Disappointing Discussion At Environmental Election Forum

by: Brayden McNeill October 15th 2014

It’s surprising how little can be said during 90 minutes of environmentally related election campaigning. On October 14th a coalition of seven local environmental organizations hosted the Environmental Election Forum, ostensibly to environmental issues affecting the Region. Almost 40 candidates from across the Region were in attendance, including candidates for Regional Chair, Regional Council, Mayors and City Councilors. Each candidate was given a strict two minute time limit to outline their position on the environment.

The series of short briefings were filled with self-praise and tired platitudes on environmental awareness. Most candidates praised existing environmental initiatives, calling for better transit, trails and parks. Many boasted of their green life styles. Unfortunately few of the candidates have any new initiatives to seriously curb energy consumption and fossil fuel use in the Region...

The Daily GRRR! - August 15, 2014 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

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HEADLINES for August 15th 2014
1.Rancher’s Pollution Archive Stolen in Tar Sands Country
2. TransCanada’s EnergyEast Propaganda Tour Disrupted
3. Enbridge Under Siege
4. Support Demos Planned for Jailed Hacker
5. Statement from Jailed American G20 protestor.
6. Former US Border Boss Accuses Agency of Corruption and Cover-Ups
7. More Death in Gaza as Unexploded Bombs Explode

Midway Music: David Rovicswith Khader Adnan, Bobby Sands

Interview with Grace Batchoun, the VP Public Relations of CJPME . Recently CJPME released an instruction guide called “Speak up for Palestinian human rights”.

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Dam Line 9 Blockaders released day after being arrested at Enbridge Line 9 Site

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The Daily GRRR! - Aug 8, 2014 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

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HEADLINES for August 8h 2014
1. Tunes Against Tar Sands - Support Concert For #DamLine9
2. Mount Polley Solidarity Actions Condemn Industrial Crime.
3. NYPD Ramp up Abuse in Wake of Coroners Homicide Ruling.
4. Through the Rubble, More Dead Children found in Gaza.
5. Jewish Defence League Attacks Pro Palestinian Rallies in Toronto
6. American Humanitarian Bombs to Fall on Iraq
7. Prisoners Justice Day August 10th

Midway Music: The Rebel Spell with Beautiful Future

Feature: part of the recording of a reading of Chapter 4 of Emma Goldman’s Anarchism and Other Essays - Prisons: A Social Crime and Failure.

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Tunes against Tar Sands - Dam Line 9! Saturday August 9th!

On Sat afternoon August 9th, at 2pm, a number of radical music makers are putting on a show at the Dam Line 9 blockade. Please join us for a fun day in the sun!

Deshkaan Ziibing, Anishinabek Territory— Early Tuesday morning individuals from affected communities throughout south-western Ontario interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, asserting that Line 9 poses a danger to people, animals, land, and water.


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Directions from Kitchener and Waterloo Region:

1. take highway 7/8 (85/86) west towards stratford

2. take left on Wilmot Easthope Rd/Waterloo Regional Rd 1

3. after only 1.6km, take a left/straight (to stay going south) in Punkey Doodle's Corners, onto Road 5/17

4. at the T, turn left on County Rd. 8.

5. take next right (270m) to stay on 5/17

6. Arrive at #DamLine9 after 1.8 km, (Green Address Marker: 696045)

7. Make new friends and Enjoy the show!


1. Take 401 Westbound towards London
2. Take exit for Oxford Rd 29, signs for Innerkip
3. Go North on 29
4. Turn right on Blandford Rd
5. Turn left on township Rd 9, also called Braemar Side Road
6. Turn left on Township Rd 5, also called 17th Line
7. Green (Fire) sign for the site is 696045 county rd 5, we are between Braemar/9 and township rd 10

site location:,-80.7250258/43.2449079,-80.725...@43.244098,-80.7284268,1601m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m0!3e0


The Daily GRRR! - August 7, 2014 - In/Security Edition

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HEADLINES for August 7th 2014
1. Tailings Pond Breach
2. Dam Line 9 Blockade Update
3. Fracking Exploration Approval
4. Israeli Drone Factory Shut Down By Occupation
5. US Funds Israel Iron Dome Amid Escalating Attacks On Palestine
6. Anonymous Hacked USA Before China

Midway Music: Byron with Here’s to the Land

Interview with Lana, a blockader at the Dam Line 9 occupation in Innerkip. Lana will talk about why blockaders are concerned about Line 9 and what is happening on site.

