Citizen Action Monitor

Don’t give anti-pipeline org. tax dollars to hire students, says CBC News

CBC article mentioned by Dogwood org. as part of “hate mail piling up” in response to its stop KM campaign.

No 2207 Posted by fw, April 27, 2018

“The hate mail is piling up… Yesterday a CBC story covered Dogwood receiving funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to hire summer students. The program funds more than 70,000 jobs each year across all sectors — so why all the fuss about Dogwood? Because Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer decided to use it as an opportunity to challenge Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to forcing through Kinder Morgan. The result has unleashed a firestorm of pro-oil sands trolls furious that any amount of “their” tax dollars are going to stop the expansion of pipelines and oil tankers. Their hateful calls, e-mails and social media posts have been flooding into Dogwood, being read by staff and volunteers alike. A menacing “You’re done, Dogwood” was one of the first e-mails we received. And it’s just gotten worse from there.”Don Gordon, Dogwood

Here’s the opening to the CBC article, reposted below, after Dogwood’s email:

“B.C. citizen activist group hiring student to help scuttle the project. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to vow that the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion ‘will be built,’ his government’s summer jobs program is funding a position with an activist group working to stop the project.”Catherine Cullen, CBC News

As a Dogwood supporter and a CBC critic, to me, the words “scuttle the project” and “government’s summer jobs program is funding a position with an activist group working to stop the project,” imply that Dogwood should not have received this funding.

Furthermore, I agree with this comment – one of 1179 comments to the CBC story:

Typical red-herring report by the cbc! Instead of reading useless fluff try this”:
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/04/24/kinder-morgan-opponents-suspected-trudeau-government-rigged-its-review-pipeline-federal?utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit

In my opinion, the few CBC articles that I have read about the Kinder Morgan pipeline project reflect the pro-pipeline viewpoint of Canada’s ruling class. CBC’s stories do come close to matching the hard-hitting, outstanding coverage by the National Observer.

Below are two reposts: First is the email to supporters from Dogwood BC; Second is an abridged repost of the CBC article. To read the full CBC piece, click on the linked title.

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“We’re getting hate mail,” email from Don Gordon, Dogwood BC, April 26, 2018

Frank,

The hate mail is piling up…

Yesterday a CBC story covered Dogwood receiving funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to hire summer students. The program funds more than 70,000 jobs each year across all sectors — so why all the fuss about Dogwood?

Because Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer decided to use it as an opportunity to challenge Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to forcing through Kinder Morgan. The result has unleashed a firestorm of pro-oil sands trolls furious that any amount of “their” tax dollars are going to stop the expansion of pipelines and oil tankers.

Their hateful calls, e-mails and social media posts have been flooding into Dogwood, being read by staff and volunteers alike. A menacing “You’re done, Dogwood” was one of the first e-mails we received. And it’s just gotten worse from there. Avery, our development assistant who answers our main phone line, was called a c***t.

B-list Canadian “celebrity” Brett Wilson tweeted: “Do we still hang for treason?” Last I checked, it had 957 likes.

Since when is it in the “national interest” to threaten death to those who disagree with Ottawa? Canadians protecting their coast is not a crime.

An angry mass wants to silence you and undermine the work we’ve done and still need to do to defend our coast. We can and will fight back, but we need your help. Show your support for Dogwood’s work right now with a donation of $50. The rest of Canada needs to know the fight against Kinder Morgan is strong and unwavering.

Like many of you, I have friends and family who support pipelines. And while we disagree, we still respect each others’ right to speak out. Not so for the faux nationalist trolls and bots using the pipeline issue to divide Canadians.

There is nothing radical about standing up to protect the coast, respect First Nations rights and title, and combat climate change. In the House of Commons, Trudeau defended the grant to Dogwood, acknowledging Canadians have a right to free speech and to challenge the government.

Right now, we need to demonstrate that real, everyday Canadians oppose oil tankers and pipelines on our coast. Your donation of $50, $100 or whatever you can afford will make your voice heard and send a message that can not be silenced.

Thank you in advance,

Don Gordon, Dogwood

  1. It is alarming to see the full force of hate coming at our movement right now. Our best defence is to stay organized and keep mobilizing citizens. Your gift today will do just that. https://dogwoodbc.ca/donate

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Federal program funds summer job to help ‘stop Kinder Morgan pipeline’ by Catherine Cullen, CBC News, April 25, 2018

B.C. citizen activist group hiring student to help scuttle the project

1179 comments

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to vow that the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion “will be built,” his government’s summer jobs program is funding a position with an activist group working to stop the project.

A call for applications for an “organizing assistant,” posted online by the non-profit group Dogwood B.C., says the job involves working to help the group’s network “stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.” It notes the position is funded by the federal Canada Summer Jobs Program.

The temporary full-time job is open to students. It pays $15 per hour for 9 to 12 weeks of work and is based in Vancouver.

But according to the organization receiving the funding, this kind of political push-and-pull is nothing new.

Group got funding from Harper government as well

Dogwood B.C. said it has received funding for such positions since 2010, under both the Trudeau and Stephen Harper governments. The organization even got the funding when it was fighting the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, which Harper supported.

Kai Nagata, Dogwood’s communications director, said the group isn’t certain yet how many students it will hire with the help of federal funding this year. He said that in past years, students have worked on other projects as well, including one to prevent U.S. thermal coal exports from moving through Vancouver.

“The federal government has never thought to impose its political agenda on kids canvassing in B.C. on environmental issues,” said Nagata, who previously worked as a reporter for both CBC and CTV.

In social media postings, Dogwood refers to Kinder Morgan as a “greedy, dangerous corporation.” The group has organized a campaign to pressure Trudeau to not put public money behind the pipeline expansion.

Liberals cite ‘free speech’

The Conservatives spent much of Wednesday’s question period quizzing the government about the move.

“Does the prime minister not realize that paying groups to protest against these projects is exactly part of the problem?” asked Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

Trudeau pointed out that the group had received funding under the previous Conservative government before contrasting his party with theirs.

“Unlike — apparently — the leader of the Official Opposition, we believe in free speech. We believe in advocacy on this side of the House,” said Trudeau.

In a statement, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu’s office said the federal program funds nearly 70,000 summer positions with about 29,000 employers.

“These workplaces will represent an enormous variety of industries, causes, and types of work, none of which are taken into account in the application process, so long as the employer can confirm that the core mandate does not undermine human rights,” said spokesperson Emily Harris.

MPs prioritize funding recipients

While employers apply to the program through Service Canada, individual MPs do play a role in deciding where the funding goes in their ridings .

Every MP receives a list of employers that have been recommended for funding and then gets to decide which employers should receive priority.

Nagata said this year his group applied for funding through three MPs offices and was approved by all three.

Those MPs are:

  • New Democrat Murray Rankin (Victoria).
  • New Democrat Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway).
  • Liberal Terry Beech (Burnaby North-Seymour).

“I approved funding for the Dogwood Initiative,” Beech said in an e-mailed statement, “as they provide valuable work experience for students in our community. Being an MP is not a partisan job, it is about supporting everyone in our community, especially those who don’t share the views of the government or any individual position.”

Beech’s riding has been described as “ground zero” for the pipeline project. The expansion would pass through the riding and include both a temporary storage facility and a marine terminal in Burnaby.

In March, protesters gathered outside Beech’s office asking him to take “meaningful action” to oppose the pipeline.

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