Protesters brace for blockade on Burnaby Mountain

B.C. Supreme Court decision expected Wednesday morning, while activists plan to stop pipeline company

Jennifer Moreau / Burnaby Now
September 16, 2014 03:05 PM

As the city awaits a decision from B.C. Supreme Court for an injunction to stop Kinder Morgan, anti-pipeline activists are bracing for a blockade on Burnaby Mountain. The protesters are planning to stop the company from resuming survey work for a new pipeline route.


“We’re trying to organize to have some people here at all times,” said SFU English professor Stephen Collis, speaking on the phone from the site Tuesday morning. “The group has agreed we are going to try and block (Kinder Morgan). Numbers of bodies is what we need. We’re going to try and impede them if they come back to do their work.”

Many of the activists are from BROKE, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, and they’ve been taking turns watching over the woods at bore hole area 1, a small clearing in the conservation area, just a short hike from Horizons Restaurant.

Kinder Morgan needs to finish survey work for a new pipeline route through the mountain – work the National Energy Board has sanctioned – but the City of Burnaby has gone to the B.C. Supreme Court for an injunction to stop the company. The city maintains Kinder Morgan cut down 13 trees (the company says seven), in violation of a city bylaw prohibiting people from damaging city parks.

The B.C. Supreme Court decision is expected Wednesday morning after deadlines. Madam Justice Brenda Brown is deciding on the case, and BROKE member Alan Dutton said Brown has not been favourable to protesters on environmental issues in the past.

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The blockade plan is the latest in a series of activities on Burnaby Mountain. On Saturday, roughly 400 people showed up for an anti-pipeline rally. They gathered close to Centennial Way, by Horizons Restaurant, while five others chained themselves to the front gate of Kinder Morgan’s nearby marine terminal.


Burnaby RCMP were on site, and one protester chained to the fence was briefly arrested to confirm his identity but then released. Staff Sgt. Andy LeClair said police were there to remain impartial and that the protesters were “extremely reasonable and cooperative.” The protesters chained themselves for 13 hours – one hour for each tree cut down in the conservation area.

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Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan was at the Saturday protest, along with councillors Sav Dhaliwal, Paul McDonell, Nick Volkow and school trustee James Wang.

“Think about it: Kinder and Morgan, two guys who started Enron,” Corrigan said, as the crowd chuckled. “You can imagine the drain on our economy that it is that these corporate bureaucrats are able to milk the wealth away from people.”

Corrigan told the crowd the city has been receiving supportive correspondence from around the world for standing up to Kinder Morgan. He also explained the land was originally given to Simon Fraser University, but the city bought it back, and the residents of Burnaby voted in a referendum to keep the area as park land.

...Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan is awaiting the National Energy Board’s decision on the company’s request for an order that would force the city to let the survey work continue. The NEB is giving both sides a chance to comment before making a decision, which could come down this week.

Kinder Morgan stopped work on Burnaby Mountain on Sept. 3 and hasn’t returned. The company is waiting on decisions from the B.C. Supreme Court and the National Energy Board before proceeding.


Burnaby loses injunction to stop Kinder Morgan survey work

By Dene Moore, Canadian Press September 18, 2014

A British Columbia court has rejected the City of Burnaby's latest bid to block Kinder Morgan crews from its land.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge dismissed an application on Wednesday for an injunction against survey crews on Burnaby Mountain, the company's preferred new route for its Trans Mountain pipeline.

Judge Brenda Brown did not immediately give reasons for her decision.

“Although this is disappointing,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan, “it is important to consider the impact of this decision in the appropriate context. It’s not the end of anything. It’s another step in what we’ve always known will be a long fight to protect our Conservation lands – and all of our land in the City – from further destruction by Kinder Morgan.

“While we consider whether or not to appeal the Court’s decision, in the interim we look to the National Energy Board to ensure Kinder Morgan does not further damage our Conservation Area in clear contravention of our bylaws, beyond the 13 trees they have already cut.


The legal action was the latest tussle in an ongoing feud between the Metro Vancouver municipality and the Texas-based pipeline giant over the proposed $5.4-billion expansion of the existing line linking the Alberta oilsands to the company's tanker terminal on Port Metro Vancouver.


City of Burnaby opposition escalated when the company proposed tunnelling through Burnaby Mountain, home to Simon Fraser University and a large conservation area.

The National Energy Board previously upheld the company's right to access the land under federal law but the civil action filed by the city last week claimed the federal regulator couldn't exempt the company from city bylaws.

Burnaby asked the court to prevent any work that destroys trees or disrupts park land.

