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Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Towers Demonstration



Updated, below.  And now a second update.

The weather smiled upon those organizing the Radio Towers Opposition today.  Yesterday at noon, it was fiercely grey and raining a lot.  Today, the grey lightened and the rain stayed away and it wasn't even terribly cold standing at the side of Tyee for an hour.  I had to put my mittens on and by the end my feet were noticeably cold, but it was not painful or anything.

Lots of people turned out with signs and lined both sides of Tyee up near McKenzie.    Somebody was doing an official count (at least, twice, people walked down the side of the road counting off), but i never saw them again to ask what the official decision was.  I'd have guessed around 200+.  There wasn't much in the way of committed slogan shouting, such as "Hell, no, we won't go."  Although I did hear some attempts at "People not Towers."

Alas, I saw no sign of any media taking notice of the event, which was largely the point of it, I thought.  I'm told by those who had driven through the border that the Tsawwassen residents were out in good form and that there were cameras and microphones over there, so they may make it onto the news or Youtube.  But I don't know exactly what ability the Canadians have to stop these towers from appearing in P.R.

Lots of the people coming through the border in cars had phones and Ipads and the like pointing out their open car windows.  I'll probably never get used to the idea that you can hold up an ipad and take a picture, but at least some documentation of the event exists somewhere.  If I hear where, I'll let you know.  Surely it would be worth a brief Youtube, although seeing people lined up holding signs is not exactly like watching cats or dogs do weird things.

One dog in attendance was wearing a tinfoil filter on his/her back.  Good to know she/he was prepared.  But a demonstrator's sign said the interference would be to stereos, phones, and TV's...no mention of dogs.

Update:  here's the story from the Vancouver Sun:
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Tsawwassen+Point+Roberts+residents+continue+fight+radio+towers/9234438/story.html

2nd Update:  I'm jumping this up from the comments so that readers will be sure to get the following information:



Tsawwassenites and Canadians in general can help by either:

a. Contacting Minister James Moore who is in charge of Industry Canada to complain. The location of the towers is so close to the population center of Tsawwassen that it violates IC's guidelines for high-powered stations that cause blanketing interference. If IC files a formal complaint with the FCC it could result in their reconsidering their approval of the project.

b. Donate to the campaign. Go to http://notowers.webs.com/
and follow the donate link. Fighting isn't cheap. We need legal advice and counsel in our case with the FCC, experts in electrical engineering and surveying and local lawyers with knowledge of Whatcom county land-use and zoning codes.

Arthur (S. Reber), One of the Coalition Against the Towers

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Judy
I see that Vancouver Sun online edition has covered the protest.

Arthur Reber said...

Tsawwassenites and Canadians in general can help by either:

a. Contacting Minister James Moore who is in charge of Industry Canada to complain. The location of the towers is so close to the population center of Tsawwassen that it violates IC's guidelines for high-powered stations that cause blanketing interference. If IC files a formal complaint with the FCC it could result in their reconsidering their approval of the project.

b. Donate to the campaign. Go to http://notowers.webs.com/
and follow the donate link. Fighting isn't cheap. We need legal advice and counsel in our case with the FCC, experts in electrical engineering and surveying and local lawyers with knowledge of Whatcom county land-use and zoning codes.

Arthur (S. Reber), One of the Coalition Against the Towers

Anonymous said...

It's not in quotation marks so I'm not sure if this comment was really made by Skotdal but it would be interesting to find out,

From the article in the Vancouver Sun that you cited:

"Last month he said that KRPI will hire a full-time engineer to modify or replace — free of charge — any Tsawwassen residents’ appliances and devices affected by any radio interference."

It's an admission that devices will be affected. When and where did he admit it?

Of course he won't replace our devices, just those in Tsawwassen. I feel doubly slighted.

judy ross said...

The Skotdal statement was previously published in the Sun in an earlier story about the towers issue, so I'm assuming he said it to the reporter in the original story. However, KRPI is legally required to mitigate interference in Point Roberts, so (again assuming) that would involve the 'repair/replace' route.

Anonymous said...

It's a little something more for the lawyers. For example, "repair and replace" might be a little too late if a baby monitor fails.

peonytiger said...

Media was out in force in CA. Global and CTV and the Optimist had a reporter with camera. Said reporter also went across to Point Roberts.