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New Maps Reveal B.C. Has Enough Geothermal Potential to Power Entire Province

At a time when B.C.’s politicians are considering flooding the Peace Valley for the Site C hydroelectric dam, a new project by the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association says the province could be sitting on a figurative gold mine of power with low environmental impact.

The project used publicly available data to produce a database of maps and supporting information that show all the areas in B.C. that have the potential to produce geothermal energy. The project reports that, using existing technology, the province could produce between 5,500 and 6,600 mega watts of power — enough to power the whole province.   Ironically, the information CanGEA used comes mainly from the oil and gas industry, which is required by law to report on things like well depth and temperature.   Significantly, information is only available for 23 percent of the province, indicating that once data becomes available for the remainder of the province, the estimates for geothermal energy production should be even higher.   In addition to comprehensive data about conditions below the surface, the report also identifies areas that, based on surface characteristics, show promise. These areas are primarily in the northeast of B.C. where access via roads and other infrastructure are already in place, largely thanks to natural gas development. Factors like these diminish initial exploration costs, a primary barrier to commercial geothermal development in Canada, making it more economically viable....

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..from Sept / 2014

Cities rising: B.C. municipal leaders demand a bigger say over oil pipelines

A convention of B.C. municipal leaders this week revealed a new wave of local government activism against Kinder Morgan and the National Energy Board

At the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler this week, one visible sign of rising local government activism against oil pipeline projects from Alberta was on municipal leaders’ wrists: a simple blue band.

Many like Duncan city councillor Michelle Bell wore one.

"People aren’t feeling heard and included in the [NEB] process.  If we have an [oil spill] disaster, it’s something we cannot reverse,” said the Vancouver Island politician.

She, along with leaders of other heavy weight communities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Victoria – supported UBCM motions aimed squarely against Kinder Morgan and the National Energy Board.  

Their worry is the federal government’s new faster, streamlined process -- for approving oil sands pipelines like the Trans Mountain expansion project -- is not responding to their constituents’ concerns....

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Renewables Not Enough: World Must Have Democratic, Decentralized Energy, says Report


Contained as a chapter in the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability, the research compiled by professor Sean Sweeney, who co-directs of the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University, says the world's energy systems must be "reclaimed to serve public interests, rather than focus on maximizing sales and profits" for the large corporations who now benefit from the burning of fossil fuels and the centralized grids that distribute most of the world's electricity.

"A timely and equitable energy transition can occur only with greater energy democracy, which requires that workers, communities, and the public at large have a real voice in decision making, and that the anarchy of liberalized energy markets is replaced with a comprehensive and planned approach," writes Sweeney.

According to a 2010 report (pdf) by the Center for Social Inclusion, true "energy democracy" is exemplifed by renewable energy projects that are "small-scale, locally owned or controlled" and  "structured to allow local investment, sweat equity, and a transparent process for setting fair [market] prices."

In order to achieve energy democracy, Sweeney says, three key ingredients are needed. They are:

1. Resisting the dominant energy agenda. As of 2012, fossil fuel-producing companies and utilities represented 19 of the world's 50 leading corporations. Their revenue and their critical role in the world economy lend them substantial political influence and staying power. Resisting the agenda of these companies and their political allies—through informed policy changes and opposition to projects that present serious risks to workers, communities, and the environment—is an indispensable part of a democratic approach. But this does not mean uncritically embracing the agenda of large renewable energy companies.

2. Reclaiming the energy system for the public benefit. Privatization has led almost invariably to worsening working conditions, falling quality of service, and corporate oligarchies. But energy systems can be reclaimed to serve public interests, rather than focus on maximizing sales and profits. This method would return public control to parts of the energy sector that have been privatized and to public energy entities that are run like private companies, while reasserting the right to develop socially owned energy systems.

3. Restructuring the energy sector. Compared to the current centralized system, decentralized generation is likely to be more conducive to local control, opening up off-grid and mini-grid potential even for remote areas struggling with poverty. Renewable energy is poised to grow spectacularly in many countries, but the energy transition that the world desperately needs will happen only if changes in the energy system are carefully planned and coordinated nationally or regionally.


Enbridge Line 9B pipeline delayed by NEB over major water body concerns

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Constitutional showdown: Kinder Morgan and Burnaby battle over cities' say on pipelines

NEB hearing constitutional arguments over whether should cities should have a legal say over the pipeline transport of explosive oil through dense urban areas

In a legal clash being eyed across the country, the City of Burnaby and Kinder Morgan took their intense battle over the $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to a National Energy Board hearing in Calgary on Thursday. 

The constitutional dispute could decide if Canadian cities have a say over the pipeline transport of high pressure, explosive oil from Alberta though highly populated urban areas, or whether the federal Harper government has the final authority.

“It’s a perfect storm. You’ve got [the federal] government doing whatever big business wants.  And you’ve got [the provincial government] that is ignoring the issues and hiding its head in the sand,” said Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan.

Texas-based Kinder Morgan has tried for months to do test drilling in Burnaby Mountain’s conservation forest to explore the feasibility of an underground tunnel to complete its proposed Edmonton-to-Burnaby pipeline to get Alberta oil onto tankers.

But stopping it at every step has been Burnaby’s mayor and legal team.

“In any rational planning exercise, this is probably the last place that one would think to put a pipeline through a very, very congested municipal area,” Burnaby’s lawyer, Gregory McDade, told the NEB panel Thursday.

McDade argued that cities have responsibilities, enshrined in provincial constitutions, to protect citizens from fire and traffic dangers, as well as to conserve city parks and waterways from environmental harm.  The construction, planning and operation of oil pipelines are therefore inherently within city jurisdictions, he suggested....

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But Kinder Morgan stated that inter-provincial pipelines – such as the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion – is a matter of federal law, that is ruled upon by the NEB, and ultimately the Harper cabinet.

“We don’t take issue with [Burnaby's] bylaws,” stated the company’s lawyer, Maureen Killoran.  “Trans Mountain just wants to get the work done.”