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Closing Song: Public Enemy with Shut ‘em Down!


Enbridge to visit Line 9 Blockade for discussion with protesters

August 6, 2014

(Deshkaan Ziibing, Anishinabek Territory) - Enbridge Inc. will be visiting the Line 9 blockade near Woodstock, Ontario to meet with protesters who have been occupying the construction site since early Tuesday morning. The meeting will take place between 3:30 and 4:00pm at the Enbridge site. Enbridge requested the meeting. Dam Line 9 attempted to engage in a dialogue with Enbridge by responding to a “fact sheet” posted to the Enbridge website. Dam Line 9’s response was swiftly deleted.

What: Meeting between Enbridge and Dam Line 9
Who: Enbridge and Dam Line 9 participants
When: Between 3:30 and 4:00pm
Where: Dam Line 9 blockade, County Rd 5 (aka 17th Line) in Innerkip, ON between Township Rd 10 and Township Rd 9 (aka Braemar Side Road).

Media Liaison: (226) 343-2040


BREAKING: “DAM LINE 9!” Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Begins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Liaison: 519-616-4462
August 5, 2014
Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Begins
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 site is currently undergoing a valve installation 500m from the Thames River, yet this construction will not add any protection against a leak of toxic diluted bitumen into this important water source as it is located on the far side of the river. 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.
“This construction project is a band-aid attempt and Line 9 is too old and damaged to operate safely. The new valves aren’t designed to protect rivers, they’re designed to maximise the amount of bitumen that can flow through the line,” says Sarah Scanlon, activist.

“We’ve tried pursuing avenues with the National Energy Board and within local and regional governments. The concerns expressed by individual people and municipalities were ignored. The official processes have merely rubber-stamped dangerous tar sands projects and failed to protect us, so we are here out of necessity,” says Rachel Avery, a blockader. “This project is also being illegally forced through without meaningful consultation of Indigenous communities. For example, the Chippewas of the Thames have appealed the NEB approval, but Enbridge has continued to work on the line regardless,” Avery continued.

More than half a million people rely on drinking water provided by the Thames Watershed. Rare species such as the eastern spiny softshell turtle, queen snake, black redhorse and Virginia Opossum rely on its specific ecosystems. Food growers have relied on its fertile valley for over 11 000 years. This construction site is less than a kilometre from the river, and is in the middle of active farm land.

Activists assert this project is one piece of a larger problem. “This is not about pipelines versus rail; it’s about harmful resource extraction as a whole. Tar sands and fracking related industries are environmentally and economically unsustainable,” says Wolfgang Chrapko, blockader.

Line 9 is one of many proposed pipeline projects in so-called Canada slated to carry tar sands and fracked Bakken shale oil to the coast for export. Tar sands bitumen is the dirtiest oil in the world. Its extraction and refinement require mass deforestation, irreversible water contamination, climate-changing carbon emissions, and toxic industrial waste. The tar sands are killing people and environments every day on a local and global scale.

Once a river is poisoned, it cannot be undone. We need to act before it is too late. Join us and let’s Dam Line 9!

Blockaders are also inviting supporters to come to the site and donate supplies. The site is 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).

Public Notice - Climate Change Containment Unit declares Enbridge Pipeline Exercise Irresponsibly Inadequate.

On September 25, 2013 Enbridge Pipelines Inc. and local municipalities staged an emergency response exercise involving a simulated oil spill of Enbridge's Line 9 into the Grand River (Six Nations territory). The Climate Change Containment Unit (CCCU), whose rapid responders were present on scene to monitor the situation, has conducted a review of the exercise and is providing notice of its findings.

Enbridge's exercise simulated the death of the Grand River, forecasting Line 9's impending failure, and their response was fundamentally inadequate to address the impacts of a real spill. The CCCU finds that Enbridge's exercise amounted to a media stunt without grounding in environmental protection. The CCCU's experts were on river, and observed a high rate of flow above seasonal norms that would have carried a bitumen spill far further downstream than Enbridge accounted for. Their six hours on site were insufficient to contain the scenario's overnight rupture of Line 9.

