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On July 22nd, Justin Trudeau and his government will choose whether to finalize their multi-billion dollar deal to buy out the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Tens of thousands of people like you have called on the government to hold public pipeline consultations. But they are making the decision without hearing from the public -- even though it's our money on the line.

That’s why we, the people, have to take matters into our own hands by organizing our own town halls on the pipeline buy out. Will you organize one in your community between July 7th and 14th? 

Here’s the plan. Together, we’re going to bring community members together from coast to coast for town halls and screenings of the new documentary Directly Affected -- a film which presents all the risks this pipeline poses to people and the planet.

After Justin Trudeau’s government announced they would buy the Trans Mountain Pipeline with over $4.5 billion of public money, a huge wave of resistance across the country responded. Trudeau's government wants to ignore that, but the people will have their say. Will you host a people’s town hall in your riding?

Since Members of Parliament aren’t holding their own town halls, we’re asking you to invite your local MP to these community town-halls. All MPs are expected be in their constituencies at that time. If your MP shows up, your community will have a chance to expose this deal for what it really is -- a blank cheque for Big Oil. If your MP refuses to attend, we will send you some postcards that your community can fill out and mail to make sure they get the message any way.

This is a chance for new people in your community to learn about the project the Trudeau government has decided to buy out with billions in public money. After all, as taxpayers, we are all Trans Mountain’s new shareholders now and we should know where our money’s going.

We know that Kinder Morgan walked away from this project because of the Indigenous-led organizing that started in BC and spread all across Canada. We did it once and we will do it again. Let’s take matters into our own hands between July 7 and 14.

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It is funny that free enterprise has driven the cost of solar down so significantly. Maybe there is something to be said for it, after all!

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Trudeau, let the people have their say

By July 22nd, the Trudeau government will decide whether to finalize the multi-billion dollar deal to buy out Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. 

The government is refusing to hold public town halls on this deal, that’s why, from July 7 – 14, community members all across the country are organizing their own. 

These people’s town halls will feature screenings of the film Directly Affected, that details all the risks this pipeline poses to people and the planet. Members of Parliament are invited to attend and answer to their constituents’ concerns.  Will you join a town hall or sign up to host one in your community?

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The whole thing stinks to high hell of Liberal corruption, inefficiency, incompetence, and waste.

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Rotterdam oil spill: Hundreds of birds hit after Dutch leak

The Bow Jubail ruptured its hull, pouring 220 tonnes of oil into the harbour on Saturday and officials immediately tried to contain the spill.

Rescue workers have been overwhelmed by the number of contaminated birds.


"I haven't yet seen a swan untouched by the oil. It's a real catastrophe," adviser Claude Velter told local TV.

Harbour master René de Vries told Dutch TV he could not remember a spill on such a scale in the past decade. "Rotterdam was a clean harbour until Saturday and we want to keep it that way."

Booms were deployed in an effort to contain the spill, but by Sunday it had spread along two key waterways near Rotterdam, the Nieuwe Maas and Nieuwe Waterweg.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota regulators on Thursday approved Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, angering opponents who say the project threatens pristine areas and have vowed Standing Rock-style protests if needed to block it.

All five members of the Public Utilities Commission backed the project, though some cited heavy trepidation, and a narrow majority later approved the company's preferred route despite opposition from American Indian tribes and climate change activists.

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CALGARY - The National Energy Board says it has approved modified plans for the Burnaby Terminal of the Trans Mountain pipeline project, clearing a final regulatory hurdle for construction to start.

The regulator says the approved variance application will significantly improve safety at the terminal, which is the end point for the controversial pipeline the federal government has agreed to buy as part of a $4.5-billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada's core assets.

The new plans reduce the diameter of five of the 14 tanks and the overall capacity of the facilities by about 320,000 barrels, increase the space between the tanks, and reconfigure the secondary containment system at the tank farm to reduce fire risk.

The NEB says its approval of the variance and Kinder Morgan Canada's fulfillment of certain conditions allows it to begin construction at the Burnaby Terminal, subject to any other permits or authorizations which may be required.


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The regulator says the approved variance application will significantly improve safety at the terminal, which is the end point for the controversial pipeline the federal government has agreed to buy as part of a $4.5-billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada's core assets.

The new plans reduce the diameter of five of the 14 tanks and the overall capacity of the facilities by about 320,000 barrels, increase the space between the tanks, and reconfigure the secondary containment system at the tank farm to reduce fire risk.

A perfect example of the oil industry's irresponsibility. They had to be forced to modify their plans instead of adhering to state of the art safety protocol in the first place. That's why they can't be trusted. 


If the BC judge threatening jail terms follows through look who is going to be among the first:

ncluded in the group of people arrested was Order of Canada recipient and current Vancouver council candidate Jean Swanson, who is 75 years old.

....Lambert is a retired teacher who is the former president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. She told the NOW that the risk of going to jail definitely “gave me pause” but she did it for her grandchildren.

Trudeau is spending a lot of political capital on this because he is in such a strong electoral position. Even so he can't take endless hits. Highly respected elders, both indigenous and non-indigenous are going to end up in jail this time or next time. When they come out they will go back to protest and be given even longer sentences. 

The more people like this get arrested and go to jail the more other people will step forward to join them.

Looks like it's going to be a long showdown. My money is still on the protestors. 

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Oilpatch fires 'warning shot' at Trudeau Liberals in Ontario with 'unprecedented' ground campaign

Canada’s largest oil and gas lobby group ran a political ground war that targeted voters in 13 Ontario “Liberal swing ridings” with billboards in “high visibility locations” in the Toronto area and 400,000 pieces of pro-pipeline literature sent via Canada Post, an ongoing National Observer / Toronto Star / Global News investigation has found.

The details of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ campaign appear in a flyer distributed at a government-sponsored summit in Vaughan, near Toronto, where the association had a booth. The flyer explained how the lobby group had engaged in a “ground campaign in Ontario targeting 13 Liberal swing ridings” between April 8 to May 29 — the period in which the federal government was deciding on the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

CAPP’s campaign included 13 rallies across the country, billboards, a huge social media push and mailing hundreds of thousands of letters warning the public about their struggle to compete and gain access to new oil and gas markets, the flyer said. The Calgary-based group also sent 24,000 letters to “key decision makers” including B.C. Premier John Horgan, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and federal National Resources Minister Jim Carr, according to the leaked CAPP document.....

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The Tŝilhqot’in Nation welcomes today’s B.C. Supreme Court decision to grant an interlocutory injunction against an exploration permit issued by British Columbia to Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) for an extensive drilling program in the Teẑtan Biny (Fish Lake) area. TML had planned to start the drilling work as early as next week.