In turn, Kinder Morgan filed a motion asking the National Energy Board to go further and forbid the city from obstructing its crews. That decision from the board is imminent.

In the interim, the company did not plan to immediately resume work.

"We're satisfied with today's decision from the B.C. Supreme Court denying the City of Burnaby's application for an injunction. We maintain that the National Energy Board has jurisdiction in this matter and has given us the authority to undertake the work needed on Burnaby Mountain," Carey Johannesson, the company's spokesman, said in a statement.

"We will await the NEB's response to our motion filed on September 3, before resumption of work."

The expansion would almost triple the pipeline's capacity, from 300,000 barrels a day to about 900,000 barrels.



Trans Mountain loses round with City of Burnaby over pipeline survey work

National Energy Board dismisses motion



The National Energy Board has dismissed a motion by Kinder Morgan asking the federal regulator to forbid the City of Burnaby from blocking the company’s pipeline survey work.

The board says in a decision released Thursday that Kinder Morgan is essentially asking it to force Burnaby not to enforce its bylaws, and the board can’t do that.

It says before it can decide on such an order, Kinder Morgan must first raise constitutional questions about whether the board actually has the legal authority to determine if the bylaws apply to the company.

この決断が下ったのは、国連の気候変動サミットが行われる前の週末に世界の都市で行われたPEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCHのすぐあとでした。



Activists march for climate change awareness in Vancouver

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Common Foods That Are Hazardous or Fatal To Dogs

This should be read by every single dog owner and dog lover.

Dogs love eating what we eat and many owners regularly give them titbits. The danger comes from several common foods that can prove fatal or at least cause serious illnesses to man’s best friend. Some of these (listed below) will surprise you and others you would never give your dog deliberately, but care should be taken to keep them out of reach of pets.

1. CHOCOLATE:  チョコレート

This is most commonly reported around Easter and Christmas when often playful dogs decide to help themselves to wrapped chocolate treats, candies and baked goodies. The toxic ingredients in the chocolate are caffeine and theobromine, which belong to a group of chemicals known as methylxanthines. The general rule is “the darker it is, the more dangerous it is.” So bakers chocolate usually has a very high level of methylxanthines when compared with say white chocolate which is lower in toxicity for dogs, although still should not be eaten. The worst form is simple cocoa powder. Symptoms can range from sudden excessive thirst with or without vomiting, abdominal pain, high temperatures, muscle tremors, restlessness and agitation, and at worst seizures and even death. If you even suspect your pooch has eaten any type of chocolate, consult your vet immediately as symptoms may not always show up right away.

2. AVOCADO: アボガド

It may be a super-food for humans but it is definitely not for dogs. The leaves, seeds, and bark, as well as the actual fruit, contain the toxin persin. Each variety of avocado varies in toxicity. It can result in respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart, and even death when eaten by other animals such as rabbits and horses, although it is not usually fatal to dogs but can still result in an upset stomach. There is also the danger that they can choke on the stone/pip. Some pet foods contain small amounts of avocado for health benefits and would not be in any levels that would be dangerous.

 し・・し・・しらなかった・・・・・・・ ごめん。。。結構たべてたよね・・・大好物だよね・・・・

Recent research has linked these to kidney failure in some dogs. As little as a handful of raisins has been fatal in some cases, but some dogs become ill after eating small amounts over a period of time, whilst others can eat with no ill effects. Until more is known about the exact toxicity and root cause of the sickness or kidney damage, it is safest to avoid letting your dog have these foods. If your dog is suffering from grape or raisin toxicosis, they will usually develop vomiting, lethargy or diarrhoea within 12 hours of eating them, and become more lethargic. Changes in urination will also become obvious. Death due to kidney failure could occur as soon as three to four days, but long-term kidney disease may persist in dogs who survive the acute intoxication. Always consult your vet if you have concerns.


4. BREAD DOUGH: パンの生地

Raw bread dough with live yeast is very dangerous. This is because, when it reaches the warm and moist environment of the stomach, the dough expands. If the stomach expands too much, then it will not receive enough blood flow so tissue can die. Also it could cause breathing difficulties from added pressure on the diaphragm. Possibly the biggest danger i that, as the yeast ferments, it produces alcohols leading to intoxication. Dogs may suddenly have a swollen abdomen and lack coordination with vomiting. At worst, it can result in seizures and comas. Vets help will be needed if you think your dog has eaten raw dough.

5. ALCOHOL: アルコール

Dogs are hyper sensitive to alcohol. Not that we are suggesting that you are deliberately giving your dog alcohol, but they can easily help themselves if a drink is left within reach. See point above on the signs and dangers of alcohol intoxication for dogs.


