Another stunning story in the Toronto Star today, revealing that top environment officials in the Ontario government knew that clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows territory would increase mercury levels in fish even as the province refused a request by the First Nation for an environmental assessment of the province’s ten year logging plan for the area.
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The CBC is reporting more details about the purchase of the Middlebrook well by bottled water giant Nestle. They interviewed Mayor Kerry Linton of the Township of Centre Wellington about the township’s attempt to purchase the well themselves to secure their municipal water needs in the near future
In the middle of a severe drought in southern Ontario, the bottled water giant Nestle is buying up more groundwater sources and now has permits from the Ontario government to remove a total of over 20 million litres of water per day!
A Canadian Press article reports : “Environmentalists are urging the Ontario government against renewing one of Nestle’s water-taking permits in a southwestern Ontario town, saying “water should be for life, not for profit.” Wellington Water Watchers says the permit for Nestle Waters in Aberfoyle, Ont., expired on July 31, but the company has been allowed to keep extracting water from a local well even in the midst of a severe drought.
The Department of National Defence has serious concerns about the Energy East pipeline according to an article by CBC/Radio-Canada.
There are many parallels between last week’s heavy oil spill from a Husky Energy pipeline in Saskatchewan and the Enbridge pipeline rupture in Kalamazoo Michigan almost exactly six years ago.
The Council of Canadians has joined with 43 other concerned groups to send a letter to federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna concerning Ontario Power Generation’s proposal to site a nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron in Kincardine, Ontario.
Last February, we issued an action alert ask our supporters to call on Minister McKenna to reject the OPG application. Shortly after receiving xxxx emails, she sent OPG back to the drawing table with some specific questions:
Another scandal has just come to light in the tragic mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows First Nation.
The Toronto Star reported yesterday that the Ontario government was advised by its own Minister of the Environment in 1984 that it should remediate the contaminated areas – and that a test of the recommended remediation technique was shown to reduce mercury levels in fish by tenfold!
In a protest against the Ontario government's lack of action to clean up mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows this morning, protestors wearing hazmat suits brought four barrels of "toxic waste" to Queens Park, spilling one barrel of the thick gray liquid on the ground outside the front doors. The liquid was actually a mixture of cornstarch and water soluble paint. Six activists were arrested.
The people of North Bay are ramping up the fight against the Energy East pipeline project. Last week, Maude Barlow and I spent three amazing days there working with friends and allies to stop this dangerous and unneeded tar sands export pipeline.