On Saturday May 7 (Mother's day weekend) people from across the Lower Mainland joined together to Hug Burnaby Mountain as they stood against the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion to protect the planet!
Family and friends and others assembled in a human chain, circling Burnaby Mountain in a hug, to convey a powerful message of shared concern for our Mother Earth. The event was inspired by other iconic human chains in history and around the world.
Vancouver Unitarians held a special Earth Day Service on April 24, 11:00.
The topic was "Facing the climate crisis in 2022: What does bold climate action look like?" The guest Speaker was Dr. Tim Takaro, the original tree sitter and the Prison Repertoire music was provided by the Brunette River Six Prayer Circle Arrestees.
Earth Day International Declaration for Action rally and march was held Friday, April 22, 4:30 - 6:00 pm starting at Vancouver City Hall and ending on the north side of Cambie bridge at Coopers park.
The event was co-presented by Protect the Planet, Climate Convergence, Save Old Growth, Extinction Rebellion, Ada'itsx/Fairy Creek Blockade and others. The event featured Brent Eichler, who had been on hunger strike for 29 days in an effort to convince the Minister of Forests, the honourable Katrine Conroy, to host a public meeting on protecting the last remaining old growth forests in British Columbia. The event will also honoured Howard Breen in Nanaimo, who had been on hunger strike for 22 days for the same reason.
Fridays for Future Vancouver held a Weekly Rally every Friday from 12 noon - 2pm at Lougheed Highway and Gaglardi Way.
The rally was aimed at protect students from the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion getting constructed less than 100 meters from Burnaby Mountain secondary School. A burst from this pipeline would destroy the school.
This Pipeline Ends Here - Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Rally was held at the Vancouver Gallery on Saturday, April 9th.
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust called on Prime Minister Trudeau to abandon pipeline construction and to show investors that we are not going anywhere. There is more information here.
Court Support - Stand with Will George was held Tuesday March 29th
A rally at the BC Supreme Court House was held to support courageous land defender Will George from Tsleil Waututh. Even though the Trans Mountain pipeline had supposedly halted expansion construction from Dec 16, 2020 to the end of January, 2021, Will was nonetheless convicted for violating the TMX injunction in Jan 2021.
Youth Climate Strike in Vancouver was held Friday, March 25, 2022
The Youth Climate Strike will be led by the Sustainabiliteens, in partnership with CJUBC (Climate Justice UBC). The March began at the Vancouver Art Gallery and ended at Jack Poole Plaza, with stops at RBC, TD and Liberty Mutual. The art-based action targeted banks and insurance companies that are pouring billions of dollars into new fossil fuel projects - knowing full well it's hurting people and communities. Find more information here.
Zoom Concert and Twitter Protest was held February 22, 2022.
Happy 80th, Catherine! There was a celebration evening with a musical Zoom concert that also creates a Twitter Storm on behalf of the Brunette River 6. The Zoom Twitter Storm Concert was an event that brought people together on Zoom and Tweet in protest while listening to music. It was an easy way to hold a protest on social media and have some fun at the same time.
Valentine's Day Rally at Courthouse for the Brunette River 6
On February 14th, three of the Brunette River 6 peaceful protesters arrested for standing up for the climate and slowing the progress of the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline went to court to get sentenced. A rally was held at the courthouse to support the members of the Brunette Rive 6. The three other people went to court the next day. For more information about the arrests and the people sentenced to jail see Protests and Arrests.
Rally to Support Students Facing a Pipeline
On Friday, February 18 a rally was held at the Lougheed Highway and Gaglardi Way Intersection in Burnaby.
The rally was in support of students on their way to school which is now less than 100m away from Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline construction. This peaceful protest was intended to raise awareness that a building new fossil fuel infrastructure next to Burnaby Mountain Secondary School's 1500 students is wrong.
Court Support Rally for the "Brunette River Six". A rally was held to support the "Brunette River Six" who were in the BC Supreme Court February 14 & 15, 2022 to face charges of 'criminal contempt of court'. All 6 were facing 14-28 days in jail for peacefully stopping tree-cutting at a Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Pipeline work site in Burnaby in the Fall of 2021. See Press Releases for more information.
Submissions before the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). Local environmental groups are renewing calls for the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to deny Trans Mountain Pipeline's proposal to relocate and redrill 350 metres of its new pipeline tunnel under the Fraser River after parts of the tunnel collapsed in November. Six NDP Members of Parliament have added their voices in a letter to the CER and Minister Jonathon Wilkinson. See Press Releases for more information.
Earlier in the month, Trans Mountain (TM) attempted to force the tree sitters out of the trees by preventing any access to food and water. A Flash Rally was held to demand TM allow these life essentials to reach he people in the trees. Food offerings for tree sitters were welcome.
In the early morning hours of November 23rd another tree-sit went up at Lougheed and Gaglardi in Burnaby, near Stoney Creek. On Friday, November 26th a "militarized" team of about 20 officers set up in the morning and then used a bucket lift to reach the protester. Dr. Tim Takaro, who had been camped out in a tree, was arrested and removed after blocking TMX construction work for three days.
