"(AWAY) - THE GREAT BEAR FOREST IS SAFE FOR NOW!! SAVE THE GREAT BEAR SEA & THE SALISH SEA, SAVE THE OLD GROWTH FORESTS, HELP TO SAVE RAINFORESTS !"
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- THE GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,CANADA IS SAFE FOR NOW FROM A PIPELINE GOING THROUGH AND ALSO FROM OLD GROWTH FOREST LOGGING!!!!!
NOW WE MUST SAVE THE GREAT BEAR SEA AND THE SALISH SEA FROM TANKERS AND OIL SPILLS!!!!!
MOST OF THE FIRST NATIONS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE PIPELINE GOING THROUGH AND AROUND THE GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST ARE IN COURT NOW AND SHOULD WIN THEIR CASES DUE TO THE UNANIMOUS DECISION BY THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA FINDING THAT THE TSIHQOT'IN NATION CAN CONTINUE TO HOLD LEGAL TITLE TO THEIR TRADITIONAL TERRITORY IN CENTRAL B.C. Great News! Historic Supreme Court decision a crucial step for Indigenous peoples in CanadaOn June 26, a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Canada found that the Tsilhqot’in people continue to hold legal title to some 2000 square kilometres in the heart of their traditional territory in central British Columbia.It’s hard to overstate the importance of this historic ruling, both for the Tsilhqot’in people, who first went to court to protect their land rights more than 20 years ago, and for other Indigenous nations across Canada. JUST IN: PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER IS TRYING NOW TO CHANGE THESE LAWS, ALL FOR THE SAKE OF THE PIPELINE FROM BURNABY MOUNTAIN TO THE BURRARD INLET!!! (also probably for the pipeline to the East Coast).
THERE ARE STILL GOBES OF BUNKER OIL ON COAST LINE OF ENGLISH BAY AND BURRARD INLET AND NO KNOWS HOW MUCH IN THE OCEAN.SO MUCH FOR THE FEDERAL GOVT. CLOSING DOWN COAST GUARD SO CLOSE BY.
This is an ill-conceived plan to save endangered caribou in B.C.. The wolves are not responsible for the dwindling caribou numbers; habitat loss and human encroachment are. But wolves are taking the blame and paying the price.
Decades of habitat destruction and human encroachment have left B.C.’s woodland caribou in serious decline. But instead of protecting critical habitat, such as lichen-rich high elevation forests, the B.C. government turned a deaf ear to scientific warnings and allowed logging, industrial exploration and other kinds of human encroachment to take place. Now that the caribou are almost gone, they’ve decided to scapegoat wolves. These highly social and intelligent animals, icons of B.C.’s natural heritage, should not be killed because of long-term government negligence in regards to
BAN THE GRIZZLY BEAR TROPHY HUNT!!!!!!!!
The spring grizzly kill starts April 1 and extends for several weeks, followed by a second fall season. By year's end, several hundred will have died at the hands of humans, close to 90 per cent shot by trophy hunters — many of them foreign licence-holders, as the B.C.government plans to enact new regulations to allow hunters from outside B.C. to take 40 per cent of grizzlies slated for killing. The government also plans to allow foreign interests and corporations to buy and run guide-outfitting territories previously run only by B.C. residents. Local hunting organizations say the new rules put them at a disadvantage. According to polls, almost 90 per cent of B.C. residents oppose hunting grizzlies for trophies, including many First Nations and food hunters. Scientists say it's unsustainable. The Coastal First Nations coalition has banned grizzly hunting in its territories, but the government doesn't recognize the ban. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation has bought hunting licences in an attempt to reduce bear kills on the coast.
IAN McALLISTER AND HIS TEAM HAVE WORKED FOR YEARS TO SAVE THE GREAT BEAR SEA (AND THE GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST). THIS SITE AT PACIFIC WILD HAS LIVE STREAMING UNDER THE WATER AND ALSO ON LAND, ALSO HYDROPHONES TO LISTEN TO THE ORCAS AND WHALES. MR. McALLISTER HAS WRITTEN MANY BOOKS ON THESE SUBJECTS, AND THIS IS AN AMAZING SITE.
SAVE THE GREAT BEAR SEA!!!
*THE MOST IMPORTANT - THE SALMON*
THE SALMON ARE SO IMPORTANT TO THE GREAT BEAR SEA, MARINE ANIMALS PREY ON THEM, THE SPIRIT (KEROMODE) BEARS, GRIZZLIES, BLACK BEARS, THE RAIN WOLVES, AND MANY SPECIES OF BIRDS FEED ON THEM. ALSO THEY ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF FIRST NATIONS DIET.
