Donna Dillman, a grandmother of four in North Frontenac County, ended her hunger strike on December 13, after citizens'groups announced they would hold public hearings on uranium mining and exploration in Ontario. She had been on strike since October 8 and had intended to fast until the provincial government agreed to a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining for Eastern Ontario.
Following a Federal Court decision on September 25, 2007, the future of the proposed Red Chris mine - a huge acid-generating mine proposed for north-western British Columbia – has been put in doubt.
The precedent-setting decision upholds the fundamental right of Canadians to be consulted during the environmental assessment of large mines on the comprehensive study list. The Court found that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act enshrined this right when it was amended in October 2003.