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British Columbia to Require Indigenous Consent for Fish Farms – June 28, 2018

New rule exempts Broughton Archipelago, raising questions about how big a win it is

There is solid evidence suggesting open net pen fish farming carries too many risks and not enough rewards for the coastal communities it impacts. Case in point: Washington State, where a fish farm pen collapsed last summer, releasing farmed Atlantic salmon into the Salish Sea and putting the health of wild salmon stocks at risk. Following the breach, the state voted to phase-out open net-pen farming by 2025.

photo of Isle de Jean CharlesPhoto courtesy of Oregon State UniversityOpen net pen fish farming comes with significant environmental risks, including pollution of marine environments with excess feed and feces, as well as the… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Kinder Morgan Pipeline is Never Going to be Built, Vow Activists – May 31, 2018

Deal to buy Trans Mountain project flies in face of Trudeau’s promise to uphold the Paris Accord and rights of First Nations

On Tuesday, less than two months after Kinder Morgan suspended its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project, the Canadian government announced a plan to purchase the project and terminal assets for $4.5 billion from the American company, unleashing a storm of criticism over the move.

photo of protestPhoto courtesy of Zack Embree/SumOfUsJust days prior to the announcement, a new study found that further expansion of Canada’s tar sands mines would contribute to carbon lock-in and long-term oversupply of oil, slowing the world’s transition to a low-carbon future.

“Today’s agreement will help advance Canada as an energy leader, as a place where… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Kinder Morgan Suspends Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Expansion Project – April 9, 2018

Activists hail news as a sign the project might eventually be scrapped due to public resistance

In a sea of bad news stories about human impacts on the natural environment and the toll already taken by a changing climate, good news stories are a welcome relief. So when American energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan announced the suspension of work on its Canadian $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project yesterday, whether temporary or not, the news was greeted by activists with enthusiasm, relief, and renewed commitment to ensure the pipeline never gets built.

kinder morgan protestBy William Chen/Wikimedia CommonsProtests against the project — which involved expanding the existing Kinder Morgan line built in 1953 to increase its capacity to transport… more

by: Ron Johnson

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First Nations Face Off against Open-Pen Salmon Farms in British Columbia – February 5, 2018

Protesters have been occupying offshore aquaculture facilities in their waters for five months fighting license renewals

For thousands of years, wild salmon has been central to the livelihood and traditional culture of First Nations communities along the British Columbia coastline. They have eaten fish from the same waters for generations; young people they have learned and danced the same Salmon Dance as their elders. Wild salmon are also key to a healthy and stunning ecosystem that includes orcas, grizzly bears, and bald eagles, and that draws millions of tourists to the region every year providing billions of dollars in local revenue. 

photo of swanson occupationPhoto courtesy of Swanson Occupation, Facebook First Nation activists occupy a Marine Harvest fish farm facility near Swanson… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Tiny Houses, Big Resistance – January 2, 2018

Indigenous activists erecting tiny homes along proposed path of Trans Mountain pipeline

Ten tiny houses festooned with aboriginal artwork will soon be wheeled into the traditional territory of the Secwepemc Nation and placed in the path of a proposed new tar sands oil pipeline. The Tiny House Warriors anti-pipeline and Indigenous rights campaign led by Kanahus Manuel is set to oppose the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in a way that could transform the British Columbia interior into the next Standing Rock.

photo of tiny housePhoto courtesy of Tiny House Warriors The Tiny House Warriors anti-pipeline and Indigenous rights campaign is erecting tiny houses in the path of the Trans Mountain pipeline… more

by: Ron Johnson

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