’It got worse:’ Evacuation criticized after First Nation surrounded by fire

People from the Paungassi First Nation watch a fire burning in Little Grand Rapids, Man. in a handout photo provided by councillor Clinton Keeper of Little Grand Rapids. CP/ HO-Clinton Keper MANDATORY CREDIT

The federal government said it is stepping up efforts to evacuate two Manitoba First Nations that are threatened by a raging wildfire.

Public Safety Canada said about 600 people were expected to be evacuated from the Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations by the end of the day Wednesday with more to follow.

“Evacuations can continue into the evening as additional lights have been set up at the community airport,” the department said in a release. “Evacuations will continue into the evening and tomorrow.”

The Canadian Red Cross estimates about 1,400 people will be forced from their homes about 260 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

Federal officials said the fire conditions early Wednesday evening indicated the wind was blowing the flames away from the communities. Crews were deployed to fight any fires that break out on the reserves.

Leaders from Little Grand Rapids First Nation are furious, saying the federal and provincial governments hindered their efforts to evacuate their fly-in community earlier in the week.

About 630 people were huddled, many with blankets covering their faces, in a smoky gymnasium at the school in Little Grand Rapids, the leaders said.

“It’s very frustrating, and in the back of your mind when you think about it, it could have been prevented. Measures could have been taken,” said Little Grand Rapids Coun. Clinton Keeper.

The fire started on Monday and was caused by person, said a statement from Manitoba Sustainable Development. It was small and fire crews thought it could be contained, but as the winds picked up it grew to about 50 square kilometres. By Wednesday it was 200 square kilometres.

The chief and council said they contacted Indigenous Services Canada on Monday requesting help with an evacuation. Keeper said the federal government sought guidance from Sustainable Development, which relayed the message that the fire was under control.

However, Sustainable Development said staff attempted to contact the chief and council but couldn’t reach them.

As the flames crept closer and the sky filled with smoke, the chief and council said they reached out to the federal government for help again on Tuesday. It wasn’t until ashes started falling on the community that action was taken in the evening, the First Nation leaders said.

“People were so happy to get out. They were told to go to the airport. They went to the airport and next thing you know they were told to wait,” Keeper said.

The blaze had burned too close to the airport and the thick smoke kept the planes from landing. Only 63 people were able to be removed. The rest were taken back to the school, which was being protected by sprinklers.

The province “knew … that it was dry, that the fire was going to spread, that it was going to get bigger, but it got worse,” said Keeper.

“They are luckily there’s nobody that died in there so far. There’s been quite a few houses that burnt and luckily there’s nobody in there.”

Initial reports said 11 houses were destroyed.

Communities make their own decisions about evacuation with input and consultation from agencies like Sustainable Development, the provincial department said in a statement. In this case, the chief announced the evacuation without any consultation with the province, the statement said.

Indigenous Services Canada is monitoring the situation closely, said spokeswoman Martine Stevens, and regional staff have met with the chief and council.

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs Organization said the delayed response shows that First Nations need to oversee emergency services and responses for their own communities.

“We shouldn’t be asking for help on these things. We should be given the proper resources to help ourselves,” he said.

Amik Aviation, which provides transportation to northern communities in Manitoba, cancelled all of it’s regularly scheduled flights to help Wednesday. Manager Terrence Owen said the company used float planes to land on the water and then transport people by boat to the plane.

“It’s pretty bad. I can see it on everyone’s faces,” he said. “No one has seen a fire like this before.”

A CH-147 Chinook helicopter was to fly about 90 people out of Little Grand Rapids Wednesday, said David Lavalee, a Royal Canadian Air Force spokesman.

About 160 people had been evacuated by Wednesday afternoon, band officials said.

“Efforts are underway to continue evacuations as quickly as possible,” Public Safety Canada said in a release.

Crews from Manitoba and Ontario are fighting the wildfire along with water bombers from Quebec.

