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.
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 »
While other countries are abandoning nuclear power post Fukushima and investing heavily in renewable energy, the Ontario government is spending billions to keep nuclear on life support.
This November the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold public hearings to consider Ontario Power Generation (OPG)’s request to spend $8 – 14 billion to rebuild the Darlington nuclear station in order to stretch out its operational life to 2055.
Where: Metro Hall, King and John St., Room #303, Toronto
When: Wednesday, October 10th, 7 – 9 pm
Who: The Panel will include
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director with the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA), will moderate and share OCAA’s work to promote alternatives to the Darlington nuclear station. ... Read more »
Learn about current proposals to bury nuclear waste and the Great Lakes locations being considered for the dump:
Sunday, Sept. 30, 6:30-8:30pm
St. Clair County Community College
From our friends at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper -- a persuasive argument against the Darlington nuclear power plant's use/abuse of the fisheries and water resources of Lake Ontario.
By Krystyn Tully, Waterkeeper.ca Weekly
A nuclear power plant in Ontario should be allowed to kill millions of fish each year, say staff of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). Their surprising recommendation is part of the final environmental assessment report for Ontario Power Generation’s plan to refurbish four nuclear reactors at its Darlington Nuclear Generating Station on the north shore of Lake Ontario.... Read more »
For latest news on Darlington nuclear power plant join the Google Group Stop-Darlington (email listserve). Send request to email@example.com
Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:10pm GMT
* Refurbishment could cost C$6-10 billion
* OPG wants Darlington reactors to run for 30 more years
Sept 21 (Reuters) - Canadian nuclear regulators will hold a hearing on Dec 3 to 6, 2012 to consider province-owned generating company Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) request to refurbish the four reactors at the 3,512-megawatt Darlington nuclear power plant.... Read more »
From our friends at Ontario Clean Air Alliance:
Another coal plant has bitten the dust in Ontario. A few days ago, the Atikokan Generating Station, located about 200 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, burned its last piece of coal. While it may be a long way from smoggy southern Ontario, the Atikokan plant was still a big polluter: dumping mercury and acid-rain generating fallout over the beautiful lakes, rivers and forests of the province’s northwest. And, of course, it was a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that affect us all. ... Read more »
On Sept. 4th an official announcement was posted with the details for new Darlington hearings. Greenpeace and NorthWatch are working to coordinate the public participation on these. For more info you can contact Sarah Sherman at Greenpeace: firstname.lastname@example.org. They have provided many links to info to help you participate fully - see below.
Here is the public hearing announcement:... Read more »
Keep your eye on New York. According to Huffington Post and CBS, the state is about to drop its moratorium on fracking and create regulations allowing the practice.
Read the entire article on Huff Post (Aug 20, 2012)
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Large scale oil spills have caught our attention in the recent past; we are all too familiar with hearing the details of such accidents epitomized by the BP oil spill of 2010. With the latest Wisconsin spill involving Canada’s Enbridge Inc. and the leak of more than 1,000 barrels worth of crude oil, government attention seems to have finally led to more rigorous action on pipeline management. The US government has decided to block Enbridge’s 752 km pipeline until the company creates a new pipeline plan which consequently, would also have to be approved by the Transportation Department’s pipeline safety agency. This government call on Enbridge comes after the Transportation Department issued the company a $3.7 million fine last month for an oil spill in 2010 which impacted part of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.
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Did you know that every nuclear project in our province to date has gone over budget by an average of two and a half times and that these costs are passed down to Ontario’s ratepayers and taxpayers?
Join us in signing this petition for calling on the Provincial Legislature to put an end to this practice: