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• Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Source: Equiterre

Even if it doesn’t spill, it will already have been an environmental disaster.

Last fall, the pipeline company Enbridge asked the National Energy Board (NEB) for permission to:

  • reverse the flow in a section of its Line 9 pipeline
  • use the pipeline to carry heavy tar sands crude from Alberta through Ontario to Montreal

Citizens need to know that:

  • domestic oil is not necessarily ethical oil
  • by the time tar sands oil does make it to a gas station, it may already have generated as much as 82% more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil

The Line 9 pipeline reversal:

  • will not save you any money at the pump
  • will not create significant jobs in Montreal
  • may expose communities along the pipeline to the risk of a heavy oil spill
  • may simply be intended to access foreign markets, where more money can be made per barrel

What you can do

Attend an upcoming public meeting, where environmentalist Steven Guilbeault will give more information on the issue, and explain how you can make your voice heard:

  • Montreal, February 6, 7 p.m.  – Centre Roussin, 12 125, rue Notre Dame Est
  • St-Césaire, February 11, 7 p.m. – Hôtel de Ville, 1111, avenue St-Paul
  • Ste-Justine, March 11, 6:30 p.m. – Centre communautaire, 2842, rue Principale

For more information (including sources) (in French only)

• Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Forward MotionThis event will be held in Southern California.

Source: Dexigner

A convergence of circumstances, including energy security, climate change and air quality concerns, have led to a rapid push toward sustainable transportation. Experts from across North America will present solutions and ideas related to sustainable transportation at the first-ever Forward Motion: Advancing Mobility in California & Quebec symposium organized by Art Center College of Design, the Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles and the Universite de Montreal.

Earlier this year, the Quebec government unveiled its 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles, intended to transform Quebec into a North American leader in the field of sustainable mobility. Similarly, in 2009 California became the first state in America to mandate carbon-based reductions in transportation fuels in an attempt to cut the state’s overall greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

In support of these larger sustainable mobility goals, Forward Motion will feature experts in the fields of electric vehicles and public transit as selected by the three partnering organizations. The experts will discuss the experimental programs, groundbreaking initiatives, new technologies and advanced materials developed in California and Quebec that are rapidly driving North America forward.

• Sunday, October 26th, 2008

For more information and to sign the petition.

We should be using these funds to completely rethink and redesign the southern part of Montreal says Gaétan Legault of the ‘Coalition pour humaniser Notre-Dame‘ «We have a not to be missed opportunity to design a sustainable development project, including a completely integrated public transit network, where Montrealers’ access and view of the river would finally be unimpeded by artificial barriers».

Both coalition groups want improved quality of life in the Montreal neighborhoods affected by the MTQ highway projects and they criticize the Quebec government:

  • For ignoring the many Montreal Department of Public Health warnings about studies reporting the negative health effects of air pollution upon residents living within close proximity of high traffic roads (especially seniors and children);
  • For the lack of strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the lack of coherence of these highway mega projects with the ‘Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable et des Parcs’ 2006-2012 Action Plan;

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