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Native American lacrosse teams leagueless in South Dakota

In this 2017 photo provided by Franky Jackson, members of the Lightning Stick Society lacrosse team pose with their 2017 Dakota Premier Lacrosse League championship trophy. The team is one of three that was kicked out of the youth league this year amid concerns about racial abuse. (Franky Jackson via AP), The Associated Press

Travis Brave Heart was planning to spend his senior season this spring and summer tuning up to play college lacrosse in the fall. Instead, the 17-year-old standout from Aberdeen, South Dakota, is faced with the prospect of not playing at all.

His Lightning Stick Society team was one of three Native American clubs kicked out of a developmental league in North Dakota and South Dakota amid their concerns about racial abuse, leaving players and coaches upset and scrambling to find ways to continue playing a game that originated with their ancestors and means more to them than just competition.

“I got my anger out of the way,” Brave Heart said. “I went outside and practiced lacrosse, even though it was snowing. After I played, I wasn’t angry anymore. Then I thought, ‘What do we need to get past this? To get playing again?’”

The head of the league rejected any notion of widespread racism, and said the teams were removed not for complaining but for issues such as unreliable attendance.

Lacrosse is considered America’s oldest sport — an important part of Native American cultures long before the arrival of Europeans. It’s still used to teach Native youth about culture, values and life skills like keeping emotions under control. It can also be a path to college for players who often come from impoverished reservations.

The Dakota Premier Lacrosse League is part of a surge in popularity. Participation on organized teams — mostly youth and high school level — more than tripled over 15 years to a record 825,000 players in 2016, according to U.S. Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body.

Since the Dakota league launched in 2016, Native American teams have experienced racial abuse that they don’t experience in neighboring states like Minnesota and Nebraska, said Kevin DeCora, a Lightning Stick Society coach.

“Racism kind of goes across the board with all sports,” he said. “It’s the attitude and belief that people in the Dakotas have always had to the indigenous population, for hundreds of years.”

As an example, Lightning Stick director and co-coach Franky Jackson and others cited a 2015 incident in which Native American children were sprayed with beer while watching a minor league hockey game in Rapid City.

Brave Heart said he has endured taunts about his Native American ancestry from white players and their parents, rough play he feels crosses the line into abuse and what he views as biased refereeing toward white players. He described an incident after one game, as his team was resting in the shade under some trees, in which a parent from another team carrying a cellphone camera came looking for evidence of drugs or alcohol, “assuming we were a bunch of drunk Natives.”

This undated photo provided by Denis Brave Heart, shows Travis Brave Heart, front left, of Aberdeen, S.D., playing lacrosse. Brave Heart plays for a team that was kicked out of a youth league in the Dakotas amid concerns about racial abuse. (Denise Brave Heart via AP), The Associated Press

The primarily Native teams expelled from the Dakota league — Susbeca and 7 Flames are the others — say they were kicked out after asking the league to address their allegations. They provided copies of letters they said they sent to the league and to U.S. Lacrosse in 2016 and 2017, detailing the cellphone-toting parent incident and other specific instances of racial slurs and overly rough play.

League Administrator Corey Mitchell said he received only one formal complaint, in 2016. He said he investigated and found no evidence of misconduct warranting punishment, but he provided a copy of an email he sent to people in the league after the complaint informing them of a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination or racial slurs.

Mitchell said the league had problems with the Native American teams including unreliable attendance and improper registration of some coaches and players.

“I think this is nothing more than a response to being held accountable,” he said.

Ali Vincent, who writes grant requests to fund the 7 Flames, said the teams dispute they did anything that warranted expulsion.

U.S. Lacrosse in a statement said “diversity and inclusion are essential components of our sport” and that it would investigate.

Mitchell acknowledged that the fledgling league has had its struggles, including inexperienced referees, but said it has strived to improve through such measures as requiring U.S. Lacrosse certification for coaches. He has formed a board of directors with Native American representation to run the league and said he will step down as director after this season.

None of the league’s predominantly white teams responded to requests for comment, though the association that runs the team in Fargo, North Dakota, quit the league and issued a statement saying it doesn’t condone racism. That association’s president didn’t respond to an interview request.

The Native teams said they are getting support and offers to play from teams around the country, and are lining up other opponents.

“At the end of the day, we only want these kids to play,” Jackson said. “We deal with disenfranchised youth that can’t even afford to buy a mouth guard half the time. We understand how to empower these kids.”

