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Land Defender Kanahus Manuel Arrested Using Excessive Force Says Lawyer

https://youtu.be/4CutEiIYDGE

APTN interview with Kanhus Manuel who was arrested in what she and her lawyer say was an excessive use of force:

"...Our intent is to educate people about Indigenous land rights - that we have every right to occupy our land off of Indian Reserves, to assert our title, to exclusively use and occupy our territories, to say no to development and choose our own leadership in doing so.

So what we're saying here, is that there needs to be change in the country of Canada. If 'Reconciliation' is real it means land back to Indian peoples. You can't have reconciliation in Canada without recognition and implementation. We hold title to our lands - underlying radical title IS Indigenous title here in BC and all across the country of Canada..."

For all the supposed enthusiasm for 'Reconciliation' on this board, all the breathless reports of taking part in Round-Dances, expressed empathy for murdered and missing women, the T&R commission,  'Canada 150', the number of those here who professed to reading the book by Kanahus Manuel's late father Arthur: 'Unsettling Canada A National Wake Up Call', why are small underfunded Indigenous encampments by Secwepemc traditionalist women warriors  being allowed to face the full wrath of the Trudeau regime determined to punch a dirty bitumen tar-sands pipeline through their territory so woefully unsupported? It is very sad but totally consistent with everything I know and have experienced with environmental movements, faux Canadian 'progressive' politics and 'activism'. FFS do something real to stop the ecocide & genocide and STOP THIS TMX Pipeline!

kropotkin1951

The RCMP was founded as a paramilitary police force to enforce the theft of indigenous land. Nothing has changed in our history. However methinks the legendary Sam Steele would not have acted as vilely as our current officers in arresting an unarmed person.

NDPP

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Faces Pressure to Try to Veto Trans Mountain Pipeline Extenstion

https://www.straight.com/news/1317081/ndp-leader-jagmeet-singh-faces-pre...

"Politicians often talk about the urgent need for bold action on the climate crisis gripping the planet. New Democrats, led by Jagmeet Singh, now have an excellent opportunity to take such action. Handed a chance by voters to hold the balance of power in a Liberal minority government, the NDP can demand as its price the scrapping of the $9.3-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project.

Svend Robinson expressed such a wish as he joined New Democrats at their victory party at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown hotel on election night Monday. 'My hope is that the NDP caucus will, in fact, make it very clear that we are not prepared to support a government that tries to push through the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion,' Robinson told Georgia Straight. According to Robinson, stopping the Trans Mountain expansion should make or break the deal for New Democrats.

Singh has said that he opposes the pipeline expansion. Grand Chief Stewart Philip, president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, has been one of the most vocal opponents of the pipeline project. As to whether New Democrats should demand the scrapping of the project, Philip said that 'time will tell how that card is played. It's going to be up to Jagmeet Singh and his team to, you know, *finesse the issue,' Philip said."

That's precisely what I'm afraid might happen...

[Finesse, verb [t]: evade, skirt a hard issue; to deal with a situation or person in a skilful and often slightly dishonest way.]

MAXIMUM Pressure must be applied:

STOP TMX!

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Green MP Paul Manly Warns Against Use of Taxpayers Money For Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

https://t.co/4Jbm0V6E0F

"...As Manly said in a phone interview with the GS on Wednesday (Oct 23), Trans Mountain is a 'red-line' for the Greens. 'It it's in the budget, it's going to be problematic,' Manly said. 'And the Bloc Quebecois say they won't support it. I'm not sure where the NDP are on it. But we won't support the Trans Mountain expansion..."

Pondering

Singh does not have the power to stop TMX. Trudeau would not be faulted for relying on Conservative votes to save the pipeline. Forcing the Liberals into a deal with the Conservatives would not benefit Canadians.

NDPP

Probably. With Canadian politicians experience has taught me always to expect the worst and they seldom disappoint.

quizzical

Pondering wrote:

Singh does not have the power to stop TMX. Trudeau would not be faulted for relying on Conservative votes to save the pipeline. Forcing the Liberals into a deal with the Conservatives would not benefit Canadians.

hilarious. who should side with the Liberals re TMX in order to save them from the Conservatives?

are you for freaking real. the CPC will support the Liberals and spin it they forced the Liberals to do it. corporate masters will be served. 

kropotkin1951

Maybe we will get a new party in BC and see some real change.

