Residents of N. Ont. reserve still sickened by mercury, says Earthroots

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO – An international expert says the health effects of mercury poisoning on a First Nation reserve in northwestern Ontario are worse now than in the 1970s.

The environmental group Earthroots says between 1962 and 1970 a paper mill in Dryden dumped 20,000 pounds of mercury into the Wabigoon River.

Japanese mercury expert Dr. Masazumi Harada first visited the Grassy Narrows reserve in 1975 and found people with mercury levels over three times the Health Canada limit.

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