The 4th Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk taking place in Fort McMurray, Alberta this July 5-6, is an important opportunity for Canadians, and people from all over the world, to get a sense of the land at the heart of the largest unsustainable development project on the planet. Now it's time for Minister Oliver and Premier Redford to recognize their own responsibility, and meet some the people most directly impacted by the decisions made in Ottawa and Edmonton. It is time for them to get out of their cars and walk like regular folks through an area they aren't shy about selling on a global stage.
Sarah Harmer is a Canadian singer-songwriter and activist. She's released five solo albums and won numerous Juno awards. In 2005 Harmer co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), a citizen organization in Ontario which was formed to help protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed open pit quarry in the heart of the escarpment's Mount Nemo. She testified against impacting the habitat of the Endangered Jefferson Salamander at the recently completed Nelson Aggregate Ltd. provincial Joint Board hearing. To support the organization, she and her acoustic band embarked on a tour of the escarpment, hiking the Bruce Trail and performing at theatres and community halls along the way. The documentary DVD of this tour "Escarpment Blues" won the Juno award for best music DVD.
Our farm, atop the Niagara Escarpment's Mount Nemo in North Burlington, is part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It is one of only 27 Jefferson Salamander habitats left in Ontario, indeed in all of Canada. Clearly this is the wrong place for a massive extraction industry.
04/03/2012 05:53 EDT
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