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‘Deck Stacked’ Against First Nations Seeking Site C Injunction, Experts Say PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 21 January 2018 13:43

Deck Stacked’ Against First Nations Seeking Site C Injunction, Experts Say

 

Sarah Cox • Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:47

 

Chief Roland Willson

Can the Site C dam still be stopped?

It all boils down to one B.C. Supreme Court judge who will decide whether or not to grant First Nations an injunction against the project this spring, according to legal scholars who are keenly watching a new legal case against the $10.7 billion dam.

This week West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation filed notices of civil action claiming that the Site C dam — along with two existing dams on the Peace River — infringes on rights guaranteed to them in Treaty 8, which promised they could continue their traditional way of life.

The nations requested the court declare approvals for Site C issued by the B.C. and federal governments “unconstitutional,” and asked for an injunction to halt work on a project that will destroy traditional hunting, trapping and fishing grounds, as well as areas rich in berries, herbs and medicines.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:37
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B.C. First Nations Call For Injunction on Site C as They Prepare Civil Suit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 December 2017 20:46

 

By Carol Linnitt • Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:32

Site C Dam First Nations Civil Suit Injunction

The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations will seek an injunction against the Site C dam, which received a green-light from the B.C. government Monday.

The project, which will now cost an estimated $10.7 billion, has been vigorously fought by both nations, whose traditional territory will be flooded by the Site C reservoir.

In addition to a court-sponsored injunction, the nations also announced they will pursue a civil case against the project for treaty infringement.

It was John Horgan’s NDP that demanded a Site C inquiry by the B.C. Utilities Commission, and the results they received from it were clear: no need for the power, better alternatives once we do, and no advantage to ratepayers to proceed,” Chief Roland Willson said in a statement. “With those findings, the only responsible choice was to immediately stop destroying the Peace River valley.”

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Peace Valley Solidarity Initiative Sets Date for Accountability Summit on NDP's Reckless Decision to Proceed with Site C PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:45

 

By Peace Valley Solidarity Initiative

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/peace-valley-solidarity-initiative-sets-date-accountability-summit-on-ndps-reckless-2243055.htm

December 11, 2017 19:31 ET

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - December 11, 2017) - Today the Peace Valley Solidarity Initiative (PVSI) announced that an Accountability Summit on Site C will be held in Vancouver on January 20 - 21, 2018, to hold the NDP government to account for its unconscionable decision to complete construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam project. The Premier and Cabinet, as well as people from all political parties and walks of life concerned with the Site C decision and how it was made, are invited to attend.

PVSI is asking the NDP to provide all the data, analysis and excel spreadsheets underlying their decision before Christmas so the province's business case for proceeding with Site C can be analyzed before the summit.

"The expert evidence we presented to Cabinet to cancel Site C was completely ignored," says Rob Botterell legal counsel to PVLA and PVEA. "Robert McCullough, an independent energy expert with 40 years of experience, was never contacted to provide more detail of his expert analysis to the Cabinet, after November 30, 2017. The silence was deafening. Clearly the decision has been made for some time. At least with Premier Christy Clark, my clients were not promised an open, fair and transparent process as was promised by Premier Horgan and Finance Minister Carole James. That turned out to be a sham."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:52
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Burns Bog Conservation Society Petitions Federal Government PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:53

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

 

We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House to the following:

 

Whereas, there are species at risk on the lands owned by MK Delta Lands Group (7007 Highway 91, 7969 Highway 91 Connector, 7949 104 Street, 10770 72nd Avenue, et al, Delta, British Columbia) and Pineland Peat (5224-88 Street, Delta, British Columbia).

 

Whereas, these species at risk include: the Red-listed Dim Skipper Butterfly, the Red-listed Pacific Water Shrew, Red-listed Trowbridge’s Shrew, the Red-listed Sandhill crane and Red-listed Southern Red-backed vole. Red-listed Black-Crowned Night Heron, the Red-listed Olympic shrew, the Blue-listed Autumn Meadowhawk, the Blue-listed Northern Red-legged frog, Blue-listed Barn Owl, Blue-listed Western Screech Owl, Blue-listed Green Heron and the Blue-listed Black Swift are either resident or migrate to these areas annually.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:58
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The heat is on over Site C, says Horgan, as consultations begin PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:18

 

The fate of the Site C hydroelectric dam will be the focus of intense scrutiny this week as cabinet ministers travel north for consultations.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:25
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Urgent! Request from Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:49

 

Forwarded at the request of the Gathering Our Voices Society / Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Warriors
 
It's Time! Please invite your kayaking friends.
 
