CRED-NB and the Not the Nuclear Lobby in Ottawa

CRED-NB will be represented in a “Not the Nuclear Lobby” week in Ottawa, April 24-28. Join us for several in person or virtual public events!

We will meet with activists from across Canada to lobby Members of Parliament, meet with think-tanks and NGOs, and participate in events for the public to tell the other side of the nuclear energy story – the problems and risks that industry lobbyists will not speak about:

– The exorbitant cost to taxpayers and the lengthy timelines needed to develop designs for experimental small reactors: none have so far been built or proven, and none will be available to contribute to climate action when we need it most.

– Plans to extract plutonium from irradiated nuclear fuel, undermining global non-proliferation efforts and worsening the risk of nuclear weapons spreading to many other countries in a volatile geopolitical environment.

– Proposed nuclear reactors that will create new streams of particularly problematic radioactive waste that will need to be processed and monitored and kept out of the environment for millions of years, and unresolved issues with the existing 75 years of radioactive waste.

– Incentives to impose nuclear reactors in dozens of remote communities that will all likely become radioactively contaminated sites and permanent repositories for nuclear debris.

Join us in-person or virtually for these key events (all times Eastern):

Monday, April 24, noon – 1pm: (in person and zoom) The Energy Mix is hosting a gathering of climate activists in downtown Ottawa for a meet and greet and informal discussion about key nuclear issues. Contact: Angela at for details.

Tuesday, April 25, 10am: (in person) Gathering at the eternal flame on Parliament Hill to remind our government that we have grave concerns about nuclear waste and the government’s plans to expand nuclear reactors into communities across Canada. The Raging Grannies will join us for an anti-nuclear singalong. Signs will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your own too. Organized by the Council of Canadians Ottawa Chapter. Come help us get this issue on the evening news!

Tuesday, April 25, doors open 5pm, start at 5:20: (in person and zoom) Don’t miss this public debate with two high-profile advocates on each side of the nuclear debate: Dr. Gordon Edwards, President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, and Dr. Chris Keefer, President of Canadians for Nuclear Energy. The question: Do We Need to Scale up Nuclear Power to Combat Climate Change? Hosted by the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa. Details and registration for in-person or virtual participation HERE.

Thursday, April 27, 7-8:30pm: (in person and zoom) Panel discussion: Is New Nuclear a Smart Climate Solution? Featuring Dr. Gordon Edwards, Dr. Dale Dewar, Candyce Paul, and Angela Bischoff. Hosted by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Ottawa Quakers. At the Ottawa Quaker Meetinghouse, 91A Fourth Avenue in the Glebe. Register for in-person or virtual participation HERE.

The Not-The-Nuclear-Lobby week is organized by groups including the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Coalition for Responsible Energy Development in New Brunswick, Northwatch, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, and Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area.

Author: CRED-NB

Coalition for Responsible Energy Development in New Brunswick