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news and action Friday June 23, 2023 The bus was driving fast, too fast for the narrow dirt road north of Prince George. Rain fell all morning as muddy white trucks whipped by the bus windows.

On board were 24 housekeepers headed to Coastal GasLink’s Parsnip Lodge, to clean rooms at the sprawling, 1,000-man pipeline camp.

The cleaners are mostly immigrant women from Somalia and Ethiopia. They were nervous about the road, and unhappy about the long, winding drive from Prince George.

Earlier this year, the cleaners’ union filed a grievance against the camp operator for breaking their collective agreement. ...

The camp operator, Horizon North, had promised to house cleaning staff on site. But they went back on that, forcing the women to make a four-hour round trip every day to get to work.

We don’t know exactly what happened, but the bus rolled upside down, throwing the women from their seats. 18 had to go to hospital in Prince George. Several suffered concussions. Fortunately, no one died.

"It was terrifying for them," said Michelle Travis, a spokesperson for Unite Here Local 40. "For a number of them, they're scared to get on a bus again."

This is the stark reality of many of the “good, secure” jobs that come with B.C.’s fracking and LNG boom. “The company didn't value their work or their safety," said Travis.

The truth is, Coastal GasLink operates as if money is the most important thing. The company is $8 billion over budget as it rushes to complete the pipeline. Workers, local communities, fish and wildlife, clean water – they all take a back seat.

Solidarity with the Unite Here members injured last week on their way to work. All oil & gas workers deserve dignified, well-paid work in jobs that don’t sacrifice their health and safety, or our collective future. It’s up to the B.C. and federal governments to make that happen with a just transition to renewable energy.
NEWS Stories we’re following The real arsonists Bad actors are spreading lies about what’s causing Canadian wildfires. -The Narwhal

Scores have died Human-caused climate change is ravaging India, by heat and by flood. - Reuters

Delusion-oil Oil companies say Canada should get credits for fracking and exporting more fossil fuel under a program designed to support composting and solar panels in developing countries. - The Globe & Mail
Sleight of hand Fossil companies like FortisBC are using biomethane as a way to sidestep calls to ban harmful, climate-killing fracked gas. - National Observer Phasing out The feds used a ridiculous 100 year timeline to show Trans Mountain will *eventually* become profitable. What half-truth will they use next to rationalize the project’s cost? - CBC
Suffering is optional Projects like Trans Mountain don’t have to go ahead. Our money could be used for clean energy instead. - The Hill Times Pride and climate The 2SLGBTIQA+ community remains a socially vulnerable group and are often hidden victims of climate change. Here are six organizations that bring queer perspectives to the climate movement.
Reconciliation starts with truth How to confront the rise in residential school denialism. - The Tyee Like what you're reading but aren't yet subscribed? Sign up for Dogwood News! Subscribe Things to do A sacred water ceremony, candlelight vigil, national day of action and festivals afloat. Check out all upcoming events... Attention post-secondary students! Campus Climate Action Summit 2023
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