B.C. First Nation plans legal challenge over Trans Mountain decision

first_imgMeanwhile, B.C. has been responsibly issuing permits as they’ve been requested, he said.“I believe it’s my job as the premier of British Columbia to always be vigilant to protect those things that matter to British Columbians, and I’ll continue to do that, ” he said.“Although I regret the federal government’s decision, it’s within their authority to make that decision.”It’s now up to the government of B.C. to make sure that as the project proceeds, there are no impacts to marine life, the environment or the economy, Horgan said.Asked whether he would support any lawsuits filed against the project, Horgan said he’d have to look at the substance of the applications.Advertisement Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion. Construction was paused in August after the Federal Court of Appeal struck down the government’s approval of the project, citing the National Energy Board’s failure to consider the marine impacts and inadequate First Nations consultation.After an energy board review of the marine impacts and further Indigenous consultation, the federal cabinet announced it was approving the project for a second time on Tuesday.Premier John Horgan said he spoke with Trudeau before the decision and reiterated his concerns about the potential of a marine spill.Horgan said his government is pursuing a reference case in the Supreme Court of Canada that asks whether B.C. has the power to restrict oil shipments through its territory, which it lost at the B.C. Court of Appeal.Advertisement “If it’s in the interests of British Columbia to join them, we will,” he said.He also said it rings “somewhat hollow” that the federal government passed a symbolic resolution in the House of Commons acknowledging a climate emergency a day before approving the pipeline expansion.The project will triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C., and increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.Earlier in the day, protesters on either side of the debate clashed at a rally in Vancouver organized by the project’s supporters.Lynn Nellis of the Canada Action Coalition was speaking to the crowd of a few dozen people when anti-pipeline protester Kwiis Hamilton began playing rock music.Advertisement Rally attendees asked him to stop but Hamilton persisted. Vancouver police responded after a member of the crowd shoved Hamilton.Afterwards, Hamilton said he interrupted the rally because he wants to defend the land along the B.C. coastline where his ancestors have lived for generations.“I really think industry, and the oil industry specifically, has been quite damaging to our environment around the world. So I think shoving a pipeline through somewhere that’s as pristine as B.C. is, it’s the worst crap shoot you could ever take,” he said.Several First Nation leaders who support the project spoke at the rally, including Shane Gottfriedson of Project Reconciliation, an Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51 per cent of the expansion project.Gottfriedson says a few Indigenous bands have joined Project Reconciliation and they’re prepared to offer the federal government a fair price for the project.“For many decades a lot of First Nations have been a part of the oil and gas industry and this opportunity to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline is a one-time opportunity and we’re hoping to make the best of it,” he said.Clifford Sampare, a hereditary chief of the Gitxsan Nation, told the rally the pipeline expansion will bring benefits to all of B.C.“Imagine the revenue it’ll generate for Canada,” he said. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A British Columbia First Nation is promising a legal challenge of the federal government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion while the premier says his government will continue to defend the province’s lands and waters.Environment Minister George Heyman told a news conference Tuesday that tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity are at risk from a bitumen spill off B.C.’s coast.“So let me say to British Columbians who value our environment, who cherish our coast, who expect their government to stand up for their interests, we will not abandon our responsibility to protect our land and our water,” Heyman said.- Advertisement -“We’ll continue to stand up and defend our environment, our coast and the tens of thousands of jobs that are dependent on them.”Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation said it will appeal Ottawa’s decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.“The federal decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible to make an unbiased decision,” she told a news conference on Musqueam territory.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea’s best attack line revealed! Is Drogba right?

first_img Chelsea won the double in 2009/10 1 Veteran Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has hailed the Blues’ current attack force, labelling them the most attacking side he has been a part of.Although he accepted that it will matter little unless they are rewarded with trophies at the end of the season, the Ivory Coast international proclaimed Jose Mourinho’s latest crop of forwards as the best he’s played alongside.That’s some high praise indeed, especially considering the exemplary line-ups Drogba has been apart of in his two spells with the club.During his eight-and-a-half collective years of Stamford Bridge service, Drogba has been part of a side that blew the Premier League away, storming to a record points haul in the process, and featured heavily in the side that bagged a record number of league goals in 2009/10. So is he right with his latest claim?talkSPORT takes a look…NUMBER OF GOALS SCOREDFollowing their recent 5-0 demolition of Schalke in the Champions League, Chelsea took their current tally for the season to a hugely impressive 48 goals in all competitions. The Blues may be well on course to breeze past the 100 mark, but they have some way to go if they are to surpass the sensational tally of 142 that Carlo Ancelotti’s 2009/10 double winners achieved.That year the Blues bagged a Premier League record 103 goals and scored 17 times en route to winning the FA Cup.The 2004/05 and 2005/06 league winning sides both reached the 90+ points mark – a phenomenal achievement – but weren’t known for their prolific front lines. Both scored a respectable, if slightly low 72 goals each in the league.WINNER: Chelsea 2009/10 team with 142 goals in all competitionsSPREAD OF GOALSBy the end of the current campaign, Drogba’s claim may eventually ring true, but for the moment, there is a pretty heavy weighting of goals – in the Premier League at least – on one man.Diego Costa has been arguably the signing of the summer and his blistering start to life in England has been commendable, even more so given his 11 league goals so far. There is no one really looking to challenge the Spaniard though in the scoring charts, with Eden Hazard the closest with six goals in all competitions.When looking exclusively at strikers though, rather than attacking lines as a collective, and this disparity is even more noticeable, with Loic Remy and Drogba recording two and four goals apiece.Once again, the attack line of ‘09/10 stands out, with four of the club’s six recognised attacking players reaching double figures for the season and Drogba himself ending the campaign with a mammoth 37 goals in all competitions.Indeed even Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka pitched in with 15 goals each and Salomon Kalou hitting 12.However, in terms of an attack line’s contribution, the exploits of Chelsea’s 2004/05 team just shades them. While three of the six recognised attackers hit double figures that season, they contributed 67 of the overall total of 108 goals, equating to 62 per-cent, narrowly edging out the ‘09/10 attack line, who contributed 60 per-cent of goals scored.WINNER: Chelsea 2004/05WHAT DID THEY ACTUALLY WIN?As Drogba concedes, all talk about this Chelsea side and it’s attack line as the ‘best ever’ will be in vain if the Blues fail to win silverware. Although it is still incredibly early, their lead at the top of the Premier League – while still just six points – is already looking unassailable, but they will need more that just league honours to underline themselves as a true vintage.Indeed the 2004/05 league winners are hailed as a great team for winning two trophies, as well as setting a new Premier League points record, something that perhaps sees them rather than the arguably stronger side of 12 months later as a side fondly remembered by fans.Once again however, it is the 2009/10 side that comes out on top in this regard, with Carlo Ancelotti’s team winning a league and FA Cup double. Although they came up short on the European front – crashing out at the last 16 stage to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan side – on the domestic scene they were kings.WINNER: Chelsea 2009/10 – Premier League champions and FA Cup winners.Chelsea fans, who do you think was the club’s best modern-day attack line? Comment below…last_img read more