Protest - Revolt

Lauren McCauley
"Kayaktivists" in Shell's homeport of Seattle are holding a Flotilla on Thursday to confront the drilling fleet. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/cc/flickr)

Faced with the imminent arrival of the Shell drilling fleet and newly announced White House backing for Arctic oil exploration, activists and environmentalists are readying for a fight.

In a New York Times op-ed on Tuesday, co-founder Bill McKibben blasted the Obama administration's decision on Monday to grant the oil giant conditional approval to begin drilling operations in the Beaufort and Chuchki Seas this summer.

The Canadian Press
West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson holds a frozen bull trout in front of the Victoria Legislature on Monday, May 11, 2015 he says is contaminated with mercury. - See more at:

VICTORIA - West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson held up a frozen bull trout Monday and said the large fish is contaminated with mercury.

"Typically, you'd be proud of this fish," he said. "But we can't eat this."

Willson and members of the McLeod Lake Indian Band, located in northeastern British Columbia, arrived at the legislature in Victoria with more than 90 kilograms of bull trout packed in two coolers.

Paul Lewis
Documents show for the first time how FBI agents have been closely monitoring anti-Keystone activists in violation of its guidelines. Photograph: Guardian

The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against theKeystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal.

Internal agency documents show for the first time how FBI agents have been closely monitoring anti-Keystone activists, in violation of guidelines designed to prevent the agency from becoming unduly involved in sensitive political issues.

Office of Mayor Derek Corrigan of City of Burnaby
walk the line

To ensure the National Energy Board has access to detailed, expert information on the significant potential public and environmental dangers associated with Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Burnaby Mountain Tank Farm, the Burnaby Fire Department has prepared a comprehensive risk assessment that analyzes the fire and safety risks, hazard events and consequences associated with the proposed project.

Travis Lupick
Gabriel Nadequ-Dubois

Opposition movements against four megaprojects linked to the Alberta oil sands are increasingly connected, according to Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, an author, environmental activist, and former leader of the 2012 student strike in Quebec.

Mark Hume
Gord Eby, a resident of Fort St. John, fishes on the Peace River in February. Treaty 8 First Nations argue that if the $8.8 billion dam goes ahead, it will have devastating impact on their ability to hunt, trap and fish.

A treaty signed 116 years ago promising First Nations the right to pursue traditional lives is a key part of a legal challenge to the B.C. government’s approval of the Site C dam.

The Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations, along with the McLeod Lake Indian Band, opened arguments in the Supreme Court of B.C. on Thursday, saying that if BC Hydro’s $8.8-billion dam goes ahead, it will have devastating impact on their ability to hunt, trap and fish, which is already compromised because of resource developments in the Peace River region.

Jeremy Deutsch
James Moore protest April 2015

Once again, local MP James Moore and his constituency office in Port Moody were targets of a petition, this time over last week’s oil spill near Vancouver.

On Friday, a group that included First Nations leaders and representatives from organizations like Leadnow and Council of Canadians, delivered a petition to Moore’s office on St. Johns Street calling on the federal government to reopen the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, reverse cuts to marine communications centres in B.C., and ban increased tanker traffic on the coast.

The Local staff
Anti-austerity protests in France April 2015

Tens of thousands of French workers took to the streets of cities across the country on Thursday to denounce the "austerity" policies of the French government. The Eiffel Tower was forced to close due to the strike.

Various trade unions had called on workers to join the protest against austerity and in the name of "protecting social services, public transport, and employment".

Thousands of protesters marched in Paris between the Place d'Italie and the Invalides on Thursday afternoon and thousands more rallied in cities across France.

Tom Fennario
Quebec march on climate change

QUEBEC CITY–Standing at the head of the line, drum in hand, Melissa Mollen-Dupuis and several First Nation drummers took their first step forward. Behind them, an estimated 25,000 people followed.

“I say we need programs for people who are addicted to petrol and money,” said Mollen-Dupuis. “Just like we do for people who are addicted to alcohol and drugs.”

Mollen-Dupuis is a seasoned environmental activist.

The Innu from Mingan on Quebec’s North shore is a staple in environmental marches.

In today’s climate action march, she was walking for a new purpose.

Matthew Claxton
Protesters marched through Fort Langley to oppose an expanded Trans Mountain Pipeline

Several hundred people marched through Fort Langley Saturday to oppose the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline that runs through Langley.

Organized by groups including the Pipe Up Network and the Kwantlen First Nation, the march headed from the Kwantlen reserve to the Fort Langley Community Hall.

The march paused in the center of the Jacob Haldi Bridge that connects MacMillan Island to the village of Fort Langley. Above the Fraser River, Kwantlen members drummed and sang before the march continued.


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