Professor arrested in northern Quebec

Police allege threat to blow up a mine

An Canadian professor who teaches at Boston College in Massachusetts is facing charges after allegedly threatening to bomb a mine during a trip to northern Quebec on July 3, reports The Boston Globe. Dominic Papineau, 35, also faces charges of possessing a hunting rifle without permits and possessing marijuana. Papineau told The Globe that he opposes private mine development, but that the comments about blowing up the mine were a joke. He was arrested along with five students on their way to the McGill University Subarctic Research Station. Rene Verret, a Quebec spokesperson, said that Papineau was there to protest Jean Charest’s Plan Nord.

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