Barbara Ronson-McNichol and Clyde McNichol
The Council of Canadians Sudbury chapter is mourning the passing of Barbara Ronson-McNichol.
Chapter activist Terri MacKinnon tells us, "Members of the Sudbury Chapter worked with Barbara on her Benny Forest campaign, and saw her at other protests. She was an avid activist for the poor and homeless, too."
The Sudbury Star reports, "Barbara Ronson-McNichol, a longtime academic and activist from Cartier who devoted the recent years of her life to stopping logging in the Benny forest, has been identified as the pedestrian struck and killed by a train on Highway 144 in Moncrieff Township on Wednesday. Ronson-McNichol, whose Anishinaabe husband Clyde McNichol claims the area of Benny forest as family territory, fought tirelessly to halt logging there, even going to jail for the cause. She was arrested for a second time only this past Monday for blocking a logging road in Benny and was to appear at the Sudbury courthouse next month on charges of mischief and breach of bail conditions."