Fossil fuels must steadily and gradually be replaced with cleaner and greener sources of renewable energy. This campaign promotes sources of energy that we can all breathe easy with.
Ontario's energy future can be based on renewable power and greater conservation. Dangerous, expensive nuclear and polluting coal must be phased out.
While specific events may require volunteers, this campaign is typically limited to a few highly knowledgeable green energy volunteers. The campaign chair is Christine Elwell and she can be reached at (christine.elwell<at>sympatico.ca).
Read more information about this important issue below. Topics include: Wind energy, the Green Energy Act, Energy Conservation, and Nuclear Power.
By Dan McDermott
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s announcement that she would propose legislation to ban the generation of electricity through the burning of coal provides some level of confidence that Ontario’s twice delayed coal phase-out may finally become fact. It has been a long journey and I have been on board for much of the ride. I joined Sierra Club in 1998 with a project, The OntAIRio Campaign, aimed at getting Ontario off coal.
Our province’s doctors can claim the credit for getting the off-coal movement going in earnest. The Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA) May 1998 report linking coal plant emissions to increases in asthma and other respiratory diseases firmly established the credibility of the environmental message to ban coal. Jack Gibbons’ Ontario Clean Air Alliance was in action and pushing for an Ontario Government commitment to phase out its coal-fired power plants.... Read more »
By: Rosemary Keenan
Saturday Nov. 16 a group of volunteers in Peel brought a strong message to local MP's in Brampton. We participated in a "Bike for the Climate" event, riding the Etobicoke Creek Trail from MP Parm Gill's office to MP Kyle Seeback's office. We carried signs with the message that we don't want dirty tar sands or leaky pipelines running through our communities. We invited both MPs to participate but they didn't respond to our invitation.
Our group was one of 130 groups across Canada that formed a united wall of opposition to dangerous pipelines and reckless expansion of the tar sands. We want our government to Defend our Climate, and Defend our Communities. Click here to see photos of the action across the country. ... Read more »
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, there will be an important public meeting in the city of London concerning the Kincardine Nuclear Wastedump. The meeting is from 7:00-9:00pm and will be held in Wolf Performance Hall at the Central Library Downtown London, 251 Dundas St. For more information please contact London City Councilors: Joni Baechler, or Bud Polhill (519) 661-5095. See poster for details. ... Read more »
Action Alert: GE-Hitachi 1025 Lansdowne Ave Toronto Uranium Fuel Processing: Public Information Meeting November 19thSubmitted by Guest on Wed, 2013-11-13 12:11
Thanks to community pressure, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will be holding a public meeting December 10-11 in Toronto to specially review the operation of GE-Hitachi’s 1025 Lansdowne Ave nuclear fuel processing plant. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale, at 3450 Dufferin Street. The plant processes yellowcake uranium powder from Saskatchewan into nuclear fuel pellets used in CANDU reactors.... Read more »
The Long-Term Energy Plan review now underway in Ontario demands our attention despite its sleep-inducing name. The choices the Wynne government makes will affect your pocket book, our economic competitiveness and the health of our environment.... Read more »
LANSING, MI -- Two Michigan lawmakers are speaking out against a Canadian proposal to store nuclear waste underground less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron.... Read more »
From Ontario Clean Air Alliance:... Read more »
Reclaiming the Corridor for People not Tar Sands
You and your family are invited to join us for a walk along the Hydro Corridor north of Finch Ave. (from Talbot Rd., west to Bathurst Ave.).
We will be celebrating the use of this provincially-owned Corridor as a public recreation space; instead of a dangerous
profit centre for Enbridge.
(WE WILL MEET AT 1pm AT THE WEST END OF THE TTC PARKING LOT AT HENDON AND YONGE.)
See attached flyer for the map & details. More online at stopline9-toronto.ca
Sierra Club Canada and the Ontario Chapter submitted a detailed report on the Pickering Nuclear Station request for permit extension. Our research has turned up a good argument for immediate closure of the plant - certainly not operating it beyond its own planned obsolescence.