What does it mean to be an ecosocialist? We think it means understanding that the rising concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few, at the expense of the many, is hurting many people now, while it also fuels the climate catastrophe that is driving us towards extinction.

We want to make big changes. And we’re inspired by people like Greta Thunberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and the folks at Extinction Rebellion, who also want to make big changes.

Maybe you’ve noticed that none of the parties currently in the legislature seem to want to make big changes. It’s as if they don’t understand or care about the size of the problems.

  • homelessness and gentrification is getting worse
  • inequality is getting worse
  • overdose deaths continue at a massive, tragic rate
  • fires, droughts and floods are more frequent
  • climate catastrophe is upon us, while BC builds more fossil fuel infrastructure.

http://www.bcecosocialist.ca/

Pondering

Politicians can't make the people do what the people don't want to do. 

Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion are in a whole different ball park from  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeremy Corbyn, and Bernie Sanders who are not nearly as extreme even though they do want to act with much greater haste. 

kropotkin1951

Pondering wrote:

Politicians can't make the people do what the people don't want to do. 

Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion are in a whole different ball park from  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeremy Corbyn, and Bernie Sanders who are not nearly as extreme even though they do want to act with much greater haste. 

I love your chose of the adjective, "extreme." Tell me is QS also an extreme party, because I think the messages are similar.

Pondering

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Pondering wrote:

Politicians can't make the people do what the people don't want to do. 

Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion are in a whole different ball park from  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeremy Corbyn, and Bernie Sanders who are not nearly as extreme even though they do want to act with much greater haste. 

I love your chose of the adjective, "extreme." Tell me is QS also an extreme party, because I think the messages are similar.

Yes. I don't necessarily equate extreme with bad and I am using the word in the relative sense. In 1960, supporting gay marriage was extreme. Now it's mainstream. 

kropotkin1951

Pondering wrote:

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Pondering wrote:

Politicians can't make the people do what the people don't want to do. 

Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion are in a whole different ball park from  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeremy Corbyn, and Bernie Sanders who are not nearly as extreme even though they do want to act with much greater haste. 

I love your chose of the adjective, "extreme." Tell me is QS also an extreme party, because I think the messages are similar.

Yes. I don't necessarily equate extreme with bad and I am using the word in the relative sense. In 1960, supporting gay marriage was extreme. Now it's mainstream. 

You are wrong a homophobic asshole was a homophobic asshole and a racist was a racist in 1960 and the CCF was still running on parts of the Regina manifesto. What you are saying is that anything out side of the current status quo is extreme. Maybe extreme has no negative connotations to you but you are one of the few English speakers who would arrive at that idea. Extreme weather is the problem that TMX is going to exacerbate and that is also becoming commonplace now but it is still extreme.

Pondering

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Pondering wrote:

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Pondering wrote:

Politicians can't make the people do what the people don't want to do. 

Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion are in a whole different ball park from  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeremy Corbyn, and Bernie Sanders who are not nearly as extreme even though they do want to act with much greater haste. 

I love your chose of the adjective, "extreme." Tell me is QS also an extreme party, because I think the messages are similar.

Yes. I don't necessarily equate extreme with bad and I am using the word in the relative sense. In 1960, supporting gay marriage was extreme. Now it's mainstream. 

You are wrong a homophobic asshole was a homophobic asshole and a racist was a racist in 1960 and the CCF was still running on parts of the Regina manifesto. What you are saying is that anything out side of the current status quo is extreme. Maybe extreme has no negative connotations to you but you are one of the few English speakers who would arrive at that idea. Extreme weather is the problem that TMX is going to exacerbate and that is also becoming commonplace now but it is still extreme.

In my view it is the extremists who move us forward and I guess in some cases backwards. "Extreme" is distance from the centre or the norms of the day not a value judgement of good or bad. Shutting down the oil sands would be a good thing but it is also extreme. 

kropotkin1951

For me digging up the tar sand gunk is extreme, precisely because it is an evil product that is toxic to humanity. My feet are my extremities and rather large but they are not extreme.

NDPP

WATCH: "Kanahus Manuel's speech to the huge Climate Strike demonstration in Vancouver BC on October 25, 2019..."

https://twitter.com/KanahusFreedom/status/1188107664833695745

"Shut this shit down!"

