McGill students fundraise for anti-Kinder Morgan pipeline efforts
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