March 9, 2016
☢ Groups urge Trudeau to fix Canada's nuclear law and oversight The Liberal government must clean up Canadian nuclear oversight. Read the open letter to the Prime Minister here.
☢ 100 groups call for better tracking of radioactive substances in Great Lakes
☢ Uranium: New Report Documents Misinformation from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Produced by The Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR)
☢ Fukushima causes mutations & DNA damage with ‘no end in sight’ – Greenpeace “The government’s massive decontamination program will have almost no impact on reducing the ecological threat from the enormous amount of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Already, over 9 million cubic meters of nuclear waste are scattered over at least 113,000 locations across Fukushima prefecture.”
☢ Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, admits former prime minister Japan's prime minister at the time of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has revealed that the country came within a “paper-thin margin” of a nuclear disaster requiring the evacuation of 50 million people.
☢ Japan's nuclear refugees face bleak return five years after Fukushima "There's no reconstructing and no returning to how it used to be before (March 11). The government knows this, too.”
☢ Fukushima: A Nuclear Story CBC’s The Passionate Eye 1 hour doc
☢ Playing Pass the Parcel With Fukushima The Japanese authorities call these efforts josen (decontamination), but the word is misleading and the activity largely a fallacy. What’s happening is more like transcontamination: Once the radioactive debris is collected and bagged, it is transferred from one part of Fukushima to another, and then another.
☢ Bird poop caused New York nuclear reactor outage
☢ Radiation is More Harmful to Girls and Women than boys and men.
☢ Nuclear Hotseat Sign up for this weekly podcast on nuclear issues or listen to the archived podcasts.
☢ Trudeau supports east-west electricity trade The ball is now in Premier Wynne’s court to ask the federal government to invest infrastructure funds in electricity transmission system upgrades that would allow increased electricity trade between Ontario and Quebec. Water power imports from Quebec can lower Ontario’s electricity bills and reduce our dependency on high-cost nuclear power and polluting gas plants.
☢ How a deferred decision on waste disposal could affect the future of nuclear power in Ontario
☢ ON Colleges and universities refuse to stock anti-radiation pills After Fukushima , iodine pills pre-distributed or available to order near Canadian nuclear stations
Renewables and Conservation
☼ Clean disruption? Stanford group plans for 100% green-energy future Green analysts say fossil-fuel industry could be obsolete by 2030 as clean energy takes over. "No oil. No gas. No coal. And nuclear would be retired. It's all wind, water and solar powering Canada, 100 per cent," says Jacobson.
☼ Time for Canada to duplicate America's tax credit to drive wind and solar investment After decades of deliberate federal foot-dragging on climate change, it is time for bold climate action in Canada — a 30% federal investment tax credit would kickstart it. The U.S. has already demonstrated it works; it is time to implement it here.
☼ The Myth About Renewable Energy Subsidies Studies by the International Energy Agency point out that global subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear outstrip those for renewable energy 10-fold.
☢ Let's build stronger ties between Ontario and Quebec Send your letter here asking Federal Ministers Morneau and Sohi to support electricity transmission system upgrades that will permit increased electricity trade between Ontario and Quebec.
☢ No nuclear waste near the Great Lakes' shores - Send your letter now to Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Or send personal emails to Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca & Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca
☢ Please send the Premier a message telling her that Pickering must be shut down by 2018 (when its current licence expires) at the latest.
☢ Tell Premier Wynne to protect all Ontarians The Ontario government is giving iodine pills to anyone living within 10km of a nuclear power plant -- but studies show that anyone living within 50km is at risk in a nuclear emergency.
☢ Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters to post in your office, school, or local cafe
☢ Please “Like” my new facebook “page” We’ll be shutting down OCAA’s (Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s) facebook group, in favour of this new page. Join us!
☢ Lessons from Fukushima for Ontario - 5 years after the worst nuclear disaster. Film Screenings + Panel Discussions
Thur. March 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Pickering Main Library, One the Esplanade
Fri. March 11, 7 – 9 p.m. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham, Toronto (Bathurst subway station)
Sun. March 13, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., Toronto