In the spring there is a Herring run, they lay their eggs on the kelp, and the eggs (roe) are washed ashore by the waves, The herrring has always been prized by the First Nations.
It is always known when the herring run is on - just watch the gulls.
THERE IS A WHITE FOAM CALLED MILT THAT WASHES UP TO THE SHORES.
A SWARM OF HERRING
HERRING EGGS COLLECT ON KELP
HERRING ROE COLLECTS ON THE BEACH AFTER HIGH TIDE.
BEARS LOVE THE HERRING ROE, AND AFTER HIBERNATION NEED TO FILL THEIR TUMMIES.
HERRING EGGS (ROE) ATTACHES ITSELF TO THE KELP FROM UNDER THE SEA.Thick roe on stringy algae or yaga (Egregia menziesii)- BELOW
A BED OF MUSSELS AT LOW TIDE, THERE ARE ALSO SHRIMP, CRAB, & CLAMS. The Great Bear Sea is home to an incredible bounty of marine life — including humpback whales, sea otters, dozens of other mammals, and hundreds of species of fish. But this is not just about saving the wildlife. The ocean generates half of the oxygen we breathe and plays a major role in stabilizing the climate.Below is the magnificent ORCA
The Humpback Whale showing off its pectoral fin.
The Steller Sea Lions above
WHITE SIDED DOLPHINS ARE PLENTIFUL.BELOW ARE THE SEA OTTERS.
SOME OF THE SEA OTTERS - ABOVE ARE TAGGED FOR OBSERVANCE. ONCE ALMOST GONE FROM THE GREAT BEAR SEA, SOME WERE BROUGHT DOWN FROM ALASKA, AND NOW THERE ARE HUNDREDS+
Blue Jay, Heron, Oyster Catchers, Gulls, Geese
Much of the route of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline crosses territory where there are no treaties with Indigenous peoples and the underlying issue of Indigenous land title has never been resolved. These issues were excluded from the mandate of the public review on which the government says it based its decision to approve Northern Gateway.
Thank you for your ongoing support for the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements! We have some news to share with you since we last contacted you.
The good news is that the new logging rules, community well-being agreements between the province and the region’s First Nations, and a new forest management framework are all close to being final. Another piece of good news is that First Nations are reviewing and refining proposals for new protected areas.
The bad news: Despite best efforts between the Province, First Nations, logging companies and our environmental organizations, the agreements between the parties were not fully implemented in 2014. In fact, while all parties involved are working hard, the draft new logging regulations are not yet ready to go out for the required 2 month public comment period.
This means that some forests that should be set aside to achieve the 70 percent conservation level area are at risk of being logged. This risk is greatest in the southern portion of the Great Bear Rainforest where old-growth forests have already been heavily impacted.
We need to get these conservation agreements wrapped up as soon as possible – both for the sake of the forests at risk but also for the well-being of communities that rely on healthy ecosystems.
It takes the will of the people to make change like this happen, so we would like to thank you for being one of over 15,000 supporters of our “Take it Taller” campaign.
We are confident that you will not have to wait much longer to see the vision for a safe and just Great Bear Rainforest realized. We will keep you updated as progress unfolds. Stay tuned.
Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate Campaigner, Sierra Club BC
Eduardo Sousa, Senior Forests Campaigner, Greenpeace
Valerie Langer, Senior Campaigner, ForestEthics Solutions
THERE ARE 3 PROVINCIAL PARKS, AND 1 PROTECTED NATURE RESERVE THAT THE PIPELINE WANTED TO HAVE THE B.C. GOVT. CHANGE THE BOUNDARIES ON, SO IT WOULD BE EASIER TO INSTALL THE PIPELINE.NORTH THOMPSON RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK - THERE IS A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL SCENERY AROUND THE PROVINCIAL PARK.BRIDAL VEIL FALLS PROVINCIAL PARK - BELOWFINN CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK The park features the braided meandering channel of Finn Creek, and a portion of the North Thompson River which contains some islands. Cottonwoods, cedars, hybrid spruce and birch along the wetter bottomlands exist in the park. The park protects important spawning habitat for bull trout, Coho and Chinook salmon. It is also an excellent year-round moose habitat.
