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When it comes to stopping Kinder Morgan, Tofino means business

When it comes to stopping Kinder Morgan, Tofino means business

This article originally appeared in Ricochet. https://ricochet.media/en/1778/when-it-comes-to-stopping-kinder-morgan-tofino-means-business Coastal communities are on the front lines of climate change. For those who live on the narrow peninsula that leads to Tofino on...

Site-C Caravan

With Helen Knott. On September 12, 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal heard Treaty 8’s legal challenge to the massive Site C hydroelectric dam already under construction on Treaty 8 territory in northeast British Columbia. First Nations community members...

Fish Lake returns

It’s the mine that won’t die. For twenty years Taseko Mines Limited has tried to get approval for a low-grade, open-pit copper and gold mine at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake.) The federal government rejected the project twice after independent expert panels delivered two of...

Pull Together Towards Reconciliation

This spring, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a searing report, Honoring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, calling on each and every one of us to take action to heal relationships between settlers and First Nations. As the report acknowledges, the...

Awakening the power of yoga to stop a pipeline

(Published in Aqua Magazine, November 2014) Moksha Yoga founder Ted Grand  is not the kind of guy who does things by halves. With 70 studios from Sydney, Australia to Paris, France, one of Salt Spring’s great ‘activist entrepreneurs’ believes that yoga is for...

Let the ancestors rest in peace

(Published in Ricochet, January 2015) Grace Islet is a victory for protecting Indigenous gravesites, but work remains Grace Islet rests just a few meters off the shore of Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. Formerly part of an ancient village known in...

The Beautiful Laundress

(Published in Aqua Magazine, 2011) The Beautiful Laundress: Redressing Fashion It’s the house your Bohemian great-aunt would have lived in had she lived by the sea on Canada's wet coast. The ocean glints out the front windows, while fir trees and berry bushes cluster...

Walkers carry weight

(Published Gulf Islands Driftwood, July 16, 2014) Sometimes you just have to draw a line. Salt Spring Islanders came out on Saturday to do just that: hundreds of people took advantage of the lowest tide of the year to walk over to Grace Islet. Together, mothers,...

An ugly monument

(Published in West Coast Native News, July 2014) I live on Salt Spring Island. The adjective most used to describe this little dot in the archipelago sprawling across Canada’s Pacific coast is ‘bucolic’. Organic farms, yoga centres, pastures roamed by grazing lambs,...

Welcoming African Friends to Saltspring

(Published in Island Tides, 2011) Markets and barns, farms and tables. Welcoming African guests to Salt Spring seems to have much to do with: "what shall we eat?" Herein we find common ground: while our drive in the islands is to return to our land-based roots and...

Hupacasath Stand Up for Canada – FIPA Court Case

Published in Watershed Sentinel, June 20, 2013 Hupacasath Stand Up for Canada - FIPA Court Case by Andrea Palframan A remarkable resistance movement is gaining momentum in this country. A  few weeks ago, the federal court in Vancouver heard the case of Hupacasath vs....

Stormy Opening: foreshadowing dire climate warnings

Durban, South Africa by Andrea Palframan, Watershed Sentinel   In the wake of the opening session of COP 17 climate change summit in Durban, violent storms ripped through the city, foreshadowing the dire warnings that will be sounded at the international...

Faith and Climate Justice: Report from COP 17

Durban, South Africa by Andrea Palframan, Watershed Sentinel A death-knell for a new Kyoto is being sounded just as the gates open at Durban's COP 17. Politically, the victories here are being predicted to be insubstantial. Thus the focus is shifting to economic...

Canada’s Climate COP Out

Durban, South Africa: November 30, 2011 by Andrea Palframan, Watershed Sentinel Canada was awarded the first Fossil of the Day award at the Durban COP17 by the Climate Action Network. Calling Canada 'a bad joke', CAN highlighted the Harper government's contribution to...

The Dirty Truth about Coal

Climate Change Summit, Durban, South Africa by Andrea Palframan, Watershed Sentinel At a Greenpeace hosted panel called "The dirty truth about coal" delegates to COP 17 learned the true cost of the world's reliance on coal. South Africa's industries rely on access to...

Canadian youth ejected from COP 17

Durban, South Africa: December 7 2011 by Andrea Palframan, Watershed Sentinel A mid-day disruption of the high-level negotiations at the COP-17 summit have set a precedent for further direct action here at the Durban climate talks. Following on more than a week of...

COP 17 – Deal or No Deal?

Durban, South Africa: December 9, 2011 Ambitious or inadequate? Twenty four hours remains to secure Durban’s credibility by Andrea Palframan, Watershed Sentinel On this, the last day of COP-17, South Africa’s  Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, COP-17 president, gave an update...

Activism stretches from all corners

(Published in Aqua Magazine, December 1, 2014) Moksha Yoga founder Ted Grand is not the kind of guy who does things by halves. With 70 studios from Sydney to Paris, one of Salt Spring’s great ‘activist entrepreneurs’ believes that yoga has the power to change the...

Yoga aids Pull Together

(Published by Gulf Islands Driftwood, November 5 2014) Can something as ephemeral as yoga really have the power to stop a pipeline? A collection of Salt Spring yoga teachers thinks so. They are banding together with First Nations to raise funds to stop the Enbridge...

Power Shift BC puts youth in the driver’s seat

(Published in the Vancouver Observer, Oct 9th 2013) Power Shift is a global movement that offers training and resource sharing among youth climate justice activists. The latest conference, Power Shift BC, took place in Victoria over the October 4-7 weekend. To get a...

Can a First Nations-led Movement Stop Big Oil?

(Originally published in Rabble.ca; licensed by Common Dreams November 24, 2014) Can a First Nations-led, people-driven movement really have the power to stop Big Oil? The folks behind the Pull Together campaign think so. The Pull Together initiative supports First...

First Nations legal frameworks stand to protect us all

(this article was originally published in the Watershed Sentinel, January 2014: it was picked up by Rabble.ca, West Coast Native News, the EcoReport, and ScoopIt.) Last June, I spent three days in a Vancouver courtroom  watching the Hupacasath First Nation argue their...