The Burnaby RCMP said in a statement that "A man was safely removed from a tree-sit this morning in an area that violates an Injunction Order preventing Trans Mountain work and access from being impeded or obstructed'. Further that "Officers who specialize in high-angle rescue were brought in to help remove the demonstrator from the tree to ensure safety ... The demonstrator was given a court date and released on scene." This was the ninth arrest in Burnaby since January 1, 2021 for Criminal Contempt of Court related to the Injunction Order.
Our treehouses were continuously occupied and tirelessly supported by countless brave land defenders for the past fourteen months. Three weeks after TM enclosed our tree sits with blue fencing, a RCMP tactical team moved in and removed the sky pods and tree platforms.
On September 07th TM laid siege to the Lost Creek tree sits, fencing off the entire area. Our climbers immediately ascended more trees and set up 'Sky Pods', which are tree hammocks high above the ground directly in the way of TMX tree clearing.
Water is Life: a call to action to protect the Fraser River. May 29th at Maquabeak Park, Coquitlam, supporters came together on the banks of the Fraser River to bear witness as Chief Judy Wilson and other Indigenous leaders from along the pipeline route, hels a public water ceremony to offer prayers for the protection of the fish, animals, plants, people and ways of life that depend on its health. We all need to take a stand against all that is threatened by the entire TMX project and this was a chance show solidarity with Indigenous peoples upholding their rights and practicing their sacred responsibility to defend these lands and waters.
TM's plans to drill under the Fraser River, the world's largest salmon river, threatens the peoples, the salmon and all living things who depend on its health. People across B.C. are united by the iconic and mighty Fraser. An accident during construction or an oil spill anywhere from the headwaters to the Salish Sea would be catastrophic.
April - August
Tiny hummingbird nests stopped construction on the TMX pipeline in B.C. for 4 months after members of the Community Nest Finding Network (CNFN) alerted federal wildlife officers about concerns that TMX workers in Burnaby were not complying with the Migratory Birds Convention Act. Officers saw the felling of a tree with a hummingbird's nest in it and as a result, Environment and Climate Change Canada issued the stop-work order to a 900-metre area along the Brunette River for the duration of the nesting period from April 26th until August 21st.
There were multiple prayer circle actions, a few brave arrests, lots of tree-sit tours and Holding the Red Line events. A highlight was the wonderful march up to the Watch House to celebrate its three year anniversary!
A dozen faith-based pipeline opponents risked arrest in an attempt to block TMX construction in Burnaby. The action involved practitioners in the Unitarian, Christian and Buddhist traditions. One person was arrested at the site.
We Drew the Red Line to stopTMX in Coquitlam, Burnaby, Victoria and New Westminster... anywhere that is affected by the black snake. Because of Covid, we showed our concern safely, with distance and a masked action. We held signs and red material as we made a line of caring humans in an impacted area (wetlands, watershed, park, coastline etc. and videoed our proud red line with a Rope of Hope to protect what we love and value.
The People's Assembly virtual gathering allowed various groups to collaborate on what we are doing to stop TMX . The Assembly featured a range of people working at the grassroots level: tree sitters, Adopt-a-Pipeline surveillance, public education and outreach, #1308trees campaign, and more. This virtual event took place on the unceded land of the Coast Salish Peoples.
On Family Day citizens in four cities took to overpasses and roads, taking selfies and posting their safely distanced #stopTMX signs and protests.
Stoney Creek Tours showed the sensitive salmon and nootsack dace habitat and the many trees, including a grandmother cedar tree slated for destruction. Over a hundred locals have taken these tours to view the beauty and vibrancy of the urban forest ecosystem that was slated to be torn apart to make room for a soon to be pointless pipeline.
The Stoney Creek Arrests resulted from protests against the construction work in the salmon bearing watershed around the creek. Police arrested a local grandmother who was not going to let her community be taken over without a fight. We are all so proud of Maxine and her backup team of protestors.
XR Vancouver held two weeks of events to end Fossil Fuel Subsidies. The final day people marched from Nelson Park through downtown, ending with action at Main and Broadway.
On World Rivers Day dozens of volunteers hauled out over 20 bags of garbage from the Lower Brunette (near Hume Park in New Westminster). This is just one of a number of efforts we have made to show our care and love for our local watersheds.
September - December
The Original Treehouse was built in the giant Cottonwoods near Holmes Creek. Timothee Govare and his many dedicated assistants, including the climbing crew of Amanda and Kurtis, built this beautiful tree house to protect this delicate riparian zone. Sadly, TM and the RCMP raided it and now there is only barbed wire, security fences, manned surveillance and motion detectors to keep out the local citizens who only want to protect their salmon streams and valuable watersheds.
After the RCMP assault, a new tree camp was established at Lost Creek, just 500 m further down the pipeline route. Until it was taken down recently it was visible from the TransCanada and from the Brunette Greenway.