The injunction prohibits TML from carrying out the drilling program until the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled on the Tŝilhqot’in Nation’s legal challenge to the drilling permit issued in July of 2017, based on breaches of the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate the Tŝilhqot’in. That case was argued in B.C. Supreme Court last week, June 25-29.

Taseko’s proposed drilling program is for the stated purpose of supporting construction of the New Prosperity Mine, despite the fact that the Federal Government rejected New Prosperity over four years ago, and the proposed mine cannot be built as matters stand. Two independent federal panels have confirmed the unique and special significance of Teẑtan Biny (Fish Lake), Yanah Biny (Little Fish Lake) and Nabas (the surrounding area) to the Tŝilhqot’in people as a valued hunting, trapping and gathering grounds. This area is also significant as a place for ceremony, spiritual practices and community gatherings, as an actively used cultural school, and as “home” to the many Tŝilhqot’in members born and raised there.

The drilling permit in question was approved on the final day of the outgoing Liberal Government. The Tŝilhqot’in Nation calls on the current BC Government to step up and honour its commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by protecting this critical cultural space from further threat in the name of a mining project that has been rejected twice for its unacceptable environmental and cultural impacts.

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These 7 Indigenous artists’ designs flew in the path of tar sands tanker traffic

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Moreover, the disparity would appear to contradict a principle articulated by James during debate on the tax this spring.

“We will ensure that everyone is subject to the payroll tax,” she told the legislature on May 17. “It is important when it comes to competitiveness between the public and private sector that there’s not an opportunity for the public sector to say they can pay people more because they don’t have the employer health tax to pay.

“So you provide the level paying field by ensuring that everyone has to pay the employer health tax.”

Lest there be any doubt, she repeated the assurance of a level playing field several times: Private sector employers who are subject to the tax would pay at the same rate, no more or less, than public sector employers with the same size payroll.

But the playing field won’t really be level because of the relief for health authorities, school boards, universities, colleges and other big-ticket public sector employers, perhaps including the ministries of central government as well.

Never fear, tax increase whiners. Tax revenues generated by the TransMountain expansion and Canada LNG project will help fund government programs and public service employees' wage growth.


CODE RED - Secwepemc Territory -  Action in Progress - Please Share Info

"How can the Province of British Columbia, BC Provincial Parks evict Secwepemc from their own village site? This is CODE RED!!!"


Indigenous Protesters Set Sights on Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion in Clearwater (and vid)

"The Tiny House Warriors have blocked the entrance to the park and have started building structures  along the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline route.  Kanahus Manuel explained, 'We're standing on our inherent rights and title as we reoccupy to re-establish this village site once again..."

No Treaty - No Jurisdiction - No Pipeline - Please distribute this information 


BREAKING: FN Activist Kanahus Manuel Arrested by RCMP... (and Video)


Contact your politicians especially those in NDP BC. Notice the RCMP's  'culturally sensitive' ethnic cleansing now comes with creepy 'native liason' capo-cops. 


Release Kanahus Manuel Immediately!

Jody Wilson Raybould, Justice Minister

[email protected]

Gov Gen Julie Payette

[email protected]

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Kinder Morgan privately eyes Trans Mountain protesters

On a sunny Friday morning in late May, protesters trickled in one by one to mingle at the Watch House campground, not far from the gates to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, just east of Vancouver. So did two men hired by Kinder Morgan to report back on their activities.


Forsythe chatted with some of the other people who had shown up that day, and took particular care to identify the group’s leaders, who were wearing high-visibility vests. Throughout the day he took photographs of numerous people on site, which he later annotated.

"I was talking to 2 girls, one was from Toronto & was friend of girl by name of ATASHA (?) She advised she was previously arrested. Both appear to be East Indian decent (sic.)," said one section of the notes taken by Forsythe. "(An organizer) advised we would be getting started soon with the 'training.'"

Forsythe and Shendruk​ are private investigators. The information they collected was used to convince B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck that protesters were “making every effort to calculate and orchestrate” their protest to maximize disruption of Kinder Morgan’s construction activities. Affleck tightened the terms of an earlier injunction, removing a 10-minute grace period between when police would read a warning for those blocking access to disperse and when arrests would be made.

The earlier injunction created a five-metre exclusion zone around Kinder Morgan's Burnaby Mountain tank farm and Westridge Marine Terminal. The injunction can now also be applied to Kinder Morgan operations anywhere in the province.

The two affidavits included Forsythe's 23 pages of notes and Shendruk's five pages about the protesters' operations as well as 30 surreptiously-snapped photographs. They shined some light on the little-understood but growing role of private investigators in Canada’s policing of protest.

“The fascinating thing is that we know very little, certainly in Canada, about the role of private eyes and private investigators and even the security branches of the energy companies in terms of their role in collecting intelligence and surveillance information on protesters,” said Jeffrey Monaghan. He is an associate professor at Carleton University's Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice who co-authored the book Policing Indigenous Movements, published in May.

Monaghan and co-author Andrew Crosby made extensive use of access to information legislation to illustrate how the federal government and its law enforcement and security services have coordinated with resource companies to deal with opposition to Enbridge’s failed Northern Gateway project, the Idle No More movement and two other Indigenous-led protest movements.

“What we do know is that over the past few years the federal government has made a fairly substantive effort to try to integrate these private companies, especially the resource companies and their security wings, into the national security bureaucracy,” he added in a telephone interview.

This includes an RCMP web portal specifically for companies who operate what the government considers critical infrastructure (including pipelines) to upload information about protests as part of a ‘suspicious incidents reporting’ framework.


Yes, the big brother surveillance of those involved in activities deemed to be interfering or impeding resource extractors has grown quite dramatically, although it has long been around.

When friends of mine were tried for interfering in a major multinational's logging operations, it soon became obvious that intelligence gathering, including by the use of PIs was being systematically shared between the logging company, the RCMP, the  lawfirm representing the clearcutters and the collaborating local DIA band council. And that was 20 years ago. One can only imagine what new bells and whistles of surveillance have been added since then. And in the case of the 'national security' classification, which is probably the case with current anti-pipeline activism, especially if there is any indigenous involvement, even more sweeping powers become available.

As well as criminal prosecution there is now often civil proceedings, the so called SLAPP suits which can seize all of your assets for 'damages' and costs. It should come as no surprise in 2018, under corporate rule, to find capitalism 'defending' itself by any and all means necessary.

