Unceded Coast Salish Territories (BURNABY, BC) — A local Community Nest Finding Network confirmed suspicions on Sunday that an Anna's Hummingbird nest has been destroyed by Trans Mountain Canada. The Crown corporation has been clearcutting the Brunette River Conservation Area in its construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline. Tree cutting and total removal of all vegetation has been happening quickly near the Brunette since the company was given the go-ahead to cut, despite not having permits from City of Burnaby. Heavy machines destroyed the trunk of the thin tree this hummingbird was nesting in. "I was very sad to discover this loss" says Sara Ross, co-founder of the Community Nest Finding Network (CNFN). "These tiny and fierce birds symbolize hope for many people and cultures. To witness nests being directly threatened and damaged by a tar sands expansion project - endorsed by the Trudeau government - is a disgrace." She continues, "This is the third nest that has disappeared. It is nesting season for birds, Trans Mountain should not be cutting any trees."

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  Kick off Earth Week in a good way together on April 18. Come for a water blessing and stay to take action on the banks funding Line3 and insurers of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Sunday April 18  3pm Pacific time|4pm Mountain|5pm Central|6pm Eastern RSVP NOW  

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  (March 24, 2001; Toronto, ON) Today a network of groups launched “RBC Revealed” to inform Canadians, investors, and shareholders about the misleading environmental claims of Canada’s largest bank, which continues to funnel billions into fossil fuels. The launch comes the same day as new global data from Rainforest Action Network and partners reveals the extent of RBC’s and other Canadian big banks’ fossil fuel financing. In Banking on Climate Chaos, the respected annual global ranking of banks financing fossil fuels shows that since the Paris Climate Agreement, RBC has financed C$208 billion in fossil fuels, with the big five Canadian banks collectively financing C$726 billion, including C$299 billion in expansion projects. “By continuing to provide project-critical financing to projects such as Enbridge’s Line 3, RBC is directly trampling upon the rights of First Nations peoples that have been recognized and affirmed through the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including that of Free, Prior and Informed Consent,” stated Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “RBC must be accountable to their direct contributions to the endangerment of Indigenous Title and Rights, health, and welfare by immediately adopting the principle of FPIC and taking substantive action to stop funding industrial megaprojects that do not have Indigenous consent.”        

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Click to reserve your seat    Join Stop the Money Pipeline on Friday, March 19th, at 10:00 am Pacific, noon Central, to demand the US and Canadian banks providing financing for Enbridge to build tar sands pipeline Line 3 stop funding climate chaos (including any potential sale of Trans Mountain pipeline). During the rally we will hear from Indigenous frontline leaders who are taking bold direct action to stop construction, youth organizers who are fighting the pipeline and Stop the Money Pipeline organizers who will share the next steps in the #DefundLine3 campaign. Featuring: Charlene Aleck just completed her third term as elected council of Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN), a First Nations government in the Canadian province of British Columbia. She is working on the TWN Sacred Trust Initiative team, whose mandate is to oppose the Trans Mountain Expansion Project pipeline. She is a mother of four and a grandmother. Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is a tribal attorney, founder of Giniw Collective, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She spent six months on the frontlines fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is currently engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a group committed to positive representation of Native peoples. Abby Hornberger is a senior at the University of Minnesota studying environmental science and sustainability. After moving to Minneapolis from Chicago, she was exposed to corporate investments in fossil fuel infrastructure in Minnesota. Through frontline resistance, giving public testimony and urban bank actions, she has been involved in pipeline resistance for 2 1/2 years.

Insurance for the Trans Mountain pipeline project totals over $508 million, and insurance giants Zurich, Munich Re, and Talanx have already dropped the controversial tar sands pipeline. Take action now to demand AIG do the same and stop insuring Trans Mountain. 

February 22, 2021, (Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C – On Friday February 19, Indigenous youth with the group Braided Warriors were violently removed and arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) after a peaceful sit-in in downtown Vancouver. For the past week, Braided Warriors has been peacefully occupying insurance companies to call on these companies to stop backing the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline project. 

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OPINION The Trans Mountain pipeline could soon be Canada’s white elephant GARY MASON   NATIONAL AFFAIRS COLUMNIST

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