BC groups to report on "learning tour" of the Alberta tar sands

    EDMONTON, March 18 /CNW Telbec/ - A group of activists from British
Columbia concerned with Gordon Campbell's proposal for an energy corridor
carrying tar sands oil to West Coast ports have just completed a "learning
tour" of the Alberta tar sands. Representatives from the Canadian Union of
Public Employees, the Council of Canadians, Greenpeace, Check Your Head, the
Institute for Citizen Journalism and the Western Canada Wilderness Committee
learned about the environmental impacts of tar sand expansion by hearing the
firsthand experiences of communities living around the tar sands.

    The groups will be reporting on their tour at a press conference on
    March 20.


    Charlie Latimer works for Greenpeace Canada in British Columbia.

    Kevin Milsip is the Executive Director of Check Your Head, an
    organization that encourages youth to understand and take action for
    social, economic and environmental justice.

    Carleen Pickard is the regional organizer for British Columbia and the
    Yukon at the Council of Canadians, Canada's largest citizens' advocacy

    Blair Redlin is a researcher and senior project manager for the Canadian
    Union of Public Employees in British Columbia.

    Andrea Reimer is the Executive Director of the Western Canada Wilderness
    Committee, Canada's largest membership-based conservation organization.

    Roberto Wohlgemuth is a director and co-founder of the Vancouver-based
    Institute for Citizen Journalism.


    March 20, 10:00 am


    United Nurses Alberta
    Park Plaza Building, 9th floor (board room) 10611 98th Avenue EDMONTON

For further information:

For further information: Carleen Pickard, (604) 340-2455,

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