and some locals. Great discussions with Kevin and Ray, best friends with opinions from each end of the spectrum. Learned more about the Albertan view and the great divide between Canadians. After leaving Morinville we made it as far as Sandy Beach campground where we met a couple of ladies driving around on a motorized cooler. Nothing could top this. Campground wasfull and we ended back in Edmonton for an early morning start tomorrow

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CBC blog interview

Posted by Paul on August 16, 2012

Pauls interview with CBC Toronto airs this Saturday
Please take a listen on Saturday, 18th August at 10:00 AM in your region of the country...www.cbc.ca/day6/blog/2012/08/13/web-feature-riding-the-nothern-gateway-pipeline/
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Making comments

Posted by Daniel on August 16, 2012

Thanks to all of you who have made comments on the Blog. You have probably noticed that you cannot see your comments. Once we have seen the comment we add it to the blog page but the counter remains at 0 comments and you have to CLICK ON 'READ MORE' TO SEE THE COMMENTS. Apologies, it is a technical malfunction that we are trying to address with our mastermind website administrator.

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Edmonton recovery

Posted by Paul on August 16, 2012

Finally arrived in Edmonton on Wednesday. Tired, damp and still chilled from Tuesdays storm (that made the news) we were basically useless. We crashed early and rose early to a beautiful hot day. Went downtown and met with Casey O'Bryne, CEO of Standing Stone Developments (http://www.standingstonedevelopments.com/ourvision/ourecophilosophy.html), close to a future upgrader site in Redwater. He had a lot of insightful thoughts for us which we appreciated and added to our knowledge base. There are so many facets to this discussion that it would be easy to lose focus on the purpose of our journey. But without this sidebar knowledge we would be much less prepared to argue our case against Northern Gateway. Tomorrow we will be hitting the beginning of the pipeline and the surrounding area- The real work now begins! 

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Rained out

Posted by Paul on August 15, 2012

Beautiful start to Tuesday. Early morning coffee with Andrew Nikiforuk, where we discussed Northern Gateway, pipelines, tarsands, our current governments and alternative energy. Great discussion and great leadup to our first full day in Alberta. Decided to divert to Drumheller for lunch. Made it, ate meat and then left Drumheller as the skies darkened to the north, our direction, and soon a few raindrops were falling. We pulled over and suited up for rain and continued on our way. The rain got heavier, the wind increased, the rain got even heavier and Big  lightning bolts could be seen every now and then. At this point we had no visibility, the wind was doing it's best to blow us off the rode and the rain was like mini daggers on our faces. We finally made it to Three Hills where we holed up in a laundromat for an hour attemting to dry everything including our boots. Putting on our semi-dry things we headed out again this time as far as Elnora where we ditched the bikes for the warmth, comfort and camraderie of the Elnora saloon. As you can imagine the Elnora Saloon on a Monday evening was not a rip roaring place. After a feast of wings and brewskies we headed out again, damper, colder but determined. Made it as far as Red Deer when the rain was increasing again and darkness had settled in. Decided then to camp out at the Comfort Inn for the night. Tomorrow Edmonton!

 

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Calgary

Posted by Paul on August 14, 2012

Made it to Calgary, crashing at an old friends who was generous enough to put us both up. Daniel gets the good bed cause he didn't sleep the last few nights. I get the couch, which is soft, and may allow me to sleep with my cracked rib. Did the CBC interview in Golden, it will be aired on Saturday on CBC Radio One, Day 6. CBC have offered to do updates for the next couple of Saturdays which is great news and very appreciated  Paul did  his first "giving people a voice" shoot, with Darci, who was kind enough to pose for us. Tomorrow we meet Andrew Nikirforuk, authour of the best selling book- Tar Sands. This is an important meeting and will help prepare us for our Alberta "reception" over the next few days. 

 

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On the Road

Posted by Paul on August 13, 2012

Third day on the road and having breakfast in Golden. Stinking hot coming across BC and very chilly this morning coming from Revelstoke to Golden. Daniel's arthritis is acting up and my cracked rib hurts with every roadbump but the viewscapes make it all worthwhile. Calgary later today and an interview with Andrew Nikiforuk tomorrow. Interview today with CBC Toronto. Things are picking up and we're excited to start riding the pipe!

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What a Launch!

Posted by Paul on August 10, 2012

Thanks everyone who attended our Launch Party at the Brew Pub. What a great sendoff gathering-passionate speeces, guests from Saltspring, Thetis, Lasqueti and even from as far away as Holland. Lots of donations, thanks so much. Lots of Ride the Pipe stickers and Dogwood loonie stickers handed out so I am sure the Cowichan Valley will soon see them out and about. And thanks to Liz at the Brew Pub for the use of the space. A great nite-Thanks again, Cowichan does Care!

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Stickers

Posted by Paul on August 9, 2012

Thanks Identity Graphics for the hot-off-the-press Ride the Pipe stickers. They are perfect. Come out to the Ride the Pipe Launch tonight, August 9th, at the Craig Street Brew Pub and get a sticker for yourself. 

