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Thirty Years of BC Indian Law Condensed For Two Hundred

During a stunning performance of recollection, Louise Mandell captivated a crowd of mostly Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en peoples as she recounted their history.


Louise Mandell was absolutely clear on one fact; the BC Government along with the BC Treaty Commission (BCTC) are performing actions which are illegal. Some of the negotiations presently underway, along with the permits being issued to development and resource projects, breech clearly defined Canadian Law.

And Mandell is no light weight. She was one of the lawyers engaged in both these cases and in many others. She has been engaged in arguing and defending indigenous title and rights law successfully in BC and in the Supreme Court of Canada for over thirty years. If clarity and the ability to express incredibly difficult legal issues and concepts in a manner any person could understand, Mandell may be the very best legal mind in Canada on these matters.

The gathering of approximately 200 Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en citizens was held on Monday, January 19, at the Gitanmaax Hall near the Village of Old Hazelton. This location is remarkable, as it is locally known as the foundation of all the NW Indigenous peoples. Temlaham or Demalahamid is believed to have its origins at the confluence of the Skeena and Bulkley Rivers. Many relate the ancient stories told and retold in the Feast Halls for thousands of years of God or the Great Spirit landing the first peoples canoe at this location....

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A mentioned earlier, movement is underfoot and things are happening to deal with this group of sell outs. This village council held a 3 community meetings in the past year to gauge what the community wanted and were met with a 90% ¨NO¨ from the community. They instead decided to hold a vote amongst the council members and barely had enough to endorse the signing of these agreements. These lands belong to the Hereditary Owners who challenged the Federal Government as well as the Provincial Government in the Supreme Court of Canada. The bands have jurisdiction on the Indian Reserves - that is it.


..this is what some of the struggles here look like. govs trying to do an end run around 1st peoples.

Approximately $6 million for Moricetown Band, LNG Pipeline Benefit Agreement

The Moricetown Band has signed a pipeline benefit agreement with the province for TransCanada’s proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

Moricetown Band chief Barry Nikal said the journey has been challenging and hard on the community.

“Many of our members have been hurt through this process but we now have the resources to come back together and restore our collective strength. Thank you to all the Elders, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and passionate community members who voiced their support for our decision.”

Moricetown Band will receive approximately $6 million as project milestones are reached: $998,000 upon the agreement coming into effect, $2.49 million when construction begins, and $2.49 million once the pipeline is operating....

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No Band Councils or Tribal Councils have jurisdiction over Unist’ot’en territory

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TALBITS KWA, Sovereign Unist'ot'en Territory

Since 2010, the Unist'ot'en have occupied and defended their traditional territory from pipeline development in defiance of industry, the province of British Columbia, and the government of Canada. Recently they exposed secretive talks between the Moricetown Band Council and the Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP).

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Transition away from fossil fuels needs to take care of workers


A “just transition”

As we plan for a transition to a zero-carbon economy, we will need to ensure a “just transition” for oil and gas workers, who should not have to pay the price of doing the right thing on climate change.

In past resource busts, families have faced extreme financial and emotional instability due to job losses. There are also ripple effects throughout the economy, as reduced spending forces the closure of small businesses and service providers, municipal government budgets collapse and the residential housing market becomes glutted with “stranded assets.”

Stable management of fossil-fuel industries over a two-or three-decade wind-down period with a just transition plan can get us off the resource roller-coaster and better serve workers, communities and the economy.

How to build a sustainable future

Much work will be required to build the zero-emission economy we need but we should embrace that. Building new, green infrastructure for the future includes investments in district energy systems, localized food systems, regional rapid transit, efficient buildings and “zero waste” management of materials — all of which can be a major economic benefit in rural and resource communities.

We also need to stop lumping in all resource sectors together. While fossil-fuel industries are at the heart of the climate problem, there can and should be a bright future for renewable resources like forestry. With strong stewardship and enhanced value-added, forestry in B.C. could support an additional 20,000 good permanent jobs — far more than will arise from any LNG development. This means reversing direction on forestry policies that have gutted the industry and its connection to supporting communities....

