enbridge-hamiltonText borrowed from a participant’s Facebook post:
First we showed up at the Enbridge Police Hamilton Division.

Then the pigs on horses joined us. Poor horses!

The HPS were then presented with a shiny new (to them) tricyle, to better patrol their own hallways for crime (because we all know that’s where the real crimes take place).

Then we all pitched in to fill up some money bags – one for every thousand dirty tar-sands money the HPS has accepted from Enbridge. We ran out of bags. Sadly.

It was an impromptu walk to the courthouse next, collectively taking the streets. À qui la rue ?!

There we spoke of police brutality and corruption in another sense; police inflicted homicides. Today an inquest continues into the police shooting death of Phonesay Chanthachack. The officer – Ryan Tocher – has already been cleared by SIU, of course, despite this being his second shooting death and 3rd SIU investigation.

For those of you who left early…

Two of our rad folks were ticketed for “impeding traffic”. Not only was this clearly a case of political profiling and specific targetting, but also a BS charge meant to try and make the police feel better about their blatant corruption. Probably as a nice ego stroke too. One of these folks was actually handcuffed and taken inside the station to be intimidated while other comrades outside were nearly trampled by the pigs on horses.

moneyEventually we delivered the bags of dirty tarsands money where they belonged: inside the police station. Words may have been exchanged, but at least now everyone knows where the Hamilton Police stand on these issues.

Don’t fool yourselves – it’s not with us.

Mainstream media report: http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/06/06/hamilton-enbridge-police-donation-protest.html

In March of this year the Hamilton Police Services Board accepted a $34,910 gift from Enbridge Pipelines. This isn’t the first time – nor are they the only Police Department along Line 9 to have accepted such generous “gifts”.

All along the controversial pipeline community police departments have been receiving sums of money from Ken Hall, Enbridge’s rather repetitive greasy-palmed PR Rep.

While all of this is done under the guise of “community safety” what it really means is that our Police Departments – a body that is supposed to remain unbiased – are quietly accepting large sums of money from a private corporation. The same corporation that has a vested interest in keeping those against their reckless reversal plan oppressed.

Join us this Thursday, June 6th, at 11am, for a creative action at the Hamilton Police Central Station to confront police about this issue, and to support the individuals lodging an official complaint under the Police Services Act.

against-the-reversal-coverThis small zine collects two essays advocating for resistance to the reversal of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline that will carry Tar Sands oil through Southern Ontario.

The first essay, “Stop the Flows: No Tar Sands Oil in Ontario” is a revised and expanded version of an essay we first published a few months ago. It introduces the reversal, situates it alongside other pipeline projects and the Tar Sands itself, describes the enhanced risks associated with a diluted bitumen spill, and addresses some of the common arguments made in favour of the Tar Sands.

“Tar Sands Pipelines as Bottle-necks against the Consolidation of Power in Canada” was published anonymously on several radical news sites. We appreciate this article because it talks about Line 9 and the other Tar Sands pipeline in terms of political and economic power.

If you’re organizing against Line 9 in your community, print these up and share them around!

PDF file available for download here: http://zinelibrary.info/against-reversal-two-essays-against-reversal-enbridges-line-9-pipeline

Reposted from Infoshop News

Perhaps more than at any other time in its history, the Canadian state has invested its future in a single massive industrial project. The Tar Sands (1) is increasingly the driver of Canada’s economy, a symbol of its national identity, and central to how it seeks to position itself globally in the future. As pipeline projects advance across the continent, there is a pressing need for us to understand how, in opposing the transportation of Tar Sands oil, we have an unparalleled opportunity to disrupt the capitalist political system in this country. This is especially important in Ontario, where presently the movement against the pipelines is weakest.

Up to now, the Tar Sands oil has been largely landlocked and its price is suppressed by the glut of supply this has created in the markets that can access it. The elites in Canada see this inability to access broader markets as hurting their profits, which in turn reduces their ability to reinvest in expanding the Tar Sands. From the perspective of the powerful, Tar Sands oil must have access to ports in order for the project to expand. The Canadian government has also been finalizing free-trade deals with China and the European Union, so the buyers are lined up once the oil is available.

Opposition to the extraction and transportation of Tar Sands oil has largely been seen as an environmental issue, with an emphasis on climate change and carbon emissions. Sustained resistance by Indigenous communities has made the issues of Indigenous sovreignty impossible to ignore in the Athabasca basing and in the regions crossed by the pipelines. In the past year, struggles against Tar Sands pipelines have intensified across the Canada and the United States, and more reasons for opposing the Tar Sands have blossomed with each new community in struggle. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Below is a roundup of actions that took place across the continent yesterday in solidarity with Unist’ot’en People who are opposing construction of the Pacific Trails Natural Gas Pipeline in the same corridor where the Northern Gateway is planned. Do you recognize the spot where the banner drop in Hamilton took place?


Letter to Industry and Government with Warning About Trespassing on Wet’suwet’en Territory

Today Unist’ot’en allies are rising up in cities across North America, and around the world, to deliver a message to industry and government warning them to cease their trespass against sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory. The Global Day of Action is in response to an incident last week where Wet’suwet’en Chief Toghestiy intercepted and issued an eagle feather to surveyors from the Can-Am Geomatics company who were working for Apache’s proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP). (see full story here)

The letter, signed by Unist’ot’en spokesperson Freda Huson, specifically states: “To the illegitimate colonial governments of Canada and British Columbia, and to all parties involved in the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP) project: Apache corporation, EOG Resources, Encana corporation and all of their affiliated investors, including the Royal Bank of Canada, Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., and many others. This letter is…

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Call for Solidarity Actions: against the flow of Tar Sands oil everywhere

The Southern Ontario community is rising with the tide of resistance against the Tar Sands across the continent!

