A Lake Huron Nuclear Deep Geological Repository?

Lake Ontario[Guest Post by Louisette Lanteigne]

OK. So there is this project to bury nuclear waste beside Lake Huron called the Lake Huron Deep Gelological Repository project, or DGR for short.

Over 92,000 people signed petitions against it. Read the Globe and Mail article Petition opposing Ontario nuclear waste plan garners 92,000 signatures.

Here is a list of Ontario Members of Parliament who have passed resolutions against it.

Over 180 municipal resolutions passed, representing 22 million people in Canada & US demanding stop of Lake Huron nuclear repository

And now Ontario Power Generation just released a new study saying there is NO PUBLIC INTEREST in this plan:
Public not concerned about moving nuclear waste bunker from Lake Huron according to Ontario reportThe blue Twitter bird mascot

What did they use to say that? They based their info on Twitter and Google searches while completely negating the resolutions, the petitions and MPs.

OPG’s Deep Geologic Repository Project

For Low & Intermediate Level Waste
Study of Alternate Locations Main Submission [PDF]
00216-REP-07701-00013

excerpt: pages 72 and 73

7.2.2 DGR Not a Concern
Research shows that there is little interest among the general public regarding the DGR Project at the Bruce Nuclear site. OPG had a social media analysis prepared in the fall of 2016. The analysis began with a detailed query in Sysomos MAP – a media analysis platform that provides news, blogs, forums, tweets and many other media results. A year’s worth of data was passed through IBM Watson’s Alchemy – a language analysis platform to identify key themes identified from OPG DGR related media activity and conversations in the past year. In addition to media analysis, the Google Keyword Planning Tool as well as Google Trends was used to understand how Ontarians are seeking information about nuclear waste disposal. In particular, the analysis focused on the keywords being used, and the frequency with which Ontarians are looking for this information.

The analysis showed that Ontarians are not looking for information on nuclear waste disposal in large volumes. This topic is not a popular one, nor is it generating large volumes of curiosity.

  • Compared to other energy related keywords (wind turbines, solar power) there is very
    little curiosity about nuclear waste disposal, or deep geologic repositories.
  • DGR related searches are at a frequency of virtually zero, and nuclear waste as a topic
    shows less interest amongst Canadians than other energy topics.
  • Looking at how Ontarians search, there is an even greater discrepancy. Energy and
    power are more important (or generate more curiosity) than disposal and waste related
    searches.
  • Currently, interest in DGR in Ontario has flat-lined; outside of a spike in May 2015
    attributed to the release of the Joint Review Panel report, there has been very little
    search frequency for ‘deep geologic repository’.

Download the PDF of the full study here.

Email Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca and Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca and let them know what you think.

Find out more — and what you can do to help at Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump

Masse: Storing Nuclear Waste Close to the Great Lakes is an Unnecessary Risk


The Federal Government has extended the deadline to make a decision on this twice has been extended twice; I believe the current deadline is August 12, 2017 ~ Laurel

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Climate Change: A Letter To The Canadian Government

Guest post by Louisette Lanteigne

Louisette Lanteigne participates in the Novemeber Climate March in Waterloo


Dear Hon. Prime Minister and Ministers

Want to stop Climate Change? We need to stop burning fossil fuels in Alberta because it is disrupting the jet streams that govern weather around the Arctic circle which influences weather around the world. It is disrupting the Rossby Waves.

During the Line 9 hearing I met a system’s engineering expert by the name of John Quarterly. He is a special advisory to the Canadian, UK and US government and has done international reviews on issues like Fukushima. He and I met at the Line 9B hearing because we were both delegates. He and I spoke about Alberta’s Heat Island impact on the jetstreams of the Arctic. I have a friend in Waterloo who specializes in that science and my father was a flight engineer for 47 years so I found discussion on heat thermals and impacts on climate and aviation was really fun. This is my kind of discussion.

If you remove trees and bogs from an area and replace it with exposed sandy sediment with lots of large black storage ponds and lots of fossil fuel burning factories and heavy machinery, it attracts and generates lots of solar heat. Particulates in the air capture it too. These heat islands generate thermals that rise up high into the atmosphere. Heat thermals expand more than cool air which is why Alberta’s heat thermals is pushing it’s way into the Arctic right now, concentrating very strong winds that then plunge deeply down towards the equator bringing Arctic air south. I live in Ontario so we get direct effects of this. I know why it’s colder than normal and why are storms and winds are growing stronger. The storms are forming vertically instead of horizontally now with quick bursts of severe storms rather than the long drawn out rainy weather we used to get. It’s a common sense issue. I’m witnessing it.

Visit this link to view a video on how the Rossby wave goes up over Alberta and how cold weather drops down into Ontario. The video was produced by NASA.

With the variables created by Alberta Oil Sands it is changing the jetstream, dramatically increasing dangers for aviation. University of Reading has excellent information on this.

The change of jet stream temperatures was also evident in the movements of fish along the Atlantic Coast. The fish are an excellent indicator species for this. Many moved north when warm waters came in as a result of augmented jet streams. Here’s data from one 30 year study.

The Innu noticed the changed of winds and the re-positioning of the Arctic as seen in this video.

NASA proved they were correct.

Rossby Waves influence weather.  Alberta is pushing hot air into the Arctic and this was a risk known for decades.