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Graphic by Norm Farrell

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Rail Workers and Environmentalists to Teach Each Other

With public attention focused on the railroads in a way it hasn’t been for decades, the cross-craft solidarity group Railroad Workers United is seizing the opportunity to teach the general public “railroading 101”—and teach rail workers “environmental politics 101.”

Both those workshops, among others, will be offered at one-day conferences on “The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community, and Environment,” March 14 in Richmond, California, and March 21 in Olympia, Washington. (See box for details.)

“My excitement about the conference is having railroaders, who on a daily basis are moving these really dangerous, volatile, flammable materials, having a dialogue with communities who want it to be made safe,” says activist Gifford Hartman.

“To my knowledge it’s never been done,” says Seattle switchman-conductor Jen Wallis. “Rail labor hasn’t worked with environmentalists to the degree that steelworkers and longshoremen and Teamsters have. It’s all very new.”...

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UBC profs vote 62 per cent in favour of fossil fuel divestment

University of British Columbia professors voted decisively to urge the university's board of governors to sell off the school's endowment investments in fossil fuel stocks within the next five years.

The UBC Faculty Association said Tuesday that 62 per cent of faculty voted in favour of the fossil fuel divestment.

“Students have spoken. Faculty have spoken. It's time for UBC to act,” said forestry professor George Hoberg, who led the faculty campaign. 

"Climate change presents an urgent crisis for humanity," he added.

The campus' $1.1-billion endowment contains the largest university holding of fossil fuel stocks in Canada, according to a national study by the Sustainability and Education Policy Network.

The university joins four major Canadian universities where professors have voted to urge their university directors to divest: University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto and Mount Allison University....

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Coastal First Nations Call Out 'Eagle Spirit' Pipeline


Two representatives from the Burns Lake Indian Band in Ts'il Kaz Koh territory and two hereditary chiefs from Gitxsan territories announced support for the project on Wednesday morning. They join Stellat'en First Nation, which announced its public support last year. "First Nations that came out and signed a declaration today wanted to demonstrate they're open for business when standards are met," Helin said on Wednesday.

While Eagle Spirit's "consult first, design later" approach has been observed with interest by some First Nations, two large aboriginal alliances have come out against the project. The Yinka Dene Alliance and Coastal First Nations responded to the press event by affirming their members still oppose high-volume pipelines through their land and waterways.

"Literally no First Nation on the coast is in favour of Eagle Spirit," said Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations. "It's a bit misleading for Eagle Spirit to hold a press conference in Calgary and announce things have changed in British Columbia, because they haven't."

Yinka Dene Alliance spokesperson Geraldine Thomas-Flurer said the six member nations have "not changed our position on oil transportation through our lands and waters."

Coastal First Nations members span from Rivers Inlet on B.C.'s central coast, up to the northernmost tip of Haida Gwaii. The Yinka Dene Alliance includes the Nadleh Whut'en, Nak'azdli, Takla Lake, Saik'uz, Wet'suwet'en and Tl'azt'en nations in B.C.'s central interior. Nak'azdli Chief Fred Sam said yesterday that he stands behind a letter he wrote to Calvin Helin, who hails from Lax Kw'alaams near Prince Rupert, in October 2014. The letter commends Eagle Spirit for seeking First Nations' approval, but rejects the proposal.

"I have heard you and David Negrin from the Aquilini Group state that your proposed pipeline will not proceed through a First Nation's lands unless you had consent from that First Nation," Chief Sam wrote. "Nak'azdli Band Council and our people will not give you the consent that you are seeking.".....

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Oil and Gas Industry Requesting Massive Tax Cuts for LNG Terminals in Advance of 2015 Federal Budget

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is asking the Harper government to consider reclassifying liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals as ‘manufacturing assets’ to provide tax breaks to companies struggling to develop costly facilities in the current oil market.

The oil and gas industry requested similar measures for both previous federal budgets but has so far been unsuccessful. The upcoming budget, however, is under the control of finance minister Joe Oliver, know for his strong support of the oil and gas sector during his time as the former minister of Natural Resources Canada.

