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Canada uranium update

Published by MAC on 2007-07-27

Canada uranium update

27th July 2007

Residents of the Canadian province of New Brunswick continue to express outrage in community meetings, and on the pages of local newspapers, over prospecting - mainly for uranium - on their lands. The provincial Minister of Natural Resources has been quick to defend the interests of mining and downplay the concerns of citizens.

An Aboriginal community in another Canadian province is facing a lawsuit by uranium mining company, Frontenac Ventures Corporation. On July 24 2007 Frontenac filed a $100-million lawsuit against local Algonquin First Nations. It is also seeking an injunction to remove a protesters' blockade from the entrance of the proposed mining location, north of Sharbot Lake in Ontario.

Cameco, the world's biggest uranium mining company, has once again come under strong criticism for its failure to check contamination - this time in soil at its nuclear fuel ("hex") plant in Ontario.

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