February 5, 2016

BC Premier Christy Clark and the BC government were in Ottawa on February 4, 2016 pushing the federal government to approve the Petronas-led proposal for an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) terminal on Lelu Island (also known as Lax U'u'la), even though the people of Lax Kw'alaams and their hereditary leaders have said no.

The BC government is completely disregarding the hereditary leadership of the Gitwilgyoots, and the dozens of hereditary leaders from neighbouring Indigenous nations who are standing with the Lax Kw'alaams community and who signed the Lelu Island Declaration against LNG. Continuing to push LNG despite the Lelu Island Declaration and Lax Kw’alaam’s unanimous vote opposing the LNG proposal goes against the numerous Supreme Court rulings that show that the true title holders of the land are the hereditary leaders, and they are saying no to Petronas' PNW LNG project on Lelu Island!

February 5, 2016
Site C camp
Photo: Marilyn Belak (right) and Ken and Arlene Boon (left-to-right) at the Site C camp, Jan. 25.

Dawson Creek, BC-based Council of Canadians supporter Marilyn Belak visited Treaty 8 territory on Jan. 25 to express solidarity with Indigenous and allied land defenders opposing the Site C dam.

Site C is a proposed 60-metre high, 1,050-metre-long earth-filled dam and hydroelectric generation station on the Peace River between the communities of Hudson's Hope and Taylor on Treaty 8 territory in northeastern British Columbia. It would create an 83-kilometre-long reservoir and flood about 5,550 hectares of agricultural land southwest of Fort St. John. It would also submerge 78 First Nations heritage sites, including burial grounds and places of cultural and spiritual significance. Logging and land clearing for the dam began this summer, without consent from Treaty 8, but major construction on the dam is not yet underway.

February 5, 2016

Halifax 100% possible

A key meeting between the prime minister and the premiers on climate change is coming soon.

February 5, 2016
Energy East Map
Council of Canadians Map of Energy East Pipeline

Toronto Star columnist Chantal Hébert has commented, "No mayor holds a veto over a pipeline but it will be hard to secure a social licence for any project [including the Energy East pipeline] absent more support from the political leaders who are closest to the day-to-day life of so many voters."

Yesterday, the mayors of the 22 biggest cities in this country met and the Energy East pipeline was on the agenda. News reports have carried various quotes from the mayors on the subject.

February 4, 2016

TPP Protest

As Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Auckland yesterday, more than 1,000 people shut down the central part of the city in protest against the deal.

The New Zealand Herald reports, "Central Auckland grounded to a halt as trade ministers signed the TPP. All streets around Sky City Convention Centre [where the TPP was being signed] and motorway on and off ramps leading to the central business district were blocked by protesters." The BBC adds, "In the lead up to Thursday's signing, the streets around Auckland's central business district were disrupted by groups blocking access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Police clashed with some protestors, who have widely claimed the deal will benefit big business rather than workers."