In a budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, CAPP requested “improving Canada’s taxation and regulatory regimes” and noted the federal government can assist industry “by establishing a competitive tax climate to attract investment [and] maintain an effective and efficient energy regulatory regime,”

If granted, the tax breaks – which would allow companies to forego paying 30 to 50 per cent of capital costs per year – could cost the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars....


Keystone XL and Cold War 0.2  -  by Michael T Klare

"...But don't be fooled. Something far greater - and more sinister is being proposed It's nothing less than a plan to convert Canada and Mexico into energy colonies of the United States, while creating a North American power bloc capable of aggressively taking on Russia, China and other foreign challengers.

The outlook - call it North Americanism - is hardly unique to [New Jersey Governor Chris] Christie. It pervades the thinking of top Republican leaders and puts their otherwise almost inexplicably ardent support of Keystone XL in a new light.

Its real allure lies in the way they believe it will buttress the more hawkish and militarized foreign policy that so many in the GOP now favor."

Support for Keystone is support for US imperialism and war!

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..looking at alternatives

Own the Change

We teamed up with GRITtv to make Own the Change—a short “how-to” video for people curious about co-ops.

Looking for ways to share the film with your audience? We have a guide with materials prepared for you. You can also host a screening of Own the Change in your community and receive a free discussion guide.

Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time is a short documentary meant to give an overview of what a worker co-op is, how it can transform lives and communities, and the realities of starting one. Watch as we go through concrete steps for building economic alternatives by creating worker-owned cooperatives. Featuring conversations with worker-owners from Union Cab; Ginger Moon; Arizmendi Bakery, Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA); New Era Windows; and more....


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Graphic by Norm Farrell


Which sectors are fuelling future growth?

Future trends by sector

A survey of the high tech sector carried out in 2012 by consulting firm KMPG gave an overview of which industries are growing and which are shrinking in BC.

According to their research, the sectors showing the most growth are:

•    Construction

•    High tech

•    Finance and real estate

•    Retail trade

•    Professional, scientific and technical services,

And the sectors that are shrinking in size are forestry, mining, oil & gas, and manufacturing. The BC government’s 2013 Small Business Profile echoed these findings.

These trends indicate that there’s a lot of future potential in service-based and other value-added sectors, and not much in the extractive industries. It should be noted, however, that if the BC government’s plan to significantly expand LNG production is successful, this might slow the rate at which the oil and gas sector’s economic importance is shrinking.


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Confronting Kinder Morgan's contractors March 5, 2015 (video)

McElhanney packed up and left after getting an earful. We cited Kinder Morgan's history of spills, felonies and fatalities. Corner of Government St. and Horne St. in so-called Burnaby, occupied and unceded Coast Salish territory.


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Artists shed new light on Enbridge, tar sands and environmental destruction

Fact-based stories about oil pipelines inundate the news. Dry political discussions, proposals and rejections, protests, corporate dogma, pandering, statistical wallpapering with job creation numbers, estimates of destruction, and so on. 

Unless it is “your issue” you can be blinded by the information overload. And even when it is “your issue,” the effects can be numbing. Some people shift that experience. They re-invigorate our senses, touch our hearts and recharge our minds. They are artists....



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A View from Burnaby Mountain: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

The recent Vancouver panel discussion on Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything, from which this article took form, was organized weeks before a local Blockadia event took place. By the time the five panelists came together, two had been arrested for defying a court injunction and two were named in a $5.6-million lawsuit for objecting to Kinder Morgan's (KM) planned pipeline through a municipally designated park on Burnaby Mountain. The panelists were active supporters of a mountain camp that was established directly on top of the borehole-site where KM intended to do seismic testing. This article reviews Klein's new book after, and in the light of exploring the context of the Burnaby Mountain incident in more detail....

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A declaration to the Feds to put the Kinder Morgan pipeline on hold

The mayors of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, City of North Vancouver, Victoria, Squamish, and Bowen Island have signed a declaration that pushes the federal government to put the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal on hold until the National Energy Board (NEB) addresses the significant deficiencies in its public hearing and review process...

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thread drift...

