By Rosalind Russell – Elliot Lake’s Janice Martell will be attending the city’s Day of Mourning and also update the public about the McIntyre Powder project.
Martell says she is touring Northern Ontario mining communities all this week to provide them with information about McIntyre Powder, other mining exposures, health issues, compensation, and available resources and supports.
The McIntyre Powder Project, started by Martell, is a voluntary registry to document health issues (particularly neurological) in miners or other workers who were exposed to McIntyre Powder aluminum dust in their workplaces.
She says the tour will include Elliot Lake on the Day of Mourning on April 28th at the Miner’s Monument, addressing the public and assisting in the unveiling of a new section of the memory wall.
Martell adds she will follow that up with a public session from 2pm to 4pm at the Collins Hall.
She says her hope is to reach affected mining families and assist them in making informed choices about compensation and supports.
Photo: The founder of the McIntyre Powder Project published her findings in the United States. Janice Martell founded the project in 2015, which is a voluntary registry of over 500 affected miners to document health issues who were exposed to McIntyre Powder aluminum dust in their workplaces in the latter half of the 1900s. She will provide an update on the project at this year’s Day of Mourning on April 28th. Photo via YouTube