Water

Support Grassy Narrows on April 6 & 7 in Toronto

Please join Grassy Narrows First Nation community members in Toronto to demand justice for their people and protection for the water, air, and forests that give life to us all. Forty years ago, Grassy's people were poisoned by mercury from a paper mill that contaminated their river upstream. Grassy is still dealing with the ongoing health impacts of this avoidable disaster and needs you to stand together with them to demand justice.

WHAT: Public talk, March and Rally

WHERE: Public talk at Steel Workers Hall, 25 Cecil St. (South of College, East of Spadina); March and Rally at Grange Park (Beverly St. South of Dundas, behind the AGO)

WHEN: Public talk on Tues. April 6 at 6:30 p.m.; March and Rally on Wed. April 7th at noon

MORE INFO: http://freegrassy.org/2010/03/01/river-run-creative-march-and-rally/

CONTACT:
David at david.sone@gmail.com... Read more »

Sandy Pond Alliance to launch legal challenge

A newly formed group is planning to launch a lawsuit to challenge the loophole in the Fisheries Act that allows Vale Inco to use Sandy Pond near Long Harbour as a holding tank for the toxic waste that will be produced from the nickel processing facility currently under construction.


The Sandy Pond Alliance to Protect Canadian Waters includes members from Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Mining Watch Canada, The Council of Canadians, Sierra Club of Canada and an apparently growing number of residents of the province who are concerned with Sandy Pond issue.


Both the federal and provincial governments have issued approval for Vale Inco to dump toxic mining waste into the pond. The alliance says it is a loophole in the Metal Mining Effluent Regulation of the Fisheries Act that allows companies to use lakes as dumpsites.

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Alberta cities among 10 best sewage treatment plants

OTTAWA — Whether the beach you swim at is safe depends on where you live.

The oilsands may have given Alberta a poor environmental image but when it comes to treating sewage in big cities Alberta apparently blows away poor performers like British Columbia and Quebec.

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“The government is taking a really good first step here,” said Celeste Cote, national water campaigner for Sierra Club Canada. “There’s no excuse for dumping raw sewage into the environment.”

Sandy Pond Alliance plans legal action

A newly formed group, the Sandy Pond Alliance, announced Monday, March 22 it plans to launch a legal challenge to what it terms a loophole in the Fisheries Act that allows Vale Inco to use Sandy Pond as a toxic waste dumpsite.

The Sandy Pond Alliance includes members of the Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Mining Watch Canada, The Council of Canadians, Sierra Club of Canada and a number of residents of this province who are concerned about the destruction of the pond.

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Vale Inco has received federal and provincial approval to destroy Sandy Pond by dumping toxic mining waste in it from their nickel processing plant, which they plan to build in the community. ... Read more »

Elders' wisdom touted in debate over water use

As the world struggles with increasing water problems, governments need to listen to the traditional wisdom of aboriginal people, Grand Chief Ed John, of the First Nations Summit, told an international conference at the University of Victoria yesterday.

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Meanwhile, the Sierra Club Canada and UVic's POLIS Water Sustainability Project are launching a Canada-wide campaign to
encourage communities to reduce their water footprints. Regional water summits will be held across the country to help communities take action on water conservation.

            

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