First Nations of the North Shore Tribal Council Reject NWMO Proposal

Windspeaker, Volume: 29, Issue: 10, Year: 2012
Compiled by Debora Steel

The First Nations of the North Shore Tribal Council in Cutler, Ont. say they strongly reject the prospect of the North Shore of Lake Huron becoming a site for the long-term storage of nuclear waste for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO).

The City of Elliot Lake has publicly expressed interest in possibly becoming one of the sites for the long-term disposal of nuclear waste for Canada’s nuclear industry. Elliot Lake has a long history of uranium mining, resulting in significant and lasting environmental damage to the local watershed and nearby ceremonial grounds, the tribal council says.

There are also dozens of tailings ponds surrounding Elliot Lake currently waiting for a solution for their safe disposal.

“We cannot idly stand by and watch as they inject Mother Earth with this cancer,” said Chief Lyle Sayers, chair of the tribal council. “We must ensure that the future natural resources of this area are there for our children, generations to come, and businesses alike.”

The half-life of this material is hundreds of thousands of years and could impact generation after generation, reads a press statement from the tribal council.

No site, says the release, can ever be totally safe for nuclear waste storage.

“Natural disasters sometimes happen, such as we’ve seen in Japan. It could make this whole area a nuclear wasteland suitable for only that industry,” said Sayers.

Our statement to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization is: Do not waste your financial resources if you plan to conduct a study in this area because a nuclear waste dump is not going to happen here.

The North Shore Tribal Council represents seven First Nation communities across the North Shore of Lake Huron. –

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Nuclear Waste: Safe by What Standard? Workshops in White River and Hornepayne

An Overview of How Nuclear Facilities are Regulated in Canada

Wednesday, November 21 , 7 – 9 pm
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A presentation by Theresa McClenaghan
Executive Direction and Senior Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association

A brief overview by Northwatch of the current effort by the nuclear industry’s site selection process underway for a burial location all of Canada’s high level nuclear fuel waste will be followed by a presentation by Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Senior Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association on how nuclear facilities are regulated. The presentation and following discussion will address how nuclear projects are reviewed, how standards are set, and how regulations relate to the protection of human health and the environment.

Presented by Northwatch and the Canadian Environmental Law Association.

What it’s like to live in Hornepayne (October 2012)

October 31, 2012

I remember a popular saying when I was young, “What happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.” I think we all grew up with this deeply rooted into our being. Yesterday the “Let’s Rebuild Hornepayne” Facebook Group was changed to a closed group. The reason behind it is not being disclosed but my hunch is that the admin wants to keep what is happening in our town behind closed doors.

Here’s a peak of what it’s like to live in Hornepayne.

A new subdivision was built in the 1970s. Our “Mall”, which was boarded up 2 years ago was built in the late 70s and opened in 1980. For 30 years people went about their business. Our population decreased by almost half from then to now. A few years ago, being forced by the Government, we built a new water treatment plant which has turned out to be a money pit. We used to pay $400.00 a year for water and we now pay $1200.00 a year. The closure of our “Mall” left a huge tax deficit and it left the town without many services. In 2010 after the new Council was elected they passed a resolution to stop all donations from the Township because their money problems were that desperate. It’s so bad that they can’t afford to pay for an interact machine for the office. Many have asked about applying for grants so we can rebuild our community, but again we’re told that we need money to apply and we don’t have any.

In comes NWMO.

Hornepayne was one of the first communities to enter into the Nuclear Waste process. We are currently in a learning process so we can learn all about this before we make a decision. The NWMO has set up a Committee that was supposed to release information so we could be educated, but as it was seen in yesterday’s post, they don’t have much freedom in what they can share.We have been told repeatedly that we will have the option to choose if we want this or not. So far we don’t have any other choice and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Those who are for Nuclear Waste can’t see that we will have a future without it and those who are against it can’t see that we will have a future with it.

It’s been 2 years of yearning to rebuild our town but we can’t seem to move forward. People continue to move and just this week another business has closed. After 5 or 10 years of this I’m sure we’ll all be ready to sell out to Nuclear Waste. They say we’ll have a choice.

A Message to Hornepayne

To move forward we have to let NWMO go. As long as they are here we will NEVER move forward. It’s 10 or 15 years away and we’re going to be kept in this state so we finally choose Nuclear Waste. It’s just like being lost at sea; you know drinking the salt water isn’t good but when you’re thirsty who can resist? Well, after 10 years of this kind of Hornepayne living will you be able to resist? Rebuilding is going to take A LOT of work. Jody and I have been trying to build a business and the amount of hours has been crazy, so I know it’s a lot of work. We’re not going to find the desire to do this hard work within our community if a much easier option is perceived to be in our future. Our vision is being blocked by Nuclear Waste. It’s a hindrance to our progress. It’s deceptive in the fact that all their promises make you think we’re getting somewhere, but we’re not.