Grassy Narrows mercury victims up to 6 times more likely to have debilitating health problems, report says
‘With this health survey and with the discovery of mercury, it’s just a very dark picture,’ chief says
Residents of a northwestern Ontario First Nation who have been diagnosed with mercury poisoning are up to six times more likely to suffer from a wide range of debilitating health problems, a new report finds. Read the rest of this entry
Grassy Narrows chief says community exploring all options ahead of meeting with province, Ottawa
CBC News, Nov 12, 2017
A new report shows the Ontario government knew nearly 30 years ago that a mill site upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation was contaminated with mercury.
“There’s a continued liability on the province,” Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister said. “They said it’s going to clear itself up, but they never informed us that there’s still mercury in the soil and they were aware of it.” Read the rest of this entry
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
Ongoing contamination ‘unequivocally related’ from mercury spilled decades ago at paper mill, scientists say
CBC News, Feb 28, 2017
A team of scientists has released a report suggesting that an old chemical plant in Dryden, Ont., is still leaking mercury and contaminating the Wabigoon-English River system upstream from the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario. Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, January 18, 2017
The Grassy Narrows community in northern, Ont., has been plagued with mercury poisoning for decades — affecting its river, its fish, and its people.
In the 1970s, Kas Glowacki, who worked in the old Dryden, Ont., pulp and paper mill — upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nations — emptied out a salt vat and came across mercury. Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, December 20, 2016
Charges were withdrawn earlier this month against six people who launched a dramatic demonstration in support of Grassy Narrows First Nation at Queen’s Park in June.
The group wore protective suits and dumped a barrel of grey sludge, labelled mercury kills, in front of the Ontario legislature. The substance turned out to be cornstarch. Read the rest of this entry
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
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
Grassroots blockade against logging trucks north of Kenora, Ont. started on Dec. 2, 2002
By Jody Porter, CBC News, Dec 3, 2015
In the beginning, Randy Fobister of Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, disagreed with community members who were stopping logging trucks from entering their traditional territory, but 13 years later the deputy chief says “it’s really important the blockade is still there.” Read the rest of this entry