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Over 70 BC Leaders are calling on Trudeau to Reject Lelu Island LNG

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAccording to Greg Horne, of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, there has never been “such widespread and unprecedented agreement” regarding LNG before. The elected Lax Kw’alaams Band Council, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and leaders from Gitxsan, Gitanyow, Wet’suwe’ten, Tsimshian, Fort Nelson and Salteau First Nations were all signatories. So were Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Wade Davis, Dr. Alexandra Morton, and Dr. Barb Faggetter. Over 70 BC leaders are calling on Trudeau to reject Lelu Island LNG.

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Possible Invasion of the Unist’ot’en Camp

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Unist’ot’en’s threat, to corporate interests, started in 2009, when they erected a “soft blockade” to prevent seven proposed pipelines from crossing their unceded traditional territory. This conflict has escalated. Earlier this month five Unist’ot’en chiefs signed a declaration stating they were, “Exercising our unbroken, unextinguished and unceded right to govern and occupy these lands, the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation have enacted the Unist’ot’en Declaration as official statement and law governing Unist’ot’en territory… ” Now there are rumours that police officers have booked rooms in Smithers and Burns Lake in preparation for a possible invasion of the Unist’ot’en Camp.

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Confrontations Over The Site C Dam

An interview with Ken Boon, of the Peace Valley Landowner Association about the lawsuit and other developments. 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Some of local residents dropped by last Wednesday, when they saw BC Hydro clearing out an area in their gravel pit at Fort St John. They were told, “We’re making a parking lot for the protesters.” This was repeated to Ken Boon, who promptly drove over to the site. He saw the enlarged parking lot and  fencing. The President of President of the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) was wearing a “Paddle for the Peace” hat, when he approached the security guards. Boon says they, “were pretty guarded in their answers.” This story is one of many illustrations of confrontations over The Site C Dam.

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Barry Slawsky Drops Grace Islet Suit

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Barry Slawsky’s lawyer  filed a notice of discontinuance from his legal suit against the defenders of Grace Islet.  It is clear the brief occupation of the Islet cannot be dismissed as a simple case of trespass. First Nations leaders view this situation as blatant racism on the part of the BC Government, which has refused to protect one of their ancestral burial islets because Slawsky had a building permit.

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BC Indian Chiefs passed a resolution in support of Grace Islet

By Roy L Hales

As you can hear in the video below, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs passed a resolution in support of Grace Islet Burial site. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip made the announcement at a demonstration at the provincial legislature, in Victoria, yesterday. He said the vote was unanimous.

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Accepting the Pipeline was an Abdication of Responsibility

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Accepting the pipeline was an abdication of responsibility.  It is fitting that neither Prime Minister Harper or his cabinet remained behind to talk to reporters. That was left for the Liberals, NDP and Green parties. Harper betrayed BC when he said Yes to the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
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