Why the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Could Be Genocide


An increase in tanker traffic could be the death of the Coast Salish people, not an oil spill. A review of the Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth testimony presented to the National Energy Board of Canada.

In 2018, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal ordered the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to stop construction. The National Energy Board (NEB)–who had approved the government-owned project–had made a “critical error,” the court said. They had failed to consider the impact more tankers would have on First Nations communities who rely on the ocean for food.

There had been no consultation with the Coast Salish people or the marine protection groups (including other government bodies) whose warnings about increased tanker traffic had been ignored.

Hoping to gather evidence to change the court’s ruling, the NEB asked First Nations to testify at the end of November or beginning of December. Each nation was given two hours to describe to them how the pipeline expansion would impact their communities.

There were 26 hours of public testimony for the Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth nations who would be affected the most by an increase in oil tanker traffic. These audio testimonies and transcripts are now available online.

This post is a synopsis for anyone who hasn’t had the time to read the transcripts or listen to the audio testimony. It will include 30 screenshot quotes from the transcripts, seven photos, three maps, and a graph. There will also be three audio files including the sample above. Two are short, while the one at the end is over an hour long. I’ll provide a link to a Dropbox folder at the end of this post for access to all of the files (including more audio and transcripts).

The NEB began each session similar to this one
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The Haunting of Vancouver Island: Book Trailer and Giveaways

It’s officially Halloween, and The Haunting of Vancouver Island is one year old! And what better way to celebrate, than by sharing it with the rest of the world through a short, but deadly sweet, book trailer. There will be giveaways in the weeks to come as well.

It’s been a great year. The Haunting of Vancouver Island was on the BC Bestseller list for 42 of the 52 possible weeks it could’ve been. It fell off when we ran out of books, as we had to go to a second print sooner than anticipated. It later dropped off again, when stores had low stock. Pretty good for a book that focuses on a small part of British Columbia isn’t it? The Haunting of Vancouver Island was number one on Amazon in the “Supernaturalism” category multiple times. As far as I know, it’s never fallen off of the “Top 50” list, which is updated hourly. The Haunting of Vancouver Island is “a bestseller” in Chapters and Coles on Vancouver Island as well, sales that aren’t included in the BC Bestseller list. It’s being carried in multiple First Nations galleries, museums, and gift stores too. We are now in our third print. All of this is thanks to you! The readers.

I’ll be showing my appreciation from now until the Winter Solstice, through random once-a-week giveaways to people who share the trailer and/or anything to do with The Haunting of Vancouver Island using the hashtag #thehauntingofvancouverisland on Twitter and/or Instagram.

If you don’t have either of these channels, then feel free to like my FB page, post something similar on it, or leave a comment here and you’ll be included! I’d love to hear which chapter was your favourite, or how you learned about the book in the first place.

Congratulations to the winners of the items below! I still have two signed copies of my book to give away over the next two weeks. As seen on this Santa post.

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Santa opened his present from Mrs. Claus early this year… now he’s scared to deliver presents to Vancouver Island 💀Sorry kids!! To make things right, I’m giving away two autographed copies of #thehauntingofvancouverisland over the next two weeks. To qualify, share any of my writing (or this image) on Instagram, FB, or Twitter. Make sure to tag me or add hashtags so I’ll find you! The winner for last week’s Ghost Tarot was Maria Peronino – who gave multiple shoutouts. Thanks Maria 🤘Also, shout out to Lance @conceptphoto for this sweet image … and Santa himself. Hopefully he’ll be brave enough to make it to #vancouverisland #victoria #nanaimo #britishcolumbia #santa #santaclaus #shanonsinn #book #ghost #ghoststories #haunted #westcoast #scaredofsanta #christmas

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In the Red: Interview with Shanon Sinn

Hey everyone! Here’s the October 24th interview I did on In The Red, now available to listen to on Mixcloud. Some sweet music, a few ghost stories, and a couple of laughs. Special thanks to Robyn the First Lady of Canadian Rock, Barber Dave, and Gary the Mountain Man for making this happen. It was a lot of fun! 

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Remembrance Day and Afghanistan

  1. Can you share a little bit about your experience in the Canadian military (what regiment you were with, how you got involved, where you served, anything else you are comfortable sharing – for example, I think you’re writing a book about your experiences?). 

I was part of the Battle Group in Afghanistan during Operation Athena from 2009-2010. I’d been a reservist with The Royal Westminster Regiment in New Westminster but was hired by 1 PPCLI Regular Forces in Edmonton. There were a few of us reservists attached to the Battle Group. My role overseas was as a rifleman and to carry a bomb jammer to block remote-controlled explosive devices. This sometimes put me in dangerous situations. Continue reading

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Victoria is Haunted

Join Ian Gibbs and me for the Victoria is Haunted event on October 26th at Russell Books in Victoria. Doors will be open at 7 pm. Ian and I will be reading ghost stories, meeting readers, and signing books. As the poster above says, we’ll also be sharing “some of the Island’s creepiest tales.” That’s a fact.

Hope to see you all there!

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