Subject: Media Release – Pinehouse, Saskatchewan residents decry imminent

signing  of  uranium gag agreement

Those who attended the 12/11/12 meeting of the Virginia Uranium Working Group heard a question put to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel members regarding Canada and a place referred to as Pinehouse, Saskatchewan.  The panel seemed to have no knowledge of this issue and, instead, described Canadian uranium mining as a model worth replicating in Chatham, Virginia. The only part of the Canadian model to which they must have been referring is the complete disregard of the public sentiment and rights of Pinehouse citizens. 
Virginians, North Carolinians, and all Americans need to wake up and realize that our fundamental Constitutional rights to protect ourselves and our properties from a radioactive regime of aggression and from becoming subjugated to a condition of involuntary servitude to the nuclear industry are being stolen from us before our very eyes just as they are from the people of Canada.  We must stop uranium mining in Virginia; we must stop those who would take the liberty, properties, and the public health of thousands of future generations of people. Boldly united in our righteous cause, we can succeed
The following press release came from these Canadian residents whose rights are being trampled under a government that promotes the nucelar industry at all environmental and civil rights costs. 
From: Committee for Future Generations <committeeforfuturegenerations@gmail.com>
Date: December 12, 2012 9:35:11 AM EST
12-12-12 is a sad and tragic day,
not only for northern Saskatchewan
but for our province, our country and the whole world.
The planes will be flying into Pinehouse today,
loaded with nuclear industry and government
officials and dignitaries, to sign an agreement
with the village which most community residents
know virtually nothing about.
This agrement promises community residents
will not be able to say or do anything against
Cameco/Areva mining projects, present or future.
This agreement denies free speech and violates
our Canadian Charter of Rights.
Neo-colonialism is alive and well.
Our homeland has become a banana republic.
– Committee for Future Generations ______________________________________________________________________
Media Release <Please share widely>
Pinehouse Residents Decry Imminent
Signing of Uranium “Gag Agreement”
Signing ceremony for secretive deal announced
despite community concerns and opposition to the deal.
Residents of the northern Saskatchewan village of Pinehouse feel betrayed and appalled that a controversial “Collaboration Agreement” between the village and uranium giants Cameco and Areva is set to be signed today.
At a community meeting held last night, Pinehouse Mayor Mike Natomagan announced that the agreement, which critics say amounts to a gag order that violates residents’ Charter rights, will be signed even though residents have not yet been provided with a copy of the agreement.
“There are a lot of questions about the agreement in the community, and we’re being told that a confidentiality clause means we can’t get the answers we need from our administration,” says Pinehouse resident John Smerek. “To us, it’s a simple issue of democracy. People have a right to see what’s in an agreement before it’s signed, not after. But even though we’ve asked to see the agreement and to have input, the residents here have been totally shut out of the process.”
“It’s evident that a land claim is being negotiated without my consent or knowledge. It’s tough to go on promises, but promises are all we’ve gotabout this agreement,” adds Pinehouse resident Dale Smith. “You wouldn’t sign a mortgage without knowing the cost of the house or the details, but that’s what we’re being asked to do. If this is truly a good deal for us, why are Cameco, Areva and the council keeping it secret and rushing to ram it through as quickly as possible?”
Residents of Pinehouse have retained legal counsel and have sent a letter to Mayor Natomagan requesting that signing of the agreement be delayed “to allow a consultative process that permits full, prior and informed consent of those affected and potentially affected by the terms and implementation of that Agreement.”
The letter, prepared by Kowalchuk Law Office, also outlined numerous concerns with the agreement, including “the impact of the Agreement on: the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms including section 35 and the duty to consult, as well as section 7 (the right to life, liberty and security of the person) and section 2(b) (freedom of expression); Aboriginal treaties; international law and environmental statutes.”
Residents were given their first opportunity to view a summary of the agreement at a November 13 meeting, where they were provided with a summary of the deal, which includes a number of controversial terms, including pledging community support for current, proposed and future Cameco and Areva operations and the promise that Pinehouse will “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.”
Residents are calling on Pinehouse, Cameco and Areva to delay signing of the agreement until consultations with the community have been completed and terms that may violate residents’ Charter rights are removed or amended.
Messages supporting Pinehouse residents and calling for a delay in signing the agreement have come in from across Canada and as far away as Australia, the UK and Germany.
If the agreement is signed as announced, residents plan to proceed with a court injunction against implementation of the agreement.
Media Contacts:
John Smerek, Pinehouse resident 306-884-2341
Dale Smith, Pinehouse resident 306-884-2303
Larry Kowalchuk, Kowalchuk Law Office 306-522-2606
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