June 18, 2010
“Studies have shown increases in cancer around nuclear facilities and uranium mines. Radiation mutates genes which can cause genetic damage across generations.”
-- Beyond Nuclear
You are invited to attend and/or make a presentation at Safe And Green Energy’s (SAGE) Public Consultation on the proposed Nuclear Newbuild at the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Your opinions, concerns and arguments about this newbuild nuclear project will be considered for SAGE’s submission to the project’s Environmental Assessment.
The Public Consultations are being held: Tuesday June 29th, 11am-2pm, Wednesday June 30th, 6pm-9pm at Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St., Peterborough, Ontario
Submissions are being accepted in writing, or as a presentation that does not exceed 10 minutes. Those interested in observing the proceedings are also welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. Those choosing to make a personal presentation must register by June 25 to Steve Cornwell at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (416) 587-4948 for submission details and to schedule your presentation.
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has submitted a list of 34 suggested Interrogatories, or technical questions, for Ontario Power Generation (OPG) with regard to the proposed Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project.
The Darlington New Nuclear project represents a long-term commitment to nuclear power generation along the shores of Lake Ontario. For decades, nuclear power plants and fuel manufacturers have dotted the Lake Ontario shoreline. They have been responsible for massive fish kills and groundwater contamination. Their industrial footprint has contributed to the overall decline of Lake Ontario, which now has the worst coastal wetland health on the Great Lakes. With an estimated cost of close to $20-billion and a multi-year licencing process, the proposed Darlington New Nuclear project will be a major commitment for Ontarians. Its environmental, economic, and cultural impacts will alter the Lake Ontario community for generations to come.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) was authorized to find a location for a deep geologic repository for high level nuclear waste in 2002. Among other activities, the NWMO has been carrying out a campaign to “educate” potential Aboriginal communities across the country about the advantages of hosting a deep geologic repository. Don’t Aboriginal leaders face enough difficulties with high levels of poverty, diabetes, cancers, infant mortality, suicide and undrinkable water without compounding their problems by increasing their exposures to radioactive toxins?
Canada’s cold climate no excuse for poor environmental record – and we generate the most nuke waste
Canada has the second worst environmental record of OECD countries, ranking 24th out of 25 countries, according to a new study released by Simon Fraser University and the David Suzuki Foundation. But we’re dead last when it comes to nuclear waste: Canada is the largest generator of nuclear wastes in the OECD, with a per capita
rate over seven times the OECD average.
You can download the study and backgrounder here: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/publications/
We just ignited a disaster beyond our technical control. Why are we on the brink of doing it again?
Like Deepwater Horizon and Fermi, these new nukes could ignite disasters beyond our technological control---and our worst nightmares. Like BP, their builders would enjoy financial liability limits dwarfed by damage they could do. After 50 years, this industry can't get private financing, can't get private liability insurance and has no solution for its wastes. The Gulf gusher bears the simple lesson that technologies that require liability limits will rapidly exceed them, and must not be deployed. No US nuclear utility has sufficient capital resources to cover the damages from a reactor disaster, which is one reason taxpayers are targeted as the ultimate underwriters.
By all accounts, despite the horrors of the Gulf, the administration still wants legislation that will expand deepwater drilling and atomic technologies that are simply beyond our control but that fund apparently unstoppable dividends for corporations like BP.
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Prepare to split a gut
Environment Canada estimates that a dozen oil spills — of about 4,000 litres each — are reported every day in the country. That's more than 17.5 million litres of oil a year that flow into Canada's marine ecosystems.
The Canadian Coast Guard couldn't immediately provide statistics on oil spills, but its website says 150 to 200 incidents are reported each year in Quebec. In the Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador, an average of 200 oil spills are reported annually in each region, the agency says. Canada's Pacific region had 209 incidents in 2007, a number that could climb if Enbridge Inc.'s proposed petroleum pipeline to the B.C. coast from Alberta is constructed.
By most accounts, Brad Duguid is more committed to nuclear power than his predecessor as Ontario's energy minister. But, because of circumstances that mostly predate his time on the job, Mr. Duguid may wind up presiding over the continued decline of the nuclear industry in his province. That industry revolves around Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., the troubled Crown corporation that the federal government is desperately trying to unload.
Uranium mining is scarring the landscape, harming the planet and posing dire health consequences in communities throughout the Southwest of the United States.
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The Welsh Assembly Government’s new Energy Policy Statement ‘A Low Carbon Revolution’, sets out an approach to accelerating the transition to a low carbon energy economy in Wales, focusing on efficiency measures and the use of indigenous renewable forms of energy such as marine, wind, solar and biomass. It claims that by 2025 around 40% of electricity in Wales could come from marine sources and a third from wind.
Continued reliance on oil is risky and expensive for business, say the authors of a new report from Lloyd's global risk assessment department, 360 Risk Insight, and UK think tank Chatham House. The way forward for businesses, the report says, is renewable energy - but the chaos and uncertainty following the Copenhagen climate summit has stifled investment.
The United Church, Saskatchewan’s largest religious organization, has entered the debate on nuclear wastes. Its annual conference May 28th in Moose Jaw passed a resolution “prohibiting the transport or storage of high level nuclear waste across Saskatchewan”. This comes when the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is looking for a “willing community” to take nuclear wastes; which seems orchestrated, as last year the government-appointed Uranium Development Partnership (UDP) recommended the same thing.
