David Suzuki gives fiery speech at Kinder Morgan protest (VIDEO)
"My grandson was dragged across the line and was arrested! I'm disappointed and it grieves me because of the respect we have for you!" Suzuki shouted.
David Suzuki's daughter Midori Campos and daughter Tamiko Campos were among several women who crossed a police line Sunday on Burnaby Mountain. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
Suzuki said he was "blown away" by the recent events on Burnaby Mountain.
More than 50 people have been arrested so far since police began enforcing the injunction by Texas-based pipeline company Kinder Morgan. Yesterday, acclaimed environmental author J.B. MacKinnon crossed the police line too.
Activist Brigette DePape on her cell phone at the front of a police line defending Kinder Morgan drill crews on Burnaby Mountain on Sunday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
Some who have already been arrested are returning again, including a retired school teacher, and Vancouver activist Brigette DePape.
Seen at the front of the police line working her cell phone, DePape is apparently coordinating protesters. She was arrested last week on the mountain. The former Senate Page was also infamous for holding a "Stop Harper" sign in Parliament in 2011.
Suzuki was surprised to hear that his letter to his grandson had gone viral on The Vancouver Observer, read by more than 130,000 in one day alone. "How did you even get that?" he asked.
He wrote in the letter which found its way to Facebook:
"(Campos) is a role model for young people today, inspiring them to get involved in issues of their future... Before corporations had become so powerful, every generation aspired to leave a better future to their children."
"That is not on the corporate agenda. I beg you to consider the fact that there are few legal avenues to protest what I believe is criminal activity of corporations like Kinder Morgan so citizens are being forced to participate in civil disobedience."
Kinder Morgan is currently conducting the geological survey work necessary to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and run a second pipeline through Burnaby Mountain.
The pipeline would carry 890,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day from Alberta's tar sands through Burnaby. Oil tanker traffic through Burrard Inlet is expected to increase six-fold if the pipeline is built.
In a move that galvanized community opposition, Kinder Morgan cut trees in the Burnaby Mountain conservation area without permission from the city in September. Citizens have held vigil on the mountain ever since to oppose the company's work. Kinder Morgan won an injunction against key protesters and have been working twenty-four hours a day to complete their test work.
Another scientist, SFU molecular biologist Lynne Quarmby, also felt compelled to go to the mountain on Friday. After a dramatic speech before TV cameras, she turned and walked up to the police tape to be arrested.
With files from Jenny Uechi.