Council of (some) Canadians


Alberta = Mordor:

Message to be Delivered to MPs: Get Your Head out of the Tar Sands

For Immediate Release

Ottawa / February 2, 2009 – Members of Parliament will receive a delivery from the Council of Canadians including a copy of ‘Dark Side of the Boom: Canada’s Mordor’ and a letter with a clear message: oppose any exemption for Alberta’s tar sands in bi-national policy addressing energy and climate change. The action is one of many taking place in cities across Canada for Take Charge! A national Day of Action to Demand a Canadian Energy Strategy, organized by the Council of Canadians.

WHAT: Media availability / photo opportunity

WHO: Maude Barlow, chairperson of the Council of Canadians and Special Advisor on Water to the President of the UN General Assembly and Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians Energy Campaigner will make brief statements to the media, followed by delivery of 308 DVDs of ‘Dark Side of the Boom: Canada’s Mordor’ to Canadian MPs.

WHERE: Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill

WHEN: 10:45am, February 4, 2009


Council of (some) Canadians

  1. Good old Maude. She always did have a talent for PR.

  2. (Some) Canadians is right: it’s not like she’s Kevin Gaudet, head of the ALL Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

  3. Aha, time for a little Tolkien scholarship.

    “Power to defy our Enemy is not in him, unless such power is in the earth itself. And yet we see that Sauron can torture and destroy the very hills.” —The Council of Elrond

    “Frodo looked round in horror. Dreadful as the Dead Marshes had been, and the arid moors of
    the Noman-lands, more loathsome far was the country that the crawling day now slowly unveiled to
    his shrinking eyes. Even to the Mere of Dead Faces some haggard phantom of green spring would
    come; but here neither spring nor summer would ever come again. Here nothing lived, not even the
    leprous growths that feed on rottenness. The gasping pools were choked with ash and crawling muds,
    sickly white and grey, as if the mountains had vomited the filth of their entrails upon the lands about.
    High mounds of crushed and powdered rock, great cones of earth fire-blasted and poison-stained,
    stood like an obscene graveyard in endless rows, slowly revealed in the reluctant light.

    “They had come to the desolation that lay before Mordor: the lasting monument to the dark labour
    of its slaves that should endure when all their purposes were made void; a land defiled, diseased
    beyond all healing — unless the Great Sea should enter in and wash it with oblivion. `I feel sick,’ said
    Sam. Frodo did not speak.” —The Passage of the Marshes

    “Frodo and Sam gazed out in mingled loathing and wonder on this hateful land. Between them and
    the smoking mountain, and about it north and south, all seemed ruinous and dead, a desert burned
    and choked. They wondered how the Lord of this realm maintained and fed his slaves and his armies.
    Yet armies he had. As far as their eyes could reach, along the skirts of the Morgai and away southward,
    there were camps, some of tents, some ordered like small towns. One of the largest of these was right
    below them. Barely a mile out into the plain it clustered like some huge nest of insects, with straight
    dreary streets of huts and long low drab buildings. About it the ground was busy with folk going to
    and fro; a wide road ran from it south-east to join the Morgul-way, and along it many lines of small
    black shapes were hurrying.

    “‘I don’t like the look of things at all,’ said Sam. ‘Pretty hopeless, I call it — saving that where there’s
    such a lot of folk there must be wells or water, not to mention food. And these are Men not Orcs, or
    my eyes are all wrong.’

    “Neither he nor Frodo knew anything of the great slave-worked fields away south in this wide realm,
    beyond the fumes of the Mountain by the dark sad waters of Lake Nurnen; nor of the great roads that
    ran away east and south to tributary lands, from which the soldiers of the Tower brought long
    waggon-trains of goods and booty and fresh slaves” —The Land of Shadow

    • Thanks for the nostalgic blast of Tolkien. Although Tolkien was describing a barren volcanic landscape, with a few tweaks to the text, it could serve Maude Barlow well in her cartoonish attempts to demonize the oilsands.

      • Of course, in Mordor there was an all-seeing eye, whereas almost no one in Canada ever actually looks at the tar sands.

        Which is perhaps why so few realize how much the tar sands actually do look like what Tolkien describes (except for the Orcs and Soldiers).

    • “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
      “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

  4. Of course Andrew, because claiming to be in the moral majority only happens on the left.
    … except for the National Citizens Coalition, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation….. or Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority

  5. Umm. What is wrong with opposing exemptions (read: subsidies/supports) for the tarsands? If the goal is to reduce GHG emissions, such an exemption would be totally illogical. Any carbon tax, etc. applied evenly across the board would kill manufacturing and heavy industry well before it kills the oilsands.

  6. Wasn’t expecting Potter to go down the “SILENT MAJORITY!” road. Maybe I should have?

  7. What else would you expect from someone who refers to NDPers as “commies?”

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