October 2006: Frank and Gloria Morrison discover that a mining company, without their consent, has staked their property in North Frontenac. They bring the issues of claim staking on private property to a national level when Gloria is interviewed by CBC radio’s “As it Happens.”
After spending months of being stonewalled by different levels and departments of the government, they take their concerns to the Ardoch Algonquins. The Algonquin people agree to help.
For more information about the Algonquin people, click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab and then the ‘FN LINKS’, on our website.
April 9, 2007: A meeting is advertised and over 100 concerned citizens show up at Snow Road Snowmobile Club with standing room only. Presentations made by Maureen Towaij, Citizens Mining Advisory Group (CMAG) and Marilyn Crawford, MiningWatch Canada (MWC). They discuss the Mining Act and the effects of claim staking and exploration.
June 11, 2007: O.P.P’s Major Events Liaison Team (MELT) and Aboriginal Relations Team (ART) team contact members of the community. Over the following weeks, the MELT and ART become an integral part of the protest and continue work with the public to maintain a peaceful environment.
For more information about MELT, contact: Michelle Brochu at 613-360-0053.
June 17, 2007: An organizational meeting at Snow Road Station draws attendance of community members.
June 28, 2007: Presentations to North Frontenac Council by George White, President of Frontenac Ventures Corporation, John Kittle, concerned citizen and Marilyn Crawford, Bedford Mining Alert (BMA).
For more information about BMA, click on the ‘LINKS’ tab and then the ‘OUR SUPPORTERS’ subtab.
June 28, 2007: The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and the Shabot Obaajiwan First Nation move onto an old mine site in North Frontenac, known as the Robertsville site, which is a gateway to a 30,000-acre parcel of land that has been staked, claimed and explored for a potential uranium mine. The site is located north of Hwy #7 on Hwy #509. An information toll is held at the site on the #509 to raise awareness in the community. Live music is provided for the dozens of people who hand out information and carry signs.
June 29, 2007: On the Aboriginal Day of Protest the information toll continues at the site. More people join in the protest. Supplies start to come in to support the cause.
July 6, 2007: A uranium bulletin (before the Uranium News) is emailed out to inform the broader community of the mining exploration.
July 7, 2007: The first edition of the Uranium News is emailed.
July 7, 2007: A group of non-natives start to organize the larger community who are against exploration and mining of uranium.
The Tay River Legal Defense Fund offers to set up a specific account to receive financial donations for the ‘Uranium Mining Moratorium Fund’. (The TRLDF is the board that raised, collected and distributed money to fight the OMYA water taking issue in Perth, ON)
July 8, 2007: A Uranium Mine Protest Walk is organized by the First Nations. Over 300 people march on Hwy #7 from Hwy 509 to Hwy #38 in Sharbot Lake, for 2 hours. People come out to carry signs and lend their voices to the First Nations to protest exploration for uranium, as they walk to Sharbot Lake. After the walk, many people come back to the protest site to listen to speakers and share in food provided by the local residents.
July 9, 2007: The national media start to take notice of events going on in North Frontenac. Global, CTV, CBC radio and TV air information about the protest.
July 10, 2007: A coalition of settlers recognizes the need for non-natives to have a voice on this issue and start to organize as a group against exploration and mining of uranium.
July 12, 2007: The Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium (CCAMU) is formed, with 12 subcommittees and 25 committee members. The Uranium Mining Moratorium Fund is launched.
For more information on this fund, click on the ‘WHAT IS CCAMU?’ tab and then the ‘TO DONATE’ subtab.
July 13, 2007: Mining Watch Canada (MWC) states its support for CCAMU’s and First Nations’ call for a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining.
For more information on MWC, click on the ‘LINKS’ tab and then the ‘OUR SUPPORTERS’ subtab, on our website.
July 13, 2007: There is a second Uranium Mine Protest Walk down Hwy#7 to Sharbot Lake. Over 300 people attend. Flyers are handed out to cars that are stopped by the proceedings. Grandfather William Commanda (the Spiritual Leader of the Algonquin People) joins the walk and gives a speech to the crowd following the event.
For more information about William Commanda, click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab, and then ‘FN LINKS’ subtab.
July 17, 2007: An open meeting is held between George White and the First Nations, in Snow Road.
To see a copy of this report, click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab.
July 21, 2007: John Kittle makes a presentation on behalf of CCAMU to the Bedford Mining Alert. (This is one of many presentations John gives to different community organizations and townships over the next few months.) The BMA support CCAMU and the First Nations in their call for a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining.
For more information on BMA, click on the ‘LINKS’ tab and then ‘OUR SUPPORTS’ subtab.
July 24, 2007: Frontenac Ventures files a lawsuit against the Ardoch Algonquin First Nations and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations. Collectively, the suit is for 77 million dollars and includes 4 of the First Nations leaders and the two bands collectively.
July 25, 2007: Fundraiser in Sharbot Lake put on by Jenny Whitely and Joey Wright, in support of the First Nations. Over 350 people attend. Sarah Harmer, Luther Wright, Chris Brown, Harold Perry, Neil Perry and Frank Morrison all perform.
July 25, 2007: The local NDP candidate Ross Sutherland comes on board to support the Uranium Protest.
Too see Sutherland’s press release and the NDP letter of support, click on the ‘POLITICS’ tab, then the ‘PROVINCIAL PARTIES’ tab and then the NDP subtab.
July 28, 2007: A three-hour ‘Information Toll’ is held in Perth, Ont. 100 people come out to distribute pamphlets and show their support, by cheering and waving signs at the cars on Hwy #7. Two thousand information flyers are handed out. Spirits are high, even when the sky opens up to let loose a deluge of rain. Overall, there is a great response from the passing traffic. After the protest, a great feast is prepared by the First Nations to thank all those who have supported them.
To see a video of this protest, click on the ‘VIDEO’ tab on our website.
July 30, 2007: The Green Party of Canada comes on board to support the Uranium Protest.
To see the GPC’s press release and letter of support, click on the ‘POLITICS’ tab, then the ‘PROVINCIAL PARTIES’ tab and then the ‘GREEN’ subtab.
July 30, 2007: The First Nation’s first day in court regarding the lawsuit. Frontenac Ventures asks the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for an injunction to have the First Nations removed from the property. Justice Gordon Thomson does not grant an injunction at this time and asks for a compromise between the two parties until the lawsuit case begins in September.
August 2-4, 2007: Three days of court hearings leave the First Nations waiting for a decision on the injunction. The court is filled with supporters on all three days.
August 13, 2007: Judge Gordon Thomson sets down an adjournment and lays out conditions that Frontenac Ventures and the First Nations are expected to uphold.
The conditions are:
1) First Nations are to leave the protest site.
2) The First Nations are to remove the flags, signs and paraphernalia from the protest site.
3) The gate is to be locked and no one may access the land without an escort agreed upon by both parties.
4) Archeologists are to be escorted on to the property to determine where First Nations’ sacred sites and trap lines are located.
August 15th, 2007: Frontenac Ventures request an emergency meeting with Judge Gordon Thomson to state that the First Nations have not complied with the terms of adjournment. Thomson states that in his terms of adjournment he did not require the First Nations to leave the protest site. There is much confusion about this.
August 15, 2007: The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority starts a Well Water Quality sampling program.
For more information on this, click on the ‘HOW YOU CAN HELP’ tab and then the ‘WATER TESTING’ subtab.
August 16, 2007: The First Nations call for an emergency rally. Non-native supporters come to the protest site to witness an interim injunction being served. The police do not formally serve the injunction as they do not have a copy of it but two representatives from the OPP do meet with the Chiefs and Elders of the First Nations. The officers bring an offering of sacred tobacco, which is received by the Elder Harold Perry and a meeting is then held in the presence of the non-native supporters. The OPP say that they would notify the First Nations before they come to serve the injunction and then explain when it would come into effect. After this meeting the First Nations invite the non-native supporters to a meeting where they read out a letter that they have sent to Premier McGuinty. They also read sections of the injunction that they have received by fax.
To see the First Nations letter to McGuinty, click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab on our website.
August 17, 2007: The First Nations are notified that the injunction was considered served when they received the aforementioned fax and it is now in effect. The First Nations have two working days to remove themselves (and anything they brought with them) from the protest site on Hwy #509. The First Nations restated that they have no intention of leaving. The police claim that they do not recognize that the First Nations as being served, as they were not included in the serving process. They do not remove anyone from the site.
August 21, 2007: CCAMU writes to Minister Bartolucci, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
A copy of this letter can be seen under the ‘WHAT IS CCAMU?’ tab.
August 23, 2007: First Nations state that they will no longer participate in the court injunction process. Chris Reid, lawyer for the First Nations, explains the August 14 letter to McGuinty and why the First Nations will no longer participate. Chris Reid files a report.
This report can be seen by going to the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab on our website.
August 27, 2007: Green Party’s provincial leader, Frank De Jong, visits the protest site with local candidate Rolly Montpellier. De Jong shows his support for the First Nations’ ongoing protest. He calls for a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining in Ontario, the modernizing of the Mining Act, as well as a settlement of the First Nations’ land claims.
August 27, 2007: Judge Gordon Thomson changes the conditions of the interim injunction and iss:ues it to the FN lawyers and OPP. The First Nations ready themselves to be served.
August 29, 2007: A Tent City is started by non-native supporters, just outside the gate of the protest site. People join in from all over Ontario. The energy at the site is very positive and uplifting in spite of the seriousness of the situation. Donations of food and supplies continue to pour in.
August 30, 2007: The First Nations are served the interim injunction in front of 200 non-native supporters. The First Nations and their supporters drum and chant, while the police read the injunction.
To see a copy of the injunction, click on the ‘LEGAL’ tab.
It is important to note that…
*The police retain their discretion to decide whether to arrest or remove anyone pursuant to this order.
*The final sentence of the order says: “It is important for all concerned … that confrontation in any form simply should not happen”.
*The police have not arrested anyone to date.
September 1-2, 2007: The AAFNA hosts a Pow-Wow at the Blue Skies Festival grounds, minutes from the protest site.
September 3, 2007: Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) sends a team to the blockade site at the invitation of Paula Sherman, Randy Cota and Bob Lovelace. They maintain a continuous presence at the protest site.
For more information about CPT, go to www.cpt.org
September 6, 2007: Amnesty International urgently calls on Premier Dalton McGuinty to protect the rights of Indigenous people in the province, and support the implementation of the recommendations in the Ipperwash Inquiry.
To see this letter of support, click on the ‘LETTERS OF SUPPORT’ tab, then the subtab ‘AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’ subtab, on our website.
September 7, 2007: Representatives of the First Nations and CCAMU go to Kingston to meet with Greenpeace officials on their ship the Artic Sunrise. A media conference is held and Greenpeace states its support of the First Nations and CCAMU in their protest against the proposed uranium mine in North Frontenac.
For more about Greenpeace, click on the ‘LINKS’ tab, then the subtab ‘OUR SUPPORTERS’ subtab.
September 8-9, 2007: Non-violence trainings are offered for people at the protest site and also those willing to respond to an emergency call to the site. The four-hour training sessions are planned in consultation with the Algonquins, specifically for this situation. It is lead by experienced people from the local area and the Christian Peacemaker Teams.
September 10, 2007: The Anti-Uranium Mine Benefit Concert, Dinner and Silent Auction is held at the Green Door restaurant in Ottawa. The concert features Jennifer Noxon, Phil Lafreniere & Steven Patterson, and Christine Graves. The performers play to a packed house.
September 11, 2007: CCAMU volunteers start to paper Premier Dalton McGuinty’s riding with “No Uranium Mine, Where’s McGuinty” posters. Dozens of volunteers hand-deliver information flyers to mailboxes in McGuinty’s home riding. These carry a message alerting McGuinty’s constituents of CCAMU’s concerns.
September 12, 2007: ‘Know Your Rights Workshop’ is held, hosted by Jamie Liew & Karin Galddin of Galldin Liew LLP. This is a legal practice working out of Ottawa, willing to assist non-natives who are involved with the uranium protest.
For more information on Galldin Liew LLP, go to http://www.galldinliew.ca/index.html
September 13, 2007: By this time, John Kittle has made numerous presentations and six area township Councils (North Frontenac, Central Frontenac, South Frontenac, Lanark Highlands, Lanark County and Tay Valley) petition the province of Ontario for a moratorium. 3 of the 4 candidates for the Lanark/Frontenac/Lennox/Addington provincial riding have given CCAMU letters of support.
To see the letters of support from the different townships, click on the ‘POLITICS’ tab, then the ‘MUNICIPALITIES’ subtab, on our website.
