Aug 15

Chevron To Take Vancouver Protesters To Court (Feat. Dan Wallace & Mia “Gandhi” Nissen)

Protesters at the May blockade of a Chevron property in Burnaby, BC

Protesters at the May blockade of a Chevron property in Burnaby, BC

Back in May, a group of three protesters locked their necks to the front gate of a Chevron facility in Burnaby, BC. They were a ragtag trio, Dan Wallace was filmed a few weeks earlier promoting violence at a May Day Rally, Mia Nissen compared herself to Gandhi in an article in the Vancouver Observer, and not much is known about the third protester Adam Gold.

Chevron got an injunction against the protesters, and police came to cut them off of the gate. They got away with their crimes in the end when the police dropped the charges. Everything looked good for the protesters until a few days ago when Chevron gave them a surprise- they’re not willing to put up with the police’s lack of action, and are pursuing a declaration from the court that the protesters failed to comply with the injunction. This could be the first step towards a civil suit.

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Aug 15

Line 9 Protests Unmasked: Part II – Anarchists Dance With NGOs & Unions At The Watermelon Ball

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Introduction:

In Part I of Line 9 Protests Unmasked we explored the history of direct actions against Enbridge’s pipeline reversal from the original #SwampLine9 protest in 2013 to the most recent occupation of a construction site near Innerkip, Ontario. The protests started off with a bang but quickly faded out as the media and public started to realize the protests were all led by the same group of radical (and some violent) anarchists.

Here in Part II we’ll jump back in time a couple years to an important event held at the University of Toronto on November, 17, 2012. The speakers list at the “Tarsands Come To Toronto” brought together a star-studded lineup of environmental activists who travelled from across the country to discuss ways they can stop the reversal Line 9. Analysing this event not only gives great insight into the networks behind the fight against Line 9, but also provides us with a deeper understanding of their motivations.

One of the more common criticisms about the environmental movement is that many people and organizations motivations aren’t what they look like on the surface. A popular analogy is that of a watermelon- 10% green on the surface (representing environmentalism) with 90% red in the middle (socialism). Adding to that, the dark pits could represent Black Bloc militants.

But how realistic is the watermelon analogy? In today’s story we’ll experiment with some exciting new relationship mapping software to analyse the networks behind the movement. The results are now in and, though they’re exactly what most readers would expect, they’re still fascinating. They also bring up some new questions- for example, what’s Bolivia got to do with it?

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Aug 11

Line 9 Activist Demonstrates The Inherent Dishonesty Of The Movement (Feat. Syed Hussan)

Yeah, right...

Yeah, right…

If you’ve been following this site for any length of time, you’re already aware of the dishonesty in “the movement”. Environmental activists have provided us with hundreds of examples of how they twist the truth and sometimes make up lies with no relation to it.

Hussan is a close partner of people at this week’s Line 9 protest, and spoke at rallies for last year’s Westover occupation. Last night he showed us another example of blatancy of their lies in a tweet attacking the Ontario Provincial Police. In the tweet Hussan claims that the OPP’s motivation for “so zealously going after” this week’s occupation because of a past donation Oxford County OPP received from Enbridge.

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Aug 10

[UPDATED] Breaking News: Line 9 Protesters Served Injunction, Two Respond By Jumping Into “Badass Mode”

Dave Vasey, Wolfgang Chapkro & Trish Mills inside a self-constructed cage

Dave Vasey, Wolfgang Chapkro & Trish Mills inside a self-constructed cage

Update: It’s been confirmed that Dave Vasey, Trish Mills and Wolfgang Chapkro were arrested. Mills is currently on probation for last year’s protest.

An alert came out a short while ago that the OPP have delivered an injunction to the protesters who occupied an Enbridge construction site near Innerkip, Ontario. The protesters have been on site since Tuesday morning- complaining about perceived issues with Enbridge’s maintenance procedures while halting efforts to improve the pipeline.

Things haven’t gone so well for the Line 9 crowd during their last few occupations. In addition to not getting as much support as they’re used to, the media has cut-back their coverage of the protester’s antics. The problem was demonstrated this morning when Line 9 protesters sent an email asking their followers to contact the Toronto Star and ask why they’ve not been covering this week’s protest. (Perhaps they should reach out to Antonia Zerbias?)

So, when you’re a group of attention seeking anarchists and nobody’s paying attention, what next? The secret is to find some way to add some sparks to catch the world’s attention. Their solution? Simple, ask the OPP to make the sparks for them! At least two of the Line 9 protesters have jumped in to “badass mode”.

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Aug 08

Idle No More Co-Founder Praises Zimbabwe Dictator Robert Mugabe’s Race Based Evictions

Nina Wilson Co-Founder of Idle No More

Nina Wilson Co-Founder of Idle No More

Nina Wilson is one of the more interesting characters to come out of Idle No More. She and two other women co-founded the movement with the intention of protesting federal government budged bill C-45. Shortly after INM’s launch, the founders were contacted by the David Suzuki Foundation who helped boost the movement into a ‘natural phenomenon’.

Wilson appeared to be one of the more sensible people at INM. When she noticed how her new “allies” in the social justice industry were collecting money for INM with zero transparency, she didn’t hesitate to speak out. Clayton Thomas-Muller of the union backed Defenders of The Land responded by telling Wilson to “check” herself. Shortly after, Wilson walked-away from the movement she helped to create.

But, as it turns out, Wilson may not be as palatable of an individual as she looks on the surface…

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