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Does UNDRIP really mean anything for Indigenous peoples if it allows white governments to criminalize land defenders acting on their legal rights to stand up for the natural environment?"

https://twitter.com/tehaiaiake/status/1187790262459756544

NDPP

BC First Nations Chief Ed John Charged With Sex Assault

https://twitter.com/KanahusFreedom/status/1195477240198258688

"Ed John has been selling out for a long time..."

NDPP

"The Teck Frontier mine wants to fuel the 890,000 barrel/day capacity flow for Trans Mountain pipeline and that is why we stand with Indigenous Peoples at ground zero of the Indigenous Territories at the so-called Alberta Tar Sands, to oppose any more tar-sands mines!

https://twitter.com/KanahusFreedom/status/1204454594891304960

NDPP

First Nations in Court This Week Arguing Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

https://twitter.com/TheRealYoG/status/1206775662213644288

"Sister, The Crown and their corporations are in the wrong not you. Your unceded land is your land, not the crown's place to dictate what your rights or laws are upon it."

Yep.

NDPP

Stop TMX!

https://twitter.com/350Canada/status/1224759041030680576

"The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed court challenges by Indigenous peoples and will allow the TMX pipeline to move forward. All eyes on the frontline resistance against this carbon bomb. No consent no pipeline."

 

Coldwater Indian Band Chief Lee Spahan After Today's TMX Decision (and vid)

https://twitter.com/PnPCBC/status/1224837713003716609

"He's going to put a pipeline right through the middle of our sole-source drinking water, our acquifer. What kind of reconciliation* is that?' said Coldwater Band Chief Lee Spahan after today's TMX decision."

 

*Feds to Auction off Excess Reconciliation

https://walkingeaglenews.com/2019/12/16/feds-to-auction-off-excess-recon...

"The federal government says it's planning to auction off excess reconciliation that it accumulated since the 2015 election when the Liberals swept to power...The largest amounts were collected from reconciliation surges caused by the approval and purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, the refusal to build a treatment center for survivors of a massive and destructive mercury spill in Ontario and the longstanding refusal to provide equitable care for First Nations children on reserves."

 

NDPP

Cost To Build TMX Pipeline Jumps 70%

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/1225953925687365632

"Millions of Canadians live in poverty. Tens of thousands are homeless. Yet Justin Trudeau's government now plans to spend $12.6 billion on a planet-wrecking tar-sands pipeline, a huge 70% increase over the 3 year old estimate of $7.4 b."

The cost of ecocide and genocide is clearly going up.

NDPP

"Special guest Indigenous activist [Prof] Pam Palmater (and vid)

https://twitter.com/ctvqp/status/1226550604828413952

"On the prospect of Indigenous buy-in on the Trans Mountain pipeline..."

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BUYING TRANS MOUNTAIN WOULD END BADLY FOR BROOKFIELD, ANALYST WARNS

It would be a serious error for Toronto-based Brookfield Infrastructure Partners to invest in the Trudeau government’s troubled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a leading energy and finance analyst warned yesterday, after a news report identified Brookfield as a potential “dark horse” buyer for the project.

Brookfield, which has been building a profile as a green infrastructure investor, would run “significant risks” if it acquired the pipeline, U.S. investment banker Tom Sanzillo, finance director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), told The Energy Mix in an email. “At the current levels of government exposure, this transaction would not be viable for a private equity investment.”

Sanzillo was reacting to a Bloomberg news report that identified Brookfield as “one unexpected suitor” for the pipeline, just days after Ottawa admitted the project had gone over budget by 70%—or 133%, compared to the first estimated released by its original proponent, Kinder Morgan, in 2014. The price tag now stands at C$12.6 billion, not including the $4.5 billion the federal cabinet shelled out to buy the pipeline on taxpayers’ behalf.

Bloomberg cited a report Monday by Ian Gillies, an analyst at Stifel FirstEnergy, that pointed to Brookfield’s “excellent access to capital markets” and proven ability to manage energy infrastructure assets as factors that would put it in the running to buy TMX, along with pipeliners TC Energy, Enbridge, and Pembina Pipeline Corporation, and several Indigenous consortia.

Brookfield spokesperson Claire Holland said the company doesn’t comment on speculation.

To make any deal at all plausible, “Brookfield would need the government to sell the pipeline and all for an amount substantially below Canada’s outlay, which will probably reach $20 billion (purchase price plus construction plus interest and carrying losses),” wrote Sanzillo, a former deputy comptroller for the State of New York. Even that kind of financial concession would merely “move the investment needle from an outright reckless investment to a very speculative one for Brookfield, and at a considerable financial loss for Canadian taxpayers.”....

