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SIERRA CLUB BC REACTS TO POLICE VIOLENCE PDF Print E-mail
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SIERRA CLUB BC REACTS TO POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST OLD-GROWTH FOREST DEFENDERS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

Sierra Club BC statement in response to police violence against old-growth forest defenders on Vancouver Island

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 24, 2021

Sierra Club BC is deeply disturbed by the increasingly aggressive tactics deployed by the RCMP and captured on video in Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek). These acts of violence come less than two weeks after the B.C. Supreme Court found the RCMP’s use of exclusion zones, which place certain areas off-limits to protesters, members of the media and observers, to be unlawful.

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Sierra Club BC reacts to police violence against old-growth forest defenders on Vancouver Island PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 August 2021 10:31

 

 
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Sierra Club BC reacts to police violence against old-growth forest defenders on Vancouver Island 

Sierra Club BC Executive Director Hannah Askew and Senior Campaigner Jens Wieting offered the following statement to media.

August 24, 2021

Sierra Club BC is deeply disturbed by the increasingly aggressive tactics deployed by the RCMP and captured on video in Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek). These acts of violence come less than two weeks after the B.C. Supreme Court found the RCMP’s use of exclusion zones, which place certain areas off-limits to protesters, members of the media and observers, to be unlawful.

“Once again, in ways that echo the police raids on Wet’suwet’en territory in 2019 and 2020, the RCMP is being deployed to violently protect corporate interests. This is a shameful abuse of power that militarizes the police against Indigenous youth and other land defenders that are choosing to act as the provincial government fails to uphold their promises on Indigenous rights, climate action and old-growth protection,” said Sierra Club BC Executive Director Hannah Askew.

The B.C. government made an election promise in the fall of 2020 to implement the recommendations from its own Old Growth Panel “in totality.” Delivery of this promise would have resulted in a solutions-focused path to protect at-risk old-growth forests like Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek) across the province and assured concerned citizens that the provincial government was acting in the public interest. The violence we are witnessing is the direct result of government inaction and broken promises.

“The images of police violence against peaceful protesters seeking to save some of the last ancient forests on the planet from destruction for corporate short-term profit would be shameful for any country in the world calling itself democratic, at any given time. The fact that this is happening during the rapidly escalating climate and extinction crises of 2021 makes this political failure even more unbearable,” said Sierra Club BC Senior Forest and Climate Campaigner Jens Wieting.

Almost a year has passed since the B.C. government committed to protecting endangered old-growth ecosystems yet almost all at-risk forests remain open to logging.

“The lack of action, funding and proper timelines for the implementation of B.C.’s Old Growth Panel recommendations is resulting in battlegrounds like Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek), where land and water defenders are putting their wellbeing on the line to do what Horgan’s government promised to do. We are calling for an immediate halt to the violence against youth and others courageously standing up for our collective future, and demand that all levels of government act swiftly and meaningfully to protect old-growth forests in this time of climate emergency,” added Askew.

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We're calling on the B.C. government to end police brutality and unlawful exclusion zones in Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek), protect at-risk old-growth ecosystems, and provide funding for Indigenous-led conservation solutions and a just transition for forestry workers.

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Lies, guitarsand a few facts about Fairey Creek b PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 01 August 2021 12:25

By David Broadland April 6

As arrests at Fairy Creek Rainforest begin, arm yourself with some truth about what's actually happening. The injunction was obtained by inaccurate, self-serving descriptions of the impact of the blockades by the company.

 

IF THERE'S ONE SITUATION in which you would expect a company's accountant to be accurate about the numbers, it would be in a sworn affidavit in which the company is seeking a high-profile injunction from the BC Supreme Court. Right?

Not these days.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 August 2021 14:28
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Thousands of Quakes, Tied to Fracking, Keep Shaking the Site C Dam Region PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 14 August 2020 17:05

 

Andrew Nikiforuk  https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/08/13/Quakes-Fracking-Site-C-Dam-Region/

Several recent reports on the tremors add to concerns about the mega-project’s stability.

Building the Site C dam in northeastern British Columbia is proving more difficult than officials predicted due to unstable ground on the northern bank. Adding to concerns: myriad earthquakes.

For nearly a decade, The Tyee has reported on a rising number of earthquakes caused by the hydraulic fracturing of shale formations in the region. Now, new studies put the number of such tremors in recent years in the many thousands, raising more worries about the future of the mega-project.

Researchers warn the shaking could become strong enough to crumble critical infrastructure such as roads, high-rise buildings — and dams. 

B.C.’s regulatory practices try to limit fracking after small earthquakes have been triggered. But that’s “not sufficient to protect critical or vulnerable infrastructure that have unacceptable failure consequences,” noted seismic hazard expert Gail Atkinson in the May 7 issue of Nature Reviews. 

No one can yet predict frack-triggered quakes before they happen, and “hazard forecasting” remains a “critical area of research.”

Another study, released this week by researcher Ben Parfitt at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, took data from federal earthquake catalogues to show how many tremors the fracking industry is producing near the Site C dam.

The numbers are staggering. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, the industry triggered 6,551 earthquakes greater than 0.8 magnitude in the region near the troubled mega-project with a price estimate of $12 billion and rising.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2020 17:08
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Wet’suwet’en: Why Are Indigenous Rights Being Defined By An Energy Corporation? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:08

Yellowhead Institute generates critical policy perspectives in support of First Nation jurisdiction.

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post by Shiri Pasternak 2020-02-07

In Treaties, Rights and Title

AN UNSIGNED AGREEMENT

 

between a Wet’suwet’en First Nation and Coastal GasLink along with financial documents obtained by Yellowhead Institute provide reinforcement to Yellowhead’s assessment of the ways these private contracts can dramatically undermine First Nation rights and jurisdiction.

The Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) and other documents were drafted in 2016, two years before the first payments were made to the First Nation. Because official agreements are not available to the public due to confidentiality clauses, these documents provide a valuable record of Coastal GasLink’s negotiating objectives.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2020 14:42
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They stole the Children from the Land Now They Steal the Land from the Children PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 10 February 2020 08:49

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The Court erred in granting an injunction 

1.    AN INJUNCTION IS AN EQUITABLE REMEDY

AN INJUNCTION IS AN EQUITABLE REMEDY. THE EXERCISE OF THE EQUITABLE JURISDICTION IS NOT TO BE RESTRICTED BY THE STRAITJACKET OF RIGID RULES BUT IS TO BE BASED ON BROAD PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE AND CONVENIENCE, EQUITY REGARDING THE SUBSTANCE AND NOT MERELY THE FACADE OR THE SHADOW. IT MOVES WITH TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES. (1991 BC JUSTICE J.A. NORRIS)

A. TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHANGED SINCE 1991 AFTER UN CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT (UNCED)

(i) in 1992, Canada signed and in 1993, ratified  the legally binding UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 

whose objective is 

 

article 2, the ultimate objective the UNFCCC convention and any related legal instruments that the conference of the parties may adopt is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system;

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2020 09:03
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B.C. landowners dig in their heels over Trans Mountain pipeline construction PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:13
 
“It’s caused me emotional devastation. They are killing me through stress and legal fees.”
 
LAURA KANE, THE CANADIAN PRESS Updated: September 10, 2019
 
 
Barbara Gard calls her three-hectare property, nestled below the forested peak of Sumas Mountain, a “miniature Stanley Park.” Its lush trees and flowing creek reminded her of Vancouver’s majestic park, and she immediately knew she wanted to call it home.
 
But she said her peaceful retreat in Abbotsford now feels more like a nightmare. Gard is among thousands of landowners along the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion route who have not yet granted the Crown corporation access to their property, and she said her dealings with the project’s owners over the years have shattered her mental health.
 
“It’s caused me emotional devastation,” said Gard, a 64-year-old school psychologist on medical leave from work. “They are killing me through stress and legal fees.”
 
Numerous hurdles remain before significant construction can begin on the massive project. Trans Mountain Corp. has not signed agreements with 33 per cent of landowners, no part of the detailed route has been approved, about half of the necessary permits are outstanding and it must meet dozens of conditions with the Canada Energy Regulator, formerly the National Energy Board.
 
Further, it faces resistance in southwest B.C., where landowners are digging in their heels, Indigenous groups are filing legal challenges and protesters are planning to ramp up activity.
 
The federal Liberal government bought the pipeline for $4.5 billion last year. The parliamentary budget officer has said that if the expansion is not complete by the end of 2021, it would be fair to conclude the government overpaid for the asset.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:28
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Ottawa’s Wood Buffalo plan ‘not good enough’: First Nations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:47
 
Canada’s largest national park is at risk of losing its status as a World Heritage site due to the impacts of dams, oil development and climate change
 
Judith Lavoie Feb 7, 2019 
 
https://thenarwhal.ca/ottawas-wood-buffalo-plan-not-good-enough-first-nations/?fbclid=IwAR34CIc9xuURU8rqlXU5HE_nrIIj4oCkgBU-Q_RMTkA_QMKllV93_gBoo2
 
 
 
The federal government is promising to create artificial ice jams, strategically release water from BC Hydro dams and assess cumulative impacts on northern Alberta’s Peace-Athabasca delta in an attempt to retain the World Heritage status of Canada’s largest national park.
 
 
 
However, Ottawa’s long-awaited action plan for Wood Buffalo National Park rejects a World Heritage Committee recommendation calling on Canada to  conduct an environmental and social impact assessment of the controversial Site C dam. The action plan says the federal government’s hands are tied because an assessment of the project was completed by a federal-provincial review panel before the dam was approved in 2014.
Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2019 08:39
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Rachel LaFortune: "Rule of law" is not a justification for colonial violence in Wet'suwet'en pipeline dispute PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 February 2019 13:03
 
BY Rachel LaFortaine
https://www.straight.com/news/1196861/rachel-lafortune-rule-law-not-justification-colonial-violence
 
by Guest on February 4th, 2019 at 5:06 PM

By Rachel LaFortune

 
 
SUB.MEDIA SCREEN SHOT
By Rachel LaFortune
 
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When governments rely on court-granted injunctions to define the “rule of law” in respect to Indigenous land occupations, they risk breaching their Constitutional and international human-rights obligations and undermining any chance at meaningful reconciliation.
 
Case in point: the injunction currently being enforced against Wet’suwet’en land and water defenders in British Columbia.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2019 13:28
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The ICCA Consortium stands with the Wet’suwet’en PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:05
 
We submit this message to you as a demonstration of our support and solidarity as you uphold and defend your unceded, ancestral homeland. The Wet’suwet’en have the right to live in balance with their lands and waters and have a responsibility to defend their culture, language, and livelihood.
 
The ICCA Consortium is an international association under Swiss law uniting federations and organizations  of  indigenous  peoples,  local  communities  and civil  society  organisations concerned  with  the  appropriate  recognition  of  the territories  and  areas  conserved  by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs) throughout the world.  We are a partner organization  of  the  Secretariat  of  the  Convention  on  Biological  Diversity  (CBD),  the  United Nations  Development  Programme  (UNDP  GEF  SGP)  and  the  International  Union  for  the Conservation  of  Nature  (IUCN).  Our direct Members  and  Honorary  members  span  over seventy-five countries.
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