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Inverness County chapter hosts Energy East Resistance Bike Ride

Energy East picnic

Over the past few weeks four cyclists who share a passion for pipeline resistance have been gearing up for an Energy East Resistance Bike Ride. They departed Sydney, NS on May 28th and will be cycling all the way to Ottawa along the pipeline route. They will be talking to communities and individuals along the way, collecting and sharing stories of resistance and resilience.

The group recently arrived in Inverness to a picnic arranged by our chapter (see photo) as well as being housed overnight by Anne Levesque. It was wonderful to see our chapter responding to the call-out and exceeding the group’s expectations of simply giving them a lawn to sleep on.

I have been in touch with one of the trip co-ordinators, Alex Guest, who will be arriving with his team here in Halifax on June 12th. While they are here I have planned a few events, the tentative schedule is included below. I will be riding out of Halifax with the team for two days, stopping in Windsor and Wolfville, and will be writing about my trip from Halifax to the Bay of Fundy with the team and a fellow renewable energy advocate, Stephen Thomas.

Halifax Event Schedule June 12-16

  • Thursday: Stop Energy East Halifax evening meeting

  • Friday: Noon bike maintenance workshop @ MEC, community potluck supper in Common Roots Urban Farm (corner of Bell & Robie)

  • Saturday: Shirt making party (Keep the Atlantic Tar Sands Free – silk screening)

  • Sunday: Pancake breakfast @ Ecology Action Centre 10-11:00, critical mass ride @11:00 out of Halifax, arrive in Windsor

  • Monday: Depart Windsor, arrive in Wolfville, working with the JustUs! Centre for Small Farms on hosting the team and a community dinner (return to Halifax that night)

You can RSVP on the Facebook event which will be also be updated with more information on the weekend!

More information about the Energy East Resistance Ride can be found on the group’s blog, which I am sure will be updated once they get some downtime in Halifax.