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January 6: Peaceful Protest & Media Event

Stand Up for Shawnigan

Visual Site Tours via Helicopter

On Wednesday, January 6th between 9 am and 3 pm, the#SaveShawniganWater Community Action Group has arranged to provide aerial tours by helicopter from Shawnigan Village to the south end of Shawnigan Lake. Politicians and members of the media will be invited to see the SIA contaminated landfill site from above, as well as get an aerial view of both Sooke and Shawnigan Lakes. Flights will be leaving Shawnigan Village every 30 minutes.

Media Office

The Shawnigan Watershed Office at 1760 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road will serve as the meeting point and waiting area for people who will be taking the helicopter rides. There will be local experts and members of the Shawnigan Basin Society and Shawnigan Residents Association on hand to answer questions about the Shawnigan watershed and the work being done in the community to protect our water. We will also have a variety of documents available related to history of the SIA contaminated landfill.


While this is all going on, a peaceful protest will run from 9:00AM - 3:00PM on . You may not be able to do a full shift on Wednesday, but we hope you will be able to commit to a chunk of time to the cause.

Show them you care. Show them we care.

Please remember this is planned as a peaceful demonstration. Also remember there is an injunction which makes it illegal to impede the trucks carting their toxic loads. If you are asked by the RCMP to move, it's recommended you obey their instructions or you will risk arrest.

Parking - please park on only one side of Stebbings..on the right hand side when facing downhill.

DRONES - please don't fly drones over the pit or higher than 100 feet. Drones and our helicopter won't mix.

Dress warmly and wave your signs to the helicopter overhead.

SIA Site Perimeter Tours

The #SaveShawniganWater Community Action Group will also be providing on-the-ground perimeter tours of the SIA site through the adjacent CVRD Park. If you would like to come on the tour, you will need sturdy walking shoes or boots and warm clothing. Tours will be departing on the hour between 9 and 3 from 360 Stebbings Road (approximately 500 m west of the SIA site).

Please share and invite friends and neighbours to these events.

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