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2014-04-10 at NOON

Council of Canadians rally against proposed Energy East Pipeline

By tbnewswatch.com

Two weeks after the first local meetings over the proposed Energy East Pipeline, the Council of Canadians is mobilizing supporters to stir up resistance to the project.

About two dozen members of the group staged a protest on the Brown Street pedestrian overpass thursday morning. The rally was led by Council of Canadians chair, Maude Barlow, who was in Thunder Bay for several events surrounding the Energy East proposal. 

On Wednesday night about 300 people attended a panel lecture at the Lakehead Labour Centre regarding the project. The Council is critical of the plan that would convert a natural gas line to carry crude oil from the oil sands to refineries on the East Coast for export.

Barlow says Energy East is the fossil fuel industry's desperate ploy to export as much oil from Alberta as possible, before the world turns to alternative energy generation.   

Barlow sees potential for Northern Ontario to replicate the popular resistance that has held up Keystone XL and stood in the way of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

(Thunder Bay Television)

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pc says:
the oil has to get to someplace so it can be sold. I live next to the tracks and watch the grain cars and the oil car trains go by daily. Fun to watch but there is a greater chance of accidents with the train than with a pipeline.
Let the people get the temporary jobs of building it and maintaining it.
A job is a job and any job is a good one.
4/11/2014 3:53:01 PM
tbaycat says:
Baor. It is really hard to take your comment seriously when it is painfully obvious that you didn’t even bother to educate yourself enough to know that Maude is a SHE not a HE. The Council of Canadians was founded in 1985 and is made up of about 60 chapters all across Canada. It is funded solely through its members financial contributions and foundations to the tune of around $4.5 million a year. You can hardly compare it to groups like "friends of Marina Park". Nice try though.
4/10/2014 7:17:52 PM
Baor says:
The gender of this person is relevant how? When it was founded and who it is funded by is also irrelevant. So it is your comment that is difficult to "take seriously".
I'd be willing to bet that every one of this hypocritical group has a car, heats a house, has flown in a plane, possesses something made of plastic, lives in a prosperous country....and uses a name which hijacks the word "Canadian". Much like "friends".
4/11/2014 8:55:06 AM
reese says:
Al Gore he is still around
OH OH better call Geico
4/10/2014 5:34:59 PM
Baor says:
"Council of Canadians"? Hahaha
I just love how small fringe groups give themselves names to make themselves sound like the voice of the majority...just like the "friends of marina park" and the "concerned taxpayers of Thunder Bay".
We have been exploiting natural resources since we started to walk upright. With our size and population, Canada would be a poverty stricken backwater country forgotten about in the world if it were not for our natural resources. Barlow et al lives the way he does partly BECAUSE Canada sells oil. Nothing can compete with oil in its abundance, energy punch, ease of use, and ease of shipping. Certainly not wind or ahem, solar.
I would really like to see how truly "green" these people live...how did he get here? The only way in or out of Thunder Bay involves oil as I doubt very much he walked or road a bike here.
Environmentalists like him and Suzuki are some of the biggest hypocrites around.
4/10/2014 3:46:12 PM
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