Videos from the BROKE Town Halls Sept.2016

View 10-minute video with highlights from both town halls here:

Click the links below to watch the YouTube videos from our September 21st and 28th, 2016, Town Halls.

Damien Stalaston clip:

Robyn Allan clip:

Holly Arntzen clip:

Rueben George clip:

Audrey Seigl clip:

Dipak Dattani and Chris Bowcock clip:

Holly Arntzen with Ruth Walmsley clip:

Seth Klein clip:

Kate Hodgson clip:

BROKE Town Halls scheduled as window for federal panel input closes

2-town-hallsWith the Kinder Morgan TMX Panel deadline to voice concerns about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion fast approaching, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) has organized two more town halls for residents to learn about the risks associated with the project.

“We only have a few weeks to voice our concerns to the Ministerial Panel examining the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project,” said BROKE spokesperson Ruth Walmsley. “The deadline for online submissions is September 30.”Read more…

Real Kinder Morgan Hearings

The federal government is expected to make a final decision regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tanker Expansion by the end of this year, and they need to hear from you!

The majority of British Columbians & First Nations Peoples are opposed to the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tanker Expansion, and hundreds who applied to participate in the NEB hearings were denied the opportunity to have their voices heard. In May of this year, the Federal government appointed a 3-member panel of ministerial reps to consult with communities and First Nations along the route of the pipeline – but this is not enough! They need to hear from all of us!Read more…

Valentines Day Party!

What do you do when you get sued by Kinder Morgan? Throw a party!

Valentine SLAPP Suit Party

Valentine’’s Day! Have a heart for Mother Earth! Live Music. Silent and Live Auctions and Lots of Door Prizes

BROKE is holding a Valentine’’s Day Fundraiser party to help our legal defence fund against Kinder Morgan’’s SLAPP suit.

Saturday, February 14. Doors open at 6PM at the Mountain Shadow Pub, 7174 Barnet Road, Burnaby

Tickets are just $20 and include a burger, fries and a house beer, wine or pop. (Chicken and vegan alternatives may be ordered at the Pub for $2 more, payable to your server.)

Reserve your tickets for BROKE’s ‘Have a Heart for Mother Earth’ Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Party: Tickets are available online until February 12 or at the door on Valentine’s Day.

Purchase tickets online at using Paypal. (# of tickets X $20.00) and enter:
– Your name
– # Tickets purchased
– Your phone number
– Your email address

No Paypal or credit card? Make arrangements to reserve tickets by contacting: Ann – Your tickets will be available in an envelope with your name on it at the door any time after 6:00pm. Dinner is served between 6:00 and 9:00 pm only.

Public Meeting with Kennedy Stewart

BROKE is holding a Public Meeting with Kennedy Stewart, MP and Official Opposition Critic for Science & Technology. The purpose of the meeting is to update the community on new pipeline developments, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion study and selection criteria, the new National Energy Board application process, and responding to questions regarding the pipeline, tanks, and tankers.

Date: Thursday June 27th

Time: 7:00-8:00 PM

Location: McGill Library 4595 Albert Street Burnaby BC V5C 2G6

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, June 27th!

Information Session with Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan is holding informations sessions throughout British Columbia, Canada about their plan to dramatically expand their shipments of diluted bitumen from the tar sands in Alberta to Burarrd Inlet, passing near schools and through housing developments, pristine forests, rivers and salmon bearing streams. Many community groups are opposed to Kinder Morgan’s proposal and to the existing pipelines, tank farms, refineries and oil take farms, but they are not being heard. This is your chance to hear the facts about the “process”.Read more…

Kinder Morgan Town Hall at Stoney Creek

The first community forum on Kinder Morgan’s plan to radically expand their pipeline from Alberta to Burarrd Inlet in Burnaby, British Columbia was held on June 28th, 2012. The speakers included Michael Hale of Pipe Up Network and Sven Biggs of No Tankers.

