September 15, 2010
255 municipalities and regional municipal governments across the province have formally backed a demand that Quebec pull the plug on nuclear energy once and for all.
Public-opinion polls show almost two-thirds of Quebecers are opposed to a plan by Hydro-Quebec to rebuild Gentilly-2.
These are uncertain times for Canada’s nuclear industry… At the root of the uncertain mood is the future of AECL, which the federal government has put up for sale. No one yet knows who, if anyone will buy it; or if they’ll buy it in whole or in part. Some may simply want to run AECL as service and maintenance shop for existing Candu reactors, which means the company will gradually wind down in 15 or 20 years.
Fast death or slow death, we cannot afford to be naïve about the military uses to which the uranium has been put. Saskatchewan has supplied the U.S. nuclear weapons industry and nuclear power plants with "death rock."
Premier bringing series of forums across the territory to gauge public opinion
The German government has become increasingly concerned over the last six months by the incidence of stainless steel products exhibiting radioactive contamination. In total, some 150 tons of material have been identified so far, spread across a wide range of material forms, from stainless steel wire wool, to bars, valves, castings and flat products.
Nuclear waste gets recycled into goods French authorities made headlines last month when they said as many as 500 sets of radioactive buttons had been installed in elevators throughout France. It wasn't an isolated case. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/12/business/fi-radioactive12
A plan to ship 16 steam generators on the Detroit River and Great Lakes has sparked an international outcry.
CARGO's petition site (Citizens Against Radioactive Generators in Owen Sound) is here: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/38935.html
They are taking online signatures opposing the transport of radioactive steam generators by road from the Bruce nuclear complex to Owen Sound [that's the part about the "heavy load"] and by ship from Owen Sound to Studsvik in Sweden on the Baltic Sea.
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Aug. 2010
The WTO case brought by Japan today against local preferences in Ontario’s Green Energy Act is completely baseless but risks setting a dangerous precedent for future trade challenges to legitimate environmental and economic stimulus measures around the world, says the Council of Canadians.
Science for Peace and The Centre for Global Change Science welcome to Toronto the world’s foremost climate scientist and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen, for 2 days of public talks, meetings with students and political lobbying.
Wednesday, September 15 , Free
McMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Bldg (North), 80 Queens Park, Toronto
5:30 pm 6:30pm Science presentation by Dr. James Hansen
6:30 pm 7:00pm Intermission
7:00 pm to 8:45pm Climate Reality: A Conversation with Dr. James Hansen, Naomi Klein & Clayton Thomas-Muller, moderated by Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.
As part of the IIDEX Green Building Festival, Sept. 22 – 25, Toronto, see keynote presentation:
Thursday, September 23, 4 – 5 p.m.
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Humanity, according to Jeremy Rifkin, is poised to make a definitive shift away from its carbon-based geopolitical reality toward a new paradigm of sustainability. The internationally influential economist, known for his provocative environmental theories, sees this profound change as taking place along generational lines and considers it to be the uppermost challenge for the millennial generation. In his view, this sustainable human future must be founded upon four pillars: 1) renewable energy; 2) buildings as positive power plants; 3) hydrogen storage; and 4) smartgrids and plug-in vehicles. In his much-anticipated keynote address, Jeremy will lay out his vision of the Third Industrial Revolution, and explain how the economic infrastructure necessary for this revolution will transform the skill levels and managerial styles of the workforce, advance energy security, prompt educational reform, and improve the quality of life worldwide.
For more information on Jeremy Rifkin visit www.foet.org
For more info on IIDEX Green Building Festival Sept. 22 – 25 visit http://www.iidexneocon.com/2010/
Planet in Focus presents:
Run time: 98 min. | France/ Germany
Friday September 24th, 6:45 pm
Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto
Pay-What-You-Can ($7.00 suggested)
As even ecologists reconsider nuclear as an alternative to burning carbon, Waste: The Nuclear Nightmare examines the impact of nuclear waste for the near future and next hundreds of thousands of years. The 'energy of the future' is astutely dissected- clearly outlining how nuclear power is generated, how waste is created and systematically uncovers what happens to waste produced in nuclear plants in France. The public relations myth that 'waste is recycled' unravels as the final destination of tons of contaminated material is revealed. Key to this film is its use of Google map imagery and clear animation to counter the red tape and political double-speak. Waste is allowed incredible access to French nuclear plants, recycling facilities, and the archives of Greenpeace Europe and testing facilities of CRIIRAD. And while some hope is presented for the future, you'll want answers from our own government about what is happening to nuclear waste in Canada.
To understand the consequences of Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation and work toward solutions.
Physicians, students, activists and members of the public are all welcome.
Fri. October 1 evening and Sat. October 2, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Medical Sciences Building, 1 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto
November 15 – 16 - Toronto
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is hosting its second annual Community Power Conference this November. The event is Ontario’s single largest annual gathering of Community Power producers, proponents and supporters. Together with the Power Networking Centre trade show, the conference attracts industry regulators, commercial and community power generators, farmers and First Nation and Métis delegations.
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Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Tel: 416 926 1907 x 246
625 Church Street, #402
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1
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