Local coalition rallies to demand Grand River Conservation Authority Board take action against Enbridge Line 9 tar sands pipeline project

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 04:30

Press Release - September 27, 2013 Contact: Adam Lewis - Phone: 226-476-1038

WHAT: Rally and delegation to GRCA opposing Enbridge's Line 9 reversal
WHEN: Friday, September 27, 8:30 a.m
WHERE: Grand River Conservation Authority Head Office, 400 Clyde Rd., Cambridge

Cambridge, ON (Sept. 27, 2013) -- This morning, the Waterloo Region Coalition Against Line 9 is rallying at the GRCA head office during the Board of Directors meeting, joined by community members from throughout the Grand River watershed. The Coalition will present their declaration against Enbridge’s plans to pump tar sands bitumen through the Waterloo Region and Grand River watershed via the Line 9 pipeline. The declaration is now signed by over 25 local community, environmental, and public interest organizations, small businesses, and over 550 individuals, but is not yet supported by the GRCA.

“Transporting diluted bitumen through the Region threatens our drinking water and ecosystems,” says Coalition spokesperson Adam Lewis. “The GRCA is responsible for protecting our watershed, and must step up to the plate to fulfill its mandate and keep tar sands bitumen out of our region. We can’t afford a disaster like the spill in Michigan in 2010.”

The 2010 rupture of Enbridge pipeline Line 6B spilled more than 3 million litres of diluted tar sands bitumen into the Kalamazoo river and is the largest inland oil spill in American history, with cleanup costs of over $1 billion USD. Lewis continues, “Enbridge is still cleaning up this mess that made many people sick and killed many animals and plants. Line 9’s design is just as old and flawed as Line 6B. The question isn’t whether or not Line 9 will spill, but when.”

Local Coalition Declares Opposition to Line 9

GRIS Newsletter: No Line 9 Update

Line 9 campaign, and to ask for your support. First, here’s some basic background about the Enbridge Line 9 project that we are opposing (for more check out ).

Line 9 Info

Line 9 is a 38-year-old pipeline that crosses the Waterloo Region. Enbridge Inc. has applied to pump tar sands through the pipeline, which would threaten life around and downstream from the pipeline route. To bring tar sands from Alberta, Enbridge will also have to reverse the flow through the pipeline. If Enbridge has their way, Line 9 would carry a form of tar sands known as diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”). The pipeline was not built to transport this corrosive and toxic compound, which is a major threat to communities and ecosystems.  Importantly, the reversal of the pipeline violates current treaties with Indigenous communities, both within the Haldimand Tract (Six Nations' territory) and elsewhere along the route.

In October, the National Energy Board will be reviewing Enbridge’s application to pump tar sands through Line 9 and to reverse the flow through the pipeline. GRIS has Intervenor Status and will be presenting at the NEB hearings.

In September, Line 9 will also be on the agenda at sessions for the Region of Waterloo and the Grand River Conservation Authority, with the goal of getting both bodies to declare opposition to the Line 9 project.

See the campaign web site for further information about Line 9:  

Smash the State Report: July 5, 2013

We highlight the inspiring resistance by womyn to the tar sands, KXL, and Line9, then update on the anti-fracking actions in NB, talk about sci-fi Debt and more!

Smash the State Report: June 28, 2013

Updates on SwampLine9 pipeline blockade +related country wide solidarity. Anti-fracking actions in Elsipogtog + near the Maine border. Border security news + Haudenosaunee Sovereignty and more!

Smash the State Report: June 21, 2013

Swamping Line 9 in Ontario as sovereignty summer kicks off with the occupation of an enbridge pumping terminal. Another pipeline break in N Alberta w/ the devastation of 42ha of wilderness.

Smash the State Report: June 14, 2013 and an Interview w Poet Janice Lee

Solidarity to those resisting G8 + the security state in Ireland, as the PRISM state in NA is revealed. Fracking + pipelines resistance updates and an interview w/ KW based poet Janice Lee.

Smash the State Report: June 7, 2013

I Choose Dignity campaign kicks off in KW as struggles against gentrification proliferate across On + Qc. A few new tar sands absurdities, a plea to help bees, some slam poetry, and other newies!

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