EVENT: “The Costs of Chronic Pollution: Stories from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation” – March 12, 2008

‘Exposing Canada’s Toxic Shame’ collective presents:

“The Costs of Chronic Pollution: Stories from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation” *with Ron Plain**, Aboriginal and environmental activist*.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Faculty of Environmental Studies

HNES Building, Rm 140
York University

Despite a growing awareness of the toxic make-up of various consumer products, we seldom consider the implications of how and where these products were made.

Perhaps there is an assumption that Canada has environmental and labour standards that protect us sufficiently. But this presentation will demonstrate that Canadian chemical industries, with the acquiescence of government authorities, are guilty of poisoning residents who live in close proximity to chemical factories.

There is also the troubling notion that dangerous and toxic industries in Canada are often located beside First Nations communities. Therefore we need to consider how racism has factored into land use planning, treaty rights, and the regulation of toxic industries.

Come listen to Aboriginal and environmental activist Ron Plain speak about the effects that chronic pollution from Sarnia’s Chemical Valley is having on his community, *with an introduction on “The Environmental Law & Injustice of Chronic Pollution” by Professor Dayna Scott* from the Osgoode Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

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