Right out of the gate

Right out of the gate

UPDATE: Federal panel coming to Chilliwack to talk pipeline

The panel is here July 21 at the Coast (Rosedale Room), with 'public town hall' 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and FN Rountable 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The federal panel coming to Chilliwack to get more feedback from the public and from Aboriginal communities on the Trans Mountain pipeline twinning has already broken protocol with local First Nations, says one local chief.

“It’s a blunder of the highest magnitude,” said Cheam First Nation chief Ernie Crey. “My concern is there hasn’t been ample warning.”

The invitations are on the way, he was told by Ottawa sources, but the panel sessions are next week, making the timeline tight.

“They’ve just announced dates but they didn’t make any contact with local First Nations prior to doing so,” Crey said. “So right out of the gate, they have made a faux pas. We can’t just clear our calendars that easily.”

Chiefs and other aboriginal leaders needed time to prepare.

The federal panel is set to hear Chilliwack based presentations on July 21 at the Coast Hotel (Rosedale Room)l a ‘public town hall’ from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the FN Rountable 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and then the TMX panel is on to Abbotsford for July 26 at the Tradex for a local government roundtable 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 FN Roundtable.

Crey quipped a while back on social media that it was an interminable wait to find out who the government would pick as “an Indian whisperer,” to facilitate an additional layer of consultation about what the pipeline proposal could mean in their territories.

Finally a month ago, they had names.

The three TMX panelists announced by Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr Tuesday are:

• Kim Baird, former chief of Tsawwassen First Nation, and consultant in areas of Indigenous policy, governance, and development;

•  Annette Trimbee, ex deputy minister for Alberta, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg;

• Tony Penikett, the former Yukon premier and author of Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making in British Columbia.

“If we’re going to attract the investments we need to sustainably develop our energy resources, then we have to better engage Canadians, conduct deeper consultations with Indigenous peoples and base decisions on science, facts and evidence,” Carr said when the panels were announced.

But Crey said he had to admit he was a little steamed there was nothing sent out in a timely fashion about the by-invite-only roundtable talks, or no direct contact with the community leaders of the territories they’re coming to, less than two weeks out.

“Having gone through pains of saying there would be some sort of Aboriginal expertise leading the process, straight away, it was off-putting.  It just seems like it was the wrong way to go about it.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed this panel to visit 10 western Canadian communities, to offer an extra layer of federal environmental oversight on the pipeline proposal.

The panels will be seeking feedback with town hall meetings and panel sessions, in Calgary, Edmonton, Jasper, as well as Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby, Langley, Abbotsford, Kamloops and Chilliwack.

That is in spite of the fact that the National Energy Board approved the multi-billion-dollar Trans Mountain pipeline twinning proposal that would triple its capacity.

The panel’s findings are expected to help PM Trudeau’s government make a final decision on approval or not, expected by December.

The National Energy Board approved the project, saying the benefits outweighed the potential risk and problems back in May but attached more than 150 formal conditions. If approved, the pipeline could be moving product from Edmonton to Burnaby by 2018.

The panel’s findings will be going back to Carr this fall, before cabinet makes the call on whether to approve or not.

* This version has been updated with details about the Chilliwack sessions and times.

Just Posted

Vanessa Dueck.
Snapshots of a Chilliwack father from his loving daughter

Father’s Day memories of special moments shared together

Rachel is a six month old Labrador retriever cross who was found at large. She is seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Rachel at the Chilliwack SPCA

6-month-old puppy found at large, now at Chilliwack SPCA, needs special home

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Volunteers will gather at South Gate Shopping Centre on Fathers Day before fanning out to help clean up downtown Chilliwack. (Facebook photo)
Kindness Chain Chilliwack Association organizes Fathers Day cleanup

Volunteers will spend 90 minutes fanning out to gather trash in downtown Chilliwack

Folks look through some of the items for sale during the Voice of Hope giant garage sale at 7350 Barrow Rd. in Chilliwack on Saturday, June 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Giant garage sale today in Chilliwack supports Kenyan widows, orphans

Funds go to Chilliwack-based Voice of Hope charity to improve quality of life for impoverished Kenyans

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Pedestrian hit by police vehicle in Langley

Injuries described as serious, requiring surgery

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Most Read