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February 21, 2013 – Please pass this onto a friend!


 
“Every dollar invested in nuclear expansion will worsen climate change by buying less solution per dollar. The reason is simple: you can’t spend the same dollar on two different things at the same time… New nuclear power costs far more than its distributed competitors, so it buys far less coal displacement than the competing investments it stymies.”— Amory Lovins
 
 “Energy efficiency – getting more from our existing resources – increases global resource productivity, supports economic growth and reduces costs for all citizens.” — United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative



The World

Fukushima Fallout: Nuclear business makes people pay and suffer A new Greenpeace report. From the beginning of the use of nuclear power to produce electricity 60 years ago, the nuclear industry has been protected from paying the full costs of its failures. Governments have created a system that protects the profits of companies while those who suffer from nuclear disasters end up paying the costs. The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 proves again that industry profits and people pay.
 
What is the Nuclear Liability Act? Watch the 1 min. video and then sign the petition calling on the Gov’t of Canada to ensure that nuclear companies pay the full damage that their reactors cause.

Scores of trips planned to truck Canada’s bomb-grade uranium to U.S.
As many as 76 transport truckloads of high-level nuclear waste could journey along the Trans-Canada Highway over the coming four years in an effort to ship decades’ worth of radioactive rubbish from Chalk River to a U.S. reprocessing site. For more background. For more on Chalk River. For more on medical isotopes. For more on the steam generators 

Nuclear Waste Watch - A Network of Organizations Concerned about High Level Radioactive Waste and Nuclear Power in Canada - Position Statement

Study shows severe nuclear accident at Point Lepreau is 40 times more likely than initially thought, making Point Lepreau one of the most dangerous reactors in North America. More background here.
 
CRITICAL MASS: a feature-length documentary about the uranium industry in Saskatchewan is crowdfunding to complete its development. Please support them!
 

Ontario

Toronto Hydro makes pitch for $272 million transformer project Jack Gibbons asserts that green generation inside the city could meet the downtown needs at a lower cost than the new transformer station. There’s huge potential for curbing demand and for adding local generation. But Toronto Hydro is picking the option that is the most expensive and least green.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Factsheet Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a multi-billion dollar corporation wholly owned by the Province of Ontario, plans to build a nuclear waste dump at the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site, Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario “located approximately 1 km inland from the shore of Lake Huron at the surface and more than 400 metres below the deepest near-site point of Lake Huron.” Learn why this is a bad idea.
 
Pickering Nuclear: A Cracking Bad Idea Extending the operations of the Pickering Nuclear plant for up to an additional 10 years beyond its designed life of 2014-2016 is a Cracking Bad Idea. This is the position of Sierra Club Canada’s Ontario Chapter.
 

Renewables and Conservation

Megawatts vs "negawatts": when less is more The best way to meet increases in energy demand might not be to supply more.
 
France set to save £600m - by turning off the lights The new law, which is also aimed at cutting back on CO2 emissions, will both save energy and reduce light pollution, saving about two terawatt/hours of electricity a year - the equivalent of the annual consumption of 750,000 households. It’s that easy!
 
Energy Transition The German Experience
 
Combating Phantom Power Reduces Energy and Saves You Money Electronic devices left plugged in, even when turned off, still use a significant amount of power, up to 15 percent of your annual home electricity consumption. For the average Ontario household, which uses about 1,000 kilowatt-hours of power a month, phantom power can cost up to $100 a year.
 
Enwave looks to expand deep lake water cooling Enwave says it's looking to expand its district energy systems in Toronto
 
Wind is Powerful 4 min. video about the Canadian wind industry. Canada is on track to meet its goal of achieving 20% of its electricity needs with wind turbines by 2025.

 

Take Action!

Tell Premier Wynne that Ontario's energy plans need a rapid rethink! You can send a letter here.
 
The NDP are asking voters for their input. Please send them a message here encouraging them to take leadership in opposition to new nuclear spending. There are many cheaper, cleaner and greener options to meeting all our electricity needs, yet Andrea remains silent on the Darlington rebuild. Ask her to speak up.
 
Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please add your voice to the growing list of people opposing OPG’s plan to bury nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron.
 
Stop the plan to release radioactive metal into recycled products and landfills Sign the petition. Say no to radioactive waste being dumped into our consumer products. What madness.
 
Take Action: Radioactive Baby Toys? The Department of Energy plans to allow radioactive metal from nuclear weapons facilities to contaminate "recycling." This metal would be mixed with clean metals to be turned into products ranging from zippers to baby toys. Send a letter here.

What Toronto Really Needs Click here to send a quick email to the City of Toronto Councillors on the Toronto Hydro board: we need a modern, efficient electricity system for a modern city, not a plan from the 1950s! Thank you!

Sign the Petition asking the CNSC to review GE-Hitachi’s operating license at the uranium processing facility in Toronto. Please print it out (landscape) and get your friends/neighbours to sign on.  


Events

Burying Trouble: Deep Geological Repositories for Nuclear Waste  Many countries, including Canada, are considering burying highly radioactive nuclear waste deep underground. This webinar will describe some of the common elements of these proposals, briefly describe several countries' proposals, and identify some of the outstanding technical challenges. Presenter: Brennain Lloyd, Northwatch. Fri. Feb. 22, 2 pm

Ontario Energy Drinks Everyone welcome! A night of networking with other cool sustainable energy folk. Mon. Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m. on, 156 Front Street, Toronto
 
Judging Geological Repositories: How Different Countries Evaluate Nuclear Waste Burial  Proposals In the lingo of nuclear waste burial, the "safety case" is the technical explanation of why a particular design in a particular rock formation will actually contain the radioactive wastes for a predicted period of time. This webinar will compare how different countries intend to assess the ability of a proposed deep geological repository to contain the nuclear hazards over time. Presenter: Laura Bowman, LLB, Tues. Feb. 26, noon and Fri. March 1, 2 pm 
 
The Nuclear Safety Issue With J.C. Luxat, Professor of Nuclear Safety, McMaster U, and Richard Denton, M.D. President, Physicians for Global Survival. Thursday Feb. 28, 7-9 pm, U.of Toronto. Co-Sponsored by University College Health Studies Programme, Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace, and Voice of Women for Peace.


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