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NEWS RELEASE · 2nd May 2012
Canadians for the Great Bear
UPDATE - Watch an iLCP Video of the Great Bear Here

Oil tankers and an oil pipeline through Canada's remarkable Great Bear region are too great a risk to take, said 'Captain Canada' hockey hero Scott Niedermayer and other well-known British Columbians at today's Vancouver kick-off of a nation-wide campaign, Canadians for the Great Bear.

Spokespeople, representing a range of political stripes and expertise, joined forces to call for a sustainable future for Canada's unique Great Bear region. The group raised expert concerns about the risks of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to Canadian values, jobs, and the environment.

"It's tremendously important to me to be a Canadian for the Great Bear. The amazing places we have in our country are part of what it means to be Canadian," says Niedermayer, who grew up in interior B.C.

Backed by WWF-Canada and B.C.'s Coastal First Nations, Canadians for the Great Bear are calling for an energy strategy that respects nature, reflects Canadian values and works for all Canadians.

"I am a Canadian for the Great Bear because the risks of an oil tanker or pipeline spill far outweigh any potential rewards," says Grand Chief Edward John, Hereditary Chief of Tl'azt'en Nation. "The proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline has united First Nations across the province to stop this pipeline and increased oil tanker traffic on the coast."

At today's launch, Peter Ladner, former Vancouver city councilor and co-founder of Business in Vancouver Media Group, pointed out the risks to B.C.'s economy while economist Robyn Allan noted that Enbridge's business case is based on Canadians paying more at the pump, at the store, and in our homes.

Scientists from B.C. universities spoke out about the threats to long-held Canadian values of environmental stewardship.

"I am a Canadian for the Great Bear because I believe that exposing this region's biodiversity to an unacceptably high risk, in return for poor economic and social returns, is not a rational decision," says noted University of British Columbia scientist Dr. Eric Taylor. "It runs counter to B.C.'s motto... Splendor sine occasu ...splendour without diminishment."

The campaign will rally Canadian individuals, businesses, and communities to speak out for a sustainable future for the Great Bear region. "We're inviting Canadians across the country to join our team," says Niedermayer.

Watch a film and more with Niedermayer HERE'
Flukes of a Humpback whale diving in the quiet waters of the Great Bear Sea. photo by Natalie Bowes / WWF-Canada
Flukes of a Humpback whale diving in the quiet waters of the Great Bear Sea. photo by Natalie Bowes / WWF-Canada
Well said Steve
Comment by James Ippel on 4th May 2012
Scott is just another celebrity getting on the bandwagon of celebrities. He has one thing going for him, and that is having grown up in BC. This is the end thoough.
I heard today that he makes his home in California, and if that is true, my comment to Mr. Neidermeyer is this: stay the Hell in California. You obviously don't care enough about BC to live here, so don't meddle in our affairs.
How much is the WWF paying you to speak on their behalf? You also spoke against the Ski Resort in the East Kootenays. Is this another project that your agent thought would keep you in the limelight?
Be true to your roots and live here, or butt out.

just wondering
Comment by Steve on 2nd May 2012
What do you suppose Niedermeyers personal carbon footprint has been over the past 20 years constantly flying all over the the planet so he could make his millions playing a game.
Or do his planes only emit rainbow farts like Bono's
Great Bear
Comment by Johnny DeMedeiros Cabral on 1st May 2012
I am on your team Mr.Niedermayer.Seeing someone of your stature stand up is always a good thing for a sustainable future as Canadians in this great land of ours,which is our identity as Canadians.