And as we see all over the world, coming between the man and his money can even get you killed, bombed and invaded. As well, propaganda and brainwashing the citizenry such fascist control mechanisms  are a good and necessary thing has obviously been quite successful teaching useful idiots to root for these oppressors and even take their part.


Statement by Secwepemc Women Warrior Society

"We are Secwepemc woman. We are still here. We are unafraid..."

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Someone is making mysterious robocalls across Canada about the Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker expansion project

There was a robotic voice on the other end of the line.

The call came from someone using a 647 area code, identified on his cell phone screen as "Tell City Hall." The robot voice asked him to participate in a survey about Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.


'Message-checking research' says Alberta official

National Observer has learned the survey is being conducted on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Tell City Hall is a public sector program of Advanis Inc., a Waterloo, Ont.-based Canadian market research company that has been in business for over 25 years, providing a service that is only made available to government and non-profits.

The "research opinion survey" began on July 1 and seeks 20,000 responses across the country. No one city or province is targeted more than the other, and the territories are not included.

“It’s message-checking research,” said David Sands, a spokesperson for the Government of Alberta. “What we are trying to do is find those people who have concerns about the project and find out what their concerns are and then offer them information and say, does that change your concern? Does it make it greater? Does it make it lesser?”


Why opposition has a 'negative impact'

The cost of the phone survey falls within the pro-pipeline ad campaign Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced in May.

Notley said the province would be spending $1.2 million on a pro-pipeline ad campaign in an effort to convince the public that the pipeline would benefit all Canadians. At the time, she said the primary focus of the advertising campaign that would result from this investment would primarily target British Columbians:

“Alberta is upping our efforts to give Canadians and particularly British Columbians the facts about the pipeline. It is a necessary investment in the battle for hearts and minds. Now is not the time to take the foot off the pedal,” Notley said in May.

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Stand with Youth: Cancel the Kinder Morgan Buyout

17+ current and former members of the Prime Minister's Youth Council are calling on Justin Trudeau to: Cancel the Kinder Morgan Buyout. 

"We call on you to cancel the buyout of the Trans Mountain pipeline project on the grounds that this project violates Indigenous rights, poses the threat of irreversible damage to British Columbia’s coast and brings the world many steps too close to global climate catastrophe. Climate leaders do not finance or support fossil fuel production, and must instead pave the way to a just transition out of the fossil fuel era."

Send your message now: Cancel the Kinder Morgan Buyout, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!

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Trudeau instructs Alberta's Amarjeet Sohi to oversee 'completion' of Trans Mountain pipeline

The Trudeau government’s new point man on pipelines, energy policy and natural resources says he sees renewable power as part of a “mixture of options” that includes the Trans Mountain oil pipeline.

Amarjeet Sohi, one of three Liberal MPs hailing from Alberta, was appointed natural resources minister by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday. He replaces Jim Carr, who was shifted to the international trade file.


Wilkinson: 'We have a plan' on killer whales

The unpopularity of the Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia, where the provincial government has fought Ottawa and the Alberta NDP for months, puts a spotlight on the 17 Liberal seats in B.C.

A joint agreement between the government and the National Energy Board last fall showed both believed the operation of marine vessels related to the Trans Mountain project — likely oil tankers filling up or departing from the terminal near Burnaby, B.C. — “is likely to result in significant adverse effects” on the whales.

One of those seats is held by Wilkinson, who takes over the oceans file at time when a growing concern about the Trans Mountain pipeline is the survival of endangered southern resident killer whales.

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City of Burnaby issues eviction notice to protesters at Kinder Morgan terminal

The City of Burnaby is evicting protesters from a make-shift camp set up outside one of Kinder Morgan's terminals, citing fire safety and public health concerns.

City manager Lambert Chu says the city is worried about how the footprint of the site, dubbed Camp Cloud, has grown to include a two-level wood structure, additional tents and even shower facilities.

"We've been trying to work with the camp occupants and seek compliance with no success and that's why we had to take the step of issuing the eviction notice," Chu said.


In videos posted to Facebook, Kwitsel Tatel identifies herself as the camp's court monitor.

She says there are no public safety issues related to the camp, which formed in order to educate the public about water protection.

"We're asking now for clean water to be protected for all living things, for all people for all time," she says in the video.

In March, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that both Camp Cloud and the Watch House could remain in place in response to a court injunction filed by Kinder Morgan.

Tatel says the eviction notice violates both that court order and Indigenous rights on the land.

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Joint letter to Premier Horgan on a Liability for Climate-related Harms Act

West Coast Environmental Law is one of more than 50 groups sending this letter to Premier John Horgan asking the BC government to enact a Liability for Climate-related Harms Act. This legislation, modeled on a BC law that defined the legal rules for suing Big Tobacco for BC Healthcare costs, would clarify the legal rules for people harmed by climate change to sue fossil fuel companies for a fair share of climate costs. Enacting such legislation will protect BC communities while sending a financial signal to fossil fuel companies and their investors.

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Pipeline protesters defy eviction order, say they'll meet with officials

Protesters at an anti-pipeline camp in Burnaby, B.C., say they will meet with officials to discuss safety measures, but they will not comply with a city-issued evacuation order.

The City of Burnaby says there are safety concerns surrounding "Camp Cloud," including a two-storey wooden watch house and a fire that protesters describe as sacred and ceremonial.

Protest organizer Kwitsel Tatel says the participants will not leave, nor will they extinguish their fire.

Tatel suggests the structures around the camp’s sacred fire could be modified, if only to refocus the attention away from the physical camp and back to the anti-pipeline protest.

She adds that snuffing out the fire would constitute a breaking of both B.C. Supreme Court and Coast Salish law.


"The executive assistant to (Burnaby Mayor) Derek Corrigan came many times with orders instead of questions and concerns. I'm respectfully announcing that is not good faith discussion or negotiation," Tatel said Saturday.

She added that they spoke with the City of Burnaby fire department overnight about the sacred fire, and that a load of timber would be dropped off by the department.

Tatel said she will request federal intervention if need be, citing the protesters' charter right to peaceful demonstration.

"I'm asking for (federal Justice Minister) Jody Wilson-Raybould to step up and assist, to pull her goons and her dogs," said Tatel

She and several other camp residents said they saw between 30 and 60 "paramilitary" individuals in and around "Camp Cloud" and the woods around the Kinder Morgan tanker terminal late Friday night, and said additional audio and video surveillance near the entrance to the terminal had recently been installed.

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Ottawa fails to secure new buyer for Trans Mountain pipeline by deadline

The federal government is set to become the official owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after failing to quickly flip the project to another private-sector buyer.

