Government provides no evidence that recommended clean up would be risky. Minister recommended Grassy Narrows mercury clean up to cabinet in 1984. Scientists safely achieved ten-fold reduction in mercury in 1980s Wabigoon study.
Toronto – For months Premier Wynne has insisted that she strongly wants to clean up Grassy Narrows First Nation’s mercury poisoned river, but repeatedly she has warned that a clean up could do harm by stirring up buried mercury. On Monday, a Toronto Star investigation revealed that Wynne’s repeated warnings of remediation risks are without basis in fact.
When asked by the Star for evidence of the risks posed by the mercury clean up methods recommended by scientists for Grassy Narrows’ river, the government did not provide “any scientific evidence cautioning against these methods”.
Queens Park shut down by Grassy Narrows supporters with chemical dump
Banner reads: When will you clean it Wynne?
Toronto – Today, Grassy Narrows First Nation dumped a barrel of a substance that appeared to be mercury in front of Queens Park – forming a shiny pool of slow flowing silver metallic liquid. Queens Park security responded immediately and shut down the front entrance of the legislature, while teams for hazardous materials, a bomb squad, and dozens of police officers arrived shortly after and evacuated the entire front lawn.
Toronto – Last summer Kas Glowaki, a former Dryden mill worker, made a shocking confession. In an email letter Glowaki wrote that his conscience forced him to admit to participating in the shallow burial of 50 barrels of salt and highly toxic liquid mercury in a pit behind the Dryden mill in 1972 upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation. When the former Grassy Narrows chief forwarded the letter to Ontario government officials over six months ago they responded by assuring him that the infamous Dryden pulp mill “is not a source of mercury.”
Today, a Toronto Star investigation exposed that Ontario has neglected to clean up, or even locate, Glowaki’s reported mercury poison dump. Ontario officials admitted to the Toronto Star that they had not tested mercury levels in Wabigoon River water since 1980 – the one test that could confirm whether the old mill site is leaking mercury poison.
May 31 & June 2: Grassy Narrows people will travel 1,700 km to Toronto to call on Ontario Premier Wynne to finally clean up the 9,000 kg of mercury that were dumped in our river in the 1960’s. Join us as at two key events we demand justice for our people and protection for the waters and forests that give life.