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(en) Canada, Linchpin #3 - Introduction + Free indigenous uranium mining activist Robert Lovelace!

Date Thu, 27 Mar 2008 11:19:47 +0200

Common Cause is an Ontario anarchist organization that wants to see anarchists
active in every town, neighborhood and workplace across Ontario. ---- A major
focus of our activity is work at those crucial points where working class people
are organizing together for control over their lives, the decisions affecting
them and against oppression Our general approach is to involve ourselves with
mass movements and work within these movements, in order to promote anarchist
methods of organization involving direct democracy and direct action. ---- The
methods of struggle that we promote are a preparation for the running of society
along anarchist and communist lines after the revolution.

Common Cause was founded last September in Toronto by anarchists from several
Ontario cities. Since then we have constructed our website at linchpin.ca, taken
part in demonstrations and held public discussion about topics of interest to
anarchism. We'd like to hear from any anarchist in Ontario, or moving to Ontario
who wants to work with us.

Please download the PDF of the paper ( at
) and print out and distribute copies of it. If you let us know how many you
have done and where you are via the contact form at http://linchpin.ca/contact
you'll make us very happy!


Free indigenous uranium mining activist Robert Lovelace!

FEBRUARY , 2008- Robert Lovelace, former chief of the Ardoch Lake Algonquin
First Nation, has begun a six month jail sentence for his role in peacefully
resisting uranium exploration near Sharbot Lake this passed fall. He and his
community will also have to pay $35,000 in fines. Frontenac Ventures, A uranium
exploration company has claimed 30,000 acres of land in eastern Ontario around
the headwaters of the Mississippi system, which feeds the Ottawa River.

Uranium mining poses a serious threat to the integrity of the region's ecology,
as well as the health of inhabitants. It also compromises the sovereignty of the
Algonquin first nations, threatening to poison their traditional territory, all
of which legally belongs to them, and is officially un- ceded to the Canadian
government. Uranium is an extremely dangerous radioactive element and its
extraction from the earth requires violent destruction: surface stripping, clear
cutting, and blasting are all common practices of the process. The residents of
the Ottawa valley, from both native and settler populations, have been resisting
this unwanted exploitation and are standing in the way of Frontenac Ventures,
the Ontario Government, and all those who wish to destroy and exploit the earth
for profits.

Grandfather William Commanda and Honorary Chief Harold Perry, respected
Algonquin elders, have called for a halt to uranium mining, and many thus
interpret resistance to mining as a necessity under Algonquin law.

"I am in a dilemma. I want to obey Canadian law but Algonquin law instructs me
that I must preserve Creation. I must follow Algonquin law", declared Lovelace
before being taken away in handcuffs. Resistance has been a constant since
Frontenac Ventures first began exploration. A drilling site was blockaded by a
coalition of Ardoch Algonquins, Shabot Obaadjiwan Algonquins, and settler groups
for 101 days, and other protests have been numerous. "It is now time to take
direct action again to secure the area so that no further encroachment occurs on
our ancestral homeland", said Lovelace a few weeks before his trial.

Activists, from both native and settler groups are demanding a complete
moratorium on uranium mining in Ontario. The Community Coalition Against Uranium
Mining (CCAMU) is the main settler group working against Frontenace Ventures and
there destructive enterprise.

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