David Hedley
Calgary Herald
The anti-oilsands group Environmental Defence Canada has produced a series of “high-fashion” hat designs for the Duchess of Cambridge to draw attention to Canadian environmental and historic issues.
To mark the arrival in Canada of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the group commissioned a series of “haute couture” hats by Canadian designers, to provide “a glimpse into what defines Canada today,” the group said in a press release.
“These hats tell the story of Canada, a very different Canada to the one Prince William’s parents visited 20 years ago,” said Gillian McEachern of Environmental Defence.
“In a humourous way, we wanted to make the point that Canada is not the country the couple might be expecting, with the tar sands especially damaging our reputation around the world.”
 
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The eight hats include:
Maple Beatrice: An adaptation of the hat that got us all talking hats.
Tar and Feathers: To mark the day Canada achieved infamy when a flock of ducks mistook a massive toxic lake in the oilsands for a good place to land.
Kate’s Road to Avonlea:  In honour of Anne of Green Gables.
A fashion show featuring the hats will take place in Ottawa on Canada Day just before the official ceremonies for the royal visit begin.
Environmental Defence Canada is a non-profit environmental organization. The hats were jointly released with the U.K. Tar Sands Network.
The hats can be viewed at www.HatsforKate.ca.