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Photos from April 7th Grassy Narrows Protest

by Martin Reis

People Marching
Drumming
Clean water equals survival
Free Grassy Narrows
More marching
Even More Marching
For the kids

From a press release for the rally for Grassy Narrows held at April 7th at Grange Park:

"On April 6, 1970 the government of Ontario banned fishing on the Wabigoon River due to mercury contamination from a pulp mill in Dryden.  Overnight unemployment in GNAA to rose from 10% to 90%, a primary food staple was lost, and the devastating neurological health impacts of mercury poisoning set in.  At the time the government said it would take months for the mercury to wash out of the river system.

"Forty years later, a newly translated Japanese study on the health of GNAA residents shows that while mercury levels are going down, the health impacts of mercury poisoning in GNAA are substantially worse now than they were in the 70's.  This has huge consequences for GNAA and neighbouring communities.  It also has important implications about the long term cumulative health impacts of low level mercury exposure.  The study concludes that Health Canada safety guidelines for mercury consumption are not strong enough to protect us from the nearly universal mercury contamination still being spread by coal fired power plants, mine tailings, and other industrial processes."

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