September 13, 2013
O Canada! SaveCanada needs mischievous folks in Ontario and Quebec to stop TransCanada’s latest Tar Sands pipeline—by dressing up and talking to people over the next three weeks! Visit www.save-canada.com for full details and to join, to watch the video, and for an account of one action.
As you may know, TransCanada is now planning another pipeline, this one sending oodles of tar sands crud east.
This time, they’re employing a special new tactic to bypass the opposition that’s stalled two other pipelines (south and west): instead of holding a town hall, which lets citizens see how many other folks are concerned, they’ve switched to a trade-show format where an army of TransCanada reps can limit questions and conversations to a one-on-one level. The result: folks don’t get to see how widespread the opposition is in their own community.
When TransCanada came to one Canadian town to promote their new pipeline, a group of locals took action: they made outfits and handouts nearly identical to TransCanada’s own, but branded as “SaveCanada.” At the event, they spoke with citizens about risks, handed out pamphlets, pinned “bitumen spill” stickies on TransCanada’s big pipeline map, and otherwise ruined TransCanada’s plans. Connections were made, people were empowered, and a town, once paralyzed, blossomed into a powerful and mobilized community.