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NEWS RELEASE · 16th September 2011
Planet Calender
"There comes a time…"

There comes a time when you need to take a stand. When sending letters and signing petitions isn't enough. When together we must say, "enough is enough - not on our watch".

That time is now. We must act together for the health of our planet, our air, our water, our climate, and our children.

On September 26th we need you to come to Ottawa to join a historic action to oppose the tar sands. In a large peaceful protest, many will be risking arrest to tell the Harper government that we don't support his reckless agenda; that we want to turn away from the toxic tar sands industry; and that we oppose the direction he's taking this country.

In the U.S., people by the thousands are taking a stand. From Aug 20th to Sept. 3rd, thousands are pledging to risk arrest in daily acts of civil disobedience to convince President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring dirty tar sands oil to the U.S. On September 26th, we will stand up to Prime Minister Harper to pressure him to stem the tar sands industry at its source.

Tar sands mining and other extreme forms of energy extraction like Arctic drilling, shale fracking, and nuclear power generation send us in the exact opposite direction that we, as a civilization, must go to ensure global survival. If we burn the tar sands, we blot our nation's reputation; if we leave that carbon in the ground, we'll do the world an enormous favour.

On September 26th we are asking you to come to Ottawa to participate in one of the largest acts of civil disobedience on the climate issue that Canada has ever seen.

Be a part of turning Canada away from the toxic tar sands industry. Help forge the future we all want to live in.

If you are interested and willing to take action email ottawaaction,,,gmail.com or go to http://www.ottawaaction.ca to sign-up today. It will be a powerful day, and more powerful if you're a part of it.

Sincerely,

The Council of Canadians
Greenpeace Canada
Indigenous Environmental Network

Organizational Endorsers:

* Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
* National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
* Yinka Dene Alliance
* Dene Nation
* Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Council of the Keepers of the Water
* Physicians for Global Survival
* Ruckus Society
* Citizens Climate Lobby (Toronto, Sudbury and Red Lake chapters)
* EcoSanity
* Post Carbon Toronto
* The Tipping Point
* Science for Peace
* Voice of Women

Individual Endorsers:

* Maude Barlow - Chair, Council of Canadians
* Shirley Douglas - Canadian television, film and stage actress and activist
* George Poitras - Mikisew Cree Indigenous First Nation
* James Hansen - Internationally renown Climate Scientist.
* Dr. Danny Harvey, University of Toronto Professor and Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
* Graeme Gibson - Author and Member of the Order of Canada.
* John O'Connor - Medical Doctor
* Clayton Ruby - Member of the Order of Canada and Criminal Lawyer
* Judy Rebick - Journalist, political activist and feminist.
* Naomi Klein - Author and Journalist
* Tom Goldtooth - Director, Indigenous Environmental Network
* Bill McKibben - Writer and Environmentalist
* Gordon Laxer - Professor of Political Economy
* Tony Clarke - Author and director of the Polaris Institute
* Bruce Cox - Executive Director Greenpeace Canada
* Toghestiy Wet'suwet'en - Wet'suwet'en Nation
* Kai Nagata - Ex-CTV Bureau Chief and journalist
* James Biggar - Executive Director LeadNow.ca
* Tzeporah Berman, Canadian author and activist
* Joseph B. Uehlein - Labor organizer and environmentalist
* Kevin Washbrook - Director, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change
* James Kamau - Director, Youth Initiative Canada

Why now?

This summer, 11 veteran U.S. and Canadian scientists and environmentalists - Maude Barlow, Wendell Berry, Tom Goldtooth, Danny Glover, James Hansen, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, George Poitras, David Suzuki, and Gus Speth — issued a continental call-out. The call was for people right across the U.S. to come to Washington D.C. and join in two weeks of non-violent civil disobedience actions to try to stop the massive tar sands Keystone XL pipeline. The response has been overwhelming.

Knowing the horrific impacts a mega-pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta to refineries in the U.S. gulf coast would pose to communities, waterways, ecosystems and the planet, people are signing up by the thousands. They are pledging to risk arrest to draw a line in the sand and say "no." They'll deliver that message by daily risking arrest until the project is stopped.

On September 26th, we have a chance to match their courage and do the same in Ottawa.

If you are interested and willing to take action email ottawaaction,,,gmail.com or go to http://www.ottawaaction.ca to sign-up today.

There is an alternative
Comment by Merv on 23rd September 2011
A long long time ago, while Henry Ford was building his first cars, he used a fuel and materials that wasn't controlled by the oil companies. Fuel and materials that everyone could grow like water. But then the government outlawed it so today everyone thinks it is evil. Yes Bill, it is hemp. Henry Ford built his first car out of and fueled it with hemp. Now tell me, today Harper continues down the long beaten, well worn path of stupidity while the oil companies reap untold profits white destroying the world.

There is a solution somewhere in all of this.

Google, Henry Fords hemp car" there is also a great Youtube video of him beating on the body panels with a bat. They do not dent.

Go figure eh? something cheap and plentiful, a beneficial plant, outlawed.

Makes ya think
what ever
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 18th September 2011
Is this the only argument people can come up with ? People want an option to other modes of transportation.Sure they drive gas powered vehicles to get to protests ,but we need a solution to our problem and obviously oil companies are not in the business of finding solutions ,they are in the business of making money. And they want to exploit their cause as fast as possible so they can enjoy the fruits of their evil before the planet self destructs.
And stop consuming hydocarbons on a personal level
Comment by bill braam on 18th September 2011
Ok, shut down the tarsands? Only if you stop consuming hydrocarbons on a personal level. Good grief, where do the tarsands protesters think the fuel in their chosen mode of transport comes from, even tires on a bike are rerived from oil.