That’s true for Brave Heart, an Oglala Sioux tribal member who helped captain his team to a league championship last year and parlayed that success into an athletic scholarship at Emmanuel College in Georgia. But the sport means much more to him than a pathway to a future as an historic preservation officer.

“We play for the Creator, and we play for the community,” he said. “You think of all the people who can’t play, like people in wheelchairs and the sick, and when you play for them, you get this drive you just can’t explain.

“The day just gets better when you start playing,” Brave Heart added. “It’s definitely more than a game.”

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By: Blake Nicholson The Associated Press

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80 days later, Regina camp calling for justice stands strong

Prescott Demas said he’s been at the camp, across from the Saskatchewan Legislature, since it was set up on Feb. 28. (CBC News/Alex Soloducha)

Government says camp is in violation of bylaws

Activists at a makeshift camp at Regina’s Wascana Park remain unwavering after 80 days.

The Justice for our Stolen Children Camp was set up in the wake of the not guilty verdicts in the cases of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine this winter.

Raymond Cormier was acquitted of the murder of 15-year-old Fontaine, a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, in February. The verdict came less than two weeks after Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley was acquitted of murder for the shooting death of Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man.

The government of Saskatchewan said those at the camp are in violation of numerous restrictions and bylaws by camping overnight and having a fire. (CBC News/Tyler Pidlubny)

Organizers at the camp said they intended to draw attention to Indigenous youth who have been lost to protective services, the justice system and violence.

Prescott Demas said he’s been at the camp, across from the Saskatchewan Legislature, since it was set up on Feb. 28.

Demas said that in present-day Canada, Indigenous people live in a “hostile world” full of discrimination. He said it causes children to be ripped away from their families and harsher sentences in the justice system.

“People have to educate themselves to understand that these issues that we talk about here are real and we’re not just ‘crying’ like they think we’re always doing,” he said. “These issues have always been here … and Canada’s done so well at hiding it.”

The camp site was originally set up on Feb. 28, 2018. (CBC News/Tyler Pidlubny)

Demas said some politicians have come to the camp on their own time, but none have invited them to government offices for a formal meeting or visited on official business.

He said representatives from Wascana stopped by on the first day to hand them an eviction notice and have not been there since.

“It feels like everything else in how we’re ignored,” Demas said.

“I know when we came here we expected them to come out and at least address us or to see why we’re here or anything like that,” he said, gesturing to the Legislature. “I think after day 80 we’re still kind of waiting.”

The government of Saskatchewan said those at the camp are in violation of numerous restrictions and bylaws by camping overnight and having a fire. A permit is also required for activities and protests on the property.

The Justice for our Stolen Children Camp was set up in the wake of the not-guilty verdicts in the cases of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine this winter. (CBC News/Tyler Pidlubny)

“The Government of Saskatchewan has not received any specific request from this group to meet with an elected official,” a spokesperson for the provincial government said. “We understand that a meeting is in the works but do not believe that a firm date has been set yet.”

To date three events have been moved from that section of the park including the Light Up the Lake Fun Run, March for Life and Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Demas said people at the camp have gotten a positive response from the public. He said they’ve had almost 1,000 visitors from all the provinces in Canada and as far as Norway.

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Body recovered from Red River in Winnipeg identified as missing Indigenous woman

April Carpenter is shown in a Winnipeg Police Service handout photo.

Family is calling on anyone with information to speak up

The body of a woman recovered from the Red River in Winnipeg has been identified as 23-year-old April Carpenter.

According to media reports, family members and police confirmed April’s identity.

The police underwater search and recovery unit pulled her body from the Red River on Wednesday afternoon.

It’s not clear how April died and an autopsy is pending.

She was reported missing on April 27.

Carolyn Carpenter, April’s mother, wanted people to know her daughter’s body was found.

Carolyn Carpenter, spoke briefly to media Thursday. (Walther Bernal/CBC)

Her family is calling on anyone with information to speak up.

“We don’t believe that it was April’s choice to be in the river,” said Billy Dubery, a spokesman for the family.

Member of the legislature Nahanni Fontaine posted on Facebook encouraging anyone with information to come forward “so we can find justice for April.”

