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| November 5, 2014

English Canada! It's time to support Quebec's pipeline resistance.

Photo: Yohann Ducasse

Quebec culture and politics are foreign to Canada's oil industry, and to the English-speaking climate movement. This is changing.  

TransCanada is proposing a pipeline bigger than its infamous Keystone XL, named Energy East, to be built through the province. Enbridge hopes to soon reverse its Line 9 to Montreal. Bitumen just started arriving by rail in Sorel-Tracy to be shipped out via the St Lawrence River on mega-tankers.

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Scathing report by environment commissioner falls on deaf ears

October 26, 2014
| Canada is failing on numerous issues of environmental protection and reneging on international commitments. When Julie Gelfand pointed this out, she attracted the ire of the federal government.
Length: 09:55 minutes (9.08 MB)
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Need for right to healthy environment in Canada's Constitution

October 26, 2014
| More than 110 countries recognize their citizens' right to a healthy environment. A recent report by Ecojustice argues that Canadians are in urgent need of the same right.
Length: 17:20 minutes (15.88 MB)

Let's set the record straight: Tar sands = 'dirty oil'

Photo: flickr/Peter Blanchard

Environmentalists on both side of the Atlantic are shocked at the news that the European Union is proposing to scrap a mandatory requirement to label tar sands crude as highly polluting.

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Stephen Harper in the Tar Sands
| October 5, 2014
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Ban tar sands dilbit from Line 9 and Waterloo region and respect the treaties

September 30, 2014
| On September 17, Waterloo region residents presented to council urging them to enact a municipal tar sands dilbit ban, and to honour settler treaty responsibilities to Indigenous nations.
Length: 11:44 minutes (16.12 MB)

Why we need to win the battle over the tar sands

A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice

by Edited by Stephen D’Arcy, Toban Black, Tony Weis and Joshua Kahn Russell
(Between the Lines,
2014;
$25.95)

As our governments willingly unleash unprecedented destruction upon the earth through the promotion of extractive industries, and growing mobilizations of climate activists challenge climate emergency, I am reminded of a cautionary warning: "the Owl of Minerva takes flight at dusk."

This environmental metaphor conveys that the awareness of a historical period only becomes apparent when that era is coming to a close and as we come face-to-face with urgent tasks that need to be addressed.

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