transformation of a community

Thanks to uranium exploration north of Sharbot Lake in Eastern Ontario our community has been transformed. Nine months ago we were a peaceful but dynamic community of oldtimers and newcomers. Lots of artists, musicians, writers, craftspeople and organic farmers have moved here since the 60’s. We all get along most of the time. There’s lots of good music and lots of good food.

After nine months of protest we’ve given birth to an historic alliance with two local Algonquin groups whose traditional lands have been staked by a uranium exploration company. Both Algonquin groups are adamant that there will be no uranium mining on their traditional lands. We “settlers” support them without reservation. No one in this community wants a uranium mine or, for that matter, a reservation. The Algonquins in these parts are non-status by choice and therefore have no reservations.

The land here is full of wetlands, creeks, rivers and the Mississippi Valley watershed which flows into the Ottawa River. We value our clean water. And we’ll fight to keep it that way. The Algonquins have taught us that protecting the water is both our duty and responsibility.

Thanks to uranium, the Algonquins and the “21st century Settler” alliance has become an unstoppable force. Our collective eyes have been opened and we’re learning how to work together for a common cause.

Thanks to uranium the settlers and the Algonquins have become activists or “eco-terrorists”, as George White, president of Frontenac Ventures Corp., calls us. Our peaceful lifestyle has disappeared. We spend hours online and on the phone, writing letters, protesting, wondering, ranting. We’re learning how to transform a grassroots movement into a force to be reckoned with. We now know more about uranium and the effects of mining uranium than the average citizen. We now know more about the untold history of Canada’s dealings with First Nations than most of us ever imagined. And we managed to sustain a peaceful protest all through the summer and fall.

But thanks to the powerful lobby groups behind uranium mining our protest has been marginalized in the national media and blatantly ignored by the Ontario government. And lately our protest has been criminalized by injunctions and contempt of court rulings.

Thanks to uranium for the wake up call. NO THANKS TO URANIUM. This is the will of the people who live here and vote here.


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One Response to “transformation of a community”

  1. Ant Bee Says:

    I’m an Organic farmer, and this has been the summer of my discontent. Last year when all this uranium prospecting came to my ear, I didn’t plant much in the garden, and didn’t put much foods by.

    All of my friends were in the same boat. Gardens over run with weeds, no watering, one friend said the deer wouldn’t eat her garden. We all spent a lot of time educating our self of the effaces of uranium, the nuclear industry and our rights as land owners.
    The summer and fall were used to support the protest.

    Some times the amount of stress as been detrimental on our health. I would force my self to sit in the garden and remember why I love earth so much, and in hippy fashion, revive in my mind, I am the Earth.

    For the past year I’ve been learning some pretty big words, and meeting tone of supper people, and some real jerks. but I feel its time will spent.
    People are seeing that its up to us to make this a better world. Can you imagine what the world would be like, if all men were like Bob Lovelace.

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