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Donations

Posted by Paul on August 9, 2012

Donations are arriving regularly now. People on the street stopping us to give us cash, thanks Ray, and our first international donation- $20 New Zealand dollars from Patrick. Keep it up, every bit helps and thanks so much. We are riding for you!

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Countdown

Posted by Paul on August 8, 2012

The countdown continues to Departure Day. Bags are almost packed, lists are being double checked, last minute emails firming up our itinerary have been sent, the Launch Party at the Brew Pub tomorrow night seems to be gaining momentum, The local paper published our story and a great editiorial as well http://www2.canada.com/cowichanvalleycitizen/news/story.html?id=ad73b8d8-cc7e-4844-bf44-749849b83954 and http://www2.canada.com/cowichanvalleycitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=0fdc4645-4f2e-41ac-8f5e-4202e6498349. On the other front pipeline supporters are now finding their way to our Facebook page and our emails with extended vitriolic versions of the "how can you be against oil when you are using oil to do the project". We are so sorry that they just don't get it. Really looking forward to what the people, who are really affected by this proposed project, have to say. 

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Opinions

Posted by Paul on August 8, 2012

I am not against the use of fossil fuels (as long as it is not in wasteful manner) but for proper sustainable use with total consideration for the environment as to how we get it out of the ground and how we transport it...  

Why are we not doing this with production of the finished oil happening here in Canada (instead of exporting the raw resource, bitumen, out of the country) creating jobs for Canadians... and allocating a certain amount of profits towards the development of alternative energies...!???  Canada could become a world leader in alternative energies if we truly wanted to and our governments were on board with this but the oil lobby is doing everything in its power not to let this happen any time soon...  

Our governments are not looking towards the future but just to the initial 'now' gains...  How sad for us all....  Our future generations will be looking badly on us for this...   How will we explain it to them...!???    : ((

Why does Canada not have a National Energy Plan...?

We all have our opinions and I totally respect them... yet, there is much to do to get us to a non fossil fuel oriented society.

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5 days to go

Posted by Paul on August 5, 2012

Sunday August 5th, 5 days before we take the ferry to the mainland and start the Ride the Pipe journey. Busy buying maps, nailing down the itinerary and places to visit and stay, and trying to pack so little that life is not to difficult. The latte maker has already been dropped from the packing list. Wishing my bike was a "little" bit bigger, at least with saddle bags that hold more than a pair of hiking boots. First major stop is Calgary where we will spend some time talking to Andrew Nikkiforuk, best-selling authour of Tar Sands, the book that inspired both of us to delve deeper into the tarsands/pipeline issue. From there north to Bruderheoim and the official start of the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Stay tuned

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Thanks

Posted by Paul on August 4, 2012

Special thanks to Zuk Design- Patricia and Drew, who have put contless hours into the website, blog and logo design. Thanks and special thanks for your passion in regards to the Northern Gateway Pipeline. It is a great pleasure to have you on the team

 

Paul & Daniel

 

 

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Launch Party

Posted by Paul on August 4, 2012

An open invitation to Cowichan people to come out and help launch the "Ride the Pipe" project at the Craig Street Brewpub, Thursday August 9th, 7pm upstairs on the 3rd floor. We have coined it Cowichan Cares and are hoping that we could get a strong turn out to show that Cowichan Cares and is against the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project. We will have some No Tankers T shirts to give away, along with loonie stickers for your loonies and Ride the Pipe stickers. Our team is very passionate re this issue. so please join us and help launch Ride the Pipe documentary project. Show Cowichan Cares and please share far and wide. 

Thank you, Zuk Design (Patricia & Drew), Michelle, Daniel and Paul

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Ride The Pipe Goes LIVE!

Posted by Paul on July 24, 2012

FINALLY...  RideThePipe.ca  website is  Live... LIVE... L I V E!

Please feel free to be in touch and state all your concerns, positive or negative, about the 'proposed' Enbridge Inc. Northern Gateway Pipeline and the SuperTanker traffic that would be plying the coast of British Columbia.  Our BLOG "The Daily Pipe" is at your disposal - please feel free to leave your comments. We also have a CONTACT Page that you may send us messages directly. The DONATION Button is also itching to be activated!  : ))

If you are able to provide us with information and or people we may be in touch with during our ride that could help with logistics, wanting to state their opinions and let us fotograph them and the environment that surrounds the pipeline route, we would be most grateful.

We are hoping that we will find people who will be generous enough to provide a place for us to bed down along the route. If you are able to do this please be in touch with us and give us your "Contact Information' so we can make arrangements with you.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Paul Fletcher & Daniel Sikorskyi

 

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Back Home...

Posted by Daniel Sikorskyi on 9th September 2012

I, Daniel Sikorskyi, am back in Halfmoon Bay, Sunshine Coast, BC... I am truly satisfied with what Paul and I have accomplished so far...  We are now trying to find and figure how we can keep this alive with all the people we have engaged with so far and have an ongoing discussion and consideration of what all this is bringing about with regard to the treatment of 'OUR' environment... If you have any suggestions please feel free to share here or with anyone you so choose in order to keep engagement of as many people as possible with this issue...  This is Paul Fletcher's satement that was fotographed on the BC ferry traveling from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy... Can you just imagine a supetanker spill in these waters...!???

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