No Nukes News

June 22, 2016


“The climate is in crisis. We should not be building pipelines; we should not be refurbishing nuclear plants. We have got to move to renewables and we’ve got to move to sustainability and we’ve got to do it quickly.” - Cheri DiNovo on How to Fix the NDP 

The World

Oh, Canada! Dr. Gordon Edwards on Canada’s Twisted Nuclear Path Dr. Gordon Edwards provides a stunningly thorough history of Canadian involvement with  US development of the nuclear bomb, as well as issues involving reactors, uranium mining, accidents and attempted clean-ups, of course the waste storage issue, and more. Audio podcast.

Generations saddled with Pinawa nuclear burial. In the same way officials at Chernobyl and Fukushima have entombed their damaged reactors in concrete, the defunct WR1 nuclear reactor near the Whiteshell, Manitoba appears to be headed for the same fate because it has become too difficult and expensive to dismantle and dig up the radioactive waste.
Pinehouse, Saskatchewan is a small Métis community, located about 5 hours NW of Saskatoon. Uranium development in northern Saskatchewan has led to a secretive collaboration agreement between the uranium industry and the Pinehouse leadership.

Anomalies and suspected falsifications in the nuclear industry: a dozen countries affected Above all, it demonstrates Areva's inability to control and monitor processes in the nuclear industry and confirms an urgent need to plan for a reduction in the share of nuclear energy.

Fukushima’s Stolen Lives: A Dairy Farmer's Story In this personal account, dairy farmer and author Kenichi Hasegawa describes the 3/11 catastrophe and its consequences in simple, direct, and clear prose. Hasegawa is a witness to the truth of what life was like immediately following the accident—as he suffered with the knowledge that his children and grandchildren had been exposed to radiation, as he lost all of his cattle, and as he endured the suicide of a fellow dairy farmer and friend. 

EPA Proposes Shocking Thousand-Fold Increase in Radioactivity Allowed in Drinking Water The EPA proposed Protective Action Guides (PAGs) would allow the general population to drink water hundreds to thousands of times more radioactive than is now legal.

End of an atomic era: PG&E to close Diablo Canyon nuclear plant Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced it will close California’s last nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon, in 2025, ending atomic energy’s more than a half-century history in the state. And it gets better: Diablo Canyon nuclear plant will be replaced by renewables, efficiency, and storage



Closing the Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018: A Cost-Benefit Analysis We’ve outlined a myriad of reasons – from high costs and poor performance to safer and cheaper alternatives –  to close the Pickering nuclear station in 2018 when its licence expires.  

Ontario Braces for 69% Increase in Nuclear Power Costs Now that Ontario has decided to push ahead with a $12.8-billion plan to rebuild its aging Darlington nuclear station, Ontario Power Generation has applied for a “whopping 69% increase in the amount it is paid for nuclear power over the next five years.”☢ Ontario Clean Air Alliance asks Province to close Pickering nuclear plant “It needlessly risks public safety and raises our electricity bills.”

SOS Great Lakes We’re here to fight OPG’s DGR (nuke waste dump) plan that is more motivated by providing a quick solution for nuclear waste management than by concern for the safety and objections of those who will live with the consequences - forever. Here’s 8 reasons to stop the dump.

Mayors renew push against nuke DGR The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, representing about 120 municipalities, passed a resolution Wednesday calling for Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to recognize “the value of staying as far away as possible” from the water source for 40 million people. 


Renewables and Conservation

A Pivotal Time for Clean Energy Canada spent 15% less on new clean energy development in 2015 than in the previous year, and future growth in this sector will depend largely on policies being developed. The slow-down in Canada’s clean energy sector is out of step with investment trends in other leading countries.

Dramatic Price Drops For Solar & Wind Electricity Set To Continue


Take Action!

Can John Tory save Toronto? Next Tuesday (June 28th), Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee will debate a motion asking the Government of Ontario to close the Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018 when its licence expires. Send a message to Mayor Tory and ask him to request the Government of Ontario close the Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018 when its licence expires.

Nuclear Waste Road Tour in Northern Ontario- Can you help?

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

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.

Cameco – Pay your Taxes
We want Cameco (a global uranium corporation headquartered in Saskatchewan) to pay up the over $2.1 B that it owes the people of Canada. Petition.

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 



Crafting Canada’s Clean Economy Webinar, June 22, 2 p.m. Eastern. Join us for an inside look at the latest clean energy data, and a fresh take on what Canada needs to do now to build a thriving clean economy.
Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible A live-streamed presentation by Guy Dauncey Mon. June 27, 8 p.m. Eastern. Imagine a world brimming with innovation and hope, where the climate crisis is being tackled, the solar revolution is underway, and a new economy is taking shape.
Bleeders Aug. 4 – 14, The Theatre Centre Mainspace, 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?

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