Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion

BROKE is a group of local residents whose mission is:
• To prevent the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, and related infrastructure in Burnaby, and related supertanker traffic, through education, advocacy and partnership;
• To oppose the degradation of our city, our neighbourhoods, and the natural habitat, that an oil pipeline and related industrialization of Burrard Inlet would bring;
• To raise awareness of Burnaby residents about how the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and increased tanker traffic would impact our community and local environment;
• To promote a clean and sustainable energy future.

Walk 4 the Salish Sea! Fossil Fuel Freedom Fest – Celebrate Resistance!

FOSSIL FUEL FREEDOM FEST – Celebrate Resistance! 

The grand finale of the Walk 4 the Salish Sea!

Learn more, donate, register at  www.walk4salishsea.ca
RSVP and share on Facebook HERE

From May 25-28, 2017, a grassroots citizens’ mobilization will rise against Tar Sands, Kinder Morgan and Fossil Fuel Expansion. The Walk 4 the Salish Sea! will depart from Mile “0” in Victoria, B.C (Lekwungen territory) for a 4-day, 75 km march to Ground “0” at the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby (Coast Salish Territory). We Walk in solidarity with indigenous-led opposition to the recent federal & provincial government approval for the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline/tanker expansion, and in protection of the marine environment and surrounding communities from the risks associated with this project.

CORE MESSAGES OF THE WALK 4 THE SALISH SEA!:
1) Respect for Indigenous laws and rights;
2) Climate leaders don’t expand fossil fuel infrastructure;
3) Water is life;
4) Leave it in the Ground;
THE SALISH SEA IS OUR LINE IN THE SAND – 
KINDER MORGAN SHALL NOT PASS!!

The risks to our rivers, salmon habitat, drinking watersheds, the coast, surrounding communities and local economies from inevitable spills are not acceptable. A massive bitumen spill in the Salish sea or anywhere en route, traversing thousands of salmon and orca supporting habitats from Alberta to the coast of BC, cannot be cleaned up, ever! 

Day 4- SUNDAY MAY 28th

*** Please pack a lunch and a water bottle ***
The final day of the Walk on Sunday May 28 will begin at 9am at Grandview Park (1657 Charles St. @ Commercial, Vancouver MAP) and arrive at Westridge Park (320 Cliff Ave., Burnaby MAP) at approximately 1:30pm. 9 am Meet Grandview Park for Ceremony, drumming, short speeches, welcoming of Walkers.

The 10 km/4 hr. Walk leaves 9:30am along Commercial Dr. & E. Hastings and is planned to arrive at the gates of the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal – səlil̓wətaʔɬ /Tsleil-Waututh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm /Musqeaum First Nations territory – at approximately 2pm for a large convergence of diverse communities seeking social and environmental justice for First Nations, the land, the ocean, climate and the coast.

 This will be followed by a “Fossil Fuel Freedom Fest – Celebrate Resistance at near-by Westridge Park from approximately 2:30-5pm.
Join spots:
  • 11:30am: East Hastings St. @ Ingleton Ave., Burnaby MAP
  • 12:45pm: East Hastings St. @ Holdom Ave, Burnaby (Capitol Hill Elementary School) MAP
  • 1:30pm: Westridge Park, Burnaby MAP
1:30 – 2:30pm: The Walk will proceed to the gates of the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal for drumming, decoration of the gates and symbolic blockade 
2:30 – 5pm FOSSIL FUEL FREEDOM FEST: Celebrate Resistance!! Westridge Park(320 Cliff Ave, Burnaby)FOSSIL FUEL FREEDOM FEST! at Westridge Park –  
Includes infotables, music/dancing, kid’s activities, Indigenous rights, climate justice, Kinder Morgan pipeline and mass non-violent direct action teach-in.