6. ONIONS AND GARLIC: たまねぎとにんにく

These come from the same family and the toxic compound to dogs will damage their red blood cells. The usual rule is “the stronger it is, the more toxic it is.” Any apparent damage may not even be obvious until 3 or 4 days after ingestion. Danger also comes from the more concentrated forms of onion or garlic, such as dehydrated onions, onion soup mix or garlic powder. Chives can also be a danger. Watch for general weakness and changes to the color of their urine – it could become very orange or even dark red. In most severe cases a blood transfusion may even be necessary.

7. XYLITOL: キシリトール

This is a sweetener common in sugar-free gum and some baked goods. It is used as a calorie free alternative to sugar. In dogs, ingestion of xylitol can lead to a sudden and dangerous drop to their blood sugar levels. Dogs can develop seizures within 30 minutes of eating anything containing xylitol, but others show no signs for several hours. Ultimately it can lead to liver failure.

8. TOMATOES: トマト


Tomatoes Both the tomato fruit and the plant contain tomatine. It is present in higher levels in unripened tomatoes, metabolizing as the fruit ripens. It is the unripe fruit that are more dangerous. Poisoning can result in vomiting, drooling, breathing problems, lethargy and diarrhoea. But can also be as severe as cardiac problems, seizures, widely dilated pupils and ultimately death. Tomatoes also contain atropine, which can again cause dilated pupils, tremors, and heart arrhythmias. The highest concentration of atropine is found in the leaves and stems of tomato plants, with less in unripened tomatoes, and even less in ripe tomatoes.


9. CAFFEINE: カフェイン

We mentioned this briefly in relation to chocolate. But the danger also comes from coffee, ground coffee, tea and tea bags. These will over stimulate the dog’s central nervous system and can cause cardiac problems. Symptoms are vomiting , heart palpitations and restlessness and can be fatal.


Peach pits (also called stones), plums pits, cherry pits, pear pips, apricot pits and apple pips all contain cyanide, a well known poison. While a few apple seeds alone may not cause any ill effects, the danger is that over a period of time the effects can accumulate if eaten regularly. Dogs should never be allowed to chew on a peach pit, cherry pit, apricot pit, or plum pit as they will inevitably swallow some of the cyanide from salivating. Chewing could also result in the pit being swallowed, causing continuous exposure to cyanide, or the more obvious problem of choking to death.

11. HAM/BACON: ハム・ベーコン

These are both high in fat and salt and can result in pancreatitis. Also, larger breeds of dogs that consume a lot of salty food may then drink too much water and develop a life-threatening condition called ‘bloat’ – the stomach fills up with gas and can twist which causes death.

12. COOKED BONES: 調理した骨
Juniorのご飯はいっつもCooked Boneだけど・・・?バリバリかんで食べてたなぁ。鳥の骨はだめって言うけど、牛の骨は大丈夫そう??!

Cooked bones of any size can splinter tearing a dog’s internal organs.

13. COINS: コイン

Yes, coins! Modern money in coin form often contains zinc. If a dog swallows even a single coin it can result in damage to the red blood cells and even kidney failure. It should be seen by a vet and needs removing as they can cause in death.




Biological effects of Fukushima radiation on plants, insects, and animals

Aug 14, 2014


Following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown, biological samples were obtained only after extensive delays, limiting the information that could be gained about the impacts of that historic disaster. Determined not to repeat the shortcomings of the Chernobyl studies, scientists began gathering biological information only a few months after the disastrous meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan in 2011. Results of these studies are now beginning to reveal serious biological effects of the Fukushima radiation on non-human organisms ranging from plants to butterflies to birds.

A series of articles summarizing these studies has now been published in the Journal of Heredity. These describe widespread impacts, ranging from population declines to genetic damage to responses by the repair mechanisms that help organisms cope with radiation exposure.

"A growing body of empirical results from studies of birds, monkeys, butterflies, and other insects suggests that some species have been significantly impacted by the radioactive releases related to the Fukushima disaster," stated Dr. Timothy Mousseau of the University of South Carolina, lead author of one of the studies.

Most importantly, these studies supply a baseline for future research on the effects of ionizing radiation exposure to the environment.

Common to all of the published studies is the hypothesis that chronic (low-dose) exposure to ionizing radiation results in genetic damage and increased mutation rates in reproductive and non-reproductive cells.

One of the studies (Hayashi et al. 2014) documented the effects of radiation on rice by exposing healthy seedlings to low-level gamma radiation at a contaminated site in Fukushima Prefecture. After three days, a number of effects were observed, including activation of genes involved in self-defense, ranging from DNA replication and repair to stress responses to cell death.