“It is fairly basic -- municipal bylaws do not trump federal legislation."

One of the main disputes is over trees in a conservation forest on Burnaby Mountain.


..and here is the face of the enemy.


The Canadian Natural Resource Alliance recently called the actions of the mayor of Vancouver and Burnaby "activist" and harmful to the economy and job creation, in a commentary to the Financial Post.  The business group argued the mayors should focus on issues in their jurisdiction, such as roads, transit, bike lanes and garbage collection.


i've been stating all along the twinning is going to happen regardless of what "against" voices and activities there are. and federal approval is going to given before next year's federal election.

one indicator is all the highways both under federal and provincial jurisdiction which will be carrying twinning pipeline equipment and the estimated 5000 vehicles per day increase over 2-5 year period have had extreme upgrades over last year and this year. imv these huge interprovincial and federal hwy's  projects wouldn't've happened if they weren't planning for heavy use for an extended duration. couldn't be doing road upgrades during the twinning and shutting down the hwys because they're now falling apart from over use.

'course another indicator is the pipelines on the alberta side being built this direction and up north but going no where.


epaulo13 epaulo13's picture may be right but not today quizzical. not yet. the fight is still in it's early stages.

..if the 1st nations were not at the forefront we would get the pipeline i believe. court challenges killed northern gateway and it can kill kinder morgan just as easy. i also believe the country won't tolerate an incursion from the police or military from the fed gov into municipalities or nation lands. not on the pipeline issue. now is the time to fight back. before it gets us in any deeper. mount polley is a real possibilty for the coast line as well.


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..i posted this in a scc thread.

Rafe: First Nations, Constitution are Canadians’ best defence

quote (re pipelines)

‘Compelling and Substantive’

In light of the Williams case, they both face the same problem. Each of them must now consult with the appropriate First Nations. They may well consider that since they have been turned down they have already consulted with them to but my advice under the Williams case is to do it again and get turned down again.

They will then have to convince the crown, in this case the federal government, that their project is “compelling and a substantive” and consistent with the crown’s fiduciary obligation to aboriginal peoples.

I, frankly, think that it would be enormously difficult for a government to make that decision under any circumstances I can imagine. If nothing else, the political ramifications across Canada, with every First Nation, would be enormous. For a First Nation anywhere in the country to learn that one of their brethren, in trying to protect the environment of its land, was forcibly frustrated by the government would be a huge blow and would spread throughout the aboriginal community, and in my opinion, rightfully so.

Pipeline approvals will trigger lawsuits

Let us suppose for sake of argument that the crown, whether provincial or federal, does make such a decision. There would be, immediately, a lawsuit. Going on the past, a lawsuit would take five years , minimum, to resolve. Without any doubt it would go to the Supreme Court of Canada and from the company’s point of view, they would realize that the aboriginals have the longest winning streak in history in that court.

The main point is that no matter what, Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan have got a very long time to wait before they get the final decision in their favour, if they ever do.

Let us suppose they did get that final and for them favourable decision. This would not end the matter because in my view the public of British Columbia would still raise hell and there would be civil disobedience.

In short, I think that the Williams case spells paid to the two pipelines in question....


epaulo,  noted before the FN's who are claiming this territory have already signed an agreement  of support and communities all the way south to merrit  support the twinning. they couldn't give a rat's ass what the lowwer mainland thinks. the lower mainland has screwed the northern communities for decades and is doing it again in other industries. these communities and the people in them are going to makke as much as possible from approval of the twinning.

i'm personally am not for it, but i can't say it when i'm here.....and we derive our family's income on the patch expansions so...i really can't say anything anyway.

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..these differences that you speak of, being screwed over by the south just isn't coming up in the media or 1st people sites that i have come across. can you point me to links please? i understand, related to kinder morgan, that there was at least one intial agreement that is now contested. i will try and dig that up.

..from the scc thread there is already a challenge. if kinder morgan is going to go ahead i doubt very much it will end in burnaby/vancouver.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Granted Permission to Proceed with NEB – Kinder Morgan Legal Challenge

COAST SALISH TERRITORY, July 11, 2014  – Yesterday, the Federal Court of Appeal granted permission to Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the “People of the Inlet,” to proceed with its legal challenge of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project. If successful, the legal challenge could require the NEB to restart its review of the project. That would result in significant delay and create further uncertainty....



Mark Carney: most fossil fuel reserves can't be burned

Bank of England governor lends his support to ‘carbon bubble’ theory that coal, gas and oil assets are at risk, reports BusinessGreen

The governor of the Bank of England has reiterated his warning that fossil fuel companies cannot burn all of their reserves if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, and called for investors to consider the long-term impacts of their decisions.

According to reports, Carney told a World Bank seminar on integrated reporting on Friday that the “vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if global temperature rises are to be limited to below 2C.

Carney is the latest high profile figure to lend his weight to the “carbon bubble” theory, which warns that fossil fuel assets, such as coal, oil and gas, could be significantly devalued if a global deal to tackle climate change is reached.

Too bad he didn't say that to Harper while he was in Canada, or maybe he did and Harper wouldn't listen, but then why not tell us? Was he aiming for a higher position so he could have more impact? Why won't the Liberals and NDP admit that Canada has to transition our economy away from oil if we want a stable economic future?

This is why getting our oil to a saltwater port is so urgent. Harper and the oil companies know the window is closing. They claim that if it doesn't go by pipeline it will go by rail but they are lying. It makes it much more expensive to transport so, as the price of oil drops, rail becomes uneconomical faster than pipelines. The US wants to push as much of their oil out at the highest price possible price. They don't need Alberta oil. There is no reason for the US to allow Keystone to move forward.

There is lots of opposition to the Energy East nightmare. It would transport 1/3 more oil than Keystone right through the heart of Canada passing by pretty much every major population centre in Canada threatening countless major and minor waterways all the way to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Oil executives are acting like it's a done deal.

Saudi is pushing the price down because they want to monetize their oil as fast as possible. The writing is on the wall. The age of oil is waning. Oil companies are over-valued.

