Pipeline rally Sunday

The pro-pipeline demonstration movement reaches Slave Lake this Sunday, on Jan. 6. Local ad hoc organizers started promoting the idea in the week before Christmas. After a few days of talk about it on social media, it became semi-official on Dec. 21, when the Town of Slave Lake got involved.

An official route map was posted, and ‘rules’ for behaviour during the rally were part of that. The rally – expected to involve trucks – is to start at the Northern Star Hotel at noon. It heads north from there, on Main St., turns right on Caribou Trail and ends at Hwy. 88.

There’s also a rally being planned at the Legacy Centre, starting at 1:00 p.m. What’s going to happen there is a list of speakers, which were still being organized by press time. Sonya Marie Andrews, who came up with the whole idea on or about Dec. 17, says UCP Lesser Slave Lake candidate Pat Rehn is confirmed as a speaker, as is Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen.

Parking may be a bit of a sticky issue. Andrews told The Leader she expects some big rigs to participate in the convoy, and they can’t park at the Legacy Centre. Another difficulty may arise in the capacity of that facility. But nobody knows how many will show up until the event.
However, given the turnout at other similar events around the province last month, it could be a big number.

“Please bring respectful signs,” says the blurb Andrews and co-organizer Kyle Hermansen put on their Facebook page, “with positive, powerful messages.”

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