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NEWS: Kamloops chapter presents community award

The Kamloops Daily News reports that the Kamloops chapter of the Council of Canadians presented an award last Friday afternoon to Ruth Madsen.

The article highlights, “The award presented by the local chapter marks 25 years since the founding of the Council of Canadians in opposition to the Canada/U.S. free trade agreement before it was ratified. It will be presented annually in categories reflecting the Council’s concerns in areas of social justice, health care, national sovereignty and water protection.”

This year’s recipient, Ruth Madsen, is a long-time activist who worked to “put a stop to a rail-tie gasification project.”

We highlighted this campaign in ‘WIN! Kamloops chapter helps stop incinerator (March 19, 2010)’ at

At that time, chapter activist Anita Strong said, “The absolute big thing is health. People don’t want to live here and breathe these toxins.”

Today’s article notes, “(Madsen says) she had support from the Council of Canadians, including Bronwen Scott, who convinced her to not give up at one point.”

The full article – which includes a nice picture of Ruth and Anita – is at