Global: Wet’suwet’en solidarity demonstrators block Yonge and Dundas during evening commute

By Ryan Rocca Global News – Posted February 14, 2020 6:35 pm – Updated February 14, 2020 10:52 pm

Protesters are seen blocking off the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in downtown Toronto Friday evening.
Protesters are seen blocking off the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in downtown Toronto Friday evening. Global News

A group of demonstrators blocked off the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in downtown Toronto during the evening commute on Friday.

The demonstration was held in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation, many of whose members oppose the building of the Coastal GasLink liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline in northern British Columbia, which would pass through the nation’s unceded territory.

READ MORE: Wet’suwet’en solidarity protests: How Canadian law protects demonstrators

Shortly before 5:30 p.m., Toronto police tweeted the protesters had blocked off the intersection and road closures were subsequently put in place.

Read more at Global News …

CityNews: A list of major civil disobedience events in recent Canadian history

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2020 4:56 pm EST

VANCOUVER — Protesters around the country have blocked rail lines and used other forms of civil disobedience to show support for the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and their fight against a natural gas pipeline. 

Here is a look at some other disputes over the development of natural resources in recent Canadian history:

Temagami, Ont. — Long-running protests over logging northeast of Sudbury led to arrests of demonstrators. The protests included people locking themselves to road construction machinery in an attempt to stop the extension of the Red Squirrel logging road. Environmentalists argued the area was home to a rare stand of old-growth pines. Among those arrested at one protest in 1989 was Bob Rae, who was leader of the Opposition NDP in Ontario at the time and was demonstrating his support for environmentalists and members of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai First Nation.

Oka, Que. — An armed standoff in Oka between Mohawks and the Canadian army ended on Sept. 26, 1990, after 11 weeks. The conflict partly stemmed from the town of Oka’s plan to expand a golf course on land the Mohawks claimed. After a failed July 11 police raid in which an officer was killed, Mohawks at the Kahnawake reserve south of Montreal blocked the Mercier Bridge that connects Montreal to its populous south-shore suburbs in a show of support. Trouble later erupted near the Kahnawake reserve shortly after the events at Oka, when a crowd of 400 to 500 bat-toting and rock-launching Mohawk protesters threatened soldiers. By the end, army officials had taken 34 men, 16 women and six young people into custody. In the aftermath of the standoff, Ottawa appointed a royal commission on Aboriginal issues.

See full list at CityNews.ca …

DN! Jane Fonda Arrested: We Are in a Climate Emergency. I Have No Choice But to Put My Body on the Line

December 24, 2019

Jane Fonda arrested protesting a day before her 82nd birthday.

A new round of protests, Fire Drill Fridays, led by actress Jane Fonda are calling for action to address the climate crisis, as bushfires fueled by a historic heat wave threaten Australia, high tides threaten to flood Venice, and the Philippines prepares for a Christmas typhoon.

Last Friday, a day before Jane Fonda’s 82nd birthday, the longtime political activist, feminist and two-time Academy Award winner was arrested for the fifth time, as she has been nearly every Friday in Washington since she started Fire Drill Fridays, inspired in part by the Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg. She was arrested along with more than 140 others inside the Hart Senate Office Building, and demonstrators sang “Happy Birthday” to her as she was taken outside.

This month Jane Fonda wrote an op-ed in The New York Times headlined “We Have to Live Like We’re in a Climate Emergency. Because We Are.” In it, she writes, “It should come as no surprise that I believe in the power of protest. That’s why I moved to Washington to start what I call Fire Drill Fridays, joining the millions of young people around the world who turned out in the fall for protests to demand that our leaders act to save their futures.”

We speak with Jane Fonda about her climate activism and why she started Fire Drill Fridays.

Watch interview with Jane Fonda at DemocracyNow.org …

DN! Lily Tomlin Arrested at Capitol Hill Protesting Climate Change

In Washington, D.C., comedy icon Lily Tomlin was arrested this weekend at a Fire Drill Friday protest on Capitol Hill — a weekly climate justice civil disobedience organized by Oscar-winning actor Jane Fonda. The recent Fire Drill Friday came as youth activists also took to the streets around the world for the last Fridays for Future strike of this year. This is Jane Fonda speaking to fellow protesters on the steps of Capitol Hill.

Read more at DemocracyNow.org …