To see letters of support from the different provincial candidates, click on the ‘POLITICS’ tab, then the ‘LOCAL PROVINCIAL CANDIDATES’ subtab.
September 13, 2007: By this time dozens of organizations have given CCAMU letters of support. The list includes: Lanark Landowners’ Association, Ontario Landowners’ Association, Glengarry Landowners’ Association, Dalhousie Lake Association, McDonalds Corners & Elphin Recreation & Arts, Buckshot Lake Cottagers Association, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, Greenpeace Canada, Mining Watch Canada, Bedford Mining Alert, Canadian Mining Alert Group (CMAG), Friends of the Tay Watershed Association and ACTCity Ottawa.
For more information about these organizations, click on the ‘LINKS’ tab and then the ‘OUR SUPPORTERS’ subtab.
September 14, 2007: Nuclear Information and Resource Service announce the result of an appeal to international organizations and individuals to sign a statement of support against uranium exploration/mining in Algonquin territory in Ontario, Canada. The statement is sent to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister of Indian Affairs Chuck Strahl, Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty and Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Ramsey. The statement is signed by 81 organizations from 12 different countries and 107 individuals.
September 18, 2007: CCAMU holds a press conference at the Charles Lynch Press Gallery on Parliament Hill to demand that Premier McGuinty bring about an immediate moratorium on uranium mining in Ontario. Elizabeth May holds a press conference immediately following CCAMU. The Green Party of Canada calls for a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining.
A rally is held outside in front of the media to unroll a petition scroll of over 2500 names down the steps of Parliament Hill. The scroll, CCAMU’s letter to McGuinty and letters of support are then given to John Fraser, McGuinty’s Executive Director for Eastern Ontario, at McGuinty’s constituency office.
For more information click on the ‘WHERE’S MCGUINTY? CAMPAIGN’ tab.
September 22, 2007: The beginning of the 7-day Algonquin Canoe protest. The Algonquin Alliance undertakes a ceremonial descending of the headwaters of the Mississippi watershed to Parliament Hill. The First Nations take water from their starting point and poured it onto the steps of Parliament Hill, to send the message that the waters of the Mississippi are not far away. A proclamation demanding a moratorium on uranium mining is delivered to the Government of Canada.
For more information about this, click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab and then the ‘CANOE PROTEST’ subtab.
September 25, 2007: The First Nations return to court to face a new judge (Justice Douglas Cunningham) and the possibility of a new injunction. The First Nations have refused to participate in the court procedures and have instead insisted on dealing with the Ontario Government through mediation. 100 supporters fill the courtroom. Talks with the government have begun.
Statements on the First Nations’ position can be found by clicking on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab and then the ‘MINERAL STATEMENT SEPT 23’ and the ‘CONSULTATION STATEMENT SEPT 23’ subtabs.
September 26, 2007: In spite of having developed a relationship of trust with the different players involved in the protest , the O.P.P’s Major Events Liaison Team (MELT) is forced to testify in court against protestors. The mandate of MELT is to act as facilitators, keeping the protest peaceful and do not see their role as information collectors. MELT is a program that is still in its infancy and there appears to be no policies established whereby the team would be exempt from testifying in court. As a result, non-native protestors Frank Morrison, John Hudson and David Milne are charged with contempt of court. Hudson and Milne are members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams and Frank Morrison is a landowner who found that Frontenac Ventures Corp. had staked a mining claim on his property.
September 25, 2007: Beckwith Township Council passes a resolution to petition the province for a uranium mining moratorium. (A total of 7 townships)
September 27, 2007: The Algonquin Canoe protest arrives in Ottawa at Victoria Island. Over 100 people attend this event. Grandfather William Commanda welcomes the paddlers to the sacred island of the Algonquin People. The First Nation leaders sign a proclamation to the Government of Canada, demanding a moratorium on uranium mining in Canada.
To see a video of the canoe ride, click on the ‘VIDEO’ tab on our website.
September 27, 2007: The Green Party hosts a fundraising event for CCAMU, featuring Jeanette Fitzsimmons, leader of the Green Party of New Zealand. Jennette is a long time Member of Parliament in NZ, which is a proud and successful nuclear-free country.
Info about the New Zealand Green Party go to, http://www.greens.org.nz/
September 28, 2007: A Rally of the Canoes on Parliament Hill. 250 people come out to support the First Nations. Conservative MP Scott Reid, who represents the riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, accepts a copy of the Algonquin proclamation to the Government of Canada.
To see the Algonquin proclamation click on the FIRST NATIONS tab, then the ALGONQUIM PROCLAMATION subtab.
October 1, 2007: The Algonquin First Nations meet with the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (also known as Big Trout Lake First Nation). The KI First Nation community has been engaged in a struggle for the last two years against the government of Ontario and Platinex Inc., a mining company who has staked claims in their territory. Platinex is represented by the same legal team, which represents Frontenac Ventures Corporation, a company that wants to explore for uranium in Frontenac (and Lanark they only have claims in Frontenac) Counties.
In both cases, the Government of Ontario has allowed mineral staking and exploration to occur without any meaningful consultation and accommodation with First Nation communities. FN communities claim that this is in violation of Canadian law.
October 1, 2007: The Malcolm Lake Landowners Association (MLLA) makes a formal statement that the majority of its members oppose the ongoing exploration and potential mining in Frontenac and Lanark Counties.
October 2, 2007: The CCAMU website is formally launched. http://www.ccamu.ca
October 2, 2007: The First Nations send a formal letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty, proposing mediation as the previous meetings with the Crown have left the parties unable to set an agenda for consultations.
To read the First Nations’ proposal for mediation, click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab and then the ‘MEDIATION PROPOSAL’ subtab.
October 3, 2007: The first meeting of an anti-uranium mining protest group in Ottawa. This group contacts members of CCAMU to inquire as to how CCAMU was formed. Alliances are created.
October 4, 2007: The First Nations are called to appear in court on before Mr. Justice Cunningham, in Kingston ON, to hear the plaintiff’s (Frontenac Ventures) notice of motion. The O.P.P. are summonsed to appear. FV claims that the First Nations, their supporters and the police are still ignoring the injunction. Members of the First Nations and 3 non-natives are named in contempt of injunction charges. Justice Cunningham sets down an interlocutory order, ordering the protesters to leave the site or face arrest.
To read the interlocutory order, click on the ‘LEGAL’ tab on our website.
October 5, 2007: The Director of the International Land Coalition, Bruce H. Moore, sends a letter of support. The ILC is an alliance of intergovernmental and civil-society organizations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land. The ILC Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations in Rome, Italy.
To read the ILC letter of support, click on the ‘LETTERS OF SUPPORT’ tab and the then the ‘INTERNATIONAL LAND COALITION’ subtab, on our website. For more information go to http://www.landcoalition.org/
October 8, 2007: Donna Dillman, a local grandmother, starts a hunger strike to call for a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining in Eastern Ontario. She moves into a tent trailer outside of the protest site.
October 8, 2007: The First Nations agree to a 12-week truce, provided that the provincial and federal governments agree to formal mediation. The run into difficulty when government changes the wording of the agreement. After much deliberation, the First Nations and the government agree on the agenda of the mediation process.
October 9, 2007: Donna Dillman starts an on-line blog through the Uranium News and the CCAMU website, to talk about her hunger strike experience and to draw attention to the issue of uranium mining in Ontario.
To see Donna’s Blog click on the ‘DONNA’S BLOG’ tab, on our website.
October 9, 2007: CCAMU starts a Letter Writing Campaign, sending messages to Premier McGuinty regarding uranium mining. Hundreds of concerned citizens start to write to the Premier about their concerns.
For more information about the Letter Writing campaign click on the ‘HOW YOU CAN HELP’ tab, then the ‘LETTER WRITING’ subtab.
October 12, 2007: The Christian Peacemaker Teams decided to withdraw its full-time presence from the blockade when an agreement in principle to mediate is reached between the province, the federal government, Frontenac Ventures and the Algonquins.
Their primary focus and mandate is placing violence reduction teams (where invited) in situations where there is the possibility of lethal violence.
James Loney, CPT’s Canada Program Coordinator, writes…
“I can confidently speak on behalf of everyone from CPT (about 12 of us in all) who spent time at the blockade: we are unanimously inspired by the wonderful spirit of communication, determination, unity and commitment to the earth that was (and IS) shared by everyone who is part of the blockade. This is a beautiful (perhaps even unprecedented) thing that is happening in Canada–indigenous and non-indigenous people coming together as members of one human family to protect the earth from destruction. We thank you for welcoming us so warmly.”
October 13, 2007: The Raging Grannies come out to support Donna at the protest site.
October 14, 2007: The Anti-Uranium Trilogy of Terry Tufts, Neville Wells and Frank Morrison put on a concert in Sharbot Lake. This is one of many concerts that the “Trilogy” organizes and performs at over the next few months.
October 19, 2007: Co-Chief Paula Sherman starts a film and discussion series, twice per month, featuring films that discuss Aboriginal issues, history, culture, and spirituality.
October 18, 2007: The First Nations start to remove their protest from behind the gate at the Robertsville site and make the following statement:
-The First Nations are acting in good faith by removing themselves from behind the gate to allow for the mediation process to begin.
-The First Nations intend to keep a presence outside of the gate.
-Frontenac Ventures will not be allowed onto the site before the OPP has had an opportunity to inspect the property and take photos.
-Frontenac Ventures will not be allowed onto the site before a monitor has been selected by both parties.
-The community coalition protesters will continue to camp just outside the gate.
October 18, 2007: The following information came from the OPP, to the Uranium News…
“Frontenac Ventures lawyers inform the police at 10 am, that they are giving the Algonquins 24 hours notice to vacate the property inside the gate and to respect a 200-meter buffer zone at the gate (outside the property). If the above is not complied with, FV will have Justice Cunningham’s order served and they will proceed with the existing contempt allegations.”
October 19, 2007: A large group of protesters as well as TV, radio and newspapers come out to the site, in response to Frontenac Ventures statement. While there, the police informed the group that they had contacted Frontenac Ventures for clarification of the message given to them on the 18th of October and were told that it was simply an ultimatum issued to the Algonquins and the Settlers and they had no intention of going on the property today.
October 19, 2007: A new website to fight uranium mining in Ontario is launched. To see the “No Uranium Ottawa” website go to…
October 21, 2007: The First Nations hold a council meeting that is open to the public. One of their lawyers, Chris Reid, is present to give details on the mediation process with Ontario and Canada.
Chris Reid makes the following statement…
“A tentative agreement has been reached to engage in mediated negotiations over the next 12 weeks. During this time contempt of court proceedings will be adjourned indefinitely and Frontenac Ventures Corporation will be allowed limited access to the exploration site for the purposes of conducting “low impact” (no drilling) prep work. We have not yet agreed on a mediator and we are still working out details as to how and by whom FVC’s work over the 12 week period will be monitored.
The Algonquins’ position has not changed: No drilling for uranium samples or mining will be allowed within their territory.
The agreement to negotiate and allow FVC limited access is silent on the ongoing protest. Our position is that the Algonquins have agreed not to obstruct or harass FVC over the 12-week period of the agreement, but we have not agreed to end the protest. In fact the Ardoch Algonquins have decided to keep the protest on the road allowance side of the gate. Plans are also underway to resume and expand the blockade if the negotiations fail to reach an agreement which prevents drilling.”
October 20, 2007: The larger protest site trailer is moved to the outside of the gate. Non-native protesters start to camp out in the trailer.
October 20-21, 2007: OPP move onto the protest site, to keep the peace. The owner of the property that is leased to Frontenac Ventures attempts to enter the site but the OPP keep all parties off the site until a “monitor” has been chosen.
October 21, 2007: More small trailers are brought to the protest site and Ardoch Algonquin Elder, Harold Perry, starts to build a small cabin on the road allowance. It becomes known as “The House that Harold Built.”
October 22, 2007: Jim Harding (a retired professor of environmental and justice studies and author “Canada’s Deadly Secret: Saskatchewan Uranium and the Global Nuclear System”) makes contact with CCAMU and starts to send out information about uranium mining in Saskatchewan.
To see Jim’s article “Nuclear smoke and mirrors from Alberta to Australia,” click on ‘URANIUM SCIENCE’subtab.
October 24, 2007: Donna Dillman is two weeks into her hunger strike and is gaining pubic support and media attention. She has handwritten several letters to Premier McGuinty but has yet to receive a response.
October 25, 2007: Ontario government forces Kitchenumaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation to withdraw from their legal process. KI is also protesting exploration on their traditional territory. The mining company, Platinex, shares the same lawyer as Frontenac Ventures. Our community links to KI to support their protest.