NDPP

"Earth is heating at a rate eqivalent to five atomic bombs per second. Or two Hurricane Sandys': Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

https://twitter.com/JonathanLandey/status/1224371221879410698

TMX, Teck, CGL (methane)...This must be what is meant by 'Support Justin Trudeau's Bold Plan To Fight [For] Climate Change'

https://www.liberal.ca/support/justin-trudeau-plan-fight-climate-change/

"If we do not demonstrate to the world that we have our act together as a country, on climate change and the environment, we will find it harder and harder to get our resources to market."

Let's hope so. And those that aren't 'ours' too. And some of us have begun to 'demonstrate to the world that we have our act together', in case you hadn't noticed.

#ShutCanadaDown

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 Public support for Trans Mountain plummets as costs rise: poll

Only 16 per cent of Canadians say they are comfortable with the federal government spending more than $12 billion of taxpayer money to build the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, according to a national survey by Nanos Research.

When asked “What do you feel is the maximum amount taxpayers should spend to build the pipeline,” 43 per cent across Canada replied: “It should not cost taxpayers any money.” That number climbs to 59 per cent in Quebec.

The survey was commissioned by B.C. environmental group Dogwood, and conducted January 27 to 29. On February 7 Trans Mountain updated its estimated construction cost to $12.6 billion.....

NDPP

Resistance To TMX From Unceded Secwepemc Territory (and vid)

https://twitter.com/kanahusfreedom/status/1237117729754120192

"This is Indigenous resistance against Trans Mountain Pipeline..."

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Supreme Court rejects Trans Mountain legal challenges. So, what’s next?

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Thirty-two per cent of the pipeline route still not approved

Trans Mountain plans to have the new pipeline in service by 2022 and project construction is already underway in some areas of B.C. and Alberta.

On Thursday, dump trucks were moving in and out of Trans Mountain’s Burnaby Terminal, where the drone of construction work from inside the chain-link fence could be heard above the pitter-patter of the rain. The number of tanks used to store crude oil and refined petroleum products at the Burnaby Terminal will double to 26 with the pipeline expansion.

Just a few kilometres away, work is also underway at the Westridge Marine Terminal on Burrard Inlet, where three new shipping berths will be constructed to accommodate additional tanker traffic.

While construction of the pipeline itself has begun in the Edmonton area, 32 per cent of the route still needs approval from the Canada Energy Regulator.

Thirty different detailed route hearings will take place this spring and summer during which the regulator will consider objections to portions of the pipeline route from Burnaby to just north of Kamloops, B.C.

“There are a number of spots that are super controversial,” said Biggs. And, if Trans Mountain is ordered to find a new route for some segments, it could further delay construction and drive up the costs, he said.

“Costs are mostly driven by delays.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Trans Mountain said the corporation has included a $500 million contingency in its cost estimate to cover the costs of delays caused by protests, weather, or other factors. 

NDPP

Oil Price Crash Expected To Hit Thermal Oil Sands Production in Western Canada

https://globalnews.ca/news/6742158/oil-price-thermal-oilsands-production...

"Record low prices for oil sands crude could result in up to 20 percent of Canada's thermal bitumen production being shut down over the next few months, according to analyst Matt Murphy of Tudor Pickering Holt and Co. 'It's certainly a tough time for Western Canada producers right now,' said Murphy.

Western Canada Select oil, bitumen blended with lighter oil to allow it to flow in a pipeline, fell to a record low of US $4.58 per barrel on Friday..."

Why then would we throw money at expanding a dead lemon like TMX?  Leave it in the ground. It's toxic trash worth next to nothing anyway.

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First Nations are back in court this Monday to file a new appeal to the Supreme Court challenging Trans Mountain. These Nations are taking to the highest court in the land to defend their rights to meaningful consultation, and challenge the approval of the TMX project that imperils drinking water, threatens fisheries, and poses an existential threat to their way of life. 

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Although we can’t gather in the streets or outside the courthouse, we want Indigenous Nations to know they have thousands of people behind them. We are excited to be hosting a briefing and Q&A gathering online at 4 pm PST/7 pm EST on April 7. Please join us to hear about this new Supreme Court challenge directly from Tsleil Waututh Chief Leah George, Khelsilem Tl'aḵwasik̓a̱n of Squamish Nation, legal expert Eugene Kung  and Pull Together’s own Mary Lovell. Join the conversation.... here. 

