# Newsletter February 12, 2022
> ### Protect the Planet is poised for spring 2022. Collective resistance to the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Pipeline is bursting with renewed focus, energy, and strength. This newsletter gives a sense of what’s emerging, and what’s to come.
## Court Support Rally Monday Feb 14 @ 9am. Six Arrested for Breaching Trans Mountain Injunction Face up to 28 days in Jail.
Six tree protectors affiliated with [Protect the Planet](https://stoptmx.ca/) will appear in BC Supreme court on Monday, Feb 14. Known as the Brunette River 6 (BR6), they are being charged with ‘criminal contempt of court’ for protecting the Brunette River and its tributaries in fall 2021. They face 14-28 days in prison.
Three of the BR6 (Catherine Hembling, Janette McIntosh, and Ruth Walmsley) expect to be sentenced and taken into custody on Monday. They are from the multi-faith Prayer Circle Direct Action group. Hembling will likely spend her 80th birthday in prison. The other three – Zain Haq, Bill Winder and Tim Takaro - are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
The BR6 stand on the shoulders of **240+** bold Indigenous & settler land and water defenders who have already been arrested and criminalized for acting to stop the TMX pipeline.
[Learn more & see their stories...](https://www.stoptmx.ca/protests-arrests/#stories)
## *Court Support Rally for "the Brunette River 6" this Mon Feb 14 @ 9am. Please join us.*
All are welcome to a pre-court, non-denominational Prayer Circle-type gathering on Monday morning. We will join voices and hearts with song & inspiring words to celebrate the courageous and beautiful BR6 before they enter the Court system.
**WHEN:** 9-10am on Monday, February 14.
**WHERE:** BC Supreme court, corner of Hornby & Nelson
**WHAT:** Court Support Rally. Signs & banners welcome. Masks when distancing not possible.
Check Facebook for [more details & to view a LIVE-STREAM](https://www.facebook.com/events/502643344808811/) of this event if you are unable to join in person.
## *Read the [Prayer Circle's OpEd](https://vancouversun.com/opinion/ruth-walmsley-why-we-face-jail-time-for-safeguarding-a-livable-climate) in Vancouver Sun*
## Help Needed: Protect the Planet (and [new website](https://stoptmx.ca))
> Protect the Planet engages in **creative non-violent direct action** to stop tarsands and pipeline expansion. We do other things too... like [hang out with hummingbirds](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/canada-hummingbird-halt-construction-pipeline), and [bust TMX for messing up](https://www.theenergymix.com/2022/01/06/breaking-trans-mountain-faces-cer-scrutiny-on-fraser-river-pipeline-crossing/) important river crossings.
Have a look at **StopTMX.ca** and plan to get involved in spring 2022. Collective resistance to the TMX pipeline is growing more organized, and it’s 2022 or bust. Just as the snowdrops and crocuses have started to emerge, a burst of renewed focus and energy is upon us, concluding winters rest. Help us build the strong growth that we need to win.
## *How to Get Involved*
**[Action Teams Meetings](https://www.stoptmx.ca/get-involved/)**, which happen bi-weekly, are a good way to stay connected and inspired, whether you’re new to the group or seasoned. If you have a few hours per week, mark your calendar with “Protect the Planet”. The next Action Team meeting is Sat Feb 26 @ 9am. Check https://www.stoptmx.ca/get-involved/ for more information.
## Other PtP Current Needs
Protect the Planet is a 100% volunteer-based, grassroots movement. We have identified some [roles that would enhance our effectiveness](https://www.stoptmx.ca/get-involved/). We can offer support, empowerment & nourishing friendships (what’s not to like?). Check out these roles and please share with your networks. Learn more by attending an [Action Team Meeting.](https://www.stoptmx.ca/action-team-meetings/)
* [Surveilance / Adopt A Pipeline](https://www.stoptmx.ca/surveillance/)
* [Social Media Campaigner](https://www.stoptmx.ca/social-campaigner/)
* Sewing? Not on the website yet but we need help completing a sewing project in preparation for Spring Actions. Involves a small amount of piece-work to create 10 to 20 squares. Sequined fabric involved. Contact email@example.com to learn more.
