This week: The controversial Enbridge pipeline scheme that would disgorge tar sands bitumen at Kitimat for ocean trans-shipment to Asia and America created more controversy yesterday in Bella Bella, where the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel, or JRP, was scheduled to hear depositions from local intervenors.
The small community on BC’s central coast, at the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, came out in numbers, (in full welcoming regalia) but someone on the panel panicked. The review was cancelled, the JRP citing “safety concerns.”
Ingmar Lee was at the rally that welcomed the Joint Review Panel. Ingmar lives in Shearwater, where the JRP retreated to from Bella Bella, and is a long-time ecology defender at the front lines of efforts to stay the destructive hand of industry, and works to enlighten the ignorant as to the great dangers facing this corner of the Pacific’s ecosystem.
Ingmar Lee in the first half.
And; last Friday marked Land Day in the Occupied Palestinian territories. That is the annual observance by Palestinians of their dispossession at the hands of Israel. It was marked, as it has routinely been, by Israeli state violence, resulting in death and injury.
Like last year’s observance, this year’s Land Day differed from previous years due to the context of the ongoing “Arab Spring,” and the quickening disintegration of the political status quo in the region.
Jon Elmer is a Canadian journalist who has reported from and lived in Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade. He’s back in Canada now, filling his war chest for a return assignment.
Jon Elmer and the increasingly turbulent situation in Palestine in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the streetz of the city and beyond.
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