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Jan. 16, 2014 –  Please pass this onto a friend!



Tim Hudak’s plan raises plenty of questions

We need your help to get Mr. Hudak to support solutions that will actually lower our electricity bills and move Ontario towards an efficient and cost-effective 100% renewable electricity grid. Bloated nuclear mega projects with a long history of being finished behind schedule and over budget are the real cause of our sky-rocketing electricity bills. Mr. Hudak needs to focus on high cost nuclear power if he really wants to reduce our electricity rates.
1. Please let Mr. Hudak know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you support water power imports. You can send this message to Mr. Hudak (as well as Premier Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner) by signing our Stop the Increase Petition now .
2. Please distribute our new flyer, Stop OPG’s 30% Electricity Price Increase, to your friends, neighbours and co-workers. You can order free copies here – as many as you can distribute.

The World

The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead The figures are in: 2013 was an annus horribilis for the nuclear power industry − its third in a row − and the nuclear renaissance can now be pronounced stone cold dead.

Radiation levels near Fukushima plant boundary 8 times the government standard This nuclear accident is far from over.

Fish with very high levels of cesium found near Fukushima

Fukushima decontamination deadline delayed until 2017
Evacuees unable to return home will get 7 million yen for emotional strains

Toxic nuclear waste dumped illegally by the Mafia is blamed for surge in cancers in southern Italy Italian Senate investigating link between pollutants and 50 per cent rise in cancer.

Canada ranked high for nuclear stockpile security
Government-owned Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) is in an escalating face-off with a coalition of nuclear safety activists from Canada and the United States. The groups demand the Crown corporation scrap its controversial non-proliferation plan to truck 23,000 litres of intensely radioactive liquid laden with an estimated 161 kg of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) U-235 from its Chalk River nuclear laboratories northwest of Ottawa to a southern U.S. facility.

 

Ontario

Nuclear overhaul bills coming Ontario’s bill for refurbishing 10 nuclear reactors is coming due, and it’s massive.

Petition aims at OPG rate increase Great piece in the T.O. Star about our petition: “The government should negotiate a long-term contract for safer and cleaner water power from Quebec that will cost less than half of what power from OPG’s re-built Darlington reactors will cost.”

Wynne government intends to take control of executive salaries away from resistant OPG A damning auditor-general report accuses Ontario Power Generation of unnecessarily driving up electricity prices through rampant nepotism, high labour costs and one of the province’s most generous public-sector pension plans. Perhaps most alarming of all, the report by Ontario-Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk identified areas in which OPG’s sloppy managerial practices were potentially compromising nuclear safety.

Ontario Say No to Coal 20 min. audio interview with Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, about the end of coal in ON and how to move to a 100% renewable electricity grid

Energy lessons from Toronto’s ice storm The Toronto region's ice storm shows that it's time to rebuild our electricity system in a way that can better withstand the challenges to come.

Nuclear failure Latest chapter in nuke lapdog’s fight (CNSC) with west-end Toronto residents over GE uranium plant ends in a meltdown

 

Renewables and Conservation

Congratulations to Ontario’s leaders in electricity conservation

13 Major Clean Energy Breakthroughs of 2013
The rapidly improving technology, declining costs, and increasing accessibility of clean energy is the true bright spot in the march toward a zero-carbon future.

Second solar “gold-rush” Solar is currently competitive without subsidies in at least 19 markets globally is poised to nearly double its market share from 2012 to 2015.

Scotland Commits to 100% Renewable by 2020  The Scottish government said it was on course for half of electricity use to come from renewable sources by 2015, an interim target ahead of the goal of having the sector generate 100% of the country's electricity by 2020.

Debunking the Myths about Renewable Energy a WWF report

Wind farm noise complainants and anti-wind groups: how many, how large?

 

Take Action!

Please sign our petition to ON Party Leaders to oppose OPG's requested 30% price increase to pay for the Darlington nuclear rebuild. We have lower-cost and greener alternatives - we simply don't need the Darlington rebuild.

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.

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition.

☢ Re: the precedent-setting shipment of liquid high-level nuclear waste from Chalk River, ON to South Carolina, USA
(1) Write to the White House in the USA and to Parliament Hill in Canada saying that the transport of liquid high-level waste should not be carried out since there are safer alternatives for dealing with (even eliminating) the security risks posed by weapons-grade uranium at Chalk River, Ontario.
Prime Minister Steven Harper http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/contactpm .
President Barack Obama http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
(2) Get your organization to endorse the resolution opposing these shipments of liquid high-level radioactive waste:
Text of the Resolution http://ccnr.org/resolution_CRL_SRS_2013.pdf
List of Endorsers http://ccnr.org/Endorsing_Groups.pdf

 

Events

Quietly Into Disaster - A Plea For Survival Film screening and discussion about nuclear energy with Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance. Fri. Jan. 17, 7 p.m. OISE, 252 Bloor St. W, Rm 2-214 (St. George subway), Toronto

Uranium Film Festival USA Washington DC Feb 10-12, New York City Feb 14 - 18


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