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May 5, 2014 –  Please pass this onto a friend!

 

“Replacing coal and oil with nuclear power is like trading heroin for crack—different addictions, but no less unhealthy or risky.” – Chip Ward


The World

How the “Peaceful Atom” Became a Serial Killer When nuclear reactors blow, the first thing that melts down is the truth.

Study finds Fukushima radioactivity in tuna off Oregon and Washington

Forced to Flee Radiation, Fearful Japanese Villagers Are Reluctant to Return

The Chernobyl Factor in the Ukraine Crisis
Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion.

Construction halted at Taiwan nuclear plant after protests Construction at a controversial nuclear power plant was stopped after tens of thousands of protesters blockaded a main street in the capital calling for the project to be scrapped.

Arrest Monbiot' for 'nuclear crimes' - £100 reward Monbiot was selected for this dubious honour as a result of his high profile but paradoxical conversion to the virtues of nuclear power, triggered by the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.

Why Nuclear Power is Not an Energy Solution for Global Warming Nuclear power is an energy solution only if the problem you are solving is how to make big profits from the potentially catastrophic global crisis we find ourselves in.

The Battle of Chernobyl 90 min. documentary on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, April 26, 1986. 161,000 people had to be evacuated from a 30 kilometer radius of the reactor and 25,000 square km of land were contaminated. 500,000 men waged hand-to-hand combat with an invisible enemy. As time went on millions of people suffered radiation related health problems such as leukemia and thyroid cancer.

About Radioactive Bananas Nuclear proponents often make the silly-sounding claim that a person gets a greater dose of radiation from eating a banana than by standing beside a nuclear power plant. The claim is false. People who say such things are abusing science for their own purposes. By Dr. Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility

Coal is going, going... gone? US regulations and natural gas prices are fueling the coal power phase-out. What will replace it? Natural gas; energy efficiency; distributed generation (ie. rooftop solar); and utility-scale renewables (ie. wind and solar).

 

Ontario

OPG seeking approval to run Pickering nuclear station longer Watchdog says company ‘trying to squeeze more juice’ from site. Given the glut of electricity being produced, he asked, “Do we even need the station, because we have a surplus of electricity.” (Good question - the answer is no! -a)

Enviro groups challenge Darlington plant refurbishment On May 6, CELA will appear in federal court to challenge the government's approvals for the refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear station. They filed the lawsuit along with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Greenpeace and Northwatch to overturn an environmental assessment.

Canadian ‘Experts’ Comfy with Radioactive Pollution of Great Lakes The ‘expert’ group’s report says it’s possible that as much as 1,000 cubic meters a year of water contaminated with radiation might leach from the dump.

What’s wrong with proposed nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron? An article quoting Dr. Gordon Edwards

Perspective on Gas Plant Scandal The gas scandal is costing us $40 million/yr. This compares with the current cost of the nuclear debt recovery charge of $980 million/yr. Now OPG has proposed a 30% increase in rates to cover the cost of the Darlington rebuild. This increase in rates, if approved, would amount to $1.4 billion per year. The true scandals of Ontario electricity system lie not in the gas plants, but in our nuclear follies.

Toxic chemicals, crude oil, radioactive material ride the rails through Toronto
The train that exploded in Lac-Megantic had earlier travelled down the CP line through Toronto. In the wake of Lac-Megantic, calls are growing louder for dangerous goods, including crude oil, to be kept out of major population centres.

How the Nuclear Waste Management Organization targeted Pinehouse By pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into that effort, NWMO and its paid local agents succeeded in sowing deep divisions among the local residents, who were torn between genuine, long-term environmental concerns and the promises of short-term, boom-town economic growth offered by the nuclear industry.

 

Renewables and Conservation

US Solar Energy Capacity Grew An Astounding 418% From 2010-2014

Power to the people
Creating lasting community wealth for Canada's First Nations people through green energy

Amory's Angle: Ramping Up Renewable Electricity By Amory B. Lovins. As grid operators combine various techniques, high-percentage renewables prove they can provide reliable power

 

Take Action!

Stop OPG's 30% price increase With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Learn more here, sign here, order free leaflets here.
 
Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station
Please sign the petition.

Tell Stephen Harper: Nuclear Polluters Must Pay A Greenpeace Canada petition to amend the Nuclear Liability Act. For more info on nuclear liability in Canada, click here. And read transcripts from Parliament here.
 
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

 

Events

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Hearing on the 5 year life extension of the Pickering Nuclear Station Wed. May 7, Ottawa. Live webcast. 

Solar Ontario 2014 Conference and Trade Show May 7-8, Ottawa Convention Centre

Ontario’s Energy Future Join Jack Gibbons, Chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) and community members on Wed. May 7, 7:30 pm at the 'Red Canoe Studio', 57 Devon (near Gerrard and Woodbine), Toronto. RSVP

The opportunity for behaviour change to drive energy savings in Canada - Webinar Wed. May 7, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

Goodbye King Coal Party Ottawa, Thur. May 8, organized by Ecology Ottawa

Environment vs Economy: Resolving the Dichotomy May 8-9, Bracebridge, ON

Conservation First Framework Webinar, May 12, 2 p.m. The OPA will host this webinar to discuss how it will work with key stakeholders to implement its new Conservation First framework. 

Ontario, Quebec and Electricity - Time for a new Relationship? Friday, May 23, 8:30 – 11 a.m., Toronto. Panel discussion with QC and ON speakers including Jack Gibbons, OCAA . 

 


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