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Well, it’s certainly getting a lot of media attention. Councillor Stephen Ashton is up to 10 live interviews and counting.

Not sure how many of you heard Stephen on the national CBC Radio show Q today. He did a really good job of answering questions, and explaining what our community has to gain by this: retaining our uniqueness, our spirit, our identity. It’s both for ourselves, and for our tourism “brand” (oh I hate that word, but you know what I mean).

Jian Ghomeshi has posed it as his question of the day:

Should a community be able to ban retail chains and fast-food franchises?

As of nearing midnight, he has got well over 100 responses from across the nation – almost all of them strongly in support of the motion to ban the chains. There is even a refrain echoing in numerous posts of “Go Tofino!”

Check out the comments (you can add one there, too – or here): http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2010/03/should_a_community_be_able_to.html#comments

You can also listen to Stephen’s March 19th Q interview online – as of Friday night it has not yet been posted, but I am sure they will have it up shortly: http://www.cbc.ca/q/pastepisodes.html Click the March 19th podcast to listen to it now; to save the mp3 and listen later, right click (PC) or option-click (Mac).

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by Josie Osborne, Executive Director, Raincoast Education Society

Earlier this fall, the Raincoast Education Society undertook a survey in conjunction with the Tofino Consumers Co-op about customer opinions and attitudes on disposable plastic bags.

As was reported in the Westerly News, 41 per cent of members said they preferred the total removal of bags and 51 per cent of members preferred a fee of at least five cents being charged for Read the rest of this entry »

The sludge (see yesterday’s post, below) is now on Tonquin Beach – and I wonder where else.

Of course getting any of our governmental organizations to look into this is not easy.  Coast Guard says it’s not their department; DFO was reluctant to get involved (update: but apparently will now look into it); District of Tofino says it’s not within their jurisdiction either.

Hopefully someone will take it upon themselves to Read the rest of this entry »

Sludge piled up at Tofino Air, First Street Dock

Yup, it looks pretty disgusting, that black sludgy stuff piling up against the docks and drifting out to the open ocean with the big ebb this afternoon.

I went down to have a look.  It’s stinky, but doesn’t seem to be an oil slick – although there is definitely oil mixed in with it.  It’s a lot of black sludge and worm casings and lots of old beer cans.

Coast Guard tells me that Read the rest of this entry »