No Nukes News

June 11, 2010


Greetings anti-nuke, anti-coal and green energy friends.

Can you help distribute these leaflets with postcards to prominent politicians? Their free! Just send me your mailing address and how many you’d like and I’ll mail them out pronto:

We Can Stop Burning Coal TODAY:

Give them to friends, pop them in your work colleagues mail slots, or drop them off in your neighbours’ mailboxes. Help us get the word out that we CAN transition away from coal and nukes to clean, green energy – now!


Nuclear Power and Public Health
The full story on the health effects of nuclear energy

The public health implications for a resurgence of nuclear power appear to have taken a subordinate position to the economic and global warming arguments that the industry has advanced to justify its expansion. The purpose of this essay therefore is several-fold: to review the scientific evidence for public health impacts of nuclear power, to assess occupational hazards faced by nuclear industry workers involved in the nuclear fuel cycle, to assess the evidence for nuclear reactor safety and critically challenge the underlying assumptions which may be less than adequate. It will also examine the public health risks of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors. The common thread linking these safety issues is the risk posed to public health by ionising radiation and in particular the cancer risk.

Media watchdog finds CANDU reactor ads “inaccurate” and “unsupported”

Have you ever looked at advertisements for nuclear power and wondered how organizations such as the Power Workers’ Union can call nuclear reactors “emission free”? The problem is, it just isn’t accurate to say that nuclear power is “emission free”. Nuclear reactors emit all kinds of foul things into the environment, and industry and government know it. In fact, 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.

Advertising Standards Canada has just posted a decision to its website declaring that it is inaccurate and unsupportable to call CANDU reactors “emission free”.

A Nuclear Gamble on the Not-So-Distant Horizon

Much like Captain Renault in Casablanca, the White House is suddenly shocked, shocked to find that oil rigs can explode, destroying ecosystems and livelihoods. The Obama administration has backed away from its offshore oil expansion policy in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe as the long-term environmental and economic consequences unfold in the Gulf States. Rather paradoxically, President Obama is using the oil spill to call for more nuclear power.

Yet, with the exception of a handful of insightful political cartoonists, the potential for an equally catastrophic accident in the nuclear sector has not been drawn. As with the MMS debacle, the NRC is gambling with inevitable disaster with the same spin of the wheel of misfortune and with potentially even higher stakes.

Union plan to starve uranium industry of labour

A major union expects others to join its campaign to "starve" Australia's uranium industry of workers.

The Electrical Trades Union has banned its members from working on uranium mines, nuclear power stations or any other part of the nuclear fuel cycle. The ETU says other unions have expressed strong support for the campaign against uranium, which it has labelled the "new asbestos" of the workplace.

"We're sick of hearing about nuclear power as the panacea of global warming, we're sick of people sweeping safety issues under the carpet," ETU secretary Peter Simpson said on Tuesday.

Our plan to stop the oil: 95% renewables by 2050

Want a way to stop the corruption and pollution that the fossil fuel industry is wreaking on our planet? We've seen a better future, and here's our plan to get there: the Energy [R]evolution.

Greenpeace teamed up with more than 30 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes and the renewable energy industry to create our Energy [R]evolution Scenario. Using only existing technologies, it charts a course by which we can get from where we are now, to where we need to be:decreasing CO2 emissions after 2015; 95% renewable electricity by 2050; a phase out of nuclear power; 12 million jobs by 2030, with a third more jobs in the global power supply sector than in a business as usual scenario.

Weaning the world off oil - Can we really kick the habit?

- an interview with Tom Rand

Solar plants as big as coal plants can produce power 24 hours a day. Untapped resources like enhanced geothermal can power our entire civilization by themselves. It turns out that the amount of (renewable) energy available is absolutely stupendous and that the technology we have can mitigate the transfer of this energy.

Activists take aim at coal-fired power plants

Ontario continues to put health and lives at risk by failing to lower emission limits at its coal-fired electrical plants, environmentalists and health officials said Monday.
"The most appalling part there is enough capacity without the coal plants. It's hugely frustrating. It's creating a huge amount of smog and greenhouse gases. Closing the plants now would be an enormous improvement for human health."

McGuinty OKs 17% increase in dirty coal-fired electricity generation

The McGuinty Government has issued a shareholder directive giving Ontario Power Generation permission to increase the output of its dirty coal-fired power plants by 17%, in each year from 2011 to 2014 inclusive, relative to its actual level of coal-fired electricity generation in 2009. 

Despite the fact that Ontario can achieve a virtually 100% coal phase-out today by simply ramping up the output of its newer and cleaner natural gas-fired power plants, Premier McGuinty’s actions could lead to up to 1,148 needless deaths and up to 575,000 needless asthma attacks according to his Government’s own statistics.

To add insult to injury, Ontario’s coal-fired power plants are no longer profitable.  In 2009 the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation (an agency of the Government of Ontario) gave Ontario Power Generation $412 million to subsidize the financial losses of its Nanticoke and Lambton coal-fired power plants.

