Enbridge opponents rally in Prince Rupert

Opponents of Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project gathered to hold a peaceful rally in front of the Prince Rupert Courthouse on Oct. 22.

Northwestern opponents of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project gathered to hold a peaceful rally in front of the Prince Rupert Courthouse on Oct. 22, in solidarity with the Defend Our Coast rally held in Victoria.

City councillor Jennifer Rice coordinated the event, in collaboration with northern B.C. teachers and Aboriginal groups.

“Our union has a decades-long history of speaking out on environmental issues, and it is not unusual for teachers to care deeply about potential risks that impact the lives of our students,” Joanna Larson, president of the Prince Rupert District Teacher’s Union, said last week.

The rally included a speech by British Columbia Teachers’ Federation Vice-President Jim Iker, and messages from MLA Gary Coons and MP Nathan Cullen, who were at the rally in Victoria. There were also songs, Aboriginal dances and a drum circle.

Rice said as the rally progressed, there were more than 250 people in attendance.

Many stressed that if the Northern Gateway pipeline went through, it would destroy what sustains the north coast. Among those was protester Joe Daniels, who moved to Prince Rupert from Toronto to take the Applied Coastal Ecology program at Northwest Community College.

“The ecology and cleanliness of this coast is what brought me here. Programs like the Applied Coastal Ecology program would be deeply affected by a spill, so in the interest of students in general we stand in solidarity with this movement,” Daniels, who is chair of the Northwest Community College Students’ Union, said.

At least 2,000 people showed up in front of the B.C. Legislature in Victoria for the rally against oil sands pipelines and tankers, which some are calling the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience to protest the topic.

“Today is a game changer… I haven’t seen people rally together like this [about an issue] in a long time,” Rice said.

There will be rallies in 62 communities across the province on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Just Posted

Rough seas delay Prince Rupert/Haida Gwaii ferry

Northern Expedition is expected to leave Prince Rupert for Haida Gwaii at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 13

Piano duet claims Rupert’s Got Talent crown

Best friends, Pia Khaira and Alan Phuong, were named the winners of the Prince Rupert competition

Prince Rupert trades apprenticeship program receives $20,000

Funding from Industry Training Authority supports hands-on workplace experience for students

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Heart of Our City: Teaching the next generation

Sadie Dennis is passing on her knowledge of fishing and canning to youth at the Friendship House

Prince Rupert Rampage suffers its first loss of the season.

Prince Rupert’s perfect season comes to an end with a 4-3 loss at the hands of the River Kings

Delivering the paper as a family

The Northern View is looking for newspaper carriers in Prince Rupert, join our team today

VIDEO: Newcomer kids see first Canadian snowfall

Children arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings last week from Eritrea

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Most Read