A backlash appears to be building in laid-back British Columbia against a movement of what might be called neo-hippies.
The Victoria Times Colonist reports the B.C. government and RCMP monitoring the so-called "World Rainbow Gathering" at Raft Cove Provincial Park on northern Vancouver Island, with the possibility of shutting down the month-long event.
Participants began trickling in this week and estimates of how many will come between now and the scheduled wrap-up Sept. 6 ranges from several hundred to thousands.
Raft Cove is a remote park near Cape Scott, reachable by only a logging road.
“B.C. Parks is currently exploring all options to ensure concerns are addressed, up to and including closing the park,” said an Environment Ministry spokesman, according to the Times Colonist.
The event is organized by something called the Rainbow Family of Living Light, whose roots are in the counterculture of the 1960s.
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