Pipeline owner Kinder Morgan had been working with the government to identify another buyer before July 22....

But with that date set to pass without a deal, it was expected the pipeline company will now take Ottawa's $4.5-billion offer to purchase the project to its shareholders.

Pending their approval, the sale, which includes the existing pipeline, the pumping stations and rights of way, and the Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., will be approved sometime in August or September.

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Today, as Canada takes possession of the controversial and ill-fated Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project, Indigenous leaders renew vows to enact their rights as proper title holders by protecting their territories against this project and its devastating risks and impacts.  

While misleading information about Indigenous support for the pipeline has been widely circulated, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) emphasizes that the standard for Indigenous approval must be our free, prior and informed consent – not merely consultation – as articulated by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Canada has officially endorsed and committed to adopt without qualification. Indigenous Nations will not allow Canada to override Indigenous Title and jurisdiction.   

According to the latest statistics from news outlets, out of 106 Indigenous Nations and groups identified along the pipeline route in BC alone, 64 have not signed agreements and an additional 14 have active court challenges underway. Further, this pipeline and tanker project will affect lands, rights, and resources that should have been historically protected for Indigenous Nations by colonial and Canadian governments but were not. Along the proposed route, there are at least 400 unresolved specific claims – a vast number of historical losses yet to be redressed by the federal government. This does not include specific claims that could arise as a direct result of the pipeline expansion.    

“This ill-conceived and dangerous project, now owned by the Canadian government, will never happen,” stated UBCIC President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. “Canada is foolishly forfeiting billions of dollars – this is not an infrastructure investment but a massively expensive experiment in trying to re-enact a colonial status quo. Canada can rest assured that the collective response by our Nations will continue to be strong, widespread, and unwavering. We’ve said no from the start. We still say no.”   

“The UBCIC will not falter whatsoever in our efforts to safeguard our lands, coasts, waters, and fisheries, which have sustained our people for centuries,” said UBCIC Vice-President Chief Bob Chamberlin. “We will defend the ecological security of our territories. The fact that Canada failed to secure a purchaser for the pipeline by the proposed deadline demonstrates that this was, is, and will continue to be an irresponsible expenditure of Canadians’ tax dollars.”  

“This pipeline purchase is the Doctrine of Discovery in action,” said UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer Chief Judy Wilson. “It speaks louder than all the rhetoric in the world: Canada thinks that, when it comes down to it, they hold the final say in what happens with our lands. But we are sovereign Nations and we have never ceded, surrendered, or relinquished Title. We hold the sacred responsibility to protect these lands and we will do so.”

In solidarity, Sarah Beuhler and the Coast Protectors team PS If you are in Vancouver this week, join us at the park near Science World for training sessions in civil disobedience: Wednesday and Saturday. 

Coast Protectors is hosted by UBCIC Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs - 312 Main St, Suite 401, Vancouver, BC


Pipeline Protesters in Court: 

"We are in the sixth mass extinction...I went swimming in the ocean and the water was bathtub temperature. I hope that sanity prevails.' Loud applause in the courtroom. Judge says if that happens again he will clear the court."

"Crown now asking for jail time for two protesters including Laurie Embree, arrested on June 19th and June 30th. Both are over 65 and 'this is the population that must be deterred', says crown -- prompting laughter from the gallery. Crown says protesters will only use seniors to violate injunction if the court is afraid to sentence them to jail."

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Laurie Embree, the first Protector to risk jail time to stop Kinder Morgan's pipeline and tanker project, was just jailed for seven days for stopping Kinder Morgan Canada's pipeline and tanker project.

Embree addressed the court before sentencing, saying in her statement, “I truly believe that when we have laws that support injustices, it is the duty of all good men and women to stand up and challenge those laws.”

“This law sir, that you have created, and that I, and many others are peacefully challenging, is unjust.” (Read her full statement here)

During the hearing, the Crown accused Protectors of “widespread organized lawlessness” and argued that stronger sentencing is needed for deterrence, up to 14 days in custody.

The courtroom erupted as supporters questioned the BC government's punishment for citizens standing for climate justice and Indigenous rights, while barely punishing Kinder Morgan with a $920 fine for 4 counts of breaching of the Water Sustainability Act last year.

Eight other arrestees appeared today for their first hearing, including Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson and former President of the BC Teachers Federation Susan Lambert. They also face a maximum of seven days in custody and $5,000 in fines and will be sentenced on August 15 in BC Supreme Court. RSVP to support them in court.

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Eleven reasons to oppose the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: Lynne Quarmby

There is a great deal of misinformation and propaganda about the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project. In a compassionate, rational world any one of the following reasons would be enough to stop this project.

The list is not exhaustive, but even so it is varied and sordid, raising serious questions about the morality of a democratic government that not only approved this project, but is subsidizing it with taxpayer dollars.

Here are the main reasons I am adamantly opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, many of them apply to fossil fuel infrastructure projects around the globe.

Starting at the source:

1. Roughly half of the oilsands are developed using an open pit mining process that requires complete removal of the “overburden,” otherwise known as boreal forest. The boreal forest is Earth’s most efficient land-based carbon capture system — fully functioning, cost-effective negative emissions — and Canada is actively destroying it.

2. Processing the mined bitumen is energy-intensive and toxic. The tar, or bitumen is combined with ‘diluent’ — a mixture of volatile, flammable neurotoxins and carcinogens, including benzene — to make ‘dilbit’ (diluted bitumen), a substance that can flow in a pipeline. The other half of oilsands development involves bitumen extraction by an in situ process wherein the tar is ‘steamed’ out of the sand and collected in pipes underground. Both processes involve massive quantities of toxins and both are energy-intensive with substantial CO2 emissions. Not only do the fossil fuel companies in the oilsands get a pass on the “externality” of polluting the atmosphere, they receive substantial subsidies.

3. Processing bitumen requires not only energy, but also vast quantities of water. Much of it comes from the Athabasca River, fed by a rapidly retreating glacier, which is being diverted and converted into toxic sludge.

4. There is meant to be ‘reclamation’ of the land post extraction. Yet, after decades of expansion and retiring of old sites, we have acre upon acre of stinking toxic tailings ponds where loud cannons fire frequently to keep waterfowl from landing and dying. A small percentage of the land has been remediated to something better than a tailings pond, leaving nothing more than a species-poor grassland with nothing resembling the peaty soil and biodiversity of a boreal forest, which will take hundreds of years to return, if ever.

