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Climate activists disrupt Prime Minister Harper’s board of trade event

By Jenny Uechi, January 6, 2014. Source: Vancouver Observer

Photo: David P. Ball

Photo: David P. Ball

Moments after Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the stage at the Vancouver Board of Trade event downtown, Shit Harper Did activist Sean Devlin and another protester, Shireen Soofi, from No One is Illegal, appeared holding black and white signs reading “Climate Justice Now” and “The Conservatives Take Climate Change Seriously”.

Onlookers gasped in shock as security stormed up and threw the protesters down from the stage, then violently pushed them through a black curtain behind the stage from where the prime minister entered.

“I just had on black clothes and an apron that I picked up from Value Village,” Devlin said, when asked how he and Soofi managed to get into the room. “I was arrested with mischief, but then they let me go. No charges…but it felt like we were supposed to be there. We were supposed to be there.”

“They weren’t wearing a lanyard issued by the Board. They appeared to be dressed as serving staff. We had no idea they were there,” said Vancouver Board of Trade CEO and President Iain Black, who asked Harper questions about the Canadian economy and environment at a Q&A event at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel.
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BREAKING NEWS: First Nations say they will fight tar sands, pipelines

March 20, 2013. Source: CBC


An alliance of First Nations leaders is preparing to fight proposed new pipelines both in the courts and through unspecified direct action.

Native leaders from both Canada and the United States were on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to underline their opposition to both the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines.

The first would tie the Alberta oilsands to the West Coast, while the second would send bitumen to refineries on the American Gulf Coast.

Some of the chiefs brushed off the federal government’s appointment this week of a special envoy to look at tensions between natives and the energy industry.
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Protesters arrested after storming pipeline hearings in Vancouver

Note: For video coverage, follow the CTV News link below.  –The GJEP Team

January 15 2013. Source: CTV News

Photo: Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Photo: Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Five people have been arrested in Vancouver after protesters burst into hearings on the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project and cordoned off the room with tape.

Three men and two women are facing charges after they snuck into the hearing room Tuesday morning and started “causing a ruckus,” police said.

Police have now beefed up their presence at the downtown Vancouver hotel where the hearings are taking place.

The ongoing protests against Enbridge’s proposed oil pipeline have recently merged with the Idle No More movement, whose supporters are demanding that the federal government address First Nations treaty rights and the plight of Canada’s aboriginal people. Continue reading

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Surveyors evicted by B.C. First Nation

Note:  You can read more about the Wet’suwet’en struggle to stop the Pacific Trails Pipeline here.

-The GJEP Team

November 21, 2012.  Source: CBC

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Members of a First Nation in northern B.C. have evicted surveyors working on a natural gas pipeline project from their territory and set up a roadblock against all pipeline activity.

A group identifying itself as the Unis’tot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation said surveyors for Apache Canada’s Pacific Trails Pipeline were trespassing.

“The Unis’tot’en clan has been dead-set against all pipelines slated to cross through their territories, which include PTP [Pacific Trails Pipeline], Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and many others,” Freda Huson, a spokesperson for the group, said in a statement.

“As a result of the unsanctioned PTP work in the Unis’tot’en yintah, the road leading into the territory has been closed to all industry activities until further notice.”

Huson was not available for comment.
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The uncertainty of pipelines in unceded lands

By John Ahni Schertow, November 20 2012. Source: Intercontinental Cry

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On the Beautiful Widzin Kwa (Morice River): The Grassroots Wet’suwet’en people are winning the physical and awareness campaigns to stop the onslaught of some proposed pipelines from entering their unceded and occupied lands. Exactly one year ago, the Grassroots Wet’suwet’en of the C’ilhts’ekhyu and Likhts’amisyu Clans confronted, and escorted out, employees and drillers of the Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP) from one of the Wet’suwet’en territories which they call Tal Bits Kwa along the upper reaches of Morice River. Over the span of a year a lot has happened in that sacred area to ensure that the Wet’suwet’en Laws are adhered to and their lands are protected from further destruction.

