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New rules inside the B.C. NDP could limit the ability for some members to publicly criticize the NDP government of Premier John Horgan. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 15 October 2018 18:07
Rob Shaw
he Province
 
Published: October 14, 2018
 
Updated: October 14, 2018 6:00 PM PDT

New rules inside the B.C. NDP could limit the ability for some members to publicly criticize the NDP government of Premier John Horgan.

New rules inside the B.C. NDP could limit the ability for some members to publicly criticize the NDP government of Premier John Horgan. CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
New rules inside the B.C. NDP could limit the ability for some members to publicly criticize the NDP government of Premier John Horgan. CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS
 
New rules within the B.C. NDP could limit people's ability to criticize the government and party policies.
VICTORIA — B.C.’s governing New Democratic Party has crafted new rules that could prevent some members and officials from publicly criticizing the decisions of Premier John Horgan’s government.
 
A draft of an internal NDP code of conduct, obtained by Postmedia News, shows it would require members of the party’s provincial executive and committees to sign non-disclosure agreements that forbid them from publicly disagreeing with party or government policies.
 
“Individuals agree that they shall, in all public statements (either written or verbal), promote the positions taken by the party through its duly constituted bodies and shall refrain from public criticisms of the party, its positions, or its elected officials,” reads the code of conduct. Any criticisms should be expressed only through internal channels, it reads.
 
The document also says all matters dealt with in party meetings are confidential and not to be discussed publicly.
 
The code is a draft, but could go before the NDP’s provincial council for a vote next month. It would apply to the provincial executive — which includes table officers and two representatives from each region of the province — and the NDP’s nine committees where members meet to discuss issues such as the environment, agriculture, women’s rights, youth, pride, people living with disabilities and Aboriginal representation.
 
Signed agreements could effectively act as gag orders for NDP members who disagree with the Horgan government’s decisions to approve the Site C dam, give tax breaks to the LNG Canada project and campaign in favour of proportional representation.
 
NDP officials argue the intention is not to silence people from speaking their minds, but instead to formalize what has been an implied obligation in the NDP constitution that
 
 
people who represent the party — especially on social media — do not criticize it or break with its positions in an official capacity.
 
“Individuals will still be individuals,” said NDP communications director Glen Sanford. “I think you know the NDP well enough to know there will always be robust discussions and our folks really don’t hold back on how they feel about things. That’s not going to change. The clarity that’s being looked for here is ensuring there’s procedures and lines of responsibility and accountability for people who are representing bodies of the party.”
 
Sanford said the party has already heard concerns from some members about the language used in the draft and the need to more explicitly state that people can still be critical of the party and government as long as they make clear it is their opinion.
 
The code of conduct, which also includes sections on conflict of interest and dispute resolution, is modelled after those used by federal political parties, unions and corporations, said Sanford.
 
Nonetheless, the code would be unique among B.C.’s political parties, where pressure to toe the party line is often real but usually unwritten.
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Paddle for ?EL¸TOS and the Salish Sea! September 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 August 2018 10:02

Tsawout Chief and Council invite all relations in WSÁNEC and neighbouring communities to participate in the PADDLE FOR ?EL¸TOS and the Salish Sea, in support of Tsawout's claim to the island, also known as James Island.

 
 
 
The event is taking place on Sunday, September 2, 2018, beginning at 9:00 am at ?IX_E? (Cordova Spit) with a community breakfast, followed by a paddle around ?EL¸TOS (James Island) and then a feast in the Tsawout Gymnasium.
 
