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Does the Keystone XL pipeline matter, or not?

It’s time for the tar sands industry and government to pick a side. Instead, they’re pushing both arguments—arguments that contradict each other.

Photograph courtesy of the U.S. White House
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama, pictured in this file photo. Gillian McEachern says approval of the pipeline would lead to tar sands development and that would be the final nail in the coffin for any continental hope of sticking to emissions that will keep us below the dangerous two degree Celsius threshold.

TORONTO—When it comes to the importance of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, you couldn’t be blamed for feeling like you were getting some mixed messages. 

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Does the Keystone XL pipeline matter, or not?

It’s time for the tar sands industry and government to pick a side. Instead, they’re pushing both arguments—arguments that contradict each other.

Photograph courtesy of the U.S. White House
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama, pictured in this file photo. Gillian McEachern says approval of the pipeline would lead to tar sands development and that would be the final nail in the coffin for any continental hope of sticking to emissions that will keep us below the dangerous two degree Celsius threshold.

TORONTO—When it comes to the importance of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, you couldn’t be blamed for feeling like you were getting some mixed messages. 

  

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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