Ottawa action against the Keystone XL pipeline

by Milan on September 1, 2011

in Activism, Oil sands

There is now a website up for the action happening in Ottawa on September 26th:

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curtis morrison September 4, 2011 at 12:57 am

I’ll be coming from Louisville, Kentucky if anyone on the route from here through Ohio, upstate NY, needs a lift & can pitch in for gas.

. September 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Dear Friends, Supporters & Allies,

Over the past two weeks, we have watched and been inspired as over 1000 protesters from across North America have risked arrest daily in front of the White House to tell President Obama to stop the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry dirty tar sands oil from Alberta all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Check out for photos, videos, and articles about this incredible and historic action.

On September 26 it’s our turn as Canadians to take a stand.

We want to thank you yet again for signing up to come to Ottawa for the Tar Sands Sit-In and we wanted to provide you with some more information about your participation.

1) Schedule

You will need to be available for three days. One for the training, one for the action and one in case of legal process and people need to stay in custody overnight. Please plan to arrive in Ottawa on the evening of the 24th and to leave on the 27th.

On Sunday, September 25 we will be providing an all-day non-violent action training and a legal briefing in Ottawa (location to be announced.) Civil disobedience is serious business and we want to prepare you as best as possible to participate in this courageous action.

We will also be offering opportunities for individuals to chat with the organizers and lawyers via teleconference prior to the action. Email updates will be sent with dates, times and call-in numbers.

2) Transportation

This is a grassroots action, and we are not able to centrally provide housing or travel; people are responsible for their own travel and housing needs. We are however, trying to facilitate this process. Here are some options:

· Our website’s Ride & Housing Forum is now open! If you have space in your vehicle, or room in your home in the Ottawa area, please visit, create an account, and let folks know what you can offer.

· We are working on chartering buses from major Canadian cities. Information will be posted on the forum and on our FAQ page. Please check regularly for updates.

· We may be able to help cover some travel costs for large groups of people or people coming from directly impacted communities please email for more info.

3) Accommodation

If you have housing needs or a can host participants in your home you may also email us at

4) Legal Guide

The following documents aredetailed legal guides – English & French. They are also available online at And, as mentioned we will be providing opportunities to speak with the organizers and lawyers prior to the action, as well as having a legal briefing in Ottawa on September 25.

5) Tell us why you are you willing to risk arrest!

In the lead-up to the action we will be collecting and posting your powerful testimonials about why you are coming to Ottawa to participate in the Sit-In. Please send any quotations, videos etc.. to

If you have any questions about the action the best place to look is our FAQ page but if your question isn’t covered there please email

In Solidarity,

Mike, Sean and Lauryn

. September 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Anti-oilsands sit-in urged for Ottawa
By Laura Payton, CBC News
Posted: Aug 25, 2011 3:27 PM ET

A group of prominent activists is calling for a sit-in to take place in Ottawa to protest Alberta’s oilsands.

The civil disobedience is inspired by action in Washington, D.C., this week in which Canadian actress Margot Kidder and dozens of others were arrested.

The Council of Canadians, Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace Canada hope to make the event “one of the largest acts of civil disobedience on the climate issue that Canada has ever seen,” they say on the website set up to promote the event.

The Washington protesters are trying to convince the U.S. government not to approve TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline project, which would transport crude oil from Alberta to U.S. markets in Illinois and Oklahoma. The Keystone XL would be an extension of the existing line to Houston, TX.

. October 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Dear friends,

It’s been over a week since we came together on Parliament Hill. We hope you are continuing to grow the movement by sharing your story broadly with your friends, family, colleagues, local media and on your blogs. We’re writing here to give you an update on LEGAL consequences and possible actions for participants after some consultation with lawyers, and to ask for your FEEDBACK on the action and what you would like to see in the future.

A) Overview of legal situation regarding fines and conditions

A number of you have emailed us in the past week asking about the $65.00 trespass ticket and the ban on returning to Parliament Hill that all those arrested received.

We would like to clarify that those who were arrested were given two separate tickets that can be dealt with independently:

1) One Year Ban on Parliament Hill
It is up to you to decide if you want to challenge this ban or not. This condition will be lifted after the one year is over. We do not recommend a specific course of action. However, some people have been looking into challenging the 1-year ban on Parliament Hill. A first step is being taken by them to send a letter to the lawyer for Parliament Hill requesting information. Depending on the response, further action, including potential legal actions, will be considered on behalf of those wishing to have the ban revoked. If you crossed the fence for the sit-in and would be interested in further developments, please send your name (as it appeared on the ban memo), phone number and address to by October 13th. You will then be kept informed of developments. Please note that sending in your name is an expression of interest, but does not commit you to further action at this time.

2) $65.00 Trespass to Property Act Ticket
What you decide to do with your ticket is up to you. When you crossed the fence, you were clearly told by police that you would be breaking the law, and willingly crossed anyway. If you want to challenge the fine or pay it, it is your personal decision and we recommend you consult a lawyer. Please see ticket for details; the deadline (~October 11th) is fast approaching. Also note that past that deadline, the amount of the fine increases. We will re-state that this ticket is not tied to the 2nd condition and they can be dealt with separately.

We have however managed to raise some funds for legal support that we would like to offer to those in need. We do not have enough to cover everyone’s tickets, but if you feel that the $65.00 fine has put a significant dent in your budget, if you are a student, or have a low income you may apply to be reimbursed. Funds will be distributed on a needs basis and first come, first served.

If you feel you fit in that category, please send us via email your name, address, phone number and email, and a brief description of why you are applying, to: Please note that we will be cross-referencing with the information gathered through the legal intake forms.

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