The longer Canadian pipelines are delayed the surer it is that they will fail and the oil sands will start shrinking instead of expanding. New projects will no longer be economically feasible.


About a quarter of new oil projects in Canada could be under threat if oil prices fall below $80 U.S. per barrel, the International Energy Agency warned in a report Tuesday.

With Brent crude prices tumbling from a high of $115 U.S. earlier this year to around $86 U.S. today, many analysts have been warning that some oilsands projects — which have among the highest production costs of any oil fields around the world — could be in trouble if prices fall further.

Western Canadian oil was trading at around $81 U.S. per barrel on Wednesday.

About three per cent of the world’s oil projects would become unprofitable with oil below $80, the IEA said in its latest oil market outlook, with Canada, Norway, Brazil and Angola taking the brunt of it.

"Canadian synthetics (oil sands) projects have the highest percentage of production of the types examined here (about 25 percent) that would fall into a negative net present value if there were to be an extended period of prices below that level," the report said, as quoted by Reuters.

By comparison, only about four per cent of the U.S.’s booming shale oil industry would be affected by prices below $80, the report said.

With weakness in China’s economy and talk of a triple-drip recession in Europe, the IEA revised its forecast for oil demand downward. It now expects oil demand to grow by about 1.1 million barrels this year, down from 1.4 million.

The problem for Canada’s oil producers could be compounded by the fact that Saudi Arabia has signalled it wants to keep oil prices at around $80, as part of a strategy to push out some other players and regain its market share.

Nor does it have to be a bad thing for Alberta....

It will take decades but the age of oil is waning so there is a race to get Alberta oil to market but it seems serendipity is on our side. Just as the EU decides our oil may not be that dirty after all, the price drops.


that narrative explanation plays well to our hopes.

But there is an easier accounting for the huge priority placed on pipelines:

If Big Oil really believed their eclipse was that near at hand, they would get very serious about BIG time investment in other forms of energy [not the dribbles they do now], at the same time that they were in panic mode to sell as much as they can before the door closes.

Yet, they still acquire new reserves that are decades from being sold- and are deemed failures if they fall behind getting those.

Its just normal profit/capital accumulation. New pipelines only recently became something they did not get as soon as they saw a need for them. Now that they have become major political enterprises, then Big Oil gets political about it. [Griping as they do how the world has changed, but admitting they were a bit late in waking up to this.]

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Haida Nation facing ‘dire situation’ from drifting ship carrying 500 metric tonnes of bunker fuel

The Council of the Haida Nation says a container ship carrying 500 metric tonnes of bunker fuel and 60 metric tonnes of diesel has lost power and is adrift off Haida Gwaii’s west coast.

The Haida Nation said in a statement that the 135 metre-long container ship lost power at about 1:30 a.m. local time. The statement said that the ship is adrift about 19 kilometres west of Gowgaia Bay.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said on Twitter it is monitoring the situation along with the Coast Guard, Transport Canada and the Canadian military.

The Haida Nation statement said two tug boats were sent from Alaska and Prince Rupert to try to intercept the ship, but are still about 20 hours from the location.

The Haida Nation said it’s setting up a command post in Old Masset to deal with what it calls a “dire situation.”

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RCMP tracked movements of Indigenous activist from ‘extremist’ group: documents

The RCMP closely monitored the movements of an Indigenous environmental activist as it tightened surveillance around possible protests in northern British Columbia targeting the energy firm behind the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, according to “confidential” documents obtained by APTN National News.

Documents from the RCMP’s Suspicious Incidents Report (SIR) database show police closely monitored the movements of a member of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) during the summer of 2010 in northern British Columbia. According to the documents, the RCMP considers IEN an “extremist” group and a trip by an IEN member to a direct action camp in July of that year created a flurry of database activity involving RCMP officers with the force’s national security operations in B.C. and Ottawa.

The documents were obtained under the Access to Information Act by academic Jeffrey Monaghan, who is a criminology instructor at Carleton University and completing a doctorate at Queen’s University.

“When you read the document closely it shows an intimate surveillance,” said Monaghan. “(The documents) show the breadth of and the normalization of the regular systematic surveillance of protest groups, of people who criticize government policy and critics of energy policy. You have national security bureaucracies, agencies, focused on domestic protest groups and it has nothing to do with terror, but with the energy economy.”....

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UPDATED: Fuel-laden container ship adrift off coast of Haida Gwaii

A container ship that left Everett, Washington, bound for Russia, lost power Thursday night off the coast of Haida Gwaii.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria confirmed they received a call at 11:21 p.m. on Thursday that a Russian deep see bulk carrier was adrift in the ocean.

The ship is currently about nine miles off the coast of Haida Gwaii, at the southeast end of the island.

Called the Simushir, there are 11 crew members on board. The JRCC said the vessel master has sustained an unknown injury and they are sending a helicopter to rescue him.

The ship is carrying mining minerals, 400 tonnes of Bunker C fuel oil and 50 tonnes of diesel fuel.

Two U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are also en route to the ship, along with aircraft from 19 Wing Comox.

Attempts are being made by crew right now to start the engine and if they get into shallower waters, they can drop the anchor to stabilize the ship....

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Haida Gwaii watchmen alarmed by Russian container ship adrift on northern BC coast


Earlier today, Haida Council President Peter Lantin told the CBC the coast guard was unprepared for an incident like this, and that promises of "world class oil tanker safety" were not to be believed. Around 225 large oil tankers would go through the waters near Haida Gwaii if Northern Gateway, a bitumen pipeline proposed by Enbridge, were to be built. 

"There's nothing world class about it. The fact that 20 hours is the earliest estimated time of arrival for anybody just reinforces what we have been saying all along," Lantin said. 

"The systems in place are not adequate, and it's a joke. It's a joke to think they cold ramp up the amount of tankers through our territory and convince us that there's world class systems in place to respond. We're scared...It's the worst scenario possible." 