"The experimental design employed in this work will provide a new way to test how the entire rice plant genome responds to ionizing radiation under field conditions," explained Dr. Randeep Rakwal of the University of Tsukuba in Japan, one of the authors of the study.

Another team of researchers (Taira et al. 2014) examined the response of the pale grass blue butterfly, one of the most common butterfly species in Japan, to radiation exposure at the Fukushima site. They found size reduction, slowed growth, high mortality and morphological abnormality both at the Fukushima site and among laboratory-bred butterflies with parents collected from the contaminated site.


Multiple sources of exposure were included in the butterfly study. "Non-contaminated larvae fed leaves from contaminated host plants collected near the reactor showed high rates of abnormality and mortality," explained Dr. Joji Otaki of the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. Some of their results suggested the possible evolution of radiation resistance in Fukushima butterflies as well.

A review of genetic and ecological studies for a range of other species at both Chernobyl and Fukushima (Mousseau 2014) revealed significant consequences of radiation. Population censuses of birds, butterflies, and cicadas at Fukushima showed major declines attributable to radiation exposure. Morphological effects, such as aberrant feathers on barn swallows, were also observed. The authors suggest that long-term studies at Chernobyl could predict likely effects in the future at the Fukushima site.

All of these studies highlight the need for early and ongoing monitoring at sites of accidental radiation release. "Detailed analyses of genetic impacts to natural populations could provide the information needed to predict recovery times for wild communities at Fukushima as well as any sites of future nuclear accidents," Mousseau said. "There is an urgent need for greater investment in basic scientific research of the wild animals and plants of Fukushima."



"Fukushima Catastrophe and its Effects on Wildlife,"
福島惨事と野生生物への影響 (外国人記者クラブにて)

3.15 "There’s been some developments in the last year or two — especially in recent months — that really bring some sense of urgency to sharing some of these latest findings…Hopefully this will be of some relevance to the people of Japan, as well as people that might be visiting Japan in the coming years. My concerns of the past few months stems from the fact that there’s a growing number of scientific studies concerning radiation effects on plants and animals from Chernobyl, but also from Fukushima. These have clearly demonstrated impacts — injuries — to individuals, populations, communities, and even whole ecosystems. These findings have significant implications for the recovery of contaminated regions of Japan."

Natural News

22.00 "These next figures are really, really important, and this really was the motivation for speaking today," he said. "These are the results from four years of data, so starting July 2011, and we just did the last count last month here in Fukushima. What this graph shows very, very strikingly is that the total numbers of birds drops off with radiation in Fukushima in a very consistent pattern."


Scientist reveals albino birds, mutant firebugs, and deformed pine trees derived from Fukushima radiation

He pointed to the consistency of bird die-offs through the years, increasing over time. He showed how both the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters showed these striking similarities. He rose even more alarm over radiation's "effects on species richness or biodiversity," stating that the effects "are even more striking, again, dropping off with increasing radiation." He talked about mutations in birds seen near Fukushima, mentioning the first swallow with patches of white feathers. "We've since been documenting in collaboration with the Wild Bird Society of Japan many more additional cases of these albinos." He talked about other biomarkers like Japanese cows with white spots on their rears. He showed pictures of birds with tumors, showing documentation of higher frequency of cataracts in humans and birds in areas with high radiation levels. Taking it a step further, he showed growth abnormalities in both firebugs and scotch pine trees.





Mousseau showed that the effects of radiation from Fukushima are similar to that of Chernobyl, which exploded in Ukraine in 1986. "The point today is that as far as we can tell so far, there does not seem to be any dramatic difference between the effects of radiation in Chernobyl versus the effects of radiation in Fukushima. I think that is one of the take home messages," he said.

Governments continue to censor the effects of Fukushima

Mousseau detests the "official government reports" on Fukushima that downplay the impact that the radiation is having on Japan and the global ecosystem. "Contrary to governmental reports, there's now an abundance of information demonstrating consequences -- in other words, injury -- to individuals, populations, species, and ecosystem functions, stemming from the low dose radiation due to Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters," he stated.


At 38 minutes into his speech, Mousseau told an Associated Press reporter that the effects are not local but are impacting the global ecosystem. "I think the only conclusion you can come to from the increasing body of evidence of Chernobyl is that all components of this ecosystem seem to be affected, from the bacteria in the soil, the fungi in the soil, all the way up to the top predators... they are all connected of course. As we pick away at the various components of the ecosystem, we have not found any particular components that don't seem to be affected in some way."







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