Grassy Narrows chief urges Trudeau to confront mercury contamination crisis

By Kristy Kirkup
Canadian Press in the Globe and Mail
November 14, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Justin Trudeau

Ontario took another step Tuesday on the long road towards cleaning up mercury contamination upstream from the Grassy Narrows First Nation – a community that also wants the federal Liberal government to help generations of residents deal with the toxic aftermath. Chief Simon Fobister cheered the Ontario government for a fiscal update that sets in motion a previously announced plan to put $85-million towards cleaning up the mess left behind by a paper mill that dumped the neurotoxin into the Wabigoon River in the 1960s. Now, Fobister is setting his sights on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, which he’s been pressing to build a facility he calls a “mercury home” in the community so three generations of locals can get treatment for the effects of mercury poisoning closer to home. 

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