Gidimt’en in northern B.C. anticipating RCMP action over anti-pipeline camp | CBC News
Gidimt’en in northern B.C. anticipating RCMP action over anti-pipeline camp Gidimt’en in northern B.C. anticipating RCMP action over anti-pipeline camp Dozens of people are now living in a remote camp set up in northern B.C. in response to a recent injunction order from the B.C. Supreme Court to allow for pipeline pre-construction activities to take place in the area. First Nations group is calling for support as it anticipates enforcement of court injunction order Chantelle Bellrichard · CBC News · Posted: Jan 06, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: January 6 Cody Merriman, who carries the name Wedlidi, in the cook tent at the Gidimt’en access point camp constructed in northern B.C. to oppose the construction of a natural gas pipeline. (Chantelle Bellrichard/CBC)
Dozens of Indigenous people and their supporters have set up camp in a remote part of northern B.C., using a strategic access point to control who can get into the territory, as RCMP officers set up nearby.
Standing in a cooking tent at the Gidimt’en camp, people mill about making soup, brewing coffee and chatting. Some sit huddled around a small fire outside, snow falling all around them.
But they’re not sure what will happen next, after more than a dozen RCMP officers have checked into a hotel in Houston, the nearest town to the Gidimt’en camp.
The camp was built following an interim injunction from the B.C. Supreme Court in December to support Coastal GasLink with starting construction on a nearly 700-kilometre pipeline through the territory.
Coastal GasLink has said it needs access to the area as soon as possible to meet construction deadlines for its role in an estimated $40-billion natural gas pipeline and transformation plant. Pipeline company files injunction application against individuals at northern B.C. camp
The Gidimt’en camp is the latest move to assert opposition to the construction of oil and gas pipelines in Wet’suwet’en traditional territory.
The Gitimd’en are one of five clans that make up the Wet’suwet’en. In total, there are 22,000 square km of Wet’suwet’en traditional territory in this northern region of B.C., an area that was part of the landmark Delgamuukw case where the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed the Indigenous nation’s land rights and title had never been extinguished.
“I am very honoured to have all my brothers and sisters here with us to stand with Gitimd’en,” said elder and Gitimd’en clan member Chief Grizzly Mama. Chief Grizzly Mama, sitting in the cook tent, said she’s honoured to see support for the anti-pipeline cause. (Chantelle Bellrichard/CBC)
Coastal GasLink has made agreements with all of the elected Indigenous band councils along the pipeline route and says it’s been consulting with hereditary leadership of the Wet’suwet’en for years about the project.
But a release put out by the Gidimt’en camp states, according to Wet’suwet’en law, the company “has never received permission from the proper title holders to access any Wet’suwet’en territories.” ‘This is where we live our lives’
The Gidimt’en access point camp was established a couple weeks ago and has grown quickly to include several permanent structures to accommodate the people staying there.
About 20 kilometres away sits the longstanding Unist’ot’en camp, which was established in 2010 and has long stood in opposition to oil and gas development in the territory. A cooking tent, heated with a wood burning stove, was the first structure built at the Gidimt’en access point camp in December. (Chantelle Bellrichard/CBC)
Both camps are opposing the building of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, designed to transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to a liquefied natural gas plant slated for construction in the north coast community of Kitimat, B.C.
Several of the people at the new Gidimt’en camp have come from Indigenous communities across Canada and the U.S. to support the Wet’suwet’en. They say Coastal GasLink is not welcome to build a pipeline in their territory without the consent of the hereditary leadership.
Cody Merriman is Haida and married into the Gidimt’en clan. He said he’s supporting the camp as part of his obligation to protect his wife’s territory for their two children and the clan’s hereditary leaders.
“This is where we live our lives … this is where my kids learn to hunt, this is where they learn to snare,” he said. Coastal GasLink says it needs immediate access
The anti-pipeline group says logging companies and others are given access to move through their gate without issue.
This gate is the second of its kind to be constructed on the planned pipeline route.
Entrance to the Gidimt’en camp in northern BC (Wetsuweten territory). A couple dozen people are now staying here – from several First Nations – to stand in opposition to the Coastal Gas Link pipeline. Area is subject to a recent interim injunction. pic.twitter.com/3PgwiWmIkF — @pieglue
Merriman said they’re not sure what to expect from the RCMP in the days ahead. He said he realizes what they’re doing is being characterized as unlawful activity.
“And I think back … you know what, the RCMP lawfully assisted in taking our kids to residential school,” he said.
“My argument is, whatever is lawful, doesn’t mean it’s right.” 20 years ago, this court case changed the way Canadians understood Indigenous rights
In an emailed response to CBC on Sunday January 6, RCMP media relations contact Madonna Saunderson wrote that she understood there are ” less than a dozen officers in the Smithers area, including our Division Liaison Team (DLT)” but that “you may notice an increase in resources in the detachment area this week/month.”
She confirmed that the injunction and police enforcement order recognize the RCMP’s discretion to decide how and when to enforce the injunction, and that they are “hopeful that there will not be violence or disorder as we enforce the court order; however, the safety of the public and our officers is paramount when policing demonstrations, particularly due to the remote area in which the bridge is located.”
