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United Church, Metis Nation join growing list of Site 41 critics

The Midland Free Press reports this morning that, “The executive of the United Church’s Toronto Conference has endorsed a motion calling on the church’s General Council (at their national meeting on August 7-15 in Kelowna) to stand in solidarity with aboriginal people and all communities on the issue of the protection of water. …Rev. David Allen, the Toronto conference’s executive secretary, said the motion mentions (the water) ‘in particular at the location of dump site 41 in Tiny Township.’ (Allen) said, the Toronto conference is encouraging congregations ‘to support this motion by letter writing campaigns, petitions and direct personal action.'”

“In another development, the Metis Nation of Ontario has issued a news release declaring its support for the Council of Canadians’ efforts to have Simcoe County halt construction of the Site 41 landfill. Gary Lipinski, the organization’s president, said, ‘the Metis Nation wants to add its voice to the growing chorus of individuals and groups who are strongly opposed to Site 41.'”

The growing list of Site 41 critics now includes:

– Chiefs of Ontario
– Metis Nation of Ontario
– M Detis Nation of Ontario
– American Indian Institute
– CUPE Ontario
– Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation
– Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Garfield Dunlop
– Conservative MP Bruce Stanton
– New Democratic Party of Ontario
– Green Party of Canada
– Ontario environmental commissioner Gord Miller
– Ontario Federation of Agriculture
– Dairy Farmers of Ontario
– Ontario Nature
– Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture
– United Church of Canada Toronto Conference
– Canadian Environmental Law Association

To read more about the Council of Canadians campaign against Site 41 – and to find out more about our July 4 event there – please go to http://canadians.org/water/issues/Site41/index.html.

The Metis Nation of Ontario statement of opposition to Site 41 is on their website at http://www.metisnation.org/news/09jn_site_41.html.

The website for the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada is at http://www.torontoconference.ca/index.htm.

The Midland Free Press article is at http://www.midlandfreepress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1626802.