BC first nations group asks UN to investigate permits after Northern Gateway

VANCOUVER — A group of British Columbia first nations is asking the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to investigate the actions of the provincial government on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.The UN envoy will be visiting Canada next week, and the Yinka Dene (den-ay) alliance has asked James Anaya to look into permits issued to pipeline proponent Enbridge for some exploratory work on the project.The Yinka Dene say the permits for geotechnical drilling and tree removal should not have been granted over First Nations’ opposition.The pipeline that would link Alberta’s oil sands with the B.C. coast, and tankers bound for markets in Asia, faces staunch opposition from many aboriginal and conservation groups.A federal review panel will deliver its recommendations on the project to the federal minister by the end of the year, and both federal and company officials have been meeting with aboriginal and community organizations in B.C. as the deadline draws near.The UN envoy will visit Canada from Oct. 7 to 15, and later submit a report to the UN human rights council and the Canadian government. read more

Police drug warning as teenager dies after taking Purple Ninja Turtle ecstasy

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police in Scotland have issued a warning about a new type of ecstasy tablet known as ‘Purple Ninja Turtle’ after a teenager died during a house party.The girl, aged 16, was taken ill at the party at a home in Newtongrange and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Saturday. Police have also raised concerns about a second strain of tablet know as Red Bugatti Veyron.”Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding her death are at a very early stage, however one line of inquiry officers are following is that she may have had access to ecstasy type tablets,” Police Scotland said. “Anyone who has taken these tablets is urged to seek immediate medical attention.”Furthermore, anyone who has access to any of these tablets is strongly urged not to take them.”Police Scotland’s message is clear. There is no safe illegal drug and no safe way to take illegal drugs.”The incident in Scotland underlines a trend which has been causing increasing concern in the UK as the number of ecstasy linked deaths rises.Last year the figure reached an all time high with experts believing this is because the pills’ strength is increasing.The average strength of an ecstasy pill in 2009 was around 20-30mg, by 2014 this had risen to 100 mg.last_img read more