Union of BC Indian Chiefs president Grand Chief Stewart Phillip told the Vancouver Observer from Prince George that people were prepared for the worst to happen: 

"We're sitting here holding our breath, knowing if that tanker hits the rocks and breaks up, it's going to be a catastrophic spill.  It will have the same devastating emotional impact that the Mount Polley tailings pond breach had on First Nations people."


Environment Canada has issued a storm warning for much of the northern coast, including the area around Haida Gwaii. Winds that have been blowing from the southwest are expected to change direction tonight and blow directly from the west, which would drive the tanker toward the coast.


Coast guard reaches drifting Russian ship, now towing it away from Haida Gwaii (updated)

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SFPIRG Says NO to Kinder Morgan

Published on: Oct 22, 2014 at 11:22AM


We, the Board and Staff at the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG), are writing this open letter to express our opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.


For all these reasons and more, Kinder Morgan’s project is simply not in the public interest. We invite the SFU community to join us in resisting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, and indeed, all extractive industry projects.

We ask that Simon Fraser University act now to protect students and workers at the University, and the Mountain itself, from this project and the risks inherent in it. More broadly, we support the call from the Divest SFU movement, a coalition of students and alumni supporting the larger Fossil Free movement that calls on Simon Fraser University to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and from any funds that include fossil-fuel public equities and corporate bonds.

Finally, we pledge our support to the Indigenous Nations who continue to work to protect this land, and specifically we pledge to support the Sacred Trust Initiative, which is an initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and which is mandated to oppose and stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project....

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Clean-tech is good for the economy and environment

What’s the fastest-growing sector in Canada’s economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied natural gas. But we’re no longer just “hewers of wood and drawers of water” — or drillers of oil, frackers of gas and miners of coal.

Although extraction, use and export of natural resources are economically important and will remain so for some time, we’re starting to diversify. According to Ottawa-based consultants Analytica Advisors, clean technology, or clean-tech, is the country’s fastest-growing industry.

Green jobs boom

The firm’s “2014 Canadian Clean Technology Report”, found direct employment by clean-tech companies rose six per cent from 2011 to 2012, from 38,800 people to 41,000, with revenues increasing nine per cent to $11.3-billion. According to Industry Canada, mining and oil and gas sector revenues grew just 0.3 per cent in the same period, manufacturing 1.9 per cent and the construction industry 3.9 per cent.

At the current growth rate, Analytica estimates Canada’s clean-tech industry will be worth $28 billion by 2022. But with the global market expected to triple to $2.5 trillion over the next six years, Canada hasn’t come close to reaching its potential. It’s our choice to seize the opportunity. With just two per cent of the global market (matching our share of population), we could have a $50 billion clean-tech industry by 2020 — double the size of today’s aerospace industry....


And, while the federal government has strategies to track and promote the fossil fuel and aerospace industries, it has yet to do this for clean-tech.

Diversity in nature is important — ensuring ecosystems remain resilient in the face of threats. So, too, for the economy. It’s folly to rely too heavily on extracting and selling finite resources, especially those that cause pollution and contribute to climate change and other threats to the environment and human health and survival. Canada’s economic growth potential through clean energy is huge, but it needs to be given the same priority government gives other industries.


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Native American tribes join Coast Salish Nations in opposition of Kinder Morgan


Native American tribes have joined forces with Coast Salish Nations in Canada to voice their opposition to Kinder Morgan’s plan to twin its existing trans mountain pipeline.

The National Energy Board is currently listening to oral testimony about the impacts the project may have on First Nations way of life.

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Kinder Morgan pipeline study allowed on Burnaby Mountain, rules NEB


In a decision released Tuesday, the National Energy Board confirmed that under federal legislation the company doesn't need permission to access the land that is home to Simon Fraser University and a vast nature preserve.


SFU professor expecting her arrest for blockade of Kinder Morgan

"We anticipate the return of Kinder Morgan with an injunction and orders for us to be arrested" - SFU biochemistry professor Lynne Quarmby.

Several citizens have camped out on Burnaby Mountain in protest over the access granted to Kinder Morgan to resume its pipeline test drilling by the National Energy Board on Thursday.  

The company can now give the City of Burnaby 48 hours notice, and legally access the contentious Conservation area.  They have erected a physical blockade of wood and construction materials to prevent access to the bole hole areas the company wishes to drill.   They say they have 100 people ready to attend....

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Busted! Enbridge, Petronas, and the BC Liberals in bed together again, this time at the Union Club, 805 Gordon St in Victoria. The "Pacific Northwest Gateway Conference" is all day with an afterparty later at the Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville. We'll be picketing from 12:30 on. Come on down, bring drums and instruments.

We have a big banner and a large carafe of hot cocoa, and of course a strong spirit to stand up for the land and water we love.

More about this fracked-up conference:

Invite your friends and neighbours!


..from the conference link


This conference will explore the potential for BC and Greater Victoria within a Pacific Northwest regional context to expand its profile and role as a gateway to and from Asia in light of new trade and investment opportunities resulting from the expected conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade agreements, the growing Asian demand for energy, and the growing green-tech base in the region. It will examine and make recommendations on how the region can take advantage of growing trade opportunities in energy hi-tech and other products while managing the environmental impacts associated with a significant increase in economic activity. The closing session will specifically examine how businesses on Vancouver Island can work with neighbouring US counterparts to expand markets in Asia.

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Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda

Last week, in response to this summer’s Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put forward an aggressive revision of Canada’s Indian policy. It is the first major revision of Canada’s comprehensive land claims and Aboriginal self-government policies since 1986.

Under the Orwellian rubric of “reconciliation” and “respect,” the Harper government proposes to radically curtail and circumscribe Aboriginal land rights and self-determination. It is all the more unusual that such a major policy announcement is being done quietly, and in an election year, when sitting governments usually eschew major new initiatives.

In Tsilhqot'in, for the first time in Canadian history the court ruled that an Indigenous nation held underlying Aboriginal title to its territorial lands. This opened up new possibilities of co-management of lands and resources by First Nations and the Crown, as well as affirmed the right of First Nations to benefit from economic activity and refuse development on their title land....