How The Heiltsuk Won- #occupyDFO (video)

The Heiltsuk First Nation forced The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to close the commercial herring fishery on the central coast after opposition across B.C


Heiltsuk celebrate as herring gillnet boats leave central coast empty – validating concerns over health of stocks

“We did it!” declared Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett to a jubilant crowd at the fisheries office near Bella Bella this afternoon, as the herring gillnet fleet departed the central coast empty....

...end thread drift

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"Kitimat" brings drama of Enbridge Northern Gateway plebiscite to life on stage

“Kitimat”, a play written by B.C. playwright Elaine Avila, takes the story of a northern B.C. town over 2,000 kilometres to Pomona College, an intellectual hub near Los Angeles. 

It’s a story as familiar to people in the U.S. as in Canada—a large corporation comes to a town where they want to develop or deliver resources and they promise work and money, a boom, if the citizens will let the corporation have its way.

“Kitimat” recreates the dramatic events that garnered public attention last year, culminating on April 12 when the citizens voted “no” to Enbridge’s proposal to put the oil pipeline terminus there.  The play shows the communities struggle through the story of two Portuguese Canadian sisters on opposing sides of the Northern Gateway debate.....


Oil Spill on Beaches of World's Greenest City  - by Macdonald Stainsby

"...There are creatures that scurry about on dry land as well. Unfortunately among them is Andrew Weaver, an elected official of heretofore named 'GREEN PARTY' and MLA for Oak Bay - Gordon Head (Victoria), has endorsed a $25B refinery project further up the rocky Pacific Coast near Kitimat...

We know what you would do to this coast."

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Marchers decry pipeline expansion through B.C.

Several hundred people marched through Fort Langley Saturday to oppose the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline that runs through Langley.

Organized by groups including the Pipe Up Network and the Kwantlen First Nation, the march headed from the Kwantlen reserve to the Fort Langley Community Hall.

The march paused in the center of the Jacob Haldi Bridge that connects MacMillan Island to the village of Fort Langley. Above the Fraser River, Kwantlen members drummed and sang before the march continued.

“We must protect the beautiful and bountiful land that has sustained us for thousands of years,” said Brandon Gabriel, one of the key organizers....


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Gov't emails reveal concerns over First Nation consultation on Enbridge Northern Gateway

A damning email obtained by a northern B.C. First Nation shows the federal government's own staff had serious concerns about the Crown's consultation process with First Nations.

“First Nations were not involved in the design of the consultation process,” an Environment Canada representative wrote in 2009.

It was just one of several concerns raised by Environment Canada staff when asked to comment on First Nation consultation for Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline Project, according to internal government emails.

In the email obtained by the Haisla First Nation through an Access of Information request, government staff said they “remained concerned with the proposed approach to consultation" and that the government's approach provides "limited or no opportunity for responsible authorities to engage with Aboriginal groups” until after the Joint Review Panel's report is completed....


Why would Canadians have to pay one cent - since when do we subsidize the extremely profitable oil and gas industry?

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion cost to Canadians pegged at $6.4 billion SFU study looked at full cost to society


I guess Steve is now a Starbucks guy! 

Enbridge needs to take the hint and get lost! 

Enbridge ads yanked from screens in Tim Hortons locations

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Lax Kw'alaams First Nation opposes Eagle Spirit Energy pipeline

A First Nation in B.C. is contradicting recent claims from Eagle Spirit Energy about its support for a pipeline that would transport crude oil through its territory from Alberta to B.C.'s northwest coast.

Eagle Spirit Energy met with dozens of First Nations communities last weekend. On Tuesday, it announced that 200 representatives from 30 First Nations, including the Lax Kw'alaams, spoke out in support of the company's proposed pipeline project. 

But Lax Kw'alaams Mayor Garry Reece says that's not entirely correct.

"That's not the case," said Reece. "There's some that support it, yeah, but that's a handful of them."

Eagle Spirit Energy calls the coastal Lax Kw'alaams community a key to its proposed pipeline — as it's the region to which oil from Alberta would be shipped.

Reece says the proposal needs approval from the entire community, not just a few representatives.

"Until we hear from our people to see if they're going to support oil, no matter what kind of oil it is, it has to come from our people."....

