Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mine opponents petition Leal

Peterborough Examiner

More than 35 people presented a petition to Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal yesterday morning protesting uranium mining operations in Sharbot Lake and the treatment of Trent University professor Paula Sherman and her colleague Robert Lovelace.

About 740 signatures were presented to Leal. Protesters gathered out front Leal's office with signs to raise awareness.

Sherman, co-chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and Trent professor, and Lovelace, a spokesman for Ardoch, aboriginal affairs counsellor at Fleming College and professor at Queen's University, got six months in jail for contempt of court last month in Superior Court of Justice. Sherman opted for a $15,000 fine to be with her children.

Ardoch community members have been angered by mining exploration on their land, which was done without consultation by the provincial government or the mining company, according to their lawyer.

Trent student Paul McCarney, a co-organizer of the petition, said Leal met with the group.

Leal said he will present the petition in the legislature.

"We all agree that there's a need to renew the mining act in the province of Ontario and an act that hasn't been substantially altered in over a 100 years," he said.

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