Kwantlen students blast KPU deal for pipeline cash

Construction work on previously twinned section of the Trans Mountain pipeline near Jasper. - File photo

Student leaders have condemned Kwantlen Polytechnic University's decision to accept a $300,000 contribution over 20 years from Kinder Morgan if its Trans Mountain pipeline twinning proceeds.

The Kwantlen Student Association said it opposes the agreement that would see the pipeline company give about $15,000 a year in scholarships for trades and technology students.

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Also of interest: Letter of Support: to the Kwantlen Student Association, PIPE UP Network, Kwantlen Public Interest
Research Group, Students, Faculty and Staff of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.



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Community raises safety concerns over Kinder Morgan expansion

SFU’s Burnaby campus would be inaccessible in the case of a large fire at the tank farm

June 1st, 2015 by 

Kinder Morgan plans to add 14 new tanks to its Burnaby tank farm. - The Province
Kinder Morgan plans to add 14 new tanks to its Burnaby tank farm. - The Province

Nearly 200 people gathered at Forest Grove Elementary on Wednesday, May 20 for a town hall meeting organized by Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion.

The crowd consisted of politicians, citizens, and members of community organizations who were united in their concern about the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which would be tunnelled through Burnaby Mountain.


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UPDATE: Chilliwack turns down $800,000 donation from oil pipeline giant Kinder Morgan

Chilliwack city council essentially killed an offer by oil pipeline giant Kinder Morgan that offered to donate $800,000 for a pedestrian bridge across the Vedder River at the Southern Rail Bridge. - Paul J. Henderson

Chilliwack city council essentially killed an offer by oil pipeline giant Kinder Morgan that offered to donate $800,000 for a pedestrian bridge across the Vedder River at the Southern Rail Bridge.
— Image Credit: Paul J. Henderson


Chilliwack is one of the first communities along the Kinder Morgan pipeline to turn up its nose at hundreds of thousands of dollars of free money from the Texas oil giant for local amenities.

The offer of $800,000 to pay for 80 per cent of a pedestrian bridge across the Vedder River was called a bribe by critics of the company and its plan to triple capacity of the 62-year-old Trans Mountain pipeline that runs from the Alberta oil sands to Burnaby.

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Rally against pipelines hits Fort Langley on April 11

Local rally to stop pipeline development
A rally, including a march and speeches, in Fort Langley on April 11th to celebrate and defend our natural home.
“This is Our Home”, a peaceful march and rally to protect the natural environment against pipeline development, will be coming to the community of Fort Langley on April 11. The rally coincides with the Provincial Premier’s meeting in Quebec to discuss climate change.

Susan Davidson, one of the organizers from the PIPE UP Network said: "We are joining with the many people who are  marching in Quebec on that same day who are also concerned that the National Energy Board will not even let us talk about climate change when we discuss pipeline projects.” 
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PIPE UP Network Job Opportunity

Seeking a Part-Time Chapter Co-ordinator to build capacity to confront Kinder Morgan’s bitumen pipeline

May 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015 term with potential for renewal

Position Overview                                                                                         

The PIPE UP Network is made up of residents of Southwestern BC who have come together because of our concerns about the safety, environmental, and financial implications of shipping tar sands along Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline, which runs from Edmonton, AB to Vancouver, BC.

Members of the network are dedicated to educating themselves and their communities about the existing pipeline, plans for expansion, and alternatives to tar sands; showing that we have the power to make the needed changes.  See our website at

We are seeking a Chapter Co-ordinator to build capacity within our membership from May, 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

The successful candidate will report to the PIPE UP Board of Directors.  The specific responsibilities of the position are outlined in more detail below.

Anticipated Start Date May 1, 2015

Location: Fraser Valley, BC

Reports to: PIPE UP Board of Directors

Compensation: $1,500 monthly

Key Responsibility Areas

  1. Encourage and facilitate PIPE UP Chapters to become self-sustaining community hubs of action in Langley, Abbotsford, Surrey, Chilliwack and other areas as they may be established.
  2. Work with PIPE UP NETWORK Board of Directors, Admin person and Allies to identify and organize opportunities which fulfill the Pipe Up mandate.
  3. Provide transition documentation upon conclusion of the contract.

 Qualifications Required 

Ability to:

-          Work with diverse set of community-based organizations, residents and stakeholders

-          Respond creatively and positively to situations of stress and conflict

-          Foster open communication within and among diverse groups

-          Work in a team environment

-          Work with minimal supervision

-          Work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends

Desirable Skills and Qualifications:

-          Passionate interest in making the world a better place through grassroots engagement

-          Knowledge of issues that relate to communities within the lower mainland.

-          Experience in volunteer management, meeting facilitation, and/or community relations

-          Knowledge of local activists, networks, groups, organizations and government.

-          Innovative thinker willing to try new ideas and new ways of organizing

-          Demonstrated flexibility and ability to adapt to changing situations 

-          Success oriented, assertive, high achiever, with demonstrated leadership and community building skills

-          Experience with public speaking and public engagement strategies

-          Excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills and strong organizational skills

-          Skilled in time management

-          Comfortable with online tools and social media, for example online video conferencing, Google Maps, Google Docs, blogs and Twitter.

-          Excellent computer and document creation skills

-          Access to a mobile device, preferably with data access (e.g. email, web).

-          Vehicle and a valid BC Driver’s License.

-          Previous experience in community organizing and/or grassroots political organizing is an asset, but not a requirement

-          Familiarity with consensus decision making an asset

-          Experience with Nationbuilder would be an asset.

Working and Living Conditions:

-          Must we able to work from a home office or a shared workspace

-          Flexible work hours

-          Some weekend and evening work is anticipated

-          Travel within the Fraser Valley (Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack) will be required 

How to Apply

Together with your resume, please forward a cover letter which includes your responses to the following questions:

1. How did you hear about this position?

2. What interests you most about this position?

3. Based on our requirements, why are you a strong candidate?          

Please send your resume and cover letter with your responses to the above questions to by April 7th, 2015

Our sincere appreciation to all those expressing interest in the position, however,

only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.  Thank you for your interest!

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