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What Has Happened to Canada?

Frank Morrison

THIS IS MY CITIZENSHIP CARD. I GOT IT IN 1995 WHEN I BECAME A CITIZEN. I WAS A WAR BABY. A LOT OF US FELL THROUGH THE CITIZENSHIP CRACKS, SO I GOT TO STAND IN A ROOM AS AN ADULT AND RAISE MY HAND AND MAKE PROMISES AND BECOME A CANADIAN CITIZEN.

THE ROOM WAS FULL OF DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES. THERE WAS LOTS OF HUGGING AND HANDSHAKING AFTERWARDS.

HALF A LIFETIME LATER, IíM FAST BECOMING ANTI-CANADA. AT LEAST ANTI THE CANADA I SEE TODAY. WE ĎVE FOOLED OURSELVES FOR YEARS THINKING OF CANADA AS THIS BOY SCOUT COUNTRY. THE DO GOODERS OF THE WORLD.

CANADA CAME INTO ITíS OWN AS A NATION, DURING THE 1ST WORLD WAR. WE DID SO BY GREAT SACRIFICE AND THE COURAGE OF OUR CONVICTIONS.

MY QUESTION TODAY IS WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT CANADA. THAT QUESTION HAS EVOLVED FOR ME IN ONLY 18 MONTHS. 18 MONTHS AGO I WAS STILL VERY NIEVE. But, IN 18 MONTHS IíVE ARRIVED AT A POINT WHERE I CAN WRITE A NEW MOTTO FOR THE CANADA OF TODAY. THAT MOTTO IS ďDO WHAT WE SAY, NOT WHAT WE DO.Ē

BECAUSE FOLKS, WEíRE NOT OUT THERE HELPING LITTLE OLD LADIES ACROSS THE STREET ANYMORE. OH NO. WEíRE BUSY TAKING THE STREET OUT FROM UNDER THEIR FEET. OUR MINING INDUSTRY IS DRAGGING THIS COUNTRYíS NAME THRU THE TAILINGS MUD OF COUNTLESS COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

THE TOWN IN COLUMBIA WHERE A CANADIAN MINING COMPANY - IN LEAGUE WITH THE GOVERNMENT - IS FORCING THE PEOPLE OUT, SO THE COMPANY CAN MINE THE GOLD UNDER THEIR FEET. THE GOLD THAT HAS SUPPORTED THE ECONOMY THERE FOR DECADES AND DECADES, THROUGH SMALL SCALE MINING OPERATIONS BY THE NATIVES. MOST OF THESE HAVE NOW BEEN BOUGHT OUT. THOSE REFUSING TO GO ARE NOW BEING THREATENED. OH CANADA.

THEN WE HAVE EQUIDOR WHERE A CANADIAN MINING COMPANY IS IGNORING THE COURTS OF THAT COUNTRY AND CONTINUING TO MINE Ė EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE BEE ORDERED TO STOP.. EQUIDOR HAS NO ARMY. THE CANADIAN MINING COMPANY DOES.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO CANADA WHEN SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN IN THE CAPITAL OF THIS NATION, ARE ENBARKED ON A THREE YEAR STUDY PROGRM THAT IS FOCUSED ON THE DEVISTATION CAUSED BY THE CANADIAN MINING INDUSTRY AROUND THE WORLD? 13 TO 18 YEAR OLD CANADIAN KIDS WEARING T-SHIRTS THAT SAY ďPOLICE CANADIAN MININGĒ.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO CANADA WHEN THE CITIZENS OF A MAJOR ONTARIO CITY, - PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN POISONED BY A URANIUM PROCCESSING COMPANY FOR DECADES - CANíT GET THEIR GOVERNMENT TO LIVE UP TO A 1975 PROMISE TO TEST THE CITIZENS AND FORMER WORKERS FOR CONTAMINATION?

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO CANADA, WHEN THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND IS IGNORED BY PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS WHO, IN TURN JAIL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DEFENDED BY THOSE HIGHER COURTS LAWS?