5. Indigenous people living in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, some of them literally downstream of the oilsands on the Athabasca River, have had their air, water and land polluted and their way of life threatened. In a 2012 article in the International Journal of Human Rights, Jennifer Huseman and Damien Short carefully outline the evidence for impacts of oilsands development on the Indigenous peoples of northern Alberta. Their conclusion:

"Many people in Indigenous communities feel that they are in the final stages of a battle for survival that began in North America in the seventeenth century, and have called their past and present situation, brought on by settlers and colonial governments, genocide. Their use of the term is not emotive or imprecise, but rather, as we have argued, is in keeping with Lemkin’s concept and highlights the enormity of what the tar sands are doing to the Indians of Treaty 8 and beyond."

I am deeply troubled that these atrocities are by government design and supported by tax dollars.....

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maybe maybe not drift....

..posted this piece re: south africa in the autonomy thread and this part applies here. it's worth noting the similarities with the bc extraction/site c struggles.

Working Class Movement Must Be Independent


7. Mining Industry and Mining-Affected Communities

  1. The right of communities to continuous free, prior and informed consent and the right to say no to mining, and any aspects of the development of a mine throughout its life must be respected.
  2. Communities must be provided with a variety of development options, unlike the current situation where the government colluding with mine bosses only offers mining as a development option.
  3. Mining is destructive of the environment, of self-sustaining small agriculture, of rural communities and is not environmentally, socially or economically sustainable and compromises community and worker health and safety, given that minerals are finite and therefore mining as route for development should always be the last option, and not the first.
  4. Communities must have access to all relevant documents of mine developments affecting and impacting on them must be respected. This includes access to Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Plans, Social and Labour Plans, Disaster Management Plans, Annual Reports, Tax Documents, Revenue Flow Accounts, Export Figures, diagrams and maps of underground tunnels etc.
  5. Communities that have to make way for mining need to be compensated in terms of harvests lost not only for one season’s crops, but for harvests forfeited across the life of mine.
  6. Mine affected and impacted communities demand that minerals be processed and turned into manufactured goods locally rather than minerals being exported in raw form.
  7. Women mineworkers want the workplace, mine safety gear and clothing as well as technology to be reengineered to make mining safe for women workers. Women workers also want their deployment to be properly thought through with their safety from predatory male behaviour to be guaranteed. Women in the mining workspace should not be particularized. It was further demanded that women should have equal rights to mining jobs rather than there being a minimum quota for women workers as per the current mining charter.

The community struggle against capitalist mining is a class struggle. The government and mine bosses use tribalism and patriarchy to divide and control workers and communities the commission calls for the diminution of the role of chiefs in community consultations and negotiations around mining. A revolutionary society is one of equals without elites, bosses, chiefs or patriarchs.

...end of maybe or maybe not a drift.

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..there seems to be a never ending line of subsidies to oil and gas industries.

How BC’s Gas Giveaway Fuels Alberta’s Oilsands


But as federal and provincial leaders continue to squabble over the proposed westward movement of Alberta’s “land-locked” bitumen via the Trans Mountain pipeline, there’s a giant elephant in the room that nobody’s talking about.

What about the exploding trade in fossil fuels moving east from British Columbia into Alberta and points beyond?

There is a deep irony at play in the high drama we are witnessing. Heavy oil production in Canada’s petro province of Alberta is powered, in part, by a glut of cheap natural gas in North America, which gas producers in B.C. have helped to create.

B.C. is also helping to prop up Alberta’s oil industry by shipping it lots of extremely valuable “gas liquids” — byproducts of natural gas which are essential to dilute heavy oil or bitumen so that it can move more readily through pipelines.

But you wouldn’t know that by looking at most media accounts.

Much of that out-of-sight, out-of-mind energy flow is also, paradoxically, heavily subsidized by the B.C. government. Once again, it barely rates a mention in the mainstream press.

In the last 10 years, B.C. has effectively become a preferred supplier to its neighbour the oilsands powerhouse, a reality with grim implications for the environment and economy in Canada’s two westernmost provinces, to say nothing of our global climate.

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So, to stimulate discussion about where we are heading with the west-to-east energy trade that is actually happening (as opposed to the dramatically expanded east-to-west trade that might one day happen), consider the following.

Alberta’s oilsands industry is the top consumer of natural gas in Canada, accounting for one-quarter of the natural gas used. Much of that gas is burned to generate steam that is pumped below ground to “liberate” the thick oil. As oilsands operations expand, more natural gas must be consumed. It is to the industry’s benefit to see lots and lots of natural gas produced from whatever quarter, and of even greater benefit if increased gas production results in a glut of marketable gas, which keeps prices low.

In the 10 years ending in 2017, Alberta-bound shipments of natural gas from northeast B.C. increased by more than 230 per cent. In fact, virtually all the sizeable increase in B.C.’s overall gas production went to its neighbour to the east. Some of that gas was used in Alberta; the majority then moved farther east to markets in central Canada and the United States.

Contrary to B.C. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall’s embarrassing assertions that continued natural gas drilling and fracking is necessary so that British Columbians can bask in the warmth of their gas fireplaces, and those lucky enough to afford it can cook salmon on their gas barbecues, the overwhelming amount of natural gas drilled and fracked from the ground in northeast B.C. goes to others. It is not used in this province.

If the pilot lights ever wink out in the fireplaces in British Columbians’ homes, it won’t be because of B.C.’s own natural gas consumption, but rather the province’s subsidies to encourage gas production. (The biggest subsidy is the extremely generous breaks on gas royalty payments that the B.C. government grants natural gas producers.)

Those subsidies are a powerful inducement to the industry, particularly in the Montney Basin, the southernmost of the two big natural plays in the province, where there’s plenty of natural gas. But there is also plenty of something else, which is the only thing that is really driving industry profits these days.

Gas liquids: The big cash prize

Within the Montney Basin, which includes areas near Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd, the favoured drilling sites are those containing large amounts of naturally occurring “wet” gas liquids, as opposed to “dry” conventional natural gas or methane. The most important of those liquids are pentane and condensate, which are used to dilute bitumen or heavy oil, thus allowing it to flow through pipelines. Hence the name “dilbit.”

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Subsidizing the cross-border gas and liquids flow

For years, the B.C. government has encouraged fossil fuel companies to produce more natural gas and liquids by offering generous discounts on the royalties that companies pay to British Columbians on each unit of gas produced.

Those discounts are primarily in the form of “deep well credits.” Successive provincial governments have allowed companies that drill deep natural gas wells to claim a portion of the drilling costs as credits, which are then reimbursed by the province in the form of lower royalty payments.

