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Mining Event Disrupted by Militants Throwing “Smelly Substance,” Hotel Evacuated

A series of short corporate news articles (update: now with a statement on the action, below) concerning a direct action against a

Vancouver Fire Department HazMat team at Four Seasons hotel after “smelly substance” forced evacuation of building.

mining conference in Vancouver, Canada, apparently with a “smelly substance” that forced the evacuation of the Four Seasons hotel and the deployment of the fire department’s HAZMAT (hazardous materials) team.  The target of the attack was a presentation by John Tapics, the president and CEO of Compliance Coal Cooperation.  Tapics was discussing his company’s proposed Raven Underground Coal Project in Port Alberni and the Comox Valley (on Vancouver Island).

Protesters disrupt mining conference in Vancouver

By Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun May 24, 2012
Vancouver police are evacuating the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver after protesters disrupted a mining conference by throwing an “extremely smelly substance” into a third-floor meeting room.
Const. Jana McGuinness said Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to the hotel after the group pulled the fire alarm. They are now treating the call as a hazardous materials incident until more is known about the contents of the substance. Several people reported feeling nauseous due to the smell.
The protesters left moments after disrupting the meeting and no one is in custody at this time.

‘Smelly substance’ evacuates Vancouver’s Four Seasons hotel

By Jeff Green, The Province May 24, 2012
Protesters of a mining conference in downtown Vancouver were throwing more than just rocks.The Four Seasons hotel on West Georgia was evacuated Thursday afternoon and Vancouver Police’s Hazmat unit was called in after six protestors pulled the fire alarm and threw a bag containing what police called an “extremely smelly substance” into the meeting room.Protesters immediately left and VPD said they have no suspects in custody.

The evacuation may have disrupted talks between the BCGEU, the union representing service employees in the provincial government, and their employers.

Dean Purdy, who represents the correctional officers for the union, offered a unique insight into the smell.

“Excrement thrown by protesters during mining luncheon at 4 seasons hotel smells like prison after similar assaults on correctional officers,” Purdy said in a Tweet Thursday.

The luncheon affected was hosted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, which was discussing the Raven Underground Coal Project in Port Alberni and the Comax Valley. It was headlined by John Tapics, the president and CEO of Compliance Coal Cooperation who are leading the project.

More to come.


Feces causes evacuation at Four Seasons Hotel

VPD say this stems from a protest at a mining convention in the hotel

News1130 Staff May 24, 2012
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver has been evacuated due to a hazmat situation that appears to involve a bag of feces.

Vancouver Police say half a dozen protesters crashed a mining convention at the hotel and threw a bag containing “extremely smelly substance” into a meeting room.

It’s not know yet what exactly is in the bag, but the fire department tells News1130 it’s believed to be some sort of feces.

Several people reported feeling nauseous due to the smell.

The protesters left moments after disrupting the meeting and no one is in custody.

No Compliance! No Coal! No Way!

Mining Conference Effectively Shut Down!

On May 24, 2012 the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum hosted a luncheon meeting at the Four Season’s Hotel in Vancouver focusing on Compliance Energy Corp’s proposed Raven Coal Mine. The site for this proposed mine is in unceded Pentlach Territory on Vancouver Island, also known as the Comox Valley.

The lemon meringue was barely finished with keynote speaker and Compliance Energy Corp. CEO John Tapics mentioning that there was social opposition to Raven Coal, when he and the 100 person conference were abruptly interrupted by a half dozen people who unleashed decaying herring upon them. A chaotic stench and nauseating shower of fermented fish engulfed the room. Herring are only one of the species that will be negatively effected by the mining development. (Contrary to mass media reports it was herring, not excrement)

Simultaneously, coal tumbled onto the ground. The wondrous blend created by insurgent passion was too overwhelming for the industrial capital bosses to handle. People yelled unyielding opposition while pamphlets were strewn in the air to assert the point, “It has Begun! No Compliance! No Compromise! No Coal!”

Those attending had no choice but to step in the mix of herring and coal as they quickly exited, the conference being effectively shut down. The coal, the herring, what a sight, what a smell: never to be whipped, chained, or owned into submission. A great force used to crash the daydreams and sick fantasies of industrial development.

No one was captured or injured. The conference and the hotel were shut down.

This action is a small contribution to the ongoing struggle against the Raven Coal Mine. We are through with dialogue. We do not except the false temptation of economic development. We will not poison ourselves, each other or the earth to survive!

No Mine, No Compromise, No Compliance, No Way!

Towards a Liberated Reality with Minerals in the Ground and Fish in the Sea

For Mass Media Coverage of Action See:



For More Information About the Opposition to the Raven Coal Mine See:


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