NDPP

10 Things You Need To Know As A Barrel of Alberta Oil is Valued At Less Than A Bottle of Maple Syrup

https://twitter.com/sharonjriley/status/1246084739926122496

"Prices for a barrel of Alberta crude have sunk to the point that it's worth less than a bottle of maple syrup. And now there's talk of negative oil prices. Negative. Oil. Prices."

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Sign the petition: Liberty Mutual must stop insuring tar sands

Insurance giant Liberty Mutual is a huge backer of the destructive tar sands sector, which spells disaster for the climate and Indigenous rights. As a top fossil fuel insurer with at least $8.9 billion invested in fossil fuel companies, Liberty Mutual is complicit in the destruction of waterways and sacred land.

Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuels on the planet, and its extraction has already contaminated the drinking water and food of First Nations in Canada and unleashed massive amounts of carbon pollution.

All tar sands projects need one thing: insurance coverage. Without insurance, new tar sands mines, pipelines, and refineries cannot be built, and existing projects cannot continue to operate.  

Last winter, Liberty Mutual adopted a policy limiting its business with coal, but it continues to insure the tar sands with no end in sight. In fact, Liberty Mutual is currently providing crucial coverage for the Trans Mountain and Keystone XL pipelines and has not ruled out covering Line 3......

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..the webinar just ended. there were folks from across the country and from the states from alaska to denver.

..there was a lot of stuff reported on that was already talked about here on babble so i won't repeat. some other points are:

- this is it for court challenges to the pipeline. there is nothing else after this scc hearing.

- there is a side issue that can be challenged by the coldwater nation. that is the issue of the aquifer which is the main focus of that nation. the neb stated that before the pipeline can go through their territory a study of the impact has to take place a couple months before the pipelines gets built there. the feds are trying to ram this study through and it's on this point the challenge could come as the nation is resisting the speed. it would mean another route though, around the aquifer, and not a halt to the pipeline.

..finally the economics of the pipeline were not allowed to be argued by the court of appeals in the last decision. this stands as it goes before the scc. 

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‘They came to destroy and create fear’: Indigenous protester says men attacked Trans Mountain protest camp

RCMP are investigating after an Indigenous woman reported that several men stormed into a protest encampment and drove a truck into her home.

Kanahus Manuel is a Secwepemc woman who is part of Tiny House Warriors, a group that has set up a village of five mobile miniature homes on unceded land to protest the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline and the construction of nearby work camps, sometimes referred to as “man camps.”

They have been on the site since July 2018 and live there full time, on what is traditional Secwepemcúĺecw land near Blue River, about two and a half hours northeast of Kamloops, B.C. The Secwepemc, also known as Shuswap people, traditionally reside on a large territory in the interior of B.C.

On Sunday evening, around 10:45 p.m., the woman — whose legal name is Amanda Soper but who goes by the name Manuel — alleges, a group of men driving all-terrain vehicles plowed through the wood barricade that surrounds the homes and began yelling at her.

The men did not identify themselves but let her know they were supporters of the oil and gas industry. The vehicles had Alberta licence plates, according to Manuel.

She said that as soon as the men arrived on site, they started tearing down red dresses that were hanging to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

She said the men made misogynistic remarks and said Indigenous peoples don’t have the right to “take back land wherever you want.”

According to Manuel, the scene turned violent, when one of the men assaulted a village resident who demanded that they leave.

“I had to flee from my truck into my home. They knew where I was because I was flashing my light out of my window telling them to leave my truck alone,” Manuel said.

She said that’s when one of the men went into her truck, where the keys were still in the ignition and drove into her home. The tiny houses, as they are called, are effectively trailers that have been converted into miniature homes. Manuel said a hitch on the corner of the trailer prevented the truck from causing serious damage, but she still felt the impact of the collision while she was inside.

“They came right for me, full blast, with a big huge F-350,” Manuel said. “Who in their right mind would get into someone else’s truck and drive it into someone’s home?”

RCMP said the Clearwater, B.C. detachment is investigating the incident but could not provide further comment......

NDPP

This Energy Analyst Says the Oil Sands Are Done

https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/05/11/The-Oil-Sands-Are-Done/

"I just don't see how they're going to ever be able to recover. There's just too much oil and not enough demand anymore. And demand's only gong down, it's not going up. The moment demands that political leaders work toward a planned, quick and smooth transition away from fossil fuels in any way possible..."