There is a stark difference between the Tsilhqot’in decision’s recognition of Aboriginal title and the Comprehensive Land Claims Policy’s approach of land surrender. Under the comprehensive claims policy, Tsawwassen First Nation received 724 hectares of land out of its original territory of 10,000 square kilometres, while the Tsilhqot’in Nation had 220,000 hectares of its Aboriginal title lands recognized, which are still held in their collective, customary, sui generis form.

The Tsilhqot’in decision also obligates governments to seek the consent of Aboriginal title holders in decisions that affect their rights on their traditional territory. This is much stronger than Canada’s existing regime of consultation. The court states that on recognized Aboriginal title lands, “The content of the Crown’s underlying title is what is left when Aboriginal title is subtracted from it.” This proprietary interest implies that First Nations have the authority to exercise jurisdiction and governance over Indigenous lands and resources. This is what Stephen Harper finds intolerable, not only because he seeks to demolish any notion of collective rights in Canada, but because his government is desperate to expand Alberta’s oil export markets through new pipelines.

According to Aboriginal Affairs Canada, the proposed policy changes were motivated by a 2013 report by Douglas Eyford, the government’s Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure. The report spelled out Canada’s priority: the need to “capitalize” on global energy demands and “to construct pipelines and terminals to deliver oil and natural gas to tidewater.” The “impediment” to an expanded, diversified energy market is that Aboriginal peoples hold constitutionally protected title and rights with which industry and government must legally comply. So Eyford’s report focused on consultation and engagement with First Nations on energy infrastructure....

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Kinder Morgan crews blocked by citizens on Burnaby Mountain (VIDEO)

18-year-old also pins himself under a Kinder Morgan vehicle in opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion pipeline

Kinder Morgan crews were met by a group of citizens that blocked the company from conducting its oil pipeline survey work on Burnaby Mountain Wednesday morning.  One teenager even pinned himself under a company jeep.

The drama began around 10am at a staging area where dozens of citizens have been gathered for days. Suddenly, the word went out: Kinder Morgan crews were advancing into the woods....

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Burnaby to appeal NEB decision granting Kinder Morgan access to city-owned land

The City of Burnaby is refusing to back down from its fight with Kinder Morgan, saying it plans to appeal a National Energy Board decision granting the energy giant access to a municipal conservation area.

The city has tried in recent months to block the company from conducting survey work in the area on Burnaby Mountain -- Kinder Morgan's preferred route for the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

But the energy board ruled last week that Burnaby can't stop the company's activities because the geotechnical work is needed by the board so it can make recommendations to the federal government about whether the project should proceed.

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan says he wasn't surprised by the NEB ruling, but he questions the energy regulator's legal authority to consider constitutional questions relating to municipal bylaws.

Such a power has never been previously found to exist in any prior board decision or by any court, he said....

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Christy Clark enlists Shawn Atleo to improve aboriginal relations

Premier Christy Clark has tapped former national aboriginal leader Shawn Atleo to lead a new round of talks between First Nations, governments and the business community during a contentious time for aboriginal relations in the province, The Vancouver Sun has learned.

Clark will make the announcement in Nanaimo on Thursday, proclaiming Atleo, a former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, as British Columbia’s new “Shqwi qwal (Speaker) for Indigenous Dialogue.”

The new position, which B.C. is billing as the first of its kind in Canada, will see Atleo travel the province to kickstart “dialogue sessions” about priorities between First Nations, local leaders and corporations, according to details obtained by The Sun.

The move comes at a key time for aboriginal relations in B.C., as the issues of oil pipelines, liquefied natural gas plants and aboriginal land title court rulings create questions and conflict between the business community, First Nations, Victoria and Ottawa.

Clark’s government has banked its political future on the development of an LNG industry, but many of the companies proposing to spend billions of dollars on LNG terminals also need to strike deals with First Nations groups to build natural gas pipelines and facilities on sensitive traditional territories in B.C.’s northwest region....

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Kinder Morgan applies for injunction to remove citizens from Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area

Kinder Morgan, through its subsidiary Trans Mountain Pipeline, is applying for an injunction to keep people out of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area park. The hearing will be at 2 PM today, at the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver.

At around 5 PM Thursday evening, over three inches deep of legal documents were delivered to each of five named “defendants,” giving them less than 24 hours to find legal counsel and read these documents.

The mass of paper was confusing, intimidating and overwhelming to the citizens who have been holding vigil in the park since Kinder Morgan began trying to conduct geophysical testing on public lands, against the express wishes of the City of Burnaby, on constitutionally suspect grounds, and against the wishes of the majority of Burnaby residents....

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Kinder Morgan slaps Burnaby residents with multi-million-dollar lawsuit

Texas-based Kinder Morgan has hit several Burnaby residents and two SFU professors, who have spoken out against the company’s pipeline test work on Burnaby Mountain, with a multi-million-dollar lawsuit according to the defendants' lawyer. 

SFU professor Stephen Collis received the 1000-page stack of legal papers at his university office, just before he went out to teach his literature class late Thursday.

“Personally, you feel pretty freaked out – when they start saying $5.6 million in damages, and all this jazz.”

“I feel outraged politically that this could happen in a democracy – that a massive foreign company can accuse you of trespassing on a park.  That they can use the courts and their money and influence from barring you from your constitutional right to free speech,” said Collis on Friday morning....


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Crowdfunding campaign raises thousands for protesters' defence in Kinder Morgan lawsuit

After Kinder Morgan served Burnaby residents with a multi-million-dollar lawsuit for speaking out against the company’s pipeline test work on Burnaby Mountain, a group of dedicated “land defenders” turned to crowdfunding to cover legal costs.

In its appointment notice, Trans Mountain is asking for an injunction barring protesters from blocking its crews from doing survey work at the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area Park. The company is also asking for damages and costs in a civil lawsuit over what it claims is trespass, assault and intimidation by protesters who chased away workers.