IF YOU WERE TO COMPARE WHATíS HAPPENING TO A GAME, THAT GAME WOULD BE POKER. THATíS A GAME WERE YOU DONíT GET TO SEE THE OTHER PLAYERS CARDS. BUT THE MINING INDUSTRY AND OUR GOVERNMENTS DONíT SEEM TO BE KEEPING THEIR CARDS SO CLOSE TO THEIR CHESTS THESE DAYS. THEY FEEL WEíLL ARE QUITE WILLING TO SWALLOW THEIR MESSAGE.

THAT MESSAGE IS WE NEED URANIUM. WE NEED NUCULAR POWER. DONíT WORRY WE HAVE EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL.

THE FACT IS THOUGH, EVERYTHING IS OUT OF CONTROL. WITH THE RESULT THAT ITíS URANIUM BY-PRODUCTS FROM CANADA, THAT ARE TODAY KILLING PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLOBE. AND THOSE BY-PRODUCTS WILL CONTINUE TO KILL PEOPLE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. EVENTUALLY THEYíLL KILL US AND OUR DECENDANTS.

WE HAVE OVER 6,000 ABANDONED MINES IN ONTARIO ALONE. OVER 400 ARE CONSIDERED TOXIC WASTE SITES. I JUST WATCHED A 2005 DOCUMENTARY ON DELORO. 30 MILLION DOLLARS LATER AND THERE ARE STILL PILES OF TOXIC WASTE OUT IN THE OPEN THERE.

THE POKER GAME GOES ON. AND THE DECK JUST GETS MORE STACKED AGAINST YOU. THE MINING COMPANY HAS FOUR ACES. AND IF THAT DOESNíT BEAT YOU, THEN THE GOVERNMENT WILL LEND THEM A HELPING HAND THROUGH THE COURTS WITH THEIR STRAIGHT FLUSH. AND, UNDERSTAND, THEY WILL BREAK YOUR BANK WITH THEIR GAME.

AND EVEN THOUGH THEYíVE STACKED THE DECK, THEY CHEAT EVEN MORE. THEY HIDE THE DEATH AND THE DESTRUCTION. THEY HIDE THE REAL COSTS. THE REAL DOLLAR COST AND THE HUMAN COST.

BUT THE GREED IS GOING TO FAR. THEY ARE BLATANTLY THREATENING THE VERY WATER WE DRINK. HOW MANY REPORTS HAVE WE HEARD ABOUT THE NEXT BIG SHORTAGE BEING POTABLE WATER.

THE MINING INDUSTRY IN THE BIGGEST SINGLE CONSUMER OF WATER IN CANADA. THE MINING INDUSTRY PRODUCES 20 TIMES MORE WASTE THAN EVERY PERSON, EVERY OTHER INDUSTRY AND EVERY OTHER ORGANIZATION IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY Ė COMBINED. THATíS 20 TIME MORE WASTE. AND WHAT IS OUR GOVERNMENTíS APPROACH TO THIS? THE FEDERAL GOVERMNMENT GIVES THE MINING INDUSTRY 20 LAKES TO DUMP IT IN.

THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ARE UNDER THREAT FROM THE VERY GOVERNMENTS THAT IS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THEM. ITíS NO LONGER GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO SIT ON THE SIDE LINES ANY MORE. THATíS WHAT GOVERNMENTS COUNT ON.

WE DONíT WANT A MORITORIUM ANYMORE. WE WANT A COMPLETE BAN ON ANY AND ALL MINING WITHIN OUR WATERSHED. NO TO ANY AND ALL MINING THAT THREATENS OUR DRINKING WATER.

LETíS GET BACK THE ONTARIO WE ONCE HAD. THE DAYS OF TAKING IT ALL FOR GRANTED ARE GONE. WE Ė ALL OF US - HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THE THINGS WE ONCE TOOK FOR GRANTED. STOP THE MADNESS. STOP THE GREED. STOP, BEFORE ITíS TOO LATE.