The Flowing Waters of Lake Jefferson

Saturday August 30, 2008: Summerfolk Plus

Last week I highlighted performers from the 2008 Summerfolk festival from Owen Sound, Canada (see the setlist). This week I will run some more introductions and expand the inclusions a bit to include some Stan Rogers, who the main stage is named for.

Later in the show I will highlight a compilation by musicians to counter actions to drill on Native American's lands in northern Ontario. We in this area are very involved in getting facts on gas drilling. Information gained by Canadians on uranium mining worried them into a protest, where several were arrested and sentenced to up to six months for interfering with mining for uranium.  (read from compilation jacket)

1. Music Under
Katherine Briggs - Valentine for Lovelace 233
Artists for the Algonquin - In support of the arcoh algonquin first nation and their fight against uranium mining

More on that compilation later, now to more on the people who've made up the summerfolk festival.

2. Stan Rogers - Forty Five Years 3:33
Stan Rogers - Forty Five Years

3. Ariel intro to Barrett's Privateers .16   Ariel Rogers

4. Stan Rogers - Barrett's Privateers 4:19
Stan Rogers - Fogarty's Cove

5. Ariel Rogers on the label Fogarty's Cove 1:36  Ariel

6. Hydro Powered Radio    0:26    Kim and Reggie Harris and David Roth     David, Kim, and Reggie

7. Arrogant Worms  - WJFF Station ID    0:10    
My Boys Intro    0:42    Arrogant Worms    Worms (Angie giving Rabbit Ears)
Recorded at SummerFolk 2008   

8. Arrogant Worms    -  My Boy    2:31 
Torpid   -
9. Campers comment on comedy and crowds    at the festival 2:06          
10. Hains And Leighton - Hand To Hand Introduction    0:23        

11. Mark Haines & Tom Leighton - Hand To Hand    4:27 
Hand To Hand   - Borealis
12. Toby Walker  - Generosity Rag Introduction     2:51   Toby Walker and friend  

13. Toby Walker  - Generosity Rag    3:57     
Hand Picked   
14 David Amram remembers WJFF 1:34 and introduces Alfred The Hog   Introduction 0:34    David Amram  from SummerFolk 2008   David Amram and Angie

15. David Amram - Alfred The Hog    6:43       
Southern Stories    
16. Vent Du Nord  - La Piastre Des Etats Introduction   0:50  

17. Le Vent Du Nord - La Piastre Des États    4:09   
Dans Les Airs  -  Borealis

18. WJFF Station ID    0:24    Twilight Hotel        Twilight Hotel
Twilight Hotel   - Highway Prayer    0:55  Introduction   

19. Twilight Hotel  - Highway Prayer    4:25 
 Highway Prayer   - TWILIGHTHOTEL.CA

20. Leaves Begin To Fall  Introduction   0:36    Eve Goldberg   

21. Eve Goldberg -  When the Leaves Began to Fall    5:11   
 A Kinder Season              

22. McDades - Smugglers Cove Introduction    0:39       Solon McDade and Angela

23. McDades - Smugglers Cove
Bloom -

24. Natalia Zuckerman  - Only Trees  Introduction   0:26    Natalia and Sara

25. Natalia Zukerman  -  Only Trees    3:20      
Brand New Frame             

26. David Roth  Subscriptions Introduction    0:23  David and Angie

27. David Roth  Subscriptions    5:07    
Practice Makes Progress        

28. Harry Manx   Generic Introduction   0:07      Harry

29. Harry Manx  Take This Hammer    4:34       
Harry Manx And Friends - Live at the Glenn Gould Studio   

30. WJFF Station ID    0:13    Connie Kaldor   Connie and her band
Connie Kaldor  -  The Time Is Now   Introduction   0:23         

31. Connie Kaldor   Time Is Now    2:56 
Sky With Nothing To Get In The Way   

32. House Of Doc - Rain Before The Fall   Introduction 0:13    House of Doc

33. House Of Doc - Rain Before The Fall    4:20       
East Of West   
34. George Wurzbach of Modern Man -   Much Better View of the Moon  Introduction   0:34    John, George, Not Ringo, Not Paul

35. Modern Man - Much Better View Of The Moon    4:40       Assisted Living          

36. Evan and Geordie Intro their Dad  Geordie and Evan

37. The Moon Looks Like it's Crying 3:56
Nine Green Bottles - Borealis

38. James Gordon     Introduction of (his)  "My Boys"    0:06   the gang

39. Evan and Geordie Gordon - Never made a sound    4:29                       

40. Sara Hickman -  Comfort's Sigh  Introduction   0:59        Sara and John

41. Sara Hickman  -  Comfort's Sigh    4:25   

Robert Lovelace is an Ardoch Algonquin First Nation co-chief. He was found guilty of being in contempt of court and sentenced to six months in jail and fined $25,000, because he defied a court order by taking part in protests at a site north of Sharbot Lake Ontario, where Frontenac Ventures intends to search for uranium by drilling exploratory holes.

42. Terry Tufts - Brighter Shade of Green
Artists for the Algonquin - terry

 Once unearthed, uranium ore.... "constantly emits invisible but deadly radioactive particles that respect nothing. These can bio-accumulate indiscriminately in countless plants and animals, effectively gaining lethality over time because nothing in nature can destroy them. Many of these radioactive particles mimic beneficial body chemicals like calcium or iodine, are especially perilous to children and women of child-bearing age, and can impair the human gene pool.

43. David Francey - Pandora's Box
Artists for the Algonquin -

44. Algonquin compilation Introduction by Ellen Hamilton of Leopard Studios  0:34  

45. Ellen Hamilton Introduction to her cut on the compilation  0:48

46. Ellen Hamilton - Glori    
Artists for the Algonquin - -

Some more on the issue and the political prisoner below.

Native Leader Serving Six Months for Opposing Mine

Supporters call Algonquin leader a "political prisoner"

Algonquin community leader Robert Lovelace had never been charged with an offence, but when a uranium company began prospecting for radioactive ore on unceded First Nations land without engaging in consultation, he decided to take action and organized a non-violent blockade.

On February 15, Judge Cunningham of Ontario's Superior Court sentenced Lovelace to six months in jail for contempt of court and fined him $50,000 for his involvement in the peaceful protest.

Chief Paula Sherman, elected leader of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, a small community about 110 kilometres southwest of Ottawa, where the controversial uranium prospecting is taking place, calls Robert Lovelace "a political prisoner."

"It seems like a very heavy sentence," said Jamie Kneen of Mining Watch Canada, a non-governmental watchdog. "If the court had issued a trespassing charge, there could have been an argument about who was really trespassing."

The territory in question involves mainly Crown land that is subject to ongoing land-claim negotiations between First Nations and the provincial and federal governments.

In September 2007, an Ontario provincial court issued Frontenac Ventures, the mining company, an interlocutory injunction ordering protestors from Ardoch and Sharbot Lake First Nations, along with their non-native allies, to vacate the Robertsville camp. The camp is the only feasible entry point to a 30,000-acre wilderness tract in Frontenac County, where the company has its prospecting license. Lovelace and other activists violated that order.

"The source of this conflict is the Ontario Mining Act, which allows companies to stake land and prospect without consultation with private land owners or other users, including First Nations," said Kneen. Lovelace and other activists argue their constitutional rights were violated by the lack of consultation.

People living on or near the exploration site discovered their land was being taken almost two years ago. There were no community meetings or information sessions about the uranium exploration. "It started on private land when a cottager saw trees being cut and started protesting the development," said Kneen. A few months later it became clear that some of the land being staked was disputed territory.

"Uranium mining has no record other than environmental destruction and negative health issues," said Doreen Davis, chief of the Shabot Lake First Nation. "Uranium can't be stored safely," said Davis, who will be sentenced on March 18 for participating in the blockade. She is under court order not to talk about the dispute with Frontenac.


Because the company obtained a court order against protestors rather than filing trespassing charges, the judge was not required to consider arguments regarding historical precedent or Algonquin legal codes when making the decision. "It's a way of avoiding the core issues," said Kneen.

After a decade of low prices, the spot price of uranium has increased drastically in recent years, from $43 per pound in 2006, to $75 today.

As oil prices rise, countries have re-started old nuclear reactors and countries like South Africa, India and China have ambitious nuclear-power plans on the horizon. UBS, a financial services company, predicts uranium will hit $110 per pound by 2010.

These developments don't sit well with Dr. Mark Winfield, a Canadian nuclear expert. "Existing [uranium] mines in northern Saskatchewan have caused severe contamination through heavy metals like arsenic, and long-lived radionuclides, along with conventional pollutants," said Winfield.

In 2004, Health Canada concluded that effluent from uranium mines meets the definition of a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Canada is the world's largest supplier of uranium and Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to increase exports in his bid to transform the country into an "energy superpower."

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was very clear that nuclear [energy] can't compete economically," said Winfield. "The potential health and environmental impacts of uranium mining are not worth the risks."

Ondaatje, Cockburn to headline benefit concert for mine protester

by Staff, The Kingston Whig-Standard   4/17/08

World-famous writer Michael Ondaatje will join Canadian folk-rock artist Bruce Cockburn at a June benefit concert to raise money for jailed Algonquin uranium mine protester Bob Lovelace.

A recipient of the Order of Canada and the illustrious Booker Prize, Ondaatje is perhaps best known as the author of The English Patient. He, Cockburn and several other artists will perform at the Artists for Bob concert at Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham St., on June 14 at 7 p.m.

The other artists who have agreed to appear include Susan Aglukark, David Francey, Jenny Whiteley, Steven Heighton, Joey Wright, Terry Tufts, Unity and the Algonquin Drummers.

Lovelace, a retired chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and a Queen's University lecturer, has been imprisoned for blocking prospector access to a proposed uranium mine site in North Frontenac. All funds raised through the concert will go to Lovelace through a trust fund.

U of T: Evening with Bob Lovelace - saying NO to uranium mining, August 13th 2008

Meet Bob Lovelace, former Ardoch Algonquin First Nation chief and Queen’s University lecturer, who was sentenced to six months in jail for saying ‘no’ to uranium mining on indigenous lands. Lovelace made this stand in defense of the Earth and Creation, which indigenous peoples regard as sacred.

Popular support for this cause contributed to the decision by 22 Ontario municipalities to vote against uranium mining and a promise by the Ontario government to revise antiquated legislation which currently gives mining companies ‘free entry’ to contested indigenous lands and private property. At stake is indigenous sovereignty, protection of the boreal forests from contamination by toxic mine tailings, and the right of indigenous communities to say no to development which affects them.

Mr. Lovelace will share his reflections on the events of the last year, the meaning that the land has for indigenous peoples, and the challenges that attend to the current age of mass industrial development and destruction of the land.


Folk Plus is hosted and planned by Angela Page and airs Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on WJFF, at 90.5 fm in Jeffersonville, N.Y. and 94.5 in Monticello N.Y. We are Hydro-Powered Public Radio, run mostly by volunteers and funded by members. We have two week archives and we stream online at WWW.WJFFRADIO.ORG 

THANKS SO MUCH to the station management fo accommodating  my health issues which allow me to continue to volunteer Saturday mornings and bring you the music that 'moves and sustains me. '

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