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MP demands action on First Nation mercury poisoning issue

The MP for Algoma Manitoulin Kapuskasing wants the Harper Tories to come clean with the people of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.  Carol Hughes says the feds were working with outdated information when determining who on the reserve had mercury poisoning.  The result was 65 percent of people applying for disability were rejected.  Hughes, who is the NDP’s Aboriginal Health Critic, says the federal government needs to correct this neglect.  Hughes says the Tories are whitewashing the issue by saying the poisoning is related to diabetes and alcohol problems.   She adds contrary to what the feds claim, the local river has not been cleaned properly and the fish are not safe to eat.  Hughes says there has to be a proper clean-up of the English-Wabigoon River system once and for all.

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