Rally for the Rideau River aims to keep the 613 tar free
This Sunday, residents from across Ottawa and Gatineau will march and paddle along the Rideau River as part of growing opposition to TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline.
WHAT: On Sunday, September 29, a march, boat-ride, and rally will take place to protect the Rideau River and the residents of Ottawa from the TransCanada tar sands pipeline. The protest will follow the course of the river through Ottawa and arrive at City Hall for a rally featuring speakers, artists, and the delivery of petitions against the Energy East pipelinewith thousands of signatories.
WHERE & WHEN: At 9:30am, participants will gather at Vincent Massey Park. At 9:45am, paddlers will gather at Brewer Park. From there, the participants will march and paddle along the Rideau River, arriving at City Hall by 1pm for the rally.
RALLY SPEAKERS: Ben Powless, Ecology Ottawa; Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians; Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament and Leader of the Green Party of Canada; Clayton Thomas-Muller, Idle No More; John Bennett, Sierra Club of Canada; Frances Deverell, ClimateFast; Kevin O'Donnell, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario; Ian Angus, resident of Kemptville, a community potentially impacted by the pipeline; and John Stone, Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University.
WHY: Residents from across the city are standing up for a Tar Free 613, and voicing opposition to plans to build a tar sands oil pipeline through the City of Ottawa and across the Rideau River.
For more information: http://ecologyottawa.ca/event/rally-for-the-rideau-river-keep-the-613-tar-free/
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