About 60 people gathered at English Bay today for an oil spill protest that culminated in a pinata like destruction of a paper mache Stephen Harper.
Organizer Scott Knowles says people are still upset about delays in getting booms around the leaking ship and informing local communities. And he says he’s still seeing oil on North Shore beaches.
“Um, Ambleside beach – and even areas cleaned up near John Lawson Park. I’ve been kind of monitoring from Ambleside to Dundarave and there’s globs of it that kind of gets into rocks and sticks.”
“The Conservatives and those responsible for the spill response are saying this was an example of world class spill response. And it was a relatively small spill in calm waters. The beaches are still splattered with oil.”
Knowles says problems with the response to such a small spill in good weather are worrisome – particularly when oil companies want to significantly increase tanker traffic.
The MV Marathassa – responsible for the spill – was cleared and released from port today.