October 26, 2007: CBC TV’s The National, covers Donna Dillman and her hunger strike. Frank Morrison is also featured but Bob Lovelace, who was interviewed, was cut from the piece.
October 27, 2007: CCAMU make its local public début at the Carleton Place Halloween Parade. Anti-Uranium Trick or Treaters, of all ages, are on hand to give out information about the “scary” radioactivity coming down river.
November 2, 2007: The Bay of Quinte Conference of The United Church of Canada sends a support letter for “the Algonquin and Local Residents Blockade of Uranium Prospecting near Sharbot Lake”.
November 7, 2007: Dr. Gordon Edwards Uranium Information Night is held in Carleton Place. Dr. Edwards is a well-known and highly respected authority on the long-term hazards of nuclear facilities, and the President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. Photographer, Robert De Tredici, co-presented a power point presentation to a packed house.
For more information about Dr. Edwards work go to http://www.ccnr.org
To see his statement of support, click on ‘STATEMENT BY DR. GORDON EDWARDS’ and ‘URANIUM SCIENCE’ subtab.
November 7, 2007: Local MP Scott Reid comes to the protest site to visit Donna Dillman. Donna has now not eaten for one month and supporters are getting worried about her. A large numbers of letters are sent and McGuinty’s office has stated that they are receiving many handwritten letters from concerned citizens. At this point, Donna has sent McGuinty six hand written letter, but she still has not yet heard from him.
November 10, 2007: Climb to Stop the Mine! The Boiler Room Climbing Gym in Kingston, hosts a fundraiser for CCAMU and the First Nations.
November 11, 2007: Frontenac Ventures Corporation, are permitted onto the site and have put a new lock on the gate. Observers, who were agreed upon by Frontenac Ventures and the First Nations, will be meeting on the site to be informed about plans for preparatory work that will be starting up as soon as the company can get a crew up and running.
November 14, 2007: Frontenac Ventures Corporation, leaves the door open to pursue “additional contempt charges with respect to any individual’s conduct including the erection of any tent, trailer, furniture, etc. within 200 metres of the gate in the future if deemed appropriate.”
November 15, 2007: Local MPP Randy Hillier and MP Scott Reid submit a paper on the mining act called “Ontario Mining Law is a Mess.”
To see a copy of this paper go to,
November 16, 2007: The Christian Peacemaker Teams sponsor a day of action at Dalton McGuinty’s office in Ottawa. Donna Dillman joins the action to personally hand over her a handwritten letter to the Premier. The protestors are met with media attention, including CBC. Premier McGuinty’s assistant, John Frazer, denies the protestors access to the building, with the exception of Co-Chief Randy Cota is granted access because of his position as a leader. After negotiation with O.P.P’s MELTeam, Donna is permitted to enter the building to write a reply to a letter that she had just received from McGuinty though his assistant.
To see a copy of McGuinty’s letter to Donna, click on the ‘DONNA’S BLOG’ tab, on our website.
November 17, 2007: Carleton Place Town Council passes a resolution calling for a moratorium on uranium mining in eastern Ontario. This makes eight municipal governments to support our cause.
November 17, 2007: The Christian Peacemakers Team sponsors an “Undoing Racism Workshop” given by Chiefs Doreen Davis and Randy Cota.
November 19, 2007: A delegation of Quakers joins the protest site. They invite everyone to join them in an hour of quiet contemplation and sharing on November 20th.
November 20, 2007: The Town of Perth Council passes a resolution four to one, calling for a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining in the counties of Frontenac and Lanark until all outstanding issues are addressed.
November 21, 2007: Kingston City council votes unanimously calling on the Provincial Government to institute a moratorium on uranium mining.
November 21, 2007: Joan Kuyek, National Coordinator of MiningWatch Canada, and Marilyn Crawford, of CCAMU, give a presentation on “Undermining the Future: A discussion about the impact of mining” in Ottawa.
November 22, 2007: The Ottawa Coalition Against Mining Uranium (OCAMU) holds it’s first public meeting.
November 22, 2007: At 2:30 pm, the local Sheriff serves the injunction that the protesters have been anticipating.
November 23, 2007: The North Frontenac Township put up signs officially marking the boundary of the Robertsville hamlet, the location of the uranium protest site.
November 23, 2007: On the 47th day without food, Donna Dillman, leaves the exploration site and takes her protest to Queen’s Park. She continues to demand that Premier McGuinty call a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining in eastern Ontario. Media covers the event. Her move is prompted by Frontenac Ventures announcement that they may pursue “…additional contempt charges with respect to any individual’s conduct including the erection of any tent, trailer, furniture, etc. within 200 meters of the gate in the future if deemed appropriate.” Up until this time, Donna has been living in one of the trailers at the protest site and she feels threatened with contempt charges.
November 24, 2007: The First Nations sponsor a Uranium Information Toll on Hwy #7 near Carleton Place.
November 24, 2007: Settlers at the protest site clear everything away from the renegotiated distance from the gate. Their efforts allow the threat of contempt charges to be put off and to keep things on track for the First Nations’ mediation with the government.
November 24, 2007: Frank Morrison, one of the non-native protesters facing contempt of court charges, is now being represented by Eco Justice (a non-profit, independent, national environmental law organization.)
For information about Eco Justice (formerly Sierra Legal Defense Fund) go to http://www.ecojustice.ca
November 27, 2007: Donna Dillman arrives in Toronto. A large Anti-Uranium Rally (Organized by the Christian Peacemaker Teams and CCAMU) takes place. During a march, Donna is brought by wheelchair to Queen’s Park, where she is met by extensive media, MPP Randy Hillier and NDP Environmental Critic, MPP Peter Tabuns.
Later in the day, McGuinty publicly states that he could not agree to Donna’s terms, as he could not shut down Ontario’s nuclear reactors overnight. McGuinty pleads with her to eat and not to use a hunger strike tactic. On CBC’s Ontario Morning Show, Donna is asked if she had a response for McGuinty. Donna states that she “…has not asked McGuinty to shut down Ontario’s nuclear reactors and that he was deflecting the issue to protect his pro-nuclear stance. I am speaking about uranium mining. 80% of the uranium mining in this country is exported and we do not need to destroy yet another community with uranium mining.”
November 27, 2007: MPPs, Peter Tabuns and Randy Hillier, vow to raise the question of uranium mining in the legislature and have individual meetings with Donna.
November 27, 2007: Dr. David Suzuki sends a letter of support. He copies CCAMU on a personal, handwritten letter that he has sent to Premier McGuinty. To see the letter click on the ‘LETTERS OF SUPPORT’ tab and then ‘DAVID SUZUKI’ subtab.
November 28, 2007: The Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Association send a letter of support to CCAMU.
To see this letter click on the ‘LETTERS OF SUPPORT’ tab and then the A2A subtab on our website.
November 28, 2007: Donna and Wolfe Erlichman, CCAMU’s Toronto Campaign Manager, meet with Minister Michael Gravelle, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. After stating that the government had no intention of calling a moratorium, Premier McGuinty joined the meeting. Donna told him of her concerns and he commented that he “…too loved his kids as we all do, and that they were his first responsibility.” He also expressed concern with her health.
The Premier then shared some of what his government had accomplished from an environmental perspective, and then got down to the question at hand. He said that he would not be calling a moratorium because “he was committed to maintaining the present level of 14,000 megawatts of electricity generated by nuclear.” Donna advised him that, according to information from Dr. Gordon Edwards, 80% of Canada’s uranium was exported. With that in mind, and in light of the danger, there should be no need for continued exploration. Both McGuinty and Gravelle seemed unaware of these statistics and the Premier committed to researching the issue. Donna committed to refusing food until she heard back from him.
November 29, 2007: Donna moves her protest from outside the Ontario Legislature to the Members Gallery. Peter Tabuns publicly acknowledges and welcomes Donna every day she is in the legislature so that it is in the legislative record.
November 29, 2007: Ardoch Algonquin Co-Chief Paula Sherman and CCAMU’s Marilyn Crawford, speak at Trent University on “Struggling Against Uranium Exploration and the Natural Resources Regime in Ontario.”
December 2, 2007: The Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation hosts a Christmas Social in Sharbot Lake.
December 3, 2007: The First Nations’ mediation with the government is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Sharbot Lake Country Inn. The First Nations want the meetings to be open to the public. The Ontario Government and Frontenac Ventures favour a closed mediation process.
December 3, 2007: MPP Peter Tabuns makes a statement in the legislature regarding the Frontenac anti-uranium protest and Donna’s hunger strike.
To see Tabuns’ statement click on the POLITICS tab, then the PROVINCIAL PARTIES subtab, then the NDP subtab.
December 3, 2007: The Council of Canadians send out an Action Alert on their website calling for a ban on uranium mining and exploration in Canada. They draw attention to the Frontenac Uranium Protest. To see this information go to
December 4, 2007: Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner releases the 2006-2007 Annual Report: Reconciling our Priorities. The reports calls for Ontario to amend the Mining Act to provide for consultation with First Nations when granting mining claims and leases and to stop treating public lands as freely open to mineral exploration.
December 5, 2007: CCAMU holds a press conference in the Media Gallery at Queen’s Park. Donna Dillman makes 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 CCAMU, back up her demand with presentations to the gallery.
December 7, 2007: CUPE 3902 hosts a fundraiser in Toronto for the First Nations.
December 7, 2007: After waiting for over a week to hear from Premier McGuinty, Donna writes to ask him to live up to his agreement to respond to her statement regarding Canada’s uranium exports. She also asks for a public inquiry into uranium mining in Ontario.
To see Donna’s letters to McGuinty click on the ‘DONNA’S BLOG’ tab.
December 8, 2007: The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation hosts a Holiday Potluck Social in Maberly, Ontario.
December 8, 2007: A group of Eastern Ontario opponents of uranium mining puts the Province on notice, demanding public consultation and an eventual moratorium on uranium mining in the province.
Ottawa-based lawyer, Mike Swinwood, will represent 30 non-native North Frontenac families and about 50 Ottawa residents when he presents a notice of intention to challenge the constitutionality of the Ontario Mining Act to the Attorney General of Ontario.
December 8, 2007: Large Climate Change Rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Donna Dillman is there to give a speech about uranium mining.
December 8, 2007: The Ottawa Coalition Against Uranium Mining (OCAMU) publishes the Uranium Fact Sheet. This document can be seen by clicking on the ‘URANIUM FACT SHEET’ tab.
December 9, 2007: The 62nd day of Donna’s hunger strike and she stops blogging to conserve her dwindling energy.
December 10, 2007: The Ontario Coalition for Social Justice sends a letter of support. To see this letter click on the ‘LETTERS OF SUPPORT’ tab and then ‘ONTARIO COALITION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE’ subtab, on our website.
December 11, 2007: At 12pm, Donna proceeds to take her hunger strike to “water only” as Premier McGuinty does not acknowledge her request to meet with him to discuss the possibility of a public inquiry into uranium mining in eastern Ontario. The Premier had promised to get back to her about Canada’s uranium export but has remained silent on the subject.
Three women, unknown to Donna before she arrived in Toronto, step forward to join her hunger strike. All four women are publicly acknowledged and welcomed in the legislature by MPP Peter Tabuns and many MPPs clap in recognition.
December 11, 2007: Shabot Obaajiwan’s Chief Doreen Davis reports on the mediation process…
“Representatives from the provincial and federal government met with the Shabot Obaajiwan and Ardoch Algonquin for two days last week. On the first day there was a huge snowstorm, so many people were unable to attend. Everyone was in attendance the following day and spent most of the time setting the agenda, drafting a work plan and scheduling dates for future meetings. The Shabot Obaajiwan and the Ardoch Algonquin both gave presentations outlining their structure, laws and vision of their respective communities.
The settlers and the press were allowed to attend these particular meetings. Whether or not the upcoming meetings are open remains to be seen.
There is a disagreement about when the period of 12 weeks of negotiation began. According to Frontenac Ventures the 12 weeks will be over on January 28th, which is 12 weeks from when they moved back onto the site. The first mediation meeting was not held until almost 3 weeks after. At this point the lawyers have agreed to disagree and it was noted that mediation sessions have been booked well into February.”
December 13, 2007: The Christian Peacemaker Team hosts an anti-uranium event where protesters walk through the streets of Toronto to Queen’s Park. There are many organizations present to give speeches.
December 13, 2007: CCAMU holds a press conference in the Queen’s Park Press Gallery to announce that they intend, in association with other groups and individuals, to begin a Citizens’ Inquiry into exploration and mining of uranium. Green Peace Canada, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, David Suzuki Foundation, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Voice of Women, MiningWatch Canada, and Sierra Club of Canada have all endorsed the hearings. Wolfe Erlichman states,
“…this inquiry may involve, among other things, public hearings, written and oral submissions and fact gathering by experts on uranium exploration and mining. It is CCAMU’s hope that Donna will view this action as an extension of her work and will end her hunger strike today as we very concerned about her health.”