More recently, those credits have also been extended to companies that drill horizontal wells, despite the fact that both deep wells and horizontal wells are now standard industry practice.

The end result is billions fewer dollars flowing into provincial coffers and from there into public programs like health and education. In the last 10 years, according to figures supplied by Cathy Mou, markets analysis manager for B.C.’s energy ministry, the difference between the gross royalty charges to companies drilling for natural gas and gas liquids in northeast B.C. and the net royalties they actually paid was close to $5 billion. A significant factor behind those reduced payments were the above-mentioned credits.

Just how much individual companies have benefited from those subsidies, however, is something that the B.C. government keeps secret. In March, the government formalized this secrecy by appending a new “confidentiality” provision to an amended Petroleum and Natural Gas Act. The amended act, finance ministry officials now claim, expressly forbids them from disclosing such information.

In short, British Columbians are no longer allowed to know what individual fossil fuel companies operating in the province pay in royalties and receive in credits.

One day after the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives first reported on the confidentiality provision and the ministry’s refusal to release company-specific royalty payment information, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver asked Mungall about the matter during estimates debate.

“My question to the minister is: is she comfortable with this, given the stark contrast to the forest industry, in which the volume of timber harvested by specific companies is publicly available information? What is the justification for this level of secrecy?” Weaver asked.

“My understanding,” Mungall replied, “is that this is very similar, actually, with mining in that the Ministry of Finance has determined that a best practice is to treat royalties, in terms of their privacy, the same way as you would treat individual income tax. We want to protect that privacy information for industry in the same way that we would protect privacy information for individuals.”

Mungall scrupulously avoided responding to Weaver’s questions regarding the forest industry, which was a notable omission. Notable because any member of the public with a little knowhow can use a database maintained by the provincial government and free to users to learn precisely how much timber is logged by individual companies in B.C. and what those companies pay to the province in return.

In other words, members of the public are entitled to know what logging companies pay in stumpage fees (essentially a royalty payment for a publicly owned resource) but they are not entitled to know what fossil fuel companies pay in natural gas royalties.

The hidden subsidy: Ongoing environmental damage and climatic chaos

B.C.’s generous trade in natural gas and wet gases with Alberta carries with it enormous ecological costs, almost all of which are borne by Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities located in the northeast region.

This includes stunning and repeated violations of provincial laws, for example fossil companies building dozens of unlicensed dams to trap water for use in their increasingly intense fracking operations — dams built under the watch of the fossil fuel industry’s own dedicated regulator, the BC Oil and Gas Commission.

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Kinder Morgan just told its shareholders how it persuaded the Trudeau government to pay billions for a pipeline no one else wanted to buy

The Trudeau government made financial overtures to Texas energy giant Kinder Morgan more than a month before the pipeline operator issued an ultimatum that drove Ottawa to offer billions to take over the troubled Trans Mountain project, according to a new document released by the company this week.

These previously secret overtures began even though the government had made it clear, during its early negotiations with the Texas multinational, that it didn't want to buy the pipeline and oil tanker expansion project, says the document, a proxy for shareholders that was filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday.

But a timeline included in the proxy shows how the company systematically rejected the government's negotiating position, driving Ottawa to eventually agree at the end of May to buy the rights to the Trans Mountain expansion project and an existing 65-year old pipeline system for $4.5 billion.

If built, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion would increase the capacity of heavy oil and other petroleum product shipments from Alberta to Burnaby in metro Vancouver.

The proxy document highlights how far the federal government was willing to go to stop the company from abandoning its plans, starting with a trip to Houston early in 2018.

At the time, former natural resources minister Jim Carr and his chief of staff Zoë Caron travelled to the Texas city on March 6, 2018 and offered a “resolution” to concerns that the company and its shareholders were about to lose billions of dollars if they continued spending money on the project without guarantees they could complete or even operate it under tough provincial regulations.

At that point, the company had already spent about $1.1 billion on the expansion, and was expecting to lose all of that money until the government came through with its $4.5 billion offer to purchase the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, some related assets and the rights to build the expansion.

An international news agency, Reuters, has described the government offer as a "billion-dollar bailout" for the Texas company....

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Allan, a former chief executive at the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, said this cost would likely be even higher since the company is only doing pre-construction work right now, and has yet to sign construction contracts needed to install the pipeline in the ground.

She has estimated the pipeline and tanker expansion could wind up costing up to $20 billion to complete.

“It appears as though (the federal government) deliberately withheld information about the costs because it would have shocked Canadians at the time,” Allan said in an interview with National Observer. “If they didn’t know, they should have known.”

Several meetings, including those involving the prime minister’s office and federal finance officials, occurred weeks before Trudeau publicly announced at an April 15 news conference that he had “instructed” Finance Minister Bill Morneau “to initiate formal financial discussions with Kinder Morgan” to resolve the uncertainty surrounding the Trans Mountain expansion project.


Constitutional issues 'could take years to resolve'

Many pipeline supporters, including the Government of Alberta, have accused the B.C. government of going too far in its regulatory and legal efforts to slow down or stop the project. However, the Kinder Morgan filing notes that B.C. could “strategically use its shared jurisdiction over certain matters, including those involving coastlines, local health and safety and environmental matters (including regulation of hazardous substances)” to cause delays and impair the pipeline’s operations, once constructed.

The proxy also mentions that "constitutional and jurisdictional issues facing [Trans Mountain] could take years to resolve and that the consequences of an adverse ruling after the company had incurred substantial indebtedness to fund project spending on the [project] would be disastrous to the company."

But it makes no mention of one of the specific issues being reviewed by the courts, prompted by First Nations who say that the federal government violated their rights and failed in its constitutional duty to consult them about the project.

A lawyer for one of the directly affected nations, the Tsleil-Waututh, has said it could use evidence uncovered by National Observer that the government had made a decision to approve the project before concluding its consultations with First Nations as grounds for an appeal to the Supreme Court, as part of its case to terminate the project. The case is currently under review at the Federal Court of Appeal, which rejected the news articles as "hearsay."

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Photo Essay: Getting Arrested at a Kinder Morgan Protest

Ruth Campbell, a 66-year-old Vancouver resident and former lawyer for the Attorney General of B.C., became the most recent person in a series of arrests at Kinder Morgan’s oil terminal in Burnaby on Aug. 1.

Campbell was arrested alongside Noaa Edwards, and faces up to seven days in jail for blocking access to the Westridge Marine Terminal and halting construction.

The following words are by Ruth Campbell as she recounts her experience in the Protect the Inlet’s organized protest.


