January 25, 2011
Toronto Star Op Ed piece by Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Hey buddy, want to buy a used nuclear company? Sure, there’s a huge pile of debt under the hood and nobody will buy its products without massive taxpayer handouts, but there might be a few miles left in fixing crumbling reactors in Ontario and if it could ever get that New Brunswick job finished that would be one less anchor tied to the back bumper…
Sometimes, it seems like our politicians are intent on dragging our electricity system back to the 1950s, when now laughable claims about “too cheap to meter” nuclear power were all the rage. Nostalgia is one thing, but the reality is that we have a huge array of cheaper options that don’t come with that all that nasty baggage of million-year-active radioactive waste and being a giant bull’s eye for terrorists.
Let’s move on and finish the job of building a clean, modern electricity system in Ontario.
Toronto Star Editorial
Is Canada prepared to let our nuclear industry wither away, along with the $6.6 billion and 30,000 jobs it generates directly for the economy?
ACTION: Please write a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star. Tell them what you think – should Canadian taxpayers continue to subsidize our AECL boondoogle? firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario is planning to spend $36 billion to build new reactors at the Darlington nuclear station just east of Toronto. This plan drains funding from affordable green energy and creates radioactive waste, emissions and increased risk of accidents. Let’s make Ontario 100% renewable! Investing in a diverse mix of conservation and efficiency combined with wind, solar, and hydro electric generation allows lets us avoid the long-term danger and expense of risky nuclear. Excellent resources here:
And if you’re on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Darlington/154293134613131
January 31st Workshop - February 21st* Deadline for Written Submissions
A public hearing has been announced for March 2011 on a proposal to build up to four new nuclear reactors at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, with a February 21st* deadline for written submissions.
To support participants in preparing their written or oral submissions a preparatory workshop will be held to share information about key issues and strategies for presentation and brief-writing.
Toronto - Monday, January 31st, 7 pm
OISE, 7th Floor, Peace Lounge, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
The workshop will include:
A brief overview of the proposal by Ontario Power Generation to build additional reactors at Darlington and an explanation of the hearing rules and timeline will also be available with an opportunity for question and answers on the review process and OPG proposal.
For more information email email@example.com or telephone 1 877 553 0481.
* The deadline for written submission has been extended from February 14th to February 21st.
Please note that this workshop is being provided by public interest groups working together to support public participation. The workshop is not being provided by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or Ontario Power Generation.
The Ontario Government plans to build up to four new nuclear reactors at the site of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station near Oshawa, 60 km east of Toronto, at an estimated cost of $36 billion.
A joint panel appointed over a year ago to conduct an environmental review of the proposal announced on December 14th that the public hearing will begin March 21st, 2011. The panel has declared that anyone wanting to speak at the hearing or provide written comments (or both) was required to register their intention to do so by January 13th.Written submissions must be filed by February 21st, and any visual (such as powerpoint presentations, slideshows, etc.) by March 9th.
If you missed the January 13th deadline to register but would like to participate in this review contact the Hearing Secretariat immediately: 1-866-582-1884 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE Anti-Nuke Postcards!
Stop a $35 Billion Nuclear Handout: No More Blank Cheques for Ontario Power Generation and its Darlington Nuclear Station.
They contain postcards addressed to Premier McGuinty and the Leader of the Opposition Tim Hudak. Order FREE copies here. Give them to your friends, neighbours, local coffee shops, etc. Help get the word out that there are lower cost and safer ways to meet all our electricity needs without investing tens of billions of $$ in nuclear energy.
AECL, a cash drain, is therefore caught between two levels of government that are trying to either get out of the business of supplying more subsidies to a money-losing operation or are trying to get their hands on electricity at lower cost. For Ontario, which is currently paying up to 80¢ a kilowatt hour for green energy, it will be hard to sell new multi-billion-dollar liabilities to citizens. If TransCanada and OMERS don't want the risk, why should ratepayers take on even more?
SNC-Lavalin sole remaining bidder for Crown-owned atomic energy outfit after Ontario's Bruce Power drops out
News that both SNC Lavalin and Bruce Power may have dropped out of the bidding for troubled Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) leaves a gaping hole in the province's energy plans.
Clash between renewables, coal and nuclear set to grow – new Greenpeace Internat. report
Nuclear power plants are not “emissions-free”. In 2010, Advertising Standards Canada formally decided that ads making this claim were inaccurate, unsupported, and misleading.
