Help support those brave folks defending the land & water. The police have chosen to charge individuals with multiple criminal charges for their amazing actions - anything helps!
A second arrest of a supporting police liason has taken place despite promises from OPP on film not to.
Please keep your eyes out on how to support these brave land defenders on prisoners justice day.
a convoy of police just arrived at the #DamLine9 blockade. They are sending support away.
Dam Line 9: Enbridge valve site shut down!
Currently there is a kickass crew blocking access to an Enbridge site.
Press Release below - we’ll update as the day goes on but if you can head out and join them!
For Immediate Release
May 20 2014
Traditional Mississauga Territory (Burlington, Ontario)
“NO INTEGRITY. NO DIGS.”
A group of area residents have blockaded the access road to an exposed section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, beginning at 7am this morning. They say they will stay for at least twelve hours, one hour for every thousand anomalies Enbridge has reported to exist on the line. These community members turned away Enbridge employees who were scheduled to do work on Line 9 in preparation for it to carry toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands. This particular work site is adjacent to the Bronte creek, a major waterway flowing to Lake Ontario, the water source for more than ten million people.
“Enbridge calls these developments integrity digs,” said Danielle Boissineau, one of the blockaders, “but to anyone watching the Line 9 issue, it’s clear Enbridge has no integrity. This work on the line is just a band-aid, a flimsy patch over the most outrageous flaws in the Line 9 plan.” [Danielle notes that a record of just some of Enbridge’s false or misleading statements is available on the Enbridge Lies facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enbridge-Lies/192337394261155]
“Line 9 has nearly 13,000 structural weaknesses along its length” said Brian Sutherland, a Burlington resident. “And yet Enbridge is only doing a few hundred integrity digs. Enbridge has been denying the problems with the pipe for years, and they still refuse to do the hydrostatic testing requested by the province. Are we really supposed to trust Enbridge when they tell us that this time they’ll do it right?”
Many of the blockaders point to the disastrous spill from Enbridge’s line 6b into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in 2010, where millions of litres of oil spilled and have so far proven impossible to clean up. But many of them emphasize that their opposition to Line 9 goes beyond safety concerns.
“This is not about pipelines versus rail; it’s about the Tar Sands,” said Danielle Boissineau. “It’s the dirtiest oil in the world: it’s not worth the destruction it takes to produce, it’s not worth the risk to our watersheds to transport, and we definitely can’t afford the carbon in our atmosphere when it’s burned. At every step of the process, the Tar Sands outsources the risks onto our communities and poisons waterways like the Athabasca River and the Bronte creek while companies like Enbridge get rich.”
Primary - Danielle: 905-536-3105
Secondary - Wolf: 226-203-3035
Where to Find Us 4335 1 Side Road Burlington, ON L7R 3X4
Those taking their trespassing charges to trial from Swamp Line 9 in June 2013 will be appearing in court over the next week.
Rad cat Keisha Neoma-Quinn is first up! She will be pleading NOT Guilty and defending herself against the charge of Trespassing this Wednesday April 30th!
We all know who the REAL trespassers are so come on out & show her some support!
9am Wednesday April 30th courtroom 300, 3rd floor
John Sopinka Courthouse
45 Main St. East. Hamilton, ON
(If you arrive late, trials are sometimes moved to court #320, so check there too!)
On Tuesday, March 4 at 10am Gary Wassaykeesic will be appearing in court on charges of Break and Enter from the Swamp Line 9 action this past summer. Gary is accused of climbing over a fence while carrying a Haudenosaunee confederacy flag.
Gary had been under the impression that he would be able to plead guilty to mischief and that the B&E would be dropped, but as of his last court date, it seems that the crown is still taking him to trial for carrying a confederacy flag into traditional Haudenosaunee territory.
It’s not clear what to expect on March 4th, and so a strong show of support will be extra important for demonstrating to the crown and to all of so-called Canada that we will not tolerate the criminalization of land defenders!
Gary will be appearing in room 306 of Hamilton’s courthouse at the corner of John st and Main st at 10am on Tuesday March 4. We hope you will be able to be there with him.
hey all you super swampers – we’ve got TWO court dates coming up we hope you can join us for!
we know it can be hard to get out to these things (especially when banned from the courthouse… ) but these rad peeps could use some support after months of…well, sitting around courtroom 100.
Join ‘em if you can & keep ragin’!
on TUESDAY JAN. 7 th ( @10 am, court room # 306) Trish Mills will be entering into a plea on the charge of mischief. She was charged for her part in stopping construction at an Enbridge oil station for 6 days. She expects 3 other (bs) charges –received after a heavy-handed crackdown on a showing of court support - to be withdrawn.
on THURSDAY JAN 9 th ( @ 9am, check the board for room number) Gary Wassaykeesic will be taking his charge from Swamp Line 9 to trial! His appearance Thursday will be to set a trial date. Gary is a first nations activist passionate about many things and was initially charged with “break & enter” for asserting his indigenous sovereignty on native land.
John Sopinka Courthouse
45 Main St. East.
(or at least it was supposed be, but the judge would not allow her to address the court.)
Today I plead guilty to the charge of mischief.
It is a charge I received for interrupting operations at an Enbridge oil pumping station for a total of six days.
I accept responsibility for my actions, and all which that entails.
My understanding is that this is the type of personal accountability the court wishes to hear.
That said, it is this same moral strength which saw me charged in the first place.
I believe in honouring the land, water and all living things, and that they deserve our respect and protection.
I believe that the communities, treaties and teachings of first nations people deserve our reverence.
Enbridge’s line 9 is a risk to all of these things – both here in Ontario and in a broader context so I see my actions this past summer was nothing less than a harmony between my actions and my principles.
I believe in what I did then and I believe in it now, and I understand that that is not what the court wishes to hear.
But this action was one of necessity, borne of a failed and exclusionary regulatory process. Other means were tried, and failed, because today’s political climate encourages the exploitation of land, water and people.
I know that it would be easier –and safer – to stand here and lie. To show full remorse and voice regret as I’ve been told to do. But I can’t’ do that because, no matter what sentence is handed down today, I have to be able to live with my actions and their implications.
This isn’t to say I have no regrets at all; I have several.
I regret that this action may have put some people of Westover in a difficult situation.
I regret if an individual was hurt by my actions.
I especially regret that action like this must be taken at all, and that people are being criminalized for defending such fundamental things.
And so in making a decision about sentencing today, I wish to remind the court that despite a lack of remorse I have consideration fir others. I do positive things for people and my community through activism, education, advocacy and volunteer work.
I aim to work in animal rescue, and have deferred acceptance into a program.
There was also no person hurt by my actions – physically or financially. It is Enbridge policy to pay their workers in these situations.
Finally, I gained no extrinsic reward for my actions, however I did risk -and I stand here risking - plenty.
My journey these past months has been both interesting and challenging, though not impossible. I have learned much.
To my supporters here today –in case for some reason I can’t tell you later – take note.
There may not ever be any real victory in the courts, but there is always victory in doing what you feel is right.
Don’t give up.
No tarsands. No line 9.