No Nukes News: Municipalities fight nukes

Angela Bischoff-OCAA angela at cleanairalliance.org
Wed Sep 15 15:10:34 EDT 2010


No Nukes News

 

Sept. 15, 2010

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Municipal coalition joins fight against nuclear power - Quebec urged to
mothball Gentilly-2 plant

 

255 municipalities and regional municipal governments across the province
have formally backed a demand that Quebec pull the plug on nuclear energy
once and for all. 
Public-opinion polls show almost two-thirds of Quebecers are opposed to a
plan by Hydro-Quebec to rebuild Gentilly-2.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Municipal+coalition+joins+fight+ag
ainst+nuclear+power/3509170/story.html


 


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Uncertainty principle haunts nuclear industry


 


These are uncertain times for Canada’s nuclear industry
 At the root of the
uncertain mood is the future of AECL, which the federal government has put
up for sale. No one yet knows who, if anyone will buy it; or if they’ll buy
it in whole or in part. Some may simply want to run AECL as service and
maintenance shop for existing Candu reactors, which means the company will
gradually wind down in 15 or 20 years.


http://www.thestar.com/business/article/858846--uncertainty-principle-haunts
-nuclear-industry 


 


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Keepers of the Water: A wake-up call from the North 


 


Fast death or slow death, we cannot afford to be naïve about the military
uses to which the uranium has been put. Saskatchewan has supplied the U.S.
nuclear weapons industry and nuclear power plants with "death rock."


 


http://rabble.ca/news/2010/09/keepers-water-wake-call-north


 


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Concerns over uranium mining prompt Nunavut to take the issue to the people

Premier bringing series of forums across the territory to gauge public
opinion

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/concerns-over-uranium-mining-pr
ompt-nunavut-to-take-the-issue-to-the-people/article1704940/?cmpid=rss1

 

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Radioactive Stainless Steel Found in Germany

The German government has become increasingly concerned over the last six
months by the incidence of stainless steel products exhibiting radioactive
contamination. In total, some 150 tons of material have been identified so
far, spread across a wide range of material forms, from stainless steel wire
wool, to bars, valves, castings and flat products. 

http://agmetalminer.com/2009/02/17/radioactive-stainless-steel-found-in-germ
any/


Nuclear waste gets recycled into goods French authorities made headlines
last month when they said as many as 500 sets of radioactive buttons had
been installed in elevators throughout France. It wasn't an isolated case.
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/12/business/fi-radioactive12 


Scrap Metal Radiation Raises Concerns in India

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/world/asia/24india.html 

 

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Nuclear waste shipping on Lakes protested


 

A plan to ship 16 steam generators on the Detroit River and Great Lakes has
sparked an international outcry. 

 

http://www.detnews.com/article/20100911/METRO/9110372/1409/metro/Nuclear-was
te-shipping-on-Great-Lakes-protested 

CARGO's petition site (Citizens Against Radioactive Generators in Owen
Sound) is here: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/38935.html 

 

They are taking online signatures opposing the transport of radioactive
steam generators by road from the Bruce nuclear complex to Owen Sound
[that's the part about the "heavy load"] and by ship from Owen Sound to
Studsvik in Sweden on the Baltic Sea. 


 


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Nuclear Power’s Competitive Landscape


 


Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Aug. 2010


 


http://www.brc.gov/e-mails/September10/A_Lovins_AREdaysNuclearPanel21Aug10.p
df 


 


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Japan's WTO complaint against Green Energy Act baseless but dangerous

The WTO case brought by Japan today against local preferences in Ontario’s
Green Energy Act is completely baseless but risks setting a dangerous
precedent for future trade challenges to legitimate environmental and
economic stimulus measures around the world, says the Council of Canadians. 


http://canadians.org/media/trade/2010/13-Sep-10.html


http://www.canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4568 


 


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Climate Reality: A Conversation with Dr. James Hansen, Naomi Klein & Clayton
Thomas-Muller

Science for Peace and The Centre for Global Change Science welcome to
Toronto the world’s foremost climate scientist and author of Storms of My
Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen, for 2 days of public talks, meetings with
students and political lobbying.

