It is with deep sadness that Politics’n’Poetry reports on the passing of Maisie Shiell, one of Saskatchewan’s longest-serving no-nukes activists. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Maisie, I have read a lot of her work, some of it posted at ICUCEC. A family member announced her passing to our local no-nukes listserv. It read, in part:
Maisie has fought her last fight and left us to carry on the Message. She wrote a press release to The Citizens of Saskatchewan. She walked to her bed at 9 p.m. May 20th and drew her last breath at 2 a.m. May 21st.
She has challenged me and changed me. Constantly seeking the “Truth.” She never gave in to others expectations.
How the government has handled the mining of the high grade uranium in our province upset her to the end of her life.
And, today, this tribute from Dr. Gordon Edwards:
Maisie was so fierce, so determined, so forceful,
so totally engaged, so rooted in honesty and integrity
that she made industry apologists go white in the
face and reel from the onslaught of her irrefutable facts
and her unwavering focus on what is right and what is wrong.
Maisie was so sweet, so kind, so smart, so enthusiastic,
so admirable, so unshakably ethical, that even the target
of her pointed finger couldn’t help but recognize
that here was a superb human being.
Talk about emotional integrity.
Maisie taught us all a lesson in what it
means to be fully committed to a just cause.
She also earned our undying love and respect.
Sleep well, Maisie.
Indeed, sleep well, Maisie.