The land defenders’ GoFundMe page donations will help cover the legal costs for Stephen Collis, Adam Gold, Mia Nissen, Lynne Quarmby and the pipeline-opponent-citizen’s group "BROKE" in the upcoming hearings. The hearings will be held Nov. 5 to 7 at the Supreme Court.

Although the “Legal Defence Fund” page was only created a few days ago to reach a goal of $40,000, the defenders have already received $21,700 from 270 donors with mostly smaller donations. The hearing will only cover the injunction, which is what the funding will help with. When the group prepares for the defence for the civil suit, the funding goal will be reset....

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Auditor General's Report: B.C. Oil and Gas Industry Handed $1.25B in Incentives Since 2009

According to British Columbia’s auditor general, the province has handed out $1.25 billion in financial incentives to the oil and gas sector since 2009 to encourage production.

Auditor General Carol Bellringer outlined the incentives in her 2013-2014 summary of the province’s financial statements.

“To encourage production of oil and natural gas in B.C., the province provides financial incentives to oil and gas producers,” she said in the report.

“Producers have incurred expenditures that will qualify for $1.25 billion in incentive credits,” she said, “but have not yet produced enough oil or natural gas to claim these amounts.”

That means as producers generate revenue, they can simply claim their incentive credits, reducing how much money the B.C. government collects on the resource.

“In this case,” she notes in the report, “this represents a reduction of $1.25 billion in revenue in future years if all the incentives are used.”....

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We Stand with the Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion

Sixty-five community, environmental and labour groups issue open letter. Please add your support by filling in the short form at the bottom of this page.

We, the undersigned, express our support for those who are protecting Burnaby Mountain from Kinder Morgan geotechnical survey work.

Burnaby Mountain is public land (on unceded Indigenous territories) that is used frequently as a recreational area and is a designated Conservation Area.

The City of Burnaby and its residents have been vocal for several years against Kinder Morgan's $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline and terminal expansion proposal that would transport even more diluted bitumen and bring even more tankers to the Burrard Inlet.

Over 70% of Burnaby residents are opposed to Kinder Morgan’s expansion. (Source: Residents have been educating themselves through town halls, teach-ins and personal research and have determined that the risks to public safety and environmental degradation from Kinder Morgan’s proposal are too high. Many residents are no strangers to the harmful health impacts of tar sands crude given that the city was home to a terrible oil spill in 2007....


Initial List of Sixty-Five Signatories:

  1. Asian Youth Dialogues Collective
  2. Building Bridges-Human Rights Vancouver
  3. Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion
  4. Café Rebelde Collective
  5. Climate Convergence
  6. Coalition of South Asian Women Against Violence
  7. Colour Connected Against Racism (UBC)
  8. Connective Project
  9. Council of Canadians
  10. Defenders of the Land
  11. Delusions of Development
  12. Dogwood Initiative
  13. Forest Action Network
  14. ForestEthics Advocacy
  15. Georgia Strait Alliance
  16. Global Queer Research Group, UBC
  17. Greenpeace
  18. Heartwood Community Cafe
  19. Idle No More
  20. Latinos in Action
  21. Lead Now
  22. Left Front
  23. Living Oceans Society
  24. LopezNOCOALition
  25. Mainlander
  26. Mexicans Living in Vancouver
  27. Mi’kmaq Warrior Society
  28. Mining Justice Alliance
  29. Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment
  30. Native Youth Movement
  31. No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
  32. Peace Alliance of Surrey
  33. PIPE UP Network
  34. Pivot Legal Society
  35. Portland Rising Tide
  36. RAGA Graduate and Undergraduate Student Network
  37. Rising Tide North America
  38. Rising Tide - Coast Salish Territories
  39. Rococode
  40. Root Force
  41. San Juans Alliance
  42. San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping
  43. Sanctuary Health
  44. Save Our Shores Gabriola
  45. Secwepemc Womens Warrior Society
  46. Shit Harper Did
  47. Sierra Club BC
  48. Social Housing Alliance
  49. South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
  50. Streams of Justice
  51. System Change Not Climate Change
  52. Toronto350 dot org
  53. Trikone Vancouver
  54. Unifor
  55. Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  56. Unist'ot'en Camp
  57. Vancouver Ecosocialists
  58. Vancouver Status of Women
  59. WaterWealth Project
  60. We Love this Coast
  61. WildCoast dot ca
  62. Wilderness Committee
  63. Wild Idaho Rising Tide
  64. Wildlife Defence League
  65. 350 dot org


Building A New North American Partnership For The Future  -  by Dana Gabriel

"The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on North America, co-chaired by retired General David Petraeus and former president of the World Bank Robert Zoellick, recently released their report, North America: Time for a New Focus

'Now is the moment for the United States to break free from old foreign policy biases to recognize that a stronger, more dynamic, resilient continental base will increase US power globally.

If the three North American countries deepen their integration and cooperation, they have the potential to again shape world affairs for generations to come.'

The task force report highlighted the need to expand the North American energy relationship. This includes developing a regional energy strategy and strengthening continental energy infrastructure.

The approval of Keystone XL pipeline, which would link Canada's oil sands to the US Gulf Coast refineries was also at the top of the Task Force to-do list..."

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‘Directly Affected’ film on Kinder Morgan seeks support


Starting Monday, Zack Embree and Brugge Devyn are asking the public to vote for the film in a Telus StoryHive funding program, that lets "the crowd" decide which project gets money.  The project competes against 80 other films in the region.

Embree says his film has taken on new prominence since the company's legal attack this past week.

“We’re seeing that Kinder Morgan has made a misstep here… in going after and attacking citizens who are dissenting on public land," said Embree on Sunday.

“We see there’s a very aggressive effort to push this through -- and with this type of aggression you can also see the opposition mounting,” he added.


“This story is moving so rapidly.  We can see from developments on Burnaby Mountain and in the B.C. Supreme Court -- these types of flash points are going to be increasing.  So we’re interested in changing the frame of Directly Affected into a web series.”

In the first edition of the Directly Affected, Embree and Devyn crisscrossed British Columbia interviewing whale scientists, distinguished economists and Aboriginal communities, including the Stó:lō and the Tsleil- Waututh Nation. 

