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Support the Court Injunction to Stop Cameco Areva Pinehouse Agreement!

by on December 9, 2012
 

Two uranium mining giants–Cameco and Areva–are about to sign a disturbing agreement with the Village of Pinehouse, Saskatchewan, that promises jobs and money in exchange for the entire community’s silence for as long as the two mining companies are working in the area.

A group of people from Pinehouse, Beauval, English River First Nation and Canoe Lake First Nation are now seeking a court injunction to stop anyone from signing the agreement.

Since the anti-free speech clause became public knowledge, the mining companies moved up their deadline for signing agreement from December 31st to December 12th.

The group is urging “all human rights and environmental groups and organizations to demonstrate unity in protecting our right to free speech by signing on to this court injunction“.

To sign the injunction, please contact:

Larry Kowalchuk
Kowalchuk Law Office
101-2222 Albert St.
Regina SK S4P 2V2

Work: (306) 522-2606
Cell: (306) 529-3001
Fax: (306) 522-2608
Email: larc@sasktel.net

Please see below for a full briefing of the situation, courtesy of The Committee for Future Generations

What else you can do

1. Contact Cameco, Areva, the Mayor of Pinehouse and others involved in this agreement

Email, phone or fax Cameco, Areva, the Mayor of Pinehouse and tell them:

  • not to sign the collaboration agreement until full and adequate consultation with the entire community has been done and the community at large agrees to the terms
  • to remove terms in the agreement that attempt to silence residents’ rights to freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • to remove terms that commit to support for future projects, about which community members have no details about and to which they may object

To group email key people involved in the collaboration agreement:

  • a) Write your own message based on the points above
  • b) Enter a subject line like “Don’t sign the gag order agreement without community consent”
  • c) Copy and paste the following email addresses into the TO: field of your email program.
    gary_merasty@cameco.com; darwin_roy@cameco.com; liam_mooney@cameco.com; darrel_burnouf@cameco.com; pinehouse@cameco.com; jarret.adams@areva.ca; glenn.lafleur@areva.com; richard.gladue@areva.ca; nvp.mike@sasktel.net; nvp.greg@sasktel.net; caroline.ratt-misponas@mcrrha.sk.ca; vince.pinehousedc@sasktel.net
  • d) Copy and paste the following email addresses into the CC: field of your email program:
    rdoucette@mn-s.ca; vince.pinehousedc@sasktel.net; nvp.glen@sasktel.net; info@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca; sboyes@sna.gov.sk.ca; Warren.Kelly@gov.sk.ca; james.irvine@mcrrha.sk.ca; premier@gov.sk.ca; kcheveldayoff@mla.legassembly.sk.ca; jreiter@mla.legassembly.sk.ca; jnilson@mla.legassembly.sk.ca; pm@pm.gc.ca
  • e) Copy and paste the following into the BCC: field of your email program:
    committeeforfuturegenerations@gmail.com
  • f) Press send!
  • You can also contact key people individually. Contacts are included at the bottom of the Committee for Future Generations ‘Take Action’ website post.

  • 2. Use social media to tell Cameco and Areva not to sign the agreement
  • Use the following to Tweet at Cameco and Areva:
    @AREVAinc
    @CamecoCorp

    And use the following hashtags:
    #cameco
    #areva
    #nogagagreement
    #skpoli

  • 3. Help Pinehouse residents spread the word

    Articles, analysis, letters to the editor and more are on the Committee for Future Generations website at http://committeeforfuturegenerations.wordpress.com. Please share the information on Facebook, Twitter and through your email networks!

    4. Express your opinion in the media

    The Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan has an excellent “Express Your Opinion” page on its website, where you can find contact information for major media outlets and elected officials in Saskatchewan: http://www.cleangreensask.ca/Home/express-your-opinion

    Write letters to the editor detailing your support for Pinehouse residents’ right to speak up!

    Support Court Injunction to Stop Cameco-Areva-Pinehouse Collaboration Agreement

    Cameco and Areva are about to sign a collaboration agreement with the Village of Pinehouse, Saskatchewan which promises jobs and money in exchange for what amounts to a gag order on the whole community for the duration of time that Cameco and Areva will be mining.

