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January 28, 2015 –   Please pass this onto a friend!


Help! Can you spare a few hours to help me leaflet blitz Premier Wynne's riding (Don Valley West, just north of downtown Toronto) with this leaflet? Email me and I’ll fill you in. Thanks for considering. angela@cleanairalliance.org   Or order them to blitz your own neighbourhood - they're free.

The World

Fukushima Watch: Regulator Calls on Tepco to Discharge Tritium Water Japan’s nuclear regulator has officially called on Tokyo Electric Power Co. to work toward discharging low-level contaminated water into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Tepco has been storing the tritium-contaminated water in about 1,000 tanks onsite but is running out of space.

Feds say troubled US nuclear waste dump in New Mexico may not fully reopen until 2018 This was the site lifted up as the model by Canada’s NWMO in their bid to dump nuke waste on the edge of Lake Huron. 

Global nuclear decommissioning cost seen underestimated, may spiral
200 of the 434 reactors in operation around the globe will need to be retired by 2040. The estimated cost of decommissioning them is more than $100 billion. But many experts view this figure as way too low, because it does not include the cost of nuclear waste disposal and long-term storage and because decommissioning costs - often a decade or more away - vary hugely per reactor and by country.

TransCanada's other dirty, dangerous, and expensive energy scheme: Bruce Nuclear and the proposed Great Lakes radioactive waste dump TransCanada Pipelines, infamous for its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline scheme, is also a nuclear power utility and generator of radioactive wastes.

Climate change inaction pushes 'doomsday clock' closest to midnight since 1984 The symbolic doomsday clock moved to three minutes before midnight on Thursday because of the gathering dangers of climate change and nuclear proliferation, signalling the gravest threat to humanity since the throes of the cold war. Global efforts to reduce nuclear arsenals have slowed since 2009, and all of the nuclear powers are expanding reactors and weapons programmes.

No prospect of relief from constant nuclear headache Keeping nuclear waste safe costs billions of dollars a year, but what to do with it in the long-term is still no nearer being resolved. No country has yet solved the problem of how to deal with waste that remains dangerous to humans for thousands of years.

 

Ontario

Who will stand up against secrecy? Another secret power deal is the last thing the people of Ontario need. A full Ontario Energy Board review is the only way we can ensure that signing a $60 - $111 billion deal to re-build aging reactors is the best solution to meeting our electricity needs.

2 minute audio interview (and article) with Jack Gibbons, OCAA
on why he opposes the Bruce rebuild without public oversight.

Environmental groups launch appeal of Darlington nuclear rebuild project

Blind Faith: The Nuclear History of Port Hope, Ontario
A review of the superb 1981 book by journalist Penny Sanger, about the small irradiated Canadian town of Port Hope on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Durham working on plan to distribute potassium iodine pills around Pickering, Clarington nuclear plants  All homes, workplaces within 10 kilometres of plants will receive pills

 

Renewables and Conservation

Moose Cree First Nation mark milestone at new hydro project OPG redevelops old generating stations north of Kapuskasing in partnership with Moose Cree First Nation who owns a 25% equity stake, and will receive funds from the power generated. 'It will benefit our children yet unborn'- Moose Cree Chief Norm Hardisty Jr.

Renewable Energy Will Shrug Off Oil Slump Spending on renewable energy, which surged 16 percent in 2014, will remain strong this year, largely unaffected by the slumping oil prices that have artificially depressed their shares.

Let there be light Thanks to better technology and improved efficiency, energy is becoming cleaner and more plentiful—whatever the price of oil

My RRSP Finally Has Climate Impact
With RRSP deadlines looming, it’s time to think twice about where your money is going. "Impact investing" is a sustainable way to grow your money that counters the thinking that financial gain has to be at the expense of the environment. Find out how one investor navigated her way through the system and found SolarShare.

 

Take Action!

Time for Ontario to come clean on Bruce Nuclear costs This massive proposed deal would be $60 - $111 billion, the largest private sector contract ever signed by the Gov’t of ON. We demand public oversight of this deal. Order free copies of our new leaflet today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Please send a letter to Premier Wynne here calling for a transparent review of any proposed Bruce deal, especially in light of a potential conflict of interest.

Ontario Energy Board Grinches out on energy conservation  Please contact Energy Minister Chiarelli here and ask him to direct the OEB to make conservation a real priority.

Call for a Public Review of the Costs of Bruce B Nuclear Station A Green Party of ON petition Please send Premier Wynne a message urging her to make a deal with Quebec instead of wasting billions of dollars on high-risk nuclear projects.  It is the right thing to do for both provinces.

Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands Please sign the petition.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump
Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 139 jurisdictions – representing over 16 million people – that have done so! See the list here.

 

Events

This Nuclear Age Free weekly public lectures on public health in a nuclear age. Wednesdays, 4 – 6 p.m., Jan. 7 – April 1, University of Toronto

Earth Energy and You Considering whether a geo-thermal heating & cooling system is a wise choice for you? Thur. Jan. 29, 7 p.m. Kitchener Public Library Main Branch, 85 Queen St. N.

Canada Update 2015 on Nuclear Waste – Webinar Wed. Feb. 4, 7 p.m. 

Burying Nuclear Waste in Ontario? Hear from frontline voices who have been resisting both the creation of nuclear waste and the burial. Sat. Feb 7, 1 - 3 p.m, speakers, 3 – 5 p.m. breakout groups. St. Stephens in the Field Church (On College, just west of Spadina, north end of Kensington Mkt), Toronto

Radiation's Health Effects – Webinar
Wed. Feb. 11, 10 a.m.

Nuclear Risk: Calculating the Incredible – Webinar Wed. Feb. 18, 12 noon

Emergency Planning in the Nuclear Age – Webinar Wed. Feb. 25, 2 p.m.

Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction l
Feb. 28 - March 1, The New York Academy of Medicine, NYC

World Uranium Symposium and Film Festival, April 14 - 16, Quebec City

 


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