Also interviewed were Mayors Derek Corrigan and Gregor Robertson, as well several Burnaby citizens, such as Mary Hatch.  Her home was dramatically sprayed with oil when Kinder pipeline burst in 2007.

The film’s name is a play on words from a contentious requirement of the National Energy Board that public participants for its pipeline hearings must be “directly affected.” 

The requirement came about by the Harper government -- via recent sweeping omnibus legislation -- to restrict the number of participants, and speed the approval process of pipelines.

Embree said he has tried repeatedly to get an interview with Kinder Morgan representatives, but so far has not had much luck.   The National Energy Board also declined to be interviewed. 

At the Wednesday Vancouver screening, there will also be a panel discussion with economist Robyn Allan, Biologist Misty MacDuffee, Carleen Thomas with Tsliel-Waututh Nation, and SFU biochemist ynne Quarmby.  Moderating will be Tzerborah Berman....

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120 sign up for anti-pipeline protest training in Vancouver

More than a hundred people gathered in a Vancouver church hall on Sunday to learn about not-so-divine interventions.

Pipeline opponents took part in a day of non-violent direct action training at St. James Community Square, where ForestEthics and other environmental advocacy groups taught concerned citizens about the history of direct action, protest techniques and civil rights.


SLAPP Suit: Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation:The British Columbia Experience

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Janet Holder quits Northern Gateway pipeline

Amid growing speculation that Enbridge's beleagured Northern Gateway project is dead, the pipeline's executive vice president said she will resign, effective Dec.31.  She was the front-and-centre face of the project in all the pipeline's TV ads and promotions.

"Over the past three years, I've had the opportunity to travel to every region of the province. It's been an extremely rewarding experience," said Holder.

"But I have decided now is a good time to take a step back and focus on my family and my personal health. I look forward to spending more time with my husband at our family home in Prince George," she said in a statement....

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Letter from Mayor Derek Corrigan sent to Burnaby residents, in response to Kinder Morgan’s “Dear Neighbour” Letter

The following letter from Mayor Derek Corrigan was written on October 10 and hand-delivered to residents in the Westridge and Forest Grove neighbourhoods of Burnaby on October 13. The letter responds to the “Dear Neighbour” letter sent to area residents in September by Kinder Morgan.


Kinder Morgan describes their pipeline as a twinning.

In fact, in Burnaby 90% of the proposed line would follow a completely new route. It would carry unrefined oil products, not the refined (and less toxic) products carried in the existing line. It would result in a tripling of the capacity of oil stored on Burnaby Mountain and seven times the number of tankers carrying the oil (up to 580,000 barrels in each tanker) through Burrard inlet. The 890,000 barrels-per-day of oil it would carry would be for export, not for use anywhere in Canada. In no way would this pipeline resemble the existing line.

Kinder Morgan says they are your neighbour

Kinder Morgan is a Houston-based, multinational energy company. Its founder, chair and CEO – former Enron executive Richard Kinder, one of the richest men in America – is not our neighbour. He left Enron to start his investment company. His energy operations began with the purchase of Enron Liquids Pipeline.

Kinder Morgan says Trans Mountain has “been operating safely in your community since 1953.”

They have not! Kinder Morgan didn’t purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline until 2005. Since then, they have had a number of large spills, one of the most significant of which was in 2007 in Burnaby and saw a neighbourhood drenched in 1,572 barrels of crude oil, some of which flowed all the way to Burrard Inlet. Emergency evacuation of 250 Burnaby residents was required and 50 residential properties were affected. The spill entered the Burrard Inlet through a storm sewer and affected 1,200 metres of shoreline, impacting ecosystems and wildlife. The Transportation Safety Board ruled that the spill was the fault of Kinder Morgan and two contracting companies.

Kinder Morgan says this pipeline would provide economic benefits for Burnaby.

It would not....

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Court rules in Kinder Morgan's favour, grants injunction against Burnaby Mountain protesters

The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an injunction against Burnaby residents opposing the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The police will have power to arrest protesters on Burnaby Mountain as of Monday.  Citizens argue that the Texas-based oil pipeline giant is undermining democracy by filing lawsuits in order to silence local B.C. opposition. 

SFU professor Stephen Collis, one of the people named in the lawsuit, said he was "disappointed" by the court's decision, and said people will have to make a "personal choice" if they want to break the law on Monday by continuing the protest....


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Court rules in Kinder Morgan's favour, grants injunction against Burnaby Mountain protesters

I am very pleased that at September’s Union of British Columbia Municipalities meeting that brings together Mayors and Councils from throughout the province, delegates passed three emergency resolutions regarding their concerns about Kinder Morgan’s proposal – one demanding restoration of a full National Energy Board public hearing process for this project; one to compel Trans Mountain and all other pipeline operators shipping diluted bitumen, to provide site specific consequence analyses and response plans and tactics for submerged and sunken oil to be subject to public review and approval by impacted communities; and one asking the Province of British Columbia to undertake its own Environmental Assessment process for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which should include sufficient opportunity for meaningful participation by all interested British Columbians.

That part is wonderful and very encouraging. I'm really excited that pipeline opponents are having so much success even if this ruling went againt them. It seems they still don't get it. Kinder Morgan will not be able to force this pipeline through against the wishes of the communities that are affected. I heard Obama said he would veto a Keystone bill that tries to force his hand.

The threat that it will all be transported by rail is hollow. It is more expensive by far so decreases the economic viability of projects. Right now excess goes by rail. Production isn't going to expand expotentially without pipelines.

B.C. is serving as a inspiring example for the rest of the country.

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..txs pondering.'s yet another interview with nk. lots of good info on pipelines and tar sands

US-China climate deal important, but short on details: Naomi Klein

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B.C. First Nations Crowdfund More than $200K to Oppose Enbridge Northern Gateway in Just Four Months

Some of the strongest legal challenges against the federally approved Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline come from B.C.’s First Nations and supporters from across B.C. are digging into their pockets to help ensure those are a success.

