Their land still saturated with goop, indigenous groups in Ecuador are awaiting a decision in the Supreme Court of Canada on whether Chevron Corp. can be forced to pay the $9.5 billion in damages they are owed for severe contamination of their lands.
Attorneys for Ecuadorean plaintiffs, most of whom are indigenous, appeared before Canada’s Supreme Court on Thursday, October 11 in an effort to seek payment for the $9.5 billion judgment levied against Chevron back in 2011.
FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is introducing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that the premier says won’t be lifted until five conditions are met.
Those conditions include a process to consult with First Nations, a plan for wastewater disposal and credible information about the impacts fracking has on health, water and the environment, Brian Gallant said Thursday.
“We have been clear from Day One that we will impose a moratorium until risks to the environment, health and water are understood,” Gallant told a news conference in Fredericton. Read the rest of this entry
By James Keller,, Dec 18, 2014
A Vancouver-area city is asking the National Energy Board to hand Kinder Morgan a bill that could be worth more than $2 million for policing and cleanup costs after pipeline work was targeted by protesters last month.
Environmental activists set up a makeshift encampment in a conservation area on Burnaby Mountain, east of Vancouver, in an attempt to block crews from conducting drilling and survey work related to its proposal to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline. Read the rest of this entry
Brazilian indigenous protesters armed with bows and arrows have clashed with police inside the National Congress building in the capital, Brasilia. The group, with some 30 men, tried to break into the building to protest against a bill on indigenous lands. Police officers used pepper spray and blocked access to a committee that was due to vote on the proposal. An arrow struck a policeman’s boot but he was uninjured, said the Brazilian authorities. Following the brief confrontation, the committee session was called off. Read the rest of this entry
After years of failed bills, public debate and considerable controversy, lawful access legislation received royal assent last week. Public Safety Minister Peter MacKay’s Bill C-13 lumped together measures designed to combat cyberbullying with a series of new warrants to enhance police investigative powers, generating criticism from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, civil liberties groups and some prominent victims’ rights advocates. They argued that the government should have created cyberbullying safeguards without sacrificing privacy. Read the rest of this entry
Massive hydro project would flood a large area of the Peace River Valley in northern B.C.
CBC News, Dec 16, 2014
B.C. has approved the $9 billion Site C dam — a massive hydroelectric project that would flood a large area of the Peace River Valley in northeastern B.C.
In making the announcement, Premier Christy Clark said the Site C Clean Energy Project will provide B.C. residents with a reliable source of power for the next 100 years for the least cost to the taxpayer.
“Affordable, reliable, clean electricity is the backbone of British Columbia’s economy,” said Clark. “Site C will support our quality of life for decades to come and will enable continued investment and a growing economy.” Read the rest of this entry
61-year-old woman alleges excessive force after she was thrown to the ground for refusing to answer questions
CBC News, Dec 13, 2014
A 61-year-old Smithers Wet’suwet’en elder is filing a formal complaint claiming police used excessive force when an officer shoved her to the ground for refusing to answer questions about an alleged theft.
Jospeh said she visited a store last weekend where she talked to someone inside. Outside she said she was met by an RCMP officer who said he was investigating an alleged theft. Read the rest of this entry