Photo by Mario Pelletier (Info Dimanche)


On Tuesday, organizers from Quebec came together with dozens of activists across Canada to talk about how TransCanada’s plans to build an oil port in Cacouna were defeated earlier this month. If you missed the conversation, you can watch the recording of the webinar below.

After over a year of growing public opposition to the Energy East project in Quebec, the company behind the largest tar sands pipeline ever proposed abandoned its plans for an export terminal in Cacouna and delayed its entire 1.1 million barrels-per-day project by two years. This is an important first step on our way to stopping the pipeline altogether.

With a victory so fresh in everyone’s minds, organizers shared inspiring stories of how an interplay of strategies worked to build a powerful movement in the province of Quebec, and how opposition is growing in other key places along the pipeline route like Saint John, New Brunswick. We took a moment to celebrate this win, learn from how people got organized and regroup to move forward in the mobilization.

“After the port was cancelled in Cacouna, it gave us hope. It helped show us that people power and working together can get real action from governments.” – Lynaya McKinley, organizer in Saint John, New Brunswick, the end of the line for the Energy East pipeline

What’s next

What happened in Cacouna is a sign of the moment we’re in, and it has put more wind in our sails. Everywhere that a pipeline is proposed, it faces a wall of opposition. Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway, Line 9, and now Energy East — all get slowed down where communities stand up to the tar sands.

Now, the growing climate movement is about to rise up as communities across Canada speak out at once. With oil prices falling, a federal election looming, and scientists warning us that we’re failing to meet our climate targets, it’s time for game-changing action to stop tar sands expansion and demand the transition to a new, just, renewable energy economy.

This July, we’re going to keep up the momentum and show that this movement is getting bigger. To find out more and get involved in the We > Tar Sands mobilization, click here.

From Cacouna to the End of the Line: Webinar

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