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The Liberal Party's hydro subsidy smacks of desperation. It's bad policy, and playing politics over rising electricity prices is going to be expensive. Just like with the gas plant scandal, the Liberals are putting their political self-interest ahead of good public policy. They are trying to buy your vote with your money. It is going to cost us big time -- over $1 billion a year to be exact.
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Pickering is already 15 years past its best before date. It's the fourth oldest nuclear station in North America and the seventh oldest nuclear station in the world. Given its age, it is not surprising that Pickering is one of the most unreliable and poorest performing nuclear plants in North America.
"This is clean energy on a massive scale."
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Every hour, the sun bathes the Earth with enough energy to supply our needs for more than a year. There's no reason we can't harness more of it to cut back on polluting, climate-altering fossil fuels.
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The Ontario Liberals are betting $13 billion of your dollars on rebuilding the Darlington Nuclear Station. It is so risky that no private company will fully insure nuclear plants, and it prompted Standard & Poor's to downgrade Ontario Power Generation's credit rating in 2012. But whatever the reason, the Liberals are failing to capitalize on economic opportunities for Ontario. This means we risk missing out on the global renewable energy revolution. Investors and countries are acting now to take advantage of dramatically falling prices for renewable energy.
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If allowed to stand, the decision will further constrain the ability of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) to ensure that most serious environmental and human health impacts associated with major industrial projects, including mines, dams and tar sands operations, are addressed.
No nuclear project in Ontario's history has delivered on time or on budget. No private company will insure nuclear plants because the risks are too high. TD Bank CEO Ed Clark says Darlington "carries enormous risks."
Does Ontario's Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli understand how electricity markets work? Or is he deliberately sabotaging negotiations with Quebec to justify Ontario spending billions on nuclear power?Nuclear power is a bad choice for our financial future. Nuclear power is a bad choice for our energy future. It's time for the Liberals to wake up from their nuclear dream, and get down to the business of providing Ontario with safe, secure, and affordable electricity.
Is dilution really the solution to pollution -- especially when it's nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is. The Great Lakes are already threatened by pollution, agricultural runoff, invasive species, climate change and more. We can't afford to add the risk of radioactive contamination to one of the world's largest sources of fresh water.
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OTTAWA - Canada's nuclear watchdog for the first time is proposing that people living near reactors be given a precautionary stock of radiation-fighting pills in case of an accident.But at a consultat...
If the choice is between keeping nuclear power facilities running or shutting them down and replacing them with coal-fired power plants, the nuclear option is best for the climate. But, for now, investing in renewable energy and smart-grid technologies is a faster, more cost-effective and safer option than building new nuclear facilities, regardless of type.
An Internet search turns up an astounding number of pages about radiation from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown that followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. But it's difficult to find credible information. With the lack of data from government, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is asking the public for help.
Due to continued contamination following the Fukushima disaster, social media is now abuzz with people swearing off fish from the Pacific Ocean. Given the lack of information around containment efforts, some may find this reasonable. But preliminary research shows fish caught off Canada's Pacific Coast are safe to eat.
TORONTO - Nuclear operators will face a liability ceiling of $1 billion, up from the current $75 million that has stood for four decades, under proposed new federal legislation.The change is expected...
Earlier this month the Fraser Institute published a report sharply critical of one of the flagship policies of the Ontario government, namely the Ontario Green Energy Act (GEA). Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli dismissed it out of hand. What makes the Minister's response most disturbing is that it is so disconnected from reality.
Before you invest in a house or a car you look at your available options. You weigh the pros and cons to see what has the best bang for your buck and you make your choice. The Liberal government has already wasted millions re-locating gas plants and now they are set to spend billions on nuclear. We can and must do better.
Two hundred people gather at Hope Fellowship Church in Southern Ontario Monday to discuss how to rebuild Lake Ontario's largest nuclear power plant. The team at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper have compiled this list of all the things you need to know about the Darlington nuclear refurbishment.
Health risks of the nuclear industry go very much under the radar of governments, policy-makers, and the public. Each stage of nuclear power generation, from uranium mining, refining and day-to-day activity of nuclear reactors, releases small amounts of radioactivity into the environment on an ongoing basis. As physicians, we see nuclear power as a serious threat to public health.
REGINA - A new deal that will allow sales of Canadian uranium to India will be a big boost to financial coffers in Saskatchewan.Premier Brad Wall says the deal sealed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper...
The new Quebec government's decision not to refurbish the province's only nuclear power plant — which will force it to shut down by the end of the year — has workers peeved and the leader of the Oppos...
LEPREAU, N.B. - About 300 litres of radioactive heavy water spilled during a test at a New Brunswick nuclear power plant, making it the second spill at the site in less than six months.NB Power said i...
New hope for the nuclear power industry has arrived in the form of a brand-new nuclear power plant design -- known as small scale "modular" nuclear reactor, which is a profoundly better answer to the ultra-costly retrofitting of very old and large nuclear plants -- and long overdue for most of the world's reactors.
Canadian nuclear industry officials are lining up to espouse the strength — and safety — of a sector rattled by the political fallout of last year's Fukushima disaster. “While other jurisdictions may...
TORONTO - A community on the shores of Lake Huron has cracked open the door to southern Ontario's becoming the permanent storage site for Canada's spent, but still dangerously radioactive, nuclear fue...
HIROSHIMA, Japan - The Japanese city of Hiroshima on Saturday marked the 66th anniversary of the bombing, as the nation fights a different kind of disaster from atomic technology -- a nuclear plant in...
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - India is pursuing a potentially lucrative partnership with Canada to sell nuclear reactors in new markets, The Canadian Press has learned. India's ambitious aspiration,...
The actual danger E. coli poses to vegetable-eating Europeans is low. But then, we don't just use the scientific evidence to figure out what's dangerous -- risk perception is a mix of facts and feelings.
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- CANBERRA, Australia - Germany signed a resource co-operation deal on Wednesday with Australia, the world's largest coal exporter, only days after committing to shut down its nucl...
On Wednesday May 25 at 3:30 in the afternoon the Swiss government pulled the plug on their nuclear future. But as they say in the old Monty Python skit, "this parrot is not dead."