According to local RCMP, reports came in at 10:30 a.m PST of gun shots, immediately putting local authorities on high alert.
Earlier this month, a caretaker at Jewish summer camp spotted “crude images and swastikas” according to a CBC News report.
Camp Miriam, one of the few Jewish overnight summer camps in the B.C. region, located on Gabriola Island, an island between the mainland and Vancouver Island, in close proximity to Nanaimo, was the target in the hate-motivated graffiti incident.
After discovering the graffiti, one of the camp’s committee members, Kelley Korbin confirmed it has been reported to the RCMP. The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver is also aware of the troubling incident. The two groups, along with the hate crimes unit of the Vancouver Police department are examing the incident.
Ezra Shanken, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver told NEWS 1130 that “it’s almost like no corner of the globe is immune. We’re talking about a camp sitting on an island in the Strait that has not so many people on it.”
Korbin described the camp on priding itself on being “a progressive overnight camp where children learn about Jewish history, leadership and the environment.”
While there has been continued news coverage of antisemitic incidents in Canada, the United States and around the world, “this is the first time in (her) memory that Camp Miriam has been a direct recipient of an attack,” Korbin said.
The incident came to light after a tweet by Sheila Malcolmson, the MLA for Nanaimo, and Gabriola Island was shared.
The camp is a member of Habonim Dror, a Labour Zionist movement, one of the many Jewish organizations within the Kibbutz Movement. Habonim Dror has camps in 15 countries, and two camps in Canada alone.
Swastikas are generally the most common form of antisemitic graffiti in the Jewish diaspora. They are antisemitic to their core, and always have the interest of hatred against the Jewish community, regardless of their sect or affiliation.
Jewish summer camps are unlikely targets for antisemitic attacks, however, and this brings to light yet another type of Jewish institution that will need much more attention with regards to security as the unfortunate worldwide wave of antisemitism continues to spread.
The camp subsequently painted over the graffiti and are reviewing the organization’s security protocol.
A new survey has found that British Columbians have warmed up to the Trans Mountain pipeline.
“The moment the federal government got involved and started to talk about purchasing the pipeline, it made a lot of residents move from moderate opposition to strong support,” Mario Canseco told CTV News, who serves as the president of Research Co., a Vancouver-based researcher.
The most recent figures by Canesco’s company found that 56 percent of BCers polled agree with the Trudeau government’s move to once again approve the pipeline’s expansion. 35 percent were opposed, with another 10 percent undecided.
The controversial pipeline, which has been in the news cycle for years now, would expand an already made pipeline that currently operates through Edmonton to Burnaby.
The pipeline received the following amount of support by region, as outlined by CTV:
• 51 per cent in Metro Vancouver;
• 59 per cent in the Fraser Valley;
• 49 per cent in Vancouver Island;
• 74 per cent in southern B.C.; and
• 71 per cent in northern B.C.
Those numbers, Canesco says, are for the most part, the same as previous figures, besides one key area: metro Vancouver.
Support for the pipeline in Vancouver and Vancouver island has increased “dramatically.”
“You go back three years ago and the level of opposition to the project in Vancouver Island was sky-high, and the numbers in Metro Vancouver were similar,” said Canesco.
Canesco went on to say that the shift in attitude could mainly be attributed to the Trudeau government’s purchasing of the pipeline from the U.S.-based Kinder Morgan.
“The moment the federal government got involved, it was more difficult to get that grassroots (environmental activism),” said Canesco.
“Now it’s the federal government saying it’s in the nation’s best interest, and not a company based in Texas.”
British Columbia’s coast has seen a wave of earthquakes in the last week.
According to Earthquakes Canada, the coast received multiple quakes, including one which reached a magnitude of 5.8 in the last three days.
In total nine earthquakes have hit British Columbia’s coast.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the epicentre was 162 kilometres west of Port Alberni.
While multiple quakes have hit, no damages or injuries have been reported.
You can find more information on the earthquakes on Natural Resources Canada’s website here.
An Octopus decided to start a fight with a bald eagle off the coast of British Columbia. This is their story.
The eagle was saved when a group of fish farmers stepped in and used a pike pole to slowly peel the Octopus off the bald eagle.
“That gave the eagle just enough time to break free and swim to shore,” Aquaculturalist John Ilett told the CBC. “At the end of the day, both animals are alive and went their separate way.