     

    G/  Other Promises
    Pinehouse promises to:

    e/  Not make statements or say things in public or to any government, business or agency that opposes Cameco/Areva’s mining operations.

    f/  Make reasonable efforts to ensure Pinehouse members do not say or do anything that interferes with or delays Cameco/Areva’s mining, or do or say anything that is not consistent with Pinehouse’s promises under the Collaboration Agreement.

     

    See a copy of the agreement here:
    http://committeeforfuturegenerations.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/collaborationagreement.pdf

     

    A group of northerners from Pinehouse (5), Beauval (1), English River First Nation (1) and Canoe Lake First Nation (1) has just secured a lawyer that is working on a court injunction to stop the signing of this agreement. The lawyer informed the group today that “Anyone can add their name, including organizations and groups.”

    The group is appealing to all human rights and environmental groups and organizations to demonstrate unity in protecting our right to free speech by signing on to this court injunction.

    The community of Pinehouse knew nothing about this agreement until November 13th 2012, when they were provided with only a summary. When community members asked for details they were told by administration:

    • we won’t know the details until after it’s signed
    • officials have been already working on it for two years which is long enough
    • it’s too late to change anything now
      Since publicity of this gag order has spread, the signing date was expedited from December 31st to December 12th

    Following are more disturbing clauses from the agreement:

    B/  3. Business Development
    b/ Some examples of specific evergreen contracts’ that Cameco/Areva intends to give Pinehouse are as follows:   iii) Provide environmental waste management services for all of Cameco/Areva’s mines.

     

    Pinehouse is in site selection process with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.                         Northerners are concerned that the gag order and undisclosed information of the Cameco Areva Pinehouse collaboration agreement is a tool the nuclear industry is using to push nuclear waste into our province.
    15.  b) Pinehouse will Support Cameco/Areva’s Proposed Projects in the following ways:

    iii)    acknowledge that Cameco/Areva have properly consulted Pinehouse for these projects, including the possible social, economic and environmental effects of the projects and any effects the projects may have on the Pinehouse’s aboriginal rights;

    iv)    agree not to seek any more payment or other monies or any other sort of accommodation from Cameco/Areva, including for any damages to Pinehouse’s aboriginal rights as a result of the projects.

     

    Nowhere in Canada or in the world should people have to be worried about getting poisoned by radioactivity. Nowhere in Canada or in the world should people have to fear speaking out.

    The Cameco-Areva-Pinehouse agreement is in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the United Nations Declaration of Rights because it is denies free speech. Every Canadian’s right to free speech is guaranteed and protected in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. If Cameco and Areva sign this agreement with Pinehouse, it will constitute a crime against every Canadian, and will set a precedent allowing Cameco/Areva to commit more crimes.

     

    On behalf of every Canadian, we seek a court injunction to:

    • stop/rescind the signing of the Cameco/Areva collaborative agreement with Pinehouse and any other community with whom they have a similar agreement, current or pending, that contains violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and
    • hold Cameco and Areva accountable when forming and finalizing agreements with any community, to involve all parties and all community members in open and transparent discussion at every stage, with the presence of a scrutineer to ensure fair democratic process.

     

    If you, your group or organization would like details regarding signing on to the court injunction, please contact:

     

    Larry Kowalchuk

    Kowalchuk Law Office
    101-2222 Albert St.
    Regina SK S4P 2V2
    Work:  (306) 522-2606
    Cell:    (306) 529-3001

    Fax:     (306) 522-2608

    Email: larc@sasktel.net

     

    To contact a representative of the group of eight Northerners:

    Max Morin:  306-865-9299
    maxcdm@yahoo.com

    John Smerek:  306-884-2341
    jonsmerek@gmail.com

       
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    • Kirsten Ebsen
      December 11, 2012 at 2:22 am

      Please consider that First Nations peoples have the same right to free speech as people in other developed nations, certainly in the western world. Consider that they are protected by the UN Charter of Human Rights and respect their struggles to guard from harm their own communities from the exploitation unleashed by mining corporations, whose only consciousness appears to be energy for sale – no matter what the price or long term effect on the communities where the extractions will take place. You may wish to consider researching alternative forms of energy for the long-term well being of our planet. Respect First nations communities and respect their right to free speech.

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