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July 12, 2013 –   Please pass this onto a friend!



If you think the work of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance is super exceptional – we're behind ON's coal phase-out after all, and now we're taking on the nuclear industry in Ontario – please vote for us in NOW's Best of Toronto here. And Angela (that’s me!) has been nominated as best enviro. Vote here. Thank you!


The World

Nuclear renaissance was just a fairy tale The promise of cheap, low-carbon power was based on rhetoric and obedience. Anyone who doubts that should read the new status report on the industry

Fukushima radioactive groundwater readings rocket

Climate change to strain water supplies used by nuclear power plants
Waterways warmed by climate change will increase electricity prices by as much as a third as producers struggle to cool power stations, a study showed.

Cost of refurbishing Point Lepreau nuclear plant could be $3.3 billion: Prime Minister's Office memo

Hero Fukushima ex-manager who foiled nuclear disaster dies of cancer
The former Fukushima supervisor of damage control works at the tsunami-devastated nuclear power plant has died of cancer. His decision not to follow a corporate order prevented Chernobyl-like explosions of overheated Fukushima reactors.

Meltdown fears crush case for nuclear power The Fukushima nuclear accident has quashed consideration of nuclear power in Australia, with the government's energy white paper arguing there is no compelling economic case for it and insufficient community acceptance.

Cost of safely storing radioactive material at Sellafield has increased by more than £900m in 10 months The findings have been described as "dire" by MPs.


Ontario

Fracked gas is not the answer Enbridge wants to build a new gas line into the GTA to import shale gas from the US - OCAA calls for conservation instead - better for the environment and better for our pocketbook!

Gas pipeline struggle heats up A $623.7 million gas pipeline proposal in the GTA by Enbridge has sparked a struggle with rival pipeline firms and conservationists.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump Why on Earth would anyone in their right mind consider the shores of Lake Huron for the first permanent nuclear dump in North America?

Macomb County commissioners oppose Ontario nuclear waste site on Lake Huron

 

Renewables and Conservation

Can our electricity system cope with climate change? Thanks to climate change, storms are going to get stronger and more frequent. We could build dykes around our transformer stations, or we could adopt a smarter, more decentralized approach to electricity production and distribution. More rooftop solar (pv and thermal), more geothermal (to curb the power demand from air conditioning), more combined heat and power, especially in condos, hospitals and office towers so that elevators, lights and incubators continue to operate when the grid goes down.

NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg Outlines How to Protect NYC Against Climate Change In order to make the city's energy systems more resilient in the face of extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy, the Mayor made a commitment to work with utilities and the real estate sector to "increase the flexibility of the grid and strengthen it with the integration of distributed generation and renewable resources". 

One small town wind farm, 286 owners This little wind farm is just one of dozens in Nova Scotia, hundreds in Canada, and thousands around the world. But it is also highly unusual in that it is owned by 286 people – most of whom live nearby – who have joined together to finance the project, and who will eventually reap dividends from the power it produces

Wind Power Project Blown Away by Enviro Tribunal
As an Ontario wind power project is denied due to a road that would affect endangered turtles, TEA executive director Franz Hartmann speaks to similar scrutiny needed when planning nuclear projects. Listen to the 5 min. CBC radio interview here.

Become a SolarShare coop member today! SolarShare is a not for profit co-operative corporation with the express goal of growing community-based solar electricity generation in Ontario by engaging residents and investors in projects that offer tangible financial, social, and environmental returns. You too can buy SolarShare bonds.

Take Action!

Conservation, Not Fracked Gas into the GTA If you think greater efficiency beats more pipelines hands down, send a message to Premier Wynne,  Energy Minister Chiarelli and Environment Minister Bradley. Tell them you prefer conservation over fracked gas from the U.S.

Help stop dangerous LIQUID high-level radioactive waste transports from Canada!
 
Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year
Tell the Premier that we must avoid another electricity expenditure fiasco – don’t waste our hard-earned money rebuilding this aging and outdated facility! Click here

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking approval to build a nuclear waste dump 1 km from the shores of Lake Huron. This dump puts at risk the fresh water of the GREAT LAKES, relied upon by 40 million people in two countries. Tell Minister Kent and the Canadian federal government to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes. Sign the petition

 

Events

Ontario Energy Drinks Your monthly sustainable energy mixer. Tues. July 16, 5:30 p.m. onward, College and Bay Streets, Toronto

What the WTO’s Domestic Content Ruling Means for Ontario’s Renewable Energy Sector Webinar Thursday, July 18, 9:30am - 11:30am (EDT)
 
Lakeshore Ride for Renewables Explore local green energy projects by bike with Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op. Sun. July 28, 11:30 a.m. Meet at Toronto’s wind turbine (Exhibition Place).

Demand a Nuclear Weapons Free World Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Tuesday, August 6, 6:45 pm, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto – Public ceremony with speakers and musicians. Also Poster display: August 6 - 9, Toronto City Hall

Enter the VOW 4 PEACE Contest We want to hear from women and girls of all ages from across Canada to tell us why peace is important to you and how you intend to build a sustainable culture of peace. 

Peace Leadership Summer Camps in Ontario, BC and Nova Scotia for young women ages 15 - 35. Late August. Cost is on a sliding scale of $100 to $200, subsidies available.

Kew Beach Eco-Leadership Camp A fun and educational day camp for children age 9-13. Late August. Toronto.


Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
160 John Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ont. M5V 2E5
Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
angela@cleanairalliance.org
www.cleanairalliance.org
www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca
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