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Families using ovens to heat homes in northern Ontario First Nation, elder says


An elder from Whitesand First Nation, in northern Ontario, says children's lives are being put at risk because of a problem getting heating oil delivered in the community.

Elsie Kwandibens said people pay their own utility bills but the First Nation is responsible for delivering the oil to individual homes.

But she said deliveries have been so infrequent during winter months over the last several years that some families resorted to a dangerous practice of heating the house by turning on the oven and leaving the door open.


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