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Feature Article - July 26, 2007

FrontenacVentures initiates lawsuits against Algonquins at mine site

by Jeff Green

Frontenac Ventures Corporation has initiated legal proceedings against the Shabot Obaadjiwaan First Nation, the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, and the leadership of the two communities: Doreen Davis, Paula Sherman, Randy Cota, Bob Lovelace, and Harold Perry.

The Ardoch and Sharbot Lake communities have occupied the Robertsville mine for the past four weeks. Frontenac Ventures has leased space at the mine site as a base camp for exploring a 30,000-acre swath of land for uranium content in the hopes of finding an “economic deposit”, in the words of company President George White.


Company lawyer Neil Smitheman said the lawsuit names the First Nations and their leadership because they have been blocking the company from pursuing its business interests. “We need to have this dealt with fast,” Smitheman said. Frontenac Ventures is scheduled to complete a deal, described by Gorge White as a “reverse takeover” with Sylvio Ventures of Vancouver on July 31. The deal could lead to the company achieving a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange later this year. There is no word on how the occupation of the Robertsville mine will affect these dealings.

The suit is scheduled to be heard in Kingston Court on July 30, at which time Frontenac Ventures will be seeking a court injunction to remove the Shabot Obaadjiwaan and Ardoch Algonquins from the Robertsville mine. The federal and provincial governments and the Ontario Provincial Police were served papers as well, although they were not named in the lawsuit.

“They were served,” Smitheman said, “because they will be expected to act if there is a court injunction.”

Smitheman said that the July 30 court date was the first available date in Kingston.

For their part, the Algonquin leadership refused to acknowledge the legal papers when they were served on Monday July 23.

In other news in this ongoing situation, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Ramsay said last week that he will not intervene in the matter, leaving it to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to deal with.

An anti-uranium information picket is planned for Saturday, July 28,in the Town of Perth along Highway 7. Cars will be slowed in both directions to allow for information to be passed, but the road will not be closed.

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