To see a copy of this press release click on the ‘DONNA’S BLOG’ tab.
December 13, 2007: Donna accepts CCAMU’s offer to host a citizens’ inquiry and supporters witness her officially end the hunger strike by eating her first mouthful of food in 68 days.
December 14, 2007: Safe and Green Energy (SAGE), a dedicated group of folks, active around issues of uranium, nuclear power, and alternative energy host a successful letter writing workshop. The letters of concern are sent to Premier McGuinty.
December 15, 2007: Performers, Jenny Whiteley and Joey Wright, host a concert at McDonald’s Corners, featuring Kathleen Edwards, to raise money for the fight against Uranium Mining in Eastern Ontario.
January 6, 2008: First Nations negotiations begin with the government of Ontario. The session is intended to be open to anyone wanting to observe the negotiations taking place. The session is disrupted when individuals claiming to represent the Mohawk Nation position themselves at the negotiation table. When the group refuses to make room at the table for the negotiating team , the negotiation session is suspended. The Provincial negotiators no longer support the open concept for negotiations.
January 7, 2008: Negotiations resume and are again disrupted by a group claiming to represent the Mohawk Nation. At this point, the Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaajiwan First Nations contact the Mohawk Clan Mothers and ask them to intervene. The MCM asks the Mohawk group to stop disrupting the process. During the evening, there is a negotiation session but it remains closed to all but the negotiators for the province, Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaajiwan.
January 8, 2008: The negotiations continue. Robert Lovelace reports,
“Certainly a major stumbling block is that the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has never developed policies that respect or address the current legal interpretations of Aboriginal rights and title. Without such policies they often seem at a loss on how to proceed with a solution. The Mining Act has afforded some Canadians more privilege than others and it is hard for the province to recognize that Canadian values about land and development have changed. Even more difficult for the provincial negotiators, is understanding the complexity of Algonquin thought and values. These discussions are really hard ‘slugging’.
I am unable to report specifically in this public report on issues. However, I want both our members and our allies to know that our position going into these negotiations was that there will be no drilling, exploration, or mining and our position coming out of these negotiations will be the same. My personal hope is that these negotiations will develop a lasting process that will anticipate community needs, respond to community concerns and put community interests above the short-term gains of the profit motive.”
To read Robert Lovelace’s negotiations reports, click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab and then ‘FIRST NATIONS’ MEDIATION REPORTS’ subtab.
January 10, 2008: The uranium exploration company digs a trench at the protest site. It is positioned at the front of the property (running along just behind the fence line,) and is approximately 3 feet wide and 8 feet deep. The OPP are notified and start to look into the matter. The lawyers for the First Nations, government and the exploration company are also notified. It is later explained that the trenches and berms of soil are an attempt by the property owner to secure his land. The entranceway into the 30,000 areas of stake land is own by a private individual who leases the land to Frontenac Ventures.
January 11, 2008: The First Nations release a media advisory, vowing to re-occupy the proposed uranium exploration/mining site in Robertsville later in the month unless the province calls a halt to the project. The First Nations say that they usually permit mining and other activities on their lands, but cannot accept uranium exploration as the mining of uranium destroys the land and threatens the health, well-being and cultural survival of the Algonquins. Robert Lovelace does not expect an agreement with an exploration company, Frontenac Ventures Corporation, before a court-ordered consultation process ends Jan. 28.
January 12, 2008: Given the fact that the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines admits to not having any protocols or procedures for dealing with the First Nations in regards to mineral exploration, the Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaajiwan First Nations propose a “pilot project”. Using the current situation, a model of consultation and accommodation involving First Nations would be developed that could then be applied province-wide. The First Nations felt that this development would take six months to a year, and in the meantime they did not want any drilling in the protested area. The proposal is dismissed by Ontario without discussion.
January 12, 2008: A summary of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist’s report, prepared by Howard Robinson, is submitted to CCAMU. The report identifies that fact that “…the exploration of Uranium in North Frontenac township” raises many “concerns ranging from First Nations land disputes, environmental concerns, clean drinking water, clean air, species at risk, property prices, impact on Tourism and the local exploration work opportunities.”
“…is written from a Source Water Protection focus and the natural environment. While current exploration activity may not directly affect municipal water systems covered by the Clean Water Act because of dilution over proximity distance, it may have an impact on private wells in the area and general airborne contamination. Other concerns related to source water protection include the safety of tailings ponds from natural causes or human accidents.
They therefore recommend,
“… from a Clean Water Act perspective, ‘No risk’ is preferred to ‘Low risk and that a possible solution would be to place a moratorium on Uranium exploration, mining and processing within the Source Water Protection (SWP) Regions until the risks are fully understood and mitigated. See the following link for a mapping of current Source Water Protection regions.”
To see the full report, go to the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist’s website at http://mvfn.ca/?p=415
January 13, 2008: The CCAMU Christmas Event takes place after being snowed out in December.
January 19, 2008: Frontenac County passes a resolution to petition the Province for a moratorium against uranium exploration & mining. Eleven municipalities have come on board thanks to the efforts of John and Sheila Kittle.
January 20, 2008: Robert Lovelace submits a report regarding the issue of Monitors at the proposed mining site. The chosen monitor for the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation is denied access to the site on January 12th, thou the monitor for the province and Frontenac Ventures are allowed to enter.
To see Robert’s report click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab, then the ‘FIRST NATIONS MEDIATION REPORTS’ subtab.
January 21, 2008: Algonquin monitor John Davis is permitted on to the protested land with Jamie Fairchild of Frontenac Ventures. He spends more than two hours in the bush observing the activity that is taking place.
January 23, 2008: The Ottawa Community Against Mining Uranium hosts Jim Harding’s (Author of ‘Canada’s Deadly Secret’, Fernwood 2007) book tour and speaking event entitled “Why We Need a Non-nuclear strategy for Global Warming.” Harding speaks to a packed house at the Ottawa Public Library. Donna Dillman, Syd Brownstein and Lorraine Rekmans also speak at this event.
January 23, 2008: Lawyers for Frontenac Ventures Corporation announces that the company will be in a position to start drilling test holes for uranium on the 30,000 acre mining claim in North Frontenac as of January 28th. The company’s project manager, Jamie Fairchild, says that FVC will not be ready for at least another month.
January 24, 2008: A Jim Harding event (Uranium: Anything but Clean & Green) is held in Wakefield, Quebec, sponsored by the newly formed La Coalition de l’Ouest du Québec contre l’exploitation d’uranium (COQCEU) / The West Quebec Coalition Against Mining Uranium.
January 24, 2008: Helen Forsey reports that there is an increase of activity behind the gates of the protest site. There are security men with floodlights and bush buggies who patrol behind the new trenches and more company workers coming and going with skidoos and chain saws. They also see more OPP driving past.
January 25, 2008: Donna Dillman, on behalf of CCAMU, participates in the Ontario Sustainable Campuses Conference, “Carbon Trading: Climate Solution or Climate Injustice?”
January 26, 2008: Jim Harding book signing events take place in Carleton Place, Ontario and Perth, Ontario
January 26, 2008: Twelve Christian Peacemakers arrive at the site with a new delegation.
Taken from their website,
“Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) arose from a call in 1984 for Christians to devote the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war.”
To find our more about the Christian Peacemaker Teams go to http://www.cpt.org/
January 26, 2008: The Ardoch Algonquin First Nations host Grandfather William Commanda who gives teachings on the 1701 wampum belt. Robert Lovelace also provides teachings.
January 28, 2008: After 7 weeks of negotiations, Ontario concedes that a consultation process must begin with the possibility that a wider range of outcomes, including the possibility of no further exploration, could take place. This means that during the consultation process no drilling or intrusive work would be carried out. Both Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaajiwan First Nations also conceded that after an extensive consultation, which includes research, information sharing and identification of community values, that there might be the possibility of continued exploration including drilling. With this mutual understanding in place the First Nations begin to develop a joint framework for consultation. The Mediator, Richard Moore, comments that this is the most productive work that has been done during the negotiations.
January 29, 2008: Negotiations begin to fail at the end of the second day of work on the framework for consultation. At the end of the session, Robert Lovelace asks Cam Clark, the Ontario negotiator, if they still have an understanding that there was a possibility after consultation that no drilling would take place. He answers, “No, some drilling will need to happen even during the consultation process.” Robert does not find this an acceptable method of negotiation and feels that this tactic is “bargaining in bad faith.”
January 30, 2008: The First Nations email Mr. Clark and ask him to reaffirm in writing the original agreement. If Clark is unwilling to do this then, the First Nations vow to not attend any further negotiation sessions. Mr. Clark does not reply.
February 1, 2008: Ontario’s negotiator contacts the Shabot Obaajiwan First Nation’s lawyer and proposes a telephone conference. Chief Davis joins the discussion. Ontario offers to continue consultation with the Shabot, with the promise of some land withdrawal, as long as drilling could take place. Chief Davis declines the offer in “no uncertain terms” and states that her community would take action to block entry to the Robertsville site immediately.
February 1, 2008: CCAMU announces that they are now taking applications for submissions to the ‘Citizens’ Inquiry on the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle’. Dates and times are set for hearings in Sharbot Lake, Kingston, Peterborough and Ottawa.
For more information about the Citizens’ Inquiry, go to http://www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com/
February 2, 2008: The Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaajiwan First Nation communities meet and agree to work together to re-secure the site.
February 2, 2008: The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines writes a letter to Robert Lovelace stating that the government is disappointed that the mediation process has broken down but that they believe that the mediation was useful
“…in allowing the parties present to gain a better understanding of each other’s views.” Ontario claims “…to be committed to engaging in consultation efforts in respect of Frontenac’s proposed exploratory drilling campaign” and since “…the mediation process had concluded, they understand that Frontenac Ventures Corporation intends to proceed with the Phase One exploration.”
Ontario requests to meet with the First Nations before any drilling, to discuss the appropriate location of any initial strategic drilling sites so that they would not interfere with any land of archaeological significance.
To see the MNDM’s letter to Robert click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab, then the ‘MEDATION BRAKEDOWN’ subtab.
February 3, 2008: After 8 weeks of mediated negotiations with Ontario, Robert Lovelace announces that the First Nations have failed to reach an agreement to create a process for consultation and accommodation concerning the proposed Uranium exploration in Robertsville. The mediator calls an end to the negotiations with no immediate plans to resume the talks.
To see Robert Lovelace’s mediation report covering this issue click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab, then the ‘FIRST NATIONS MEDIATION REPORTS’ subtab.
February 4, 2008: The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation response to MNDM letter dated 02/02/11 (see above).
“The mediated negotiation ended when Mr. Clark, MNDM negotiator, withdrew support for a fundamental understanding which had been agreed upon by all parties and had been the basis for moving forward with a consultation framework.” AAFN places the responsibility of the negotiation failure on the shoulders of the MNDM. They feel that the MNDM’s letter does not offer true consultation, only consultation as to where Frontenac Venture can drill.
To see this letter of response click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab, then the ‘MEDATION BREAKDOWN’ subtab.
February 7, 2008: David Gill, of the Ottawa Coalition Against Mining Uranium, announces that the Community Protective Services Committee, (the health and safety committee of Ottawa City Council) voted unanimously for their resolution for a moratorium of uranium mining in eastern Ontario. The resolution will go on to the Ottawa Municipal Council of the Whole on the 27th Feb.
November 8, 2008: Helen Forsey starts to report about various happenings at the protest site. Her reports appear regularly in the Uranium News and gives a “settlers” perspective.
February 11, 2008: The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation makes an official statement on the failed mediation process.
To see this statement, click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab, then the ‘MEDATION BREAK DOWN’ subtab.
February 10, 2008: Nicola Oddy and Jack Hurd of the ‘Oddities’ hosts a fund raising concert, Sweet Sounds – A Choral Extravaganza. Gospel, pop, and folk music rock Perth’s PDCI high school. Nearly 100 singers and instrumentalists from the PDCI Choir, the PDCI Concert Band and the Tay Valley Township Community Choir join in to raise funds for medical treatment for a local woman, Naomi Marchand as well as CCAMU.
February 12, 2008: Contempt of court charges, filed by Frontenac Ventures Corp., proceed for those originally charged. The First Nations attend court for the next three days.
Earlier in the hearing Chief Doreen Davis and War Chief Earl Badour of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation agree to abide by the terms of the injunction of September 27, 2007 but they must reappear in court on March 18, 2008.
