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Expect traffic slowdowns between Sturgeon Falls and North Bay on Wednesday

Tuesday, January 15, 2013   by: Kate AdamsIdle No More North Bay
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Local organizers of the Idle No More movement are planning another traffic slowdown between Sturgeon Falls and North Bay for January 16, 2013 in support of national efforts of First Nations.

“We are calling for the repeal of bill C-45 and the full implementation of the treaties” said organizer Joe McLeod, a Nipissing First Nation member.

Traffic will not be blocked but there will be a slowdown on Highway 17 near North Bay today between Christine Lane and the Oasis Trailer Park in Commanda Township as information is provided to the public from 7:30 a.m. until 3p.m.

“This will be a peaceful demonstration continuing our efforts to communicate our frustration with the government’s inability to listen to the people”, said Rodney Commanda, NFN member.

Local organizers are working with the OPP and APS to ensure the safety of all participants and to ensure that traffic can proceed through the site in an orderly way. Commuters can expect a short delay as they proceed through the information stop.

Organizers invite the public to visit the rally and join them to communicate this important message. “We’re standing up for not only our future generations but the future generations of all Canadians – please join us in sending a strong message to government”, said Mr. McLeod.

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tar77bass 1/15/2013 4:38:30 PM Report

maybe its time for the rest of canada start to protest about the millions of dollars that is spent supporting people that fell wronged because they might have to find a job and actually have to work for a living
tar77bass 1/15/2013 5:00:03 PM Report

Here is one of the reasons the local bands are doing this because its going to stop them from netting around spawning grounds
part of the new bill
173. Section 29 of the Fisheries Act is replaced by the following:

Obstructing passage of fish or waters

29. (1) No person shall erect, use or maintain any seine, net, weir or other fishing appliance that

(a) unduly obstructs the passage of fish in any Canadian fisheries waters, whether subject to any exclusive right of fishery or not; or

(b) obstructs more than two thirds of the width of any river or stream or more than one third of the width of the main channel at low tide of any tidal stream.

Watcher1 1/15/2013 6:15:28 PM Report

Tar77bass---> Another racist, and ignorant comment. Not that this will change your mind but this has nothing to do with wanting money, it's about insuring that we have clean water and a clean living environment for our future. Good research BTW!!! These types of comments just make me realize how uneducated most canadians are!
Brave4Life 1/15/2013 9:36:11 PM Report

Tar,

I try to be humble and respectful as much as I can but I don't know how to say this in a peaceful manner. You are the most racist, hateful and uneducated person I have never met in my life. You say you know what you are talking about but in all reality you are only spewing the message that the Harper government has already allowed the media to give all of us Canadians. Everything you write is hateful towards someone or something, you should really take a look in the mirror because you are not a nice person..... I will pray for you, the creator will help you
tar77bass 1/15/2013 9:45:51 PM Report

they creator as in god I hope because he is the one I beleive in and I am not a racist I dont hate anyone I just dont like the fact that my taxes go to support other people.

and what gives you the right to stop me from traveling from one place to another.
Daedalus 1/15/2013 10:47:47 PM Report

Can't be a racist for stating true facts. Rivers and water is a very small part, what they want is more money and resoarce sharing when they cant even answer the question on where the money we give them goes..nice..block a highway block a train track all about a peaceful protest till someone gets run over and killed..threaten to bring our economy to its knees? LOL talk about biting the hand that feeds you cause if we dont get supplys niether will you...want a meeting with the PM got it oh wait then tried to block your leaders from going because a guy who has nothing to do with it wasn't gonna be there...enough is enough just think how much more strong of a country we would be if the you owe us crap stopped and we all worked together to rise up while other nations fight thier civil wars and economys crash...
fogie 1/16/2013 3:41:58 AM Report

If you really want to bring people to your cause, set up kiosks or distribution centers at malls or other popular places where people can pick up your information if they wish. Slowing or blocking traffic and inconveniencing people will only harden them against your cause. It might even make it harder or impossible for emergency vehicles to reach their destinations in a timely fashion, which might have tragic consequences. Blocking highways and railways, etc., is definitely not going to win you any support you don't already have.
Biker Barbie 1/16/2013 5:58:18 AM Report