I’ve been attending the Kinder Morgan protests as a supporter at the Burnaby terminals regularly. My opposition against the pipeline developed from my fascination with the southern resident killer whales. These animals are on the verge of extinction and the pipeline will create additional stresses on the struggling population. I cannot except that in a society as rich as Canada, we can’t do anything to protect them.

Additionally, as I learned about the violations of Indigenous land rights, my opposition against the pipeline grew.

Early last week, I was informed about the arrest and sentencing of Laurie Embree, the 70-year-old B.C. woman sentenced to seven days in jail for blocking the gates to Kinder Morgan’s oil terminal in Burnaby. This news saddened me. I was inspired to take action. I couldn’t let one person, a 70-year-old woman, stand for all of us. I had to stand with her.

The large number of police officers at this particular rally surprised me. Roughly 20 officers arrived shortly after we assembled the blockade. I didn’t expect any violence and there wasn’t any. But the mere presence of police and what they represent, the power of the state, made me feel very much a part of the opposition. For me, it was difficult because of my background in the judicial system. Until this moment I was a concerned citizen showing support. Now, I was on the verge of being arrested. The feeling was frightening....

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Reverend Emilie Smith’s Statement to the Court Before Jail Sentence for Blocking Trans Mountain Construction

August 7, 2018
Dear Esteemed Judge Affleck,

It is with much consternation that I find myself before you, charged with contempt for your court. Let me begin by apologizing. Never at any moment have I, nor do I now, hold you in contempt. I see you. You are my brother, a fellow child of God.

Now, I know nothing about your personal life, but perhaps you are a husband, a father, a grandfather even. I am sure that you have worked hard, and loved well. I believe you must have done your very best, dedicated many long hours, much study and earnest reflection, to achieve an honourable position in your profession, and that you have deep confidence in the way we have ordered our human community, here in what has been called British Columbia in Canada.

I am grieved that my actions have been interpreted as a sign of disrespect. My intent, through my actions, was to engage in urgent dialogue, in honest conversation. The need to speak with one another is so great it caused me to behave in ways that ordinarily I would never consider. I, too, hope to be thought of as an honourable woman, who has worked hard and who loves, above all, this earth, the creatures of the earth, all of God’s Holy Creation.

Our world, the planet we all live on, our Holy Mother on whom we all depend, is in peril — She is dying. And we humans have caused this earth-wide devastation, because the dominating culture has a way of being and believing that is drastically mistaken.....

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Five Kinder Morgan executives can cash out millions in stock options and bonuses

Five oilpatch executives from Kinder Morgan would be able to cash out more than 300,000 shares — worth millions of dollars — if shareholders of the Texas multinational energy company vote to approve a multibillion dollar sale of assets to the Canadian government, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been told.

The executives are entitled to these stock options based on their existing employee plans with Kinder Morgan and would be allowed to cash out the assets early because they are all leaving the parent company to join a subsidiary that is being purchased by the government.

The early settling of their stock options won't be the only benefit that executives are getting out of the deal. Three of the top executives at Kinder Morgan Canada, Ian Anderson, David Safari and Scott Stoness, will also be entitled to a combined $3.9 million in bonuses if they remain in their jobs for the next two years.

Kinder Morgan submitted the new document in advance of an Aug. 30 vote by its shareholders in Calgary about whether to accept the transaction.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced on May 29 that it was purchasing the assets, including an existing west coast oil pipeline for $4.5 billion, so that it can proceed with construction of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker expansion project.

The document says the five executives — Anderson, Safari, Stoness, Hugh Harden, and Norm Rinne — will all remain with the company and assets that are being sold to the government. This means that taxpayers will soon be responsible for their pay, including performance bonuses.

Trudeau has said the project is critical to Canada’s economy, supporting jobs as well as national efforts to address climate change. The new details released by the company show how the oilpatch executives would personally benefit from the transaction....

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Heiltsuk Nation disappointed by feds' choice in $67-million oceans protection contract

Heiltsuk leadership say the federal government put its reconciliation process “on thin ice” by failing to adequately consult Indigenous communities and collaborate with them in developing its Oceans Protection Plan (OPP). They voiced concern after the government announced on Thursday the winner of an open competition for a $67 million three-year contract.

According to Heilstuk chief councillor Marilyn Slett, bidders were informed at a conference in late February that Aboriginal content accounted for one per cent of the evaluation criteria. Hereidtary chief Harvey Humchitt​ said he found this totally unacceptable.

“In an age of supposed reconciliation, the federal government should be embarrassed that they would give such little weight to the involvement of Indigenous peoples,” he wrote in a news release written by the Heiltsuk Tribal Council early Friday morning.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, issued a request for proposals (RFP) on February 5, 2018, for the lease of two vessels capable of towing large ships and responding to vessels in distress.

Yesterday, the federal government announced Atlantic Towing Limited the winner of the open-competitive process.


The news hit the Heiltsuk Nation hard — a nation that has based its livelihood and culture on the Pacific northwest coast for tens of thousands of years, whose community that bears the burden of the worst impacts of tanker traffic, oil spills and are among the first responders in emergency situations.

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council had also submitted a proposal for the emergency towing vessels. In May, they announced a joint-venture with an industry partner they felt confident shared the same values and could offer their coastal community top-of-the-line marine safety.

Lack of consultation

The nation was informed of the rejection of their bid through a formal letter by PSPC on Thursday. Shortly after hearing the news, Heiltsuk chief councillor Marilyn Slett told the National Observer that she was majorly concerned about the lack of consultation and collaboration with Indigenous communities throughout the process.

“The federal procurement process needs to be modernized to reflect the evolution of reconciliation and the stated wishes of government to involve Indigenous communities,” Slett wrote. “Reconciliation has to move beyond talk and to tangible results.”

Chief Slett is concerned about the winning company’s environmental track record, she wrote, referencing two marine disasters (Irving Whale and Shovel Master) involving Atlantic Towing vessels.

“Canada has decided to maintain the status quo,” Chief Slett shared in the council's news release, “and spend over $[67] million on aging vessels from an east coast company with minimal experience in Pacific waters.”


Pork barrel Liberal politics. What fucking century are we living in?


Canadian Oil Crisis Continues as Prices Plunge

"Ottawa continues to receive bad news..."

And that's good news.

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MC Canada staffer sentenced to seven days in jail

Steve Heinrichs was found guilty of criminal and civil contempt of court in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver on Aug. 8, 2018, and was sentenced to seven days in provincial jail. He was immediately taken into custody and transferred to the North Fraser Institute in Coquitlam to serve his sentence.