 
 
The history of use and occupation is significant combined with significant archaeological history. The island was part of the homelands and provided a rich, productive way of life as it was well supplied with plantlife and surrounded by a rich variety of saltwater food supply (fish/shellfish). When it was taken over as part the war efforts it was still occupied and people felt that the island would be fully returned once it was no longer required. However, the history shows that the Tsawout/WSÁNEC People were forced off the island and it then became privatized and was eventually sold.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2018 20:28
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Tsawout First Nation invites community to join September 2 paddle for ?EL¸TOS and the Salish Sea PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 August 2018 09:48
 
 
 
 
Tsawout would like the Paddle event to be a fundraiser to assist with the research and legal work required for the claim and will be accepting donations prior to the event and at the event made out to TSAWOUT FIRST NATION with notation for “ ?EL¸TOS” (which can be mailed to Tsawout First Nation, 7728 Tetayut Road, Saanichton, BC  V8M 2E4).
 
 
 
To join the Paddle for ?EL¸TOS and the Salish Sea, sign up today at: www.TurningtheTide.ca/leltos.
 
 
 
HÍSW_?E,
 
Chief Harvey Underwood
 
 
 
Learn more by watching the:
Paddle for L?EL,TOS (James Island) and the Salish Sea Film
 
 
 
 
Arguments in Site C dam court case represent ‘cynical denial’ of Indigenous rights: B.C. Indian Chiefs PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 09 August 2018 09:38
 
 
BC Hydro lawyers argue Treaty 8 never guaranteed any "practical, traditional, cultural, or spiritual connection to any land" for First Nations
 
By Sarah Cox Aug 7, 2018  
https://thenarwhal.ca/arguments-in-site-c-dam-court-case-represent-cynical-denial-of-indigenous-rights-b-c-indian-chiefs/
 
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Grand Chief Stewart Phillip with his wife Joan Phillip at the 2017 Paddle for the Peace.

 
The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs has taken the unusual step of writing an open letter to Premier John Horgan denouncing legal arguments made last week by BC Hydro as a form of “neo-colonization” and demanding a formal apology from the provincial government.
 
BC Hydro’s lawyers made the arguments during ongoing B.C. Supreme Court hearings for an injunction application by West Moberly First Nations to halt work on the Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River, pending a full civil trial to determine if the $10.7 billion project violates treaty rights.
 
“We call on you to publicly denounce these statements that diminish Indigenous rights in an open letter to the B.C. Supreme Court, and to apologize formally for the disrespect shown to the Treaty 8 First Nations,” said the letter, signed by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), as well as vice-president Chief Robert Chamberlin and secretary treasurer Judy Wilson.
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Kinder Morgan expansion, contravenes the precautionary principle, risking irreversible harm, misconstrues the equitable remedy of the injunction and discounts indigenous rights. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 July 2018 21:34

By JoanRussow  Global Compliance Research Project

Joan Russow founded the Global Compliance Research Project that  calls upon countries to comply with their international obligations and commitments. She has attended many international climate change, and environmental conferences. She walked 76 km from Victoria to Burnaby against Kinder Morgan. Injunctions should be against those who cause irreversible harm not those who strive to prevent irreversible harm. Since Clayoquot Sound, she has been concerned about the misconstruing of injunctions and she is still saying, as she did then, “who are the real criminals?

 

J1 under Mt. Baker©Stefan Jacobs

/www.orcanetwork.org/nathist/salishorcas1.html

 

 

Is it a crime to strive to prevent crime or is it a crime to cause and condone it?

 

A. NOT HEEDING AN INJUNCTION AS BEING AN EQUITABLE REMEDY THAT MOVES WITH TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES AND TREATIES MUST BE COMPLIED WITH IS UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED (PACTA SUNT SERVANDA)

B. DISREGARDING “BEING HARMFUL” TO ECOSYSTEMS AS BEING A CRIME TO STATE AND SOCIETY –

C. OVERLOOKING THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE AND CONSERVATION  COMMITMENTS

D DISCOUNTINGA GLOBAL VISION FROM COP21 CONFERENCE  IN PARIS

E. DISRESPECTING RIGHTS OF FUTURE GENERATION

F. DISPENSING WITH UN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (UNDRIP)

G.  JEOPARDIZING FUTURE CONSERVATION PROJECTS IN THE SALISH SEA,

H. FAILING TO APPLY THE DOCTRINE OF LEGITIMATE EXPECTATION

I. IGNORING A MEANS TO CANCEL KINDER MORGAN WITHOUT A REPRISAL FROM NAFTA UNDER CHAPTER  11

J. CLOSING THE EYES TO A POTENTIAL BOONDOGGLE OF AN INVESTMENT

K. CONCLUSION  AND POEM BY NNIMMO BASSEY

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 August 2018 02:46
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Should BC Pull Out of Canada? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Dragonslayer   
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 21:12

