No Nukes News

December 2, 2016



The World

Why worry about nuclear waste? The long term problems of what to do with nuclear waste remain entirely unsolved. Yet governments and the nuclear industry continue to peddle their untenable 'bury and forget' policy of deep geological disposal, which only unloads the toxic legacy of modern day nuclear power and weapons onto uncountable future generations. Nowhere yet is there a repository receiving the most dangerous and long-lived high-level nuclear wastes.



Radioactivity and the Great Lakes With more than 30 nuclear related facilities dotting the Great Lakes basin, concerns abound about the impact of radionuclides, a byproduct of this activity. 36 min. panel discussion on The Agenda.

Helen Caldicott Special Feature Incredible 26 min. video interview with physician and author Dr. Helen Caldicott who has been speaking, researching and writing about the dangers of nuclear power and nuclear weapons for many decades. The Smithsonian Institute has described her as one of the 21st century’s most influential women.

Canada To Phase Out Coal Power by 2030 “A national phase-out of coal-fired power by 2030,” Pembina argued, “would avoid 1,008 premature deaths, 871 emergency room visits, and produce nearly $5 billion in benefits between 2015 and 2035.” The report noted that coal produces more than 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions from Canada’s electricity sector, yet delivers only 11% of its output.

 

Ontario

Shutting down nuclear plants, buying Quebec hydro is path to cheaper electricity Premier Kathleen Wynne can help solve Ontario's electricity affordability problems by cancelling the planned $12.8 billion refurbishment of the province’s Darlington nuclear facility and purchasing cheaper hydro-electric power from Quebec.

What Ontarians don’t know about rising hydro rates To prevent energy costs from spiralling out of control, Ontario should abandon its nuclear plans, invest in more energy conservation measures and look more seriously at imported hydroelectric power from Quebec as a key part of the province’s energy mix. 

Drop nuclear, get power from Quebec
Why is the minister handing out billions to bloated nuclear projects instead of making the smart choice that will lower our power bills -- making an expanded deal with Quebec? By Jack Gibbons, Chair of OCAA.

Energy: The German Way
The Agenda welcomes Craig Morris, co-author of "Energy Democracy," a book that discusses how Germany is in the process of decommissioning its nuclear facilities and replacing them with renewables and what Ontario can learn from their experience. 14 min. video.

 

Renewables and Conservation

It’s Time for the Ontario Government to Renew its Plan for Renewable Energy Myths, facts and an option to write your MPP.

Energy Efficiency is More Important Than You Think Energy efficiency is not as sexy as breaking ground on renewable energy projects, but it’s the cheapest of the lot, and it’s about time that it has its day because we all need it badly to beat climate change.

America’s First All-Renewable-Energy City Burlington's decades-long commitment to sustainability has paid off with cheap electricity—and some pretty great homegrown food.

 

Take Action!

Tell Premier Wynne you want a 100% renewable Ontario Sign the petition and/or submit your comments online on the province's Long-Term Energy Plan. Will it be nuclear or renewables? They need to hear from you.

Support our call to reclaim Pickering's waterfront! On Mon. Dec. 12th at 7 p.m. we will ask Pickering City Council to request the Province of Ontario to direct Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to develop a plan to immediately dismantle and decommission the Pickering Nuclear Station after it is shutdown. Please attend to show support, and/or sign up to depute. And if you can't attend, please email the Councillors. Details here.

Sign our petition to close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life 'till 2028 which is OPG's hope.

Can you spare a few hours to leaflet blitz your neighbourhood mailboxes? Help us make the closure of the Pickering nuclear station a public issue. Contact: angela@cleanairalliance.org

Please send Premier Wynne a message asking her to order OPG to develop an immediate decommissioning plan for Pickering and to close this dinosaur by 2018 (when its license expires) at the latest. Background here.

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Sign the petition calling on Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to reject OPG's nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron.

Order your free KI (anti-thyroid-cancer) pills here
if you live within 50 km of an ON nuclear facility that includes all of Toronto and beyond. Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe

 

Events

Combined Solar PV and Energy Storage Solutions for Residential Installations Wed. Dec. 7, 250 Yonge St, Toronto. Breakfast seminar with the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Developing the 2017 LTEP (Ontario Long Term Energy Plan) with Environmental Commissioner, Dr. Dianne Saxe - Webinar Thur. Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m.

Pickering City Council Meeting Mon. Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Make a deputation, attend as a witness, or send them an email. Tell them you want the Pickering Nuclear station dismantled immediately after shutting down, rather than waiting 30 years.



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