The day before, Heinrichs, the director of Indigenous-Settler Relations for Mennonite Church Canada, pleaded not guilty to the charge that was laid as a result of his solidarity action on April 20 in Burnaby with the Tsleil-Waututh land defenders who are resisting the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. (That action, he wrote in his “Burnaby Mountain Prayer Witness” (link is external) document, “effectively blocked construction at the site for the day,” which led to his arrest.) He read a statement in court, explaining the motivations for his action, and how, in his mind, it was not in contempt of court or “the rule of law,” but in defence of fundamental Indigenous human rights.

“I chose to act because at the centre of the Christian faith lies the conviction that the Creator suffers with the oppressed; that God takes sides with the victims over against the dominant powers; and that the people who see the issues of our day most clearly are those pushed to the socio-political margins,” he told the judge.


Several fellow Mennonites appeared in court to support Heinrichs, among them Willard Metzger, executive director of MC Canada; MC B.C. executive minister Garry Janzen; and Henry Krause, chair of MC B.C. Service, Peace and Justice Committee, who also took part in the April 20 protest and who counselled Heinrichs to “be numbered amongst those arrested” on April 20, according to Heinrichs in his “Prayer Witness” document.

In a statement to Canadian Mennonite, Metzger said that while the MC Canada Joint Council was not aware of Heinrichs’s plan to join the protest prior to the event, he did approve of Heinrichs’ participation based on the following:

  • It was an ecumenical invitation to participate in a prayer action of protest.
  • It was a strong invitation from an Indigenous community.
  • It was an invitation to be in support of a regional church.

From Russia With Oil

"Exclusive: This week saw a loaded oil tanker arrive from Vladivostok at the refinery port of Anacortes Washington. What does this surprising event mean for the TransMountain pipeline project...?"

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Tug carrying up to 22,000 litres of fuel capsizes in Fraser River off Vancouver

The smell of diesel filled the air as crews worked to recover a capsized tugboat that spilled as much as 22,000 litres of the fuel in the Fraser River between Vancouver and Richmond on Tuesday.

Canadian Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate said it’s unknown what caused the George H. Ledcor tug to capsize early Tuesday, just east of Vancouver International Airport.

There were four people aboard the vessel and all were rescued by the crew on a nearby tug, Bate said.

The capsized vessel is part of a gravel tug-and-tow operation, but it was not towing a barge at the time. The vessel was about three-quarters submerged and had been secured to pilings, Bate said.

While the tug’s fuel capacity is 22,000 litres, he said crews are still assessing the total volume of the fuel spill.

It’s unclear what the impact of the spill will be on the ecosystem, which is at the north arm of the salmon-bearing Fraser River.

“Right now it’s too early to see what that looks like, obviously it will depend on the quantities and actions that are taken,” Bate said....

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Kinder Morgan protester Jean Swanson gets ready for jail

Anti-poverty advocate and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson was defiant as she prepared to serve jail time. She'd broken the law for violating an injunction while protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

"I’m dressed for jail. I have thick socks for shackles," said Swanson, who is running for city council in Vancouver's upcoming municipal election. "I have a jacket for a cold basement. I have a lightweight blouse for a hot four hour car ride.”

Seven taken into custody for protesting Trans Mountain pipeline

She and former B.C. Teachers’ Federation president​ Susan Lambert spoke at a news conference that was held outside of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Swanson, 75, Lambert, 68, Sachiko Gyoba, 74, Hisao Ichikawa, 77, Heather Martin-Mcnab, 57, Kathleen Flaherty, 66, and Adrian Long, 30, were taken into custody this afternoon to face a seven-day jail sentence.


Swanson questions the laws allowing Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

Speaking to reporters, Swanson criticized Ottawa's multi-billion dollar purchase of Trans Mountain assets from Kinder Morgan.

“Laws can be bad,” Swanson said. “Laws permitted slavery. Laws permitted the theft of Indigenous land. The laws that let the Trudeau government buy this pipeline are bad laws.”

Lambert added, “I respect the rule of law. But I also know, through personal experience, that laws are sometimes unjust, and sometimes unlawful. And right now, we have a standoff between the state and the people on the issue of the environment.”

Jean Swanson speaks with Kennedy Stewart before she heads into the Supreme Court of B.C. to face her sentencing for protesting the Trans Mountain Pipeline on August 15, 2018. Photo by Michael Ruffolo

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Police arrest anti-pipeline protesters, dismantle encampment near Kinder Morgan facility in B.C.

The RCMP removed and arrested anti-pipeline activists near Vancouver on Thursday to allow city workers to begin dismantling a protest camp outside Kinder Morgan’s facility, but a nearby encampment remains in place and more rallies and protests are expected next week.

The site being taken down – known as Camp Cloud and located on the side of a Burnaby street – is close to where the Trans Mountain pipeline ends on the B.C. coast. It has become a flashpoint for debate over the expansion project, which would more than triple the amount of bitumen and other oil products moving from near Edmonton to Burnaby for shipping overseas by tanker.

The RCMP moved onto the site early Thursday morning, removing 11 people, five of whom were arrested and released. The police and city action followed a court order obtained by the City of Burnaby from the B.C. Supreme Court on Aug. 10.

The RCMP restricted public and media access to the camp on Thursday, citing public-safety concerns....

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U.S. Court Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Construction by Ordering Environmental Review

Diana Best of Greenpeace USA says many obstacles remain to the completion of Keystone XL

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August is Bold Action Month..

…to Stop Trudeau’s Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Project

August is crucial in the fight for a livable climate, clean water and the survival of the Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Justin Trudeau promises that construction of his pipeline and tanker project will intensify this month in Burnaby.

We’re stopping this pipeline. Join us.

Find a date to take Bold Action against construction or witness in support and rally with other Protectors.

Together, we’ll make sure this pipeline will never be built – sign up now.

Day 1 August Week of Action to Stop the Buyout

On Monday August 20th, join Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. Only a few weeks remain before Kinder Morgan shareholders vote on the deal to sell the disastrous pipeline and tanker project to Canada. Take Bold Action or witness in support:


Nanaimo Action at Trudeau’s Cabinet Meeting: Stop The Pipeline!

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers will be meeting in Nanaimo on August 22.

Join us for a big, loud rally outside the meeting to tell Trudeau and his ministers that building the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project during the climate crisis is unacceptable.

EXACT LOCATION TBA: The federal government knows how deeply unpopular it is on the west coast, so it hasn’t revealed where in Nanaimo this meeting will be held. These details likely won’t be announced until just beforehand — watch for details coming soon.


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