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Firefighters investigate liquid outside legislature

By The Canadian Press   

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June 23, 2016, Toronto - Police and firefighters are investigating a mysterious substance dumped outside of the Ontario legislature by protesters supporting the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

The protesters, wearing protective white coveralls and surgical masks, brought four barrels sporting a skull and crossbones warning to the legislature, and spilled one, dumping a thick grey liquid over the broad front driveway.

Syed Hussan of refused to identify the substance, saying only that ''it looks a lot like mercury,'' which has contaminated the remote northwestern Ontario community for decades.

Hussan says if this was mercury dumped near Grassy Narrows, the Ontario government would say it would need to do years of testing to identify exactly what it is.

Legislative security staff closed off the area to the public and called in Toronto police and firefighters to help deal with the protest and try to determine exactly what was dumped on the Queen's Park doorstep.

Hussan insists the protest was not a stunt, and says Premier Kathleen Wynne must commit to cleaning up the mercury in the English and Wabigoon River systems.

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