U of T: Evening with Bob Lovelace – saying NO to uranium mining, August 13th

August 12, 2008

You are invited to attend:

An evening with Bob Lovelace

Wed. Aug. 13, 2008 – 7:00 p.m.
Hart House, Debates Room, 2nd floor
7 Hart House Circle , University of Toronto
(direction by subway: go to St. George station, walk south, left on Harbord)

Meet Bob Lovelace, former Ardoch Algonquin First Nation chief and Queen’s University lecturer, who was sentenced to six months in jail for saying ‘no’ to uranium mining on indigenous lands. Lovelace made this stand in defense of the Earth and Creation, which indigenous peoples regard as sacred.
Popular support for this cause contributed to the decision by 22 Ontario municipalities to vote against uranium mining and a promise by the Ontario government to revise antiquated legislation which currently gives mining companies ‘free entry’ to contested indigenous lands and private property. At stake is indigenous sovereignty, protection of the boreal forests from contamination by toxic mine tailings, and the right of indigenous communities to say no development which affects them.

Mr. Lovelace will share his reflections on the events of the last year, the meaning that the land has for indigenous peoples, and the challenges that attend to the current age of mass industrial development and destruction of the land.

Sponsored and promoted by GSU Social Justice Committee (U of T), Toronto MiningSupport Group/Students Against Climate Change, Sam Gindin Chair ( Ryerson University ), University of Toronto Students Union .

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More uranium exploration in Ontario

June 3, 2008

Ontarians living in Bancroft should keep their eyes on Bancroft Uranium’s Monmouth Uranium Project:


Bancroft Uranium Initial Drilling Results, Monmouth Uranium Project

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0401676.htm

Bancroft Uranium Inc. (OTCBB: BCFT) (“Bancroft” or the “Company”) today is pleased to announce the first drilling results from the Spring 2008 surface drill program being conducted at the Monmouth Uranium Project, near Bancroft, Ontario. Noteworthy assay results from the first 13 holes are outlined below.

The 2008 Exploration Phase 1 drill program commenced on February 25th and was designed to focus on areas in and around the historical drill results from the 1969 program bringing it into modern N.I. Policy 43-101 compliance, a recognized world mining standard. The drilling is also designed to extend the known strike length of the skarn which hosts the uranium mineralization with the aim of expanding the current estimated 1,800,000 lbs U3O8 potential at Monmouth.

Initial drill assays and intervals are from holes drilled from the most southwesterly exposure of the host rock skarn (altered limestone) and are spaced approximately 100 feet apart. Significant results are as follows. Assays are noted as lb representing lbs/ton U3O8 over feet….

For inquiries from the public and media concerning the Monmouth Uranium Project please contact Greenspirit Strategies at 1-877-54 GREEN or 1-877-544-7336. For shareholder and investor information please contact investor relations at 1-866-860-2995

ABOUT BANCROFT URANIUM INC. (OTCBB: BCFT)

Bancroft Uranium Inc. is an exploration Company which intends to develop Uranium assets in North America. Bancroft’s initial asset, the Monmouth Uranium Project is envisioned to have the potential of a low cost, open pit uranium producer located close to infrastructure and end product buyers.


Uranium News: Robert Lovelace beings Hunger Strike for good faith negotiations in Uranium dispute

May 18, 2008

May 15, 2008 – For Immediate Release

Jailed Algonquin Leader Begins Hunger Strike
Second Algonquin Chief Going to Jail – McGuinty Government Does Nothing

On February 15, 2008 Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN) Spokesperson Robert Lovelace was sentenced in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Kingston to 6 months in maximum security, plus crippling fines, for peacefully protesting uranium mining in the Ardoch homeland. Chief Paula Sherman was fined $15,000 and given until today to pay the fine, failing which she will be jailed.

On March 17, a Superior Court judge in Thunder Bay sentenced six leaders of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) to six months after they were found in contempt of court in dispute which is virtually identical to that of the Ardoch Algonquins.

The jailing of respected, law-abiding community leaders has had a devastating impact on our communities, particularly on the families of those incarcerated. The indifference shown by the McGuinty government towards the rights of First Nation communities and the imposition of long jail terms and crippling fines in the name of “the rule of law” has further eroded respect for both the legal system and the government of Ontario in the eyes of First Nations people in this province.

The cases of the KI Six and Robert Lovelace are strikingly similar. In both cases Ontario gave approvals to mining companies to conduct aggressive mineral exploration on land claimed by First Nations as their own. In both cases this approval was given without any consultation with affected communities, forcing the First Nations to take action to end the illegal exploration when the government refused to act. In both cases the mining company sought and obtained court injunctions to end the peaceful protests of the First Nations, while lawyers representing Ontario supported the mining industry’s legal manoeuvres at every stage.

For the first month of Bob Lovelace’s incarceration, the government of Ontario said nothing, remaining indifferent to this travesty. Since the jailing of the KI Six, and public outcry which followed, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Bryant, has told the media that he has “bent over backwards” to try to resolve the disputes which led to the incarceration of seven First Nations leaders from our two communities. He also claims that he wishes to see the incarcerated communities leaders freed from jail.

We want to set the record straight.

In fact, there has been no response from Minister Bryant to any of our proposals for peacefully resolving the dispute. Minister Bryant’s staff also has not responded to several calls and emails seeking a response to our proposals. To put it bluntly, Michael Bryant is a liar.

Bob Lovelace is now entering his fourth month in jail while the KI Six are about to begin their third month of incarceration. They are prisoners of conscience, jailed by the government of Ontario to send a message that the interests of the mining industry will trump Aboriginal rights and the environment of Ontario.

