Hindus in Canada want to use Niagara for Disposal

June 8, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India


TORONTO: The Hindu community in Canada's Ontario province wants to designate four rivers in the region, including Niagara, for disposal of cremated remains.

The Niagara river could be ideal for scattering of ashes because of its fast-flowing water and proximity to the Greater Toronto Area, President of the United Hindu Federation of Canada Roopnauth Sharma said.

However, the community is also looking at other locations. "We are still looking at locations. Once we have done that, we have to go to the different conservation authorities and get their support," he said.

Sharma, who is working on the initiative with Ontario's Government Services Ministry which regulates cemeteries and burials, said there are no laws against scattering cremated remains into public bodies of water in Ontario.