Activist Communique: East and West Sides: April 7 - 8: No Tar Sands in Toronto - Stop Line 9!
April 7 at 2:00 pm until April 8 at 9:00 pm
East Side Civic Center/ Davenport-Perth Neighboughood Community Center
The Call Out:
Fwd: East Side - Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m.
East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell at Mortimer, NW Corner
The East End Against Lin 9 has invited three leading activists in the struggle against tar sands pipeline to present the issues;
* Ron Plain of Aamjiwnaang First Nation (Sarnia) has helped his people wage a 30-year struggle against the damaging effects of Line 9 and oil industry pollution. He faces a CN Rail legal suit resulting from Idle No More protests.
* Sabrina Bowman is climate campaign coordinator for Environmental Defence, which has aided residents across Ontario to voice concern over the Line 9 project.
* Ian Angus has written several books in defense of the world’s peoples against the effects of climate change and for swift action to bring it under control.
Audience invited to an open discussion.
West Side - Monday, April 8, 7:00 p.m.
Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Health Community Center
1900 Davenport Road
(both spaces are wheelchair accessible)
Panel of speakers followed by discussion on the issues and on building our movement. Special guest: Ron Plain of Aamjiwnaang First Nation
Enbridge Corp. wants to equip its "Line 9," a pipeline running across Toronto, to carry tar sands oil (diluted bitumen or "dilbit"). Highly corrosive dilbit would be pumped through the 37-year-old pipe at high temperatures and pressures, with a high risk of spill.
Three years ago, dilbit pumped through another aged Enbridge pipe ruptured in Michigan, with devastating impact. The effects were lasting: escaped chemicals sickened residents, while tar continues to foul waterways.
A spill in Toronto could poison rivers that feed into our water supply.
Meanwhile, exploitation of the tar sands escalates climate change, posing a threat to all the world's peoples.
Toronto City Council has spoken up. Councilors voted unanimously to demand information on Enbridge's plans and intervene in regulatory hearings.
We need to speak up too. Make your view known to elected officials and join in spreading the word: Stop Line 9!
Parking and wheelchair accessibility is available. Childcare needs will be met. If you have other special needs, please contact us.
Photo: Ruptured tar sands pipeline in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2010
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