Read the letter by Camp Cloud's supporters to Mayor Derek Corrigan and Burnaby councillors

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      The City of Burnaby issued an eviction notice on July 18 to demonsrators at a "resistance camp" set up to oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.

      Camp Cloud is located at 8098 Shellmont Street. Below, you can read a letter that the camp's supporters have sent to Mayor Derek Corrigan and Burnaby councillors:

      July 20th, 2018

      To Mayor Corrigan and the Council of the City of Burnaby,

      This letter is in response to the eviction notice the City of Burnaby issued to Camp Cloud on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018. We are writing to challenge this process on numerous grounds and demand that the City of Burnaby rescind this eviction immediately.

      Camp Cloud, a tiny resistance camp, fuelled by donated firewood and repurposed building materials, is opposing a corporation which is worth 13.7 billion dollars and known for its flagrant disregard of law and life. The City of Burnaby cannot, in good faith, move forward with enforcement of bylaws on Camp Cloud without enforcing the same on Kinder Morgan.

      The eviction notice was issued on the grounds that Camp Cloud poses a safety risk and because of “health and environmental concerns.” In light of Kinder Morgan’s track record of oil spills and unlawful activity, this eviction notice is ignorant at best. Camp Cloud exists to protect communities from more of this. Your eviction notice  ignores the health and environmental concerns of constructing a pipeline with the capacity to transport upwards of 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

      Recently, Kinder Morgan has been granted permission by the National Energy Board to keep its emergency response plans secret, despite reports from the Burnaby Fire Department and from Simon Fraser University which detail the significant safety risks posed by the proposed tank farm expansion. This emergency response plan directly impacts hundreds of school children in local neighbourhoods and residents of Burnaby have no information about emergency preparedness in the likely event of a spill. If the City of Burnaby wants to protect community safety, it should push for the release of these plans to the public rather than threaten Camp Cloud, a group composed of local concerned residents.

      The use of law enforcement to remove Camp Cloud is itself a safety risk. If the events of November 2014 are any indication, the RCMP response brings violence to the camp and puts protesters and community members in danger. The City of Burnaby owes it to residents to learn from the past and act accordingly.

      We are calling on the City of Burnaby to put its energy and resources into responding to the risks of the  dangerous Trans Mountain Pipeline project. We are demanding City workers commit to regular monitoring of Kinder Morgan’s activity at the tank farm and for the City to immediately cancel the eviction notice issued to Camp Cloud.  


      1. Erin Flegg
      2. Kaleb Morrison
      3. Irina Ceric - Faculty Member, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
      4. Shirley Samples
      5. Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta
      6. Emma Campbell
      7. Mitch Stookey
      8. Brendan Stookey
      9. Robin Surcess
      10. Nora Blanck
      11. Tim Rose
      12. Kris Hermes -Author and Legal Activist
      13. Teresa Diewert
      14. Stephen Collis
      15. Tom Sandborn
      16. Murray Reiss
      17. Aleks Besan
      18. Lini Hutchings
      19. Marie Binet
      20. Pia Massie
      21. Jay White
      22. Eleanor Hendricks
      23. Heather Lamoureux
      24. George Rammell
      25. Ayendri Perara
      26. Magin Payet Scudellari
      27. Jeanette Leigh Paisley
      28. Michael Ages
      29. Raquel
      30. Rita Wong
      31. Javney Mohr
      32. Anastasiya Kutusheva
      33. Cathy Fortin
      34. AJ Klein - Council of Canadians
      35. Mary Lovell
      36. Brett Rhyno
      37. Gillian Johnstone
      38. Charlie Campbell
      39. Genta Ishimura
      40. Leah Horlick
      41. Abiba Muzaffar
      42. Natalie Tin Yin Gan
      43. Rachel Iwaasa
      44. Sammy Chien
      45. Sophia Wolfe
      46. Mia Amir
      47. Melina Querel