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A dinner held in a prestigious Vancouver restaurant by company Vancouver Wharves was disrupted on January 24 by anti-pipeline protesters. Why? Well, Vancouver Wharves is owned by Kinder Morgan.
The protestors — from a group called Beyond Boarding — held photos of environmental degradation and covered their mouths with the words “Climate Justice” written on tape.
Beyond Boarding was founded by David Suzuki’s grandson Tamo Campos, and strives to bring together snowboarders who want to work against environmental and social injustices, according to their website.
Check out the protest, which was filmed and posted on social media.
“Every branch of Kinder Morgan must take responsibility for actions made by Kinder Morgan that degrades the environment,” said Campos after the protest.
Restaurant owner Shallaw Kadir said that the anti-pipeline protesters went too far in their demonstration.
“[…]what they did was really unfair, coming in here shouting at these guests. They chose the wrong place,” said Kadir to GlobalNews.
This past November, Kinder Morgan began surveying work on Burnaby Mountain in B.C. in the hopes of joining the route of the existing TransMountain pipeline, but was met by opposition from protesters and the City of Burnaby.
More than 100 protesters have been arrested by the RCMP since November, prompting the B.C. Civil Liberties Association to examine whether Mounties have been overstepping the law.
Among those arrested were an 11-year-old girl and a 74-year-old woman. City workers have begun dismantling protest camps at the foot of Burnaby Mountain this week.
The National Energy Board has yet to approve the expansion proposal of TransMountain.
Francella Fiallos is a fourth year journalism student at Carleton University in Ottawa. She sits on the board of directors for OPIRG-Carleton, edits a campus newspaper, and hosts a radio show on 93.1 CKCU FM in the capital region.
Photo: flickr/Thomas Hawk