LAC DU BOIS GRASSLANDS PROTECTED PROVINCIAL PRESERVE - BELOW - Kinder Morgan has proposed to triple the capacity of its existing Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries crude oil and other products from Alberta to Port Metro Vancouver, or Westridge Terminal, Burnaby, B.C. thru Finn Ck. Prov.Pk., N, Thompson River Prov.Pk, Lac Du Bois Grasslands, Bridal Viel Falls, Prov. Pk. all in B.C.Kinder Morgan/Trans Mountain Pipeline owns a pipeline that has transported oil from Alberta to Burnaby for 60 years. It is now is applying to the federal government to twin the pipeline, to increase the oil flow from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day. The project would increase the number of oil tankers in the Vancouver area from 60 per year, to more than 400, said the company.
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) is a proposal to expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton, AB and Burnaby, BC. It would include approximately 987 km of new pipeline, new and modified facilities, such as pump stations and tanks, and the reactivation of 193 km of existing pipeline. The Westridge Marine Terminal would also be expanded.
KINDER MORGAN/TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE WORKERS - BURNABY MOUNTAIN-TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE/KINDER MORGAN WANTED TO GO RIGHT UNDER THE BURNABY MOUNTAIN. SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY SITS ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THERE IS A NATURE RESERVE. OBVIOUSLY, BURNABY DOES NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN, BUT THE NEB GAVE PERMISSION FOR THE PIPELINE COMPANY TO ACCESS THE LAND TO DO THEIR STUDY TO SEE IF IT WOULD BE FEASIBLE, STATING THAT THEY DID NOT NEED PERMISSION FROM THE CITY OF BURNABY.....A FOGGY DAY - BURNABY MOUNTAIN IN FOREGROUND WITH SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY ON TOP.. BELOW-SFU ON TOP OF BURNABY MTN.
THE PROTESTS STARTED ON BURNABY MOUNTAIN WITH THE MAYOR PRESENT, HE SAID "NO WAY, OVER MY DEAD BODY".HE PROTESTED TO THE GOVERNMENTS, PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL. BURNABY HAD A LOT TO LOSE IF THE MOUNTAIN WAS AFFECTED BY A PIPELINE!!! Grand Chief Stewart Phillip arrives on Burnaby Mountain ... As well as other First Nations members..
DR. DAVID SUZUKI ARRIVED AT BURNABY MOUNTAIN TO JOIN THE PROTESTERS AND TO SEE HIS GRANDSON (STANDING BEHIND), WHO WAS ONE OF THE PROTESTERS ARRESTED.
I BELIEVE THERE WERE OVER ONE HUNDRED ARRESTED, AND SOME KINDER MORGAN SAID THEY WERE GOING TO SUE FOR HARASSMENT.
BUT GOOD NEWS CAME ----------
ALL CHARGES WERE DROPPED AND KINDER MORGAN HAD TO WITHDRAW FROM THE TOP OF BURNABY MOUNTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BY NOW KINDER MORGAN WAS ALMOST FINISHED ONE CORE SAMPLE,BUT THEY NEEDED MORE TIME TO MEET THE DEC. 1st DEADLINE, AND THEY WERE TURNED DOWN AND HAD TO LEAVE THE MOUNTAIN. THEY SAY THEY HAD ENOUGH INFORMATION TO PRESENT TO THE NATIONAL RESOURCES BOARD.
!!!!!Kinder Morgan (KM) may not be on Burnaby Mountain right now, but they are around -- testing, drilling, surveying, disrupting natural habitat -- uninvited and announced.
....A FOGGY DAY - BURNABY MOUNTAIN IN FOREGROUND WITH SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY ON TOP.. BELOW-SFU ON TOP OF BURNABY MTN.
VIEW FROM TOP OF BURNABY MOUNTAIN THAT THEY WANT TO TUNNEL THROUGH!
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY, CONSERVATION PARK, CENTENNIAL PARK, ETC. SIT AT THE TOP OF BURNABY MOUNTAIN, BURNABY, B.C.
GARDENS IN CENTENNIAL PARK ON TOP OF BURNABY MOUNTAIN
Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods) sculptures. The Kamui Mintara comprises more than a dozen carved poles created by Japanese sculptors Nuburi Toko and his son, Shusei.Below are views from near the top of Burnaby Mtn.
HIKING AND BIKING ON BURNABY MOUNTAIN
BARRED OWLS IN CONSERVATION AREA, THERE ARE ALSO DEER ETC.
