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Small-town Saskatchewan fights back against the mining industry

On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Ken Crush, Cathy Holtslander and Lyle Orchard talk about how residents have mobilized to oppose the plans by Fortune Minerals to build an ore processing plant on agricultural land between Langham and Dalmeny, Saskatchewan.

Fortune Minerals -- a company you might have heard of because of the high-profile resistance they are facing from the Tahltan Nation to another project in B.C. -- wants to build this plant to process ore from a new mine that they're planning on opening in the Northwest Territories. And the residents of these two towns...well, mostly they don't like the idea. From some truly impressive public education work, to a willingness to challenge the company and the government, even to the extent of takeovers of public meetings, these residents are determined that this plant is not going to get built. Though they received a major set-back late last year when the provincial government gave environmental approval, the relevant municipal authority has yet to grant the necessary zoning change, and their hopes for victory at that stage remain high. I speak with Crush, Holtslander, and Orchard about the communities, the plant and the threat it poses to the environment, and the resistance.

To learn more about the struggle against Fortune Minerals in Langham and Dalmeny, click here.

Talking Radical Radio brings you grassroots voices from across Canada. We give you the chance to hear many different people that are facing many different struggles talk about what they do, why they do it, and how they do it, in the belief that such listening is a crucial step in strengthening all of our efforts to change the world. To learn more about the show, visit the recently revamped website here. You can also learn about suggesting topics for future shows here.

Talking Radical Radio is brought to you by Scott Neigh, a writer, media producer, and activist based in Sudbury, Ontario, and the author of two books examining Canadian history through the stories of activists.

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