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Event: No Line 9! No Tarsands Pipeline!

Oct
19

When: Saturday, October 19th, Noon
Where: Toronto Metro Convention Centre (255 Front Street West)
What: Family-friendly rally at National Energy Board (NEB) hearings

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!”.

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

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

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