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Oil-sands protesters descend on Parliament Hill

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The Council of Canadians and Greenpeace Canada hold a rally featuring a civil disobedience sit-in against the tar sands on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, September 26, 2011.

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The Council of Canadians and Greenpeace Canada hold a rally featuring a civil disobedience sit-in against the tar sands on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, September 26, 2011.

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A police officer watches over protesters who had crossed the barricade to take part in a sit-in against the Keystone XL pipeline on the front lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday September 26, 2011.

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Demonstrators stage a "sit in" after crossing a police barricade during a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 26, 2011.

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A demonstrator is arrested after crossing a police barricade during a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 26, 2011.

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Demonstrators stage a "sit in" after crossing a police barricade during a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 26, 2011.

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A protester is led away by police after crossing a barricade during a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday September 26, 2011.

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Police escort a protester at a rally against the Keystone XL pipeline on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday Sept. 26, 2011.

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A protester holds a sign at a rally against the Keystone XL pipeline project on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Monday Sept. 26, 2011.

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Protesters are arrested as they cross a security fence at Parliament Hill on Sept. 26, 2011.

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We have enormous resource extraction possibilities that could pay for health care and pensions for decades. Alas, standing in the way is one very large problem, namely our sclerotic project approval process for the necessary pipelines and ocean terminals.

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