The second community forum was held on July 7th, 2012. Speaking at the second forum were Kennedy Stewart, MP Burnaby North, Ben West, Wilderness Committee, and Celine Trojand, Dogwood Initiative.Read more…

Halloween demonstration links tar sands with democracy

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Halloween demonstration links tar sands with democracy

Local constituents raise concerns with Conservative MP Mark Strahl about the Harper government’s undemocratic, back room, pro-tar sands policies and agreements.

Chilliwack, BC—Following a week of epoch-making demonstrations against tar sands pipelines in BC, local residents have taken to the streets again. Chilliwack community members gathered at Conservative MP Mark Strahl’s office on Halloween to raise questions about his party’s support for tar sands expansion, the Harper government’s recent use of omnibus legislation to dismantle environmental laws and support foreign corporate interests.

At issue are changes to environmental legislation such as the Fisheries Act and the Navigable Waters Act, and the government’s ongoing support of foreign corporate interests through agreements such as the China-Canada Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA). This agreement gives corporations the right to sue Canadian governments if they impose regulations that undermine the ability to make a profit. Mark Strahl was invited to speak to the crowd and share his personal opinion on the agreement and its link to Kinder Morgan’s transport of tar sands bitumen through Chilliwack. He declined.

“This is a fun event, but the issues we raise are very serious,” asserts Sheila Muxlow, event co-coordinator. “Members of the Harper government continue to support the implementation of policies that enable the rights of tar sands corporations over the rights of their constituents. We are a growing local movement to stop the export of tar sands through the Kinder Morgan pipeline. PIPE UP members want to ensure the protection of our local drinking water sources, better economic choices and preservation of property values. We want to put Mark Strahl on notice that he must be accountable to our local interests and not to just his party’s policies.”

Along with moves like removing the power of the National Energy Board to deny pipeline proposals, and exempting pipeline projects from environmental review of their impact on Canada’s waterways, the Harper government will ratify the China-Canada Foreign Investor Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA) on November 1. This is another drastic new law enacted without any public discussion or debate.

FIPA is an investor rights agreement that strengthens the corporate interests of companies in both China and Canada. The treaty is similar to the investment chapter (Chapter 11) in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has resulted in almost $170 million in payouts to U.S. corporations. FIPA is also similar to several free trade deals and investment treaties Canada has signed with developing countries, including Colombia and Peru, where the Harper government wants Canadian mining companies to be able to challenge provincial governments for any delays to their own projects.

Unlike existing deals, the China FIPA guarantees excessive investment protections to Chinese firms for fifteen years plus another fifteen should the treaty be cancelled. These treaties bind the country regardless of changes in federal or provincial governments. Any province or First Nation with Chinese investment in natural assets has the right and responsibility to challenge the constitutionality of FIPA, according to legal experts. This trade agreement threatens to undermine Canadian & First Nations’ sovereignty and seriously compromises the constitutional rights of the First Nations and the province under Section 35 and Section 92 of the Constitution Act (1982), respectively.

“We need debate of this agreement” says Eddie Gardner, a representative of the PIPE UP Network and member of the Skwah First Nation. “First Nations and the province must be consulted and there should be an open public debate on an agreement this significant. We really hope that politicians can move past their party affiliations and recognize that more than ever they need to speak for the interests of local residents to ensure our democratic rights to say no to destructive industrial developments and the corporations who want to push them through.”


For more information or to arrange interviews:

Contact: Sheila Muxlow, 604-751-0172; email:

Eddie Gardner, 604-792-0867; email:



Background information

The PIPE UP Network is made up of residents of southwestern BC who have joined together over concerns about the safety, environmental, and financial implications, of shipping tar sands along Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline, which runs from Edmonton, AB to Vancouver, BC.

PIPE UP members are dedicated to informing themselves and their communities about the realities of tar sands. We agree that: 1) Great harm is being done to the planet through current levels of tar sands extraction, 2) the risks of transporting bitumen are evident, 3) there is no net economic benefit in tar sands exports for British Columbians, and 4) there are alternatives, such as renewable energy and electric transportation.