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Activist Communique: No Line 9! No Tar Sands Pipelines rally on Saturday

Fwd message: No Line 9! No Tar Sands Pipelines rally on Saturday

When: Saturday, October 19th, Noon

Where: Toronto Metro Convention Centre (255 Front Street West)

What: Family-friendly rally with musical performances at the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings 

More Info: No Line Nine Facebook page

Enbridge is trying to pipe tar sands bitumen through Southern Ontario and Quebec, threatening the health and safety of our communities and waterways, and allowing for the expansion of the most destructive project on the planet, the tar sands.

Enbridge’s Line 9 is a 38-year old pipeline that is almost identical in build and age to the Line 6 pipeline that ruptured in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. In total, Line 9 passes within 50 km of an estimated 9.1 million people, including 18 First Nation communities, and directly through 99 towns and cities.

But instead of opposing or even carefully considering Enbridge’s proposal to send tar sands through aging infrastructure, the project is being pushed through without as much as an environmental assessment.

In fact, the National Energy Board (NEB) is doing everything it can to shut out voices from the public in the approval process, while First Nations communities say that they have not been consulted. From October 16 to 19, the National Energy Board will hold hearings in Toronto, but only pre-approved intervenors are allowed to speak.

When our voices are muted by government, the streets become our megaphone. Indigenous communities, environmentalists and labour groups have united to oppose the tar sands pipelines going west and south, and we need a similarly impressive display of mass opposition to any such proposal to transport tar sands east.

Stopping the Line 9 Pipeline Reversal and moving toward a clean energy economy with green jobs would be a multiple “win” – a win for communities, jobs, farms, the environment, public health, and for our long-term energy security. Join us October 19th outside the NEB hearings as we say "No Line 9! No Tar Sands Pipelines!".

Background

With the Kalamazoo River and countless other spills, we have witnessed the devastation caused by bitumen spills to homes, wildlife, waterways, and people's health. Chemicals specific to the transport of bitumen poison the air, while the heavier bitumen sinks in waterways, making it nearly impossible to clean-up.

Beyond the very real threat to our communities and waterways, pipelines allow for the expansion of the tar sands. At every level of production, tar sands is a disaster. From the extraction of bitumen, to the transport and refining of the thick toxic substance, this industry is creating sacrifice zones everywhere it operates.

In particular, operations in Northern Alberta are poisoning surrounding people, land, water, and animals, threatening the health of many Indigenous communities, some of whom are experiencing high rates of rare cancers. What's more, the tar sands giga-project is Canada's largest source of greenhouse gases, accelerating climate change, which is leading to droughts, floods, and other extreme weather conditions.

For more information on Line 9, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tK83lr7doA -http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/enbridges-line-9-pipeline-could-be-catastrophic-for-ontario-and-quebec

Some rally speakers announced!

Crystal Sinclair, Idle No More Toronto
Nigel Barriffe, Teacher, community organizer in Rexdale (Toronto)
Leigh Paulseth, Friends of the Rouge Watershed
Vanessa Gray, Aamjinwang and Sarnia Against Pipelines
Syed Hussan, Community Organizer
Carolyn Egan, United Steelworkers Toronto
Krysta Williams, Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Lyn Adamson, Peoples Climate Lobby/Climate Fast

And musical performers!

Rhythms of Resistance
Raging Grannies
Test their Logik
Amanda Lickers, Reclaim Turtle Island
Helen’s Comrades
Meredith Moon
Petra Glynt
Lido Pimienta 
Century Thief

Rally Supporters:
Rising Tide Toronto
Toronto350.org
The Council of Canadians (Toronto)
Toronto West End Against Line 9
Toronto East End Against Line 9
Toronto International Socialists
GE Hitachi's Uranium Secret in Toronto
No More Silence Toronto
Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty
Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network
Toronto Raging Grannies
Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP)
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape
Grand River Indigenous Solidarity
The Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign
Socialist Project
Centre for Social Justice 
OPIRG York 
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network 
Common Frontiers
Science for Peace 
Justice for Migrant Workers
Women's Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu (Toronto)
Our Horizon
George Brown College Environmental Justice Collective
Native Youth Sexual Health Network 
Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly 
Health For All
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
United Steelworkers Toronto Area Council 
Christian Peacemakers Team (Toronto)
Greenpeace Canada 
Idle No More Toronto 
Bathurst United Church 
DecLINE 9 Ottawa
The Student Christian Movement 
Council of Canadians (York University Chapter)
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Green Neighbours 21 
The Brant Rallies
Occupy Gardens Toronto
Climate Fast
Greenspiration
Rabble

To support this action, please send an email to NoLine9rally@gmail.com with subject line "endorse".

For information on the tar sands: 
-http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/world/americas/oil-sand-industry-in-canada-tied-to-higher-carcinogen-level.html?_r=2&
-http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=tar-sands-and-keystone-xl-pipeline-impact-on-global-warming

BUS INFO

From Kingston: Sliding scale $5-$20 round trip (no one turned away for lack of funds). Meet at Doug Fluhrer Park (north end of Wellington Street, parking lot) at 8:15am on October 19. Feel free to show up on the Saturday morning or reserve a spot. To save a space, email decline9@riseup.net.

From Kitchener-Waterloo: Buses will be leaving from KW at 10am on Saturday, October 19. Buses are free! If you do want to pitch in to help cover costs and support the campaign, we welcome donations. go to http://noline9wr.ca/?q=getOnTheBus to sign up.

From Guelph: The free bus will leave Guelph City Hall at 10am and will leave Toronto after the rally. More: https://www.facebook.com/events/432461303524690/

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