SFU molecular biology department chair Lynne Quarmby waving to supporters during her arrest on Burnaby Mountain on Friday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
By Dan Fumano, The Province November 21, 2014
“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
"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.
..... 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?