Dogwood Initiative Staff
Coal Train along BC coast

Beyond Coal

Fraser Surrey Docks wants to ship up to eight million tonnes a year of U.S. thermal coal to power plants in China. For the sake of our communities and the climate, we have to stop them.

Why are American coal companies using B.C. as a back door to China? Because citizens in Oregon and Washington have shut down five coal export terminals in a row. Together we can make Fraser Surrey Docks number six.

Jedediah Purdy
 Women hold a prayer ceremony on Backwater Bridge during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access Pipeline

The incoming Trump administration is likely to see the greatest revival of environmentalism as a confrontational, grassroots, sometimes radical movement since at least 1970, when more than a million people took part in the first Earth Day.

Tom DiChristopher
Andrew Lichtenstein | Corbis | Getty Images Protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota

A pipeline leak has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek roughly two and a half hours from Cannon Ball, where protesters are camped out in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes, as well as environmentalists from around the country, have fought the pipeline project on the grounds that it crosses beneath a lake that provides drinking water to native Americans. They say the route beneath Lake Oahe puts the water source in jeopardy and would destroy sacred land.

Shawn McCarthy and Justine Hunter

The fragile victory by protesters at Standing Rock has galvanized indigenous communities north of the border, with some leaders now pledging to block the bitterly contested Trans Mountain pipeline. With his recent approval of that project, write Shawn McCarthy and Justine Hunter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s biggest challenge may be yet to come

Tat7ush - Theresa Peters

I did a column about the Standing Rock Sioux’s stand against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) in October. On Sunday (Dec. 4) news broke that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not allow the pipeline to be built on its current route near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

It’s a huge victory for the water protectors — the term Standing Rock activists used and what I will call them in this column. But it took months of action and sacrifice to get to this point.

Back in October, not much media coverage was given to this environmental and Indigenous rights issue.   

Tanya Fletcher
Protesters stand outside a Vancouver, B.C. bank on Dec. 1, 2016. (CBC)

Rally targeted banks protesters say will benefit from the pipeline

Protesters once again marched through downtown Vancouver on Thursday night, carrying signs and chanting anti-pipeline sentiments.

While it's a scene familiar to the west coast, the rally didn't have a local target — instead, it was meant as a symbol of solidarity for the Standing Rock demonstrators in North Dakota.

Jack Healy and Nicholas Fandos

[See video with original article]

CANNON BALL, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a major victory on Sunday in its battle to block an oil pipeline being built near its reservation when the Department of the Army announced that it would not allow the pipeline to be drilled under a dammed section of the Missouri River.


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