February 15, 2008: After giving two days of testimony, Robert Lovelace is sentenced to 6 months in jail for refusing to comply with a court injunction. The Kingston Regional Police take him away from the courthouse in handcuffs. Justice Douglas Cunningham also hands down heavy fines, saying, “Compliance with the orders of this court are not optional.”
Co-chief Paula Sherman and Honorary Chief Harold Perry of the Ardoch Algonquin, are also charged but agreed to abide by the terms of an injunction which forbids them from blocking Frontenac Ventures Ltd from drilling test holes on the site or encouraging others to do so. Perry is age seventy-eight and has heart problems while Paula Sherman is a single parent and would stand to loose her children if she went to prison.
To read the Judge Cunningham’s sentencing of Robert and Paula, click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab, then the ‘LOVELACE/SHERMAN TRANSCRIPT OF SENTENCING’ subtab, on our website.
The Ardoch and Shabot Defense/Counterclaim, is struck from the court record, but can be seen by clicking the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab, then the ‘FOR THE RECORD- ARDOCH/SHABOT COURT DEFENCE 02/15/08’ subtab.
February 15, 2008: The OPP issues the following statement,
“Pursuant to the court order, anyone within 200m of the gate, or any Frontenac Ventures employee at the site, can be arrested and charged with criminal contempt. As well, anyone obstructing Frontenac Venture employees or equipment can be arrested and charged with criminal contempt. Buildings and/or structures may not be within 500m of the gate on Robertsville Road or Hwy 509.”
The Dicki Moore trailer and ‘the House That Harold Built’ are removed from the site. The Sharbot Lake OPP asks that anyone wishing to pick up belongings, first stop at their OPP office on Hwy 7, for a police escort.
February 18, 2008: Amnesty International releases a letter of concern about the sentencing of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation negotiator Robert Lovelace.
To see Amnesty’s letter of concern click on ‘LETTERS OF SUPPORT’ tab, then the ‘AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CANADA’ subtab, on our website.
February 19, 2008: The Ardoch Algonquin First Nations set up an online petition to support Robert Lovelace.
To sign the petition go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/aafn/
February 20, 2008: Musician, Ian Tamblyn, presents a concert to fight uranium mining in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. The Algonquin Drummers, Terry Tufts & Kathryn Briggs, Neville Wells and Dwain Scudder join Ian in a night of entertainment at The National Archives building in Ottawa.
To see photos, taken by Garth Gullekson, of this event click on the ‘PICTURES&VIDEOS’ tab, then the ‘IAN TAMBLYN CONCERT’ subtab.
February 21, 2008: The Ontario College of Family Physicians rights a letter to the Minister of Health Promotions outlining their concerns regarding concerns of uranium mining in Ontario and Quebec.
To see a copy of this letter click on LETTERS OF SUPPORT tab, then the ONTARIO COLLEGE OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS subtab.
February 22, 2008: Robert Lovelace is transferred to the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario.
February 22, 2008: The Fathead fundraiser takes place at the Agricultural Hall in McDonald’s Corners.
February 22, 2008: The Union of BC Indian Chiefs writes a letter of support for the Algonquins’ Human Rights.
To see this letter click on the ‘FIRST NATIONS’ tab, then the ‘UNION OF BC INDIAN CHIEFS’ subtab.
February 23, 2008: A rally is held at in Napanee to show support and gratitude to Robert Lovelace. Over 450 people attend the rally to listen to speakers, such as Craig Benjamin of Amnesty International, and march down the highway to the Quinte Regional Detention Centre.
To read Amnesty International’s press release in support of Lovelace, click on LETTERS OF SUPPORT tab, then the AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL subtab.
To see pictures of this rally go to the ‘PICTURES&VIDEOS’ tab, then the ‘RALLY IN NAPANEE BY GARTH GULLEKSON’.
February 23, 2008: MP Scott Reid and MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington) write a letter of support for Robert Lovelace. It is read out at the Napanee Rally.
To see this letter go to http://www.ccamu.ca/pdfs/hillier_reid_21feb08.pdf
February 27, 2008: The Ottawa Coalition Against Mining Uranium announces that the Ottawa City Council, all but unanimously, passed the following resolution,
1. Petition the Province of Ontario and Premier Dalton McGuinty to initiate an immediate moratorium on uranium mineral prospecting, exploration and mining in Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa River watershed until such a time that all environmental and health issues related to Uranium mining are resolved and that there are settlement plans for all related native land claims;
2. That the City of Ottawa petition the Province of Ontario to undertake an immediate comprehensive public review of the Mining Act, 1990.
To see the entire resolution pass by the Ottawa City Council, click on the ‘POLITICS’ tab, then the ‘MUNICIPALITY’ subtab, on our website.
February 28, 2008: Shabot Obaajiwan War Chief, Earl Bedour, announces a renewed resolve in the wake of Lovelace’s Sentencing. The statement goes on to say that Earl is “outraged by the extreme sentence levied on Lovelace” and that “This fight is far from over.” The Shabot Obaajiwan remain committed to ensuring that Algonquin lands remain free of uranium mining. “We will fight the next phase of this battle at the political level,” says Badour, who will be spearheading the Shabot Obaajiwan campaign to further publicize both the government’s failure to fulfill its duty to consult and accommodate and the environmental impact of uranium mining at the top of the Ottawa Valley watershed. “This is first and foremost an environmental issue. Uranium mining is one of the most environmentally devastating forms of mining there is.”
To see the complete announcement, click on the FIRST NATIONS tab, then the SHABOT OBAAJIWAN PRESS RELEASE 02/29/08.
For more information on the Shabot Obaajiwan fight against the uranium mine go to http://www.shabotisstillhere.com
February 29, 2008: The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) releases a media advisory that states that FOCA
“…a long standing participant on the Minister’s Mining Act Advisory Committee (MMAAC), has recently learned that the new Minister of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) Michael Gravelle will apparently not be proceeding immediately with amendments to the Mining Act as previously promised. These reforms have been developed to answer one of the commitments in Ontario’s Mineral Development Strategy which addresses protection of surface rights holders and mining rights in the Ontario Mining Act and its regulations.”
To see the entire media advisory click on the ‘LETTERS OF SUPPORT’ tab, then the ‘FEDERATION OF ONTARIO COTTAGERS ASSOCIATION’ subtab.
February 29, 2008: Greenpeace Canada writes a letter of support for Robert Lovelace. To see this letter go click on the ‘URANIUM NEWS’ tab, then the ‘MARCH 17, 2008’ subtab.
March 1, 2008: The Christian Peacemaker Team holds a public witness of solidarity through downtown Kingston, commencing at the Frontenac County Court House. They honour political prisoner Bob Lovelace and the Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaajiwan First Nations and lament the actions of the Ontario court that “shackle and mock our values of justice, aboriginal rights, and the integrity of creation.”
March 1, 2008: Robert Lovelace’s 60th birthday. A party is held for him in Perth at the Old Perth Shoe Factory theatre. There is a film screening of the NFB’s “Uranium.”
To see the film “Uranium” click on the PICTURES&VIDEOS tab on our website.
March 1, 2008: The First Anti-Uranium Protest Walk happens in downtown Perth. The group plans to continue this weekly protest every Saturday at 10am.
Participants are asked to meet at the Perth Union Library parking lot and to bring signs.
March 2, 2008: The Blue Skies Cultural Centre sends out a letter to their membership saying
“Blue Skies Cultural Centre, being a land owner in close proximity to a proposed Uranium exploration site and being concerned that any exploration will have an impact on the quality of the air and water, hereby declares its opposition to the said exploration.” Everyone is urged to inform themselves about the issues involved in this resolution.
March 3, 2008: Stop Uranium Mining Peterborough (SUMP), a newly formed anti-uranium protest group, joins the community network. They create a list for Peterborough uranium news and updates. SUMP plans to approach the Peterborough City Council to join the many cities and municipalities in calling for a moratorium on uranium mining in Ontario.
For further information click on http://stopuraniumminingptbo.blogspot.com/
March 3, 2008: The coalition of Canadian and Aboriginal People from the Atlantic Region of Canada sends a letter of support for Robert Lovelace.
To see this letter click on the ‘URANIUM NEWS’ tab and the ‘MARCH 5, 2007’ subtab.
March 4, 2008: CCAMU sponsors a Community Meeting at McMartin House in Perth and plans to hold regular meetings.
To read what happened at this meeting click on the ‘URANIUM NEWS’ tab, then the ‘MARCH 5, 2008’ subtab.
March 4, 2008: The Wild Lands League post support for Bob Lovelace and our protest, on their website. To see their site, click on the link,
March 4, 2008: Tay Valley Deputy-Reeve Susan Freeman tells her fellow municipal councilors that the county delegation met with various ministers at the Ontario Good Roads Association-Rural Ontario Municipalities Association conference in Ottawa from Feb, 24 to 27. She says Minister Michael Gravelle seemed open to the first two points raised, about surface-rights-only legislation and protection to property along the Rideau Canal- but that he shut down any conversation about a moratorium on uranium mining.
March 5, 2008: Premier Dalton McGuinty writes a letter of responses to a letter from CCAMU’s Wolfe Erlichman. This is a rare event. Though McGuinty has received thousands of letters regarding the Frontenac Uranium Protest, he seldom responses to any of them.
To see McGuinty’s letter click on the ‘URANIUM NEWS’ tab, then the ‘MARCH 17, 2008’ subtab.
March 7, 2008: A uranium related event, Weighing the Risks of Nuclear Energy-Towards a Renewable Energy Strategy for Ontario is sponsored by Safe And Green Energy (SAGE) in Peterborough. Dr. Michael D. Mehta, who specializes in science, technology and society with a focus on health and environmental risk issues, is the main speaker.
March 8, 2008: A protest rally is held for Robert Lovelace, in Confederation Park in Peterborough, Ontario. In spite of the worst snowstorm in Ontario in years, the rally carries on because of enthusiastic protestors.
March 8, 2008: Jenny Whiteley, Jennifer Noxon, and Christine Graves put on a concert at the National Arts Centre, 4th Stage in Ottawa. The “Songwriter Round-Songs Sung with Heart” also features artwork curetted by Ellen Fraser that includes, Chandler Swain, Marylee Laing and the group “Five Women and Some Art.” The proceeds go to benefit the anti-uranium fight in Eastern Ontario.
To see pictures of this concert click on the ‘PICTURES&VIDEOS’ tab, then the ‘SONGWRITERS CIRCLE & ART SALE BY GARTH GULLEKSON’ subtab.
March 11, 2008: The Ottawa United Church Presbytery writes an open letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty concerning the standoff between Frontenac Ventures and the Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations.
To see this letter click on the ‘URANIUM NEWS’ tab, then the ‘MARCH 14, 2007’ subtab.
March 13, 2008: The CEO for Frontenac Ventures Corp., tells the Queen’s Journal that drilling could ‘happen any day’ at uranium mining site.
March 17, 2008: CBC’S The Current features a story on mining in Ontario, including an interview with Bob Lovelace. Sam McKay of the KI First Nation and Chris Reid, the lawyer representing KI and the Ardoch Algonquins, are interviewed live.
March 17, 2008: Eight members of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation are charged and six go to jail for six months. The KI have been engaged in a struggle for the past two years against the government of Ontario and Platinex Inc., a mining company which has staked claims in their territory. The same legal team that represents Frontenac Ventures Corporation, the company that wants to explore for uranium in Frontenac County, represents Platinex. During the sentencing for the contempt of court charges, the judge says that there was “No other option than jail time,” as the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation is out of money and cannot pay fines. KI has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, over the past two years, trying to protect the land from exploration for platinum.
March 17, 2008: Five non-native members of the community are charged with contempt of court, for stopping at the side of the road at the Robertsville mining site the previous day. The police asked the people to leave the restricted area and they comply.
March 17, 2008: A new protest site is launched by Sheila MacDonald that is dedicated to Frontenac Uranium Protest. To see the site go to, http://nothankstouranium.wordpress.com/
March 17,2008: 35 signatories, including CCAMU, issue a joint statement to the Province of Ontario to Stop the injustice: Overhaul Ontario’s mining laws and policies.
The letter calls on Premier Dalton McGuinty to:
1. Instruct officials in the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to not allow mineral exploration or the staking of claims and mining leases that violates constitutionally protected Indigenous rights, including the right to consultation and accommodation.
2. Comprehensively reform the Mining Act, including the free entry system, in consultation with Indigenous peoples and with affected stakeholders. Reform must include protection of the rights of Indigenous peoples in national and international law and independent environmental assessment of the cumulative impacts of proposed exploration and mining projects.
3. Enter into good faith negotiations with the KI and Algonquin peoples to ensure their rights are fully respected and that these conflicts are quickly remedied in the public interest.
