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Lessons We Keep Learning: Reflections on the Burnaby Mountain Pipeline Opposition

Pacifists and New Age spiritualists hold a group hug against Kinder Morgan... it didn't work.

Pacifists and New Age spiritualists hold a group hug against Kinder Morgan… it didn’t work.

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

Anti-pipeline protesters rally on Burnaby Mountain as injunction deadline passes

Several hundred people gathered on Burnaby Mountain the day an injunction against an anti-pipeline protest camp was due, Nov 17, 2014.

Several hundred people gathered on Burnaby Mountain the day an injunction against an anti-pipeline protest camp was due, Nov 17, 2014.

BURNABY, B.C. – As the deadline for an injunction passed directing protesters to clear the way for Kinder Morgan pipeline survey crews, many vowed to defy the court’s order.

A few hundred people gathered along the road and on a hillside in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation area as the 4 p.m. court-imposed deadline loomed, waving banners, chanting and vowing not to let survey crews access the conservation area.

A handful of uniformed RCMP officers stood nearby, watching the demonstration. Read the rest of this entry

Elder protesting Kinder Morgan arrested in violent confrontation on Burnaby Mountain

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RCMP officers made the first arrest of a demonstrator after the month-long demonstration atop Burnaby Mountain today, hitting a man’s head against a car and then throwing him to the ground after trying to enter the protesters’ camp.

Just after 2 pm today, three RCMP officers in two cars arrived at the top of Burnaby Mountain and spoke to protesters. The atmosphere was peaceful and the officers spoke calmly to several people along the road.

One officer then approached the entrance to the encampment area, largely covered by tarps, and tried to get inside. Mel Clifton, an elder from Tsimshian and Gitxan nations, who was standing at the entrance when the officer arrived, Clifton refused to allow the officer through. Read the rest of this entry