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Uranium Industry Issues in Québec

BEGINNING OF THE QUESTION AND INFORMATION PHASE ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Québec City, July 28, 2014 – The inquiry commission of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE), chaired by Louis-Gilles Francoeur, supported by commissioners Michèle Goyer and Joseph Zayed, will begin its second phase, question and information, of the public hearing on uranium industry issues in Québec on September 3, 2014. This phase will allow the commission and the participants to deepen their knowledge of the issues concerning the uranium industry in Québec, with the help of specialists and resource persons.

The commission wants to orientate its work to certain themes. Each session will start with one or many presentations and will be followed by a questions period, depending on the theme of the session. The goal is to transmit and to vulgarize the information, in order to help citizens to better understand all the available documentation of this mandate.

The public sessions will start on September 3, 2014, in Mistissini. In the first week, two video conference rooms, one in Chisasibi and the other in Chibougamau, will permit to citizens of those two cities to interact directly with the commission during these sessions. The commission will then hold sessions in Québec City until September 25, when it will go to Kangisqsualujjuaq for its last two sessions. The sessions will take place at the following locations :

First week – September 3 to 5, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 (evening)

Mistissini

Chisasibi

Chibougamau

Hearing room

Video conference room

Video conference room

Context

Thursday, September 4, 2014 (a.m., p.m. and evening)

Exploration Exploitation
Ecology
Health

Friday, September 5, 2014
(a.m.)
Governance
Second week – Québec City
Monday, September 8, 2014 (evening)
Context
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
(p.m. and evening)
Exploration
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
(p.m. and evening)
Exploitation
Thursday, September 11, 2014
(p.m. and evening)
Transportation
Friday, September 12, 2014 (a.m. et p.m.)
Governance
Third week – Québec City
Monday, September 15, 2014
(p.m. and evening)
Ecology
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(p.m. and evening)
Health
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(p.m. and evening)
Thursday, September 18, 2014
(p.m. and evening)
Economy
Friday, September 19, 2014 (a.m. and p.m.)
Fourth week – Québec City
Monday, September 22, 2014
(p.m. and evening)
Societal choices
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(p.m. and evening)
Ethics and acceptability
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
(a.m. and p.m.)
Issues for Aboriginal nations
in southern Québec
Kangisqsualujjuaq
Thursday, September 25, 2014
(p.m. and evening)

Exploration, exploitation, ecology
Health and governance

 
* schedule may change

The session will be broadcasted live in audio and video modes on the BAPE Website (www.bape.gouv.qc.ca). It will also be possible to send questions to the commission by a Web form, also available on the Website, from September 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. to October 3, 2014, at noon.

WHERE CAN THE DOCUMENTATION BE CONSULTED ?

The documentation can be accessed by members of the general public at the following regional consultation centres:

  • Bibliothèque de Mont-Laurier, 385, rue du Pont, Mont-Laurier ;
  • Bibliothèque municipale de Havre-Saint-Pierre, 1045, rue Dulcinée, Havre-Saint-Pierre ;
  • Bibliothèque Louis-Ange-Santerre, 500, avenue Jolliet, Sept-Îles ;
  • Bibliothèque La Bouquine, 50, rue Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Ville-Marie ;
  • Bibliothèque municipale de Chibougamau, 601, 3e rue, Chibougamau ;
  • Bibliothèque de Chelsea, 100, chemin Old Chelsea, Chelsea ;
  • Bibliothèque municipale et scolaire de La Petite-Rochelle, 44A, rue Lasalle, Pointe-à-la-Croix ;
  • Offices of the Kativik Environmental Advisory Committee (KEAC), Kuujjuak 
  • Cree Nation of Mistissini, 187 Main Street, Mistissini.

Printed versions of these documents, plus all documents filed with the commission during the process, will also be available at the BAPE offices in Québec City, at 575, Saint-Amable, Suite 2.10, and in Montreal, at the Legal Science Library, Université du Québec à Montréal, Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, 400, Sainte-Catherine Est. They will also be placed on the BAPE website (www.bape.gouv.qc.ca), under the heading “Mandats en cours”.

If you would like further information, please contact Rita Leblanc, the Commission Secretariat Coordinator, at 418 643-7447 or toll-free at 1 800 463-4732, ext. 422. You may also contact the commission by e-mail at the following address: uranium@bape.gouv.qc.ca.

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Source :   Louise Bourdages
              Communications Advisor
               418 643-7447 ou 1 800 463-4732 ext. 532

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