To read the full this letter click on the LETTERS OF SUPPORT tab, then the 35 GROUPS WRITE TO MCGUINTY subtab.
March 18, 2008: Two hundred people attend a rally of support for those charged with contempt of court. It is held outside of the courthouse in Kingston. The protestors then filled the courtroom to overflowing.
March 18, 2008: The five non-native members of the community appear in court to face charges of contempt. Their cases will be heard on June 2, 2008.
March 18, 2008: John Hudson, Frank Morrison and David Milne appear in court to face charges of contempt. All charges are dropped against Hudson and Morrison. As Milne had admitted to being on the protest site after the injunction was served, his charges are only “withdrawn” with a condition of personal undertaking not to interfere with Frontenac Ventures activities or encourage others to disobey the injunction.
March 18, 2008: Chief Doreen Davis and War Chief Earl Bedour of the Shabot Obaajiwan First Nation do not receive any jail time or fines as they have purged themselves of contempt of court. The Shabot immediately file an amended statement of defense, counterclaim and cross claim to lay a suit against the Ontario and Federal government.
To read the amended “Statement of Defense, counterclaim and cross Claim,” click on the FIRST NATIONS tab and then the AMENDED STATEMENT OF DEFENSE-SHABOT OBAADJIWAN subtab.
March 18, 2008: Further charges against Co-chief Paula Sherman and Elder Harold Perry of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation are to be heard on June 2, 2008.
Further contempt charges were to be heard against Ardoch Algonquin Elder Robert Lovelace, but the issue of “getting Bob to court”, was overlooked by the lawyer for Frontenac Ventures Corp. When asked if he was planning to bring Lovelace, Chris Reid, Ardoch’s lawyer said “it was not my responsibility to get him to court as he in not my prisoner.” The judge also point out it was not the courts responsibility to have Lovelace brought to the hearing. The remaining charges against Lovelace will now be heard on June 2, 2008.
March 19, 2008: Chief Doreen Davis writes a follow-up letter to a discussion she has with the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Bryant. Bryant commits to visiting the Shabot Obaadjiwan community to discuss the matter of the proposed uranium exploration on Algonquin lands.
To read a copy of this letter, click on the FIRST NATIONS tab, then the CHIEF DAVIS LETTER TO ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS, subtab.
March 25, 2008: Canada’s Anglican Archbishop, Fred Hiltz’s, uses unusually forceful language in a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty, regarding the jailing of the KI First Nation’s leaders. He calls the jailing “a throwback to colonialism, a dangerous violation of the rights of native people and an act of the Ontario government putting itself above the law.”
To read a Globe & Mail article about this story, click on this link,
April 1, 2008: The first in a series of hearings for Citizens’ Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle takes place in Sharbot Lake. Carol Pepper hosts the event. Hundreds of people attend and 35 people made presentations on behalf of themselves and/or the organizations that they represented. For more information about these hearings go to http://www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com/
April 8, 2008: The second hearing for the Citizens’ Uranium Inquiry takes place in Kingston. The Kingston team of Cathy Wills, Susan DeLisle, Anne and Eric Joss hosts this event.
To see photos of this and other uranium related events go to Garth Gullekson website at http://www.darlingtonmediaworks.com/garth/2008/CitizensInquiryKingston/
April 9, 2008: Ryerson Students’ Union Rally in support of Robert Lovelace and the KI Six. To see the Youtube video of this event click on,
April 9, 2008: Cartoonist David Spivey introduces the “Uranium Ewes” cartoon to CCAMU. To see the Uranium Ewes go to the front page of the CCAMU website.
April 15, 2008: The third hearing for the Citizens’ Uranium Inquiry takes place in Peterborough hosted by Anna Petry and Safe And Green Energy (SAGE). Many people attend from the Port Hope region. Their personal accounts of how uranium has impacted their community was very moving and at times very upsetting.
April 20, 2008: Lanark Health & Community Services calls for a moratorium on uranium mining. To see their letter to Primer McGuinty click on the “LETTERS OF SUPPORT” tab, then the “LANARK HEALTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES” subtab, on the CCAMU website.
April 20, 2008: Chief Doreen Davis, of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, is one of 16 Algonquin Negotiation Representatives (ANR). ANRs are elected from 10 Algonquin communities to negotiate along side the independent negotiator Bob Potts. They are tasked with the responsibility of negotiating a modern day settlement for the Algonquin’s of Ontario. This document can be found by clicking on the “FIRST NATIONS” tab, then the “NATIVE LAND CLAIMS” subtab on our website.
April 21, 2008: A “Health Alert and Action” press conference is held at the Sheraton Hotel in Ottawa by The Physicians for Global Survival, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and many other professional medical associations regarding their concerns about the increasing health risks of radiation pollution on the well being of the Canadian population. They present a medical study of the impact of uranium mining on public health. The “Jadugoda Uranium Study” is a vitally important document that alerts us to the potential environmental dangers of the proposed uranium mines in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. To read this report click on the “URANIUM SCIENCE” tab and then the “JADUGODA URANIUM STUDY” subtab on the CCAMU website.
April 21, 2008: Imprisoned Robert Lovelace submits his handwritten presentation to the Citizens Uranium Inquiry via surface mail. To read his presentation, click on the “FIRST NATIONS” tab, then the “BOB LOVELACE CITIZEN INQUIRY SUBMISSION” subtab on the CCAMU website.
April 21, 2008: Robert Lovelace speaks to Donna Dillman from prison. She reports:
“What is happening with the Inquiry and all that is being done is wonderful. I’m absolutely impressed by the momentum, and the civilized way that it is being done. We are going to win this,” he says and spoke to how much he appreciated the support he is, personally, receiving; the letters, the rallies, the fast, the many supporters doing so much, and the fact that he remains in our thoughts and prayers. He encouraged us to, “Please keep up the good work; keep the pressure on.” To read the rest of this report click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the APRIL 22, 2008″ subtab on the CCAMU website.
April 22, 2008: The fourth and final venue of the Citizens’ Uranium Inquiry is held in Ottawa. 41 presentations are made to a full house. The Ottawa Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium (OCAMU) hosts the event. Grandfather William Commanda honours the Inquiry with an opening prayer ceremony given in three languages.
Several notable speakers come forward with very detailed research regarding uranium mining and nuclear energy.
Dr. Chris Busby PhD makes a stunning presentation where he reveals that the Ontario Nuclear “… project cannot go ahead because new science shows that the basis on which it is environmentally acceptable is false.” He goes on to say that the, “…agencies and governments that employ their erroneous risk models ignore, indeed do not even cite or discuss the massive evidence that their model is worthless when applied to internal exposures to elements that bind to DNA. This is an open scandal. Indeed, the senior advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on radiation and health, Dr Keith Baverstock, recently resigned on the issue of the health effects of uranium and how they were being ignored.” To read more about Chris Busby’s work click on the “URANIUM SCIENCE” tab, then the “URANIUM MINING: THE AREVA MINING PROJECT. SASK” subtab on the CCAMU website.
Stephan Hazell of the Sierra Club Canada states that under the Nuclear Liability Act nuclear operators are limited to $75 million dollar liability for off-site damage from spills of radioactive spills or meltdown. Chernobyl clean up for Ukraine and Belarus alone is expected to total $460 Billion. “If no one will insure this industry, how safe can it be?”
To read his report click on, http://www.ccamu.ca/pdfs/inquiry-report.pdf
Roger Peters, of The Pembina Institute, covers their study ‘Renewable is Doable.’ The study reviewed the Ontario Power Association’s plan to refurbishment of most existing nuclear plants and bring in new nuclear by about 2020. They found that renewable alternatives were more affordable and greener than nuclear or coal. They also emit half the greenhouse gas emissions. Pembina’s proposals are based on what is already being done in other parts of the world such as Germany. They are currently presenting these finding to the Ontario Energy Board and bring in experts from outside of Canada.
For more information go to http://www.renewableisdoable.com/
Qais Ghanmen, MD makes a comprehensive presentation on the Health Hazards of Uranium. To upload his power point presentation click on,
April 23, 2008: FUME (Fight Uranium Mining and Exploration) announces that the Haliburton County Council has adopted a resolution asking the McGuinty government for a moratorium on uranium mining in support of the original Highlands East (Bancroft area) resolution. The HCC is the 19th municipal council to come on board. For more information on FUME click on, http://www.fighturanium.com/
April 24, 2008: Native leaders from across the province hold a rally in front of the legislature over the jailing of six members of a remote reserve who opposed mining on their land. Premier Dalton McGuinty vows to reform the province’s 135-year-old mining act to strike a better balance between the competing interests of mining companies and native communities.
April 25, 2008: High profile Canadians such as Margaret Atwood & Stephen Lewis write a joint letter to Premier McGuinty, demanding the immediate release of Robert Lovelace and the KI Six. To read the rest of their demands and McGuinty’s response, click on the “LETTERS OF SUPPORT” tab, then the “HIGH PROFILE CANADIANS WRITE TO MCGUINTY” subtab on the CCAMU website.
April 28, 2008: A benefit concert is held at the Green Door in Ottawa for the Shabot Obaadjiwan Algonquin and Shawn Brant legal defence funds. Speakers representing the Shabot Obaajiwan Algonquins, the Tyendinaga Legal Defence Fund, and the Ottawa Coalition Against Mining Uranium (OCAMU) make presentations.
April 28, 2008: Appeal date is set for Robert Lovelace and the KI Six. At this point they have been incarcerated for 6 months for contempt of court. Their sentences are to be appealed on May 28th at the Court of Appeal: Osgoode Hall, Queen & University Aves, in Toronto.
April 28, 2008: Plans are made to create a Queen’s Park Test City on May 26-29th to show solidarity for Robert Lovelace, the KI Six and the indigenous communities across Ontario.
May 7, 2008: Perth Uranium Info Night sponsored by student Mavrick Spuehler at the St. John’s High School. John Kittle, Mireille LaPointe, Donna Dillman, Terry Tufts and Frank Morrison speak about their personal experience over this past year, information they have gathered and the impact the protest has had on their lives.
May 8, 2008: Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Michael Bryant, meets with the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation in Sharbot Lake. Discussions revolved around the uranium exploration at Robertsville, Ontario. The Minister meets with Chief Doreen Davis, Shabot Obaadjiwan Council and Justice Circle for 4 hours. Elder William Commanda also attends the meeting. To read about this event click on the “FIRST NATIONS” tab, then the “ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS MINISTER VISITS SHABOT OBAADJIWAN” subtab on the CCAMU website.
May 8, 2008: “ACT for the Earth” holds a rally in solidarity with Robert Lovelace, the KI-6, and the Tyendinaga of the Bay of Quinte, during Premier McGuinty’s speech to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce at the Westin Ottawa Hotel. For more information on ACT for the Earth click on, http://www.ACTfortheEarth.org
May 14th, 2008: Ottawa City Council asks Premier McGuinty to respond to their February 2007 request for a moratorium on uranium mineral prospecting, exploration and mining in eastern Ontario. To read this letter click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the “MAY 14, 2008” subtab on the CCAMU website.
May 23, 2008: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sends Ontario’s Premier McGuinty a tersely worded letter in which he asks that the Premier reform Ontario’s outdated mining rules and do whatever possible to halt ongoing drilling on traditional lands of jailed First Nations’ leaders. For a copy of the letter, please see www.wildlandsleague.org
May 23, 2008: The KI Six are granted temporary release from prison.
May 23, 2008: The Canadian Unitarian Council urges the McGuinty government to declare an immediate moratorium on uranium mineral prospecting, exploration and mining. To read their letter click on the “LETTERS OF SUPPORT” tab, then the “CANADIAN UNITARIAN COUNCIL” subtab on the CCAMU website.
May 26-28, 2008: Native and environmental protesters set up a three-day camp on the grounds of Queen’s Park. They demand that the Ontario government revise the province’s mining legislation and release Robert Lovelace and the KI Six from prison.
To read the CBC News report on this event click on, http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2008/05/27/k1-protest.html
May 27, 2008: A packed courtroom erupts into cheers of joy when Robert Lovelace & the KI 6 walk free from the Court of Appeal at Osgoode Hall, in Toronto, Ontario. Extensive media were present in and outside of the courtroom.
Robert served 106 days of a 6-month sentence handed down by Justice Cunningham back in February 2008. His sentence is reduced to time served and the $25,000 fine handed out by Cunningham is eliminated.
The Toronto Court of Appeal states that their ruling did not mean they endorsed the first sentence. In fact, the three judges who were presiding over the appeal appeared bewildered at the original sentencing and repeatedly asked the lawyer for Frontenac Ventures Corp. where, in Canadian law, was the precedent for such a harsh sentence for a first time offence of this type. The lawyer for Frontenac Ventures Corporation, Neil Smitheman, responded by saying that previous protestors had been sentenced to a week or two, and that this sentence and these fines were, in themselves, precedent setting.