Wednesday, September 15 , Free

McMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Bldg (North), 80 Queens Park, Toronto

5:30 pm 6:30pm Science presentation by Dr. James Hansen
6:30 pm 7:00pm Intermission
7:00 pm to 8:45pm Climate Reality: A Conversation with Dr. James Hansen,
Naomi Klein & Clayton Thomas-Muller, moderated by Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.

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As part of the IIDEX Green Building Festival, Sept. 22 – 25, Toronto, see
keynote presentation:

 

Leading the Way to a Third Industrial Revolution 
with Jeremy Rifkin 
Economist and President, Foundation on Economic Trends, USA 

Thursday, September 23, 4 – 5 p.m. 
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto

Humanity, according to Jeremy Rifkin, is poised to make a definitive shift
away from its carbon-based geopolitical reality toward a new paradigm of
sustainability. The internationally influential economist, known for his
provocative environmental theories, sees this profound change as taking
place along generational lines and considers it to be the uppermost
challenge for the millennial generation. In his view, this sustainable human
future must be founded upon four pillars: 1) renewable energy; 2) buildings
as positive power plants; 3) hydrogen storage; and 4) smartgrids and plug-in
vehicles. In his much-anticipated keynote address, Jeremy will lay out his
vision of the Third Industrial Revolution, and explain how the economic
infrastructure necessary for this revolution will transform the skill levels
and managerial styles of the workforce, advance energy security, prompt
educational reform, and improve the quality of life worldwide.

For more information on Jeremy Rifkin visit www.foet.org

For more info on IIDEX Green Building Festival Sept. 22 – 25 visit
http://www.iidexneocon.com/2010/ 

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Planet in Focus presents:

 

Waste: The Nuclear Nightmare (Dechets: Le Cauchemar du Nucleaire)

 

Run time: 98 min. | France/ Germany

 

Friday September 24th, 6:45 pm

Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Pay-What-You-Can ($7.00 suggested)

 

As even ecologists reconsider nuclear as an alternative to burning carbon,
Waste: The Nuclear Nightmare examines the impact of nuclear waste for the
near future and next hundreds of thousands of years. The 'energy of the
future' is astutely dissected- clearly outlining how nuclear power is
generated, how waste is created and systematically uncovers what happens to
waste produced in nuclear plants in France. The public relations myth that
'waste is recycled' unravels as the final destination of tons of
contaminated material is revealed. Key to this film is its use of Google map
imagery and clear animation to counter the red tape and political
double-speak. Waste is allowed incredible access to French nuclear plants,
recycling facilities, and the archives of Greenpeace Europe and testing
facilities of CRIIRAD. And while some hope is presented for the future,
you'll want answers from our own government about what is happening to
nuclear waste in Canada.

 

http://www.planetinfocus.org/pif-365/mixed-greens-monthly-screening

 

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Hot Planet/ Cold Wars: Prescriptions for a Healthy Planet in Troubled Times

To understand the consequences of Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation
and work toward solutions.
Physicians, students, activists and members of the public are all welcome.

Fri. October 1 evening and Sat. October 2, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Medical Sciences Building, 1 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto

 <http://www.pgs.ca/> www.pgs.ca

 

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Community Power Conference

November 15 – 16 - Toronto

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is hosting its second
annual Community Power Conference this November. The event is Ontario’s
single largest annual gathering of Community Power producers, proponents and
supporters. Together with the Power Networking Centre trade show, the
conference attracts industry regulators, commercial and community power
generators, farmers and First Nation and Métis delegations.

www.cpconference.ca <http://www.cpconference.ca/> 

 

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Help us push the Ontario coal phase out this year!

 

1.      Visit  <http://coalmustgo.ca/> CoalMustGo.ca to send a letter to
Ontario’s political leaders. It will only take one minute of your time. Make
your voice heard on this critical health/enviro issue.

2.       <http://www.cleanairalliance.org/get_involved_order_pamphlets>
Order free pamphlets to distribute in your community (sponsored by the
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Canadian Association of
Physicians for the Environment, and Ontario Clean Air Alliance). They
contain postcards to Ontario’s political leaders.

 

Thanks for helping get the word out!

 

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Angela Bischoff

Outreach Director

Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Tel: 416 926 1907 x 246

625 Church Street, #402

Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1

angela at cleanairalliance.org

www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca <http://www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca/> 

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