Thursday, 27 December 2007

Hunger strike brings Citizen Inquiry into Uranium Mining in Ontario

Donna Dillman just ended her hunger strike on behalf of future generations, and in support of the Algonquin First Nation, after hearing that CCAMU (the Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium) will hold a Citizens' Inquiry into the uranium issue, backed by Greenpeace, Students against Climate Change, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, David Suzuki Foundation, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Voice of Women and Sierra Club of Canada. The Ontario government has stubbornly refused to hold an inquiry

Her husband, ecologist Mike Nickerson, reports:
"On the assurance of this Inquiry, my wife, Donna Dillman, began eating again. After her 68 days without food, Donna is now back home, doing okay. There are ups and downs in the process of getting her digestive system back into top shape. Simple food in small quantities seem to be about all she can handle at this point." Donna says, "I began this hunger strike to shine a light on the problem of uranium mining in eastern Ontario with the hope that Premier McGuinty would call a moratorium on further mining and exploration. We have not yet got a moratorium but these hearings are a great opportunity to inform and educate Ontarians about some of the detrimental effects of uranium mining and to keep the pressure on the McGuinty government."

See also Algonquin First Nation maps and news with photos, also CCAMU news and Donna's blog Bring Gramma home in which she acknowledges the long struggle by Saskatchewan native people and environmentalists, citing the Oct 2007 publication of Jim Harding's Canada's Deadly Secret: Saskatchewan Uranium and the Global Nuclear System
, NYT 12 Feb 08 The Cold War Threat to the Navajo,, Mines and Communities updates

"There is only one power available to citizens which does not require great wealth or the use of violence. It is the power of collective persuasion. It works on the subtle levels of thought and conversation and it works directly through democracy." -- CCAMU.

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