Mercury poisoning legacy lingers

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Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is asking the government to do more for Grassy Narrows First Nation residents affected by mercury poisoning.
“In 2010 a government commissioned study confirmed what the people of Grassy Narrows already knew — that they were in fact experiencing the devastating long-term health effects of mercury exposure,” Campbell, who is the NDP’s aboriginal affairs critic, said Wednesday.
Her comments follow a visit by Japanese researchers and experts in Minamata disease to two Kenora-area First Nation communities last week.
“The recent trip to the Grassy Narrows First Nation by the world’s leading experts in Minamata disease was important, but,” . . . .

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