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March 28, 2013 – Please pass this onto a friend!


“Sure, you can say nuclear power is somewhat less carbon-intensive than burning fossil fuels for energy; beating your children to death with a club will prevent them from getting hit by a car. Ravaging the Earth by one irreparable means is not a sensible way to prevent it from being destroyed by another. There are alternatives. We should choose them and use them.” Rebecca Solnit
 
“The uranium is extracted in Cree and Dene Nation Territory in Northern Saskatchewan, travels to Ontario to be refined in Blind River, processed in Port Hope, then fabricated into pellets in the heart of Toronto, inserted into rods in Peterborough, and sent to the Bruce, Pickering and Darlington nuclear reactors on the Great Lakes, and Point LePreau on the Atlantic Ocean. The uranium will become high level spent fuel waste sitting on reactor sites which the NWMO (Nuclear Waste Management Organization) is currently looking to bury in a deep geological repository for millions of years.” G.E.’s Uranium Secret in Toronto, brochure



The World

The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Videos of each of the speakers at a unique, two-day symposium at The New York Academy of Medicine on March 11 and 12, 2013 at which leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts presented on the bio-medical and ecological consequences of the Fukushima disaster.
 
Nuclear reactor operators must be financially liable for disasters
Maximum liability is $75 million in Canada, but Fukushima clean-up and compensation costs are running to tens of billions – and the state is footing the bill
 
Nuclear dilemma: Adequate insurance too expensive "If you take all external costs into account, the conclusion is inevitable: Nuclear power is not economically viable. The risk is only bearable if you externalize it on the wider society."

Nuclear Power Is Dead Jeremy Rifkin nails it in this 4 min. video
 
Uranium NFB, 47 min. 1990. This documentary looks at the hazards of uranium mining in Canada. Toxic and radioactive waste pose environmental threats while the traditional economic and spiritual lives of the Aboriginal people who occupy this land have been violated. 
 
Recent evidence on the risks of very low-level radiation In recent months, a flurry of epidemiological studies indicate adverse effects to people exposed to very low doses from medical CT scans and other clinical procedures; to infants living near nuclear power stations; and to Chernobyl clean-up workers. They even reveal adverse effects from background radiation to which all of us are exposed. Together they reveal a pattern of higher-than-expected risks from very low exposures to radiation.
 
Uranium mines in Quebec: First Nations, municipalities and citizens unite their voices for a moratorium
 
Rat Linked to Blackout at Atomic Site
Two years later, the Fukushima plant still relies on makeshift cooling systems, some of which were built as stopgap measures in the frantic weeks and months after the accident. The spent fuel pools have been a particular source of concern because they contain far more radioactive material than the three reactor cores that melted down two years ago, forcing the evacuation of 160,000 people.
 
Depleted Uranium: Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq with Mass Displacement & Epidemic of Birth Defects, Cancers
 
Trans-border nuclear waste shipment meeting increased resistance
Activists are mobilizing on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border to block a proposed plan to secretly transport truckloads of intensely radioactive liquid waste through Eastern Ontario to South Carolina.
 

 

Ontario

Stop the Radioactive Roadtrip One day soon, people in Ontario may spot an armed convoy passing through their town. Heavily armed guards will be protecting trucks carrying thousands of litres of radioactive waste containing highly enriched (weapons-grade) uranium in a toxic mixture of acid and countless other radioactive isotopes. It will be the most dangerous transport of nuclear waste ever attempted in Canada. Sign the petition to oppose the planned trucking of 23,000 litres of extremely radioactive liquid waste from Ontario to South Carolina.
 
Peter Tabuns demands answers about Ontario nuclear plants NDP's Peter Tabuns wants to know why the Liberal government is racing ahead on refurbishment of Darlington without knowing how much the project will cost

 

Renewables and Conservation

The Big Apple's Plan to Cut Energy Waste Why do people in Toronto use 56 per cent more electricity than people in New York City? 
 
Doubling US Energy Productivity by 2030 A doubling of energy productivity (or obtaining twice as much output from the energy we use) would reduce U.S. carbon dioxide pollution by 33 percent below 2005 levels and save $327 billion annually
 
Raising the game for energy efficiency Building energy efficiency retrofits is a nearly $280 billion dollar investment opportunity that can save building owners more than $1 trillion over 10 years. All of that work also means more jobs at a critical time for our economy.
 
A team of Stanford engineers published a proposal showing how New York State — not windy like the Great Plains, nor sunny like Arizona — could easily produce the power it needs from wind, solar and water power by 2030. In fact there was so much potential power, the researchers found, that renewable power could also fuel our cars.
 
Ontario Must Turn Renewed Energy Conservation Commitment into Action Ontario has failed to prioritize and make a long-term commitment to energy conservation, according to a York University report just released
 
The Combined Power Plant The secure and constant provision of power anywhere and at any time by renewable energies is now made possible thanks to the Combined Power Plant. The Combined Power Plant links and controls 36 wind, solar, biomass and hydropower installations spread throughout Germany. It is just as reliable and powerful as a conventional large-scale power station. 7 min. video

 

Take Action!

Friends of Wind Ontario is asking people to send letters to their MPP in support of wind power. Our politicians are hearing from the anti-wind folk – they need to hear from supporters of wind too!
 
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 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.
 
Eliminate the Nuclear Liability Act Sign the petition demanding the federal government hold the nuclear industry accountable by removing the cap on liability for both operators and suppliers.
 
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.

What Toronto Really Needs 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

Greenovate Your Home!  Wed. April 19, 6:30 - 9:30, Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen Street East, Toronto. Planning on renovating your home? Want to increase its value? And make a difference? Join for an interactive panel on how you can create the home of your dreams, all while reducing your carbon footprint.


 


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