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Ultra-marathoner to begin run for water protection on June 1

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Caribou Legs, an Indigenous ultra-marathon runner, will be starting his 4800-kilometre run across the country starting this coming Monday June 1 at 9 am with a rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Yellowknife-based runner will be running from Vancouver to Ottawa to highlight the waterways across this country that are under threat from pipelines, fracking, mining and extreme energy projects, especially under the Harper government.

Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui says, “The Harper government’s 2012 omnibus budget bills implemented sweeping changes to environmental laws and removed critical safeguards for water protection including: eliminating 3,000 federal environmental assessments through amendments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act; removing protections for 99 per cent of lakes and rivers by changing the Navigable Water Protection Act, and gutting the Fisheries Act.”

Caribou Legs will be handing out fact sheets, meeting with communities and talking with the media about these issues along the route, which includes Chilliwack, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Golden, Calgary, Moose Jaw, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

Caribou Legs is expected to arrive at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on August 21.

For more on the June 1 launch, please see this Facebook event page.