Protests voicing opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project are quickly expanding.
Public hearings on the controversial tar sands oil transport route -- attracting hundreds of participants on the first day and igniting incendiary statements by Conservative politicians -- provide evidence that political battles over the Northern Gateway will come to shape contemporary debates on environmental justice in Canada.
Where will you be and what will you be doing when the first giant oil tanker, (there will be two every three days) carrying over 200,000 gallons of tar sands goop diluted with solvent, spills its load into the pristine waters of the northern B.C. coast? We often remember catastrophic events by recalling exactly what we were doing and where we were when we first heard the news, I guess because they were so unthinkable they brought us to a halt, emotionally and psychologically -- time stopped. I was driving down a street in Waterloo, Ontario when I heard the news of the Montreal Massacre and I can still vividly recall my stomach turning as disbelief turned to revulsion.