In December of 2011, shortly after the PTP blockade the Gitxsan people, who are the Western neighbors to the Wet’suwet’en, boarded up the Gitxsan Treaty office Society because of a backroom deal that was signed with the much contested Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline company. The Grassroots Wet’suwet’en regularly visited and openly supported the grassroots Gitxsan who successfully blocked the entry to the office for an additional six months. Continue reading

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Protesters gather at MLA offices to demand more action against pipelines

By Tamsyn Burgmann, October 25, 2012. Source: The Globe and Mail

Nuxalk Nation gathering in Bella Coola. Photo: Defend our Coast

British Columbia’s seasoned environmental movement is putting the pressure on all politicians to take a hard stand against oil pipeline projects in the province, including pushing for more from its usual allies.

NDP Leader Adrian Dix has already panned the proposed Enbridge Inc. pipeline, but protesters converged on his constituency office on Wednesday to press the Official Opposition party to declare Kinder Morgan’s expansion plans dead too.

Instead of handing out promises around the twin-pipeline proposal, Mr. Dix distributed samosas, a South Asian filled pastry, to about 50 hungry protesters who were invited into his Vancouver-Kingsway constituency office. Continue reading

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Ottawa’s new anti-terrorism strategy lists eco-extremists as threats


Protestors stuff a piece of pipeline with their placards after a protest outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Aug. 31, 2010. Jonathan Hayward/THE CANADIAN PRESS


OTTAWA— From Saturday’s Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

After vowing to take on radical environmentalists determined to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline, the Harper government has released a new anti-terrorism strategy that targets eco-extremists as threats.

With his announcement this week, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has increased the concern among environmentalists that Ottawa regards them as implacable adversaries to be monitored and battled, rather than well-meaning advocates to be consulted.

“This is just one more step in their attempt to marginalize the environmental movement and to quiet its voice,” John Bennett, executive director of Sierra Club Canada, said Friday. “It’s an indirect suggestion that somehow environmentalism is attached to terrorism and that’s just wrong.”

On Thursday, Mr. Toews released a statement on the government’s strategy, which will target not only known terrorist groups but “vulnerable individuals” who could be drawn into politically inspired violence.

The minister said that, in addition to foreign threats, the government would be vigilant against domestic extremism that is “based on grievances – real or perceived – revolving around the promotion of various causes such as animal rights, white supremacy, environmentalism and anti-capitalism.”

New Democratic Party MP Megan Leslie said the new strategy should be seen in the context of the government’s effort to demonize the environmental movement and aboriginal groups that are opposed to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

The project, which would carry oil-sands bitumen to the B.C. coast for export to Asian markets, is a top priority for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has extolled Canada’s ability to supply oil to China during his visit to the rapidly growing Asian country this week.

Mr. Harper and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver have warned against foreign-funded, radical environmentalists who are determined to derail the Gateway pipeline, while a document from the Department of Foreign Affairs listed allies of the government’s oil-sands development plans and “adversaries” that included environmental and aboriginal groups.

Ms. Leslie said the anti-terrorism strategy carries the adversarial relationship between the government and the environmental groups to the extreme.

“I find it offensive that there is a list that puts people trying to protect the environment on the same list as white supremacists,” Ms. Leslie said. She said Ottawa has created a chill among groups that worry they are being infiltrated and subjected to surveillance, as police did with protest groups prior to the G20 meeting in Toronto in 2010.

However a spokesman for Mr. Toews said those fears are baseless, that the government is not targeting legitimate dissent.

“Terrorist action occurs when an extremist ideological group plans to carry out a violent attack that reasonably can be expected to kill people or destroy property,” Michael Patton, Mr. Toews’s director of communication, said in an e-mail Friday.

“We have seen individuals or groups of differing ideologies or points of view both internationally and domestically who have planned and carried out violent attacks to bring attention to their causes.”

There have been fringe groups that advocated violence to stop resource development, and a few years ago, there was a spate of pipelines bombings in northern Alberta that caused damage but no injuries.

At the same time, native leaders have warned Ottawa that their younger generation is becoming increasingly impatient with the poverty of first nations, and may turn to violence if resource projects are approved without their agreement and participation.

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