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Federal budget could mark end of duty to consult with First Nations

Tens of millions in dollars for consultation processes on Aboriginal lands made it into the recently tabled federal budget, but not for First Nations.

The Supreme Court of Canada has said that the Crown must consult and accommodate First Nations when development threatens to infringe their rights. But Canada and the provinces have begun to offload that duty onto mining companies who seek to prospect on Aboriginal lands.

Largely ignored in analyses of the federal budget is a new way of financing consultation with Indigenous communities at early stages of mineral exploration and mine development. Consultation will now be funded through mining tax credits that can be “flowed through” to investors to fund exploration and development activities.

Tax breaks assist firms to attract venture capital into the exploration industry in the face of assertions of Indigenous jurisdiction to lands and resources. There is no equivalent financing mechanism to transfer government revenues or lower costs to Indigenous groups who engage in consultation activities or who are impacted by resource development.

In fact, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development cut project funding in 2013-2014 to core operational capacity for First Nations organizations and tribal councils, which affected consultation and policy development budgets.

So while First Nations have been crippled in their capacity to respond to development activities on their lands, the public is now subsidizing industry’s ability to negotiate with First Nations....


Week to End Enbridge June 13 to June 21, 2015  Smile 

I imagine Tims will be supportive  Wink

B.C. businesses stand with First Nations against Enbridge

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Politicians and industry have not been honest about the risks from oil spills

In the days and weeks following the fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay on April 8, many of the words reverberating around community events and even in media were the same: unprepared, unacceptable, and embarrassing.

The lesson that many took away from the relatively small spill is that we can’t rely on those responsible, or even those in charge, to protect us when disaster strikes. We need to prepare ourselves on a community level.

That’s why, in the wake of the spill of 2,700 litres of bunker fuel into Vancouver waters, locals called in marine toxicologist and spill expert Dr. Riki Ott. She lived for years in Cordova, Alaska, near the site of the devastating 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. She also spent a year in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill.

Ricochet’s Nicky Young spoke with Dr. Ott on June 6, after an afternoon workshop at St. James Community Hall in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood.....

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Unist'ot'en Camp

We have been operating 2 separate full time blockades for a bit more than a week. We´ve held up helicopter crews and evicted them From the Gosnell Creek Valley as well as turned around survey crews attempting to enter the Yintah from the Chism Forest Service Road. There is a lot of footage of both types of encounters and we are sifting through them to create a video update which will likely surface in a couple of days. An incredibly strong turn of recent events was the return of Freda to her Yintah and chasing out surveyors as well as their Wet´suwet´en sell-out counterparts. In previous days the arrogant and mouthy turds were being confrontational with the volunteers who were assigned to protect the Yintah from Pipeline work. Today as Freda stood at the secondary road block the once-tough sell outs stayed in their truck and left it up to their security pawn to face off with her. The look of defeat and pathetic pitifulness of the surveyors was priceless. Also, tripods are now occupying the spaces where heli crews were landing in previous days. As promised, things are changing with the return of the leaders.

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Everything you want to know about Kinder Morgan's Expansion Project

This website was created by law students who have been closely following the National Energy Board review process for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Our goal is to make evidence submitted in this process more accessible to the public.



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Alberta oil and gas millions fuel BC Liberal machine

In October 2012, Premier Christy Clark famously attended a BC Liberal Party fundraising dinner at the Calgary Petroleum Club hosted by Murray Edwards, the chair of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL). While many believed the premier’s Alberta financial overture was the first of its kind, investigation reveals that the BC Liberals have raised millions from Alberta-based oil and gas companies for more than a decade.

In fact, according to data compiled by Elections BC and Elections Alberta, corporate oil and gas donations to the BC Liberals have significantly outstripped comparable gifts to the then-ruling Alberta PC Party. Since 2005, the industry donated more than $3.1 million to the BC Liberals, relative to a mere $1.8 million to the Alberta Conservatives....


'Fucking Creeps They're Environmental Terrorists!'   -  Lawrence Yuxweluptun

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Crews monitoring Chevron following water spill

Chevron staff are monitoring and testing the area around the railway tracks below the Burnaby refinery, following a spill of roughly 30,000 litres of water Friday morning.

