Friday, November 21, 2014

Burnaby Mountain Protesters Arrested/ New Taxes for Freight Transportation?

SFU Lynne Quarmby arrested Kinder Morgan Burnaby Mountain Mychaylo Prystupa

SFU molecular biology department chair Lynne Quarmby waving to supporters during her arrest on Burnaby Mountain on Friday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

Police remove Burnaby Mountain pipeline protesters- video

By Dan Fumano, The Province     November 21, 2014
As pipeline protesters clashed with police on Burnaby Mountain — leading to 26 arrests — Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said his government was ready for a “war” in the courts.

“This is going to be a war, and it’s going to be one that carries on for a number of years,” Corrigan said of the legal challenges his city has mounted in various levels of court, in attempts to stop Kinder Morgan’s work on Burnaby Mountain.

“The bigger argument that needs to be fought is: How much can the federal government impose its will on local governments and the ability of people to make local decisions? That’s really the quintessential issue that takes this beyond a merely local situation to being one that attracts interest from municipalities right across Canada.”....  read more here

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"So now, I'm going to turn around and walk up this hill -- and be the best citizen I can be," said Quarmby, before crossing police tape and getting arrested.

A Self-Serving View from DC

Roll Call   Tom Curry  Nov 21, 2014

..... Amid the Senate debate on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, we looked at the continued importance of freight railroads in delivering the Bakken crude oil that is helping keep our gasoline prices at the pump under $3 in many places.

That oil traffic contributes to the congestion on freight railroads and Amtrak filed a complaint about that congestion this week against two of the freight railroads who host its train traffic.

There’s also congestion at our ports and on the highways that lead to and from those ports. That’s prompting the Freight Stakeholders Coalition (shippers, port authorities, retailers and other business groups) to call for a new revenue source to pay for large-scale projects that would ease the movement of goods. A national sales tax, anyone?

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