June 18th: Toronto Day of Action – International Stop the Tar Sands Day


On June 18th, people throughout the world will be taking action against one of the most destructive and largest industrial projects on the earth – the Alberta Tar Sands.

The International Day of Action Against the Tar Sands is a worldwide movement, Stop the Tar Sands events are being held all over Canada, the United States, Europe and countries as far away as New Zealand…!

Join us in Toronto!
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park, South Gates at Queen St. West

When: Saturday, June 18th
Time: Noon till 5 pm

Come out for:
- games
- music
- banner making
- information
- networking
- food and drinks

We will be following up on May 23rd’s event ‘Oil Spill in Lubicon Territory: When Pipelines Fail’, where people came to get first hand accounts about the largest and most recent oil spill in Alberta as a result of the Tar Sands. We’ll be collecting messages of support to send to the people of Little Buffalo as they continue to suffer the impacts of the oil spill and forest fires.

Join our Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=224633330897909#!/event.php?eid=224633330897909

Organized by:
Greenpeace Toronto Volunteers: http://www.greenpeace.ca
Environmental Justice Toronto: http://ejtoronto.wordpress.com/

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_70387706013

International Day of Action Against the Tar Sands Network: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_115711035131958

Spread the word!

For more information about Alberta’s Tar Sands, check out:

http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/tarsands/

http://www.ienearth.org/cits.html

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Oil Spill In Lubicon Territory

On April 29th, 2011, the Plains All American pipeline burst and caused nearly 4.5 million liters of tar sands crude and diluent to spill uncontrollably out onto Lubicon traditional territory. The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) in Alberta failed to give adequate notice to the community of the spill or information on clean up efforts. In fact, during the first five days of the crisis, the ERCB sent the community just one fax report and failed to attend a community meeting, though were explicitly invited. Most of the community and Peace River region was unaware of the spill for days outside of rumours. However, children experienced nausea, burning eyes and headaches, forcing the school at Little Buffalo to be closed until May 10th. Corporate negligence, coupled with government inaction, compounded by the racism of indifference has left the community reeling. They have been forced now to take matters into their own hands.

On Monday, May 23, join us for a discussion on the implications for Little Buffalo and how Toronto can support with special guest Melina Laboucon-Massimo from the community of Little Buffalo, Lubicon Cree Territory, Alberta.

Oil Spill in Lubicon Territory: When Pipelines Fail

Please Join Us May 23rd
Doors open at 6:30 pm, event starts 7 pm sharp.
Toronto Free Galery
1277 Bloor St W (Bloor and Landsdowne)
Building is accessible.

For more information, please email Environmental Justice Toronto at ej.action@gmail.com or the Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity Network at iswtoronto@gmail.com

Event Supported by: Environmental Justice Toronto, Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity Network, UTERN and FES York University.

Check out the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=131781800232091&notif_t=event_invite

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International Stop the Tar Sands Day! June 18th,

On June 18th around the world people will take a stand on the largest, single most destructive industrial project on Earth: Canada’s own Tar Sands. Lets come together to highlight the world we want to see, a world of community controlled renewable energy production, respect for Indigenous Rights, and government subsidies directed away from the annual 1.8 Billion given to Tar Sands investors and into the hands of communities and individuals willing to seek a better way…. if you are inclined to facebook check out the group at http://www.facebook.com/home.phpsk=group_115711035131958&notif_t=group_activity and check back here for updates on whats being planned for that day… or shoot us an email if you are planning something yourself, and lets find ways of supporting eachother and working together!

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No One Is Illegal video

Hay all, in case you missed it, here is a video of the march! It was a huge success and EJT was honoured to be included in the Green Bloc! Lets continue to work together to tear down the walls that divide us, and to draw the links between Environmental Destruction and Displacement. ‘We didnt cross the borders, the borders crossed us!’

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Sign the Petition to Stop The Mega Quarry!

Check out Council of Canadians’ Action Alert to Stop the Melancthon Quarry. Then join the 5 day action to demand justice from mining and extraction!

Details below

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Walk to Stop the Quarry This Friday; People’s Assembly on Climate Justice on Saturday

This Friday, the Walk to Stop the Quarry will be beginning in Toronto at Queen’s Park. The march will begin in Toronto and heading to Melancthon Township; and on Saturday, the Third Toronto Peaople’s Assembly for Climate Justice:

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Walk to Stop the Quarry:

Check out the facebook event

Read the WALK to Stop the Quarry 3 (2)

Starting; Earth Day, April 22, 12 pm, Queen’s Park at noon
Finishing; Dufferin County, Melancthon Township, April 26

Five Day Walk with Native drumming and singing beginning at Queen’s Park, ending Melancthon Township, Ontario, Canada to ask Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Opposition Leaders Tim Hudack and the Hon. Andrea Horwath, the Right Hon. Stephen Harper, the Hon. Jack Layton, and Elizabeth May, to STOP THE MEGA QUARRY OPEN PIT MINE.

