No Nukes News

September 15, 2010

 

Municipal coalition joins fight against nuclear power - Quebec urged to mothball Gentilly-2 plant

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.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Municipal+coalition+joins+fight+against+nuclear+power/3509170/story.html


Uncertainty principle haunts nuclear industry

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.

http://www.thestar.com/business/article/858846--uncertainty-principle-haunts-nuclear-industry


Keepers of the Water: A wake-up call from the North

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."

http://rabble.ca/news/2010/09/keepers-water-wake-call-north


Concerns over uranium mining prompt Nunavut to take the issue to the people

Premier bringing series of forums across the territory to gauge public opinion

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/concerns-over-uranium-mining-prompt-nunavut-to-take-the-issue-to-the-people/article1704940/?cmpid=rss1


Radioactive Stainless Steel Found in Germany

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. 

http://agmetalminer.com/2009/02/17/radioactive-stainless-steel-found-in-germany/

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

Scrap Metal Radiation Raises Concerns in India

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/world/asia/24india.html


Nuclear waste shipping on Lakes protested

A plan to ship 16 steam generators on the Detroit River and Great Lakes has sparked an international outcry.

http://www.detnews.com/article/20100911/METRO/9110372/1409/metro/Nuclear-waste-shipping-on-Great-Lakes-protested

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. 


Nuclear Power’s Competitive Landscape

Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Aug. 2010

http://www.brc.gov/e-mails/September10/A_Lovins_AREdaysNuclearPanel21Aug10.pdf


Japan's WTO complaint against Green Energy Act baseless but dangerous

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.

http://canadians.org/media/trade/2010/13-Sep-10.html

http://www.canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4568


Climate Reality: A Conversation with Dr. James Hansen, Naomi Klein & Clayton Thomas-Muller

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:

Leading the Way to a Third Industrial Revolutionwith Jeremy Rifkin
Economist and President, Foundation on Economic Trends, USA

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:

Waste: The Nuclear Nightmare (Dechets: Le Cauchemar du Nucleaire)

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.

http://www.planetinfocus.org/pif-365/mixed-greens-monthly-screening


Hot Planet/ Cold Wars: Prescriptions for a Healthy Planet in Troubled Times

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

www.pgs.ca


Community Power Conference

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.

www.cpconference.ca


Help us push the Ontario coal phase out this year!

  1. Visit CoalMustGo.ca to send a letter to Ontario’s political leaders. It will only take one minute of your time. Make your voice heard on this critical health/enviro issue.
  2. Order free pamphlets to distribute in your community (sponsored by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and Ontario Clean Air Alliance). They contain postcards to Ontario’s political leaders.

Thanks for helping get the word out!


Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Tel: 416 926 1907 x 246
625 Church Street, #402
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1
angela@cleanairalliance.org
www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca
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