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
Grassy 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
‘Are our lives worth less?’ Grassy Narrows First Nations Chief Simon Fobister says
By Jody Porter, CBC News, May 31, 2016
The chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario says mercury dumped in the waterways near his community nearly 60 years ago must be cleaned up.
Simon Fobister made the statement Tuesday, one day after scientists released research showing it is possible to remediate at least some of the lakes and rivers near Grassy Narrows. Read the rest of this entry
Uranium, potential cancer-causing agents found in samples, First Nation says
CBC News, Aug 27, 2015
Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario is declaring a state of emergency on Thursday because no safe drinking water is available in the community.
The First Nation, also known as Asubpeechoseewagong, has been under a boil water advisory for more than a year, but new concerns are emerging about the extent and longevity of the problems. Read the rest of this entry
Study by the band concludes 98% of fish have mercury levels above provincial guidelines
By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press/CBC News, May 12, 2015
Members of the West Moberly First Nations say a hydroelectric dam in northeastern B.C. has left fish in the region too contaminated with mercury to eat.
Chief Roland Willson and members of the McLeod Lake Indian Band, located in northeastern British Columbia, arrived at the legislature in Victoria with more than 90 kilograms of bull trout packed in two coolers.
“Typically, you’d be proud of this fish,” he said. “But we can’t eat this.” Read the rest of this entry