Christoper Curtis (a.k.a. The Rover) and Virginie Ann have a report about a dump on Mohawk land in Quebec that has almost 15 times more industrial waste than its permit allows, and it’s making nearby residents sick.
I wrote about Chris in an earlier post here as he launches an innovative journalism project associated with the independent Ricochet news site.
Today’s report is the first of many to come from Chris, and is of special interest to all Quebecers and concerned Canadians. International readers might be interested, too.
Read it here (no subscription necessary): Threats, fines and fear: A dump on Mohawk land overflows with industrial waste
Nice site and story. My congratulations and well wishes.
That’s really sad. I hope the government finds the miscreants and makes them pay to clean it up in addition to damages to the people who had to suffer.
I’m thinking that while this superficial issue relates to the owners of the waste site, I feel are only the scapegoats for the bigger picture.
They and all of those in the same boat operate as they do based on how, where and in what environment they grew up.
The impact of this issue, other issues similar and associated to it on the environment is devastating.
This one micro problem would be easier to resolve if it was not compounded by many inept, short term focused governments attempting (ineptly) to right the wrongs of many years. Their hearts and in the right places, their long term solutions are not.
While I don’t diminish the horror of this specific abuse of the law, this is not the issue.
I think the big issue here is the systemic, consistent, long term ignorance of aboriginal rights.
I’m frustrated that as an individual citizen by not knowing what I can do, I do know we all need to be part of the big solution.
I’ve taken a first small step by supporting Chris, maybe my interest, care and support will ultimately help a bit.
Layer the Global warming issue on top of this and I won’t sleep tonight.
Keep prodding our collective conscientiousness’. While you do it in your
own inimitably gentle manner it has effect.
I’m so glad you are supporting Chris. You will be making a difference.Thank you!
As for the dump, you can be sure something will be done about it. Chris has pushed all the right buttons, as he tends to do whenever he takes on social injustice.