As with the first court session in Kingston, the courtroom was changed due to the public’s demand to witness the proceedings. The celebration continued at Queen’s Park as tents and teepees had been set up for an ongoing protest. Hundreds of supporters joined in the festivities.
May 29, 2008: Robert Lovelace is the lead story on CBC Radio’s “As It Happens”. To hear this broadcast click on,
Numerous other articles are written about the release of Robert Lovelace and the uranium protest. To find the links to these articles click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then “MAY 30, 2008” & “JUNE 1, 2008” subtabs on the CCAMU website.
May 31, 2008: Ten members of a Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) delegation travel to Sharbot Lake, Ontario. The purpose of the nine-day delegation is to listen and learn about the situation at Sharbot Lake around exploratory drilling for uranium on land claimed by the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and Sharbot Obaadjiwan First Nation. They plan to hold public vigils 100 meters from the gate of the Robertsville protest site.
June 1, 2008: Helen Forsey gives an update on the continued Robertsville protest and site activities. To read this report go to “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then click on the “JUNE 1, 2008” subtab on the CCAMU website.
June 2, 2008: Court hearing for the Ardoch Algonquin, the Shabot Obaajiwan and non-natives Sheila McDonald, Beth Robertson, Oskar Graf, Eileen Kinley, Don Hanam and Sulyn Cedar. Over 150 people come to support those charged. The courtroom can only accommodate 30 people so the rest wait outside of the locked door or listen in through open windows. Justice Douglas Cunningham dismisses all contempt of court charges after Ontario provincial police and Frontenac Ventures Corporation state they’re not interested in pursuing the case. To read the report on this hearing go to “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then click on “JUNE 3, 2008” subtab on the CCAMU website.
June 9, 2008: A pick-up truck of a diamond drill company is seen going into the gate of the Robertsville mine site. CCAMU issues a press release regarding our opposition to the drilling.
To read this press release click on “MEDIA RELEASES” tab, then the “06/11/08: CCAMU OPPOSES DRILLING IN ROBERTVILLE” subtab on the CCAMU website.
Speculations fly but police claim they do not know of any drilling going on at the site when questioned by the CCAMU police liaison. It is later discovered that there was in fact drilling taking place. See February 12, 2009 below.
June 10, 2008: It is discovered that Frontenac Ventures Corporation has committed a number of infractions during its exploration at the Robertsville site. CCAMU calls on the Minister of Natural Resources to do an inspection. To read this letter to the Minister click on the “CCAMU DOCUMENTS” tab, then the “CCAMU CALLS FOR AN INSPECTION OF THE ROBERTSVILLE SITE 06-11-08” subtab on the CCAMU website.
June 11, 2008: Chief Doreen Davis and Earl Badour Sr. of the Shabot Obaajiwan First Nation release a statement regarding their position in the anti-uranium fight. To read this statement click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the “JUNE 11, 2008” subtab on the CCAMU website.
June 13, 2008: Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation announces that they have “won a key concession from Ontario in its efforts to protect the environment and citizens of their traditional territory. Ontario, the Shabot Obaadjiwan Algonquin, and the Algonquin of Ontario, with the support of Frontenac Ventures Corporation, are developing a consultation process that will allow them to share information and engage in dialogue towards resolving the issues regarding the uranium exploration project.”
The announcement goes on to say that, ” This agreement came on the same day that Ontario disclosed it has laid charges against Frontenac Ventures and Gemmill Sand and Gravel Limited with breach of environmental regulations. Road construction permitting access to the proposed uranium drill sites has damaged the sensitive wetlands in the area, dumping fill into the waterways severing the natural flow of the water. The two companies will have to answer these charges 7 August 2008 in Provincial Court in Kingston Ontario.”
To read the entire announcement click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the “JUNE 13, 2008” subtab on the CCAMU website.
June 13, 2008: CCAMU receives confirmation from Kyle Cachagee of the Ministry of Natural Resources that it has “…recently laid charges for work conducted on Crown land in Palmerston Township , in the vicinity of the area locally known as Robertsville…” but ” Since the case is before the courts, I am not in a position to discuss the details at this time.”
To see this letter click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the JUNE 13, 2008″ subtab on the CCAMU website.
June 13, 2008: CCAMU’s Donna Dillman questions the constant police presence “at the uranium exploration site on Hwy 509 at Robertsville. What is it about the interlocutory injunction that continues to give Frontenac Ventures free round-the-clock police protection when the ongoing protest presence at the site ended months ago, and when there has never, ever, been any kind of threat to personnel at the site. What is this costing the public?
Compare that to someone who has gone through the court system to obtain a peace bond or restraining order because their life has actually been threatened. Even though such a court order may require that the named individual maintain a certain distance, just as is the case with the interlocutory injunction, no police officer stands on guard 24/7 to guarantee compliance.”
June 13, 2008: The Frontenac News reports “URANIUM: LOTS OF SPECULATION, BUT NO DRILLING, THUS FAR”
The article states, “The rumour mill has been working on overdrive this week ever since it was reported that a pickup truck bearing the insignia of a drilling company was seen entering the gate at the Robertsville mine over the weekend.
A further report on Monday that a drill has been spotted behind the gate led to a strong reaction from both CCAMU (Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium) and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation.
Both groups said they had independent confirmation that a drill has been brought onto the site.”
The article goes on to say, “However, in a telephone interview with the News on Tuesday morning, Frontenac Ventures President George White did not confirm that a drill has been brought onto the site.
“There have been drilling company people walking the site, and we have brought in some heavy equipment to carry out our extensive exploration program,” he said. “Maybe that’s what they saw.”
White would not however, categorically deny that a drill has been brought on to the site. “We have every right to carry out our exploration program, including drilling, according to Justice Cunningham’s ruling of September 27, 2007,” White said.”
To read the full article click on the following link,
June 14th, 2008: Artists for Robert Lovelace Benefit Concert is held in Kingston, Ont.
Artists include: Bruce Cockburn, Michael Ondaatje, Susan Aglukark, David Francey, Jenny Whiteley, Joey Wright, Steven Heighton, Terry Tufts, Kathryn Briggs, Unity and the Algonquin Drummers.
Over $20,000 was raised by the benefit concert and all funds will be sent to a trust account established by Robert’s colleagues at Queen’s University and administered by the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG). They will be used, at Robert’s discretion, to defer costs related to his three-month incarceration, legal fees for his lawyer Chris Reid, and the continuing struggle against the threat of an open pit uranium mine in North Frontenac County.
To read a full report of the concert go to http://www.ccamu.ca/artist-for-bob-concert.htm
June 14-15, 2008: Paul Loiselle, of Kiwi Gardens in Perth, Ontario host CCAMU at the “Art in the Garden” show. This event, which highlights the beauty in nature and the creativity of humans, has never included a display such as CCAMU’s. Paul states that he has been “…keeping it just to art” but, “If a uranium mine goes through, we won’t have this…” gesturing to the surrounding gardens.
June 16, 2008: The City of Peterborough City Council unanimously passes a resolution call for a moratorium on uranium mining in Ontario making it the 20th municipality to come on board.
June 17, 2008: The last of the 230 submissions are posted on the Uranium Citizens’ Inquiry website thanks to a huge effort on the part of Donna Dillman and Elisha Rubisha.
To see the website go to, http://www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com/
June 18, 2008: Donna Dillman takes to the road with the “No Uranium” message. She and her husband, Mike Nickerson, author of “Life, Money & Illusion; Living on Earth as if we want to Stay,” visits over 75 towns and cities as they cross Canada and the US.
To read the outcome of this tour click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the “JULY 31, 2008” subtab on the CCAMU website.
June 23, 2008: Randy Hillier, the MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, demands to know why the government is spending taxpayers’ money to have provincial police keep surveillance on the site of the Robertsville exploration site.
In a CBC News report Hiller’s states, “There has never been any indication of violence or injury or destruction of property.”
Frontenac’s lawyer, Neal Smitheman, tells CBC News, that some aboriginal leaders have threatened to openly defy the court injunction. He states, “I can fully understand why the police feel their presence is still required.”
Hiller isn’t convinced such threats justify the costly police surveillance. “The cost being incurred to ensure nothing would happen … is outrageous. It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money,” Hillier said.
Provincial police won’t say what the surveillance costs, and have instead advised CBC News to submit an access-to-information request to the Ontario government.
June 24, 2008: CCAMU releases the Citizens’ Uranium Inquiry report at a press conference held at the Queens Park Press Gallery. “Staking Our Claim for a Healthy Future” calls for a moratorium on uranium exploration in Ontario until Aboriginal land rights, and environmental and health impacts are addressed and a Royal Commission into the badly dated Ontario Mining Act.
‘Staking our Claim for a Healthy Future’ is the result of the contribution of volunteers who invested thousands of hours to organize the inquiry and the sessions, 157 presenters and 230 submitted briefs, the seven panel members who played an important role, and the support of individuals and groups who supported the vision of the inquiry to give voice to the unheard communities affected by uranium.
To read the full report click on the CCAMU DOCUMENTS tab, then the “CCAMU REPORT: PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE RELEASE OF THE CITIZENS’ INQUIRY 06-26-08” tab.
To read Marilyn Crawford’s Queen’s Park press conference speech, click on the “CCAMU DOCUMENTS” tab, then the “MARILYN CRAWFORD CITIZENS’ INQUIRY REPORT PRESS CONFERENCE SPEECH: QUEEN’S PARK 06-24-08” subtab on the CCAMU website.
July 5, 2008: City of Kawartha Lakes Council passes the Highlands East resolution for a moratorium on uranium mining and a review of the Mining Act becoming the 21 municipality to come on board.
July 4, 2008: Helen Forsey files a report to the Uranium News on the consultations between the Ontario government and the Shabot Obaadjiwan. Helen reports, “Chief Doreen (Davis) made it clear in her introduction that this meeting was only one small part of a much larger process which includes dialogue between the Algonquin leadership and Ontario government higher-ups, site visits by Algonquin representatives (the first one happened July 3rd), full Algonquin community discussions with their own independent expert, and more community meetings to discuss information and directions.”
To read the full report click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the “JULY 7, 2008” subtab on the CCAMU website.
July 7, 2008: The court transcript from the Ontario Court of Appeal for the case of Frontenac Ventures Corporation vs. the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation is released.
To read the transcript click on the “FIRST NATIONS” tab, then the COURT TRANSCRIPT FVC VS. AAFN 07/07/08″ subtab on the CCAMU website.
July 7, 2008: The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation release a joint statement regarding the Ontario court of Appeal’s decision to release Robert Lovelace and the six leaders from the KI community.
Robert Lovelace states, “We feel fully vindicated in the position we have taken and remain committed to our position that there will be no mineral exploration within the territories of KI or Ardoch without our consent. Our laws, which require respect for the land, are entitled to at least as much respect as Ontario’s Mining Act. We remain open to dialogue, but Ontario has never responded to our proposals for negotiations. We want negotiations, not conflict, but we will enforce our laws and protect our land.”
To read the full press release click on the “FIRST NATIONS” tab, then the “KI & AAFN STATEMENT 07/07/08” subtab on the CCAMU website.
July 11-13, 2008: CCAMU takes part in Lanark’s “Art of Being Green” festival.
July 12, 2008: CCAMU is one year old.
July 14, 2008: CCAMU forms an alliance with the Citizens for Renewable Energy (CFRE), a non-profit information sharing and advocacy organization, incorporated in 1996. The Coordinator, Ziggy Kleinau, has spent years informing the public of alternatives to fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
For more information on CFRE go to their website, http://www.cfre.ca.
July 15, 2008: The news source “Kingston This Week” reports that uranium samples have been stolen from a pickup truck. KTW states, “The victim discovered that raw uranium core samples had been stolen from a pickup truck on Byron Cres. Monday, July 14 between 6 p.m. and midnight. The victim is currently employed with a mining corporation that harvests core samples for geological testing. The stolen uranium costs over $100,000 to harvest but has no resale value.”
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July 16, 2008: The City of Lindsay, of the Kawartha Lakes district, becomes the 23rd Ontario municipality to call for a moratorium on uranium mining and an overhaul of the Ontario Mining Act.
July 21, 2008: The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation holds a traditional teaching (the story of the Great Bow), given by Bob Lovelace at the Robertsville site on Highway 509. 30 people attended the event and the Kingston Whig-Standard posted an article on their website with the headline “OPP INVESTIGATING URANIUM SITE VISITORS.” The article goes on to say, “As many as 30 people who turned up at the controversial uranium mine site near Sharbot Lake yesterday could find themselves in hot water for violating a court injunction.”
