British Columbia

05/06/14
Author: 
David Ball

Police confirmed they raided the East Vancouver home of four activists this week, but would not comment on residents' allegations that two of 16 officers pointed handguns at residents during a search related to "No Pipelines" graffiti.

The Vancouver Police Department said it executed a search warrant at the Parker Street house on Tuesday morning, taking four residents into custody. It did not confirm how many officers were involved.

04/06/14
Author: 
Gordon Hoekstra
Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson

“(Burnaby mayor) Derek Corrigan and his council have taken the position that they won’t speak with us [Kinder Morgan], they won’t engage with us, they won’t co-operate in any way with what we are considering ... I’d much rather see a healthier relationship between us.” [says Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson]

But he noted the next step would be “us seeking an order of the board to gain access to do the necessary preliminary work” for the tunnel.

04/06/14
Author: 
Zig Zag

At around 9AM on June 3, 2014, approximately 16 cops from the Vancouver Police Department raided a house in East Vancouver under the pretext of investigating six mischief charges related to graffiti tags dating from June, July, and October of 2013. The four residents of the house, and one guest, were removed one by one by police aiming pistols at them. One person inside the house looked out their bedroom window and saw a cop pointing his pistol at him.

04/06/14
Author: 
Brent Patterson

More than 250 people attended the 'LNG Pipedreams: Fracked Futures and Community Resistance' counter-forum in Vancouver organized by the Council of Canadians and the Wilderness Committee. Our BC-Yukon regional organizer Leila Darwish, who MC'd the evening, says, "What a great night -- thanks to all you fine folks who came out to the event tonight! Standing room only!

02/06/14
Author: 
Mark Hume

The Obama administration’s plan to restrict emissions from coal-burning power plants in the United States is expected to intensify an environmental battle that is already under way over coal-port expansion in British Columbia. “I think it has potentially huge implications, because [Obama’s] rules are going to dramatically shrink the market for coal in the States,” Kevin Washbrook, director of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC), said Monday about the U.S.

03/06/14

Hundreds of scientists have signed a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that says the recent report on the Northern Gateway pipeline is so flawed, it's essentially useless. The scientists say the joint review panel (JRP) report has so many systemic errors and omissions that it can't be used to make decisions on whether the pipeline is beneficial to the public. Three hundred scientists from across Canada and around the world say the panel's recommendation to approve the proposed pipeline from the oilsands in Alberta to the north coast of B.C.

03/06/14
Author: 
David P. Ball

B.C.'s Ministry of Energy and Mines is dismissing concerns its decision to approve the expansion of a Texada Island quarry's coal storage facility -- a key component of plans to significantly increase exports of U.S. thermal coal to China -- was improper. The allegation was made by a climate change advocacy group in a judicial review petition filed Monday afternoon in B.C. Supreme Court, which asks the court to rule on whether the correct process was followed by the government.

03/06/14
Author: 
Theophilos Argitis and Andrew Mayeda

A majority of British Columbians want Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reject or delay Enbridge Inc. (ENB)’s Northern Gateway pipeline amid concern the project could lead to oil spills, a Bloomberg-Nanos poll shows. Thirty-four percent of respondents want the Canadian government to block the C$6.5 billion ($6 billion) project, which would ship crude from Alberta’s oil sands to the B.C. coast for export to Asia, and 33 percent want it delayed for further review. Twenty-nine percent say they want it approved, according to the poll.

03/06/14
Author: 
Brad Hornick

The first lesson we must learn, therefore, is that if it looks like class struggle and acts like class war then we have to name it unashamedly for what it is. The mass of the population has either to resign itself to the historical and geographical trajectory defined by overwhelming and ever-increasing upper-class power, or respond to it in class terms (David Harvey, 2005: 202).

31/05/14
Author: 
Kelly Cryderman and Brent Jang

There’s only one way in and out of a small Wet’suwet’en camp located in a remote part of British Columbia’s Interior – a logging road and a single lane bridge. Right now, though, a truck is parked in front of the bridge, blocking access to the rugged territory. The move is meant to keep out a host of unwanted visitors – including anyone who works for Enbridge Inc.

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