Media advisory - Coalition to challenge federal government on mining waste
being dumped into lakes

OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ -

WHAT: Press conferences in Ottawa and St. John's, to launch lawsuit against the federal government - protect our lakes!

The Sandy Pond Alliance (SPA), a coalition of NGOs and community leaders will file suit against the federal government in an initiative to protect Canadian lakes.


The Sandy Pond Alliance is a Newfoundland based coalition of local scientists and activists, as well as local and national organizations, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Natural History Society, the Council of Canadians, MiningWatch and the Sierra Club Atlantic Canada.


    WHEN:     Friday, June 4, 10:00 am
    WHERE:    Prime Minister's Office - Langevin Block, Ottawa (at the corner
              of Elgin and Wellington)
    SPEAKERS: Lynda Collins: Professor with the Environmental Law Group at
              the University of Ottawa
              Ramsey Hart: Canada Program Coordinator for Mining Watch
              Meera Karunananthan: National Water Campaigner, Council of


    WHERE:    Fluvarium, 5 Nagles Place, St. John's
    WHEN:     Friday, June 4, 2010, 10:00 am
    SPEAKERS: Ken Kavanagh, Director, SPA and Chair of St. John's Chapter of
              Council of Canadians.
              Bill Montevecchi, Director, SPA, and biology professor at the
              Memorial University of Newfoundland.
              Owen Myers, public interest lawyer
              Local Contact: 709.726.2090, 709.488.2221

SOURCE Council of Canadians

For further information: For further information: Dylan Penner, Media Officer, Council of Canadians, (613) 795-8685,; For inquiries in BC, contact Harjap Grewal, BC/Yukon Regional Organizer, Council of Canadians, (604) 340-2455,

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