Ring of Fire Updates Weekly News Roundup

April 7-13, 2020: News Roundup

This week Eabametoong First Nation, a community of just over 2000 people, identified their first positive case of COVID-19 in the remote fly-in community. Additionally, the Government of Ontario has suspended environmental oversight rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 8, 2020 (CBC)

Lives could be lost’; Chief of Eabametoong FN ‘disappointed’ in government response to COVID-19 case

We’re basically saying “Code Red” says Chief

“The chief of Eabametoong First Nation (EFN), about 300 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, said he’s “disappointed” and “not happy” with the response from both the Ontario and federal governments after one of the 1600 people living in his community was confirmed Sunday as the first case of COVID-19 in a remote, isolated community in Ontario.” Read more here…

April 8, 2020 (Canada’s National Observer)

Ontario suspends environmental oversight rules, citing COVID-19

“The Ontario government has suspended key environmental protection oversight rules, saying they could hinder its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The change allows the Progressive Conservative government to push forward projects or laws that could significantly impact the environment, without consulting or notifying the public. Critics say they fear the relaxed rules could be used to skirt environmental oversight for projects unrelated to COVID-19.” Read more here…

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