- Our Town
Rafe Mair visits lakecity
Author and social commentator Rafe Mair and documentary film maker Damien Gillis will be in Williams Lake March 25 for a town-hall style presentation on their new online non-profit journal The Common Sense Canadian — a voice for the public and environment.
Mair and Gillis are touring 30 B.C. communities and will make their presentation in the Williams Lake secondary commons theatre from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 25.
The two-hour event will feature Gillis’ new short documentary on the proposed Enbridge pipeline to B.C.’s North Coast, called Oil in Eden, plus a key-note speech by Mair.
There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and discuss issues with the speakers on topics such as rivers, hydro bills, oil tankers and democracy.
“These aren’t matters of left and right, but of right and wrong,” Mair says. “It’s time for common-sense Canadians to band together — through our own media and community organizing — to address our greatest challenges: protecting our environment and democracy.”
Mair adds: “We can be the generation that lost B.C., or together we can be the one that saved it.”
Mair is a former lawyer and minister responsible for constitutional affairs in the Bennett cabinet during the 1980s. He went on to become a broadcaster and writer on public affairs. His commentaries and books have been punctuated with what has been called his “wicked sense of humour.” Books include The Last Cast about fly fishing; Canada: Is Anyone Listening?; Rants Raves and Recollections that made the B.C. best seller list; Still Ranting; and Rafe: A Memoir.
The event is co-presented by the Council of Canadians Williams Lake Chapter. Admission is by donation.