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Six Nations residents confront band council on incinerator but councillors sit silent

Community members had a lot of questions but received few answers at a public meeting on the controversial waste disintegrator now idle at the dump. (Photo by Jim C Powless)
Community members had a lot of questions but received few answers at a public meeting on the controversial waste disintegrator now idle at the dump. (Photo by Jim C Powless)

Six Nations Band Council has left residents in the dark over the fate of a controversial $800,000 disintegrator sitting idle at the land fill site after an at times testy community meeting last week.

Band council chief Ava Hill said council would discuss the issue at a future meeting.

But Turtle Island News has learned band council could be facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit from Nova Scotia inventor John Kearns.

Six Nations people packed a community meeting last Thursday demanding answers from why the untested unit was brought to Six Nations to demands for full disclosure of the agreement band council has made with Kearns.

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Two Six Nations teachers recognized with prestigious honour

J.C.Hill teachers Lenora Maracle and Sonja Green will be inducted into science hall of fame. (Photo by Donna Duric)
J.C.Hill teachers Lenora Maracle and Sonja Green will be inducted into science hall of fame. (Photo by Donna Duric)

Two teachers from J.C. Hill middle school will be inducted into the Hamilton-area science fair hall of fame.

Sonja Green and Lenora Maracle are both recipients of the Champion Teacher Recognition Award for 2015 which includes induction into the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair Champion Teacher Hall of Fame, a plaque, and $250 for use in the classroom of each the winning teacher.

A panel of BASEF committee members selected the winners from among those nominated online by their peers, parents and students.

Green and Maracle will be inducted into the BASEF Champion Teacher Hall of Fame at the BASEF Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

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Liberals tour Six Nations, learn about First Nation issues

Liberal party candidates hear about First Nations issues. (Photo by Jim C Powless)
Liberal party candidates hear about First Nations issues. (Photo by Jim C Powless)

Seven potential Liberal MPs toured Six Nations last Thursday in a bid to familiarize themselves with First Nations issues.

The tour was organized by the Six Nations Liberal Party members to give the potential MPs a glimpse into issues facing first nations.

“I wanted them to hear community voices about our issues,” said Alyyana Maracle, the Liberal Brant riding secretary and Six Nations band member.

She said she didn’t want the visit to be a political one. “I wanted them to hear from community people, not politicans, politicans are all the same whether they are MPs, band council or chiefs, I wanted them to hear communtiy voices,” she said.

But instead the potential MPs heard about social and political issues from transportation to CAS issues to land claims and federal funding cutbacks .

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Suspended Senator facing assault and sexual assault charges: Court told that Patrick Brazeau pushed woman down stairs

Suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau arrives at court in Gatineau, Quebec. (CP Photo)
Suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau arrives at court in Gatineau, Quebec. (CP Photo)

GATINEAU, Que. -- A woman described in graphic detail Monday how Patrick Brazeau allegedly knocked her down a flight of stairs, spat in her face and pushed her head into a wall during a violent confrontation two years ago.

The woman, whose name is protected by a publication ban, told a Quebec courtroom about the violent February 2013 encounter that culminated in charges of assault and sexual assault against the now-suspended senator.

She was the star Crown witness on the first day of Brazeau's trial in connection with the incident, which took place at a home in the city of Gatineau, north of Ottawa.

Brazeau, 40, has pleaded not guilty.

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Ironmen prevail in overtime to become newly crowned Pee Wee ‘A’ Division L’NHL champions!!

The Six Nations Ironmen consisting of Brenden Anderson, Jared Austin, Davin Bomberry, James Gowland, Calen Hill, Preston Hill, Theo Hill, Tie Jacobs, Steve LaForme, Kyle Lynch, Isaac MacLeod, Dayton Sawyer, Tayton Skye, Darrion White and coaches Darrell Anderson, Walter Hill and Duane Jacobs celebrate their ‘A’ finals win against Chippewa. (Photo By Neil Becker)
The Six Nations Ironmen consisting of Brenden Anderson, Jared Austin, Davin Bomberry, James Gowland, Calen Hill, Preston Hill, Theo Hill, Tie Jacobs, Steve LaForme, Kyle Lynch, Isaac MacLeod, Dayton Sawyer, Tayton Skye, Darrion White and coaches Darrell Anderson, Walter Hill and Duane Jacobs celebrate their ‘A’ finals win against Chippewa. (Photo By Neil Becker)

Clutching the Pee Wee Division ‘A’ LNHL championship trophy Six Nations Ironmen goalie Calen Hill had a look of disbelief on his face.

“I just can’t believe we won,” Hill who backstopped his Ironmen to a thrilling 3-2 overtime finals win against Chippewa said from his dressing room stall. Scanning the room and seeing his teammates, coaches and parents bask in the glory Hill who was participating in his first ever LNHL tournament exclaimed “This was so much fun. The games were really exciting.”

Meanwhile team manager Darrell Anderson referred to Hill a.k.a. “Beef” as being “Very steady”. Reflecting on their LNHL games which saw them beat Rama by a 3-2 score followed by a 5-3 win against the Batchewana Attack and two more wins including a 7-5 nail bitter against Batchewana which officially stamped their ticket to the Pee Wee A Division LNHL where they went on to eventually earn the right to hoist the LNHL Pee Wee Division ‘A’ championship trophy and triumph ally skate around Hershey Centre ice.

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Lynda Powless, Editor

SN Band council stays mum on garbage

Six Nations has no answer for its garbage.

It isn’t alone. Underfunded and understaffed First Nations communities with no waste management plans are all facing a crisis of garbage.

But last week the Six Nations Band Council should have learned it is also facing a crisis of trust.

After waiting over two months to produce the results of air quality tests (tests the community forced the band to undertake) on a controversial disintegrator the community learned it had toxins registering at 200 times provincial standards in its stack. Toxins the wind carries into the community and reach acceptable levels by the time it reaches any homes in the area?

Band council got the report in January.

It waited until March to go public. Why?

Council had no answers for why the community had to wait over two months for a 20 minute power point presentation that left more questions than answers and a band council sitting in silence instead of facing up to the community and answering their questions.

Instead the band outrageously tried to shift the blame for the garbage crisis, onto the community.

The Six Nations Band Council has spent almost $6 million of the community’s gaming funds on two ill fated incinerator styled projects. And more expenses, like the garbage, are continuing to pile up, including now legal expenses to battle a lawsuit threat from Kearns.

Strikingly the community learned the council was warned not to get involved in the latest project by its own former public works engineer but didn’t listen.

Former public works director Derek Hill warned band council not to get involved with the untested Kearns disintegrator project. Councillor Carl Hill, who has voted consistently against the project said Hill told the public works committee years ago not to bring the machine here. “Derek (Hill) said don’t get involved with it. He is an engineer. I listened to him and voted against it and have been ever since. I don’t know why council didn’t listen to their own engineer.”

He isn’t alone in his questioning of his own council. Councillor Helen Miller has repeatedly asked council to develop a waste management plan but instead she gets ignored by her fellow councillors who think they know more than she does.

The community can’t afford any more of the band council’s mistakes.

And it has to face up to the community, not hide from it.

One of the oddly telling signs of a council in crisis is a council that sits in silence, afraid to answer for it’s actions and that’s what the community saw last week.

When confronted by an angry community that is still facing a garbage crisis, toxins and loss of millions of dollars in community money council’s answer was not to answer.

The council needs to answer for the expensive mess it has created and work with the community to find solutions not condemn the community for daring to hold them accountable.

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