## Friday Feb 18 @ 8-10 am: Rally to Support Burnaby Mountain Secondary School
Students of Burnaby Mountain Secondary School are facing TMX pipeline construction every day, just walking to and from school. Considering the risks this high-pressure pipeline poses to the safety of the school, not to mention the extreme risks the tank farm poses to the safety of Burnaby Mountain and beyond, members of Protect the Planet and BROKE (Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion) will express concern and build awareness about the project every Friday, starting Feb 18th. 8-10am.
**WHAT:** Sign waving and flyers to raise awareness about the risks of this project to our community.
**WHEN:** Friday Feb 18th from 8-10am.
**WHERE:** Meet at intersection of Lougheed Hwy and Gaglardi Way in Burnaby, 1 block east of Production Way University Skytrain Station. Limited parking on Production Way.
**SIGN THE PETITION:** [NO new OIL Pipeline](https://qrco.de/bcjdxX) next to Burnaby Mountain Secondary School
## Petition: Demand an Updated Cost and Timeline of TMX Pipeline
[Tens of thousands of Canadians](https://www.wcel.org/media-release/after-two-years-silence-nearly-20000-ask-federal-government-release-updated-cost-and) are asking the federal government to pause any further construction spending on TMX until a cost update is provided. It’s been exactly two years since Canadians learned how much they would be paying for the pipeline.
On February 7, 2022, Eugene Kung, staff lawyer of West Coast Environmental Law, published a report: Two years (and a global pandemic later), [what’s the price tag on Trans Mountain?](https://www.wcel.org/blog/two-years-and-global-pandemic-later-whats-price-tag-trans-mountain) The report concludes that we must “demand that our public representatives hold Trans Mountain to basic standards of transparency and accountability”. A petition was created that demands a cost update before any more public money is spent on this white elephant.
“Construction cannot be allowed to continue until Minister Freeland offers a basic level of transparency and accountability about the construction costs of the Trans Mountain pipeline,” said Wilderness Committee Climate Campaigner [Peter McCartney](https://www.wcel.org/media-release/after-two-years-silence-nearly-20000-ask-federal-government-release-updated-cost-and). “Only then can we have an informed discussion about how to spend public dollars in a climate crisis.”
Elizabeth May [says in Parliament](https://elizabethmaymp.ca/elizabeth-may-canadians-are-long-overdue-for-an-update-on-tmx-costs/) that Canadians are long overdue for an update on TMX costs.
### SIGN NOW: Stop and Re-Assess TMX
* [SUM OF US](https://actions.sumofus.org/a/transmountain-is-likely-going-to-cost-double-the-cost-taxpayer-were-expecting-it-must-be-stopped)
* [COAST PROTECTORS](https://www.coastprotectors.ca/_behind-schedule-over-budget-tmx) or
Do your part by contacting your MP, signing the petition and sharing the petition with your family, friends and networks.
## Burnaby Residents Celebrate as Council Backs Fossil Fuel Treaty.
"A group of Burnaby residents were celebrating after city council unanimously endorsed the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty at a council meeting on January 25.
Residents and members of environmental groups such as BROKE and Force of Nature held a rally outside of council chambers before the meeting to urge council to endorse the treaty, which has received support from other cities, including New Westminster.
"We were very pleased to watch the motion pass,” said Burnaby resident Kate McMahon....
## Solidarity Action on Feb 14: Gidimt'en Water Protectors
Over thirty Gidimt’en water protectors are also appearing on February 14 in BC Supreme Court in Prince George, following the RCMP invasion on Wet’suwet’en territory in November 2021. Gidimt’en Land Defenders are calling on the United Nations to conduct a field visit to Wet’suwet’en territory because Canada and BC have not withdrawn RCMP from their territory and have not suspended Coastal GasLink’s permits, despite the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination calling on them to do so.
