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July 5, 2016

Close Pickering Nuclear Station

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CNSC issues a decommissioning licence for the Gentilly-2 (Quebec) nuclear facility But it is by no means a licence to "dismantle" the plant. Read CCNR's (Gordon Edwards) take on dismantling Gentilly-2. Hydro Quebec plans to wait 40 years before approaching this task (if ever). And OPG plans to wait 30 years before dismantling any of ON's shuttered reactors. Read our report on immediate decommissionning of Pickering here.

California’s last nuclear plant a victim of renewable energy Economics have achieved what environmentalists have sought for years: the shutdown of California’s nuclear power plants. They won’t be needed after 2025 as wind and solar costs decline and electricity from the reactors becomes increasingly expensive.

Diablo Canyon Shut Down Proposal – A Critical View Extreme slow motion nuclear phase-out proposed in California.And here’sthe New York Time’s take

Tepco head apologizes for 3/11 ban issued on ‘meltdown’ “It is extremely regrettable. People are justified in thinking it as a coverup,” Tepco President Naomi Hirose said at a news conference in Tokyo.

A Stark Nuclear Warning My Journey at the Nuclear Brink makes it clear that the danger of nuclear terrorism is great and that even Washington, D.C. is not safe from attack.

Into the Zone
  30 min. video documentary.Five years after the triple nuclear meltdown, Fukushima, Japan remains full of radiation, and virtually empty of people.

The Health Dangers Of Uranium Mining by Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, presented June 11, 2016. And here are the accompanying slides.

Uranium Mining: Interview with Dr. Gordon Edwards Why oppose uranium mining? 1. Uranium is the key ingredient in nuclear weaponry that threatens the health and the very survival of all humanity; 2. Nuclear reactors fuelled with uranium create the most biologically damaging industrial waste ever produced; 3. Uranium mining leaves behind radioactive residues that will pose a health danger for hundreds of thousands of years.

Disarmament ambassadors: Here's how Canada can help eliminate nuclear weapons by Douglas Roche. A positive act would be for Canada to host a high-level meeting of countries that want negotiations to start immediately on a legal instrument to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.



George Smitherman

Former Energy Minister Calls for Pickering Shutdown - Video "Pickering has done its work,” George Smitherman said, and “Ontario should be encouraged to expand its ‘cash for clunkers’ program to include the Pickering nuclear plant for the rationale associated with health and safety... Ontario does not need the electricity Pickering is creating,” so “why take the risk associated with it.” Here's the motion T.O. Executive Cttee discussed. Here's what the T.O. Sun reported about the Council hearing.

Make Toronto a nuke-free zone
Just 5 kms east of Toronto on the Pickering waterfront sits one of the world's largest and oldest nuclear plants. Living in the shadow of its eight reactors are more people - 2.2 million within 30 kilometres - than live near any other nuclear plant in North America. Way more. By Angela Bischoff, OCAA

Damage to Lake Ontario by Nuclear Power Plants 15 min. video presentation with Mark Mattson - Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, speaking at a panel discussion on The Hazards of Darlington Nuclear Station Post Fukushima.


Renewables and Conservation

The Power of Community How community-owned renewable energy can help Ontario create a powerful economic advantage

The Leap Manifesto
2 min. video. A new menace descends on Canada calling for 100% renewable energy by 2050.


Take Action!

Can you spare a few hours to help me leaflet blitz Scarborough Rouge River? Contact:

Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station – Please Sign the Petition to Close Pickering when its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life 'till 2028 which is OPG's hope.

Please send Premier Wynne a message asking her to order OPG to develop an immediate decommissioning plan for Pickering and to close this dinosaur by 2018 (when its license expires) at the latest. Background here.

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Sign the petition calling on Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to reject OPG's nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron. And also send a letter to Minister McKenna urging her to reject OPG's nuclear waste burial scheme

Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe. And order your free KI (anti-thyroid-cancer) pills here if you live within 50 km of an ON nuclear facility - that includes all of Toronto and beyond



The Power of Community – Webinar Wed. July 6, 1 o,n, EDT

Summerworks Theatre, Aug. 4 – 14, The Theatre Centre Mainspace, 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto. An Afro-futurist dub-opera. The story takes place way into the future – the Pickering Nuclear Plant has exploded, and a group of Black womxn form a small council. How in the midst of government oppression, gender revolution, and ecological degradation do we still find hope?

World Social Forum Aug. 9 - 14, Montreal. There will be an anti-nuclear stream.

Green Energy Doors Open Sept. 9,10,11. Showcase of more than 150 sustainable energy projects throughout Ontario.

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