Burnaby Joins Province-Wide Day of Action

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For Immediate Release – October 20, 2012

Burnaby Joins Province-Wide Day of Action

More than 48 events planned in communities from Prince George to Penticton Against Pipelines, Tank Farms and Tankers

Burnaby, BC: Burnaby is joining communities across BC in a province-wide Defend Our Coast Day of Action to show opposition to the risks posed by tar sands pipelines, tank farms and tankers. Rallies will be held at MLA’s offices across the province on October 24th.

The action at Richard Lee’s constituency office located at 1833 Willingdon Avenue will take place on Wednesday, October 24th at 12pm. Local volunteers are organizing the event with province-wide support and facilitation by online campaign organization Leadnow.ca.

Mary Hatch, an organizer with the Burnaby Residents Opposed to KinderMorgan Expansion (BROKE), says: “We went through a devestating oil spill in 2007 in Burnaby and I don’t see that we are better prepared for a new pipeline, bigger oil tanks on Burnaby Mountain and bigger and more oil tankers going through Second Narrows.”

Spokesperson Elsie Dean says: “The extraction and procesing of tar sands in Alberta and its shipment through BC poses a real and present danger to the planet and to every living thing on the pipeline route. The big oil companies and the federal government are trying to ram pipelines through our province and we need to oppose it. We are not for sale.”

The day of action will follow the Defend Our Coast mass sit-in planned for October 22nd at the provincial legislature in Victoria, which has been endorsed by community, union, business and Aboriginal leaders, including David Suzuki, Stephen Lewis and Chief Jackie Thomas of the Yinka Dene Alliance, as well as celebrities like Michael Moore and Ellen Page.

Support for the community-based events reflects recent polling data by Stratcom that shows a majority of British Columbians oppose both the proposed Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines. “People from all walks of life–First Nations, ranchers, fishermen, business owners, foresters, teachers – are coming together like never before to form a wall of opposition and to call on our provincial leaders to defend our coast from tar sands pipelines and tankers,” said Nadia Nowak, Local Outreach Coordinator for Leadnow.ca. “These pipelines affect all British Columbians.”

Who: A diverse group of Burnaby citizens with serious concerns about tar sands, pipelines and tankers.

Where: Richard Lee’s constituency office located at 1833 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, B.C.

When: Wednesday, October 24, 12-1:00 PM

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For more information on the Defend our Coast BC-Wide Day of Action, please go to http://defendourcoast.ca/actions/

Leadnow Provincial Media Contact: Nadia Nowak, Coordinator Leadnow.ca 250-877-8900 – nadia@leadnow.ca

For additional local information please contact:

Logan: defendourcoast@leadnow.ca

Elsie Dean:

Email: info@brokepipelinewatch.ca

BROKE Website www. brokepipelinewatch.ca BROKE