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The Kingston session of the Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle was a success. Once again, almost 200 people came out to hear what presenters had to say about uranium.

The panel, which consisted of Janet Gutowski, Central Frontenac Mayor; Fraser McVie, retired civil servant; Laurie McKnight Walker, United Church Minister; Jamie Swift, writer and Cameron Smith, Toronto Star writer, heard 40 presenters in a packed hall at Queen St. United Church in Kingston during the afternoon and evening.

McVie, Smith and Gutowski were a part of the panel at the Sharbot Lake event. The bios for McKnight-Walker and Swift are as follows:

Rev. Laurie McKnight-Walker: served in the United Church ministry for 24 years; 4 years Queen St. United Church and other ministries mostly in rural communities in Ontario where agriculture/lumber/nuclear industry/military were the key economic realities. Served on several community boards in Kingston- Kingston Community Chaplaincy, Social Issues Networking Group and Hospice Palliative Kingston.

Jamie Swift: has worked independently, writing books, magazine and newspaper articles and reviews for over twenty-five years. He has been a regular contributor to CBC-Radio's Ideas and a lecturer at Queen's University School of Business.

It was a very musical event in Kingston with songs sung by The Three Sisters, Ellen Hamilton, Jan Laurey and Michelle Girouard.

Presentations were also made by: Bert Horwood, Joan Rose, Ross Sutherland, Sandra Willard, George Miklos, Marilyn Crawford, David Morrison, Bridget Doherty, Eric Walton, Wolfe Erhlicman, Ivan Stoiljkovic, Maya Thau-Elef, Coreen Covet, Peter & Ann Burbidge, Courtney Kirkby on behalf of Stefan Seum's, Jeff Colden, Jo/Anne Antoine, Molly Wallace, Mike Nickerson, Mireille LaPointe, Susan DeLisle, Tim Sietz, Karen Raddon, Jean Gower, Charles Ficner, Andy Hill, Kate Maddigan, Kathryn Langley, Jan Lorry, Jerry Stein, William Payne, Peter Dundas, David Gill, Anne Joss, Art Lay, Tara Bowen and Rob Matheson.

Media was present at this event and included CKWS TV and CBC radio.

CCAMU would like to thank our Kingston team:

Cathy Wills for acting as our host. Many hours of preparation went into the Kingston event.

Susan DeLisle for all of her help in organizing food, media and much, much more.

Anne and Eric Joss for providing dinner for the organizers and panelists.

Once again CCAMU thanks Donna Dillman, Marilyn Crawford and Wolfe Erlichman for their hard work on the Inquiry Committee.



Rev. Laurie McKnight-Walker has served in the United Church ministry for twenty-four years, the last four at Queen St. United Church in Kingston. Her other ministry positions were largely in rural communities in Ontario where agriculture/lumber/nuclear industry/military were the key economic realities. She has been involved with several community boards in Kingston, including the Kingston Community Chaplaincy, the Social Issues Networking Group and the Hospice Palliative Kingston. [afternoon session]

Janet Gutowski is the Mayor of Central Frontenac. She has 9 years experience as a councillor, 6 in the City of Thorold and 3 in the Township of Central Frontenac Janet was elected to the position of mayor in November 2007. A advocate for sound planning and sustainable economic development Janet has been active in supporting the work of lake associations and groups. Her level of involvement and participation in activities such as the Frontenac Heritage Festival is a testament to her commitment to the community. [afternoon session]

Fraser McVie is A retired Director General, Security, Correctional Services Canada. He has held a variety of senior positions in the federal corrections system in British Columbia and Ontario. During his time with Corrections Canada Mr. McVie was responsible for helping to develop modern and humane approaches to corrections based on research based models of rehabilitation and treatment. As well, he has worked in reconstruction as an expert with United Nations Interim Mission in Kosovo and for the past 35 years in the Canadian criminal justice system. These work experiences have heightened Mr. McVie's awareness and respect for fundamental human rights and the need to work very closely with all ethnic and cultural groups and communities to try to forge common understandings and viable ways to move forward while respecting the rights of all members. Mr. McVie resides with his wife Catherine in Manotick Ontario near the Rideau River. He enjoys skiing and kayaking and spending time with his daughters and two granddaughters who ALSO live in the Ottawa area. [both sessions]

Cameron Smith has written the Toronto Star's environmental column for the part 12 years. He is retired, and is a former managing editor of the Globe and Mail, a two-time winner of a National Newspaper award for writing editorials, and for 17 years was an associate member of the international Club of Rome. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a lawyer for a large Toronto law firm. He is a published author; the best known among his books is a history of the family of Stephen Lewis titled The Lewis Family, An Unfinished Journey, which was a best seller. He grew up in northern Ontario, and as a young man worked underground as a hardrock miner. [both sessions]

Jamie Swift has been working independently, writing books, magazine and newspaper articles and reviews for over twenty-five years. He has been a regular contributor to CBC-Radio's Ideas. His interests include the environment, politics, media/communications, culture and technology, history, work, international development and Canada's relations with the Third World. Mr. Swift is Co-director of the Justice and Peace Office, with Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, Kingston. He is a lecturer at Queen's University School of Business, fourth year undergraduate course "Critical Perspectives on Business." His recent publications include "Hydro: The Decline and Fall of Ontario's Electric Empire, published in 2004," "Walking the Union Walk" 2003. He does regular consulting and writing for the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and the First Ontario Fund. [evening session]