Enbridge pipeline protesters refused bathroom privileges in James Moore's constituency office

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      Industry Minister James Moore's staff has come up with a clever way to defeat anti-Enbridge demonstrators who've occupied his office today.

      "The receptionist has locked the door and closed the blinds, and they’re not letting us use the bathroom, either," protester Amanda Nahanee told the Straight by phone. "We have been here since about 10 o’clock this morning."

      Nahanee, who's of Squamish and Nisga'a heritage, said the majority of the nine remaining activists are willing to be arrested.

      They've camped out in the local office of Moore, the five-term MP for Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam. He's also the senior regional minister for B.C.

      "We’re here at Minister’s Moore’s office to voice our opinions and to share with him that we really feel he should be rejecting the Northern Gateway," she said.

      On June 17, the Harper government approved the proposed Enbridge pipeline subject to meeting the Joint Review Panel's 209 conditions.

      This is another step forward in Enbridge's goal to ship bitumen from the tarsands to Kitimat, where it would be exported on oil tankers through ecologically sensitive Douglas Channel, Hecate Strait, and Queen Charlotte Sound.

      Nahanee said that 130 First Nations have signed a declaration opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline, noting that the proposal was defeated in a plebiscite in Kitimat. 

      When asked what message they had for Straight readers, Nahanee replied: "Please reject the Northern Gateway [pipeline] and support the people who are rejecting the Northern Gateway. We’re very concerned of the environmental impacts it will have on the pristine environment. We don’t believe that the government or industry or any oil-spill people know how to clean up an oil spill. It hasn’t been proved anywhere in the world.”




      Jun 18, 2014 at 3:26pm

      That is an appropriate non-violent response to the office occupation.

      Neil heesterman

      Jun 18, 2014 at 9:03pm

      Instead of opposing pipelines we should demand a global carbon tax because that is the only way to curb oil flows. Contrary to what politicians believe carbon tax does not hurt the economy. 73% of 103 studies reviewed by the World Bank show a positive impact. On neilwilhees.blogspot.ca you can see a lot more about carbon tax and pipelines


      Jun 18, 2014 at 11:24pm

      What a thoroughly bizarre headline.


      Jun 19, 2014 at 3:35am

      This paper recommended James Moore as the best election choice of his riding,back in April 2011.As a fan of the Straight,I would definitely question its editorial bent at times.Readers,do your research.


      Jun 24, 2014 at 1:40pm

      I don't understand, isn't trespassing illegal in Canada?

      Charlie Smith

      Aug 5, 2014 at 1:00pm


      Back in 2011, Moore was one of the few defending CBC and the Canada Council from the right wingers in government. Of course after the Conservatives won a majority, massive cuts were inflicted on CBC, notwithstanding Moore's pledge that this wouldn't happen.

      Charlie Smith