Chevron spokesperson Dave Schick said there is no threat to human health or the environment, but the company still needs to do testing on the water. According to Schick, the water was about to undergo a second stage of treatment before it's released into a sewer system.

“It’s not clean water,” Schick said. “We’re finishing cleaning it up.”

Schick said the water has dissolved hydrocarbons in it but no “free oil,” meaning there were no visible signs of oil, like sheen, for example. 

“We’re waiting tests to confirm the composition,” he said. “It’s largely water, … but we don’t want the water to get off the site till were guaranteed what the composition is.”

It’s not clear how it spilled, but Schick indicated it may have happened while the refinery was pumping water from one containment pond to another.

According to Schick, the water spilled Friday morning, around 6:30 a.m., and Chevron alerted the provincial Environment Ministry early in the afternoon.....

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..the rcmp are pushing perhaps testing

Unistoten Chiefs and Wetsuweten Chiefs had a meeting with Aboriginal Policing service regarding our concerns over the 29 KM check point that still up on Morice service road. It was a agreed that a communication protocol would be set up in agreement with Unistoten and RCMP.
Today we had a visit from local RCMP at the bridge. The protocol for all visitors is to wait at the other side of check point. RCMP choose to ignore protocol and proceeded to walk by our assigned security person at bridge. They indicated that this was common practice on precious visits. Alarm was sounded by bridge security as they felt the situation was confrontational. After the officer went around the first security person another supporter asked the RCMP officer to wait as Freda was coming to bridge. He insisted on pushing his authority and tell the individual that he was obstructing an officer on public road. Freda defused the situation by calling both officers to walk back to the other side of the bridge. A lengthy discussion transpired for over hour and half. Freda stated the protocol and ask the officers in future to honour our protocol and wait on other side of the bridge and blow horn and wait for bridge person to approach. They will radio Freda to come to bridge. The officer said this is a public road and if they wanted to enter the can do do without obstruction. If individuals choose to block there entry they can arrest for obstructing an officer. In conclusion the RCMP says the they will blow horn but can still walk across or drive across in event that there is a problem across the bridge with contractors. The officer requested their own meeting with the Unistoten Chiefs. They say they are not working for industry but ensuring the safety if all parties.


Nexen pipeline spills 5 million litres of emulsion near Fort McMurray

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Unist’ot’en Call for Physical Support and Solidarity

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thanks to everyone who responded to our Action Camp and Chevron PTP update. It is becoming clear that the situation here is moving toward an escalation point.

Today at one o’clock a low flying helicopter flew over the ridge line and crossed the river a couple kilomoters south of the bridge. It  followed a route that corresponds to the path of the proposed PTP pipeline, then circled back and flew in a northern direction following  the river toward Houston. They flew low enough to take photos of activity happening at bridge and our camp.

Our supporters maintaining an Unist’ot’en check point on Chisolm Rd were also visited and threatened by the police. Similar to their visit at the  bridge two days ago, the officers asserted that they could be arrested for blocking a “public road”. It is clear by the timing of these recent police actions that they are  working in tandem with the pipeline companies...

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EXCLUSIVE: Burnaby rejects NEB's request for police at pipeline hearing

The National Energy Board has asked the City of Burnaby to help provide police for the September Kinder Morgan hearings, but the city has said no.

The board asked for seven RCMP officers and one field supervisor and offered to cover the costs, but Burnaby declined in a July 29 letter.

“It is with regret that the City of Burnaby will not be able to authorize the reallocation of police resources from the Burnaby detachment for the services requested,” wrote Lambert Chu, the city’s deputy manager. “The reassignment of seven police officers plus one supervisor to the hearings would reduce the operational strength of the Burnaby detachment and compromise its ability to respond to major emergencies and to maintain public safety during these situations.”

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan and the RCMP could not be reached for immediate comment, but city lawyer Greg McDade criticized the NEB’s police request.

“The reason why they need the police is to keep the public out,” he told the NOW, adding the NEB issued a ruling banning the public from sitting in on the hearing. The only people allowed to attend will be actual intervenors, and they’ve limited them to two people per intervenor, he explained....


