by Megan Craig, Vancouver Media Coop, Dec 21, 2014
For many weeks local residents occupied a small piece of unceded Coast Salish Territory (the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area) in hopes of preventing the building of another oil pipeline that would connect the Alberta tar sands with tankers in Vancouver’s harbor and triple the amount of bitumen already transported. So far, there has been a broad range of people acting to oppose this project. Municipal government, left leaning academics, liberals, Indigenous warriors and elders, migrant organizers, grassroots activists, and anarchists, have all taken a stand against the pipeline. Read the rest of this entry
Judge throws out civil contempt charges against those arrested for breaking the injunction
CBC News, Nov 27, 2014
An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday, meaning the site must be cleared of excavation work by Dec. 1.
In denying the company’s request to extend the injunction to Dec. 12, the judge also ruled that all civil contempt charges against those arrested so far have been thrown out due to errors in the injunction. Read the rest of this entry
It won’t end here: Anti-pipeline protesters vow to remain on Burnaby Mountain as long as Kinder Morgan is there
Note: Cops love co-opting Native culture and spirituality as part of their repression of Indigenous resistance, and they often find willing and naive accomplices from within Native communities to do this…
Officers working with elders to bring in firewood
by Warrior Publications, Nov 23, 2014
Since November 20, 2014, there have been scores of police on Burnaby Mountain, enforcing a court injunction prohibiting people from interfering with Kinder Morgan’s drilling of bore holes. As of Nov 23, there have been over 60 arrests. While the majority of these have been symbolic “voluntary arrests,” some have been the result of aggressive police actions during their crowd control activities.
METRO VANCOUVER — At least 10 more people have been arrested this morning after crossing the police line, as anti-pipeline protesters continue to rally on Burnaby Mountain. The arrests were peacful and without too much force.Meanwhile, the sound of drilling by Kinder Morgan crews at two sites on Saturday morning muffled the crackling of the sacred fire, which police on Friday moved rather than extinguished so aboriginal elders could keep the blaze burning. The fire is significant to aboriginal people because it symbolizes the fight to save the land.
By Tiffany Crawford and Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun,
METRO VANCOUVER – At least six more protesters have been arrested on Burnaby Mountain today, including Simon Fraser science professor and protest organizer Lynne Quarmby.
Quarmby was named as a defendant in the Kinder Morgan injunction to have the protesters removed, along with Mia Nissen, Adam Gold and fellow SFU professor Stephen Collis, and Alan Dutton, who leads the Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion. Read the rest of this entry