Lovelace, who turned 60 in jail, announced that he will begin a hunger strike tomorrow to press the government to respond to Ardoch’s request for good faith negotiations. “I do not want my children and grandchildren to have to go through what we are going through” he said. “Starting tomorrow I will consume only water in the hopes that our cry for justice will be heard by Mr. McGuinty and Mr. Bryant.”

Chief Paula Sherman said: “I will soon be going to jail because I cannot and will not pay this unjust fine. I am a single mother with three dependents whose only crime is the defense of our land. Like Bob Lovelace and the KI 6, I would rather go to jail than take food out of my children’s mouths or let our land be destroyed .”

Acting Co-Chief Mireille Lapointe added “We are sickened by the hypocrisy of the McGuinty government. While honest, conscientious community leaders languish in their jails for peacefully protecting our land from uranium mining, all these politicians care about is their public image. They are lying when they say they are trying to resolve these disputes. They have done nothing at all and continue to show total indifference. They do not even respond to our letters, calls and emails asking for negotiations, meanwhile claiming they care about us and our land”.

Ardoch and KI remain committed to resolving these disputes peacefully, through negotiations which lead to responsible, cooperative land use planning. We call on all citizens of Ontario to support the unconditional release of our leaders and negotiators by joining us at Queen’s Park on May 26 at the Gathering of Mother Earth’s Protectors.

For more information contact Paula Sherman: (613) 329-3707

Or Chris Reid, lawyer: (416) 629-3117


Art Auction Reminder / Canadian Mining Journal Poll / Christian Peacemaker Delegation

May 8, 2008

May 10th, 7pm – Art Auction at IntuMotion Dance Studio


WHAT:      KINGSTON AREA ARTISTS ART AND GIFT AUCTION
WHEN:      Saturday May 10th,  Preview 7-8pm, Auction at 8pm
WHERE:    IntuMotion Dance Studio, 275 Queen Street (at Barrie), lower level.
WHY:        Protect Mother Earth and buy your gifts for Mother’s Day. Proceeds to AAFN/Lovelace/Sherman NO URANIUM Legal Defence Fund.

The primary objective is to raise funds for the payment of fines incurred by two native leaders, Bob Lovelace and Paula Sherman, of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, who have been convicted of contempt of court. The occupation of the mining site resulted from the provincial government’s neglecting to consult with the local native band–as demanded by law–before issuing mining rights to Frontenac Ventures. The second, longer-term, objective of the event is to raise awareness of the environmental dangers of uranium mining and the unconstitutionality of Ontario’s Mining Act.

Refreshments will be available.  Pay for auction items by cheque or cash.

If you are an artist and have an article to donate to the auction, please contact:

Sylvia Söderlind
Associate Professor
Department of English
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
ss8@queensu.ca
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 74428
Fax:  613-533-6872


Canadian Mining Journal Poll – Take 5 seconds to vote!

Donna Dillman has forwarded the link to the Canadian Mining Journal’s poll on the recent decision in British Columbia to ban uranium mining.

Please scroll down and click on the link next to VOTE HERE and tell the Canadian Mining Journal that you want the ban enforced for all time!

The ban on uranium exploration and mining in British Columbia should:

– be scrapped immediately.

– be replaced with stiff regulations.

– be enforced for all time.

Uranium still hot in most of Canada:

Join the Christian Peacemaker Teams Aboriginal Justice Delegation to Algonquin Territory

May 31 – June 8, 2008 (please apply by May 16)

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks participants for a delegation to Robertsville Mine (about 80 km north of Kingston, ON) where two Algonquin First Nations communities are struggling to protect their unceded land from uranium exploration and mining.

The CPT Aboriginal Justice Delegation will meet with Algonquin leaders and settler and environmental activists; seek the perspectives of those who are in support of uranium exploration (including government officials); make visits to the historic blockade site; develop an analysis of colonialism; participate in undoing racism training; and organize a public witness in support of the Algonquin’s struggle for justice. This is a crucial time for your voice to be heard for a just resolution of this matter.

Participants in this delegation should be prepared to:

Participate in non-violent public witness regarding Aboriginal sovereignty issues;
Be housed in rustic conditions, and spend time outside;
Communicate their experiences to local congregations, groups and the media upon return;

Arrange their own travel to and from Kingston, Ontario (CPT can assist with logistics);

Raise $275 (CDN or US) to cover delegation expenses.

For more information or to apply, contact:

Christian Peacemaker Teams, PO Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680
Phone 1-800-318-2843; fax 773-277-0291; e-mail delegations@cpt.org
Applications available on the web at http://www.cpt.org; click “Delegations”

Frontenac Ventures Corporation (FVC) is licensed under the Ontario Mining Act to conduct exploratory drilling on 60 square kilometres of historic Algonquin territory. An open-pit uranium mine would release toxic radon gas and polonium, and leave behind millions of tonnes of radioactive tailings that will permanently pollute groundwater. The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN) says, “Uranium mining will lead directly to our social, spiritual and cultural demise.” Algonquin leader Bob Lovelace has been jailed for his non-violent resistance to illegal and immoral actions by the Ontario government, while many other Algonquin leaders from both Shabot Obaadjiwan FN and AAFN face heavy fines. This delegation will coincide with the continued court proceedings related to this situation.

After occupying the Robertsville Mine for 107 days throughout the summer of 2007, both First Nations participated in a mediation process with the federal and provincial governments and FVC, talks which broke down when the provincial government predetermined that the outcome must include drilling.  In February and March, an Ontario Superior Court judge issued prison sentences and stiff fines to Algonquin leaders for their non-violent resistance to a court injunction which prohibited the blockade. The Algonquins have called for a moratorium on uranium exploration and are seeking a resolution to their historic national land claims. The resistance campaign to prevent uranium mining is supported by local “settler” (non-Algonquin) residents.

CPT is an initiative of the historic peace churches (Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and Quakers), with support and membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant denominations