Prominent Canadian Artists, Athletes, Activists and Community Leaders to Obama: Green jobs, yes we can. Tar sands, no we can't

    OTTAWA, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - On the eve of President Obama's first
foreign visit to Canada, a group of over 50 prominent Canadians have signed an
open letter telling Obama that the tar sands don't fit in the new energy
    "In your discussions with the Canadian government, we encourage you to
raise concerns over the environmental and social problems associated with tar
sands production and make no exemption for the tar sands in any binational
agreement addressing climate change" says the open letter.
    Actress Neve Campbell, authors Ann-Marie MacDonald and Farley Mowat,
musicians Anton Kuerti and Jim Creeggan of the Barenaked Ladies, athletes Adam
Kreek (Olympic Gold Medalist) and Andrew Ference (Boston Bruins defenceman),
and political leaders Jack Layton of the NDP and Elizabeth May of the Green
Party, are just a few of the many prominent Canadians to sign the letter.
    "The tar sands are one of the most destructive projects on Earth and this
letter illustrates the diversity of Canadian opposition to the dirty oil and
support for a new energy economy," says Tony Clarke, Executive Director of the
Polaris Institute and author of Tar Sands Showdown.
    "We must look at the bigger picture and see the consequences of relying
on the tar sands as an economic driver" says Maude Barlow, Chairperson for the
Council of Canadians and Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the UN
General Assembly. "There is an opportunity presented by the current pause in
expansions to reassess, address, and develop a strategy to meet Canadians'
energy security needs that transitions to sustainable energy production."
    The open letter is one of many actions undertaken by a network of groups
across Canada and the United States leading up to Obama's visit. The full
letter and complete list of signatories is available on

For further information:

For further information: Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians,
(613) 218-5800,; Joe Cressy, Polaris Institute, (613)

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