Toronto Emergency Officials are investigating after a foamy substance was dumped outside Queen’s Park by a group protesting mercury levels in water in Grassy Narrows.
Protesters dumped a barrel near the main entrance of Queen’s park and supporters donned hazmat suits, face masks, and held a caution yellow banner that reads “When will you clean it Wynne?”
The protesters say spilling two tablespoons of mercury triggers a mandatory evacuation according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
But they say 9,000 kg of mercury have been left in Grassy Narrows’ river for 46 years while three generations of Grassy Narrows families have been diagnosed with the devastating symptoms of mercury poisoning.
Police took six people into custody after the group dumped a foamy white substance in front of the main entrance at the Ontario legislature.
Police say the six people in custody have not been placed under arrest and it’s unclear if they will face any charges.
— No One Is Illegal (@nooneisillegal) June 23, 2016
6 arrested for mischief at Queen’s Park re: #FreeGrassy protest. No immediate danger to public safety. Front entry closed temporarily ^sm
— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 23, 2016