November 17, 2009 06:10 ET

Media Advisory: Is Canada Giving Up Ice for Oil?

Authors Andrew Nikiforuk and Ed Struzik's cross-Canada tour in Toronto Wednesday

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2009) - This Wednesday, award-winning authors Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands) and Ed Struzik (The Big Thaw) will be in Toronto for the Oil and Ice Tour. Oil and Ice, hosted by WWF-Canada, is a free cross-Canada speaking tour which highlights the choices that will determine the future of Canada's Arctic, and what Canadians can learn from the tar sands. Attendance and interest has been great in both the Western and Eastern parts of the country, and the authors are eager to keep the discussion going in Ontario and Quebec for the final week of the tour.

When: Wednesday, November 18 at 7 pm

Where: University of Toronto, OISE Auditorium, Room G162
The event is free

Who: Authors Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands) and Ed Struzik (The Big Thaw)

Climate change is opening up the Arctic at an alarming rate and the stakes are high. As the Arctic opens, coastal nations are laying claim to more territory, hoping to exploit the regions' oil and gas resources. This could come at a high price and development of the tar sands, now the biggest energy project in the world, offers important lessons that could help lower that risk.

WWF's goal during the tour is to broaden and deepen public discussion about those choices. To ensure that individual Canadians, especially young people who will live with the consequences, are well-informed and help government and industry to make sound decisions. Visit www.wwf.ca for more information.

Ed and Andrew are available to discuss the following:

- What the tour is about and the Canadian response to-date

- Copenhagen and climate change: Why isn't Canada being pro-active

- The need for an Arctic treaty to prevent tar sands like development frenzies in the north

- Real economic and carbon risks of investing in the tar sands too quickly

- How the US military push to get off oil and disruptive technologies like the electric car could kill expensive unconventional oil projects such as the tar sands

This press release and associated material can be found on www.wwf.ca

Contact Information

  • For more information or to set up an interview
    with the authors or WWF-Canada:
    Tara Wood
    Head of Press, WWF-Canada
    416-484-7710, Cell: 647-400-9579