From the report:... Read more »
By Jeff Alan
TVO's annual Water Week has passed, which doesn't mean you missed it; Every week is water week with internet content availability. Get on over there! I tried to get the “Quench” app (http://thewaterbrothers.ca/quench), but it doesn't seem to want anything to do with my aging cell phone.
After watching 'White Water, Black Gold' (http://www.whitewaterblackgold.com/), I guess it was a reasonable precursor to Monday morning's leak of waste water into the Athabasca River thanks to Suncor (in Financial Post here).
The Financial Post piece initially did not include this update:
“Suncor said Tuesday a pipe that broke after freezing was responsible for the spill.... Read more »
By Christine Elwell, Green Energy Issue Chair, Sierra Club Ontario
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has given the go-ahead to Ontario Power Generation to refurbish the existing nuclear power plant located about an hour east of Toronto on Lake Ontario. This is the same site where Ontario plans to build up to four new nuclear reactors.
"I am absolutely shocked a public agency would give so little credence to public submissions," exclaimed John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
After Sierra Club, together with over 400 other citizens and groups, made presentations against OPG's proposal to extend the life of aging nuclear reactors in December 2012 the CNSC dismissed our concerns on March 14, 2013. ... Read more »
Extending the operations of the Pickering Nuclear plant for up to an additional 10 years beyond its designed life of 2014-2016 is a Cracking Bad Idea. This is the position of Sierra Club Canada’s Ontario Chapter as it participates in the current Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s public hearing into the Ontario Power Generation’s application for a renewal of Pickering A and B licenses. Public hearings begin May 29, 2013 in Pickering, Ontario.
While OPG is confident that its plan provides the technical basis for the continued operation and eventual decommissioning of Pickering B station, Sierra Club is not. Importantly, the plan is flawed on many levels. Leaking old pressure tubes, concrete degradation and a 20 percent increase in collective worker radiation exposure in 2012, are just a few of the issues.... Read more »
By Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, B.C.
On Monday, January 21st, 2013
The International Energy Agency is warning that shooting past two degrees Celsius average global temperature will have “dire consequences.” And the World Bank is talking about 3.5 degrees of warming as being “devastating.” These are not environmental agencies. They are conservative, economically-oriented institutions. They are “establishment” with a capital E. Their language is increasingly alarmed, and yet nothing happens.... Read more »
According to Wikipedia: Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is a set of steps designed to use market and financial incentives in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from ... Read more »
Enbridge’s Line 9 proposal is to take an existing pipeline running across Ontario (see map) and get a permit to change what is pumped in the pipe as well as reverse the flow. Currently L9 carries imported oil westward to Sarnia for refining, Enbridge is seeking to run DilBit (diluted bitumen) in the pipe instead. This new project is to facilitate expansion of sales of their Tar Sands product which we are against for a multitude of reasons (see http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/tar-sands as well as blogpost).... Read more »
At the request of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Sierra Club Canada sent in extra submissions on Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (Clarington, Ontario) on Jan 14. This paper goes into greater detail on the issue of the binational Air Quality Agreement and lack of notice given to the US related to pollutants released at Darlington. The Sierra Club's Atlantic Chapter (New York) has submitted a letter of concern as well.
Ontario’s last coal-burning power plants will close by the end of this year, Premier Dalton McGuinty is expected to announce Thursday.
The closure is either one year earlier than scheduled, or six years late, depending on your perspective.
The current deadline for closing the coal plants is Dec. 31, 2014 — which makes the new deadline a year early. But the McGuinty government had ridden into office in 2003 promising to close the coal plants by the end of 2007.... Read more »
From Toronto Star
By John Spears, Business Reporter
A flood of public interest has prompted Canada’s nuclear regulator to delay hearings into the overhaul of the Darlington nuclear station.
Hearings were due to open Nov. 13 before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in Courtice, near Oshawa.
But the commission said Friday that the hearings have been put off until Dec. 3.
The delay is because of the “high number of interventions,” according to the notice.
A commission spokesman said there have been 200 interventions filed, with 90 groups or individuals requesting time for oral presentations.... Read more »