Suffering ,Imperfections And Life’s Realities
By Lola Lawton
My children swam in a tailing pond for ten years before I knew the quarry was an abandoned mine tailing pond Deloro Ontario grossly contaminated with arsenic and arsenic compounds, refining slag laboratory wastes , lead, cobalt, nickel and copper, mercury and other metals. Gamma radiation hot spots were also discovered. The Ministry of Environment had taken responsibility for the abandoned mine site thirty years ago from 1988 until 1999. As a visitor to the community I had no knowledge. I asked a resident, ‘why is the water at the swimming hole that color?’ She said, “Because It is a spring fed pool.’”
Lola Lawton Lola lives in Ontraio but because of her experience with the swimming hole that was a tailings pond felt a great empathy with the community around Mt. Polley and has been active with others in trying to understand what it all means for the community going forward. Her film is an expression of her personal grief and an eloquent testament to the confusion and fear of a community living with the uncertainty of one of the greatest mine catastrophes in recorded history https://youtu.be/I-z3kbDDR1g) Once upon A Time video tribute Mount Polley Mine Disaster Lola Lawton is a parent teacher for kinetic learners. She advocates for the fair and equal treatment of all peoples, to have access to clean water, fertile soil and fresh air. She writes children’s literature and poems and has created The World’s largest Four Directional Dream Catcher. She is passionate about First Nations and Inuit, Metis childhood nutrition.