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A sign held by protesters at anti-pipeline rally in Burnaby on March 10, 2018. (Mike Zimmer/CBC)

Protesters around Vancouver held duelling rallies on Saturday, some welcoming Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with others decrying it.

Both sides delivered impassioned arguments about the proposed expansion.

ndigenous leaders beat drums and sang out against the project Saturday morning, saying they won't step aside for construction.

The pipeline runs between Edmonton and Burnaby. Kinder Morgan received federal approval for an expansion in November 2016.

Primary Author Wallis Snowdon
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Thousands of fossil industry jobs in Alberta are gone forever, even if oil prices ever return to $100 per barrel, and the shift has nothing to do with the province’s never-ending quest for a pipeline to tidewater, a leading government economist admitted this week.

“I’ve learned as an economist to never say ‘Never,’ but even if it were to come back, because of the use of better technology and innovation, the energy sector will not need as many people going forward,” ATB Financial Chief Economist Todd Hirsch told CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.

Lynda V. Mapes

A mass demonstration is planned in the Vancouver, B.C., metro area Saturday against the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project. Nearly 7,000 Coast Salish Water Protectors have signed up to participate.

Building in the courts and halls of Canadian government for years, conflict over the mammoth Trans Mountain tar- sands oil-pipeline expansion is expected to spill into the streets of British Columbia Saturday with massive civil disobedience demonstrations.

Martyn Brown
Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman and Premier John Horgan haven't launched a substantial public-information campaign to carry forward the fight for B.C.’s environment.

 March 1st, 2018 

“Notley okays latest B.C. move but warns of pipeline disorder” blared the headline in the Calgary Herald.

Ian Urquhart

March 5, 2018 

Alberta recently took its battle with British Columbia over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project to B.C.’s major daily newspapers.

The provincial government’s full-page advertisement lamented the dispute between the Alberta and B.C. governments over the need and wisdom of the pipeline project.

Robyn Allan

Re: “Pipeline woes have cost Canadians a whopping $117B, says TD’s McKenna,” Chris Varcoe, Opinion, Feb. 17.

Feb 24, 2018 - Frank McKenna’s statements are packed with strong conclusions in defence of Canada’s economy. Regrettably, facts tell us he is wrong. 

McKenna laments the discount between the U.S. light oil benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), and Western Canadian Select (WCS), Alberta’s oilsands benchmark. He says, “this is a colossal amount of money for Canadians to lose, simply because they don’t have access to competitive markets.”

Mitchell Anderson

There is no waiting Asian market for oilsands crude. In fact there’s no waiting market anywhere.


Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is temporarily ending her province's ban on B.C. wine after Premier John Horgan announced a new court action to defend rules that could stop Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

"We'll be buying wine again," Notley told reporters at a late afternoon news conference.


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