Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Prepare for road, rail blockades on May 29: Mohawk activist

OTTAWA — The Mohawk protester who helped shut down a stretch of Ontario's
busiest highway last June says Canadians can expect more disruption on May

That's the date chiefs across the country have circled for another day of
peaceful demonstration to push for urgent action on native poverty. Shawn
Brant, who led highway and railroad blockades near Kingston, Ont., last
June, says placard-waving won't cut it.

(Full article at: http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5heaq8ApZNXF-Etl1d06u9TkSZnzw)

Ont. electricity consumers on hook for Bruce Power cost overruns; critics say

TORONTO - Ontario electricity consumers will be the ones stuck with the bill for escalating costs to re-start a Bruce Power nuclear station, which the company now says will cost 24 per cent more than initially expected, critics warned Thursday.

The nuclear electricity generator said Thursday it now estimates the cost of returning two idle reactor units to service at between $3.1 billion and $3.4 billion, up from an original 2005 cost projection of $2.75 billion.
(Full article at: http://www.cbc.ca/cp/business/080417/b0417149A.html)

Toronto Citizens' Inquiry on Uranium Mining

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Hart House, East Common Room
7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
Southwest of Museum subway station
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Open to the public. Refreshments served.

Scheduled presentations include:

· Chief Paula Sherman, Ardoch Algonquin First Nation
· Donna Dillman, Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium
· Dr. Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
· Marion Odell, International Institute of Concern for Public Health
· Rosalia Paiva, International Campaign for Indigenous Dignity
· Lorraine Rekmans, author of This is my Home (re: Eliot Lake uranium mine)
· Rev. Ralph Carl Wushke, Ecumenical Chaplain, University of Toronto
· Mining Watch Canada
· Greenpeace
· … and many more

The issues on the table include (but are not limited to):

· The social, health and environmental costs of uranium mining
· Water issues: tailings dam disasters, water use in mining, tritium
· The use of uranium in weapons, both nuclear and conventional
· Aboriginal land claims, colonialism, and mining on native land
· The Ontario Mining Act and local community opposition to it
· Global criticism of Canadian mining companies and current legislation
· Nuclear energy waste disposal problems and renewable energy alternatives


This Citizens' Inquiry is organized by Students Against Climate Change
in cooperation with the Community Coalition Against Uranium Mining and
the Social Justice Committee of the Graduate Students Union of the
University of Toronto.

Algonquin Highlands supports moratorium on uranium mining!

Yet another township in Haliburton County has added their voice to the
growing chorus of municipalities and townships around Ontario who
support a moratorium on uranium mining! The Township of Algonquin
Highlands has become number 17! We don't have much information as
of yet, but we heard word today by phone that the resolution to
support a moratorium on uranium mining and changes to the Mining Act
was unanimously passed by the council of Algonquin Highlands.

FUME would like to thank the Township of Algonquin Highlands for their
support and consideration of this issue.

We will post more details on our website as they become available.

Christine Atrill & Robin Simpson
FUME (www.fighturanium.com)
(705) 447-3407


Co-Chief Paula Sherman, visited Bob Lovelace on Monday and reports
that he has not been getting the books that people have been sending
to the Lindsay Correctional Centre. The books go straight to the
library and Bob does not have access to this facility. If you would
like to send him photocopies of articles and other material, he can
receive small amounts at a time. Letters are always welcome.

Paula reports that Bob is in good spirits and is still determined to
hold his ground.

Letters of support for Robert Lovelace can be mailed to:

Central East Correctional Centre
541 Hwy 36
Lindsay, Ontario
K9V 4S6


Another insightful day at the Uranium Citizens' Inquiry, this time
held in Peterborough, Ontario, on April 15th.

This particular event, hosted by Anna Petry and Safe And Green Energy
(SAGE), was attended by many people from the Port Hope, Haliburton,
Toronto and the Bancroft area region. Their personal accounts of how
uranium has impacted their community was very moving and at times very
upsetting. Today I have included a submission from Dan Rudka, a former
nuclear energy worker in Port Hope, who bravely gave us a very
personal account of how uranium has impacted his life. It is because
of people such as Dan, that we continue to fight our collective fight.

Thank you to Anna Petry and the many wonderful people of SAGE, for
providing us with a great venue for the Inquiry as well as an
incredible potluck dinner.

The Peterborough panelists included:

Marion Dewar: Ottawa mayor from 1978 - 1985 and a Member of Parliment
from 1986 - 1988. She was a former Chair of Oxfam Canada and the
Ottawa-Carleton Police Services Board. In 2002 she was a recipient of
the Order of Canada. Marion has been politically active and volunteers
her time for many community pursuits.

Fraser McVie: Retired from senior positions in the Canadian justice
system. While there he helped develop modern and humane approaches to
corrections based on rehabilitation and treatment. He has had
extensive experience in international projects and peacekeeping,
including work as an expert with UN Interim Mission in Kosovo.

Professor Robert Paehlke: Trent University professor, Department of
Political Studies and Environmental and Resource Studies. He is a
recipient of the 1997 Trent University Faculty Research Award and has
published widely in the areas of environmentalism and administration.
He has worked with governments and environmental organizations.
Unfortunately Professor Paehlke was not able to attend the Inquiry due
to health related issues.

The following people made presentations:

Mark Winfield, Christine Artill (FUME), Robin Simpson (FUME), Mike
Nickerson (The Sustainability Project), Siren Sounding the Alarm,
Heather Ross (Environment Haliberton), Bruce Cox (Executive Director
of Greenpeace Canada) Co-Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation,
Professor Paula Sherman, Julie Caron, John Miller (Families Against
Radiation Exposure), Rachel Edge (Trent U Mural Group), Doug Smith
(Green Party of Ontario), Kathryn Langley (SAGE), Dan Rudka, Linda
Harvey (CCAMU), Raging Grannies, Kawartha World Issues Centre, Marion
Burton (Occupational & Environmental Health Coalition), Corinne Mintz,
Carol Winter (SAGE, Ploughshares), Steve Sharpe (NDP), Angel Hamilton,
Marianne Pedretti, Michael Ketemer, Andrew Johncox, Faye More, Tom
Lawson (for himself and on behalf of his daughter Molly), Pat Lawson,
Peter Tabuns (MPP, NDP Environmental Critic), John Etches (SAGE),
Susan Howlett (Kawartha Community Midwives), Roy Brady (SAGE), Richard
Tyssen, Greg Roy, James Wilkes, Frank Morrison and Erin Parker.

The Inquiry has now seen over 120 presentations with another 40 to go
at the Ottawa session.

To see Garth Gullekson's photos of this event go to,