09 april 2013

'Unlikely Radicals' - the story of how garbage and determination turned citizens into activists

In 2000, musician and author Charlie Angus along with fellow citizens in a northern Canadian community stood shoulder to shoulder on a blockade, they wanted to stop their community from having a garbage dump for southern urban communities. The citizens refused to be a "sacrifice zone".

The battle had started in the late 1980s and was only resolved last year. It involved a large cross-section of the population, and brought together many different communities, First Nation indigenous people, farmers, miners, and Anglophones and Francophones.

Four years after that blockade, the musician and author became a Member of Parliament, and is now part of Canada's Official Opposition NDP party.

He's now come out with a book Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talked to Charlie Angus about the book and about the challenges facing citizens then, and now.

MP Charlie Angus in 2005. (Photo: Tom Hanson/CP)More information:
Unlikely Radicals book web site - here
Between the LInes publisher - www.btlbooks.com
Charlie Angus MP info - here


NDP MP Charlie Angus in 2005. Photo credit: Tom Hanson/CP.

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