NDPP

TRNN: An Oil Price Plummets, Call to Nationalize Industry Rises (and vid)

https://therealnews.com/stories/as-oil-price-plummets-call-to-nationaliz...

"The price of oil dropped below zero, prompting new subsidies from the Federal Reserve. Progressive voices in the US and Canada have a different idea: nationalization as a way to wind down the sector, tackle the climate crisis and create a just economic transition..."

Why TMX Now?

NDPP

"During a podcast hosted by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors on May 22, Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage said the public health restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are a positive for the construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. 'Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can't have protests of more than 15 people,' Savage said. 'Let's get it built..."

Ecocide is Genocide. No jurisdiction or pipelines on unceded lands!

[email protected]

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Sumas First Nation chief says Trans Mountain spill happened just south of a cultural and burial ground of great significance

Trans Mountain estimates as much as 1,195 barrels, or 190,000 litres, of light crude spilled from its pipeline pumping station in Abbotsford, B.C.

While an investigation is ongoing, the Crown-owned company said in a statement the cause of the spill appears to be related to a fitting on a one-inch, or 2.5-centimetre, piece of pipe.

The statement said the pipeline was expected restart Sunday after all safety protocols were completed.

It said the spill was fully contained on Trans Mountain property, the free-standing oil has been recovered and it will be disposed of at an approved facility.

Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver said the spill happened just south of a cultural and burial ground of great significance to their people.

He said in a statement Sunday that it's the fourth time in 15 years that there has been a spill from the pipeline on their land.....

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..from an email

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It is with love and outrage that we are writing to inform you that the Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Coldwater case against Trans Mountain.

Squamish, Tsleil Waututh and Coldwater First Nations have worked for eight long years to assert their rights to be consulted on the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers expansion project. It is incredibly disappointing that Canada’s top court has denied them an opportunity to be heard on a recent Court of Appeal decision upholding Trans Mountain’s approval - a decision that has potentially disastrous consequences specifically for these Nations. This denial also sets an adverse precedent in terms of rights to consultation for all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

This is one of the most important cases of the decade. The recent oil spill along the Trans Mountain pipeline route at the Sumas pump stations signals the environmental risks posed by transporting tar sands bitumen over land and water. But the risk to human rights and progress on putting fuzzy notions of ‘reconciliation’ into meaningful action is graver still.

Since committing to honour the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Nations, the Canadian government has done little to nothing to meaningfully recognize the rights of First Nations. This latest Supreme Court denial underscores the discrepancy between talk and action when it comes to what the BC government once claimed was its most important relationship.

We will never give up on our struggle to defend rights and protect the Earth. We cannot wait to be alongside you as we continue to protect the lands, air, and waters from tar sands pipeline and tanker expansion.  Join us for the “Folk That Pipeline” online festival to find out what the next steps are to battle TMX. 

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JskHkMnlSfG76sgl3Gbk1A

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"No wonder Indigenous Peoples have rejected Canada's so-called 'Reconciliation Doctrine'. Highest court refuses to acknowledge Canada would be nothing without the ongoing, unlawful taking of Unceded, Unsurrendered Indigenous Lands and Resources."

https://twitter.com/ArticulateDinos/status/1278751517470855171

And why is Ottawa so determined to pursue this dirty, unwanted, uneconomical lemon?

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Watch the video of Indigenous leaders’ reaction to the news: https://vimeo.com/434799907

Although today’s decision marks the end of the road for this legal challenge, First Nations have vowed to explore all legal options to protect their rights, land, water and climate.

“Although Tsleil-Waututh Nation is very disappointed, we are not surprised. This case is about more than a risky pipeline and tanker project. It is a setback for reconciliation. In our view, consultation on TMX fell well short of the mark, and our concerns – that were backed up by world leading science – were not addressed. The FCA relied on the federal cabinet’s determination that their consultation was adequate.

As owners of the project, they are unable to objectively assess the adequacy of their own consultations. Tsleil-Waututh Nation has significant concerns…We live in a highly impacted area the City of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet. We haven’t harvested clams from our inlet for 40 years. Another part of our Section 35 constitutionally protected rights that have been degraded. We will always be here, and we will always uphold our sacred trust, to protect our land. In this era of reconciliation, as we strive as a country to uphold the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People, the government’s actions mark a stark departure from where we want to be as a nation. 