April is described as Indigenous, with light brown shoulder length hair and noticeable dimples. Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have had contact with her on the evening of April 26 and beyond.

A vigil will be held in memory of April Carpenter, on Friday, 7pm at the Bell Tower on Selkirk Ave and Powers Street.

In 2014, Tina Fontaine, 15, was found in the Red River. A jury found Raymond Cormier not guilty of second-degree murder in her death in February.

Indigenous rights activist Vernon Harper dies in Toronto

Native elder Vern Harper

Vernon Harper, a medicine man and Indigenous rights activist, organized the Native People’s Caravan from Vancouver to Ottawa in 1974.

Harper, 85, also authored a book about the trek entitled “The Red Road: The Native People’s Caravan, 1974.”

The Anishinabek Nation Grand Council says Harper died on Saturday, surrounded by members of his family in Toronto, where he was born on June 17, 1932.

He served as vice-president of the Ontario Metis and Non-Status Indian Association and in 1976, he co-founded the First Nations School of Toronto, which is designed to empower its students with a strong cultural identity.

Funeral services are to be held in Toronto on Friday.

“My condolences go out to Vern’s family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee said Tuesday in a release.

“He will be fondly remembered for his passion for helping others and for being a champion of Indigenous rights,” Madahbee said. “He was an advocate for those who could not speak for themselves and he influenced the lives of many.”

Harper was also one of a few First Nations elders with a chaplain status recognized by the Correctional Service of Canada and provided spiritual services, sweat lodge ceremonies and traditional counselling to Indigenous prison inmates.

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Drums stolen from van in Calgary returned to Indigenous rights advocate

30 hand drums were taken from a van in the Dalhousie area on Tuesday. (Photo: Chantal Stormsong Chagnon)

After a plea for help and days of searching, drums stolen from a van in Calgary have been returned.

Chantal Chagnon had a black duffel bag with 30 hand drums and a ceremonial knife  taken from her vehicle on Tuesday morning, outside the Cree8 office in the Dalhousie area.

She is a singer, educator and Indigenous-rights advocate who tours Calgary schools.

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Chagnon got a call from police Saturday afternoon saying her drums had been recovered.

“They said hey we found a bag in one of your neighbour’s yards, and I was like really? So I went and I met them and confirmed, and yep they were my drums, not all of them but most of them are there. So I can continue to work schools and continue sharing music,” said Chagnon.

There are still six drums and a ceremonial knife missing.

Chagnon believes, had it not been for the wide coverage her story received in the media and online, her drums would not have been returned.

As for the thief, she thanks them for eventually giving the drums back.

Mural for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Vandalized With Racial Slurs

Isha Jules in Enderby, BC, at the mural painted to raise awareness of murdered and missing women. Photo: Warrior Publications

Mural for missing and murdered women in Enderby vandalized; RCMP investigating

A mural honouring missing and murdered indigenous women in a North Okanagan community was defaced with racial slurs.

According to infotel.ca, the mural, painted last year by artist Isha Jules at the skate park in Enderby B.C., was a statement that missing women would not be forgotten. It boldly stated “No more stolen sisters.”

Sometime on May 9, it was vandalized and painted over with the words “No more drunk stolen squaw sisters.”

The vandal added the words ‘drunk’ and ‘squaw’ to the ‘No more stolen sisters’ mural. Image Credit: River Johnson

It’s not the first time the mural has been targeted. A few days earlier, someone painted a black widow spider on it.

The mural was for all murdered and missing women but concern has been raised around the country about indigenous women in particular. Four women are currently missing from the area, and a fifth woman was found dead at a rural farm about 30 minutes out of Enderby.

Police are aware of the vandalism and an investigation is ongoing.

City of Enderby Mayor Greg McCune says he met with the RCMP and is hopeful they will find the person responsible.

As of Thursday morning, the vulgar remarks are already painted over, plans are underway to repaint the mural, and a rally is being organized for Saturday to denounce the hateful act.

Anyone wishing to attend the rally is asked to meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the skate park on Old Vernon Road.

