Tar sands pipelines

Toronto activists protest NEB talk to Board of Trade

CEO Peter Watson admits the National Energy Board is concerned with public perception its review process is broken
Nicky Young, Ricochet

On Wednesday four climate activists temporarily blocked investors from entering a presentation by the chair and CEO of the National Energy Board to the Toronto Board of Trade.

The action was organized by the group Toronto 350, and took place just hours before the federal government announced new interim measures to be applied to the NEB reviews of the Trans Mountain and Energy East pipelines.

“Harper’s National Energy Board is completely illegitimate,” organizer Ben Donato-Woodger told Ricochet. “First Nations like the Tsleil-Waututh have rejected pipelines like Kinder Morgan, yet the NEB continues to approve them.”

Katie Krelove, also with Toronto 350, paid the $100 entrance fee to attend the Board of Trade talk and also met personally with the NEB’s Watson.

“He admitted himself the NEB is much more concerned now with public perception,” said Krelove. “So I gave him a few tips on how they could fix their public image. I said, number one, they could stop the current pipeline assessments from going on under the old deficient mandate.”

Watch Nicky Young’s full video report below.

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