TORONTO, March 25, 2013 /CNW/ - For twenty-two years politicians, promoters, and businessmen pushed for the Adams Mine landfill project as a solution to Ontario's garbage disposal crisis. Now MP Charlie Angus tells the story. This first-hand account of being on the front lines of this struggle jump to life in Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War (Between the Lines).
"This is about a fight that began in small legion halls in Timiskaming and ended up, two decades later, at an international NAFTA tribunal. Along the way, blockades were set up, political careers trashed and private eyes hired to track backroom investors, " said author Angus. "It is also the story of my own political awakening and the steps that brought me from observer, to participant to organizer to political leader."
The plan to dump millions of tonnes of waste into the fractured pits of the Adams Mine prompted five separate civil resistance campaigns, mass demonstrations, blockades, and non-violent resistance. In this important book, Charlie Angus tells the story of how a rural region of 35,000 in Northern Ontario—including First Nations and farmers, environmentalists and miners, retirees and volunteers, Anglophones and Francophones—organized itself to fight a very creative and militant campaign and, against all odds, won the war. Unlikely Radicals traces a compelling history. It is also a prophetic call to arms for citizens whose rights are once again under siege by the Harper government's efforts to squash basic standards for environmental accountability.
Charlie Angus has served as the NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay since 2004. He is currently the NDP's spokesperson on Privacy, Ethics and Government Accountability. In 1985 he formed the Juno-nominated alt-country band Grievous Angels. He is author/co-author of five books on Northern Ontario life and culture including We Lived a Life and Then Some and Mirrors of Stone. He was named to Macleans Power list in 2012 as one of the 25 Most influential Canadians. In 2012 Zoomer Magazine chose him as the third most influential Canadian over the age of 45.Since 1977 Between the Lines books has published books that embrace critical perspectives on culture, economics, and society.