Morning Headlines: April 29, 2019

Laurie Tritschler / April 29, 2019

Terry Christenson has been up a tree at Westride Marine Terminal since 4 a.m. (Cole Sorenson / BCIT News)

“…for all the grandchildren of the world”: Local grandfather climbs Marine Terminal tree in Trans Mountain pipeline protest. 

A local environmental activist with a penchant for demonstrating in trees has climbed one inside the pipeline’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby. The man is 71 year-old grandfather Terry Christenson, a spokesperson from the organization Stand.earth confirms.

Christenson was arrested last March after he spent 16 hours in a nearby tree in hopes of delaying forest clearing in advance of the federal government’s plan to triple pipeline capacity. Stand.earth confirms Christenson is a professional mountain climber and has packed enough supplies to remain at his current post for up to a week.

“I’m doing doing this for all the grandchildren of the world,” Christenson explains in a written statement. The statement attributes rapid climate change, “an issue that will impact my grandchildren more than it will impact me,” to “dirty pipelines.” Christenson adds, “I’m here today to ensure Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hears this message loud and clear.”

The Trans Mountain pipeline carries crude oil from Alberta’s oilsands to oil tankers docking at the Marine Terminal. Stand.earth says 230 protestors were arrested in 2018 for breaching an injunction against area demonstrations opposing the pipeline’s proposed expansion.

Up in the air: Vancouver School Board to decide future of city school’s French-immersion program

School board trustees will vote on a motion to phase out the program at Kitsilano’s Henry Hudson Elementary, deciding whether this year’s kindergarten will the last receive instruction in French.

The School Act of B.C. requires the VSB to prioritize English-language education, says Director of Instruction Adrian Keough, citing a staff report showing the school is over capacity.

“We’re at a point now where we cannot continue to enroll French immersion, and accept all of the English students who want to take the English program in that school,” explains Keough, stressing the VSB added seats for around 100 French immersion students district-wide in 2018.

A plan to relocate the program to the Downtown Eastside’s Lord Stratchcona Elementary fell through when parents at Henry Hudson overwhelmingly indicated they would not participate.

The vote takes place at 7 tonight.

The Vancouver School Board vote on the fate of Henry Hudson’s French-immersion program tonight.
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Canadian soybeans (pictured sprouting), peas, and pork products aren’t clearing Chinese ports.
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More Canadian farm exports being help up at Chinese ports 

Canadian traders report shipments of soybeans, peas, and pork haven’t cleared routine Chinese inspections since January. Meanwhile, Federal government officials reported similar obstacles baring the unloading of Canadian pork.   Canadian politicians believe the difficulties show an escalation of China’s retaliation against Canada’s move last December to extradite Huawei CEO and Chinese national, Meng Wang Zhou, to the United States.

Chinese companies stopped importing canola from Canada’s largest suppliers Richardson International and Viterra earlier this month, claiming the companies’ grains were infested with pests.

China is a major importer of Canadian farm products, especially canola.