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Nov. 26, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend!


 
Toronto’s Call to Action!

Toronto’s West-end Uranium Secret – GE-Hitachi processes 1800 tons of uranium every year in the middle of our city!

"Families living in Toronto shouldn't have to be exposed to the risk of a radioactive heavy metal in their air, water or soil. It's time for the GE-Hitachi uranium processing plant to be relocated to some nuclear exclusion zone like those around the Bruce or Darlington nuclear reactors. The existing site in Toronto should be vacated and decontaminated." Dr. Gordon Edwards


The World

The muddy issue of cesium in a lake Lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture is facing an environmental threat that has essentially turned it into a time bomb ticking away 60 km northeast of Tokyo.

Aging nuke plants add to Europe's economic woes It's one thing to kill a nuclear power station; getting rid of the remains is another headache entirely. Dormant nuclear facilities could potentially pose a tantalizing prize for terrorists or smugglers of nuclear materials, and experts point to another worry: Only a handful of reactors worldwide have been fully dismantled, meaning the process is largely uncharted territory. Tearing apart reactor cores, for instance, creates unknown challenges and potential risks given the level of radiation inside them.

Even Low-Level Radioactivity Is Damaging, Scientists Conclude

Nuclear is Not Cheaper
 
Green energy is preventive medicine
This December, Quebec will shut down its only nuclear reactor, Gentilly-2, while Ontario looks to spend billions to resuscitate the aging Darlington nuclear station. Like Quebec, we should divert those billions into renewable, healthier energy sources… But health risks of the nuclear industry slip under the radar of governments, policy-makers, and the public. As physicians, it is our duty to advocate for illness prevention and we see nuclear power as a serious threat to public health.


Ontario

Councillor asks uranium plant to shut down Amid mounting concerns from his west downtown Toronto community, a city councillor is asking controversial uranium plant on Lansdowne Ave. to pack up and move out of his ward.

Dundas Square building demolition stopped to avoid radioactive contamination Fears that radioactive dust could shower the crowds at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square have prompted Canada’s nuclear watchdog to stop the scheduled demolition of a contaminated building

Hudak’s Message
Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says that instead of spending billions on nuclear energy plants, he'd import hydro from Quebec, Newfoundland and Manitoba at competitive prices. We agree!☢ Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will have public hearings on the Darlington rebuild project of 4 reactors December 3-6, 2012 in Courtice, Ontario. The hearing will be webcast live on http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/
 
Darlington Refurbishment – Why Not?
By Janet, a Mom.

 

Renewables and Conservation

“This year’s World Energy Outlook shows that by 2035, we can achieve energy savings equivalent to nearly a fifth of global demand in 2010. In other words, energy efficiency is just as important as unconstrained energy supply, and increased action on efficiency can serve as a unifying energy policy that brings multiple benefits.” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven.

Rising Sun: The Quiet Force Behind Japan’s Renewables Revolution
Nuclear is now mostly shut down; only two nuclear reactors out of 50 are running, so nuclear is now less than one percent of our power. The majority of replacement is from the so-called “negawatt,” or energy efficiency, during peak periods in large cities like Tokyo or Osaka.

More Bang for Our Buck: How Canada can create more energy jobs and less pollution
This report shows if the $1.3 billion in government subsidies, now given to the oil and gas sector, were instead invested in renewable energy and energy efficiency, Canada would create more jobs: 18,000 more.

 

Take Action!

Send a letter to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath asking her to oppose the Darlington rebuild. We need her to take leadership on this!
 
Looking for a Champion at Queen’s Park! Premier McGuinty and Tim Hudak have been very clear that they plan to spend tens of billions on new nuclear projects.  Meanwhile, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has sat on the fence on this issue. If you’d like to encourage the NDP to take political leadership on this issue, and clearly position themselves against all new nuclear projects in the province, please order copies of our new leaflet, $35 billion to rebuild the Darlington nuclear station vs. $16 billion for 2.3 million home energy retrofits - Which will Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath choose?  And if you’re up for helping blitz door-to-door between the Beaches and High Park, let me know. Thanks!

Guelph deserves respect!  Please email Energy Minister Chris Bentley and Guelph MPP Liz Sandals and ask them to direct the Ontario Power Authority to work with the City of Guelph to implement its Community Energy Plan in order to reduce our energy bills, protect our neighbourhoods, create jobs in Guelph, and avoid the need for the proposed Guelph Transmission Line.
 
Send a letter to Premier McGuinty asking for an environmental review of the Darlington rebuild project.
 

Events

Sustainable Power Plants and Communities  Nov. 29, Toronto
 
A Mountain of Radioactive Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age  December 1-3, Chicago

Free Webinar: Centralized vs. Decentralized Energy: Lessons from Germany
 Dec. 6, 10 a.m. EST.  What lessons can Ontario and North America learn from the decentralized energy transition occurring in Germany?


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