British Columbia

Holly Lake
B.C. First Nations chiefs call for Senate support of supertanker moratorium

Dec 5, 2018 

A delegation of First Nations chiefs from British Columbia descended on Parliament Hill Tuesday with a message for the Senate: If senators allow supertankers through their territory, reconciliation efforts will be sunk.

They’re urging Ottawa to pass Bill C-48, The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act. The government bill received support in the House of Commons in May and is now before the Senate, where it’s running into opposition. 

Emilee Gilpin
Visitors to Unist'ot'en territory are greeted with a sign ensuring there's no confusion around their recognized governance. Photo by Jeffrey Nicholls

December 5th 2018

A subsidiary of Calgary-based energy company TransCanada has taken leaders of the Unist'ot'en community to court, accusing the members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation of blocking access to the area around the Morice River Bridge.

Jean Swanson
Renoviction Ban - Vancouver City Dec. 4, 2018

10:20 PM - 4 Dec 2018

Tenants who organized & spoke to City Council: you made this partial win possible. You did it with your eloquence and genuineness, and with your commitment and courage, and by sticking your neck out and risking being blacklisted and evicted — that takes a lot of courage. #vanpoli

Carl Meyer

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced her government is imposing cuts to oil production in the province.

The premier announced the news in a live address to the province on Sunday evening. It was a widely expected move to address what the government and its official Opposition say is costing the province hundreds of millions of dollars in losses due to global market prices.

First Nations Leaders

Press Release: TransCanada Litigation Threatens Unist’ot’en Territory



An injunction application and civil litigation filed by TransCanada Coastal GasLink aims to criminalize Unist’ot’en Camp and forcibly facilitate pipeline construction across unceded Unist’ot’en territory.

Feargus O'Sulllivan
Andrew Winning/Reuters Spain Wants to Ban Cars in Dozens of Cities, and the Public’s on Board

[Comment on this article by David Hendrickson‏ @davidjhen on Twitter: 

And Delta BC wants a 10 lane bridge towards endless congestion...

David Hendrickson added,

CityLabVerified account @CityLab

Spain wants to ban cars in dozens of cities, and the public’s on board, @FeargusOSull reports 

5:56 PM - 30 Nov 2018 from Vancouver, British Columbia

Robyn Allan

November 26th 2018

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is aggressively advancing a false narrative about heavy oil’s deep discount. She presents the problem in two parts, neither of which stand up to scrutiny.

First, Notley purports that the abnormally wide price spread affects every barrel of heavy oil leading to millions of dollars a day in losses to the Canadian economy. And second, that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is crucial. Neither of these claims are supported by the facts.

Tenants Union

We had such a packed and exciting General Meeting last night. With Tenant Power we can to end renovictions this week!

Vancouver Councillor Jean Swanson has put a motion forward to Protect Tenants from Renovictions and Aggressive Buy-Outs.

Speakers on this motion will be heard at 6PM on Tuesday November 27th at City Hall. Read the rest of this email to find out what you need to know to support the motion to ban renovictions.

The Plan

Geoff Dembicki
‘I feel like I’ve jumped into the fire’: After 30 years as an activist outsider, Jean Swanson is now finding her way inside the halls of power in Vancouver. Photo by Christopher Cheung.

‘If you’ve got any wealth in Vancouver, you have to be fearful,’ says investor.

After Jean Swanson is done cleaning out the “dust and the mousetraps” from her new office in City Hall, she’s thinking of hanging two sheets of paper on the wall with words of guidance from her friend Kshama Sawant.


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