Sushi king pays record $3.1m for endangered bluefin tuna in Japan | World news | The Guardian
The winning auction bid for the enormous tuna was more than double the price fetched five years ago. A record $3.1 m (£2.4 m) has been paid for a giant bluefin tuna at Tokyo’s new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year.
The winning bid for the prized but endangered species at the predawn auction was more than double the 2013 annual New Year auction.
The 278 kg fish (612 pounds) was caught off Japan’s northern coast.
It was paid by sushi tycoon Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs the popular Sushi Zanmai chain. Kimura’s Kiyomura Corp has often won the annual auction in the past.
Japanese broadcaster NHK showed a beaming Kimura saying that he was surprised by the high price of tuna this year.
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But he added: “The quality of the tuna I bought is the best.”
The auction prices are way above usual for bluefin tuna. The fish normally sells for up to $40 a pound, but the price rises to over $200 a pound near the year’s end, especially for prized catches from Oma in northern Japan .
Japanese are the biggest consumers of the torpedo-shaped bluefin tuna, and surging consumption here and overseas has led to overfishing of the species. Experts warn it faces possible extinction, with stocks of Pacific bluefin depleted by 96 percent from their pre-industrial levels.
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“The celebration surrounding the annual Pacific bluefin auction hides how deeply in trouble this species really is,” said Jamie Gibbon, associate manager for global tuna conservation at The Pew Charitable Trusts.
There are signs of progress toward protecting the bluefin, and Japan and other governments have backed plans to rebuild Pacific bluefin stocks, with a target of 20 percent of historic levels by 2034.
Last year’s auction was the last at Tsukiji before the market shifted to a new facility on a former gas plant site on Tokyo Bay. The move was delayed repeatedly due to concerns over soil contamination.
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Wendy’s Roasts a Bunch of Metalcore and Emo Bands on Twitter | Music News | Consequence of Sound
Whoever’s running Wendy’s Twitter account has likely been to a few Warped Tours, as evidenced by the number of metalcore, emo and pop-punk bands the hamburger chain roasted yesterday in celebration of #NationalRoastDay.
If the goal was to use the campaign to appeal to the Hot Topic demographic, Wendy’s did its job, poking fun at such acts as Miss May I, Atreyu, Beartooth, Papa Roach, Memphis May Fire, Chelsea Grin, State Champs, Knocked Loose, The Browning, and Attila frontman Chris Fronzak, among others. Hell, they even went after the intergalactic beasts of GWAR, for good measure.
Among the best zingers was telling CKY’s Matt Deis, “We were trying to listen to some of your music but couldn’t find our Zune”, and informing Victory Records, “We need somebody to pick up this leftover stack of samplers from the early 2000s. It’s like emo AOL minutes.” Hopeless Records didn’t fair any better, being on the receiving end of this doozy: “Literally don’t have enough eyeliner for this right now.”
In fairness, some of these bands and labels asked to be roasted once they saw what was transpiring on the Wendy’s Twitter account, but gotta give the burger joint some big-time props for the witty insults.
When one person asked, “Damn, who’s the scene kid writing for Wendys,” he got the brilliant response, “Gotta get this hair swipe outta my face.”
Check out a bunch of Wendy’s #NationalRoastDay tweets below. We were trying to listen to some of your music but couldn’t find our Zune. #NationalRoastDay
Horsley train murder – man and woman arrested by police after dad, 51, stabbed to death in front of teenage son
Health News TRAIN bloodbath ARRESt Horsley train murder – man and woman arrested by police after dad, 51, stabbed to death in front of teenage son
The 51-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds during the horror on the South Western Railway train near Horsley at around 1.15pm yesterday. Breaking 5th January 2019, 7:22 am Updated: 5th January 2019, 7:37 am A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a dad was stabbed to death in front of his 14-year-old son on a London train.
The 51-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds during the horror on the South Western Railway train near Horsley, Surrey, at around 1.15pm yesterday. SWNS:South West News 5 The man was knifed to death on a South Western train to London
The suspected attacker then fled the London-bound train after it was halted at the next stop in nearby Clandon.
British Transport Police has now confirmed a man was arrested on suspicion of murder in Farnham – around five miles away – shortly before 6am this morning.
A 27-year-old woman was also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
DCI Sam Blackburn from British Transport Police, said: “This is a fast moving investigation and I am pleased that overnight we were able to arrest a man following a huge amount of police enquiries. SWNS:South West News Forensics officers at the scene at East Horsely station in Surrey London News Pictures 5 The man’s body was taken away from the station last night
“The investigation is moving with good progress and we are now confident to say that this is not believed to be a random assault. In the moments leading to the violent killing, both men appeared to be involved in an altercation lasting three minutes.
“Nothing justified the extraordinary violence that followed, and we are concentrating our efforts on the on-going investigation.”
The barbaric attack took place in front of the victim’s 15-year-old son and the teenager is now receiving support from specialist officers.
A post-mortem examination is set to take place early next week. London News Pictures