Hundreds gather in front of Vancouver Art Gallery on Rise for Climate International Day of Action

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      Vancouver climate activists are still eager to raise awareness about the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project even after its approval was quashed by the Federal Court of Appeal.

      Hundreds gathered in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery late this afternoon to highlight a multitude of marine species that they believe would be jeopardized by the project.

      The most famous, of course, are southern resident orcas, but several other animals were also displayed on placards held up by demonstrators.

      Speakers and many signs condemned the Trudeau government for spending $4.5-billion to buy the Trans Mountain system from Texas-based Kinder Morgan.

      The feds also plan on completing the $9.3-billion expansion project, despite losing the recent court decision.

      A three-judge panel recently concluded that the Trudeau cabinet should not have considered approving it.

      That's because the National Energy Board failed to consider the impact of marine transportation of diluted bitumen on endangered species.

      In addition, the judicial panel ruled that the federal government failed to meet its legal obligations to consult properly with First Nations affected by the pipeline project.

      This sign summed up the feelings of many in the crowd about the National Energy Board's conditional approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.
      Charlie Smith

      Today, there was also a march through the streets of Vancouver.

      It was part of the Rise for Climate International Day of Action, which led to demonstrations in cities around the world.

      The Vancouver event was sponsored by Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver, UBC 350, Vancouver 350, and the UBC social justice committee.

      Charlie Smith