Canadian Celebrities endorse Ottawa Action and say “No to Tar Sands”

Media Release
September 20, 2011

(Ottawa) – Nine Canadian celebrities have added their support for a mass act of civil disobedience in Ottawa on September 26 protesting the tar sands industry and pushing for a clean, green energy future that honours Indigenous rights and prioritizes the health of the environment and communities.

“As stewards of this fine earth, we must put an emphasis on finding clean, renewable, sources of energy instead of mining the status quo of fossil fuels which got us into this polluted mess in the first place,” said 18 to Life actor Peter Keleghan. “Future generations are counting on our vision instead of a take-it-while-you-can policy which will leave us all environmentally bankrupt. We must leave the world a little better than we found it: This counts for the smallest actions of individuals or the largest of corporations and governments.”

“As a Canadian, I am ashamed that the government would consider this hideously reckless development for short-term economic gain. It is time -- once and for all -- for the people of Canada and the rest of the world to stand up to such destructive environmental practices and force the oil industry to focus on safe, clean and sustainable forms of energy,” said Die Hard actor Hart Bochner.

Hundreds of people from across North America have signed on for the Ottawa Action on September 26, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill. Scheduling conflicts prevent the endorsing celebrities from attending the action, but they are lending their names and voices to raise awareness of the devastating environmental and social effects of the tar sands.

“I am against the pipeline from Alberta to New Orleans. It is an environmental disaster and an ecological nightmare that must be stopped. It wouldn't be happening if our country's leaders weren't so deeply vested in the pockets of big business and had even a modest concern for the long term welfare of their fellow citizens and the planet,” said Dave Thomas of SCTV fame.

Other actors endorsing the Ottawa Action sit-in include: Graham Greene (The Green Mile, Dances With Wolves, Die Hard with a Vengeance), Mia Kirshner (The L Word, The Black Dahlia, 24, The Vampire Diaries), Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville) and Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica). Professional vegan Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier and NDP Nova Scotia MLA Lenore Zann (Truro Bible Hill) also support the Ottawa Action.