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Indigenous rights advocate appeals for return of drums stolen from van in Calgary

30 hand drums were taken from her van in the Dalhousie area on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Facebook: Chantal Stormsong Chagnon)

An Indigenous rights advocate is calling on the community to help locate dozens of traditional drums stolen from a van in northwest Calgary this week.

Chantal Chagnon says she uses the drums for marches, rallies, and educational purposes.

A black duffel bag, with 30 hand drums and a ceremonial knife inside, were taken Tuesday morning from outside the Cree8 office in the Dalhousie area.

Chagnon who tours Calgary schools has posted several images on her Facebook page and Cree8’s wesbsite in the hopes that someone will come forward with more information about the missing drums.

Chagnon is a singer, educator and Indigenous-rights advocate with ties to the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.

She says the drums — which she made herself — hold a cultural and spiritual significance, which help bring together people from all backgrounds.

Labrador protesters detained in Ottawa while demonstrating against Muskrat Falls

Marjorie Flowers is placed in handcuffs after being arrested for obstruction. No charges have been laid as of Monday afternoon. (David Richard/Radio-Canada)

Marjorie Flowers, Jim Learning and Eldred Davis among those escorted away by police

Several people demonstrating against the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador were detained on Parliament Hill on Monday afternoon.

Protesters were carrying signs of children, saying they wanted to place them on the desks of Members of Parliament to show the faces of the people at risk of methylmercury poisoning when the Muskrat Falls reservoir is flooded.

At least three of the demonstrators taken into custody were elder members of the group that call themselves the Labrador Land Protectors, who had been arrested before while protesting at the site of the hydroelectric project.

Jim Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis were sent more than 1,500 kilometres from their homes in Labrador to Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s last July.

Police say the protesters were given trespassing notices and released. They are banned from Parliament Hill for 90 days.

No charges have been laid as of late Monday afternoon.

‘I’m at my wits end’

On Monday, Flowers stood opposite a line of police officers, flanked by other protestors holding signs and photos.

“This is the only place left,” she said to the officers. “We’ve tried everything else. I’m at my wits end. I don’t know what else to do.”

With that, she took one step towards the police.

“You’re under arrest for obstruction,” the officer said before escorting her to a police car and placing her in handcuffs.

Marjorie Flowers comes stands in front of police moments before being arrested for obstruction. (David Richard/Radio-Canada)

In the following minutes, several protesters appeared to be escorted into police custody — with only Flowers seen in handcuffs.

The detentions came minutes after an exchange with Labrador MP Yvonne Jones in front of the Parliament Building.

Protestor and freelance journalist Ossie Michelin told Jones he believes she really cared about the people of Labrador, but said he was losing hope she would help them in their fight to have the soil removed.

“I can’t believe in this forever,” he said. “I can’t have promises made to me to save the lives of my friends and my culture and all of a sudden have it taken away. And then what are we supposed to do? We need your help.”

Jones replied by saying she will engage with the province’s Indigenous groups and supporting them in whatever happens next.

She said the recommendations from the committee have to be combed over by the provincial government in partnership with the Indigenous groups and keeping the protest groups in mind.

“I want to give you assurance we have listened to you today,” Jones told the demonstrators.

Differences of opinion on reservoir action
The protesters were trying to rally support for their concerns about methylmercury poisoning once the reservoir is flooded.

Studies that included Harvard University research have warned the methylmercury levels could be harmful to people who catch and eat fish in the area.

Weeks of passionate protests in 2016 — including hunger strikers who took to Parliament Hill — led to the establishment of an independent advisory committee to look at the threat of methylmercury poisoning.

The committee reported back last month, recommending the topsoil and vegetation be removed at a cost of $742 million.

Ultimately, it will be the provincial government’s decision on what to do next.

While the Inuit want to see the soil removed, the Innu Nation has called it a “risky experiment.”

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Kinder Morgan Warns of ‘Significant’ Delay After Court Urged to Consider Release of Trudeau Government Secrets

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at the House of Commons in Ottawa on April 25, 2018 for the daily question period. Photo by Alex Tétreault

This article was originally published by National Observer

A lawyer for energy giant Kinder Morgan is warning that its Trans Mountain expansion project is facing “significant and unwarranted delay” following an unexpected legal letter filed Thursday in the wake of dramatic revelations reported by National Observer about the project’s approval by the Trudeau government.

