25 October 2007

September 15th at Sharbot Lake


MNN. Sept. 14, 2007. Frontenac Ventures Corporation is going to court in Kingston on September 20th to get a permanent injunction to remove the Algonquins and their settler allies from the land of their ancestors. They want to mine uranium.

According to Frontenac’s listing, it provides “internet electronic commerce solutions”. Pretty vague and banal. Look at their website and don’t be fooled.

In 2006 Frontenac discovered additional uranium based on about 100 core samples and 4,500 kilograms of bulk samples which were sent for testing to Lakefield Research in Peterborough. They found more uranium than expected. Imagine how excited the weapons salesmen for the U.S. and Canadian military must have been! These guys have no common sense. They don’t care how many people they kill or how much of the world they destroy, as long as they make their profit.

In 2007 Frontenac announced they are hoping to raise $3 million to go in and explore for more uranium. That’s when they started to make plans to get it out. But the Algonquins and the local settlers got wind of it. That’s when some information seeped out to the public and the protests began.

You would think that a project involving a huge natural resource, and the integrity of the environment of a substantial part of southern Ontario and Quebec would require public consideration and consultation before being set in motion. You might think that in a democracy that such a project would be the object of public discussion in a legislature composed of representatives of the people. Not so in Canada! The so-called government is a corporate lackey. It acts mechanically without thinking, without feeling, without consultation, as if there was no humanity involved. It behaves with robotic loyalty to its corporate controllers.

What passes for “government” in the settler society told Frontenac there are 12 million tons of material in the East Bancroft find, from which can be extracted half a pound of uranium per ton. The entire area will have to be indelibly scarred destroying the environment for thousands of years in order to get the uranium out. This is what “open pit mining” is about and is brazenly spelled out on Frontenac’s website. It’s also known in the industry as “over-burden stripping – cut and dump”.

The dirt that was trucked during the exploration was found to yield higher concentrations of uranium than the government estimated - 14.2 pounds per ton of material, to be exact! They will be running in there with shovels and pails in hand. This means that they hit the “mother lode”, the “jackpot”! In terms of the military industrial war complex, it’s a license to print money. This could mean the Algonquins are in real danger! We know from past experience that nothing will be allowed to come between these heartless gluttons and their greed.

At this point Frontenac is waiting for winter so they can go in and get the ore out during stages 4 and 5 of phases “Q3 and Q4” of their covertly devised business plan. They have to get those Algonquins out of “their” way! What does this mean? It means they found it. They want it. And they’re gonna try to get it by any means necessary – no holds barred.

Let’s look at the value of 12 million tons of material, at half a pound of uranium per ton, according to the November 29th 2006 “spot rate” of at least US$63 per pound of uranium. This works out to $540 million for Frontenac based on conservative Geological Survey of Canada figures. Last January the price went up to US$135 per pound. If you do the math, it is worth over US$800 million.

Now let us estimate this based on the latest findings of 14.2 pounds per ton. This brings the profit into the region of US$176 billion, that is, if people want to wage that much war or make that many new Chernobyls.

Since Frontenac has invested $250,000 so far, this suggests they expect a modest return of about $US700,000 to $1 invested. [They must be just delirious!] How do you like them odds? Oh, I forgot, there might be some production costs which might reduce it a little bit. Of course, the whole plan is whacky as all get out. Humanity cannot withstand the amount of pollution and destruction needed to maintain these prices. The whole scheme comes from “flakesville”. You can bet your bottom dollar that Frontenac investors are not farsighted enough to see this. They’re hell bent on profit and they don’t give a damn how much damage they do in the process.

On their power point presentation Frontenac estimates the real target is “50 million pounds” or more. This could yield a profit of trillions. It would reshape the landscape. There would be no trees and the people would flee!

It’s a fantasy worthy of Scrooge McDuck in the comic books. But their brutality against the Algonquins is no laughing matter. These guys are salivating so much they probably have to wear terry cloth bibs over their Armani suits. They are diverting our attention from the strange bulges in their pants made by the “Depends” diapers they wear to protect their Armanis from the way they keep pissing themselves in excitement!

According to their fantasies, all they have to do is send in their Tonka Trucks and take it away for an initial investment of $250,000, so far. Pretty good return, eh! And it was handed to them on a platter by the Geological Surveys of Canada, funded by the Canadian taxpayer, to the detriment of Medicare and other social services for which there is a more immediate need. Is this what they call government “for” and “by” the people?

Frontenac’s Board of Directors are: Anthony DeWerth, Chairman; George White; Joel Lipshitz; Jack Kirkland; Jim Honsberge. Its Officers are: George White, President and CEO; David Callander, Treasurer; Scott White, Secretary and power point wizard; Jack Kirkland, counsel; Dr. Sethu Raman, F. Chris Harvey and Terrence Bottril, Technological and Geological Advisors.

There are 12 shareholders, of which ten are named above. Two are “secret” or “silent” partners. Who the hell could they be? Ontario and Canada? Or is that asking too much?

Frontenac and their colonial allies obviously think they have to dumb us down so they can take control of our assets for “our own good”? We’ve heard it all before. Similar scams are being run on the Aborigines of Australia [Northern Territories]. They won a big land claims case but uranium was found on it. Canada and Australia are the top uranium producers in the world.

So covert action had to be immediately taken. Three months after the Supreme Court of Australia decision confirming their land title, Prime Minister Howard declared martial law. He sent the army to take over the administration of 62 Aborigine communities. This was done on the pretense that outside control was needed to protect the “best interests” of the children living there. All of a sudden it was decided that the parents were “too drunk to be competent”. It appears the Aborigines have no legal standing to argue their own case. They cannot challenge the government because they are classed as "children", "wards" or "non persons". Shades of Duncan Campbell Scott!

The deliberate degradation of our communities and then taking them over is not new. Canada’s concern is that we have all the land with the ore, oil and resources they want for nothing. We are the largest landholding group per capita on Turtle Island. From this perspective, we are the wealthiest per capita even if the colonial states are bound and determined to deny us our political and economic rights.

Our standard of living continues to be kept at the bottom of their megalomaniac hierarchical model. It’s just a new incarnation of the old genocidal policy that manifested itself the moment the colonial corporations planted themselves on our land. How can we escape this cruel dynamic?

These jackals refuse to address the first question. How did Frontenac get a permit from Ontario to go onto unsurrendered Algonquin land? How can Canada and Ontario give them permission to trespass on our land and to steal our resources? How can the trespassers then get a court injunction to kick us off?

Kahentinetha Horn
MNN Mohawk Nation News

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