Nobel prize winner to tour Northern Gateway route
U.S activist and 1997 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams, center, listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Guatemala City, Monday Jan. 30, 2012. (AP / Moises Castillo)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012 9:40AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 9, 2012 10:24PM EDT
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. -- A woman who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ban landmines is leading a delegation of women on a trip from the oilsands in northern Alberta to the coast of B.C.
Jody Williams -- who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines -- wants to get a female perspective on pipeline development.
The trip is being organized by Nobel Women's Initiative, an Ottawa-based women's organization.
Today's itinerary includes a tour of Suncor's operations near Fort McMurray, and a meetings with Melissa Blake, the mayor of the Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which encompasses the oilsands city.
Liz Bernstein, the executive director of Nobel Women's Initiative, says the group expects to hear views from both sides of the issue.
The delegation includes singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, Kenyan environmentalist Ikal Angelei, corporate executive Chris Page and climate scientist Marianne Douglas from the University of Alberta.
The group will present its findings at a news conference in Vancouver on October 16th.
Enbridge's proposed pipeline would ship bitumen from Alberta's oilsands across B-C to tankers heading to Asian markets.