BREAKING NEWS: Burnaby wins ruling against Kinder Morgan

In what’s considered a huge win for the City of Burnaby’s legal battle to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the National Energy Board struck down the company’s application to forbid Burnaby city staff from blocking the pipeline company’s test drilling on Burnaby Mountain.

“Kinder Morgan is this arrogant company who assumed they could just go in and take direct action [to remove trees], based on their legal interpretation,” said Burnaby’s lawyer, Gregory McDade, Q.C. Thursday evening.

"They thumbed their nose at the law."

"It turns out they were wrong," added the lawyer. 

The NEB’s federal decision made public Thursday afternoon means Kinder Morgan can not legally proceed with its pipeline test drilling work in a protected forest area of Burnaby Mountain, until the company returns with a much larger legal offensive, with thorny constitutional implications.

Such a legal battle could have huge ripples for pipeline projects across Canada - deciding if local city governments — and not just the federal Harper government — can have a say in oil pipeline approvals, said McDade.

Burnaby’s Mayor: pipeline can be stopped

Burnaby’s Mayor makes no bones about his opposition to the oil sands pipeline expansion.  

“Yes.  I’m opposed to it.”

“Ultimately, this is about making money for big oil companies in the Tar Sands,” he said last week.  

The Mayor maintains the City of Burnaby’s legal battle has the potential to actually stop the project.

“I think it does.  The legal fight that we’re waging is one that hasn’t been done on as a sophisticated of a level.  While we are still in a ‘David and Goliath’ relationship, obviously the power of the federal government and this multinational American company are massive,” said Corrigan.

"We are [still] a city that has its own assets and own capacity… That’s more muscle than what’s been applied in these kinds of battles that has occurred in the past,” added the Mayor.

Kinder Morgan will not proceed with tree removals

In response to the decision, a Canadian spokesperson for the Texas-based energy giant said:

"In its decision today the NEB has dismissed this motion. We are currently reviewing the full decision and considering next steps."

"We have no intention of resuming invasive work in Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area," wrote Lizette Parsons Bell, lead Stakeholder Engagement, Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

In early September, against the wishes of the City of Burnaby, Kinder Morgan workers started chainsawing down trees in the city’s conservation area on Burnaby Mountain.

The city filed an temporary injunction to stop the company, but lost in a B.C. Supreme Court ruling last week.  However, Thursday’s NEB decision means that court decision is moot, said McDade.

"For now, the Conservation Area is safe," said McDade.


Jack White in the bucolic setting of Deer Lake Park shouldn’t compute.

He’s always looked like something that was hatched from a huge egg sac in a dank cellar in Detroit—you wouldn’t call him the outdoorsy type, exactly—but there was something right about watching this deathlessly talented freak remodel himself yet again beneath the towering pines of the Pacific Northwest on Thursday (August 28).

Not least of all because so much of his set had the antique quality of mountain and porch music forced through a battery of screaming tube amps.

Plus, on occasion (and ignoring the tensor bandage), he was barefoot.

Back to nature!

Read the whole review: Jack White rolls like thunder into Burnaby

Burnaby RCMP searching for missing teen

Mounties are looking for a girl who went missing from North Burnaby Friday afternoon.

Jorden Herron was last seen around 1:10 p.m. when she walked away from a home on Frances Street.

She is described as five-foot, one-inches, 120 pounds, with long brown hair that is streaked blond and has two braids on the right side.

Jorden was last seen wearing blue plaid shorts, purple shirt, and a gray sweater.

The girl does not know the area and is not involved in any high risk activities.

She is 12 years old but is said to look more like she is 15 or 16.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922 ask to speak with the missing persons unit.

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Kelly Clarkson’s Microsoft Store show in Vancouver (technically Burnaby) was truly something special. She is absolutely phenomenal live and is charismatic and beautiful to boot! It was my first time seeing her in concert - and from the front row as well! We even shared a little moment during “Underneath the Tree”, which she performed for the first time. I was the first fan she saw singing along and she gave me such an ecstatic smile. :D I know how proud she is of her Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, so it was cool to have that memory! Needless to say, this experience was well worth the long wait, and I’ll be coming back to see Queen Kelly again and again!

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the following is a transcription of all the events  that happened at the sigur ros show in burnaby, bc, where jonsi and i stared at eachother 8 times throughout the night as i screamed lyrics at him, orri tossed me his drumstick (where i damn near puked upon catching), and a high-risk stakeout ends up with me giving raw vegan cookies to jonsi backstage,

him kissing me on the cheek,

and us getting drunk with the rest of the band + a couple other cool people and ultimately the best night i’ve ever had.

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Got kinda crafty and made these. I haven’t figured out how to sell things online and ship things yet, so I’m selling these locally. If anyone on here is from the general Vancouver (Canada) area and is interested in any of these or know anyone who is, hit me up! :D