There is good reason why the BCA is the most successfull municipal party in Canadian history. The RCMP were requested in addition to the rent-a-cops. Citizens access is restricted to intervenors only and the NEB wants TWENTY fucking guards at a hearing with eight of them armed.  Democracy in action in our new totalitarian reality. 

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Hearing sessions for the oral summary arguments for intervenors will start on Wednesday, Sept. 9 and run until Sept. 30 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre. The NEB will have three of its own security advisors attend each hearing session. The board has also hired Commissionaires B.C., a private security company, to put nine guards and one supervisor on site, with digital two-way radios. The hotel will also have two representatives assigned to each hearing.


It's Not Climate Change - It's Everything Change

"The future without oil!..."


It's Not Climate Change - It's Everything Change...

the article is one dimensional. transformation of our energy systems, reduction,  means transformation of our forms of socil organization, decentralization of our urban metropolis based on the ideals of corporate globalization, elimination of the corrupting powers of money, elimination of our finance capitalist system, ad nauseum

Until we recognize the need to build populist eco development movements from the grass roots...nothing will change!

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Supremes to rule on Charter right to raise climate change in NEB hearings

The National Energy Board is excluding the public and all of Canada’s climate-change scientists from participating in the expanded-pipeline hearings, contends Vancouver lawyer David J. Martin.

An environmental organization and group of citizens concerned about the National Energy Board’s (NEB) Trans Mountain pipeline review process may be one step closer to having its Charter of Rights and Freedoms claims heard in the nation’s highest court.

On July 24 a panel of three Supreme Court justices heard an application for leave to appeal challenging the NEB process, and will rule in the coming months on whether the case will go before the full court.

If leave is not granted, the NEB's mandate restricting evidence concerning climate change impacts of pipeline applications remains in place. If leave is granted, the full court will hear and rule on the Charter case.

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) only grants leave to about eight per cent of appeals that come before it.....


I can only congratulate the groups taking such action......usually, in Canada such legal recourse is prohibitively expensive!

Surely more of us must become aware of this process and be prepared to take action, to discredit the whole process, if need be!

Ultimately these court decisions, these Tribunal processes must be challenged to the core...and rarely does the SCC stand up for People´s rights!

If the full Court decides not to hear the matter (why I wonder were they not consulted in the first place?), surely a case may be made to take the matter to Courts outside the country. This surely could be done by the Indigenous Peoples through the ILO, otherwise through the HRC of the OAS!


SNC Lavalin Teams Up With First Nations Group on Proposed BC Oil Refinery

"Engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc is teaming up with a firm co-owned by a former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations for preliminary work on a proposed BC oil refinery. A-in-Chut Business Group, jointly owned by SHAWN ATLEO, has formed a partnership with SNC-Lavalin to do pre-engineering studies for Pacific Future Energy.

Pacific Future Energy's goal is to process tar-like bitumen from Alberta at a plant to be built near Prince Rupert BC, and export refined petroleum product to Asia by tanker.

Stockwell Day, a former international trade minister [and BoD of Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, CIJA] is Pacific-Future Energy's senior adviser..."

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BREAKING: Harper gov’t appoints Kinder Morgan consultant to NEB

The Harper government chose the Friday afternoon of a long weekend, just before the Sunday launch of a federal election, to appoint a paid Kinder Morgan consultant to the National Energy Board (NEB) in a timed press release that critics say was an attempt to bury the news.

Conservative Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford issued a Friday 12:30pm EST news release announcing that Calgary-based petroleum executive Steven Kelly will become a full-time board member of the federal agency that helps cabinet decide if oil and gas pipelines go forward.

Mr. Kelly's consulting firm was hired by Kinder Morgan two years ago to prepare an economic analysis justifying the $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Mr. Kelly himself, in his capacity of vice president of IHS Global Canada, authored and submitted the 203-page Kinder Morgan report to the National Energy Board.

Mr. Kelly will soon sit in a position of power at the NEB —close to those who will rule on whether that very same Kinder Morgan oil pipeline is in Canada’s economic and environmental interest. A decision is expected in January 2016....

