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Save the Salish Sea: Respecting Indigenous rights means stopping tar sands tankers

I am, like most of you, a strong supporter of First Nations land and title rights. Increasingly, the international community is waking up to the rights of Indigenous people and their justified desire for sovereignty and self-determination.

This struggle is playing itself out very publicly as First Nations on the west coast of Canada have drawn a line in the sand regarding dangerous pipeline projects. That is the context for the canoe gathering this weekend in the Vancouver harbour, organized by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the the Squamish Nation. 

Protecting the waters is a sacred trust

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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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GroundWire | February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015
| Featuring segments on: World Radio Day, the Kinder Morgan lawsuit against Burnaby Mountain protesters and "True Contact," an audio documentary about the Missing & Murdered Indigenous women.
Length: 26:24 minutes (15.12 MB)

Anti-pipeline protesters crash Kinder Morgan dinner party

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A dinner held in a prestigious Vancouver restaurant by company Vancouver Wharves was disrupted on January 24 by anti-pipeline protesters. Why? Well, Vancouver Wharves is owned by Kinder Morgan.

The protestors -- from a group called Beyond Boarding -- held photos of environmental degradation and covered their mouths with the words "Climate Justice" written on tape.

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Protester fails in court challenge to Kinder Morgan legal attack

Photo: flickr/Mark Klotz

A failed two-day court challenge to an anti-democratic, corporate legal attack is the latest chapter in the 2014 Battle of Burnaby Mountain over the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline expansion project.

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled January 14 that stifling Alan Dutton's right to protest was not the primary purpose of a multi-million-dollar civil suit and, therefore, his application for a summary dismissal of the case was denied. In an unexpected additional blow, he was ordered to pay the company's costs for the action.

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| December 11, 2014

Burnaby Mountain, Kinder Morgan and the law

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It felt like a victory, and it was, but a week later the wages of victory are hard to grasp. A lawyer looks back on her work with the protesters of Burnaby Mountain.

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Whose contempt? Burnaby Mountain, Kinder Morgan and the law

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Burnaby Mountain, probably best known as the home of Simon Fraser University, is the site of a proposed expansion of Trans Mountain, Kinder Morgan's Edmonton to Vancouver tar sands pipeline. The mountain is also unceded Indigenous territory, part of the traditional land of the Musqueum, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. But for the last few months, Burnaby Mountain played host to a concerted struggle for climate justice and Indigenous sovereignty, a battle over one pipeline that became a proxy fight over the Harper government's fixation with extractive industry as a whole.

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| December 3, 2014
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