Maureen Killoran, a Canadian lawyer for the Texas-based company, drafted the warning in a letter filed Friday with the Federal Court of Appeal in response to a request filed on Thursday by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in B.C..

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation is challenging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of the Kinder Morgan project at the Federal Court of Appeal, arguing that the government failed in its legal duty to consult First Nations prior to making its decision. In a letter sent to the court on Thursday, Scott Smith, a lawyer representing the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN), wrote that two recent reports by National Observer confirm allegations it had previously raised that Trudeau’s government acted in “bad faith” and is withholding documents that show what happened during its internal review.

As a result, Smith sent a letter to the court, giving notice that it intended to introduce a motion to compel the Trudeau government to cough up its secret records about the review of the pipeline project.

“It is TWN’s position that such new evidence of bad faith and dishonorable conduct by Canada… would be directly relevant to the Court’s consideration of whether Canada discharged its duty to consult TWN,” Smith wrote in a letter to the court dated April 26.

The request from Smith is unusual, given that the case had already been heard last fall with a decision expected by the court this spring. But Smith argued in his letter that there was a legal precedent for the court to address the new allegations raised in reports from National Observer.

In his submission, Smith cited a report published by National Observer on April 18 that revealed federal officials sped up their timeline for the review of the Trans Mountain project following a phone call from Kinder Morgan Canada’s president Ian Anderson. He also cited a report published by National Observer on April 24 that quoted public servants who said they were instructed to find a way to approve the project during an internal meeting

“In short, it would appear that this evidence, which was not disclosed and in regard to which TWN had no prior knowledge, corroborates TWN’s allegation and suggest, in the words of the relevant media coverage, that internal federal government employees were instructed ‘at least one month before the pipeline was approved, to give cabinet a legally-sound basis to say ‘yes’ to Trans Mountain… at a time when the government claimed it was still consulting in good faith with First Nations and had not yet come to a final decision on the pipeline,” Smith wrote.

The court responded to Smith’s letter promptly, asking the federal government and other stakeholders to provide their responses to the request by the end of the day on Friday.

In her response, Killoran said it was too late.

“Based on information contained in two articles published in the National Observer, TWN now seeks to gather additional evidence more than six months following the close of submissions,” she wrote. “The relief sought by TWN will introduce significant and unwarranted delay.”

Killoran also noted that the Tsleil-Waututh Nation had previously requested the release of documents through a motion that was rejected by the court in June 2017 “because (among other things) it was not persuaded that Canada withheld any information that was required to be produced. The Court also noted that TWN had an opportunity to test Canada’s document production, and/or seek additional documents, on cross examination.

“Finally, there are no exceptional circumstances that justify reopening the evidentiary record for the consolidated proceedings,” Killoran wrote. “On the contrary, it is highly unlikely that the motion will uncover additional producible evidence; even if such evidence exists (which is denied), it has no influence on the outcome of this case.”

Justice Department proposes two-week process to handle Tsleil-Waututh motion

The federal government responded at the end of the day with a statement that didn’t address any of the allegations raised in the National Observer reports directly. It also proposed a two-week process to deal with the motion and responses from the affected parties.

“Canada takes no position on whether TWN ought to be permitted to bring this motion at this late date, over six months after the hearing of these proceedings has concluded,” wrote Jan Brongers, senior general counsel from the B.C. regional office of the federal government’s Justice Department.

“That said, on the basis of the description of the proposed motion set out in the TWN Letter, Canada does not agree that it is the type of ‘urgent motion, such as requests for emergency injunctive relief’ that the Court contemplated would be governed by… the Procedural Order. Rather, the motion appears to constitute a further attempt by TWN to seek supplemental evidence.”

Brongers letter also echoed concerns raised by Kinder Morgan that the motion could lead to more delays.

“Canada notes that TWN’s proposed motion has the potential to delay adjudication of the consolidated proceedings, which, as noted above, have already been under reserve for a considerable time,” Brongers wrote. “Accordingly, Canada submits that if TWN is permitted to bring this motion at this late date, it ought to be filed and served forthwith.”

April 27th 2018

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