No Nukes News

November 4, 2010


Bruce nuclear refit $2 billion over budget

Darlington Re-Build Could Cost $21 to $35 Billion

Every single nuclear project in Ontario’s history has gone over budget. On average, the actual costs of Ontario’s nuclear projects have been 2.5 times greater than the original cost estimates.

With the click of a button, please send Premier McGuinty an email telling him that taxpayers and consumers should not pay for any nuclear cost overruns. Fixed-price bids should be required. Invest in lower cost and lower risk options.

Feds monitor Lepreau – more than $1 billion over budget

Two 'special representatives' engaged by Ottawa to oversee Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.'s nuclear refurbishment projects, including long-delayed refit at New Brunswick plant, documents show

AECL has been struggling with its reactor refurbishment projects, which also include refits in Ontario, South Korea and an upcoming refurbishment in Quebec. The Crown corporation lost $413 million on refurbishment projects in 2008-2009 despite a government infusion of $100 million. AECL expects to need another $225 million in government funding for its 2010-20ll budget, the documents state. With a revised completion date of fall 2012, Lepreau is three years behind schedule and more than $1 billion over budget.

Hudak/McGuinty: costly nuclear power will hurt electricity consumers

Greenpeace activists unfurled a large banner from 16-metre flagpoles in front of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) calling on Premier Dalton McGuinty and PC leader Tim Hudak to “Stop Darlington: Protect Consumers” while dozens of activists dumped $36 billion bills on the front steps to represent the money McGuinty and Hudak would spend on reactors at the Darlington nuclear station.

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Mayor of Montreal blocks nuclear waste transport on St. Lawrence

Last week, the City of Montreal announced that it will not allow a shipment of 16 decommissioned Bruce Power nuclear generators to be transported through Montreal on the St. Lawrence. Montreal’s main concern is the risk of contamination as the “shipment’s radioactive waves would be fifty times higher than the international limit.” The shipment is one of the biggest of its kind to be transported in Canada. The 16 generators were to be shipped from the Bruce Power plant in Tiverton, Ontario through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence to a nuclear recycling plant in Sweden. Each of the generators are approximately the size of a school bus.

Open letter to the leaders of Nunavut on the health implications of opening the territory to uranium mining

Human Health Implications of Uranium Mining and the Nuclear Industry

Nuke power project: 3000 villagers court arrest in Ratnagiri

This tiny village took on the might of the state on Friday and by the evening, victory clearly belonged to it. Despite preventive arrests, prohibitory orders and road blocks more than 3000 villagers' courted arrests, as part of their 'Jail Bharo' agitation.

Fuelling the Problem – Why it is time to end tax breaks to oil, coal and gas companies in Canada

A report released today by the Climate Action Network Canada tells the story behind the government's nearly $1.4 billion per year in tax breaks and subsidies to the oil, gas, and coal industry in Canada. The report also outlines the federal government's months-long strategy to downplay its obligation to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies (something all G20 countries agreed to in 2009). According to the report, the Green Budget Coalition has identified over $900 million in tax breaks to the fossil fuels industry that could be eliminated in the March 2011 federal budget. The International Institute for Sustainable Development has also released a new report estimating that government subsidies to the fossil fuels industry in Canada amounted to more than $2.8 billion in 2008.

Wind energy contributes new all-time high to Ontario power supply

Wind energy hit a new all-time record high for hourly electricity output in Ontario on Tuesday, October 26, producing 1,056 MW of power around 9:00 PM that evening according to the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Over the course of the entire day, wind energy was responsible for supplying more than five per cent of Ontario's total electricity demand.  Wind energy has increased 10-fold in the last six years in Canada as governments seek ways to meet rising energy demand, reduce environmental impacts of electricity generation, and stimulate rural and industrial economic development.

Why solar’s future is bright

Solar panels can deliver clean power where we need it, when we need it most, and will soon be cost-competitive with electricity from the grid. That’s the conclusion of the Solar Generation report released today.

Future of solar energy continues to brighten

Already, solar is cheaper than nuclear energy, according to a study called Solar and Nuclear Costs -- the Historic Crossover.

Earth 2100: what will the next 90 years look like?

Friday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.

OISE, 252 Bloor St. W. (St. George subway), Room 5150, University of Toronto

This film, first aired by ABC television network in 2009, shows us what could happen in the next 90 years in North America, if there is nothing done to mitigate climate change. Sadly nothing is being done at the federal level in Canada right now and the situation is worsening. What are the consequences? Earth 2100 is a compelling narrative, interspersed with interviews from leading climate change experts. Of all the major climate change films (Inconvenient Truth, Age of Stupid, The 11th Hour, etc) Earth 2100 is arguably the best of the lot.

After the film there will be brief slideshow on the current climate policies in Canada, and what is possible and is being done in other countries such as Norway and Germany, followed by an open and informal discussion.

For more info. contact <>, Students Against Climate Change

Building Peace: Resisting War

November 12 – 14, Hart House, University of Toronto

Join with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) as they celebrate their 50th anniversary with a conference, gala, entertainment and more!

Pugwash Canada and Science for Peace present:

Eric Fawcett Dinner and Forum

Sunday 14 November, 1:30-4:00 PM, Toronto

Forum One: International Law & Institutions: Building Peace & Security

Forum Two: Towards an Arctic Nuclear Weapons Free Zone

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Find out what's on at Community Power 2010

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is hosting its 2nd annual Community Power Conference 2010 this November 15-16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Do not miss the Community Power sector's premier event of the year.

Dr. Helen Caldicott – She knows something you should know!

Tues. Nov. 16, 7:30 pm

St. Mark’s Parrish Hall, 51 King St, Port Hope, Ontario

Tickets: $15 Adults, free for students with student card

Order tickets here: ph. (950) 885 1572

Dr. Caldicott is founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. For 30 years she has educated the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age.

Order FREE anti-nuke and anti-coal postcards/leaflets to distribute to your friends and neighbours!

And watch the 11 minute video with Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance on how the proposed Darlington nuclear re-build will drive up electricity bills

Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Tel: 416 926 1907 x 246
625 Church Street, #402
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1
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