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Ottawa working on health facility plans for 2 First Nations suffering from mercury poisoning

MERCURY-MOVING

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‘Our people are very sick,’ says Grassy Narrows First nation elder

By Jorge Barrera, CBC News, Nov 28, 2017

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says two Ontario First Nations still suffering from the impacts of mercury poisoning in their territory will get the “health facilities they need” after a planned study. Read the rest of this entry

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Ontario knew about mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows in 1990: report

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A newly released report shows that the Ontario government knew of mercury contamination at the Dryden mill, upstream from Grassy Narrows, in 1990. (Jody Porter/CBC)

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

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

Report suggesting mercury still leaking near Grassy Narrows ‘deeply concerning,’ chief says

grassy-narrows-warning-signOngoing 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

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

Decades later, Grassy Narrows First Nation waits for solution to mercury poisoning

grassy-narrows-warning-signCBC 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

Grassy Narrows chief urges Trudeau to clean up mercury in river

Charges withdrawn against Grassy Narrows supporters who dumped cornstarch at Queen’s Park

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Charges were withdrawn against protestors who dumped a grey sludge in front of Queen’s Park in June to advocate for the clean up of Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario. (Mike Crawley/CBC)

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

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