On Lethal Overwatch

by Bob Worcester Many of us were rightfully shocked to read a recent report that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were prepared to assign snipers to the removal of the Wet’suwet’en roadblock opposing the northern liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline. Reports suggested that “lethal overwatch” (a newspeak term for the deployment of armed snipers)… Continue reading On Lethal Overwatch

Country of Survival

by Lillian Ireland and Rob Dramer This country’s beautiful and fragile human tapestry is interwoven with strands of every ethnicity imaginable. What a privilege to live in a country where, for the most part, our relationships exist within frameworks of respect, dignity and congeniality! Canada is known globally for this. Yet watching our country slowly… Continue reading Country of Survival

Do you have thoughts on the way B.C. deals with environmental spill emergencies?

The first phase of regulations regarding spill preparedness came into effect in October 2017. The second phase, happening now, includes the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s Intentions Paper outlining policy concepts government is considering to ensure effective spill management across the province. Government wishes to collect feedback from Indigenous community members, industry, local government, environmental organizations, affected… Continue reading Do you have thoughts on the way B.C. deals with environmental spill emergencies?

Pipeline letter

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Premiers Notley and Horgan: Re: Your meeting on Sunday regarding Kinder-Morgan Pipeline: This morning we woke up to the news that the herd of BC/Washington Woodland Caribou is now down to three females and close to extinction–possibly due to industrial activity. We hear about so many extinctions now and just… Continue reading Pipeline letter

First Nations and pipelines

by Karl Perrin Abridged from a sermon delivered May 21, 2017, to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver Chief Seattle once said: “This we know. The earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to the earth. All things are connected, like the blood that unites one family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters… Continue reading First Nations and pipelines

Watching you Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau; You will recall that at your book launch in Park Royal you graciously autographed below my comment ‘Watching You!’ An autumn of sheer delight over your victory, boosted by a blossoming ’SunnyWays’ atmosphere across the land culminated in Canada’s strong and confident performance at COP21 where you and your team were… Continue reading Watching you Prime Minister