Indigenous in Ecuador Struggle to Get Chevron to Pay Up on $9.5 Billion in Damages

Chevron Ecuador spill 1by Rick Kearns, Indian Country Today, Dec 19, 2014

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.

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New Brunswick moratorium on fracking has 5 conditions, including consulting First Nations

Women warriors at a tire fire blockade on Hwy 11, Dec 2, 2013.

Women warriors at a tire fire blockade on Hwy 11, Dec 2, 2013.

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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

Burnaby tries to force police costs from Kinder Morgan

RCMP stand in guard of Kinder Morgan contractor's heavy equipment, Nov 21, 2014.

RCMP stand in guard of Kinder Morgan contractor’s heavy equipment, Nov 21, 2014.

By James Keller, The Canadian Press, 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

Brazil indigenous group clashes with police in Congress

Brazil congress clash 1BBC News,

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

Red Chris mine opening delayed

Tahtlan, members of Secwepemc delegation and comrades from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp blockade Red Chris Mine site, Sept 29, 2014.

Tahtlan, members of Secwepemc delegation and comrades from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp blockade Red Chris Mine site, Sept 29, 2014.

by  Josh Massey, Terrace Standard, Dec 17, 2014

The opening of the Imperial Metals Red Chris copper and gold mine has been delayed until the new year as the company continues to seek a final provincial environmental permit and negotiates with the Tahltan Central Council over recommendations contained in a review of the facility’s tailings pond.

Speaking in Terrace Dec. 12, Tahltan Central Council president Chad Day said the next few months will be critical for agreements with Imperial which had originally anticipated starting up its $643 million mine on Tahltan traditional territory by the end of this year.

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Telecoms Offer to Build Surveillance Tools into Networks

Surveillance internet canada cartoonNevertheless, gov’t still feels the need to legislate interception, docs show.

By Michael Geist, The Tyee, Dec 17, 2014

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

Site C project still faces major obstacles after B.C. approval

Site C dam approved by B.C. government

Protest sign along Peace River in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee

Protest sign along Peace River in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee

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

Irene Joseph’s takedown by Smithers RCMP captured in photo

Wet'suwet'en elder Irene Joseph assaulted by Smithers RCMP officer.

Wet’suwet’en elder Irene Joseph assaulted by Smithers RCMP officer.

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

Sheila Ignace, Ts’Peten Veteran, Passes On to Spirit World

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