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October 9, 2014 –   Please pass this onto a friend!


“Canada’s proposed nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lakes Huron puts our Great Lakes at risk of radioactive contamination that could have devastating consequences for future generations” – US. Senator Stabenow

“Bruce Power has a healthy safety culture for the following reasons: the alpha-event was unforeseen for reasons that I don’t have right now; there was no evidence that there was a potential for this event, so it’s not something that Bruce Power or its employees decided to ignore.” Dr. Patsy Thompson, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission at the recent nuclear waste hearings (Sept. 10 transcript p. 159)



The World

Sweden Faces Future Without Nuclear Sweden has set up an energy commission tasked with achieving a 100% renewable electricity system. 

Areva to sell assets Weakened by an African uranium mine investment gone awry, as well as billion euro cost overruns on the building of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR reactor in Finland, French nuclear group Areva to cut investments and sell assets to stave off a credit rating downgrade.

The shutdown of QC’s Gentilly-2 nuclear station saved more than $9 B Ecology and the economy are too often set in opposition. But Québec saved more than $9 billion thanks to environmental groups.

Uranium: Its Uses and Dangers Slideshow by Dr. Gordon Edwards

Ban on uranium mining at Grand Canyon upheld by Arizona court Ruling protects national treasure against the possibility of opening it to 26 new mines and 700 exploration projects

Canada and the Bomb – Past and Future by Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. Shows the historical connection between nuclear weapons and nuclear power. A must read.

Cheap dreams, expensive realities The first generation of nuclear power plants proved so costly to build that half of them were abandoned during construction. Those that were completed saw huge cost overruns, which were passed on to utility customers in the form of rate increases. By 1985, Forbes had labeled U.S. nuclear power "the largest managerial disaster in business history.”

History Project Powerful 5 min. video of young Marshallese poet slamming the nuclear tests in the Marshal Islands between ’46 and ’58. The US continues to deny responsibility while Marshallese continue to die due to cancer and other radiation related illnesses.

Videos of the Don’t Nuke the Climate March in NYC

 

Ontario

A picture is worth billions This graph explains in one image why Ontario should be pursuing water power imports from Quebec instead of re-building our aging nuclear reactors. Combined with energy efficiency, Quebec imports are far cheaper than nuclear electricity, even under Ontario Power Generation’s most optimistic estimates.

US Senate & House both oppose proposed Canadian nuclear waste facility on the Great Lakes Michigan’s Great Lakes are an invaluable resource that must be protected from the threat of Canadian nuclear waste. Permanently burying nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron would put the world’s largest fresh water source at risk and jeopardize billions in economic activity each year.

 

Renewables and Conservation

ON Premier Wynne Recommits to Conservation First Framework and Advancing Renewable Energy

Carbon-Free Nuclear-Free Energy Economy Is Inevitable There is a revolution in the development of new technologies that allow less waste of energy, more efficient production of solar and wind energy as well as the development of new sustainable energy sources.

How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy The goal of fully transitioning the world’s total energy mix toward renewable energy sources is no longer a utopian ideal: it is being achieved in a number of places around the world today. Hundreds of jurisdictions across the globe have set 100% renewable energy (RE) targets and are beginning the journey toward a fully fossil- and nuclear-free society. Here’s how it’s done.

Down but not out While some experts have been proclaiming that nuclear energy will witness a resurgence, numbers from the World Nuclear Association point to a lengthy falling trend. Renewable energy on the other hand continues to expand rapidly.

 

Take Action!

Petition to cancel the Darlington Nuclear Re-build Project by the Green Party of Ontario

Nuclear Waste in Our Water?! Please sign the petition to oppose burying nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron.

Pardon anti-nuclear activists Gregory Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli. Please sign the petition. They've done enough time. And we've all done more than enough time living under the terror of nuclear weapons.

Declare Japan’s Fukushima Meltdowns a “Level 8” Nuclear Disaster Sign the petitions calling for a global response.

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.

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. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 60+ jurisdictions that have done so! See the list here.

 

Events

WiRE Meet up Women in Renewable Energy networking event, Oct. 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m., 58 Dundas E, Toronto

Webinar - Breaking the Inevitability Frame in the Energy Debate Oct. 24, 1 – 2 p.m. EST. Free.  

Rendez-vous Ottawa will introduce the global conversation about the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and give participants the tools needed to work towards a ban on nuclear weapons. Oct. 25 -26

The Great Sell-Off? Fossil Fuel Divestment and the Global Energy Revolution Webinar, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. EST

Voice of Women for Peace Annual Conference: Conflict and Climate – Changing Course NOW Nov. 7 - 9, Toronto

World Uranium Symposium April 13 - 16, 2015, Quebec City – Workshop proposals invited. uranium2015@naturequebec.org



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