McGill stu­dents fundraise for anti-Kin­der Mor­gan pipe­line ef­forts

Montreal Times - - Profile - By: Jill Clark / mtl­times.ca

The de­bate sur­round­ing Kin­der Mor­gan’s Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion is deep and on­go­ing. The po­ten­tial so­cio-eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal, and Indige­nous im­pacts are many.

Rather than view­ing the ef­forts to stop con­struc­tion com­fort­ably from Que­bec, McGill stu­dents Alison Gu and Sarah Mitchell have a plan to truly join the anti-pipe­line ef­forts. They will bike across Canada this sum­mer and do­nate all the funds raised to the le­gal costs of the com­mu­ni­ties fight­ing against the pipe­line. The pair will be leaving Ot­tawa on June 24. “From there, we will bike an av­er­age of 80 kilo­me­tres. We will head to­wards Al­go­nquin Park, and will take the train from Sud­bury to Win­nipeg,” Gu said. This sec­tion of the high­way in North­ern On­tario is quite dan­ger­ous, so they will re­sume bik­ing in Win­nipeg.

They will cross the prairies, through Regina, Grass­lands Na­tional Park, and Cal­gary. Their des­ti­na­tion is Burn­aby. “We are aim­ing to be in Burn­aby—where the pipe­line will be im­ple­mented—Au­gust 9.”

Gu and Mitchell have a fundrais­ing goal of $4,466, which is the num­ber of kilo­me­tres from Ot­tawa to Van­cou­ver. They have reached about $900 so far with a few weeks left be­fore their cross-Canada trip.

McGill stu­dents Alison Gu and Sarah Mitchell

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