Anti-fracking workshops at the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa

The People’s Social Forum will be held in Ottawa between August 21-24 at The University of Ottawa (75 Laurier Ave). There will be anti-fracking workshops on Thursday and Saturday.

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Thursday, August 21, 10:45am, Room MRT 218
Fractivism: How to ban fracking in your community
From coast to coast, communities are organizing to protect their drinking water, climate and health from fracking. Fracking uses millions of litres of water and thousands of litres of unknown chemicals to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock and coal seams. Join this interactive workshop to share and learn about effective strategies to fight fracking.
http://www.facebook.com/events/793190040701330/

Saturday, August 23, 2:45pm, Room FTX 133
Fracking in Ontario? Industry threats and community responses
A presentation and discussion about the threat of fracking in Ontario, and what we can do to stop it from happening. This workshop will provide information about fracking impacts, and the recent situation in Ontario. The workshop also will include a discussion about how we can continue to build an anti-fracking movement in Ontario.
http://www.facebook.com/events/277506975776964/

Check out the full People’s Social Forum program for more workshops and events.

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Fracking in Ontario? A workshop at the People’s Social Forum

Fracking in Ontario? Industry threats and community responses

WHERE – University of Ottawa (75 Laurier Ave.), Room FTX 133
WHEN – Saturday, August 23rd, 2:30-4:00pm

A presentation and discussion about the threat of fracking in Ontario, and what we can do to stop it from happening.

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This workshop will provide information about fracking impacts, and the recent situation in Ontario.

We will talk about questions such as…
Which companies would profit from fracking around our water sources? What has been done to try to stop them?

No background knowledge will be assumed, but anyone who comes to the workshop with information to share will be encouraged to do so.

The workshop also will include a discussion about how we can continue to build an anti-fracking movement in Ontario.

http://www.facebook.com/events/277506975776964/

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CALL OUT: DAM LINE 9 CONSTRUCTION BLOCKADE

Deshkaan Ziibing, Anishinabek Territory— As this statement is being released, individuals from affected communities throughout south-western Ontario have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. Activists stopped the work around 7am this morning, asserting that Line 9 poses a danger to people, animals, land, and water.

Those involved in this blockade intend to stop construction on the site indefinitely.

This is a call out for:

- Folks to come join us!

We are located on Oxford County Rd 5 (aka 17th Line) in Innerkip, ON (near Woodstock) between Township Rd 10 and Township Rd 9 (aka Braemar Side Road). Come join us, whether just for a few hours or for a few days. We’ll try to arrange rides from surrounding cities, so get in touch with us onsite at 647-636-3838 if you want to come.

- Solidarity actions!

Act up with us! This issue needs attention in as many communities as possible. Drop a banner, march somewhere, host a rally…If you can’t come join us in person, raise your voices with us from afar.

- Supplies!

To coordinate with those onsite, call Sarah 226 678 8903. We welcome any donations of food, water, camping supplies, money, or whatever you think would be useful.

This site is currently undergoing a valve installation 500m from the Antler River (so-called Thames), yet this construction will not add any protection against a leak of toxic diluted bitumen into this important water source. Line 9 is the same age and design as the Enbridge pipeline which caused the largest in-land oil spill in American history. Enbridge has identified more than 12,000 flaws in Line 9’s structure, and the line has already leaked at least 35 times in less than 40 years.

Visit either of these pages for updates -
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dam-Line-9/275937225944648
http://damline9.tumblr.com

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Communities should send clear ‘no fracking’ message

An editorial for the Manitoulin Expositor

Manitoulin Island has gone through—is still going through, in fact—the divisive social fallout related to the McLean’s Mountain wind farm to the extent that an outspoken Manitoulin professional must answer to some complaints before a disciplinary committee of his peers.

The point is, people take these kind of changes, that some feel have been thrust upon the community, very seriously to the extent that some families have been divided on the issue, possibly irreparably.

Since The Expositor introduced the possibility of shale gas extraction, a process commonly called fracking, on Manitoulin, no-one has come forward to say that Manitoulin Island and its known deep-rock natural gas reserves are not on the radar for exploration by businesses bent on wresting every last litre of this form of energy from wherever it’s hidden.

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Parliament Hill gets “fracked”

A media release from the Council of Canadians

14102299163_58438414b3_z‘Frack Corp’ fracked Parliament Hill this morning using a 14-foot fracking rig spilling fracking wastewater in the process. The Council of Canadians, the organization behind the action, said it was to highlight the grave risks associated with fracking such as well leaks and wastewater spills.

“We organized this action to drive home to Members of Parliament why Canadian and Indigenous communities are calling for a ban on fracking,” says Emma Lui, water campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “Affected communities have been sounding the alarm on fracking for years because of the potential for water contamination, increases in greenhouse gases and health risks but their concerns have been ignored.”

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Ontario Already Poised To Allow Fracking For Oil Beneath Our Feet

Joanne McDonald for Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword from NAL publisher Doug Draper – For those of you in the rural regions of Niagara and other parts of Ontario, if you have not yet heard the term ‘fracking’ – short for hydraulic fracturing for extracting oil in layers of shale rock below ground – you may want to key the word ‘fracking’ into Google or whatever search engine you may have and do a little research.FrackedUp

Why? Because this deep-well method of extracting oil from deep layers of shale below ground may very well be coming to a tract of land near you – especially if you live in a rural area.

The current Liberal government of Ontario has hardly said no to the petro-chemical companies that would like to do this kind of oil drilling here and I’m just willing to bet that if Ontario Conservative opposition leader Tim Hudak becomes the next premier of Ontario – which he could if, according to most polls, a provincial election was called any time in the next few weeks or days – he will be more of a champion for letting “special interests” into rural communities to do fracking than he has been to do wind or solar energy farms. All the potential risks to groundwater quality and health to humans and other lifeforms not withstanding.

So please check this post, by Joanne McDonald, out and stay tune for more on this issue.)

The drilling equipment is primed, favourable policy has been written, pockets of shale gas have been mapped down to the cubic foot across Ontario, oil companies are staking their claims and the wheels of investment are turning.

The only things missing, says Ontario-based investigative journalist Amy MacPherson, is public knowledge of what’s ahead, research data or understanding of the potential impact on the massive network of ground water across the Laurentian Trough, and straight talk from a complicit Ontario government that to date continues to claim – there is nothing going on. Continue reading

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May 10 – Toronto Day of Action: No Tar Sands, No Fracking, No Line 9!

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Saturday, May 10th, 1pm
Rally and Parade!

Start at Toronto City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square)
March to Queen’s Park

On May 10th people from coast to coast to coast will be rallying to defend communities from pipelines, dirty energy projects like tar sands and fracking, and runaway climate change, while standing in solidarity with Indigenous communities on the front-line of struggles from BC to New Brunswick.

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