Tag Archives: ELA

Latest News with the ELA

Great news!  Kathleen Wynne has announced yesterday (Sept. 2nd), in Kenora, that an agreement was reached among the Province of Ontario, the federal government and the International Institute for Sustainable Development so that the ELA will remain open. Click here to read the news release and click here to read the CBC’s latest coverage of the story.


Rally a Success!

We had a successful rally today to save the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). The rally was held jointly with CUSP (whose concern was the Ring of Fire) in front of the Italian Cultural Centre where Minister Greg Rickford was attending a luncheon. The ELA are located in Minister Rickford’s riding.

Although negotiations on continuing operations of the ELA are close to completion, it appears that the Federal Government is holding up the process. The ELA will be forced to close in 2 weeks unless a deal is reached. We need to keep pressure on the Federal Government and Minister Rickford.

ELA Rally August 14 2013

Save the ELA Rally in front of the Italian Cultural Centre

ELA Rally Alert!

Greg Rickford , Minister of State for Science in the Harper Government, is speaking at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Italian Hall on Wednesday August 14th (Yes, that’s this Wed). We would like to join our friends at CUSP in a rally outside the Italian Hall on Algoma St .  CUSP will have signage concerning the Ring of Fire development and the environmental record of Cliffs, the mining company which is sponsoring this luncheon.  The Council of Canadians would like to have signage demanding answers about the negotiations with regard to the Experimental Lakes Area.

Where: Italian Hall, 132 Algoma S.
When: 11:00 AM

If you are able, please bring a sign asking for completion of the negotiations on the ELA.  If these negotiations are not completed by August 31st, the ELA will be forced to close for an unknown length of time. 

Aug 14 2013 ELA Rally Map

Location of the August 14th ELA Rally at the Italian Hall at 132 Algoma S. (Image from Google)


Date:  July 24, 2013
For Immediate Release

The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians would like to make citizens aware that the negotiations about keeping the Experimental Lakes Area open are not making progress, according to an article in today’s Globe and Mail.

We were elated in June when the Province of Ontario announced that it would provide interim funding for the science research centre after the Federal Government stopped its funding.  Funding was essential to maintain the integrity of ongoing scientific experiments at the Lakes. There were negotiations announced among the Province of Ontario, the Federal Government and the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Manitoba to look for a permanent way to keep this crucial facility functioning.  The Province of Ontario was clear that their funding was temporary, intended only to keep the ELA operating until a permanent solution could be found.  The IISD was included in negotiations as a possible long-term operator.

The Council of Canadians has been concerned about the state of these negotiations since June, and has written letters to all concerned parties asking for updates on the status of negotiations.  To date, we have had no reply to any of our letters.  We do know that the federal government, which still has control of the ELA, will close the facility permanently on Sept. 1st  if negotiations are not successfully completed.

We would hope that all people who are concerned about the future of the Experimental Lakes Area will contact their MPs, MPPs , Prime Minister Harper and Premier Kathleen Wynne.  These representatives of ours need to know that we are not pleased at the lack of progress, and that we care about the ELA.  We would hope that an announcement of the successful completion of negotiations will be made by mid-August.  If this is not the case, citizen action will have to be swift and decisive.

Tom Cook, Chair
Thunder Bay Chapter Council of Canadians

NEWS from the National Office

Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara and Thunder Bay chapter activist Jay Caldwell camped on site at the ELA in northern Ontario from March 29th to 31st. On Saturday afternoon about 15 people joined them at the remote location to defend the facility. Click here to read the national office’s full report on the ELA sit-in.