The Tar Sands come to Ontario - No Line 9!

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 15:00 to 22:00

Resistance, education and alternatives

Join us for a day of discussion and organizing for action to stop tar sands pipelines in Ontario as part of the OPIRG Building Bridges Conference. Programing will include workshops, a panel discussion and a people’s assembly.

Special guests include Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians), Art Sterritt (BC Coastal First Nations, Executive Director), Wes Elliott (Haudenosaunee land defender) and Vanessa Gray (Aamjiwnaang First Nation) as well as resource people on labour and environmental justice issues.

Lunch provided. Please bring your own mug.


10:00 Workshops: The tar sands’ impact: environmental injustice at home and abroad.
* Tar sands in our communities
* Tar sands andunnionized workers and migrant workers: the climate jobs alternative
* Climate justice and the Global South
* Tar sands and structural causes of climate change and capitalism
* How to defeat Line 9

12:45 Keynote Panel: Tar Sands Pipelines: Resistance, Solutions and Solidarity
Guest speakers: Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians), Art Sterritt (British Columbia Coastal First Nations) and Wes Elliott (Haudenosaunee land defender).

3:00 Stopping the Pipelines: A Realistic Goal
A People’s Assembly with action-oriented breakout sessions.

What is Line 9?

Line 9 cuts through Toronto, north of Finch. Tar sands in Line 9 would violate indigenous land rights, menace natural environments, and threaten Toronto and communities across the province. And exploitation of Canada’s tar sands escalates climate change, posing a deadly threat to all the world’s peoples. No Line 9!

Part of the OPIRG Rebuilding Bridges conference, a joint effort by both OPIRG York and OPIRG Toronto

Co-Organizers: Center for Social Justice, Climate Justice Working Group/Science for Peace, Common Frontiers, Council of Canadians-Toronto, Latin American Caribbean Solidarity Network, OPIRG-Toronto/York, St. Paul-Trinity Public Witness Circle, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity

Endorsers: Women's Coordinating Committee for Free Wallmapu
Southgate Public Interest Group
April 28 coalition
No One Is Illegal
Toronto Workers Assembly-international-solidarity-committee

Sidney Smith
100 St. George Street
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 46.278" N, 79° 23' 53.2752" W
Ontario CA
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