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March 2, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend!

Darlington nuclear plant to be refurbished by SNC-Lavalin, Aecon for $600-million - The McGuinty Government just threw away $600 million to begin planning to rebuild Darlington, at a time when it’s also cutting back on funding for health and education. Please send Ontario’s Energy Minister a letter just by clicking here. He needs to hear from you that you support lower cost, safer and less risky electricity sources such as water power imports from Quebec, energy efficiency and natural gas-fired combined heat and power. Together we can stop this project from moving forward.

Causes of Fukushima disaster exist in Canada - The Fukushima nuclear disaster was not caused by a freak act of nature but rather by failures of the Japanese government, its nuclear safety watchdog and the nuclear industry, says a new report released today by Greenpeace International. This raises questions about the safety of Canada’s nuclear stations, says Greenpeace Canada.

Lessons Canada needs to learn from Fukushima – blogpost by Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace – thoughts on Linda Keen, SNC-Lavalin, CANDU-6, Canadian nuclear safety, political influence, Darlington and more…

The end of baseload? It may come sooner than you think - 100% renewable electricity in Germany by 2030

Danger Zone: Ageing Nuclear Reactors - Following Japan's nuclear disaster last year there are fears the US may be heading for a nuclear catastrophe of its own. - Al Jaeera, 25 min. video

Japan Struggles with Tainted Reactor Water at Fukushima - TEPCO is still injecting hundreds of thousands of gallons (liters) into the reactors every day to keep them from overheating again. Because that water and groundwater -- now contaminated -- is leaking out of the reactors at an estimated 10,000 tons (9,072 tonnes) a month, cleaning it up and storing the excess is a constant challenge.

Nuclear-Free Summer Looms Over Japan’s West in Risk to Recovery From Quake - Only two of 54 reactors in Japan are operating

Birds - Surviving fallout - When researchers looked at the 14 bird species that lived in both regions, they found that the same level of radiation was associated with twice as large a drop in bird numbers in Fukushima as in Chernobyl.

Far more cesium released from Fukushima than previously believed

Radiation exposure: a quick guide to what each level means - Radiation exposure levels are worsening in Japan. But how much radiation is too much - and what are we all exposed to?

Energy: Ontario overpaying to meet peak electricity demand – There may be less costly ways of dealing with supply issues than simply adding capacity.

Sign the petition to reject Conservative calls for a moratorium on wind energy: Wind energy is helping Ontario reduce its reliance on smog-causing coal plants, and creating good green jobs in the process. Please take a minute to send a letter to elected officials urging them to support renewable energy and reject calls for a moratorium on wind power.            

Anti-wind groups drop their appeal when asked to provide evidence of ill health

Neighborhood Activists Shut Down Two Coal Fired Power Plants

 

EVENTS            

Shadowlands: From Chernobyl to Fukushima – photo exhibit, Mar. 7 – 18, 918 Bathurst, Toronto – Opening night Mar. 7, 7 – 10 p.m.

Nuke Night - Double Feature To commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, join us for a double-feature film night: From Chernobyl to Fukushima: A Campaigners Journey and The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy  plus speakers. Fri. March 16, 7 p.m. Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. (St. George subway)

From Fukushima to Toronto: A Town Hall Sun. Mar. 18, 1 – 5 p.m., Toronto – Workshops, panels, discussions on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, why it matters in Ontario, and how Torontonians can stop nuclear expansion and build a 100% renewable Ontario. Speakers from Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Greenpeace, Lake ON Waterkeepers, Canadian Environmental Law Assoc., Ontario Sustainable Energy Assoc.

 

ACT NOW!

Send an email to ON Energy Minister Bentley and ask him to finish the coal phase-out in 2012 and invest in energy conservation rather than build or rebuild new nukes.

Climate Change Cards for sale. 2 different sets of 8 cards/envelopes. $10 per set. Printed on FSC paper. Produced by Shirley Farlinger. Positive climate images/sayings on the front, blank inside. Order them from me while they last.

Drummond Drops the Ball Drummond misses the two biggest and easiest opportunities to lower our electricity bills and save taxpayers billions: cancel the coal subsidies, and cancel the high-cost nuclear re-investment plan. Send an email to Premier McGuinty here.

 

Angela Bischoff
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angela@cleanairalliance.org
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