— Heather Conn photo
I took this photo in east Vancouver en route to the Olympics protest on Commercial Drive. During the February 5 protest in downtown Vancouver, marchers to BC Place yelled out the chant: “Shut down the Tar Sands.” Although I agree with the sentiment, I wondered how many people would draw connections between that environmental issue and the Olympics. Neither the local or international media picked up on this topic in their Olympic coverage. Yes, the Tar Sands project has global environmental ramifications for all of us as a major carbon emissions source, but I don’t think this was the time or venue to try and publicize that message.