Premier McGuinty’s decision to permit Ontario Power Generation to increase the output of its dirty coal-fired power plants by 17% is a cynical betrayal of the public trust. To save lives, reduce asthma attacks and to help prevent dangerous climate change, Premier McGuinty should direct Ontario Power Generation to put its coal-fired power plants on standby reserve and only operate them if they are absolutely necessary to keep the lights on.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the Cities of Hamilton, Kitchener and Guelph and the Toronto Board of Health are also calling for the Government of Ontario to direct Ontario Power Generation to put its dirty coal plants on standby reserve and only operate them if they are absolutely needed to keep the lights on.

Premier McGuinty’s decision to betray his 2003 election promise to phase-out coal as soon as possible is testimony to the immense political power of Ontario Power Generation and the Power Workers’ Union.

Please contact Premier McGuinty and ask him to phase-out our dirty coal plants now.

Waterloo Region embraces the power of the sun

Local politicians are mounting solar panels on 37 more roofs, to help promote solar energy and earn provincial cash.

Green schools program money well spent

It’s well established that energy-efficiency retrofits offer the biggest emissions-reduction bang for the scarce public buck. Energy savings of between 15 per cent and 30 per cent can be achieved with proven and widely available technologies. That being the case, why not just loan the money to schools and other public institutions, and then have these institutions pay back that loan – and maybe 2 or 3 per cent interest – from the energy savings that result? What you end up with is a revolving fund, which is essentially the gift that keeps on giving.

Woe, Canada!

Everybody knows that Canada has walked away from its Kyoto targets, but you may not have heard yet just how fast they’re sprinting in the other direction.

In recent weeks, a chorus of leaders – including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the EU’s Jose Manuel Barroso, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon – have pointedly called on Canada to step up its effort on climate, both at home and during the G8/G20 meetings it will host later this month.

OPG and Moose Cree start new hydro development

Ontario Power Generation and the Moose Cree First Nation have kicked off construction on Northern Ontario’s biggest hydro project in 40 years.

The Lower Mattagami project will nearly double the output of four existing hydro stations on the river, which flows into James Bay.


Success!  COAT's antiCANSEC weapons bazaar campaign 

This year's campaign against CANSEC -- spirited by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) -- was a lot of work, but it was well worth it!  We raised public awareness, strengthened our community of opposition to Canada's war-industry, and held a festive peace rally with 300 people outside this country's largest weapons bazaar.

Let Green Power Grow: Stop New Reactors at Darlington

When: Sunday, June 13th – 12 – 4.   Meeting begins at 1.   Lunch served at noon.
What: Information and Organizing meeting to stop approval of the new Darlington reactors.
Where: Toronto Free Space Gallery, 1277 Bloor St West (Landsdown Subway), Toronto
Why: Learn about environmental impacts of new reactors at Darlington and find ways to stop them.

This is to invite you or a representative from your organization to attend an information and organizing meeting on the federal review now underway of the McGuinty government’s proposal to build new reactors at the Darlington site east of Toronto. These proposed new reactors are the biggest threat to building a  renewable and sustainable energy system in Ontario.  While the McGuinty government has taken some steps to develop green energy, its plan to build new reactors at Darlington will effectively stop the growth of green energy. To build an Ontario built on 100% green power, we must stop the approval of the Darlington reactors. This is why we need your help. 

An alliance of environmental organizations, including Northwatch, Greenpeace, Safe and Green Energy (SAGE), has been working to stop Harper government’s free pass for Dalton McGuinty’s reactors. Join us. The session will present the environmental threats posed by new reactors at Darlington and allow for a discussion on how groups can get involved and help stop the approval of the Darlington reactors.


Peak Oil - The Road Ahead for Canadians

Speaker: the Rt. Hon. Ed Schreyer - former Premier of Manitoba, former Governor General of Canada, and current head of ASPO Canada (Assoc. for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas)

Tues. June 15, 7 p.m.
at Toronto City Hall Committee Room #2

Organized by Post Carbon Toronto
For more info:

G8/G20 happenings in Toronto

The 2010 People’s Summit: Building a Movement for a Just World

Fri. – Sun. June 18th-20th, Toronto

The 2010 People’s Summit is civil society’s alternative “counter Summit” to the G8 and G20 Summits.  Together we will create a space where diverse local and international movements can democratically organize to advocate and educate for global justice. Over 100 groups, organizers, and activists from around Canada and the world will offer workshops, skillshares, panels, plenaries, strategy sessions, art, performance, and plenty more. 

Registration, program, accommodations, billeting, posters and more can be found here

Week of Action

June 21-27

And after the People’s Summit, the Toronto Community Mobilization Network is coordinating a Week of Action from June 21st to 27th.  For full details of actions and events planned that week, please visit