First Nations Leaders
News Release
30 August 2018
UBCIC Celebrates Landmark Court Win that Signals the End of Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Project
(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – 30 August 2018) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is celebrating the Federal Court of Appeal verdict on the Trans Mountain approval and calls on Prime Minister Trudeau to immediately stop construction and shut the project down.

I’ve been following fires for a couple of years in BC, California and elsewhere and have never seen anything quite like this. The AQI for PM2.5 in Prince George is over 500 (hazardous) and it is not in the worst of it...... [From a comment on the "Landwatch" list]

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The Canadian Press

National Energy Board has approved most of route


Steel pipe to be used in the construction of Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion sit on rail cars at a stockpile site in Kamloops, B.C., in May. (Dennis Owen/Reuters)

Alleen Brown, Will Parrish
Top photo: An Indigenous man raises his drum as he and others sing during a protest against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 29, 2018.

IN BRITISH COLUMBIA’S southern interior, on unceded land of the Secwepemc Nation, Kanahus Manuel stands alongside a 7-by-12-foot “tiny house” mounted on a trailer. Her uncle screws a two-by-four into a floor panel while her brother-in-law paints a mural on the exterior walls depicting a moose, birds, forests, and rivers — images of the terrain through which the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will pass, if it can get through the Tiny House Warriors’ roving blockade.

Michael Franklin
Published Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:39PM MDT 
Last Updated Saturday, August 11, 2018 6:28PM MDT
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A special air quality statement is in effect for Calgary and surrounding areas because of a thick blanket of smoke coming from several nearby wildfires.

Environment Canada predicted the Air Quality Health Index to reach a very high risk, or 10+, on Saturday.

Mike De Souza
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr listens to a question from Winnipeg Free Press reporter Dylan Robertson in Ottawa on April 8, 2018, in a Nissan Leaf driven by the minister's chief of staff, Zoe Caron. Photo by Alex Tétreault

August 8th 2018

The Trudeau government made financial overtures to Texas energy giant Kinder Morgan more than a month before the pipeline operator issued an ultimatum that drove Ottawa to offer billions to take over the troubled Trans Mountain project, according to a new document released by the company this week.

Mike De Souza
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson sign a message of support for pipeline expansion at an event in Calgary on May 30, 2018. Twitter photo posted by Rachel Notley

Five oilpatch executives from Kinder Morgan would be able to cash out more than 300,000 shares — worth millions of dollars — if shareholders of the Texas multinational energy company vote to approve a multibillion dollar sale of assets to the Canadian government, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been told.


(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – August 9, 2018) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is frustrated and outraged with the $1.9 billion increase in estimated construction costs for the planned Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project released by Kinder Morgan yesterday.

Ben Parfitt

Government’s subsidies, lax rules provide the resource that keeps the bitumen flowing.

In the past year, an energy dispute for the ages has played out in Canada, culminating in the federal government announcing that it will buy an aging oil pipeline for $4.5 billion and then twin it with a new high-capacity pipeline that would move massive amounts of diluted bitumen from Alberta to the British Columbia coast.


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