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Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion plan faces renewed opposition as crude oil price drops

As the National Energy Board (NEB) gears up to hear final arguments on Aug. 24 into its embattled review of the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, opposition is mounting as the price of oil drops, making the project less attractive.

Local economists say that, barring a major war in the Middle East directly impacting top oil producers like Saudi Arabia, Canada’s oilsands might be in for a prolonged period of lower crude prices.

“My own belief is that unless there’s another war in the Middle East of significant nature in the major oil producing areas, (then) I think there’s a good chance that oil prices won’t rise significantly for at least a five-year time frame, maybe even 10 years,” said Simon Fraser University energy economist Mark Jaccard, noting that pipeline decisions are usually based on projected revenues over 25 to 50 years.

“The fact that the price of oil has fallen right now shouldn’t affect the decision of either the company or the regulator. However, if they believe that that price fall has a real long-term element to it, like we’re in a new world of oil prices for a decade or two, then it will affect the decision.

“If prices stay really low, I don’t think (Trans Mountain) would go ahead.”...


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Most British Columbians oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline

Most British Columbians continue to voice opposition against a particular pipeline project and are deeply divided when assessing another one, a new Insights West poll has found.

The online survey of a representative provincial sample looked at the perceptions of residents on the Enbridge Northern Gateway and the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

Enbridge Northern Gateway

Across British Columbia, 70 per cent of residents say they are “very familiar” or “somewhat familiar” with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway. More than half of British Columbians (52%) are currently opposed to the project, while two in five (41%) support it.

Opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway is strongest among women (60%), residents aged 18 to 34 (61%) and among those who live in Metro Vancouver (53%) and Vancouver Island (57%). Support for the proposed project is highest among men (53%), residents aged 35-to-54 (45%) and 55 and over (also 45%), and among those who reside in Northern B.C. (49%) and Southern B.C. (48%)


Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain

Across the province, three in four residents (75%) have heard of the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and 74 per cent claim to be “very familiar” or “somewhat familiar” with it.

Less than half of British Columbians (46%) say they oppose the proposed Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion, while a slightly smaller proportion (42%) support it. Since the last Insights West survey on this topic — conducted in May 2014 — the level of support for the proposed expansion has remained stable, while opposition fell by three points.

Opposition to the pipeline expansion is more robust among women (54%), residents aged 18-to-34 (56%) and people who live in Metro Vancouver (53%). Support is highest among Men (53%), those aged 55+ (49%) and residents of Northern BC (55%) and Southern B.C. (47%).

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..i post this here to again point to the incredible lack of actual effort that goes into real life cleanup. theoretically though governments and industry show us elaborate plans. in reality they make a great effort covering things up and telling lies. and they don’t really cleanup. includes an important  video.

‘A crime scene’: Mount Polley one year after mining disaster

Last month B.C. quietly allowed Imperial Metals to resume operations. We share exclusive footage of the mess left behind by the Aug. 4, 2014 spill

Ricochet has provided extensive coverage of the aftermath of last summer’s environmental disaster at Mount Polley, B.C. Today we have a new report from on the ground, looking at the toxic scene left behind by the massive tailings breach that occurred exactly one year ago....


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Sensing Keystone XL Rejection, TransCanada Scopes NAFTA Lawsuit

TransCanada Corporation, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, is furtively planning its next steps—including suing the U.S. government—if U.S. President Barack Obama rejects the permits which would allow construction of the project to move forward, the Canadian Press reported on Monday.

While the company has publicly maintained hope that Obama will grant it permission to build the pipeline, those close to the project say TransCanada expects a rejection and is quietly considering suing the government under the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), using articles in the pact that protect companies from discrimination, unfair or arbitrary treatment, and expropriation.

NAFTA also includes a mechanism known as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), which allows corporations to sue a country for damages based on projected "lost profits" and "expected future profits." As Common Dreams has previously reported, there are no monetary caps to the potential award.

Experts have warned that TransCanada could bring a NAFTA challenge over Keystone XL. Natural Resources Defense Council international program director Jake Schmidt told Politico in February that such a case was "definitely a possibility."


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