Grassy Narrows mercury protesters dump grey liquid at Queen’s Park

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Protesters dumping a grey sludge in front of Queen’s Park to protest the clean up of Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario. (Mike Crawley/CBC)

Protesters handcuffed by police, say the substance is corn starch with water and soluble paint

By Nicole Brockbank, CBC News, June 23, 2016

Grassy Narrows mercury poisoning protesters dumped grey liquid in front of Queen’s Park and then were taken into custody by police on Thursday morning.

The spill happened just before 10:30 a.m. in front of the steps to the legislature. Security asked people to move back from the liquid on to the lawn and then police pushed people back further to the south end of the lawn “for safety,” according to officers on scene.  Read the rest of this entry

Mexican police brutally attack Oaxaca’s striking teachers

Oaxaca riot cops busTen years after the Oaxaca Commune of 2006, teachers in the Mexican state are back on the barricades — and once again the state responds with brute force.

by Scott Campbell, ROAR Magazine, June 21, 2016

in a statement released on Friday, June 17, the Zapatistas posed the following questions regarding the ongoing national teachers’ strike in Mexico:
“They have beaten them, gassed them, imprisoned them, threatened them, fired them unjustly, slandered them, and declared a de facto state-of-siege in Mexico City. What’s next? Will they disappear them? Will they murder them? Seriously? The ‘education’ reform will be born upon the blood and cadavers of the teachers?”
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‘Guilt’ drives former Dryden, Ont. mill worker to reveal his part in dumping toxic mercury

Grassy Narrows map 1Grassy Narrows First Nation concerned hidden mercury dump is the source of on-going contamination

By Jody Porter, CBC News, June 20, 2016

A former employee of the paper mill in Dryden, Ont., has written a letter describing what he says is a hidden dump of dozens of mercury barrels that could be the source of on-going health concerns downstream at Grassy Narrows First Nation.

Mercury contamination from Reed Paper’s chemical plant in Dryden during the 1960s and 70s is a well-studied environmental disaster. Read the rest of this entry

Elsipogtog facing overcrowding crisis due to housing shortage

Elsipogtog overcrowded housing

Packed into living rooms and sleeping on sofas, people in Elsipogtog are crammed into two and three-bedroom homes, waiting for more housing to be built. (CBC)

Elders, councillors say First Nation is facing a housing crisis as families are packed into small houses

By Tori Weldon, CBC News, June 20, 2016

People in Elsipogtog are calling for immediate action on what they say is a worsening housing crisis, as many band members live in crowded and deteriorating homes while they wait for the council to assign them a place to live. Read the rest of this entry

Amazon tribe blockade railroad in protest against Brazilian mining giant

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Warriors of the Awa tribe in the Amazonian region of Brazil blockade train tracks used by mining corporation, June 2016. Photo: Survival International.

Survival International, June 17,  2016

Members of Brazil’s Awá tribe have blockaded a railroad owned by Vale mining company in the eastern Amazon.

The company has moved to expand the railroad, but the Awá say the expansion will increase the number and size of trains which transport iron ore from the Carajás mine to the port of São Luis – and that this will make it harder for them to hunt for food. Read the rest of this entry

A starving wolf stalked a woman and her dog for 12 hours. Then along came a bear.

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Joanne Barnaby, left, is reunited with Tammy Caudron after 18 hours in the Canadian bush.

June 17, 2016

Joanne Barnaby was deep in the deadfall, smeared in mosquitoes and blood, dehydrated and near exhaustion, when she heard the call of a mama bear searching for its cub.

Barnaby couldn’t believe her luck.

Twelve hours earlier, she had been picking mushrooms in the remote Canadian wilderness when she had heard a growl behind her. She turned around and saw Joey, her faithful mutt, locked in a snarling standoff with a skinny black wolf. Read the rest of this entry

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs’ Statement Against TransCanada

Published to Youtube on Jun 16, 2016

On June 13, 2016 the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs interrupted  the “Wet’suwet’en Matrilineal Coalition” meeting with Transcanada  on Laksilyu territory.

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Highway of Tears getting regular bus service

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Billboard warns against hitch hiking along Highway 16 in northern BC, also known as the “Highway of Tears” for the high number of missing/murdered women.

Eighteen women have been murdered or have disappeared along Highway 16 and adjacent routes since the 1970s

The Canadian Press, June 15, 2016

A bus service will be available between Prince George and Prince Rupert by the end of the year on a notorious stretch of road known as the Highway of Tears, according to the B.C. government.

Eighteen women have been murdered or have disappeared along Highway 16 and adjacent routes since the 1970s.

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Muskrat Falls protesters released on bail

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A photo posted on Facebook over the weekend shows an Innu protester being taken away from the Muskrat Falls work site. (Madeline Benuen/Facebook)

CBC News, June 14, 2016

Protesters accused of breaking a court order by refusing to leave Nalcor Energy property outside the Muskrat Falls work site have been released on bail.

The six Innu protesters were arrested over the weekend at the entrance to the Labrador megaproject.

Bart Jack, 55, told CBC News Tuesday that he and others spent a night in jail before being granted bail on Monday. Read the rest of this entry

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