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First Nations Leaders

Coldwater Indian Band seeks leave to judicially review federal approval


January 17, 2017

Coldwater is challenging the Trudeau Government’s November 29, 2016 approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in Federal Court.

First Nations Leaders

Musqueam Judicial Review of the Kinder Morgan Project


For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                     

Tue. Jan. 17, 2017


Dan Levin
Christy Clark, the premier of British Columbia, in Vancouver last year. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — As the premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark is on the public payroll, pulling down a salary of 195,000 Canadian dollars in taxpayer money. But if that were not enough, she also gets an annual stipend of up to 50,000 Canadian dollars — nearly $40,000 — from her party, financed by political contributions.

Jeff Nagel
To compensate for pipeline construction disruption, some but not all municipalities along the route will get significant benefits payouts from Kinder Morgan. — Image Credit: Kinder Morgan Canada

posted Jan 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Some critics called it bribery to get local politicians to back the pipeline.

Or hush money to at least not oppose Kinder Morgan while its Trans Mountain expansion project was in hearings before the National Energy Board.

A total of 18 community benefit agreements worth $8.5 million were reached by the pipeline firm in B.C. and Alberta along 95 per cent of the corridor over the past three years.

Peter O'Neil

OTTAWA — The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion once resembled a political morass, something that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier Christy Clark would wade into at their peril.

But both politicians have managed to put pipeline opponents on the defensive as both sides head into a three-front battle in 2017 over the $6.8-billion project.

Jenny Uechi

After years of dramatic opposition by B.C. residents, the controversial pipeline expansion project of a Texas-based energy company, Kinder Morgan, is one step closer to breaking ground in Canada.


On Wednesday, the government of B.C. Premier Christy Clark issued an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which aims to triple the capacity of an existing system that already ships more than 300,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta's oilsands to the West Coast.

Rafe Mair

The election is sufficiently near to develop a few axioms to carry us through the sea of a largely imponderable mass of horse buns that we’ll have to face. I suggest that the following are good starts to our defence mechanisms as our eyes and ears become mercilessly assaulted by heaps of political bullshit, endemic to all campaigns, this one having a master, or should I say mistress, of it?

We can assume the following:

Bruce McIvor

Despite a wealth of smarts and determination, it’s going to be difficult for Indigenous people to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Ever since the 2004 Haida Nation decision, the duty to consult and accommodate has proven a powerful tool in the struggle for greater respect for Aboriginal rights and title. Courts have handed Indigenous Peoples numerous significant victories—they have also created a blueprint for overriding Indigenous Peoples’ inherent and constitutional rights.

Tim Pearson
solar installer

January 5 2016

The health of our economy cannot be separated from the health of our environment.

The myth that we have to choose between the two is peddled by forces opposed to increased environmental protection and effective climate action—forces that stand to profit from destructive megaprojects and the endless extraction of finite resources.

And let’s face it—they have been quite successful at it: the myth endures.

So it’s worth asking ourselves, have we been unwittingly perpetuating it, instead of undermining it?

Andrew Hudson
  • posted Jan 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

posted Jan 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

AltaGas will soon start building a liquid propane terminal south of Prince Rupert that is expected to

supply 20 to 30 Asia-bound ships a year.

Located on brownfield land on Ridley Island, the marine terminal will receive propane by rail and is expected to start

 shipping by early 2019.

Federal regulators approved the project in December.


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