25,000 Canadians have already stood up for free speech – the more of us join them before today’s crucial Council meeting in Mattawa, the more likely we’ll win! Pipeline giant TransCanada just secured an entire town’s silence with a $30,000 “gift” – preventing the town council from speaking out about a dangerous new tar sands pipe. But a massive uproar can still kill this dirty deal and win back the town’s voice.
Giant oil companies are fighting hard to snake these tar sands pipelines across our country – and deals like this let them plow through without resistance. But now the company is on the defensive and says that they will cut out the silencing clause “if necessary”. On Monday, Mattawa’s town council will meet and have the chance to demand they do just that. It isn’t easy to stand up to a huge corporation, but the small Ontario town of Mattawa can do it. We only have days to act!
Click to sign the petition, and Avaaz will deliver it straight to the city council meeting: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/dont_silence_mattawa_e/?blTFScb&v=42409 TransCanada is building its “Energy East” pipeline carrying tar sands oil just 60km east of Mattawa. In 2012 they donated money for a rescue vehicle for the town – and now a condition bars the council from publicly commenting on the pipeline. But another part of the contract gives a way out if both sides agree. On Monday, Mattawa town council can pass a resolution demanding that the silencing clause be removed – and put the pressure on TransCanada to return freedom of speech to the town. No town in Canada should be prevented from looking out for the interests of its citizens, especially in the face of pipelines that could devastate their areas with a leak. And critics say this one could hurt our climate even more than the Keystone Pipeline! TransCanada says this isn’t a gag order, that it actually protects the town from having to say nice things about the pipeline. But that’s ridiculous – the deal itself describes the ban on comments as a “benefit” the town must provide for the company. On Monday, Mattawa’s town council can stand up to Big Oil on behalf of all of Canada’s communities and say that our silence can’t be bought. Click now and tell Mattawa that we’ve got their back – YOUR VOTE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!