Common Cause Ottawa interview with Pete St-Antoine of Peoples Global Action (PGA) Bloc Ottawa
Q. Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Pete St-Antoine and I organize with Peoples Global Action (PGA) Bloc Ottawa.
Q. PGA Ottawa is organizing around the No 2010 campaign against the Olympics in Vancouver. What are the reasons that you’re opposing it?
There are lots of reasons we’re opposing the Olympics. One of the main ones is that they’re happening on stolen (aboriginal) land. That’s one on the main things that people are rallying around in Vancouver. People are losing their land and they’re also seeing a lot of land being destroyed. A lot of mountains are being destroyed right now. There are huge expansions right now of many resorts. Sun Peaks is one of them. They are countless resorts that are being expanded for the Olympics as part of the infrastructure and also because of the huge amount of traffic that they’re expecting during that time period.
That’s destroying people’s land. People have been losing houses but its also destroying also a lot of the things people rely on to support themselves like the water, the mountains.
A lot of the (traditional) hunting that was happening isn’t happening anymore because it’s being replaced by ski-hills. When Kanahus Pellkey and Dustin Johnson (of the Native Youth Movement), were here two weeks ago they were talking about how people they knew would hunt in some of those mountains that are now being developed are no longer able to…
Also the Sea to Sky Highway which is being upgraded between Vancouver to Whistler. One of the things that the International Olympic Committee did when they accepted Vancouver’s bid for the Olympics was the requirement that they revamp the Sea to Sky Highway….Right now the province is spending $736 million on that highway just to cut the driving time by fifteen minutes. It’s pretty ridiculous. It’s also happening on stolen land.