On Sunday afternoon, a flotilla of more than 30 watercraft – from kayaks to flat bottomed tour boats – carrying 150 people assembled offshore of Chalk River Laboratories to deliver a message to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories: a resounding no to the proposed near surface disposal facility. The facility is meant to dispose of up to one million cubic metres of low level radioactive material at a site located about a kilometre from the Ottawa River. The flotilla, organized by the Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association, started up the Ottawa River from Fort William and collected local residents, operating their own watercraft, along the route before stopping at the mid-point of the river, across from the CNL operated site. Once assembled, the protesters, many carrying homemade signs, listened to some words of encouragement from the flotilla’s organizers and a special guest, the leader of Quebec’s Green Party.
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