Nov 29

Art Sterritt Shares “Close Encounters” Theory Of #BurnabyMountain Organizing (Feat. Ben West & Al Jazeera)

Art Sterritt parking his shiny BMW at a Vancouver anti-oil protest

Art Sterritt lair, hypocrite, and BMW aficionado…

Art Sterritt is leader of a foreign funded Canadian NGO called Coastal First Nations. Thug NGO life has been good for Sterritt, his group has brought in millions of dollars from American oligarch’s foundations including the TIDES Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Betty Moore Foundation. Sterritt presents himself to the world as an environmentalist- but doesn’t appear to walk the walk as well as he talks the talk.

Sterritt jetted down to California in October (bringing some family members to add to his carbon consumption) where he was awarded Stanford University Law School’s Bright Award for his work on the “Great Bear Rainforest” (a name made-up by environmentalists). Rumours indicate that after receiving his $100k cheque he may be looking for a bigger ride now (Hummer dealers are starting to get excited). Sterritt was recommended for the award by University of Victoria law professor Calvin Sandborn- who, like David Suzuki, has direct connections to violence aficionado Harsha Walia.

Like most TIDES funded NGO leaders, Sterritt made his way up to Burnaby Mountain this week- go team! It’s unknown if he drove his BMW, but pretty much a given he didn’t take public transit (that’s for the little people, not wealthy recipients of Foundation dough). Sterritt was interviewed by Al Jazeera while he was there- and used the opportunity to share what’s best described as his “Close Encounters” theory of protest organizing.

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Nov 27

A Note To Vancouver Journalists About #BurnabyMountain (Feat. @VanObserver)

linda-solomon-david-suzukiHello Friends,

Can I ask you a question? When’s the last time you took a private walk down a country lane with David Suzuki? I don’t mean when you’re filming b-roll for that big special you’re working on, but just you and David meandering in a private conversation. Have you been one of the lucky few?

If so, please raise your hand in the air and keep it up. Next, if your hand is still up and your personal brand is a household(ish) name (yeah, you Hanomansing), please put it down (Suzuki needs you). And finally, anyone who is personal friends with Suzuki, has worked for/with him, or has attended Hollyhock- please take down your hands (there are obviously other influences behind your luck).

Is there anybody left with their hands up?

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Nov 27

#BurnabyMountain Unmasked II Preview: David Suzuki, Occupy, Idle No More & Harsha Walia

Burnaby Mountain had a special guest last Thursday when David Suzuki’s grandson Tamo Campos showed up on the scene. Things got bad that day; despite the protester’s claims of running a peaceful camp, the crowd got heated and started pushing its way into and yelling insults at a line of RCMP officers. After some careful video editing, Campos’ NGO Beyond Boarding released a video implying the arrest was entirely uncalled for.

The excitement was the perfect segway to Sunday when David Suzuki made his own trek up Burnaby Mountain. Suzuki put on a talented performance, completely ignoring he was in a camp full of anarchists, that his grandson works closely with many of them, and emotionally calling-out the RCMP for what he perceived was unfair and brutish treatment. When asked by the media whether he’d get arrested himself, Suzuki explained that he didn’t want to put his job at risk at the CBC.

The Suzuki clan’s final stunt happened on Monday November 24th when his daughter Tamiko Suzuki and granddaughter Midori Campos showed-up with two other members of Beyond Boarding. After a short speech, using the media’s presence to promote a cause that was in no way connected to Burnaby Mountain, they announced their intention to get arrested and walked over the police line. It was a typical staged arrest with one exception- the arrestees were being stage managed by Canada’s most prominent promoter of activist violence…

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Nov 24

Interactive Chart: Who Got Arrested/Detained On Burnaby Mountain?

When the RCMP read out the court’s injunction against protesters “resisting” Kinder Morgan’s surveying work on Burnaby Mountain it was like they pulled the trigger on a starting gun; beckoning every professional protester, cop hater, and misguided AnarchoKiddy™ to rush up to Burnaby post-haste!

Today’s graph is still a work-in-progress, I’ve managed to compile a significant number of the protesters who were arrested or detained, but there’s still a lot of work to do! This is where you come in dear readers, I’d like to try a crowdsourcing experiment. No, the article’s purpose isn’t to ask for money (but if you like my work, there’s no better way to tell me than pressing the donation button near the top-right of this page!), what I’m hoping for is that some of you can help find me more names!

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Nov 19

Vancouver Observer/Desmog “Journalist” Gets Physical: Intimidates Sun News Reporter (Feat. Erin Flegg)

Vancouver Observer's Erin Flegg gets physical with Sun News Camera...

“Journalist” Erin Flegg gets physical with Sun News Camera…

Note: I’m still working on Kinder Morgan Protest Unmasked Part II, stay tuned in the next 2-3 days, apologies for the delay…

In December 2013, this website published an article examining how Vancouver Observer writer Erin Flegg appeared to be walking the fine line between journalist and participant at several anarchist-led protests. Flegg magically had the habit of being right on-the-scene whenever masked anarchists planned illegal actions. The results of the research were inconclusive then, it may have been that Flegg was not a participant- perhaps Rising Tide was been inviting her because they knew she’d write a positive story (even when staff of Port Metro Vancouver are being assaulted).

Flegg appears to have moved on from Observer and is now writing for the equally dubious DeSmogBlog. Flegg’s recent work has the same marques of good propaganda as her work at the Observer. Take for example her profile on Burnaby Mountain Jakub Markiewicz- most Flegg’s “in depth look” into him centres around endearing the reader, and completely omits mentioning he was arrested on May Day during a violent clash with Vancouver Police. If there’s one thing we know by now about Flegg is that she’s as anarchist friendly as the publications she writes about.

Today’s story not only makes it undeniable that Flegg has stepped outside the boundaries of being a journalist, but it will also explain the soft position she took on the assaults she observed at least years Port Metro Vancouver protest. You see, Fleff was caught on-camera yesterday assaulting Sun News reporter Ada Slivinski.

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