Pull Together, a grassroots campaign to raise funds for the legal challenges of six First Nations, has been so successful organizers are bumping their goal from $250,000 up to $300,000 by December 31.

On Thursday the Haidi Nation announced they would join the initiative alongside the Gitxaala, Heiltsuk, Kitaxoo/Xai’xias, Nadleh Whut’en and Nak’azdli Nations to carry legal challenges forward against Enbridge’s project.

“The Pull Together campaign is driven by people who care and are politically astute,” said kil tlaats ‘gaa Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation. “They can see how the future of the country is shaping up and want to be part of it.”....

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Bella Ciao/Stop The Pipeline – Solidarity Choir @ Bby Mtn (video)

Sing Out & Stand Up for Burnaby Mountain
Rally in Solidarity with all those working to defend Coast Salish Territories which are under threat by Texas based Kinder Morgan.



Love, not anger, motivates Burnaby Mountain protest against Kinder Morgan (video)

Friday morning, Judge Cullen’s verdict on the Kinder Morgan injunction against Burnaby Mountain Protectors was announced to the crowd of 150 people.  I was there.  A palpable sadness and disappointment was present.

But what followed was unexpected and inspiring: an impromptu moment of peace-making in this non-hierarchical group of protectors.  People united in a circle of prayer.  We repeated a "hum" in a spiritual practice.

What came was a renewed sense of inspiration and commitment to continue with their purpose to protect the park, wildlife and the inlet. A beautiful picture was painted: “21st century protest”. How refreshing!...

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Mayor Derek Corrigan says Burnaby will stop Kinder Morgan pipeline in the courts

Newly re-elected Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said one of his first priorities is to see that the city does all it can to ensure no anti-Kinder Morgan protesters are arrested on Burnaby Mountain.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge on Friday granted Kinder Morgan, which is conducting survey work for its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline extension, an injunction giving protesters until 4 p.m. Monday to vacate their protest camp on the mountain.

“I want them to trust that the City of Burnaby is doing what it should do on their behalf,” Corrigan said in an interview after his victory speech Saturday night. “We will continue to manage this issue and to fight this battle and I don’t want any of them to put themselves in a situation where they jeopardize their freedom or their livelihood.”

Protesters should not feel they have no choice but to get arrested, Corrigan said.

“In this case, they’ve got a government that cares and they should trust us to do what we can do.”

Asked what the city can do, Corrigan said the city will continue to fight Kinder Morgan in the courts. “We are going to utilize the system in order to make sure that this doesn’t proceed.

“This is not the end of this. This is only the beginning of what is a long war to protect our rights ... this battle is between federal forces and local governments beyond Burnaby.”....


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Dustin Rivers from Squamish Nation (Skwxwú7mesh-Kwakwaka’wakw) gives a speech to the 800-plus-crowd that showed up on Burnaby Mountain Monday night at 4pm – the exact time a B.C.-Supreme-Court-ordered Kinder-Morgan injunction took effect.

Musqueam leader Audrey Siegel

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A log from an old log cabin is being recycled here on Burnaby Mountain, by the Sacred Fire, while the blockade is going on. This cedar log will be carved by Mike Antone - a Squamish land protector and carver - into a totem pole.

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Victoria BC at the Wildfire Organic Cafe.

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No Means No | Kinder Morgan has Got to Go


At 4 o'clock the deadline came & the injunction went into effect; this is what happened. The Burnaby Mountain Caretakers are asking people to continue their support materially and especially with their bodies on the mountain @ 300 Centennial Way.
On Nov. 14 an injunction ( was granted in favour of Trans Mountain preventing people from preventing work at two bore hole sites on Burnaby Mountain and one site at Barnet Marine Park.

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Women Leading the Way on Burnaby Mountain


"My name is Audrey Siegl. Thank you for being here, for showing that we stand united. Because when we allow ourselves to be divided, that's how we get defeated. We will not be divided. We will not be defeated. Because we are unstoppable. This is sacred, this Indian land. That is the truth. It is not just sacred for the First Nations. It is sacred for everybody. We are all here. We all share the responsibility because we can all share in the beauty. We can stand here and say "I am a warrior." We can say "we are of one heart and one mind" because that is the truth."

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COAST SALISH TERRITORY -  More than 500 people were on hand  to block court approved survey work by Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain Monday afternoon.  The 4pm deadline came and went without incident and police presence was limited to a few RCMP.

Earlier in the afternoon Kinder Morgan representatives read out a court order allowing them to desecrate the mountain park as they survey for a planned new oil pipeline through the mountain. The oil would be shipped out through Burrard Inlet.

The protest camp remains and anti-pipeline activists expect Kinder Morgan workers and police  to reappear tomorrow morning.

Kinder Morgan is suing some of the protesters in a SLAPP suit for more than $5 million for, among other things, making faces at their workers.

The Burnaby Mountain Caretakers are asking people to continue material and physical support  on the mountain (at 300 Centennial Way) starting tonight or tomorrow morning.

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The 4 p.m. deadline to vacate the premises or risk arrest was issued by a B.C. Supreme Court judge on Friday morning, after pipeline company Kinder Morgan complained that protesters had been protesting against survey activities for its proposed pipeline, which, like Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway, would transport tar sands oil to the west coast for export.

The company recently became an object of Internet ridicule, sparking the popular hashtag #KMFace, after filing a lawsuit against a handful of university professors and students for allegedly assaulting workers with mean facial expressions.

As the deadline approached, company representatives read out the court order to camp participants, and demanded that protestors leave the area immediately. But the number of activists swelled as afternoon turned into evening, and the local RCMP announced it would not make arrests on this day.


With the Northern Gateway pipeline project’s eventual demise a foregone conclusion, the increasingly desperate tar sands industry is counting on Keystone, Kinder Morgan and Energy East to transport tar sands bitumen to market. If all three routes are blocked, the industry will have little choice but to leave most of the oil in the soil, an outcome that climate scientists agree is necessary, if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.


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