Speakers / Music to include:
– co-MC’s: Audrey Siegl & Stephen Collis
– Coast Salish welcome – Cedar George-Parker, Tsleil-Waututh FN
– Grand Chief Stewart & Joan Phillip, UBCIC
– Slam Poets
– Brandon Gabriel & Kachina Bige, Kwantlen First Nation
– Music by Luke Wallace, Emily Kelsall, The Racket, Buckman Coe & other awesome people!
– Kanahus Manuel, Secwepemc First Nation
– Chief Lee Spahan, Coldwater FN
– Elizabeth May MP Saanich-Gulf Islands
– Briony Penn (Orca Soundings)
– Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan
– Kennedy Stewart MP-Burnaby South
– Bobby Arbess, SEA (Social Environmental Alliance)

 

Premier Clark in conflict of interest over Trans Mountain pipeline approval, $560 000 in political donations to BC Liberals from Kinder Morgan and shippers interested in using the pipeline

The decision by the government of British Columbia to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline is “tainted” because of a conflict of interest that saw the premier and her political party receive more than $560,000 from the project’s proponents, a court petition alleges.
Democracy Watch and PIPE UP Network filed legal documents Tuesday asking the B.C. Supreme Court to overturn an environmental assessment certificate granted earlier this year for Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion oil pipeline project.
The petition is the latest in a string of legal challenges aimed at blocking construction of the pipeline between the Edmonton area and Burnaby, B.C. The expansion would nearly triple the line’s capacity and increase tanker traffic sevenfold along B.C.’s southern coast.
The petition says based on data from Elections B.C., $560,000 in political donations were made over six years to B.C.’s Liberal party by Kinder Morgan and various oil shippers interested in using the pipeline.
The pipeline approval is “tainted by money,” the petition says.
“A reasonable, informed and thoughtful person, after thinking about it for a while, would think that the premier and the ministers would have at least been unconsciously affected by more than $560,000 in payments to the Liberal Party of British Columbia,” it says.
These allegations are now before the court.

January 212017 Musical evening with BROKE

Dennis Lakusta,
with Terry Porter on acoustic bass in a
Fundraising concert for
Admission $15.00. All proceeds to BROKE
Sat. Jan.21st at Cranberry Commons
4274 Albert St. Burnaby,
(one block north of Hastings,
3rd block west of Willingdon)

Doors open at 7:00PM
Concert starts at 7:30PM

To reserve:
Janie Benna 604 454 1771
jlbenna@gmail.com
Dennis Lakusta 1 250 802 8054
Ruth Walmsley 604 298 9220
ruth@cranberrycommons.ca

\Dennis Lakusta – In addition to being a noted artist in visual media, Dennis, is a musician, singer and songwriter with eight or more CDs to his credit (some of which may be available). He can make you laugh, cry, cringe, or rage at injustice. Please check out Dennis’ new website at http://dlakusta.org/ Never one to shy away from thorny issues including the blind and wanton destruction of our planet and the flagrant assault of our most basic rights and civil liberties, Dennis, a strong activist of Cree ancestry, gives a Fundraising benefit concert for BROKE.

BROKE Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, originating in 2011, is a group of local residents who led the fight against Kinder Morgan, and who were in the ranks of the many arrested making a stand on Burnaby Mountain in 2014. With the recent Federal approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion BROKE will again be at the forefront in the fight to oppose the degradation of our city, our neighbourhoods, and the natural habitat, that an oil pipeline and related industrialization of Burrard Inlet would bring.

Energy: renewable/sustainable competes with fossil fuel energy

Renewable, Sustainable Energy is about to replace fossil fuels, oil, gas and coal, as a more cost effective energy replacement, creating more jobs and economic benefits.  The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline is soon to become a relic of the past and should not be built.  read

Solar can already generate more energy than oil, says major scientific review

And is twice as powerful than previously thought. While the world has been going fossil, solar has quietly tipped over the edge and kicked oil and gas off the cliff of history.

https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/solar-is-already-producing-more-energy-than-oil-says-major-scientific-review-873d5f779f03#.14v6e7ut7

 

WHAT’S FUELLING OUR ECONOMY: Is Kinder Morgan’s Proposed Pipeline Inconsistent with New Economic Trends and Realities?

Report Compiled by Liz McDowell, Tarah Stafford and Felicity Lawong

Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED)

November 2016

Executive Summary

British Columbia is leading economic growth in Canada, largely due to a diverse and thriving economy. Extractive industries, including oil and gas, play a surprisingly small role. The biggest sectors are real estate, construction and wholesale and retail trade.

