No Nukes News

Oct. 23, 2016


Ontario and Quebec flip the switch to a new electricity eraThe Ontario and Quebec governments started a new era by agreeing to a firm electricity import-export deal. Ontario gets reliable, low cost, clean renewable power while Quebec gets more value from its growing surplus of water and wind power. Good step in the right direction but must go further to replace Pickering and Darlington.

"This is the first time that Hydro-Québec concluded a major agreement in the east-west”  QC Premier Couillard said the agreement should be seen as a basis on which other agreements could be developed "to sell more green electricity in Ontario."

Costs of Nuclear vs. Renewables


The World

CO2 Smoke Screen: New Nukes Make Global Warming Worse Nuclear whistle-blower Arnie Gunderson explains here how nukes contribute to climate change. 30 min. video, audio, and transcript.

IAEA chief: Nuclear power plant was disrupted by cyber attack

Backlash grows against New York's nuclear plan as greens, consumer groups join forces Dozens of environmental and consumer groups are challenging New York's plan to extend the licenses of aging nuclear stations, saying there are cheaper ways of keeping the lights on while reducing the state's carbon footprint.



Critics accuse nuclear safety official of acting as industry cheerleader Opposition politicians and environmentalists are questioning the priorities of the man responsible for nuclear safety in Canada after a string of incidents in which he publicly defended the industry and was dismissive of concerns about potential hazards – a stance that runs contrary to his mandate at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Environmentalists call for the firing of senior CNSC staff for poor performance as outlined by the Federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development which slammed the federal nuclear regulator with sloppy record keeping and mismanaged tracking by Canada's nuclear regulator

Activists fight trucking of highly radioactive waste to U.S. as Canada ends medical isotope production A coalition of more than two dozen Canadian and American environmental, nuclear safety and other organizations has formally called on Prime Minister Trudeau and U.S. President Obama to halt the shipment by road of 23,000 litres of highly radioactive liquid waste, the by-product of medical isotope production, from Eastern Ontario to South Carolina for reprocessing. Nothing like it has been attempted before. The operation is expected to take a few years, with 100 to 150 armed convoys of trucks hauling the material 1,700 kilometres through some of the continent’s most populous areas in specially designed steel casks.

Liquid Nuclear Waste: No Transportation without Representation Opposition is mounting: here is a back grounder, a video recording of a news conference, and a letter sent to Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama endorsed by 27 groups.

Canada’s euphemistic search for a place to bury nuclear waste They give no indication that nuclear waste might be dangerous. Quite the reverse. The language is pure corporate bureaucratese – anodyne, euphemistic and soothing.



Our Nuclear Future Watch me and Mark Mattson of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper take on 2 pro-nuclear guys on TVO’s The Agenda. 40 min. video.
Speak out for a 100% Renewable Ontario The province is organizing consultations on Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan. Please attend! Greenpeace is organizing input from the public focussing on green energy, not nuclear. Learn more here and get involved.

Reviewing Lake Ontario’s ailing radioactive wounds in Port Hope, ON

Nuclear safety and intensification around Pickering don’t mesh


Renewables and Conservation

Wind Energy and Ontario Electricity Bills – the Facts Wind energy is not a major factor in Ontario’s electricity bill increases. Not only is wind energy a small factor in bill increases, more wind energy will be needed to keep Ontario electricity bills affordable into the future.

The falling costs of US solar power, in 7 charts


Take Action!

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.

Can you spare a few hours to leaflet blitz your neighbourhood mailboxes? Help us make the closure of the Pickering nuclear station a public issue. Contact:

Please contact Ontario’s new Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault and ask him to invest in conservation rather than re-building the Darlington and Bruce Nuclear Stations. 

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. Background here.

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

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. Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe



Building Momentum for NuclearDisarmament October 24, Ottawa. Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) presents this day-long conference.
Pickering Nuclear Station: 12 more years or time to call it quits? Public meeting in Pickering with speakers: Ian Fairlie, expert on radioactivity from UK; Jack Gibbons, energy economist with Ontario Clean Air Alliance; and John Coo, Green Cross Canada. Tuesday, October 25, 7 - 9 p.m. Pickering Rec Complex, Mtng. Rm. B

Pickering Nuclear Station: 12 more years or time to call it quits? Public meeting in Toronto with speakers: Ian Fairlie, expert on radioactivity from UK; Jack Gibbons, energy economist with Ontario Clean Air Alliance; and John Coo, Green Cross Canada. Wed., October 26, 7 - 9 p.m. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham, Toronto

Germany’s Energy Transition Wed. Oct. 26, 4:30 – 6 p.m. U of Toronto. Dr. Fischedick's work and research addresses effective renewable energy/clean tech policy and sustainable economic development as ways of addressing climate change.

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