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Seth Klein
Columnist Seth Klein believes he has had a "sneak peek" at the B.C. government's Feb. 8 throne speech. Photo via Province of British Columbia / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Horgan's Throne Speech is slated for Feb. 8. Seth Klein's proposed text for it (below) is a fantasy, but it does lay out many of the tasks that need doing in the near future. Only a huge mobilization of BCers can force even some of them to be done.

           -- Gene McGuckin

Jan. 19, 2022

[The following is a work of fiction.]

John Woodside
Pressure continues to mount against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in Interior B.C., as posters appeared in Vancouver Thursday highlighting the violation of Indigenous rights and the impacts of climate change. Photo by Owen Berry

Jan. 14, 2022

Pressure continues to mount against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in Interior B.C., as posters appeared in Vancouver on Thursday highlighting the violation of Indigenous rights and the impacts of climate change.

The first poster, put up at the intersection of Main and Union, shows armed RCMP agents with the text: “Reconciliation won’t come at the barrel of a gun. Call off the RCMP.”

Amanda Follett Hosgood
Freda Huson is arrested in February 2020 at the end of a long standoff between RCMP and Wet’suwet’en land defenders in northern BC. Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.

Jan. 10, 2022

Three years ago RCMP moved onto Wet’suwet’en territory, tearing down a barricade on a forest service road that blocked access to the planned route of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The single-day enforcement on Jan. 7, 2019, resulted in the arrest of 14 people, both Wet’suwet’en and their supporters. But it didn’t bring a resolution to the dispute over the pipeline, opposed by Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.

Primary Author: Mitchell Beer
Province of B.C./flickr  - Coastal GasLink, LNG Controversies Will Haunt B.C. NDP in 2022

Jan. 10, 2022

A major piece of unfinished business left behind at the end of last year looks certain to haunt British Columbia in 2022, as the province’s NDP government faces determined Indigenous opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the project itself runs into serious financial headwinds.

Chen Zhou
John Horgan - BC NDP

Dec. 23, 2021

RCMP raids at Wet’suwet’en and Fairy Creek, and the silence of the federal party, are resurfacing old divisions among Canada’s New Democrats

Frustration is mounting among left-wing members of Canada’s New Democratic Party, who feel the party has lost its way.

In recent weeks members have publicly quit, others have circulated petitions and some have shared stories of what they perceive to be dirty tricks from a party leadership determined to ostracize them.

Emma Gilchrist
Pipeline company Coastal GasLink dropped civil contempt charges laid against two journalists who were arrested while reporting on conflict in Wet'suwet'en territory. Photo: Amber Bracken / The Narwhal

Dec. 24, 2021

Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano were detained for three nights, attracting international scrutiny of ongoing RCMP violations of press freedoms

Charges have been dropped against journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano, who were arrested and detained for three nights on civil contempt charges while reporting on militarized police raids on Wet’suwet’en territory in northwest B.C. on Nov. 19. 

Dec 2, 2021
Here's a little tourist propaganda from the British Columbia Ministry of Greenwash. It celebrates the local results of increasing federal and provincial support for the fossil fuel industry. 
Vaughn Palmer
A notice to clear the road from RCMP sits in a tree fell across the road block access to Gidimt'en checkpoint near Houston, B.C., on Jan. 8, 2020. PHOTO BY JASON FRANSON /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Dec. 13, 2021

Party brass have worked behind the scenes to tamp down dissent, but some bubbled over in weekend convention

VICTORIA — The B.C. NDP convention on Sunday called for an independent investigation into allegations the RCMP used excessive force against protesters at the standoff over the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The party accused the RCMP of setting back reconciliation with the Wet’suwet’en Indigenous people, whose hereditary leaders oppose construction of the natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory.

Nick Cunningham
Activists protest Jordan Cove LNG in Salem, OR. June, 2016. Credit: Francis Eatherington (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Dec.6, 2021

A coalition of Oregon landowners, environmental groups, and Native tribes fended off Jordan Cove for more than a decade. But the legal implications of the project’s demise outside of Oregon are unclear.

Oregon’s 15-year battle against the Jordan Cove LNG project quietly came to an end on December 1, bringing relief to dozens of landowners that live in the path of the proposed project. 


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