Category Archives: Logging

Grassy Narrows: Children of the poisoned river

grassy-narrows-five-girlsHalf a century after mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation, the poisoning continues to have deadly consequences — especially for youth
By Jody Porter, CBC News, September 12, 2017

Azraya Ackabee-Kokopenace wanted help. That’s all anyone knows for sure.

The girl with the bright smile had just turned 14 when she left her family in Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario last spring in search of someone — or something — to ease her overwhelming grief. Read the rest of this entry

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Mapuche fighters destroy two dozen logging trucks in Chile indigenous dispute

Burnt-out trucks are pictured in San Jose de La Mariquina commune, south of SantiagoReuters, August 28, 2017

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – A group of armed men claiming to represent the nation’s indigenous Mapuche people hijacked and burned 29 logging trucks in southern Chile on Monday morning as a years-long conflict with forestry companies heated up.

The government convened an emergency meeting less than two weeks after a similar hijacking in which 18 trucks were burned, and several high-ranking officials denounced the attack later in the day. Read the rest of this entry

Activists have held up construction on private property and surprisingly, they have the law on their side.

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Photo by James Wilt.

by James Wilt, Vice, August 1, 2017

It’s nearly midnight, and a half-dozen Winnipeggers are sitting in the middle of 15-acre clearcut.

Someone occasionally gets up from their lawn chair to feed the campfire with branches from the surrounding area. But everything outside the small circle of light remains silhouetted: the CN rail tracks on one side of the clear cut, massive power lines on the other, the remaining aspen forest behind and a comically large mulching machine a few feet away. Read the rest of this entry

Ontario commits to cleanup of mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation

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Research released in September 2016 shows more than 90 per cent of the population at Grassy Narrows First Nation is experiencing symptoms of mercury poisoning. (Jody Porter/CBC)

Cabinet ministers promise First Nations-led cleanup effort of decades-old mercury contamination

By Jody Porter, CBC News, Feb 13, 2017

The Ontario government is promising to find and remediate all the mercury contamination that continues to poison people at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations in the northwestern corner of the province. Read the rest of this entry

Grassy Narrows chief urges Trudeau to clean up mercury in river

Neurological and birth defects haunt Wabaseemoong First Nation, decades after mercury dumping

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Bill Henry, 66, believes the numbness in his hand, which leaves him unable to feel a cut, is caused by mercury poisoning. (Martha Troian)

People in community born without toes, an extra thumb, but few are compensated

By Martha Troian, CBC News, September 20, 2016

Forty-five years ago, mercury pollution from a pulp and paper mill poisoned hundreds of kilometres of waterways in northwestern Ontario.

Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation, also known as Grassy Narrows, often makes headlines for its fight against the mercury poisoning. But few have heard of a tiny community called Wabaseemoong, also called Whitedog, just downstream. Read the rest of this entry

Industry off the hook for mercury monitoring at mill that poisoned Grassy Narrows First Nation

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Former owners of the paper mill in Dryden, Ont. are not liable for remediation orders from the Ontario government, a court ruled. (Louis-Phillippe Leblanc/Radio-Canada)

Deal struck by Ontario in 1979 to save Dryden mill continues to indemnify Weyerhaeuser, Resolute, court rules

By Jody Porter, CBC News, August 9, 2016

Taxpayers, not industry, will have to pay for environmental monitoring at a pulp mill in Dryden, Ont., infamous for its poisoning of people in two northern Ontario First Nations, according to a recent ruling by an Ontario court. Read the rest of this entry

Altas documents industrialization of Northern B.C. First Nations’ territory

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The Blueberry River First Nations released these maps in 2015 which compare industrial activity today to 50 years ago. (Blueberry River First Nations)

Blueberry River First Nations say logging, oil and gas and pollution destroying traditional territory

By Liam Britten, CBC News, June 29, 2016

A new report from the Blueberry River First Nations in northeastern B.C. says industrial activity is destroying their traditional territory.

The report, entitled Atlas of cumulative landscape disturbance in the traditional territory of Blueberry River First Nations, found 84 percent of the First Nations’ traditional territory is within 500 metres of an “industrial disturbance” such as an oil or gas well, roadways, forestry cut blocks, agriculture or seismic lines. Read the rest of this entry

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

‘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