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July 24, 2008: CCAMU’s Marilyn Crawford writes a letter to Premier McGuinty asking that he withdraw the staked property in the Robertsville exploration area.
To read this letter click on the “CCAMU DOCUMENTS” tab, then the “CCAMU LETTER: MCGUINTY WITHDRAW LAND IN THE ROBERTSVILLE AREA 07-24-08” subtab on the CCAMU website.
August 3, 2008: Jeff Woods accompanied by Terry Tufts, Jeremy Sills and the Blue Skies Choir, performs his new song Uranium Hallelujah (to the tune of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen) at Blue Skies Music Festival in front of a large and apprecitive audience. The song quickly becomes CCAMU’s theme song and is sung at other protest events.
To read the words of Uranium Hallelujah go to the front page of the CCAMU website.
August 5, 2008: The Ontario government announces that it will be holding a series of public and stakeholder meetings about modernizing the Ontario Mining Act. Facilitated public and stakeholder sessions will be held in Timmins (August 11), Sudbury (August 13), Thunder Bay (August 18), Kingston (August 28) and Toronto (September 8.)
Jessey Bird of the Ottawa Citizen reports,
“The Ontario government is launching a series of public consultations next week to discuss modernizing the Ontario Mining Act, but one topic that won’t be up for discussion is the recent calls for a provincial ban on uranium mining, the minister responsible says.”
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August 7, 2008: CCAMU responds to the Ontario government’s announcement about its review of the Ontario Mining Act. CCAMU believes the review is flawed for the following reasons:
1) The timing of the consultation is inadequate.
2) The scope of the consultation has not been released.
3) Stakeholders have not been given clear directions on how to participate.
4) The scope does not include discussion on uranium.
5) Meeting locations are limited with no consideration given to preparation and travel time.
To read the rest of this document click on the “CCAMU DOCUMENTS” tab, then the “CCAMU RESPONSE TO THE MNDM PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS ON MINING ACT REFORM” subtab on the CCAMU website.
August 6, 2008: The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation invites the public to gather at the gate of the Robertsville protest site on August 6th and 8th for two separate gatherings.
August 7, 2008: CCAMU receives this message from the OPP,
“We remind you that our mission remains the same and the court injunction including the 200 meter zone and the John/Jane Doe warrants are still in effect. We will measure our response to each report of person or persons attending the Robertsville Mine Site on its own merit and determine the appropriate action. The most recent event allegedly includes a person wearing a disguise and arguing with Frontenac Ventures employees. We encourage you to consider your motive for attending – is it peaceful and lawful?”
Respectfully, Dale Cousins, OPP MELT Unit
August 27, 2008: Frontenac Ventures Corporation files a “Leave to Appeal the Appellant” to challenge the court decision which freed Robert Lovelace. FVC plans to take their case to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Robert Lovelace responds,
“While it means there is a remote possibility I will have to serve the rest of my sentence, we welcome the opportunity to argue the issues before the Supreme Court of Canada. Frontenac Ventures must be “mad” to have kicked this sleeping dog. The wisdom of their actions has always eluded me. Watch for interesting actions on our part over the next month.”
August 28, 2008: The Ontario government’s consultation on the Ontario Mining Act is held in Kingston, Ontario. At the “stakeholders” session, the Deputy Minister of Northern Development and Mines, as well as an Assistant Deputy Minister listened to representatives from Haliburton, Ottawa, Tay Valley, Lanark, Sharbot Lake, Bedford, North Frontenac, and other areas.
Overwhelmingly, there was a call to re-unite mineral and surface rights, have mining placed within the local municipal governing process, and to have environmental and other local interests be part of an approval process before mining exploration takes place.
Between sessions, Rob Matheson, a Kingston municipal councilor, and Robert Lovelace addresses a large rally organized by Paul Gervan of CCAMU.
To read this Wolfe Erlichman’s report on this event click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the “AUGUST 30, 2008” subtab on the CCAMU website.
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September 15, 2008: Marion Dewar, a former mayor of Ottawa and one-time New Democratic Party Member of Parliament, dies. Marion volunteered her time for many community pursuits including her role as a member of the panel for the Citizens’ Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle this past April and contributor to the report, ‘Staking our Claim on a Healthy Future.’ She was a 2002 recipient of the Order of Canada and an advocate for social justice, the environment and healthy communities.
October 12, 2008: CCAMU’s Marilyn Crawford submits comments on the Ontario government’s public consultation process to “modernize the Ontario Mining Act.” The consultations were focused around the government’s discussion paper “Modernizing Ontario’s Mining Act, Finding a Balance”. Closed door stakeholder and open public consultations took place from August 11th to September 8th in Timmins, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Kingston and Toronto.
To read the government discussion paper “Modernizing Ontario’s Mining Act, Finding a Balance” go to, http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/miningact/pdf/discussion_paper_e.pdf.
To read CCAMU’s comments click on the “CCAMU DOCUMENTS” tab, then the “CCAMU’S SUBMISSION TO THE REVIEW OF THE ONTARIO MINING ACT 10-12-08” subtab on the CCAMU website.
November 29, 2008: CTV’s current affairs program W5 brings national attention to the plight of Ontario landowners who for more than a decade, have been fighting to protect their properties from unwanted mining activities. The program claims that in spite of the process to reform the Mining Act of Ontario, the failings of the Act continue to be a hot topic. CCAMU releases a statement welcoming the TV attention, hoping it will spur the government to seriously consider its proposals to fix antiquated mining legislation in Ontario.
To read CCAMU’s press release click on the “MEDIA RELEASES” tab, then the “12/01/08: FLAWS OF FREE ENTRY SYSTEM EXPOSED ON NATIONAL TV” subtab on the CCAMU website.
December 1, 2008: The Shabot Obaadjiwan and Snimikobi Algonquin communities, together with the Algonquins of Ontario, Frontenac Ventures Corporation and the Ontario government, release a joint statement that they “have successfully consulted on the company’s proposed uranium exploration plans in Frontenac County, north of Kingston.” In their statement, entitled “Building Relationships Through Consultation: Ontario, First Nations And Industry Reach Agreement On Mineral Exploration In Eastern Ontario,” they state that they are taking “specific measures to protect health, safety, the environment and respect and protect Aboriginal values and interests.”
To see this joint statement click on the “FIRST NATIONS” tab, then the “ONT/SHABOT/FVC REACH AGREEMENT 12/01/08” subtab on the CCAMU website.
To see the Accommodation Agreement among Frontenac Ventures Corporation and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation and the Snimikobi (Ardoch) First Nation click on the “FIRST NATIONS” tab, then the “ONT/SHABOT/FVCOFFICIAL AGREEMENT DOCUMENT 12/01/08” subtab on the CCAMU website.
To see the Accommodation Agreement among FVC and the Algonquins of Ontario click on the “FIRST NATIONS” tab, then the “ONT/SHABOT/FVC OFFICIAL AGREEMENT DOCUMENT 12/01/08” subtab on the CCAMU website.
December 1, 2008: CCAMU responds to the Ontario, FVC and First Nations accommodation agreement in a formal press release… “CCAMU has always been very supportive of our First Nation allies in the common fight against uranium exploration and mining in Eastern Ontario. Though we appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into reaching the concessions the Shabot Obaadjiwan and Snimikobi Algonquin have earned in these negotiations, CCAMU cannot accept any outcome that allows Frontenac Ventures Corporation to explore for uranium in the Mississippi River watershed west of Ottawa.”
The statement goes on to say, “These negotiations were conducted behind closed doors with no involvement whatsoever by property owners, businesses or any of the 23 municipal governments in southern Ontario that have petitioned the Province for a moratorium against uranium exploration and drilling. We believe that this shows that the McGuinty government does not take seriously the concerns of 2 million residents represented by these Councils, which include Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and many other smaller townships and counties in eastern Ontario.”
To read this CCAMU press release click on the “MEDIA RELEASES” tab, then the “12/01/08: CCAMU RESPONSES TO SHABOT/ONTARIO/FVC AGREEMENT” subtab on the CCAMU website.
December 2, 2008: Robert Lovelace releases a statement on behalf of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation regarding the accommodation agreement that has been reached among the Ontario government, FVC, Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation and the Snimikobi (Ardoch) First Nation. He states, “The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation will continue to oppose exploration for uranium and hold Ontario to their legal responsibility to consult and accommodate in an honest and equitable way.”
To read this statement click on the “FIRST NATIONS” tab, then the AAFN RESPONDS TO SHABOT/ONT/FVC ACCOMMODATION 12/02/08″ subtab on the CCAMU website.
December 4, 2008: Frontenac News publishes an article on the Shabot/ Snimikobi accommodation agreement titled “Shabot Obaadjiwan comes to accommodation agreement with Frontenac Ventures.”
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To read other articles and letters written about the agreement click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the “DECEMBER 6, 2008” and the “DECEMBER 19, 2008” subtabs on the CCAMU website.
December 4, 2008: The Supreme Court Of Canada upholds an earlier ruling that freed native leader Robert Lovelace from prison. Frontenac Ventures Corporation’s application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs to the respondents Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, Robert Lovelace and Paula Sherman.
To read the Kingstion Whig-Standard’s report of this event go to, http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1333386
December 10, 2008: CCAMU’s Wolfe Erlichman makes a presentation to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The Hearing was part of the approval process to refurbish 4 nuclear reactors in Pickering so that they can continue to operate for another 25 to 30 years.
To read Wolfe’s presentation click on the “CCAMU DOCUMENTS” tab, then the “CCAMU’S PRESENTATION TO CANADIAN NUCLEAR SAFETY COMMISSION 12-10-08” subtab on the CCAMU website.
December 12, 2008: CCAMU’s Marilyn Crawford sends a letter to Leslie Payette, Manager of Environmental Administration for Nunavut objecting to the Uravan Garry Lake Project. To read this document click on the CCAMU DOCUMENTS tab, then the CCAMU OBJECTS TO THE URAVAN GARRY LAKE PROJECT 12-12-08 subtab on the CCAMU website.
February 12, 2008: The Frontenac News confirms that 15 test holes were drilled on Frontenac Ventures’ mining claim properties in late May and June of last year. The article states, “An Ontario Ministry of Labour inspector, Alan Davidson, visited the site on June 23, 2008, and he found the drilling had already been completed. In his report, he wrote that he had a telephone conversation with drilling company owner Bruce Downing, who told him “Drilling operations ceased on June 17, 2008 and the drilling equipment was transported off the site. No further diamond drilling is scheduled at this time”.”
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March 8, 2008: Sulyn Cedar arranges a community uranium meeting held at Maberly Hall, in Maberly Ontario. More than 50 people from nearby and as far away as Kingston,
Peterborough and Ottawa attend. The meeting is co-facilitated by Christine Peringer and Randy Weekes.
To read the report of this meeting click on the “URANIUM NEWS” tab, then the “MARCH 16, 2008” subtab on the CCAMU website.
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March 16, 2008: Donna Dillman presents “THE NUCLEAR MYTH” on Perth Radio Station Lake 88.1 on their “On Focus” Program.
To read a Donna’s talk click on the “CCAMU DOCUMENTS” tab, then the “DONNA DILLMAN’S THE NUCLEAR MYTH” subtab on the CCAMU website.
March 23, 2009: Dr. Linda Harvey MD, of McDonald’s Corners, Ontario sends a statement that addresses the Council of the City of Pickering, March 23, 2009 regarding the Pickering Nuclear Plant Refurbishment.
To read her letter click on the “CCAMU DOCUMENTS” tab, then the ” LINDA HARVEY MD: PICKERING NUCLEAR PLANT REFURBISHMENT” subtab on the CCAMU website.
March 29, 2009: The second community uranium meeting held at Maberly Hall, in Maberly Ontario. Dr. Linda Harvey speaks about radioactive contamination and the effects of radiation on our bodies.
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March 31, 2009: CCAMU ask for support for proposed act to regulate activities in areas with elevated levels of uranium.
To read this document go to the “CCAMU DOCUMENTS” tab, then the CCAMU REQUEST SUPPORT FOR URANIUM REGULATION” subtab on the CCAMU website.
April 30, 2009: MNDM releases the proposed changes to Ontario’s Mining Act. To review Bill 173, the Act to amend the Ontario Mining Act, go to,
April 21, 2009: Earl Recoskie of Clarendon Station, Ontario, publishes a statement and photos of shoreline damage at the Robertsville protest site. The Recoskie’s property is one of the many parcels of land that Frontenac Ventures Corporation holds claim to within the Frontenac/Lanark region. To read his statement and see the photos, go to the front page of the CCAMU website.