A new study says that mercury levels in Grassy Narrows are still rising some fifty years after a pulp mill dumped tonnes of mercury into the northern Ontario watershed.
Mark Calzavara's blog
TORONTO – Today, the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug [KI] First Nation is filing a request for access to all spying records kept on their community by the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and calling on all First Nations in Canada to flood the RCMP and CSIS with access to information requests and make the information public.
Today, an Anishinabe Water Ceremony was hosted by the Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group next to the main CN Rail line in their community to protest the disastrous potential of a major spill from the many crude carrying tank cars that pass through everyday.
Recent events have created an escalated awareness of increasing threats to waters from transported tar sands bitumen (and the explosive chemicals they are mixed with). Derailments and pipeline spills have and will continue to do permanent damage to lakes and rivers if action is not taken to protect our future generations from water pollution.
The Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group conducted the ceremony along with other members of the community and supporters and legendary Anishinaabe Water Protector, Josephine Mandamin.
In a joint statement issued today, 16 social justice organizations, faith groups, trade unions, and environmental organizations are calling on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to immediately withdraw the province’s 10 year plan for clearcut logging on the traditional territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.
Our Thunder Bay chapter has helped to create the latest great new short animation along with our local allies Ontario Nature, Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP) and Environment North
Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOqHf6FmPSI
Please also watch and share the 4 minute “handimation” we made with Equiterre of Quebec which now has more than 43,000 views in French and English.
Have a look at this excellent offering from our friends at “Save Canada” in North Bay
And this one from Environmental Defence
The Mississauga News reports on a talk given to the community by Toronto Chapter member Tara Seucharan.
“While Enbridge waits for the green light to resume use of an oil pipeline that passes through Mississauga, some of those living along the 833-kilometre route are concerned about possible risks.
The project, known as Line 9B, is the second phase of a plan to reverse the flow of the near 40-year-old pipeline, travelling from Sarnia to Montreal, as well as move heavier crude and increase its daily capacity by 60,000 barrels to 300,000.”
The article continues:
“Though Enbridge says Line 9 will continue to mostly carry light crude, Tara Seucharan, a member of the Toronto arm of the Council of Canadians, says the addition of tar sands oil could pose a threat if a spill was to occur – especially to waterways.
Last week, the Niagara Regional Labour Council named Niagara Chapter activist Fiona McMurran their Social Activist of the Year. Never one to rest on her laurels, Fiona and the chapter are busy launching a new campaign to SAVE WELLAND HOSPITAL along with the Niagara Health Coalition. The Welland General Hospital is one of five local hospitals slated for closure and sale by Niagara Health Services. In Fiona’s words- “We do not intend to take it lying down!”
TransCanada has had five ruptures over the past year- far more than any other pipeline company according to National Energy Board statistics.
The five ruptures occurred on both recently built pipelines and pipelines that are up to 40 years old which raises serious questions about TransCanada’s ability to safely build and maintain pipelines.
“A former BC Hydro CEO withdrew from the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion hearings, writing a scathing letter accusing the National Energy Board of "bias" in favour of pipeline approval.
"This so-called public hearing process has become a farce, and this Board a truly industry captured regulator," Marc Eliesen writes.
On October 6, the National Energy Board ordered Enbridge not to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice. In a letter to Enbridge, the NEB noted “only 6 of the 104 Major Water Crossings identified by Enbridge to date appear to have valves installed within 1 km on both sides of the water crossing” as required by regulations.