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March 5, 2013 – Please pass this onto a friend!


 
“The Harper government is moving ahead with plans to truck over 23,000 litres of high level nuclear waste along the trans-Canada highway to a US reprocessing site. Suddenly the Keystone pipeline feels like a magical fun-tube filled with bean sprouts and pixie dust.” – Rick Mercer

Check out our new 90 second video about Ontario's coal phase-out and OCAA's role in bringing this about. And please comment at the end. We've entered a contest and comments are critical. Thanks!



The World

Federal government vows Canada will make HEU-free isotopes by 2016 They said we needed nuclear technology to produce medical isotopes. Turns out that wasn't true. We wasted billions at Chalk River subsidizing the nuclear industry whilst creating a toxic legacy.

Weapons-grade uranium and the production of medical isotopes by Dr. Gordon Edwards. Does Iran need HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium) to make medical isotopes? No, but countries like Canada and Belgium have contributed to the mistaken and dangerous idea that HEU is a perfectly sensible and legitimate material to use for this purpose.

After Fukushima: families on the edge of meltdown
Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a new phenomenon is on the rise: atomic divorce. Abigail Haworth reports on the unbearable pressures and prejudices being faced by those caught in the radiation zone

Radiant Wildlands The forests near Fukushima and Chernobyl likely have been changed forever.

Canada’s Land of Milk and Strontium
The national anthem of Canada, “Oh Canada” has lyrics that include “With glowing hearts.” Those lyrics can be taken literally in this land of milk and strontium 90.

Ten Urgent Reasons to Reject Nuclear Power Now

Radioactivity and the Systematic Falsification of Nuclear Risk Lots of great info and links here on radiation and health, nuclear waste, conflict of interest and more


Ontario

Toronto Hydro's proposed Bremner Transformer Station (downtown Toronto) would cost $272 mill. to build and  raise rates by $25 million per year or 4%.  Much lower cost options to keep the lights on in Toronto are available including conservation, CHP and solar; these would also provide better security of supply for downtown residents/businesses. (Click on: “Environmental Defence_Sub_THESL_20130228” dated March 1.)
 
Let’s Make a Deal With Hydro-Quebec Premier Wynne should sign a long-term contract with Hydro Quebec for clean, renewable, water power. Using the existing transmission lines between Ontario and Quebec, water power imports could provide us with 17 per cent of our electricity needs at less than one-third the cost of re-building the aging Darlington Nuclear Station.


Renewables and Conservation

100% Renewable Energy: Becoming the New Normal? If you think 100% renewable energy will never happen, guess again. It already is.
 
Wind Facts New website by the Canadian Wind Energy Association
 
Anti-wind litigation: is there an end in sight? After nearly two years of vigorous anti-wind litigation in Ontario, anti-wind activists have failed to satisfy any court or tribunal that wind energy development in accordance with government standards will cause serious harm.
 
Solar in Canada: Telling the Good News Story


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.
 
Click HERE to sign the petition demanding the federal government eliminates the Nuclear Liability Act and holds 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 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

Public consultations on Proposed Home Energy Retrofit Program March 5 & 7, 7 p.m. The City of Toronto is holding a series of public consultations to explore ways to help families save money on energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The City is proposing a new home energy retrofit program and wants input.
 
Can We Be Free of Nuclear Weapons and Still Have Nuclear Power? with Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. Thursday March 7, 7-9 pm, U of Toronto. All welcome. Free. Facebook event page.
 
Human Chain Reaction to Shut Down Nuclear Power and the GE Hitachi Uranium Fuel Processing Plant Sat. March 9, noon, 1025 Lansdowne Ave, north of Dupont St., Toronto
 
Canadian Human Chain to Stop Civil and Military Use of Nuclear Sat. Mar. 9, 1:30 p.m.  House of Parliament, Ottawa

Fukushima 2 Years Later: Global Symposium to address mounting Medical and Ecological Consequences March 11-12, The New York Academy of Medicine, New York City. Or you can watch it livestreamed here.   


Angela Bischoff
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