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MEMORIAM: Chapter activist Frances Oommen passes away

Photo: Frances (holding the banner above the maple leaf) at the Inverness County chapter founding meeting.

Photo: Frances (holding the banner above the maple leaf) at the Inverness County chapter founding meeting.

Frances Oommen, a Council of Canadians activist with the Inverness County chapter, peacefully passed away at the Inverness Hospital this morning.

Council of Canadians Board member Anne Levesque says, “She was a long-time member of the Council and an indefatigable activist – making Freedom of Information requests and sending hand-written letters to politicians until recently.”

Reflecting on Inverness County council passing a bylaw to ban fracking just this Monday, Levesque commented, “No one worked harder than Frances on this issue.” The Protect Lake Ainslie Facebook page adds, “Frances was one of the biggest advocates for the no fracking bylaw. She was the one who informed us at the beginning, asked us to read the material and to recognize the impact it had in other places. She showed us the potential harm that would come with the industry entering our community.”

The Council of Canadians extends its heartfelt condolences to her family, including her son Thom who is also a chapter activist.

For more about Frances, please see:
WIN! Inverness County passes fracking ban
NEWS: Inverness chapter concerned about proposed oil well near Lake Ainslie
WIN! Inverness County council supports Nova Scotia-wide fracking ban
Fracking for oil and gas coming to a town near you