Ameya Charnalia
Hannah Gelderman is an organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton - a group that's at the forefront of anti-pipeline activism in Edmonton. Codie McLachlan for StarMetro

“It’s so rare for people outside the province of Alberta to see that there is opposition here,” said Emma Jackson, co-founder of Climate Justice Edmonton.

EDMONTON—Deep within oil country is a group of anti-pipeline activists who aren’t afraid to challenge Alberta’s reputation as an oil and gas bastion.

Simon Little
Demonstrators gather outside TD Tower in Vancouver to call for the bank to divest from Kinder Morgan.  Simon Little / Global News

“Don’t bank on it.”

That was the message from several hundred protesters, who gathered in front of Vancouver’s TD Tower Saturday in a bid to get the bank to divest from Kinder Morgan.

TD was one of six major Canadian financial institutions targeted by demonstrators, but was first in their crosshairs.

Justine Hunter

When lawyers for B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government return to the courtroom this summer in the continuing battle over the Site C dam, their co-defendants will be notably absent.

The federal government, which approved the $10.7-billion project in 2014, has served notice to the courts that it will not oppose an injunction that aims to halt construction.

Kevin Taft
Photograph by Andrew S. Wright for National Observer of Alberta oilsands tailings ponds May 2014

A primary lesson in political communications is that there is room in the public mind for only one big political news story at a time, and whoever drives that one big story wins twice: their story sets the headlines, and stories they don’t like are pushed to the margins.

Robyn Allan
A May 2013 handout photo of Kinder Morgan's Anchor Loop Project in Jasper, part of the Trans Mountain pipeline. SUNMEDIA

Trans Mountain’s expansion was never commercially viable. It has needed unprecedented support from the get-go when in 2011 the National Energy Board (NEB) approved a $286-million special fee fought by Canadian oil producers. Chevron described it at the time as an “extraordinary precedent … If they (Kinder Morgan) need financing, then they should go to the market” and get it. 

Alastair Sharp
Chief Judy Wilson speaks to reporters about Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que. on May 2, 2018. Photo by Alex Tétreault

May 9th 2018

A Kinder Morgan shareholder vote for an annual environmental sustainability report indicates investor concern about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal, says an Indigenous leader who addressed the company's annual shareholder meeting in Houston on Wednesday.

Chief Judy Wilson was among a group of Canadian Indigenous leaders who reaffirmed their opposition to the Trans Mountain proposal at the meeting where shareholders passed two of three non-binding proposals calling for improved environmental reporting.

Amnesty International Canada
Media release
8 May 2018
Government tactics in Site C injunction hearing already at odds with BC’s commitments to respect Indigenous rights

First Nations and human rights groups are questioning why lawyers for the government of BC and BC Hydro wanted to exclude important evidence about the Site C dam from an injunction hearing set to begin this July.
Janice Dickson
Inuk elders join Muskrat Falls megadam opponents for a rally and civil disobedience on Parliament Hill on Monday, May 7, 2018.Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS

May 7, 2018

OTTAWA -- A number of Indigenous elders and demonstrators were arrested for trespassing Monday on Parliament Hill after breaching a designated perimeter for protests during a rally against the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador.

"The point we made here today is that it's poisonous; we're drowning," said Jim Learning, an Inuit elder from Cartwright, N.L.

Almost 20 protesters were escorted from outside of Centre Block to the East Block courtyard, where they were held for about 30 minutes.

Jim Bronskill

May 3, 2018

The federal government has lost a court bid to overturn a NAFTA ruling involving a Nova Scotia quarry and marine terminal project, sparking renewed concerns about the trade deal’s effects on Canada’s environmental regime.

The U.S. firm that backed the proposed project welcomed the Federal Court of Canada decision, while environmental groups said it highlights how the North American Free Trade Agreement hamstrings Canada’s ability to protect its ecology.


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