ASC’s decision was based, in part, on documentation proving that CANDU reactors at nuclear plants such as the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station emit many different contaminants: 2-propenoic acid, ammonia, aromatic hydrocarbon resin, benzene, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrazine, morpholine, nitrogen oxides, phosphoric acid, quarterly ammonium compounds, sulphur dioxide, suspended particulate matter, total hydrocarbons, as well as tritium.
A Canadian cargo ship carrying uranium headed for China had to make an emergency return trip after a storm knocked open two containers of the radioactive compound.
Both the Sarnia Observer and the Port Huron Times Herald recently published articles regarding the delay on the decision regarding the proposal to transport radioactive steam generators through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, across the Atlantic to Sweden, where part of the contaminated metal would be mixed with clean metal and sold unlabeled and without consumer consent into the global metal supply.
White Elephant Symbolizes What the Province Doesn’t Want to Talk About
Today, costs for the touch-and-go overhaul are already over $1.4 billion. The latest guess at a completion date is May 2012, a delay of almost three years.
We are only weeks away from the 2011 federal budget and the federal government continues to give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the companies producing oil and gas in Canada. Analysis shows a total of $1.4 billion per year in federal tax breaks alone, with a disproportionate share going to dirty fuels such as the Alberta Tar Sands.
Lets find out where every MP in the country stands on this issue and make sure we are putting pressure on in the right places.
The first step is easy – Call, e-mail, or meet with your MP and find out one simple thing: do they support ending the giveaway of over a billion dollars a year to oil companies?
The second step is even easier – let us know where your MP stands by sending us an email, and let others know how it went on our Facebook page. From here we can build a map and figure out where we need the most pressure.
For more information on the federal government’s tax breaks to dirty fuels:
1. Climate Action Network Canada’s report: Fuelling the Problem, why it is time to end tax breaks to oil and gas companies in Canada
2. An open letter to PM Harper and Minister Flaherty calling for an end to tax breaks to dirty fuels
Please pass this on to your lists and friends!
Here are a few helpful lines:
End subsidies for dirty fuels!
Canadian companies in the business of extracting oil made billions of dollars in profit last year. So why does our government annually give the fossil fuel industry $1 billion?
If lawmakers in Ottawa are looking for ways to reduce spending, it seems that subsidies to the oil, coal and gas industries are the best place to start.
Scientists are warning that we face disastrous consequences unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions that come from burning fossil fuels. By subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, the Canadian government is delaying the conversion to clean energy that’s needed to stabilize the Earth’s climate.
Canadian taxpayers should not be giving money to highly profitable corporations. When the federal government passes a new budget in March, these subsidies for dirty fuels must come to an end. By doing so, Canada will meet its 2009 commitment made in Pittsburgh, along with other G20 leaders, to phase out subsidies and tax breaks to companies producing oil, gas and coal.
It runs 24 hours a day, so perfect for baseload. The water circulates in a closed-loop, so it's clean and sustainable. It is virtually zero carbon and the plants have a small surface footprint, so it's pretty nimby-proof.
Political Change for a Climate in Crisis
Town Hall - political experts on political solutions to a climate in crisis.
Wed. Jan 26, 7:-9:00 pm
Trinity St Paul Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., Toronto
Speakers: Glen Murray, MPP, minister of research and innovation; Lynn McDonald, former MP and NDP environment critic; Peter Russell, constitution expert
Organized by JustEarth - a coalition for environmental justice
With David Hughes
Thursday, February 3, 7:00 PM
Toronto City Hall, Cttee. Rm. 2
David Hughes is a geoscientist who has studied the energy resources of Canada for nearly four decades, including 32 years with the Geological Survey of Canada as a scientist and research manager. He developed the National Coal Inventory to determine the availability and environmental constraints associated with Canada’s coal resources. As Team Leader for Unconventional Gas on the Canadian Gas Potential Committee, he coordinated the recent publication of a comprehensive assessment of Canada’s unconventional natural gas potential. Over the past decade, he has researched, published and lectured widely on global energy and sustainability issues in North America and internationally. He is a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and his work has been featured in the popular press (Canadian Business, Walrus etc.) and other public media. He is currently president of Global Sustainability Research Inc, a consultancy dedicated to research on energy and sustainability issues.
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