The Good Jobs for All Coalition is asking Toronto Hydro to help green our electricity grid, put solar panels on public buildings, and create jobs for youth, new immigrants, and people of colour.
Largely unreported in the British press, the Victorian branch of the ETU has given its full support to the Queensland and the Northern Territories branches' decision to ban members from working in uranium mines, nuclear power plants or any part of the nuclear fuel cycle.
The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) says other unions have expressed strong support for the campaign against uranium, which it has labelled the “new asbestos” of the workplace.
Dr Caldicott said Australia’s uranium export industry meant the nation was “selling cancer and we’re selling nuclear weapons.”
Groups that want a say in the environmental review of a proposed uranium mine in Nunavut say they aren't getting enough federal funding to properly review the proposal.
Click here to send a message asking the government to fulfill its commitment to energy efficiency and implement home energy labelling as soon as possible.
Fri. – Sun. June 18th-20th, Toronto
Over a hundred workshops, skill shares, film screenings, panels and lectures on global issues, the environment, human rights, economic justice, and building the movement.
www.peoplessummit2010.ca | All events are accessible | Translation may be available by request | Childcare and kids programming all weekend | Register Now! | FREE
Workshops of note:
Hear a first-hand account of the U.S. Gulf oil spill and how this can be a turning point.
7-9 pm, June 21
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
- Jerome Ringo: Long time community advocate from the U.S. Gulf who has been directly involved in the response to the Gulf oil spill, former oil worker, past
chairman of the National Wildlife Federation and the Apollo Alliance.
- Rick Smith: Executive Director, Environmental Defence
- Music provided by Louisiana-inspired Loco Zydeco
Free. Cash bar. Snacks provided.
Information » 416-323-9521 email@example.com
Monday June 21, 6 - 9 pm
6 - 9 PM at the Fairfield Seniors Centre, 60 Lothian Ave (located 4 blocks south of Bloor West and 2 blocks east of Islington).
This event is a great place to bring your questions and get them answered by solar experts who have installed hundreds of systems across the GTA.
This event is cohosted by Our Power and the Live Green Toronto Animators for Toronto West
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reel Solutions - 2010 Peoples Summit Documentary Film Series
Tuesday June 22
Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave., Toronto
- 5 pm - H2Oil 81 min. H2Oil follows a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and politicization in the stories of those attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion.
- 7 pm - Gasland 90 min. When filmmaker Josh Fox discovers that Natural Gas drilling is coming to his area, he sets off on a 24 state journey to uncover the deep and shocking consequences of the United States' natural gas drilling boom.
Suggested donation of $8/screening but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.
Sponsored by SmartChange.ca and the 2010 Peoples Summit
Check out the other screenings for the week here: http://peoplessummit2010.ca/section/8
You are cordially invited to join Climate Action Network -Réseau action climat Canada to celebrate the launch of:
Canada’s Climate Change Calendar
Wed. June 23, 5:30-7:00 pm
Hotshot Gallery, 181 Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market, Toronto
Canada’s Climate Change Calendar is an online resource that documents the impacts of climate change on more than 170 countries around the world, and profiles their stories, struggles, and solutions. As world leaders prepare to arrive in Toronto for the G8 and G20, this reception will celebrate the launch of the consultative version of the website, as well as the release of a report on Canada’s disproportionate contribution to the growing climate crisis.
Climate Action Network Canada is a nation-wide coalition of more than 60 environmental, faith, labour, development, aboriginal, health, and youth organizations committed to making action on climate change a reality. http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/
Wednesday, June 23, 11:00 am
Alexandra Park (Dundas and Bathurst), Toronto
On June 23rd in response to the Toronto Community Mobilization Network's call for a day of action on environmental justice, organizers in the city will be guiding a tour through Toronto to expose the institutions most responsible for the environmental and social impacts of Canada's extractive industries both at home and abroad. Canada is home to 75% of the world's mining and exploration companies, making it a global leader in this industry. Canada's place within the G8 nations is largely due to the exploitation of Indigenous peoples, their lands and rural poor for mining, tar sands and oil/gas exploitation.
We encourage folks coming to dress up and challenge those in power with costumes, floats and fancied up bicycles. We will be working on several floats in lead up but encourage all to dress up for our action. Ideas for costumes: Executives with blood on their hands (fake blood provided) , corporate zombies, people covered in Tar Sands bitumen (mud provided) and any other ideas you have.
For more information or to endorse the event, please contact: toxictourTO@gmail.com Facebook event
Wednesday June 23, 7 pm
Ryerson Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould Street, Room SCC115, Toronto
Many of us in the climate justice movement gained inspiration from the successful cross-pollination of a variety of movements during the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia this past April. In the lead up to the G20, the Toronto Community Mobilization Network has begun to build and nurture what we hope will become strong, ongoing connections between multiple local struggles and organizers.
Contact: email@example.com, (647) 869-6496 Facebook event
Please join the Council of Canadians to challenge the G20 and demand trade, water and climate justice!
Friday June 25th, 7:00 p.m. Doors at 6:00.
Massey Hall, Toronto
Tickets: $14 for Council of Canadians members,
$20 for non-members (incl. 1 year membership).
Get your tickets fast! General admission.
Featuring: Maude Barlow, Amy Goodman, Naomi Klein, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Clayton Thomas-Mueller and more.
Themed Days of Resistance: Build-Up (June 21 – 24)
Days of Action (June 25 – 27)
Check out this portal http://g20.torontomobilize.org/ for all the news and events related to G8/20 protests and actions.