This project remains risky for everyone. Our decision to reject this project will not be influenced by a decision by the Canadian courts. The whales are coming back. The herring is coming back. These things mean we will continue to do our important work to uphold our obligations as Tsleil-Waututh Nation people – we will uphold our law. We are not deterred. And we are exploring all legal options available. All I can say is that this is NOT the end of our story.”

— Chief Leah George Wilson of Tsleil Waututh Nation.

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A volcano brewing beneath Canada

Was it only two years ago that Canada promised to develop legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Just three years since Prime Minister Trudeau declared that no relationship was more important to this country than the one with Indigenous Peoples? And has it really been five years since people living on reserves were promised they would no longer need to boil their water to make it safe for drinking?

Oh, but we’re a forgetful nation. Soon, we may forget that it was only yesterday that the Section 35 rights of Indigenous Peoples were pushed aside to usher a pipeline across unceded territory.

Such forgetfulness is how we can have a Canada Day celebration one day, and the next we can strike down the rights of those whose laws, customs and culture stretch like roots beneath the land and waters of this “home on native land.” It’s how symbolic gestures can resonate prettily — witness Mr. Trudeau, taking a knee — while our judiciary, long a tool of systemic discrimination, persists in the continuation of our 150-year history of denying Indigenous rights.

For us, water is life.”

Others have summarized their disappointment in the face of the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Coldwater, Tsleil Waututh and Squamish Nations’ appeal of the Federal Court’s ruling on the Trans Mountain consultation. But take a moment and trace a line from what was suppsed to be our “most important relationship”, to what the promise of “clean drinking water” has become.

Let’s examine that route, not through lofty sentiments, but by way of plain evidence.

The Coldwater Indian Band is situated 270 km northeast of Vancouver. The sole source of drinking water for 90% of the community, the Coldwater valley was also deemed “the best possible route” by Trans Mountain when they were siting their 1150 km-long pipeline. In fact, for both Trans Mountain and its predecessor, Kinder Morgan, it became “our way, not the highway” as they adamantly refused to even consider a simple alteration of a few kilometers that would have made all the difference to Coldwater.

“For us water is life.”

It’s a profound truth that Chief Lee Spahan has patiently stated, first in hearings of the then-National Energy Board, and, later, in courtrooms where he worked to uphold a mandate to protect his community’s laws and well-being. As a result of his efforts, protecting the aquifer became one of 157 conditions imposed on the project by Canada’s energy regulator.

Yet: more than 8 years after bringing these concerns to government and industry tables, Coldwater are no closer to understanding why alternative routes have not been adopted. The Federal Court of Appeal overturned Coldwater’s case in February 2020, despite evidence it was presented showing that Trans Mountain had reneged on a commitment to complete a study of the Nation’s aquifer before settling on the route through the Coldwater Valley.

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In the 1970’s, Thomas Berger’s Mackenzie Valley inquiry recommended a ten-year moratorium on pipeline construction. The landmark report identified an urgent need to deal with deep underlying issues of sovereignty, land claims and consultation before major infrastructure projects could be embarked upon. Fast forward through half a century of inaction, and the lump under our collective carpet has become a volcano. As anyone watching the Wet’suwet’en uprising this winter may have noticed: neglect them long enough, and those ‘underlying tensions’ have a tendency to erupt.

When Jody Wilson Raybould was appointed Justice Minister, she adopted a mandate to pass legislation that would enshrine the right for Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples into law. She aimed to pass “new legislation that would … recognize rights, support Indigenous self-government, create pathways out of the Indian Act, and help Indigenous peoples rebuild their Nations and governments.” Writing in the Globe and Mail, Raybould recently lamented that “Time and again … ineffective baby steps were privileged over transformative efforts to address Canada’s colonial legacy… Too often, political expediency triumphed over bold and necessary action.”

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Putting the ‘wreck’ in reconciliation

In assessing the value of so many years of legal work on TMX by her Nation, Chief George-Wilson, herself a lawyer, cited the many reports commissioned — and paid for — by Tsleil Waututh Nation. She referenced evidence collected by international experts that corroborated the concerns of Indigenous Peoples, weaving together scientific, cultural, and Indigenous legal frameworks.

