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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, Political Advocacy, General, Political
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
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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 has served as the NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay since 2004. In 1985 he formed the Juno-nominated alt-country band Grievous Angels. He became involved in politics through his organizing efforts to stop the Adams Mine garbage proposal and numerous plans to import PCBs to Northern Ontario. He is author/co-author of five books on Northern Ontario life and culture including We Lived A Life And Then Some and Mirrors of Stone.


Charlie Angus' profile page


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

Editorial Reviews

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

Quill & Quire

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

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