No Nukes News

October 16, 2009


We’re Onto Iggy

With the feds moving forward on the privatization of AECL, we really need to get Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on side. We too believe that privatizing the crown corporation will be its death knell, and we’re hoping that Iggy won’t oppose it. But to be sure, we’re going door-to-door in his riding distributing leaflets and postcards encouraging his constituents to tell him that they do NOT support further subsidies going down the nuclear sinkhole.

If you can spare a few hours to help us distribute leaflets in Iggy’s Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding, let me know and I’ll set you up. And if you live anywhere in Canada and could help distribute postcards, I’ll mail them to you for free. THANK YOU!

AECL sale could be ``death knell'' for CANDU reactors.

The federal government is preparing to unveil recommendations on how to restructure Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, and several foreign and domestic players in the nuclear industry are positioning themselves to make a bid for AECL's assets.

But industry insiders and experts say the sale of the Crown corporation's reactor business could spell the beginning of the end for AECL's storied CANDU technology, long considered the cornerstone of Canada's nuclear industry. <snip>

Another complication is the Ontario government's suspension of its plan to build two new reactors in Darlington, Ont.  Industry sources said it's difficult to make an offer for AECL without knowing whether the project will go ahead. But an Ontario government spokeswoman said the province is waiting for the federal government to clarify its plans for restructuring AECL, which was expected to build the reactors.

Ontario bets big with Arnprior solar project

The construction site, along Galetta Side Road, houses 312,000 glossy solar panels on 13,000 racks that run row after row after row the length and breadth of the 200-acre field. Some of those rows are a kilometre long. Walking between racks of sloping solar modules that look like an alien crop of machinery is, well, a walk into the future.

But then as far as the Ontario government is concerned, this is the future.

Listen to Helen Caldicott on CBC

For those of you who missed Helen Caldicott’s presentations in ON, you can catch her interview on CBC radio here:

Her interview is the last 13 minutes of Part 3, and it’s worth listening to.

Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free

Commissioned by Helen Caldicott

The overarching finding of this study is that a zero-CO2 U.S. economy can be achieved within the next thirty to fifty years without the use of nuclear power

and without acquiring carbon credits from other countries. In other words, actual physical emissions of CO2 from the energy sector can be eliminated with technologies that are now available or foreseeable. This can be done at reasonable cost while creating a much more secure energy supply than at present. Read the report here:

And watch the 3 min. video with author Arjun Makhijani here:

Need energy? Forget nuclear and go natural

On top of the perennial challenges of global poverty and injustice, the two biggest threats facing human civilisation in the 21st century are climate change and nuclear war. It would be absurd to respond to one by increasing the risks of the other. Yet that is what nuclear power does.

Atomic Accomplice

How Canada Deals in Deadly Deceit

This new book by award-winning investigative journalist Paul McKay exposes Canada’s continuing role in abetting atomic arms proliferation. By continuing to bankroll reactor and uranium exports, Canada is courting calamity in two ways: by increasing the potential for atomic proliferation, and by diverting precious support for safer, more sensible and sustainable energy alternatives.

The final chapters in the book expose the flaws of nuclear advocates who claim that Canadian reactor and uranium exports are a vital measure to combat catastrophic climate change, and can solve energy and poverty problems in developing countries.

To purchase a copy, contact and I’ll mail you one ($20 plus $2 postage).

N.S. legislates ban on the exploration and mining of uranium

A moratorium on the exploration and mining of uranium in Nova Scotia will be turned into law by the provincial government.

Amory Lovins on Nuclear Facts and Logic

The world in 2008 invested more in renewable power than in fossil-fueled power. Why? Because renewables are cheaper, faster, vaster, equally or more carbon-free, and more attractive to investors. Worldwide, distributed renewables in 2008 added 40 billion watts and got $100 billion of private investment; nuclear added and got zero, despite its far larger subsidies and generally stronger government support. 

Veterans Against Nuclear Arms presents:

Why is it Time for an Arctic Nuclear Weapons-free Zone?

With Phyllis Creighton

Tues. Oct. 27, 11 a.m., sandwiches and tea as 12:15 p.m.

St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor Street East (Bloor and Yonge)

All welcome.

For more info: or 416 423 8523.

Zero Nuclear Weapons

Public Forum

Fri. November 13 and Sat. Nov. 14

Toronto City Hall, Queen and Bay

The purpose of the forum is to help citizens understand the urgent need to push for the abolition of nuclear weapons, in light of the hopeful climate and the means for achieving it.

Sponsored by: the Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace, Physicians for Global Survival, and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.

Forum website here:

Forum agenda here: