No Nukes News

October 30, 2009


Help us Get to Iggy

As regular subscribers of No Nukes News know, the province has asked the feds to subsidize 2 new nuclear reactors to be built at Darlington, ON. If there is federal support for such a bail out, it will most likely come from the leader of the Liberal Party, Michael Ignatieff. That’s why we’re asking you to send him a quick email if you haven’t done so already:

Dear Mr. Ignatieff, I do not believe that the Government of Canada should subsidize the construction of two new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Station. Ontario’s electricity needs can be met at a lower cost, more quickly and more reliably with a combination of energy conservation and efficiency, wind power, water power from Quebec and small-scale but highly efficient combined heat and power plants.

And if you’ve got a few hours to spare, please help us deliver postcards/leaflets to Ignatieff’s constituents (Etobicoke-Lakeshore). All that’s required is some good walking shoes. Thanks…

Hydro use decreasing

A new long-term forecast of electricity use in Ontario shows the government should have little problem shutting down all coal plants by 2014. It also confirms there’s no rush to build a new nuclear power plant in the province.

The forecast, released yesterday by the grid watchdog North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), says demand on the electricity system in Ontario will fall an average of .7 per cent a year between 2009 and 2018. That’s a 9.5 per cent drop in annual consumption, or the equivalent shutting down two Candu 6 nuclear reactors.

“Conservation savings and the growth in embedded generation are expected to more than offset any growth from increased population and eventually economic recovery.”

Nuclear Energy Myths and Facts

Can nuclear energy avert a climate crisis? Isn’t nuclear power clean and green, like the ads say? Can renewable energy meet all our needs?

Print out this 4 page pdf and share it your students, friends, work bulletin board etc.

New study shows Canada can meet global-warming reduction targets while growing jobs and economy

Climate Leadership, Economic Prosperity is the first Canadian study of its kind to show regional impacts on employment and gross domestic product, and the first to comprehensively examine how Canada can meet a greenhouse gas reduction target for 2020 that goes beyond the federal government’s target.

Nukes and the AB tar sands

Dr Helen Caldicott interviews Andrew Nikiforuk

1 hour radio podcast

Award winning journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk joins Helen Caldicott to discuss the subject of his new book:

The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent.

Sask.'s nuclear future uncertain

There was a bit of nuclear confusion at the provincial legislature Wednesday as the question remains whether a nuclear power plant is in Saskatchewan's future.

Premier Brad Wall had set an end-of-year deadline on whether the government would greenlight nuclear development in the short-term. Mid-September saw the release of the government-commissioned independent report on the public consultations into its Uranium Development Partnership.

Authored by veteran civil servant Dan Perrins, it showed an "overwhelming" rejection of nuclear power among those that took part in the consultations and made a series of recommendations to the government.

Debate – To Nuke or Not To Nuke

What do you know about nuclear power? Here is your chance to learn more about the pros and cons of nuclear power without too much trouble. The Peace River Environmental Society has teamed up with Citizens Against Nuclear Development, the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Alberta, and the Canadian Nuclear Society to bring some excellent speakers to Alberta and the Peace Region for a lively debate. 

This Oct. 21st debate held in Peace River, Alberta can be viewed in a 13-part you-tube video.

Part 1

Nobel prize nominee says Port Hope should be moved

Low-level radioactive waste clean-up gets CNSC license

While residents have been in a dangerous situation for years, things could actually get worse during the Port Hope Project clean up, according to the U.S. based doctor, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. There is no way to safely remove the historic radiation in Port Hope, Dr. Helen Caldicott said.

"If you clean it up, it's massive levels of dust," she said. "It's a physical impossibility, it's also a danger to workers and residents."

St. Louis Baby Teeth Yield New Findings on Nuclear Fallout

The new study is a spinoff of the St. Louis Tooth Survey, in which more than 300,000 kids sent their teeth to the Greater St. Louis Citizens Committee for Nuclear Information. Washington University scientists analyzed most of the teeth for strontium-90, which was created by the bomb blasts and absorbed by the teeth and bones of infants.

Health Risks of Nuclear Power and Testing

According to evidence presented by epidemiologist, Joseph Mangano, with the Radiation and Public Health Project, nuclear power plants can be linked to higher rates of childhood cancer:

Danish Island Is Energy Self-Sufficient

Samso Is An Ecological Fantasy Land That Is Carbon-Neutral

To harness the wind, of which they have plenty, they built wind turbines. To harness public good will, they sold shares in those turbines to the islanders so the machines produce local power and local profits.

To provide heat, they burn locally grown straw in central plants that produce super hot water and pump it through underground pipes into peoples' homes. 

It's not only more efficient than running individual furnaces, it's carbon neutral. The net greenhouse gas emissions from these plants? Zero. 

Dow Unveils Solar Shingles

Dow Chemical has unveiled a residential roof shingle in the form of a solar panel designed to be integrated into asphalt-tiled roofs. The solar shingles can offset between 40 percent and 80 percent of a home’s electricity consumption.

Secret files reveal covert network run by nuclear police

• Industry-funded force uses moles and surveillance
• Strategic aims include tackling 'public disquiet'

The nuclear industry funds the special armed police force which guards its installations across the UK, and secret documents, seen by the Guardian, show the 750-strong force is authorised to carry out covert intelligence operations against anti-nuclear protesters, one of its main targets.

Most of the nuclear force's officers are armed with high-powered guns and Tasers. The CNC has spent £1.4m on weapons and ammunition in the past three years.

Support Bill C-477 for a Dept. of Peace in Canada

Information evening

Mon. Nov. 2, 6:30 PM

Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. Toronto



Bill C 447 - An Act to Establish the Department of Peace, tabled in the House on Sept 30 as a Private Members Bill by NDP MP Bill Siksay and seconded by Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis.

Come to learn about the Bill and hear about the international campaign for ministries and departments of peace.  Rob Acheson has just returned from Costa Rica which has recently established a Ministry for Peace, and has met with more than 50 MPs to advocate for this initiative here in Canada.

Silo: Sage of the Andes

Film Screening Thursday November 5 @ Royal Cinema, 608 College St., 7pm

See the story of the man whose ideas and work inspired the World March for Peace and Nonviolence.

Benefit screening. Admission by donation, $15 suggested.

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: