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Political Science Environmental Policy

Unlikely Radicals

The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War

by (author) Charlie Angus

Between the Lines
Initial publish date
Mar 2013
Environmental Policy, General, Political Advocacy, Political
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
    $23.99 USD

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For twenty-two years politicians and businessmen pushed for the Adams Mine landfill as a solution to Ontario’s garbage disposal crisis. This plan to dump millions of tonnes of waste into the fractured pits of the Adams Mine prompted five separate civil resistance campaigns by a rural region of 35,000 in Northern Ontario. Unlikely Radicals traces the compelling history of the First Nations people and farmers, environmentalists and miners, retirees and volunteers, Anglophones and Francophones who stood side by side to defend their community with mass demonstrations, blockades, and non-violent resistance.

About the author

CHARLIE ANGUS is a nationally recognized politician, author, and musician. He has published nine books and is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the Trillium Book Award finalist Cobalt: Cradle of the Demon Metals, Birth of a Mining Superpower. Angus has served in the Canadian Parliament for twenty years. He has earned a national reputation as a fierce fighter for social justice and Indigenous rights. Angus was the founding member of Toronto punk band L’etranger. He is the leader of the roots band Grievous Angels; their ninth album is Last Call for Cinderella. Angus lives in Cobalt, Ontario, with his wife, author Brit Griffin. They have three daughters.

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  • Runner-up, Best Regional Non-Fiction (Canada-East), Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Winner, Ontario Legislative Assembly Speaker's Book Award

Editorial Reviews

The book provides powerful proof that principled action can be guided by basic rules: “the democratic rights of citizens must be rooted in access to fair public process backed up by an compromised public service.”

Alternatives Journal

A Grisham-like political thriller with the feel-good accents of a Frank Capra movie.

Quill & Quire

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