SFU Professor of Health Sciences Dr. Tim Takaro walks us through what new health risks threaten public health as the climate changes, at a blockade of Kinder Morgan’s oil tanker terminal construction site.
For the past six months, people from all over have come to Vancouver to take part in the front lines against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. As Justin Trudeau prepares to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to buy this pipeline and tanker project, he’ll meet a wall of resistance.
“I’m here because I think this project represents an enormous public health risk, to the air and to the water, both locally and globally,” said Dr. Peter Paré, Professor Emeritus of Respiratory Medicine, UBC, St. Paul’s Hospital, who was arrested March 24. “We’re sitting here in the smoke, we can hardly see the sun and it’s the worst forest fire season in history, and that is indirectly related to taking fossil fuels out of the ground and burning it. So I felt like I had no choice but to be here, to tell that story.”
Several Protectors were released from a one-week jail sentence several days early, including Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson, former BC Teachers’ Federation president Susan Lambert, Charlotte Gyoba, Heather Martin McNab, and Kathleen Flaherty.