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      United Front Against Pipelines

      By Thomas Davies

      If Justin Trudeau thought that by bailing out Kinder Morgan and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project he would curb the organizing effort against the pipeline, the month of June proved him to be sorely mistaken. Many groups, including Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver, redoubled their efforts with the added danger of possibly being forced by the government to pay billions for the unnecessary and dangerous pipeline project.

      June 2 saw Climate Convergence organizers participate in two simultaneous rallies ± one in Whistler and another on Burnaby Mountain. Finance Minister Bill Morneau was expected to give a press conference after a G-7 Finance Ministers meeting in Whistler and local residents mobilized a noise demonstration at the same time. Morneau rescheduled his press conference to be an hour earlier to avoid the demonstration, but organizers set up outside of his expensive hotel regardless and received a lot of media attention.

      At the same time, another Protect the Inlet rally was occurring at the gates of Kinder Morgan’s tank farm facility on Burnaby Mountain - challenging an expanded court injunction meant to intimidate further organizing.

      June 4 was a National Day of Action called by Leadnow in front of Members of Parliament’s offices across Canada. Climate Convergence organizers helped take the lead to set up a loud demonstration in front of Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan’s constituency office. People of all ages and backgrounds chanted, “Money for Education, Not for Bailouts! Money for Housing, Not for Bailouts!” More than 100 other actions also happened on only a few days notice.

      Climate Convergence also hosted an Art Build on June 20 to begin painting new banners and making new signs for upcoming actions. Finally, on June 30 Climate Convergence participated in another Protect the Inlet rally in front of the Kinder Morgan tank farm gates. This demonstration involved multiple arrests when two waves of people blocked the gates as police moved in. Despite the rain, the mood was defiant, and it is clear that if Prime Minister Trudeau wants to build the pipeline, he will face continued resistance.

      Climate Convergence is organizing its own Day of Action on July 4, with an Intersection Rally and Community Discussion happening the same evening. The coalition will also continue to prioritize participating and reinforcing all possible actions to stop the Trudeau Pipeline Bailout. For more information visit: www.climateconvergence.ca

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