Like the land defenders in the West who have successfully stopped the flow of natural gas to the Alberta Tar Sands through un-ceded territory of the grassroots Wet’suwet’en people by blocking the the Pacific Trails Pipeline, to the eco-warriors who continue to blockade in the path of loggers clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline to be built—we in the East are also faced with the threat of Enbridge’s Line 9 carrying Tar Sands oil through the land where we live.

The Tar Sands Blockade (TSB) in Texas is calling for solidarity actions to take place Monday, November 19th. This is a great opportunity for the potential Eastern-path of Tar Sands oil to continue to join with the West and South in stopping the flows of Tar Sand oil.

Here’s en excerpt from the TSB call out:

We’ll be throwing down in a big way next Monday, November 19th, somewhere near Nacogdoches, Texas, the heart of outlaw territory in this region for hundreds of years, and we want you to do the same. If you’re close enough or able to travel, of course we’d love to have you here with us, but we also want to see communities rising up and defending their homes from the wanton destruction of extractive industry everywhere.

Texas-based Tar Sands Blockade is dedicated to fighting this tar sands pipeline running through our collective backyard (or front yard, as the case may be), but we recognize the heart of the issue. We know that resource extraction is the lifeblood of the machine, the foundation of the crisis known as capitalism, and that only by building communities of resistance can people opt out of the system and watch it return to dust. So we call on the radical environmental community to show solidarity with the struggle against the tar sands, recognizing that our struggle is just a piece of the larger struggle against extraction and that you need to do what makes sense for your community.

Our message is simple: climate catastrophe is social injustice manifest and nothing less than a slow but sure genocide of the have-nots perpetrated by those with extraordinary privilege. The only way to survive climate chaos is by building community resiliency across all boundaries based on mutual aid and respect. The community that resists together persists together, so join with your neighbors and defend your homes from the onslaught of resource extraction.

For the full call out, click here: http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20121113012101972
For the TSB website and action ideas click here: http://tarsandsblockade.org/solidarityactions/

Further Resources:

What’s new with Line 9? A Watershed Sentinel Feature by Joyce Nelson, which includes a lot of well-researched details about L9.

A Strategy to Resist industrial Infrastructure and Pipelines from Kitimat to Texas: Community Corridor Part 1 (a profoundly grounded article by Julien Delacroix)

It is from this brazen devastation of nature that the need arises for something just as audacious to counter it. We must put life and creativity in the place of aggression and destruction.” -Julien Delacroix, Community Allies Supporting Grassroots Wet’suwet’en

For the health and healing of the land,
-Hamilton L9
Visit us at: Hamilton Line 9: Confronting the Tar Sands in Hamilton or drop us a line: hamiltonline9@ecologyfund.net

Environmental group says documents confirm tar sands oil will be pumped east for export
by Tim Groves
Originally posted at toronto.mediacoop.ca

Enbridge has filed documents with the National Energy Board (NEB) asking for the second phase of permission for their plan to reverse the flow of an existing pipeline that runs between Sarnia and Montreal.

The group Environmental Defence, says that documents that Enbridge recently filed with the NEB confirm suspicions that the pipeline company is trying to pump tar sands oil to the East Coast for export – a claim that Enbridge has previously denied.

“The public has been kept in the dark about the full scale of Enbridge’s plans all along. Given the company’s track record of oil spills and failure to come clean about its plans, why should the Canadian public trust them now?” said Adam Scott, a spokes person for Environmental Defence. “Enbridge’s plan could put the drinking water of millions of people at risk of a tar sands oil spill, all in the name of exporting more raw tar sands oil.”

The Enbridge paper work, filed on October 10th, is for the second phase of their proposal to reverse a pipeline known as Line 9. If approved this will allow Enbridge to pump the dirty oil between Hamilton and Montreal. Earlier this year the NEB approved the reversal of a section of Line 9 that runs between Sarnia and Hamilton.

“Enbridge’s plan to increase the volume of oil shipped through Line 9 to 300,000 barrels per day suggests this is about exporting raw oil, not domestic refining jobs,” asserts Environmental Defence in a press release. They contend that the purpose of the pipeline is to pump Tar Sand oil to the East Coast for export.

“The current Line 9 leaves those of us along the route with the choice of whether to accept more of this devastation, or to step up and try to reverse it”said Toban Black, an environmental justice organizer based out of Kitchener.

“The fossil fuel industry will expand by any means possible if it is not dismantled.”

He is part of a growing grassroots resistance to the pipeline project in First Nations and cities along the route of the pipeline.

“What is crucial right now is informing the public about the threats to Ontario, Québec, and the Great Lakes. The issues with this pipeline are not well-known, so people can’t decide whether they want to oppose it,” Black told the Toronto Media Co-op in an email.

“We must find ways to oppose this project in localities along the route.”

According to Enbridge the pipeline passes through or near these 115 communities.

Tim Groves is an investigative researcher and journalist based in Toronto. He can be reached at timgrovesreports [@] gmail.com. For more information on his work and writing, click here.