If The Canadian Government Takes over Kinder Morgan and tries to pass legislation to force the pipeline iy will be in a legal conflict of interest by passing laws to benefit their own company.

 

Perhaps it is time for the people of BC to have a referendum about leaving Canada.   Maybe we should initiate talks with Washington, Oregon and Calafornia to form a new country separate from the US and Canada?   Indeed we have the resources and progressive politics to do so.

 

When politicians take your country far to the right and work to subvert peoples rights in order to push corporate agendas,  it is time for the people to take back their country.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 June 2018 11:04
 
Ta’ah Amy George, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Indigenous leaders and hundreds of others shut down work at Kinder Morgan terminal PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 07 April 2018 16:57

By  coast protectors info@coastprotectors.ca

 

April 7, 2018 (Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby BC)

 

A full-day blockade at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby construction site today was led by Tsleil-Waututh Elder Ta'ah Amy George and the full executive of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, which represents more than half the Nations, tribes and Bands in BC.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (Penticton Indian Band), Chief Bob Chamberlin (Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation) and Chief Judy Wilson (Neskonlith First Nation in Secwepemc territory) were joined by hundreds of supporters in pouring rain, shutting down work at the facility for the day. 

A long rolling clap of thunder struck at the same moment as the drummers began  the gathering, prompting cheers from the large crowd of supporters. After hours of blocking both gates to the tanker farm and after it was clear that Kinder Morgan was finished work for the day, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip declared victory:

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 April 2018 17:06
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B.C. recruits noted constitutional lawyer for court action over Trans Mountain expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 06:45

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/trans-mountain-kinder-morgan-court-joseph-arvay-1.4573634

B.C. recruits noted constitutional lawyer for court action over Trans Mountain expansion

Joseph Arvay has made arguments in several headline-grabbing court cases

By Liam Britten, CBC News Posted: Mar 12, 2018 10:12 PM PT Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018 10:12 PM PT

Joseph Arvay will be developing a reference case on behalf of the B.C. government as to whether or not the province can restrict bitumen exports.

Joseph Arvay will be developing a reference case on behalf of the B.C. government as to whether or not the province can restrict bitumen exports. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A high-profile constitutional lawyer will represent British Columbia in an upcoming court action over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The province announced Monday that Joseph Arvay has been appointed external counsel for B.C. in a reference case that could establish whether or not B.C. can restrict bitumen transported through the province.

A reference case is where the court is asked to weigh in on a particular legal matter, often when the constitution or division of powers between the federal and provincial governments is involved.

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Opponents of Kinder Morgan pipeline call out media's false equivalency in coverage of demonstrations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 12 March 2018 20:58

by Charlie Smith  Georgia Strait

on March 12th, 2018 at 4:32 PM

 

  • This was the scene in Burnaby on Saturday (March 10).
 
  • This was the scene in Burnaby on Saturday (March 10). Mike Hudema

There's an unusual clarification at the bottom of a recent CBC News web story about two pipeline demonstrations in Metro Vancouver.

"A previous version of this story gave coverage to the pro-pipeline rally that was disproportionate based on the number of people who attended it," the tagline states. "The story has been updated to more accurately reflect both sides of the debate."

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Lax Kw’alaams hereditary leaders voice support for oil tanker ban PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 16:50

 

Lax Kw’alaams hereditary leaders voice support for oil tanker ban

 

 

A group of North Coast First Nation hereditary leaders says it is in full support of the federal government’s proposed oil tanker ban.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 16:55
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