HIKING TRAILS, CONSERVATION AREA
VIEW FROM THE TOP OF BURNABY MTN. LOOKING OUT ON BURRARD INLET WHERE THE OIL TANKERS WILL TRAVEL THROUGH TO GET TO THE OCEAN.
THE WESTRIDGE TERMINAL OF TRANS MOUNTAIN/KINDER MORGAN SHOWS HOW CLOSE TO BURNABY RESIDENTS.
GREENPEACE HUNG THIS BIG BANNER ON ONE OF THE PRESENT STORAGE TANKERS AT THE SITE WHERE KINDER MORGAN/TRANS MOUNTAIN TERMINAL WILL BE.These (above) images represents a conceptual design for Westridge Terminal, based on preliminary engineering. The design may change after further developmental and detailed engineering. Burnaby, B.C. where pipeline will end and tar sands oil from Alberta will be loaded on tankers. (ALSO BELOW)The Trans Mountain Expansion Project team has worked extensively with Port Metro Vancouver (PMV), the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) and the BC Coast Pilots (BCCP) to determine a preferred dock layout. We have also incorporated feedback from the City of Burnaby and our community discussions in the planning.
NEW REPORT.......NEW REPORT.......NEW REPORT***************************************************
AS THE PIPELINE COULD NOT GO UNDER BURNABY MOUNTAIN THEY HAVE CHANGED DIRECTION:
Kinder Morgan (KM) may not be on Burnaby Mountain right now, but they are around -- testing, drilling, surveying, disrupting natural habitat -- uninvited and announced.
Recently, I’ve personally learned what KM has been up to from information forwarded by constituents, neighbours, or the media and lower mainland residents. What I see is a company that continues to be secretive and is not forthright in announcing their plans.
The following three cases exemplify how poorly KM is responding to public concerns, safety and local communities:
1. Township of Langley - February, 2015
After learning about the drilling through social media and from the Salmon River Enhancement Society, the Kwantlen Chief and band Councilors, held a protest metres from where borehole drilling took place near the Belmont Golf Course, Langley.
Kinder Morgan later said, “…they had dug 30 metre deep boreholes near the Salmon River, and on Rawlison Crescent”.
KM said it received permission from the Township of Langley and private landowners where the drilling took place.
A report in a ‘National Observer’ article quotes …"The Township did not make the citizens aware. That's a problem," said Shane Dyson… who lives nearby. "This will be going on in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, across the Fraser Valley where they'll be doing their drill testing. …We need to have citizen oversight," he added.
2. Brunette River, Coquitlam - February, 2015
On February 25th, John Preissl sent photos and a copy of a video to my office. The video showed wastewater, drilling fluid and mineral oil sludge spraying over the drill site and Brunette Creek. The photos were taken during his morning ‘stream keeping’ at the Brunette River, where John and colleagues ran into a KM drilling rig at Highway 1 and Brunette.
Photo: Courtesy of John Preissl, Brunette River
3. Burnaby – Halston Hills Co-Op, Burnaby - March 4, 2015
Lil Cameron, a resident of Halston Hills Housing Co-Op, gave me a call. She knew something was up when she saw a surveying crew on Government at Horne Street and then again when she saw the same crew spraying orange paint on ivy which covers her co-op’s retaining wall. She was advised by City of Burnaby workers, who just happened to be working nearby, that the surveyors were from Kinder Morgan.
Lil was aware that potentially Halston Hills might be in the right-of-way for the new pipeline, but she had no idea that it was going to actually go through their property.
The above examples stem from the fact that the proposed KM pipeline does not yet have a set route, in contrast to the Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal which had one route which was debated throughout.
There is growing dissatisfaction with the National Energy Board (NEB) process as it relates to KM - you basically have to chase down the company to find out where they’re thinking of laying their million-barrel-a-day pipeline route.
If this project is approved, properties along the proposed corridor could be expropriated. It is extremely stressful to think you might potentially lose your home. Residents have a right to be worried and a right to know what is happening!
Finally, I want to thank you for being vigilant. Please continue to keep your eyes and ears open for KM and let me know when you see them. Also, please let your local officials know and raise your concerns. By working together we can expose what KM is actually doing.
Thank you for your interest and activism on this extremely important issue. Kennedy Stewart, MP Burnaby Douglas
____________________________________________________________________________________________Paddlers performed a ceremony at the third annual Salish Sea Summer Gathering to show that oil, in particular, the twinning of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline that would subject B.C. waters to an estimated 400 tankers per year, is not welcome in the Tsleil-Waututh Nation's ancestral waters.
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