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Pipeline protest planned for Sunday

Apr 13 2012

Students, conservation organizations and community groups will join Sunday in Victoria for protests against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

The day of action will start at 11: 30 a.m. at the legislature, with a march to Centennial Square at noon.

Workshops and teach-ins on the economic, environmental, social and indigenous ramifications of the pipeline will be held at Centennial Square.

"We are seeking to educate people about the threat this pipeline represents to everyone - First Nations and northern communities, fish and wildlife, tourism, our beautiful coastline and coastal communities," said organizer Leila Darwish.

Facebook and email lists are being used to organize the protest, which the Dogwood Initiative says will be a "people-powered day of action as we stand in solidarity with communities from tarsands to coast who oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline."

Next weekend, an event dedicated to an oil-free coast will be held at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. The April 21 presentation, moderated by broadcaster Arthur Black, is organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Saanich-Gulf Islands Green party, and will feature a talk by Green MP Elizabeth May.

If approved by a federal panel and by Parliament, the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline would stretch from the Alberta oil sands to Kitimat, where bitumen would be shipped by tanker to Asian markets.

jlavoie@timescolonist.com