ACTION: Support Sharbot Lake Hunger Striker

The dangers of uranium mining are well known, yet the denial industry is in full swing. One woman is trying to make a difference for future generations. Please take the time to help her. From CCAMU – The Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium

DEC 2007: GRANDMA’S HUNGER STRIKE CONTINUES
AND SHE HAS GONE TO WATER ONLY !

Donna Dillman began her hunger strike outside of the gates of the uranium protest site near Sharbot Lake, on October 8th at 12pm. She is calling for a moratorium on uranium mining in Eastern Ontario and is asking people to show their support by contacting local politicians, media outlets, internet blogs and any organization you feel may be of help.

Having waited ten days for Premier McGuinty to get back to her on the question of exports, Donna Dillman, who has been refusing food for 63 days, has now formally requested a meeting with the Premier. “He committed to supplying a response to my inquiry about why we have to put the health of a million people at risk, upstream of Ottawa, when we currently export most of the uranium mined in Canada,” Dillman said in a speech at the Climate Change rally on Saturday.

The 53 year-old grandmother, from near the Sharbot Lake uranium drilling site, continued, “I’d hoped it would not come to this, but, as I speak, diamond drills are being readied to penetrate the ground for uranium ore samples upriver of my children and grandchildren. When that happens, radon gas, the second highest cause of lung cancer, will be released into the air.”

Go here to send a message to McGuinty. Need more info? Here is what P’n’P has blogged to date. Go here for the full meal deal.

Thanks to World Report for the lead.

Update: Sharbot Lake Hunger Striker

Media Release

For immediate release

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

On Wednesday, December 5th in the media gallery at Queen’s Park, Donna Dillman made a heartfelt plea for the Premier of Ontario to call for a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining in Eastern Ontario.

Dr. Gordon Edwards, President of The Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Bruce Cox, Executor Director of Greenpeace and Marilyn Crawford, member of Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium, backed up her demand with presentations to the gallery.

As a society, it is time we grew up and realized that we live on a finite planet, that we must learn to live on Earth as if we want to stay,” said the 53 year-old grandmother, on her 59th day with no food. Dillman quit eating on Thanksgiving Monday, October 8th. She moved to the steps of Queen’s Park a week ago, after living on the side of the road at the uranium exploration site just north of Sharbot Lake (between Kingston and Ottawa).

Stating that her grandson turned four last week she added, “What will the Fisher Price toys and the RESPs mean if his soil is unusable, his water undrinkable and his air unbreathable.”

The day after she arrived at Queen’s Park, Dillman met with Premier McGuinty and was told that uranium exploration upriver of Canada’s Capitol was required because we need to keep the lights on in Ontario. She informed both McGuinty and Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, who was also at the meeting, that 80% of the uranium currently mined is exported, mostly to the US.

Dillman came away from the meeting stunned that neither politician was aware that that was the case. McGuinty committed to checking it out and to getting back to her. One week later, despite her request that he act quickly, as she would like to rejoin her family and eat again, he has not contacted her. The Canadian Nuclear Association website at

http://cna.ca/english states that, “About 85% of our uranium production is exported to countries around the world.”

Edwards spoke to the health effects and risks of uranium and its daughter products. He also quoted from an Interim Report on Nuclear Power, by the Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning, Toronto, 1978, which states,

An independent review committee should be established to study this problem in depth and prepare a public report for AECB and the Ontario Environmental Assessment Board. The future of the nuclear program should be assessed in light of the committee’s findings and progress in mill tailings containment technology.”

He then pointed out that such an assessment has not yet been done and commented that, “The US Surgeon General has determined that the second largest cause of lung cancer (after smoking) is radon gas. Radon gas is released whenever uranium is disturbed and is the first issue arising from exploratory drilling.”

An impassioned plea from Cox for the Premier to heed the requests of the hundreds of thousands of people from around the world followed Edwards’ statement.

Crawford listed an extensive number of supporters that included international experts Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Rosalie Bertell and author Helen Caldicott; local, national and international organizations and all surrounding municipal councils. The press conference ended with Crawford’s presentation of a 3500 name petition on neon yellow paper, an inch thick, to NDP MP and Environment Critic, Peter Tabuns. Tabuns presented the names to McGuinty in the afternoon sitting when he challenged the Premier to call a moratorium and to change direction in regard to his plans for a nuclear powered future for Ontario.

As she enters her third month without food, with support building daily, Dillman is committed to continue the fight to have the Ontario Government exercise its duty to protect its citizens against serious health and environmental risks from exploration and mining, via an immediate moratorium.

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Contact

Donna Dillman

416-274-9980

or

Lynn Daniluk

613-267-0539

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Canadians saying no to uranium mining

No nukes activists may not have the big bucks that the pro nukes have to publicize their cause. But that doesn’t mean they’re doing nothing! How refreshing to see a provincial New Democratic Party calling for a uranium mining ban! (Hey Lorne, take notes!)

N.S. New Democrats call for permament ban on uranium mining

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia New Democrats plan to introduce legislation tonight to permanently ban uranium mining in the province.The province introduced a ban in 1982 but its status has been unclear since 1995. NDP environment critic Graham Steele says the mining industry in the province has done nicely since the early 1980s without uranium and he wants to make the ban permanent.

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Meanwhile, non-natives are actively supporting the Sharbot First Nation in Ontario. (Refresher on the Sharbot.)

Settlers and Natives, United Against the Government

John and Sheila Kittle, a conservative, middle-age retired couple – he a math and physics graduate who worked in computers, she a registered nurse – who say they have never before considered themselves “activist” but who today are key members of a grassroots rebellion.

“We believe,” says John Kittle, “that we are making Canadian history.”

What they and hundreds of other white neighbours are doing is standing with the aboriginals who first set up a blockade back in June.

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And in Alberta a no nukes convoy protests at the Legislature.

Nuclear protest convoy dumps on Alberta reactor

A group of protesters drove almost 500 kilometres from northern Alberta to deposit fake leaky barrels of radioactive waste on the steps of the legislature in a demonstration Monday against a proposal for the province’s first nuclear power plant.

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“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

That quote takes on a whole ‘nother meaning, when there are many small groups of committed citizens working on an issue.

Thanks, Alison@Creekside, for the gentle nudge.

Action in Ottawa

I have pulled the following from the comments section of this post in the hope that a few more Ottawa folks might see it and be motivated to go to the meeting. It’s great that folks are organizing to support the Algonquin people in their struggle against uranium mining.

Tomorrow night in Ottawa, there will be an inaugural meeting of the COMMUNITY COALITION AGAINST MINING URANIUM: THE OTTAWA CHAPTER

There will be a meeting held for those who are interested in forming an anti-uranium mining protest group in Ottawa.

WHEN: Wednesday October 3rd, 2007 6:30-8 pm
WHERE: CUPE National offices, 20 James St.(downtown)
MORE INFO: Contact Karen at www.nupge.ca or (613) 228-9800

This meeting is in response to the proposed mine in Frontenac County approx. 115 km sw from Ottawa and the protest by the Algonquin people. See www.ccamu.ca

I would like to propose at this meeting that we organize a reading in Ottawa. It sure would be timely. I have never done this before, so please let me know what might be involved. I see that in Regina there is going to be a non-nuclear benefit…. Give that we are a fledgling group and the time is NOW, that sounds like a great idea as well.

Michelle Landry