Despite regional variation, Canada’s economy has some clear parallels to BC. Wholesale and retail trade and construction are thriving nationally, and the majority of the country’s jobs are found in wholesale and retail trade and the health sector, like in BC. Even before the price of oil began its steep decline in 2014, this sector was responsible for just 1% of employment across Canada, and provided very low tax contributions. It is the finance and insurance industries, as well as the manufacturing sector, that contribute the largest tax revenues toward social services.

The federal government has been faced with a difficult decision on whether or not to invest in the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Our analysis shows that the pipeline would create few jobs, minimal tax revenues and would not impact energy security or guarantee a long-term solution to Alberta’s ailing economy. The pipeline also comes with the additional concerns (and costs) of an oil spill. Beyond the direct clean-up costs, the indirect economic impacts would be long lasting, impacting sectors from tourism to agriculture.

It’s crucial that the federal government reject the KM pipeline and instead support sectors in BC that create family- sustaining jobs, make significant tax contributions, insulate the regional economy from boom-and-bust cycles, and promote economic growth compatible with Canada’s national climate commitments.

Our key findings:

  • BC Jobs: Technology, tourism, construction, film and television each create more jobs than oil, gas, and mining combined.
  • National trends are similar to BC: Oil and gas have a bigger role in Canada as a whole than in BC, but real estate, finance and manufacturing contribute more in federal corporate tax.
  • More people across Canada work in the beer economy than in the oil sands.
  • The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline would only create 50 permanent jobs and generate an insignificantamount of taxes federally and provincially in BC.
  • A large oil spill could have a $1.2 billion impact on BC’s economy.
  • Canada’s emissions growth between 1990 and 2014 was driven primarily by increased emissions from mining and upstream oil and gas production and transport. Now that Canada has committed to a national climate plan, emissions from extractive sectors must be taken into consideration when considering project approvals.
  • Labour market outlook: Neither activity nor employment in Canada’s oil and gas industry will recover to levels prior to 2014’s steep decline in the industry.

Read more: http://credbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Whats-Fuelling-Our-Economy_KM_WEB.pdf

Prime minister facing moment of truth on Indigenous rights

By John Dillon

Ecological Economy Program Coordinator

KAIROS Policy Briefing Papers are written to help inform public debate on key domestic and foreign policy issues

As the newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau handed mandate letters to all cabinet ministers that stated: “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” His letter to Dr. Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Indige- nous and Northern Affairs, also included as a first pri- ority “to implement recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, starting with the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

From the beginning of the new government’s man- date there was always the potential for conflict be- tween these commitments to Indigenous rights and the Liberal Party platform promising “Our plan will de- liver the economic growth and jobs Canadians need, and leave to our children and grandchildren a country even more … sustainable … than the one we have now.”1

The day is fast approaching when Prime Minister Trudeau and his government will have to choose be- tween their promises to respect Indigenous rights and their preference for large resource projects and fossil fuel export pipelines to grow the economy.

Read more:

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NEB’s Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion boost based on outdated info: economist

 October 5th 2016

#525 of 526 articles from the Special Report:Race Against Climate Change

The Trudeau government says that the advice it received from a federal regulator calling for the approval of a major oil pipeline expansion project was based on outdated estimates that fail to account for national efforts to fight climate change.

Read more…

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: https://youtu.be/O5FzK0xwQUY

Robyn Allan clip: https://youtu.be/_XM7FjJFgUU

Holly Arntzen clip: https://youtu.be/oqfW19_rOX4

Rueben George clip: https://youtu.be/E1m8KTZHgno

Audrey Seigl clip: https://youtu.be/etH0ckJGDaM

Dipak Dattani and Chris Bowcock clip: https://youtu.be/w36gMU1ov_o

Holly Arntzen with Ruth Walmsley clip: https://youtu.be/2VtzuPeJs50

Seth Klein clip: https://youtu.be/T47XmoAv0mw

Kate Hodgson clip: https://youtu.be/37xPvdka3wQ