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A young activist against Enbridge pipeline takes her message all the way to Rio

Ta'Kaiya Blaney singing at a rally earlier this year in Vancouver. (Photo: Forest Ethics)
Ta'Kaiya Blaney took the message of opposition to the Enbridge pipeline all the way to last week's Rio+20 Summit in Brazil.

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Enbridge's annual meeting in Toronto gets a visit from pipeline opponents

This clear message from Nadleh Whut'en youth will be carried right to the Enbridge annual meeting in Toronto today. (Photo: Yinka Dene Alliance)
This clear message from Nadleh Whut'en youth will be carried right to the Enbridge annual meeting in Toronto today.

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'Ethical oil,' pipelines and the Harper government

Photo: Caitlyn Vernon/First Nations say no to Enbridge oil
An open letter to my fellow Canadians on the proposed Enbridge pipeline and the twisted environmental policies of the Harper government.

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Enbridge pipeline faces prospect of civil disobedience

May 13, 2011 09:00 ET

Enbridge Pipeline Faces Prospect of Civil Disobedience; 500-Strong Crowd Rallies Outside Northern BC Municipalities Convention in Prince Rupert

"I will put my body in front of it." - Gerald Amos, councillor, Haisla Nation

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2011) - Over 500 First Nations and concerned citizens from across Northwest B.C. gathered in Prince Rupert last night for a rally against Enbridge and its plan for pipelines and oil tanker traffic on the province's North Coast.

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Harper’s pipeline nightmare

What kind of year in politics is it going to be? Very likely another year (or at least 10 months) of gridlock at the federal level with no sign of any so-called game changer on the horizon.

Cancun might be a flop, but our environment plans can flourish

The UN climate change negotiations wind to a close today in Cancun, but the hot air has long since gone out the room. This time around, nobody really expected a meaningful new climate treaty to be signed. And yet the urgent task of dealing with climate change remains.

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Victory on tanker ban motion a victory for the B.C. coast

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Environmental groups are praising the vote today in the House of Commons in support of a legislated tanker ban for Canada's Pacific North Coast. The motion was put forward by Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen whose riding includes the Great Bear Rainforest and thousands of coastal jobs that depend on a healthy marine environment.

"After years spent working to protect the coast and support sustainable livelihoods, the people of British Columbia do not want the imminent risk of an oil spill to destroy it all," said Nikki Skuce of ForestEthics. "Polls show that 80 per cent of British Columbians support a tanker ban -- this vote showed that most of our politicians are listening."

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Oil and water cannot be allowed to mix along B.C.'s stunning coastline

Vote No Tankers: A protest in Vancouver against oil tankers on B.C.'s northern coast earlier this month, hosted by Forest Ethics and the Dogwood Initiative. Photo: forestethics.org

Beneath Alaska, between the islands of Haida Gwaii and the northern British Columbia coast, is the wide but shallow Hecate Strait. Originally termed Seegaay by the Haida, Captain George Henry Richards, affixed the name Hecate to the strait in the early 1860s. Hecate was a Greek goddess associated with magic and crossroads, a governess of the wilderness and liminal regions where the spirits interact with the living.

The title has proved an appropriate one for the region. The north coast is unique, famous for its Kermode or spirit bears, a rare and regionally isolated white variant of the black bear that haunts the local forests. Even the woods themselves are rare, as temperate rainforests such as the Great Bear Rainforest cover less than one per cent of the earth's surface.

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