Yet, the Federal Court of Appeal court took such a narrow view of ‘consultation’ that they scarcely considered this evidence, or took the time to unpack the bigger questions around project risks. Instead of examining the government’s consultation record and making a judgment on the facts, as per established practice, the Federal Court of Appeal simply took the government’s word for it that consultation was adequate. And the Supreme Court of Canada, the guardian of the Constitution, declined to even hear an appeal.

No explanation was given for the dismissal, but First Nations were quick to weigh in on the implications. Says Chief George-Wilson. “This case is about more than a risky pipeline and tanker project; it is a major setback for reconciliation. It reduces consultation to a purely procedural requirement that will be a serious barrier to reconciliation.”

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A Festival to Celebrate the Coast Protection Community!

Folk That Pipeline ....Festival!
Get together with fellow coast protectors for a Folk Festival with Dan Mangan, Luke Wallace and Holly Arntzen. Find out with the next steps are to fight Trans Mountain pipeline and hear from Indigenous leaders about strategic moves afoot to defend orca whales, coastal communities and our common future.

This event requires pre-registration: sign up here!

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Trans Mountain just confirmed that Zurich Insurance - its primary insurer - has dropped its coverage! That means that companies that specialize in risk consider Trans Mountain to be "high risk", something we've been arguing for years, based on the lack of consent from all First Nations impacted by the proposed pipeline expansion.

With our friends at the Rainforest Action Network, Stand.Earth, Lead Now and Stop the Money Pipeline we’ve been targeting Trans Mountain insurers with demands that they drop tar sands projects from the list of things they will insure. Zurich is the third -- and the biggest -- to drop Trans Mountain so far! 

Now it’s time to ramp up the pressure on Liberty Mutual and the remaining insurers before they decide whether to renew their insurance policies at the end of August. 

We’re going to take action online together at 2:00 pm Pacific, tomorrow, Thursday, July 23rd https://act.ran.org/page/20920/subscribe/1 

This event is invitation-only, please register to get yours:

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No Pipelines on Secwepemc Territory: Warrior Life Podcast

This video is from my Warrior Life Podcast extended interview with three powerful Secwepemc women: elder Alice Aby, Kanahus Manuel from Tiny House Warriors and Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson who shared their concerns about the Trans Mountain pipeline slated to be expanded on their territory without their consent.

They shared with us how their lands are held collectively by the people and Secwepemc laws require them to protect their lands and waters for the health, safety and well-being of all living things. They have also made a call for public support as they defend their precious territory.

This is the link to the Warrior Life podcast episode:

https://soundcloud.com/pampalmater/no...

Here is the link to Neskonlith's notice to media with background information: https://www.mediacoop.ca/story/statem...

Here is the link to Tiny House Warriors for more information and ways you can support them: https://www.tinyhousewarriors.com/

Here the press release demanding man camps be shut down:

https://www.tinyhousewarriors.com/202...

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..my bold. horgan sang a diffent tune when invading wet'suwet'en territory. what a creep!

Responsibility for dealing with Tiny House Warriors protest camps on RCMP and local First Nations says Premier Horgan

The Premier says the responsibility for dealing with the Tiny House Warriors protest camp near Blue River falls on the RCMP as well as the Simpcw First Nation as well as Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.

Asked about the issue as the Tiny House Warriors continue to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, John Horgan says if there are laws being broken, the police should address it.

“If the chief and other community members feel that their liberty is being impinged by other people, they should call the cops,” he said, during a press conference earlier this month.

“I cannot tell the cops what to do, but if citizens who are there charged with protecting [the area] have concerns, they should raise that with local law enforcement and law enforcement in my opinion should respond to that.”

He noted it is up to the title holders on the land to make determinations about what can and cannot take place.

“Particularly if it is a demonstration that is highlighting Indigenous rights and title,” Horgan said. “Obviously, I defer to the chiefs to make determinations on her lands.”....

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I think he is treading a fine line. He cannot encourage civil disobedience against a Supreme Court ruling but neither will he send in police. Citizens and the RCMP and the federal government will be held to account for what happens there. If they behave badly, which they probably will, Horgan can demand that they leave because they are not there at his behest.

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..he's envoking title land holders because it suits him. he ignored and even argued against it when it came to lng. then he and his pals sent in the rcmp. horgan is a hipocrate. the reality is he's saying the rcmp will handle the issue in this case and it's exactly like the wet'suwet'en case where the band council agrees to tmx while the title holders the people, say no. he's a hipocrate and consistent in trampling indigenous rights.  

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