On Monday, at least 400 protestors stormed — or, more accurately, walked gently up to and tapped on the shoulder — the Canadian parliament building in Ottawa to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. Over 100 people were arrested, charged with trespassing, and barred from coming near the parliament building for a year. But everybody was REALLY, REALLY POLITE about it.

The Greenpeace-organized protest — which, like Tar Sands Action in the U.S., attracted several celebrities — was described by police as "orderly and peaceful." Protestors climbed over a police fence to swarm the building, but they lined up neatly to go over one at a time, using ladders (provided by the authorities!) and proper ladder safety. So Canadian! It's kind of a surprise that they didn't just stand outside Parliament and cough pointedly.

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Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver observed the polite protest and politely demurred, saying he "firmly believes that it is in our collective national interest for the pipeline to proceed."

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