The brave Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Cleansing Our Waters warriors occupying Marine Harvest's Midsummer Island farm have requested that all willing and able kayakers make their way with boats to Alert Bay as swiftly as possible to standby and assist in the prevention of the restocking of the farm with young Atlantic Salmon. Marine Harvest will attempt to begin restocking as early as Monday. The first main action is most likely to take place Tuesday morning.
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:53
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ACTIVISTS OPPOSED TO KINDER MORGAN'S PIPELINE EXPANSION TO RUN TRAINING SESSIONS FOR PROTESTERS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 14:46

Just the beginning': anti-pipeline protesters vow 'rise of resistance'

Activists opposed to Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion to run training sessions for protesters

CBC News Posted: Oct 30, 2017 2:28 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 30, 2017 2:29 PM PT

People who were arrested at a protest against energy giant Kinder Morgan are saying what happened this weekend is just the beginning of mass civil disobedience.

On Saturday, protesters gathered both on the water and on land near Kinder Morgan's Westbridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., to voice their opposition to the planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. 

  • 5 arrested for mischief following Kinder Morgan protest

More than 60 boats linked together in front of the tanker route that connects with the terminal. 

Police arrested five of the protesters. They have now been charged with criminal mischief. 

Anti-Kinder Morgan protesters hold news conference after arrests

Karen Mahon (centre-left) and Saeed Nagyb (centre-right) are two of five people arrested on Oct. 28, 2017 and charged with mischief for their roles in a protest against Kinder Morgan. Chief Bob Chamberlin with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (far left) is also opposed to the pipeline. (Christer Waara/CBC )

On Monday, four of the five held a news conference in Vancouver, vowing to ramp up their efforts. 

Protester Liam Fox says he believes it is his duty to stand in the way of the construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. 

"We don't really have any other option. This pipeline has to be stopped," Fox said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 November 2017 19:55
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Heiltsuk First Nation to sue Kirby Corporation over 2016 diesel spill PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 14:07

As reported in Coast Mountain News, this month marks the one-year anniversary of the October 13 oil spill in Bella Bella, British Columbia. With the community’s recovery efforts undermined by government and Kirby Corporation’s refusal to take responsibility for the spill and to cooperate in its aftermath, the nation says it has no option but to turn to the courts.

“The oil spill continues to be a catastrophic injury to our food sources, culture, and economy,” says Heiltsuk Tribal Council Chief Councillor, Marilyn Slett. “Thanks to Kirby Corporation and the governments of British Columbia and Canada, our community’s road to recovery keeps getting longer and longer.”

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The Nathan E. Stewart articulated tug/barge was southbound from Alaska when it ran aground at Edge Reef near Athlone Island on Oct. 13, 2016. (Photo Credit: Western Canada Marine Response Corporation)

Kirby Corporation and government have kept information secret about what occurred on October 13, 2016 when the Nathan E. Stewart grounded, sank and spilled oil into Gale Pass. The Heiltsuk Tribal Council made numerous separate requests for information to the polluter (Kirby Corporation) and various government agencies, including Transport Canada, the Transportation Safety Board, and the Canadian Coast Guard. Those requests were largely denied or ignored.

The Nation claims this secrecy and lack of collaboration has continued throughout the post-spill recovery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 November 2017 20:06
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Site C: Global Compliance Research Project Presentation to the BC Utilities Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:32

Image result for photos of the peace valley view site C

 

Presentation to the BC Utilities Commission

By Dr Joan Russow,

Global Compliance Research Project

Victoria

 

October 11, 2017

 

The Global Compliance Research Project monitors the compliance and

non-compliance, by member states at the United Nations, with international law.

 

 It’s 2017! It’s 41 years since Habitat I in Vancouver, where Canada agreed to the following recommendations:

reducing energy consumption …. becom(ing) aware of the need to cease environmentally degrading and wasteful use of energy resources….Identifying and developing new sources of energy…developing and implementing the utilization of solar and geothermal energy(Excerpts from articles from C4 energy, habitat I)

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 13:24
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B.C. claims approval of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion 'lopsided' for Alberta PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 11:24

 

>A lawyer representing British Columbia in its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says the federal cabinet's approval of the project is "lopsided" because it put Alberta's economic needs ahead of B.C.'s concerns about oil spills.

CP, THE CANADIAN PRESS - Published on: October 6, 2017 | Last Updated: October 6, 2017 5:58 AM MDT

A lawyer representing British Columbia in its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says the federal cabinet’s approval of the project is “lopsided” because it put Alberta’s economic needs ahead of B.C.’s concerns about oil spills.

Thomas Berger said outside the Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday that the $7.4-billion project would disproportionately impact the interests of B.C. residents in the event of a marine spill of diluted bitumen.

While Alberta would get the lion’s share of benefits through development of its oil resources and access to Pacific Rim markets, B.C. would bear the entire environmental risk, he told The Canadian Press in an interview.

In its approval of the project last November, the governor in council breached its statutory duty to provide reasons for deciding it was not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, Berger said on behalf of the attorney general of B.C., which is an intervener in the case.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:13
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