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March 11, 2014 –  Please pass this onto a friend!


Fukushima

On the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe Rosalie Bertell, a Catholic nun, in her book No Immediate Danger, wrote about the decades of suppression of the impacts of nuclear power and the reason behind it: “Should the public discover the true health cost of nuclear pollution, a cry would rise from all parts of the world and people would refuse to cooperative passively with their own death.

Women of Fukushima
27 min. video

The Horrible Truth About Fukushima - Helen Caldicott
38 min. video interview

'Fukushima' sounds warning on nuclear energy - Book Review
A clear-eyed overview of the nuclear industry and the Japanese disaster doesn't split hairs over the risk: It can happen here.

Fukushima: Don't forget It is now three years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster began in March 2011. Here are the stories of five of the victims who have struggled over these three long years to rebuild their lives. Like tens of thousands forced to flee the second biggest release of radioactive particles in history, they have been ignored and abandoned by their government and TEPCO, owner of the disaster site.

Return to Sanity or Business as Usual? Fukushima Three Years On
Perhaps it was Albert Einstein who defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  We must choose a sane path away from nuclear energy. Business as usual is insane.

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disasterby David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman and Susan Q. Stranahan of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

AbitaA beautiful, animated short film (4 min.) about Fukushima children who can't play outside because of the radioactivity. About their dreams and realities.

Fukushima + 3 Recorded teleconference about the nuclear disaster in Japan – an update by experts Arnie Gundersen, Aileen Mioko Smith, and Diane D'Arrigo

 

Ontario and Canada

Nuclear loss drags down OPG profit Loss by nuclear generating sector hurts earnings. The company (OPG) has applied for a 35 per cent increase in its nuclear rates.

Ontario Power Generation's Efficiency - Not!  OPG has applied to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for a 30% increase in power prices to pay for the refurbishment of their Darlington nuclear plant. But it seems to me that staff costs are bloated, and need drastic reductions. The cost of extra well paid employees, and their publicly funded pension (OPG workers contribute less that one fifth of their pension – the rest is paid for by the publicly owned OPG) is a major contributor to our power prices. The OEB should ask for cost reductions, and large ones, before approving any increase in prices for OPG.

Despite Fukushima Harper Proposes Law to Protect Nuclear Polluters Prime Minister Stephen Harper has proposed a new law to shield nuclear companies from responsibility in the event of an accident. It would raise liability on the nuclear industry from a pitiful $75 million to a pathetic $1 billion. This law should be abandoned. No other ON green energy industry gets such a subsidy. If the nuclear industry can’t get insurance then it shouldn’t be allowed to operate. Why should Canadian taxpayers pay in the event of a Fukushima on Lake Ontario or Huron?

If Fukushima happened in Canada, the nuclear industry would be responsible for less that 1% of the damage – we cover the rest.

 

Renewables and Conservation

The Solutions Project Mark Jacobson and his colleagues have created a 50-state roadmap for replacing coal, oil and natural gas with wind, water and solar energy.

 

Take Action!

Tell Stephen Harper: Nuclear Polluters Must Pay A Greenpeace Canada petition to amend the Nuclear Liability Act. For more info on nuclear liability in Canada, click here.
 
Stop OPG's 30% price increase With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Please sign now.

Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year
As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station
Please sign the petition.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron

Concerned about nuclear waste? Get involved!
Volunteer Opportunities with Know Nuclear Waste Public Interest Information Project include: Video Editor, Calendar Coordinator and Community Rapporteur(s) in the following municipalities: Creighton, Ignace, Nipigon, Schreiber, Manitouwadge, White River, Hornepayne, Blind River, Elliot Lake, Township of the North Shore, Spanish, South Bruce, Brockton, Huron-Kinloss and Central Huron

 

Events

How to Avoid a Fukushima Disaster in Ontario Tuesday March 11, 7 p.m.. The Ossington: 61 Ossington, Toronto, free. Oss Talk, with Jack Gibbons, Chair of Ontario Clean Air Alliance, and singer song-writers Anthony Wilson, Layah Jane and Brian MacMilllan. On the 3rd anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, join musicians and advocates as we mourn, learn and organize how to avoid a similar fate here in Ontario.

Webinar: How we can cut Transport Emissions by 50% With Todd Litman, Victoria B.C. Tues. March 11, 3 p.m. ETS


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