Cat Lake officials consider evacuation over health and housing crisis, request province’s helps – Daily Miner and News

February 20, 2019

Cat Lake First Nation’s chief and council are considering evacuating the remote Northwestern Ontario community if the housing and health crisis isn’t addressed.

Last month, chief and council declared a state of emergency over the condition of homes in the community — houses are infested with black mould, which the First Nation’s officials said are the cause of residents’ lung infections and rashes. Almost 100 homes are in such poor condition and they need to be demolished, Cat Lake officials said.

The problem, however, is there isn’t any other housing available.

Officials from the community spoke at a Queen’s Park press conference last Friday, criticizing a lack of action from the federal and provincial governments on the crisis, saying they are considering evacuating residents.

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