Protests rage across the coun­try

14 peo­ple were ar­rested at an anti-pipe­line bar­ri­cade in north­ern Bri­tish Co­lum­bia

StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA & WORLD - Alex Ballingall

OT­TAWA—THE RCMP’S raid on an anti-pipe­line bar­ri­cade in north­west­ern Bri­tish Co­lum­bia sparked ral­lies from Van­cou­ver to the heart of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal on Tuesday, where demon­stra­tors voic­ing sol­i­dar­ity with hered­i­tary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Na­tion forced the prime min­is­ter to change the lo­ca­tion of a sched­uled meet­ing with Indige­nous lead­ers.

Even in some parts of the United States, peo­ple or­ga­nized events to de­nounce the ar­rest of 14 peo­ple at the Gidimt’en check­point near Hous­ton, B.C. on Mon­day night. The bar­ri­cade was set up to block the Coastal Gaslink project in de­fi­ance of a B.C. Supreme Court in­junc­tion. Is­sued in De­cem­ber, the in­junc­tion al­lows for con­struc­tion of the 670-kilo­me­tre nat­u­ral gas pipe­line Alex Spence, cen­tre, who is orig­i­nally from Haida Gwaii, beats a drum dur­ing a march in sup­port of pipe­line pro­test­ers, in Van­cou­ver, on Jan. 8, 2019.

from the north­ern Rocky Moun­tains to the planned $40-bil­lion LNG fa­cil­ity in the coastal town of Kiti­mat — an ex­port ter­mi­nal the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment boasts is the “largest” pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment in Cana­dian his­tory.

In Ot­tawa, demon­stra­tors

marched from Par­lia­ment Hill to a gov­ern­ment build­ing on Sus­sex Drive, where Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau was slated to ad­dress a fo­rum of lead­ers from First Na­tions who have signed mod­ern treaties and self-gov­ern­ment agree­ments. But af­ter the demon­stra­tors en­tered the

that limit green­house gas emis­sions.

The es­ti­mate, by the re­search firm Rhodium Group, pointed to a stark re­ver­sal. Fos­sil fuel emis­sions in the United States have fallen sig­nif­i­cantly since 2005 and de­clined each of the pre­vi­ous three years, in part be­cause of a boom in cheap nat­u­ral gas and re­new­able en­ergy, which have been rapidly dis­plac­ing dirt­ier coal-fired power.

More at thes­

build­ing and con­tin­ued to drum and chant slo­gans in­side, Trudeau’s se­cu­rity de­tail de­cided to move the lo­ca­tion of his speech to an­other site, an of­fi­cial with the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice said.

When Trudeau fi­nally spoke, al­most two hours be­hind sched­ule, he did not men­tion the protests or ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion in B.C. In­stead, he high­lighted ar­eas where he said progress had been made, such as planned child-wel­fare re­forms and com­ing leg­is­la­tion on Indige­nous lan­guages. He also praised those present for rep­re­sent­ing how First Na­tions can move be­yond “the colo­nial relic of the In­dian Act.”

“To be per­fectly frank, there’s lots of work ahead of us. I don’t want to dwell on the past, but you know, and I know, that pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments and in­sti­tu­tions spent years ig­nor­ing your com­mu­ni­ties and your con­cerns,” Trudeau said.

More on the pipe­line protests at thes­­eral

Car­bon diox­ide emis­sions in U.S. rose by 3.4 per cent in 2018.



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