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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

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

Grassy Narrows chief urges Trudeau to clean up mercury in river

‘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