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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