|"No Line 9!" block at Rally for Rights and Democracy
Where: Allan Gardens (Gerrard St. East and Sherbourne St.)
When: Saturday, Jan. 26th, 12:50pm
Allies in the U.S. North-East have called for a day of cross-border action against Eastern tar sands pipelines and we are responding with a "No Line 9!" block at the Ontario Federation of Labour's Rally for Rights and Democracy. Rising Tide Toronto is calling all allies to stand with communities and say No to Line 9. Please take action with us now, and declare that tar sands, the most destructive project to Mother Earth, will not pass through Toronto.
-Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity Network
-Environmental Justice group at OPIRG-York
-Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network
-Toronto People's Assembly on Climate Justice
-Occupy Gardens Toronto
-Toronto Bolivia Solidarity
-Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultral Women Against Rape
-No One Is Illegal - Toronto
-Toronto Raging Grannies
-Council of Canadians - Toronto
If your organization would like to endorse or support the "No Line 9!" block, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please meet us at the South-East corner of Allan Gardens at 12:50pm (10 minutes before the start of the rally) so we can find each other and be a block! If you come late, we'll be in the back-left area of the rally with a "No Line 9!" banner and giant paper mache birds :)
Canvassing Training on Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline
TAR SANDS-LINE 9 IN TORONTO - IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?
Where: York University, Student Centre, Room 313
When: Friday, Jan 25th, 1 - 4 pm
This training by OPIRG York's Environmental Justice working group will get you the skills and confidence to talk to your friends and neighbours about environmental justice
issues surrounding Tar Sands and Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline. The pipeline runs through Toronto including the York University and Jane/Finch neighbourhoods. We'll provide you with copies of all necessary canvassing materials!
*Snacks to be provided
*The building and room are accessible
Line 9 Video work by Rachael Deutsch
Film maker and activist Rachael Deutsch has created several online resources to learn about Line 9 and share the information with your networks. Please view the video's here:
Full Length Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/56842880
Shorter 'Line 9 101' Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/57432074
From the video description, "With so much at risk, we need to work together to stop Enbridge Line 9. The big picture is spills, contamination, and expanding the tar sands. The even bigger picture is climate change. If it is not halted, climate change will and is resulting in increased frequency and severity of storms, floods, drought, and water shortage, as well as the spread of disease, increased hunger, displacement and mass migrations of people and ensuing social conflict and war."
|Line 9 in Toronto
Enbridge Inc is planning to pump toxic tar sands bitumen through 40 year-old Line 9 meant for conventional crude by as early as next year. The use of the pipeline will result in 300,000 barrels of increased flow of bitumen to chemical valley, located on Aamjiwnaang First Nation lands, declared the most polluted place in North America by the World Health Organization. From chemical valley to Montreal, Line 9 passes within 50 km of an estimated 9.1 million people, including 99 towns and 18 First Nation communities, and runs directly through the Haldimand Tract on unceded Haudenosaunee territory. In Toronto, Line 9 passes through the most racialized communities in the city. We all know that it's only a matter of time before the pipeline spills and destroys communities. In fact, it was the same type of pipeline that spilled tar sands dilbit into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan two and a half years ago. People got sick and the site is still being cleaned up.
Not only will we be affected here in Ontario, but the use of the pipeline means the expansion of tar sands production in Alberta. On Jan 9th, Federal scientists confirmed what First Nation peoples have been saying for decades: the tar sands are toxic, carcinogenic, and cause extreme changes to wildlife and people's health (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/07/pol-oilsands-alberta-lakes-pollution-pah.html). Community members from Wet'su'wet'en, Beaver Lake Cree, Lubicon, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, Aamjiwnaang, Six Nations, and Kalamazoo have all testified to the gross violations of democratic, environmental, and human rights of tar sands expansion.
Tar sands expansion will also speed up global warming which means more extreme weather, the melting of ice caps, the loss of low-lying land, and eventually a threat to human existence on the planet.