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First Nations "Go Undercover" to Ask World's Largest Oil Tanker Companies Who's Responsible for Spill Clean-Up Costs in Canada
Opinion from Canada's top maritime lawyer and oil pollution liability expert contradicts Harper government's claim that taxpayers would not be "on the hook."
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2013) - The President of the Canadian Maritime Law Association, John O'Connor, says the Canadian government would be responsible for any cleanup costs that exceed $1.4 billion in the event of a "huge" oil spill, directly contradicting claims by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver that any cleanup bill would be the responsibility of vessel operators and not Canadian taxpayers.
The opinion from O'Connor, which was sent to one of the world's largest oil tanker companies, was obtained by the Coastal First Nations through an undercover investigation into oil tanker ownership, liability and insurance practices, and has been made into a new television ad, released on the same day Minister Oliver is in BC to meet with First Nations leaders:
Coastal First Nations Re-Write Enbridge’s Latest Northern Gateway Pipeline Ad Campaign
Leaked copy of “Open to better” TV ad campaign suggests Enbridge brand has lost credibility with British Columbians.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – (October 1, 2013) - The Coastal First Nations have released a leaked copy of Enbridge’s latest ad campaign for the Northern Gateway Pipeline, titled “Open to better,” and they have produced their own ad, inspired by the leaked Enbridge ad scripts: http://youtu.be/fLb0qSaPMbI
The ad materials, which were provided by Greenpeace, show the company’s strategic shift away from using the Enbridge name, in favour of Executive Vice President Janet Holder - the new “face” of the pipeline.
Coastal First Nations Launch Oil Spill Ad Campaign to Counter Harper Government’s Pipeline Public Relations Offensive
Re-vamped Simon & Garfunkel "Sound of Silence" commercial singles out Stephen Harper for upcoming decision on oil tanker traffic in BC’s coastal waters.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – (September 23, 2013) - The Coastal First Nations launched an oil spill ad campaign today, featuring graphic oil spill imagery, and singling out Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the key federal government decision-maker on whether or not oil tankers will ply BC's pristine coastal waters.
The campaign starts on the same day First Nations leaders are scheduled to meet with federal government officials in Vancouver.
See the commercial on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmrH4SkuE1M
(VANCOUVER, BC, September 13 2013) - Coastal First Nations is pleased to announce that Vancouver's Telus World of Science has added the short documentary Bear Witness to its fall programming. The centre's regular visitors will now have the chance to learn about First Nations-led bear research — and the threat of trophy hunting — in the Great Bear Rainforest.
"We applaud the courage it took for Science World to come on board as a supporting venue," said Heiltsuk tribal Councillor Jessie Housty. "Trophy hunting is controversial in British Columbia, and it's a testament to this great educational institution that they would choose to shine a light on the problem and the work being done by our coastal communities."
(VANCOUVER, BC, September 10 2013) - With trophy hunters descending on BC's Central Coast for the opening of grizzly season, Guardian Watchmen patrol vessels from First Nations communities are once again heading out to monitor compliance with tribal law.
One year ago, the Coastal First Nations alliance announced a ban on killing bears for sport in the unceded territories of nine signatory nations. That ban remains in effect and extends protection to grizzlies, black bears, Kermode bears, and the genetically unique Haida black bear.
The Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network, a project of the Coastal First Nations, provides support to community Resource Stewardship Offices to monitor and protect their lands and waters. The stewardship offices are responsible for managing fisheries, marine use and land use planning, tracking referrals and other resource stewardship activities.
Coastal First Nations is proud to announce the launch of www.BearsForever.ca, a project of the Central Coast First Nations Bear Working Group. "This website gives all British Columbians the chance to meet some of our real coastal bears, and speak up on their behalf," said Heiltsuk Coastwatch Director William Housty.
Members of the public are invited to voice their support for the Coastal First Nations ban on trophy hunting by signing the pledge at www.BearsForever.ca.
Coastal First Nations is an alliance of the Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation, working together to create a sustainable economy on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.
MEDIA ADVISORY – NEW FILM TELLS STORY OF GRIZZLY BEAR KILLED IN VIOLATION OF FIRST NATIONS BAN ON TROPHY HUNTING
(VANCOUVER, BC, September 3, 2013) Last May, trophy hunters shot and killed a five-year-old grizzly bear in BC’s Kwatna estuary — an ancient First Nations village site midway between the central coast communities of Bella Bella and Bella Coola. The bear, nicknamed 'Cheeky' by local field technicians, was skinned and left to rot in a field. His head and paws were carried out past a sign declaring trophy hunting closed in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Cheeky the bear may have died the same way as 100 other bears every year in the Great Bear Rainforest. The difference is, this time there was a witness.
Funds raised will support immediate assistance for families in need and will help initiate the process of rebuilding. Any assistance is welcome.
We have set up a PayPal account to accept credit card donations. At the moment, monetary funds are most useful to us as we try to meet immediate and urgent needs of our community. As time goes by and we learn more about the state of the damage, other donations may be needed. Thank you so much for all of your support.
Tribal leaders ask for support, donations as community pledges to rebuild
Bella Bella, BC - Residents of the First Nations community of Bella Bella, BC are devastated today by a sudden fire that destroyed one of the most important buildings in their small coastal village. The commercial hub and community gathering place housed Bella Bella’s only grocery store, liquor store, post office, community library and cafe.
The fire broke out at approximately 3am and the building suffered extensive damage from smoke, fire and water, including the collapse of parts of the main floor into the offices and services located below.
The Sound of Silence: First Nations Release Oil Spill Commercial Reminding British Columbians of Dangers Oil Tankers
Released on the 24th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, powerful television commercial features oil spill footage and iconic song by Simon & Garfunkel
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (March 24, 2013) - The Coastal First Nations today released a television commercial reminding British Columbians of the dangers and costs of bringing oil tankers to BC’s pristine coastal waters.
See the commercial on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XNwjdI5m_E