WHAT: From April 7-28, the Council of Canadians, with local partners, is holding a series of public forums and events in six communities along TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline route. The tour will focus on why Energy East involves many risks for Ontarians, and few rewards. The events will take place in Kenora, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Ottawa, Kemptville, and Cornwall.
WHO: The Energy East: Our Risk – Their Reward tour features Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow and Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation alongside local speakers.
WHY: Transporting 1.1 million barrels of oil per day, Energy East would be the largest oil pipeline in North America. Almost all of the oil is expected to be exported, with benefits flowing to the oil industry. In Ontario, TransCanada will attempt to use a converted 40-year-old natural gas pipeline to carry oil including diluted bitumen from the tar sands, over some of the provinces most important waterways.
Filling the Energy East pipeline would help spur an up to 40% increase in tar sands production at a time when First Nations downstream are calling for an end to further expansion. The increase in production would also produce climate pollution equivalent to that of all the cars in Ontario every year.
PUBLIC FORUM TOUR DATES AND LOCATIONS:
Monday, April 7 – Kenora, 7:00 p.m.
Knox United Church, 116 Fifth Ave S (map)
Wednesday April 9 – Thunder Bay, 7:00 p.m.
Lakehead Labour Centre, 929 Fort William Rd (map)
Saturday, April 12 – North Bay, 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30)
Canada Room, Royal Canadian Legion, 150 First Ave W (map)
Sunday, April 13 – Ottawa, 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30)
Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St (map)
Tuesday, April 15 – Kemptville, 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30)
North Grenville Municipal Centre Theatre (map)
Monday, April 28 – Cornwall, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, Conference & Event Centre, 130 Sydney St (map)