Is nuclear winning? [video]

Metta Spence, a sociologist, has been running the “Project Save the World” for Peace Magazine. They produce a video almost every weekday on YouTube with people discussing different global issues. This week, CRED-NB’s Susan O’Donnell appeared with Metta, M.V. Ramana from the University of British Columbia, and Doug Saunders from the Globe & Mail. Metta titled the video: Is Nuclear Winning? You can view the video here.

CRED-NB endorses CCNB letter opposing NB’s plan to delay ending coal power

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB) wrote to federal Environment Minister Wilkinson with concerns about New Brunswick’s proposed regulation Phasing Out of Coal-fired Electricity Generation – Climate Change Act. CRED-NB was among the many groups endorsing the CCNB letter. Our concerns regard the use of equivalency agreements when Canada is promoting its commitment to phasing out coal-fired electricity by 2030 within the Powering Past Coal Alliance. Read the letter HERE.

Who is pushing the new nuclear reactors and why should we care?

CRED-NB member Dr. Susan O’Donnell participated in a panel event last week organized by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA). The panel followed a discussion with the maker of the film: The Atom: A Love Affair.

The OCAA organized a Canadian screening of the film that is open for another week, till July 11. It’s a high-quality feature length film that explains the history of nuclear power, including interviews with key people involved. Tickets cost $10. Access to the film is HERE.

At the panel, Susan spoke about SMNRs: who is pushing them and why should we care? You can view the video of her presentation on YouTube (11 minutes):

Key points for the federal radioactive waste policy

CRED-NB has been working with Nuclear Waste Watch and a national committee of civil society groups. We have ID’d key points we want to see in the new federal policy:

  • No importing of radioactive waste from other countries
  • No plutonium extraction (reprocessing or pyro-processing) of radioactive fuel waste
  • Canada needs an independent agency, arms-length from government and industry, to oversee radioactive waste management and decommissioning
  • Radioactive waste should NOT be abandoned; policy should direct perpetual care and monitoring
  • Government and industry must be open and transparent in the management of radioactive waste and its transportation
  • Indigenous peoples and all Canadians have a right to access information, to engage in decision-making, and to know the risks

Peskotomuhkati chief unhappy about nuclear reactor testing on his traditional territory

The APTN published a story this week about the nuclear projects planned for Point Lepreau on the Bay of Fundy.

In the article, Chief Hugh Akagi “says he hasn’t been formally consulted – but has been to a presentations put on by NB Power about the SMR project. He says he is unlikely he’ll ever give it his support.”

“Until I can have an assurance that the impact on the future is zero,” says Akagi, “I don’t want to 100 years, 200 years is still seven generations. I want zero impact.”

You can read the full APTN article HERE.

Donations to CRED-NB now eligible for a tax credit!

Our core Coalition member, the Sierra Club Canada Foundation Atlantic Chapter, is a registered charity. They are part of our Coalition’s campaign to stop the development of SMRs (SMNRs) in New Brunswick. Click HERE to find out more about donating to CRED-NB and receiving a tax credit.

Canada’s Fatal Fission Attraction

The Energy Mix published an excellent feature by Paul McKay, a long-time anti-nuclear activist who has researched the history of design problems with CANDU reactors. Did you know that the US will not permit CANDU reactors in their country because of a particular design flaw?

You can read the article HERE.

Hampton High students support Wolastoq Grand Council resolution against nuclear development

The Climate Action Team at Hampton High School (HHS) are not only activists but also allies to Indigenous peoples. Today in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, MLA Megan Mitton (Green Party, Memramcook-Tantramar) tabled a petition from HHS students in support of the Wolastoq Grand Council resolution against nuclear energy development and nuclear waste.

Read the story HERE, in the NB Media Co-op.