The Barenaked Ladies Support Vancouver Island Benefit Concert

Published: 2004-07-08
Some of Canada's biggest names in music hope to clear the air of foul smelling poisons with some sweet sounds of music on September 17.

In a cost cutting move Noske Canada decided to switch to alternative fuels at their pulp mill in Crofton on Vancouver Island. The issue is not that Noske Canada made the change but with what they decided to burn. Noske is using coal, tires, and creosote laden railway ties for fuel at the 50 yea old mill in order to reduce the cost of energy. Members of the Crofton Airshed Citizens Group believes that the emissions coming from the fuels at the mill are poisonous.

Saltspring Island resident Randy Bachman, Neil Young, and the Barenaked Ladies have joined forces to stage a benefit to raise money for the Crofton Airshed Citizens Group. The group plans on using the money for an independent study of the impact the fuel emission are having on the health and environment in Crofton.

The benefit will be held in a 2,500 seat venue in nearby Duncan. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 9 and will go as high as $200 per seat.

In other benefit related news, Nelly Furtado is donating money to the Women's Centre in British Columbia to help ease the gap in funding left by budget cuts.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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