See [UN Submission and 30+ in court Feb 14](https://www.yintahaccess.com/news/2022/2/6/gidimten-land-defenders-make-submission-to-united-nations)
See [Declaration of Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs](https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=483867519929742&ref=sharing) after meeting with allied nations and supporters to discuss moving forwards as nations. Powerful!
## Solidarity Action on Feb 14: Women's Memorial March
The [31st Annual Women’s Memorial March](https://womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com/2022/01/04/31st-annual-womens-memorial-march/) is happening on Feb 14th in Vancouver to honour and grieve the lives of missing and murdered women, and all women’s and gender-diverse peoples’ lives lost in the Downtown Eastside.
In June, 2020, Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report, in which it identified a link between “man camp” environments that emerged around resource extraction projects and violence against Indigenous women and girls, as well as increased sex industry activities in those areas. [More on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/events/497611651679264/).
## Solidarity Action on Feb 14: Break Up with Canada (please sign and share).
This Valentine’s Day, stand up to manipulation and deceit. It’s time to end the Canadian government’s toxic relationship with Indigenous peoples. Lack of support? Check. Controlling behaviours? Yes. Dishonesty and patterns of disrespect? You’ve got it.
[Send a letter to your MP through an easy form, or borrow a sample tweet.](https://act.newmode.net/action/gidimten-checkpoint/break-canada-0) This is a Wet’suwet’en solidarity action.
## Solidarity Inspiration! Feb 10 Webinar (recording)
This recent webinar [**Fighting to Stop Oil & Gas Pipelines and Start Building a Better World!**](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCgFKQyi88s&ab_channel=ClimateConvergence) from our friends at Climate Convergence is fantastic, and connects the dots between the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX), Coastal GasLink (CGL) and Line 3 pipelines.
These climate destroying projects are being pushed by the government in the U.S. and Canada and their big business backers despite clear opposition from Indigenous nations who traditional territories are impacted. At the same time, if completed, TMX, CGL and Line 3 will pump hundreds of thousands of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This is the opposite of what we need to be doing- reducing carbon emissions and stewarding the land - to preserve a livable planet.
### FEATURED SPEAKERS:
**SLEYDO' (Molly Wickham):** Gidimt’en Checkpoint Spokesperson and key leader in the Wet'suwet'en fight against the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline.
**BRANDI MORIN:** Award-winning Cree/Iroquois/French journalist from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta.
**APRIL THOMAS:** Spokesperson for the “Secwepemc Say No TMX” defendants currently representing themselves in court for peacefully resisting TMX pipeline construction on their traditional territories.
**CLIMATE JUSTICE COMMITTEE – MINNESOTA:** A grassroots group that connects climate change to issues of sovereignty & self determination. Active participants in the fight to Stop the Line 3 Pipeline.
**THOMAS DAVIES:** Climate Convergence founding member. Unionized Pipefitter and Power Engineer.
## Get In Touch
Email us at PPSTMX@protonmail.com or [complete the webform](https://forms.gle/XNHdmDrxseAainPc6) and someone from Protect the Planet will get in touch.
> We live on the stolen & unceded territory of many Nations who have been protectors and friends of the Salish Sea and its watersheds since time immemorial. We are humbly grateful, especially to the host nations of ḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, for allowing & welcoming us to be here, and do this work in a good way on their traditional sacred lands.
> We commit to honouring their leadership & being open to their teachings. We are honoured by the chances being offered to work alongside them as protectors of this sacred and beautiful land. In practice we redistribute 50% of all funds raised to Indigenous Land Defenders. We believe Land Back will begin to correct some of the wrongs of the past, and commit to supporting campaigns that lead in that direction.