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January 12, 2013 – Please pass this onto a friend!

Looking for a Champion at Queen’s Park! And to encourage NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to take up the challenge, we’re distributing these leaflets across the province. Can you spare a few hours to help get them out? Order free copies here, or let me know if you can join one of our Toronto blitzes:
High Park – Thur. Jan. 17th, 10 a.m.
Beaches – Sat. Jan. 19th, 11 a.m.
Trinity-Spadina – Tues. Jan. 22, 6 p.m.
“I’m not too proud to ask both experts and my fellow Ontarians for advice. If they know an example of waste or abuse, I want to hear about it.” – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Howarth. Please send Ms. Howarth a brief message here and tell her to say NO to the waste and abuse of the Darlington rebuild. She’s our only hope, since the Conservatives and Liberals are moving full steam ahead.  To date, she has not said a word about it except to ask for more study.

The World

Japan’s cleanup after nuclear accident is denounced For eight hours a day, construction workers blast buildings with water, cut grass and shovel dirt and foliage into big black plastic bags — which, with nowhere to go, dot Naraha’s landscape like funeral mounds. “This isn’t decontamination — it’s sweeping up dirt and leaves and absolutely irresponsible”

Radioactive Material: You Can't See It, and You Can't Smell It Either
Japan reggae artists MC Rankin and Dub Ainu Band deliver a cautionary message about radioactive material through this song and music video

Image depicts 67,000 mushroom clouds equal to the number of metric tons of ultra-radioactive uranium/plutonium waste being stored in temporary pools at the 104 nuclear power plants across the U.S. These waste pools must be cooled with hundreds of thousands of gallons of constantly circulating water, and many plants have inadequate or nonexistent backup cooling systems in case of power loss.

Thinking About Thorium? Think again. By Gordon Edwards

Quebec's Gentilly-2 nuclear plant shuts down after 29 years
It is finished!



Ontario coal-burning power plants to close this year

Ontario energy conservation moving slowly, says environment commissioner
Jack Gibbons, who heads the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, said Ontario spends $36 on new energy supplies for every $1 it invests in conservation. “It’s totally unbalanced,” he said. Heavy spending on nuclear energy instead of conservation is the primary factor skewing the balance, Gibbons said

GE-Hitachi Update MPP Andrew Cash wrote the CNSC to request a public hearing on the GE-Hitachi uranium processing facility in downtown Toronto. The CNSC responded, blowing him off. Read the exchange here. And attend the next community meeting on Jan. 15.

Fire at Pickering nuclear plant under investigation Accidents DO happen.

Toronto Hydro plans for monster transformer station to import more nuclear Gibbons challenges the assumption that demand must continue to grow in the core, arguing that conservation programs could easily flatten the growth in demand.  Toronto consumes 56% more electricity per person than New York City, for example. Current provincial programs don’t do enough to encourage conservation. Toronto also has an untapped capacity to generate power within its own borders, Gibbons argues. “It’s Toronto Hydro pursing a very conventional, 1950s electrical utilities solution.” Read more here.

Renewables and Conservation

It’s National Cut Your Energy Costs Day — here are 7 things you can do to save money and energy!

Wind energy is a better deal for Ontario than new nuclear

Power Revolution - Here Comes The Sun
 Wow – fantastic online documentary about the solar power revolution enabled by the Feed In Tariffs in Germany. We have a similar FIT program in Ontario but it is being challenged primarily by rural landowners fueled by Conservative leader Tim Hudak.


Take Action!

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Ontario Power Generation is planning to bury radioactive nuclear waste beside Lake Huron. Learn why this is a bad idea and sign the petition.

What Toronto Really Needs Click here to send a quick email to the City of Toronto Councillors on the Toronto Hydro board: we need a modern, efficient electricity system for a modern city, not a plan from the 1950s! Thank you!

Send a letter to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath asking her to oppose the Darlington rebuild. We need her to take leadership on this!



Taking the Big Step to a Smart Grid with Gord Miller, Ontario's Environmental Commissioner. January 15, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Ryerson, Toronto

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