Pipeline protest, forum set for Kamloops
Opponents of pipeline proposals for B.C. will be rallying in front of the Kamloops office of Environment Minister Terry Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The 3:30 p.m. protest rally will be part of a provincewide Defend Our Coast day of action, which will feature protests at MLA offices across B.C. Speakers will include Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians.
Lake is also Liberal MLA for Kamloops-North Kamloops. His office is at 618-B Tranquille Rd. in North Kamloops.
The day of action will follow the Defend Our Coast mass sit-in at the legislature in Victoria, planned for Monday, Oct. 22.
The Oct. 24 rally in Kamloops will be followed by a forum as part of the Council of Canadians No Pipelines, No Tankers speaking tour to oppose three proposed pipeline projects — including an expansion plan that would go through the Tournament Capital.
The forum will take place at 7 p.m. in room CT200 of the Clock Tower Building at Thompson Rivers University.
Speakers will include Barlow, Jim Cooperman of the Shuswap Environmental Action Society, Sven Biggs of Tanker Free BC and Janice Billy, Secwepemc activist and educator, or Kanahus Pelkey of the Secwepemc Nation Youth Network.
The tour is being held to oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway, Pacific Trails and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline proposals, the latter of which would see an existing route twinned through some of Kamloops.