Stop the protests, work with all segments of Canadian society to make our country stronger. Get with the present and work for a better future. If you don't like Harper then place your vote somewhere else in the next election. The grass roots of your people need to look at your Chiefs and ask them to be more trasparent with the money they spend! How much do they pay themselves and their friends?
Rosiee1 1/16/2013 8:30:08 AM Report

Yes the first nations have very real reasons to demand change. But standing on the highway holding a sign is not the way to do it. Hasn't worked in the past and won't work now.

You need public support and this isn't the way to get it. Public information sessions to help us non-aboriginals understand why and how things need to change would be more productive along with demanding clarity in all funding.
dealer 1/16/2013 9:23:07 AM Report

What a LOAD!!!!

Ya, we want to change things so we are going to get people on our side by inconveniencing/hurting them(make them late for work, appointments etc...)....that should change their minds!!! That should get them on our side....lol

What protesters like this dont realize is u r turning more people AGAINST your cause because your beef is with the government but your protest is affecting the people....NEGATIVELY!!!

Look no further than the teachers as an example.....they SAY the students are their top priority but USE/HURT them the minute they dont get their way....

BTW, it is FACT, any other group to protest in this way would be removed and or put in jail.....
Brave4Life 1/16/2013 10:20:03 AM Report

Again ignorance and uneducated words rear its ugly head.... In Canada there is a little thing called the charter of rights. In that charter it states that any person is entitled to free speech and the right to protest....
Biker Barbie 1/16/2013 10:53:13 AM Report

Well Brave4Life what you can do under the charter and what's the smart thing might be 2 different things! Also if others diagree with your view they are not ignorant.
Canada is a muliticultal country. People from around the world are crying to come here for the opportunties that are part of our way of life here.
Watcher1 1/16/2013 11:45:07 AM Report

Where do you think the government gets it's money to pay for all canadian expenses. Such a large part of comes from natural resources taken for native lands and at what cost? Does no one research before making such mindless comments. Treaties were signed and now they are trying to break these treaties which were signed with the queen. It has to change now and kiosk and waiting for the next election isn't going to work, it has to change now! It's incredible that most canadians care so little about the future, you children's future, if you don't act now then more Harper directives will harm our country. Also, any other group that protest have been unable to do so peacefully, that's why they get thrown in jail. And also, i am native and i would have to say that about 1 to 2% of my reserve may be on some kind of living assistance and all the rest have jobs, the majority of reserve that pay taxes...isn't that a shocker!
Tobias 1/16/2013 11:53:19 AM Report

I wonder what the police would do to an "Anti-Idle No More" protest a kilometer away?

The right of protest doesn't include obstructing main arteries. And that tactic does not arouse my sympathy in the least.
getreal 1/16/2013 12:07:34 PM Report

@Brave, yes there is the right to protest, but that doesn't give the right to interfere with traffic. This will not help gain support. I am not surprised that they can't figure that out. Met a few of them last week. Not the smarted group of people.
Oldtimer 1/16/2013 9:26:51 PM Report

I was impressed with the demonstration and the support they recieved.

If Canadians understood that this a education to everyone on the negative affects of the Bill-C45 they would be a little more understanding.
If you get water from a Lake or River; under C-45 your neighbour would be able to dump whatever without priour sanctions by the present Waterways act.
North Bay, Sudbury, Bonfield... would all be subject to a 'after the fact assesment' that would verify the contamination of their water.
If you were paddling along and desided to picnic on a forested beach- someone could come out to threaten you to move on or face legal charges of trespass.

The First Nations were not involved in any of this and yet they are fighting on behalf of all of us to protect our Nation and our identity.
Watcher1 1/17/2013 9:17:29 AM Report

Interfere with traffic? We'd have been interfere and inconvenienced for 200 years!
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