Transcanada Office gets a Pipeline!
View the letter we delivered here.
Transcanada Office gets a Pipeline!
View the letter we delivered here.
For Immediate Release – Dec 16, 2015
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
Today, Rising Tide members staged a ‘pipeline build’ outside Trans Canada’s Coastal GasLink and Chevron’s Vancouver offices. The group used a theatrical presentation of satirical company “Frack-It, ‘natural’ gas” building an unwanted pipeline.
“The recent Paris climate talks have shown us that the world’s leaders will not save us from catastrophic climate change. It is clear that we must respect the sovereignty of indigenous people like the Unist’ot’en and Madii Lii who are committed to living with the land in a sustainable way,” says Raquel Tario of Rising Tide. Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who came out to Make Some Fracking Noise!
Do you wish there were more events like that? Then join Rising Tide! We’re having a new members meeting this Monday.
Rising Tide Coast Salish Territories – New Members Meeting
When: Monday October 19 at 7:00pm
Where: Spartacus Books, 3378 Findlay Street (near Commercial/Broadway Station)
The open meeting will be a chance for you to find out more about Rising Tide: who we are, what we do and why we do it. We’ll talk about Rising Tide’s values, tactics and approach to organizing, go over what we’re working on at the moment, and answer any questions you have. The aim of the evening is for us all to get to know each other a bit, and to help you decide if Rising Tide is the group for you.
We encourage folks to read our basis of unity (http://risingtide604.ca/?page_id=2) and security culture document (http://risingtide604.ca/?p=1840) before the meeting, as we’ll be discussing them there.
If you have any questions about getting involved please email us email@example.com. Also, please tell us if you have any accessibility needs for the meeting, and/or if you’re keen to get involved but can’t make that date, so we can let you know about future open meetings.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you’re coming or if you’re unable to make it but would like information about another open meeting in future.
Looking forward to meet you soon,
from the Rising Tide collective
October 15, 2015
Coast Salish Territories, VANCOUVER – Hundreds of people gathered at the Vancouver Convention Centre yesterday to Make Some Fracking Noise – A Community Noise Demo – an event to oppose the International LNG in B.C. Conference. They were joined by representatives from some communities impacted by LNG (liquefied natural gas) development across the province.
“This conference is a greenwashed sham. LNG lobbyists and our so-called leaders are inside pushing their financial agendas with no regard for frontline communities, indigenous sovereignty, or future generations,” said Allison Dixon of Rising Tide. “While the world is waking up to the climate crisis, BC LNG is far away from a just transition to a sustainable future.”
From blockades and checkpoints to legal actions, the assertion of First Nations’ sovereignty and the fight against LNG is intensifying in Northern B.C. The Unist’ot’en continue to enact the ancient Free Prior and Informed Consent protocol before allowing anyone on to their territory.
Yesterday, Luutkudziiwus, a 600 member House Group of the Gitxsan Nation, announced that they will be filing a legal challenge over the BC regulatory permits awarded to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) pipeline that would supply gas to the Petronas LNG plant on Lelu Island.
“Our Madii Lii territory is not to be played with by the province of BC in their LNG game. Clark’s LNG dream is a nightmare for us,” said Hereditary Chief Luutkudziiwus (Charlie Wright). “While she paints a shiny picture of LNG in their conference this week, the reality is that First Nations are being bulldozed, and we have had enough”. Continue reading
It’s 2015 and the deadline for the City of Vancouver’s pledge to end homeless is here. Instead of working to build real responses to the homelessness crisis, the city has continued to look the other way. Homelessness has increased while the city has stood by as projects like Gallery Gachet and the Carnegie Community Action Project have had their funding threatened. And all the while rents creep ever higher. The cost of housing is oppressive for most people who live here, but it is a matter of life and death for the poor.
Front line communities across so-called BC are bearing the brunt of capitalist austerity policies that continue to ensure profits for the few on the backs of poor, working class, and racialized communities. How many people face a future of precarious employment due to the overseas outsourcing of even more greatly exploited labour? How many people in the North have been displaced to make way for pipelines, dams and other mega-projects? How many find that their best option is to work in towns like Kitimat or Fort McMurray, away from their communities and loved ones? How many indigenous communities find the land that once gave them life is now being polluted and destroyed? In other words, how many people have been displaced from their homes because the economic base there collapsed due to environmental destruction?
Meanwhile here in Vancouver developers get tax breaks, landlords benefit with the absence of adequate rent controls, and the gentrification of neighbourhoods continues to line the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of those who lived there.
On October 14th an international conference for LNG is going to be held here in Vancouver. We’d like to give them the welcome we think they deserve.
WHAT: Make Some Fracking Noise – A Community Noise Demo
WHEN: Wednesday October 14th @ 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1055 Canada Place – Meet at the Olympic Cauldron (near Waterfront Skytrain Station). We will go on a short march to visit some fracking corporations and end up at Canada Place (999 Canada Pl.) where the conference is being held.
WHY: Because alternatives that are better for the people, better for the land, and better for the future make sense and “drill baby drill,” no matter what the cost, doesn’t!
HOW: Bring your artful signs, banners and other messages and BRING YOUR NOISE MAKERS! Continue reading
The two small boys whose bodies washed up on a Turkish beach Wednesday were Kurdish refugees from Kobane, Syria, whose family had been desperately trying to emigrate to Canada. Recent news about the death of the two small boys and their mother has brought light to the fact that Canada is in fact not only unwelcoming to refugee migrants, but also creating situations in which they are forced to risk their lives.
In response to this tragic situation Canadians are calling for support:
Environmental Justice groups will be joining our allies to say #RefugeesWelcome in Canada!
Increasingly, environmental factors, often caused by wars of the elite and conflicts over resource extraction, have become a leading cause of forced migration and displacement around the world. The Harper government refuses to take meaningful action on climate change and environmental regulation domestically and internationally, dooming millions to migrate due to drought, desertification, rising sea levels, and chemical pollution. At the same time, the Harper government’s policies entrench racist, anti-immigrant policies. Continue reading