A US Hedge Fund, Baupost, based in Boston, operating in Canada as The Highland Companies, has applied for a license to build an enormous open pit quarry, 2316 acres, 100 km north of Toronto in Melancthon Township. It will be the second largest open pit mine in North America, largest in Canada. The quarry will destroy for ever thousands of acres of prime productive farmland. The area chosen is the highest point in Southern Ontario, right on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, an officially declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Below this valuable land lies priceless limestone which filters the water and an aquifer that is the Headwaters of several major river systems in Southern Ontario. The quarry will severely damage these valuable water systems which originate in this area, Ontario’s food supply, and the drinking water of more than one million people. Thousands of acres will be blasted 200 ft below the water table! As proposed it is one-third the size of Toronto. A serious concern is that the Highland Companies own more that 5000 adjacent acres. This gravel may be for export out of Canada.

It’s difficult to imagine how very, very bad this mega quarry will be. It will be a social, cultural and environmental disaster for everyone in Southern Ontario: the people, the farms, the forests, the water and the wildlife.

Please join us at Queen’s Park Earth Day, April 22nd at 12 pm, or anywhere along the walk

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The Third Toronto People’s Assembly!

Share stories of resistance, struggle and victory at the Third Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice on Saturday April 23, 2011!

What: Third Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice

When: Saturday April 23rd, 2011

Where: Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St, Toronto

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: PWYC (breakfast and lunch provided)

***ASL translation and free child care available***

To mark the 41st annual celebration of International Earth Day, the People’s Assembly on Climate Justice will assemble for its Third Toronto Assembly on Saturday April 23rd, 2011 from 10am-5pm at the Ryerson Student Centre.

To commemorate Earth Day, we will:

  • Come together with our fellow community members and share local stories of resistance, struggle, and victory that reflect our ongoing movement to protect Mother Earth and achieve Justice for all people and beings who inhabit Her.
  • Plan a large-scale collective action
  • Explore the intersection between spirituality and climate justice.
  • Participate in hands-on workshops and create art.
  • Contribute to the creation of a Climate Justice Popular Consultation.

Across our city and around the world, the power of people’s assemblies are leading us towards a new grassroots paradigm that transcends government and corporate inertia.  Waves of people-powered uprisings are sweeping across the Middle East. Austerity measures are being met with mass mobilizations in Europe. And hundreds of thousands are resisting the corporate takeover through marches and occupations in the U.S.

Join the People’s Assembly on April 23rd, 2011, and continue the realization of an inclusive, united, and empowered Climate Justice Movement in Toronto.

More info:

http://torontopeoplesassembly.wordpress.com/

peoplesassembly.toronto@gmail.com

647-869-6496

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We are preparing for the Green Bloc!

Environmental Justice Toronto is getting ready for the 6th Annual March for Status for All. We are working with the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and the People’s Assembly on Climate Justice to organize a Green Bloc. Join Us! Sign onto our statement and endorse the event–email ej.action@gmail.com

Environmental Justice means we take down the walls that divide us!

March for Environmental Justice and Status for All!

Sunday, May 1 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm (Queen Street and Jameson Street, near Parkdale Collegiate), Toronto

 We demand FREEDOM from Colonization, Military and Economic Wars and Environmental Degradation

Environmental Justice activists will be joining No One Is Illegal Toronto and their allies in the streets during the march for Status of All this May 1st—Join Us!

Increasingly, environmental factors have become a leading cause of forced migration and displacement around the world. The Canadian government has refused to take ambitious action on climate change and environmental regulation domestically and internationally, dooming millions to migrate due to drought, desertification, rising sea levels, and chemical pollution. At the same time, Harper and former Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney pursued racist, anti-immigrant policies by cutting refugee quotas and proposing legislation such as Bill C-49 which would effectively criminalize asylum seekers.

Currently, those displaced by environmental exploitation are not even recognized under the refugee system, but instead the Canadian government allows for a select few to work dangerous jobs in agriculture and the Alberta Tar Sands. Through these temporary worker programs, people live with precarious status, restricted (if any) access to social services, and they are brought to this land and deemed good enough to work, but not good enough to stay.

Canada must stop denying its involvement in forced migration and displacement as it is home to many of the corporate institutions wreaking havoc on the environment. Canada’s involvement in undemocratic institutions such as the G8/G20 and the WTO, and their imperial cronies the World Bank and IMF, is allowing corporate and predatory control of the land, water, and air through mining, industrial agriculture and monocultures, overfishing, and logging. The environmental crisis has made millions of people’s homes inhospitable, forcing many to cross increasingly restrictive borders and leave their homes.

As colonial governments, capitalist corporations, and imperial militaries exploit the environment through their repressive agendas, it targets the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous people, poor people, women, rural people, and people of colour. We demand an end to FREEDOM from colonization, military and economic wars, and environmental degradation.

This May Day Environmental Justice will be marching for Status for All in Parkdale, Toronto. Join the Green Block! http://ejtoronto.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/

Email: ej.action@gmail.com

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No One Is Illegal Toronto—May Day March http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/MayDay

We demand, We assert, We commit to:
* FREEDOM from Colonization, Military and Economic Wars and Environmental Degradation
* JUSTICE for Undocumented People and Migrant Workers: STATUS FOR ALL! ACCESS WITHOUT FEAR!
* JUSTICE for Our Communities: raise the rates, living wage, unionization, free and accessible public services for all, cops out of our neighborhoods
* FREEDOM to Move, FREEDOM to Return, and FREEDOM to Stay

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