The Vancouver Sun reports in its Tuesday edition that making as much noise as they could to protest a process they say is undemocratic, several hundred activists rallied Monday night against the first of Vancouver's public hearings into Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
The Sun's Mike Hager writes the protesters -- from environmentalists to Idle No More -- oppose the planned pipeline and say the hearings at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel limit public comment.
Suresh Fernando, one of the protest organizers, said presenters at the hearings "can't make reference, for example, to the oil sands and the bigger picture. You can only speak to issues relating to Enbridge," he said of the public portion of the National Energy Board (NEB) joint review panel hearings that are wrapping up in several weeks. "They're constraining the dialogue."
Engineer Adrian Mohareb was one of about 15 registered speakers at Monday's hearing.
Mr. Mohareb joked he was far from a "radical environmentalist" and was instead focused on the "numbers," namely that the Northern Gateway project is "at odds" with the federal government's commitment to reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020.