Meanders of the northern hemisphere's jet stream developing (a, b) and finally detaching a "drop" of cold air (c). Orange: warmer masses of air; pink: jet stream.
Meanders of the northern hemisphere’s jet stream developing (a, b) and finally detaching a “drop” of cold air (c).
Orange: warmer masses of air; pink: jet stream.

For those who are aware of aviation and atmospheric sciences this stuff is pretty obvious. In my view there is no way that the TSB Canada, the RCAF, Environment Canada and other government agencies have any plausible deniability on this matter— so why isn’t Canada telling the public and investors the truth?

Lack of disclosure of risk is fraud. Lack of fiscal prudence is also fraud.  Here is RBC’s position on stranded assets in Alberta. Read the conclusion.  RBC‘s stance mirrors wording used by EXXON, a company currently being sued for climate denial.

I have filed a formal complaint against RBC for failure to disclose fiscal risks and fiscal prudence through the Competition Bureau however it is my concern that this MOU may negate the jurisdictional ability to secure compliance seeing that they must disclose such concerns to the Market Surveillance Administrator of Alberta

I am also concerned that when issues are voiced to SEC about these issues that it is being monitored by Non Canadian regulators as well. Why is that? As a concerned citizen whistleblower I find that unsettling. We are not told these things when we make our complaints.

John Quarterly raised the concern of Rossby Waves during the Line 9B approval process on pages 14 & 15 in OH-002-2013 File OF-Fac-Oil-E101-2012-10 02 Response to John Quarterly Information Request No. 1.

The report clearly states:

Enbridge objects to the request as the information sought is not relevant to the issues in this proceeding.”

Any reasonably person can understand the logic that to facilitate the use of an East bound pipeline from Sarnia to Montreal would facilitate Alberta’s continued oil production and yet the NEB simply disregarded this concern as being not relevant. That in my view is outrageous.

I have included the full affidavit of Mr. Quarterly in the attachments and I encourage everyone to review his professional expertise. This isn’t the kind of guy one should ignore. Canada, NEB and Enbridge have no plausible deniability when it comes to the climate risks.

CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
Life, liberty and security of person
7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

Right now any child in Canada has the ability to sue this government for Climate inaction and if it happens I won’t hesitate to stand united with them. When it comes to the costs, ending production is cheaper than mitigating the damages, the suffering or the associated liability risks

I see how the children in Attawapiskat are getting colder as the icy Arctic winds bring cold air into their homes and around the area of the Ring of Fire. Those harsh conditions threaten their lives, food supplies and medicines of indigenous people and is contributing to their suicides. I see how these winds moved the cod away along the East Coast and how jobless fishermen are driven to work at Tar Sands to feed their families. When the young men move off, the oil companies start their exploratory drilling off our coasts. It’s all connected by design. I’m certain of it.

Louisette LanteigneMy demand is that our government STOP producing Alberta Tar Sands oil because it is contributing to scientifically measurable violations of environmental law, Indigenous Rights, and the rights to life liberty and security of person well beyond the scope of simply Alberta. It’s impacting our global weather patterns. Putting England at Risk and other areas beyond. This is already beyond reason.

Thank you kindly for your time.

Louisette Lanteigne
Waterloo, Ontario


Image Credit:
Jetstream Rossby Waves in the Northern Hemisphere by Fred The Oyster is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) License ~ I’ve added a NASA Public Domain starscape backdrop.

Climate Change

Click to go to the Guardian's interactive Graphic
Click to go to the Guardian’sInteractive Graphic

Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

Green Party leader Elizabeth May has been in Warsaw representing the 80% of Canadians who want to deal with climate change.

Please vote for Canadidates that support meaningful electoral reform to Proportional Representation.

If you live in Toronto Centre, you can cast a vote for Proportional Representation by voting for John Deverell.

Please do.

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80% of Canadians Want Climate Action

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Elizabeth May
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

The Harper Government disallowed the participation of opposition parties to attend the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw as part of the Canadian Delegation.  

Elizabeth May, Canada’s Green Party leader, attended the conference as part of the Afghanistan Delegation. 

What a dramatic illustration of the lack of representation Canadians have in what we are told is a democratic government.

The problem is that a winner-take-all electoral system, like the one we have now, means the majority of Canadians do not have a voice in parliament.

Canada needs to reclaim democracy before it is too late.

In 2015 we all must vote for candidates committed to electoral reform to proportional representation.

Nearly 50% of eligible Canadians voters don’t vote, many because our inequitable electoral system has made them feel disenfranchised.  Because only some votes count in our unfair out dated First Past The Post electoral system. We need to encourage everyone to vote for candidates committed to meaningful electoral reform in 2015.  If Canadians cast enough fractional votes for candidates committed to Proportional Representation, we will all win.

We need to make all our votes count.

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Image Credit
Elizabeth May by ItzaFineDay released under a creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

For information on Proportional Representation visit FairVote.ca

#Elsipogtog: What the Frack?

I didn’t understand how fracking caused the water coming out of the taps in people’s kitchens to ignite into flames or explode. This drawing explains a lot.

Fracking: Whats in your water?

Natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanoes have plagued humanity throughout recorded history. Bridges and buildings have sunk into the earth or fallen over because they were not built on a solid foundation. Is wholesale fracking dangerous to our planet’s structure?

Worse, there is a growing body of evidence that fracking endangers our water supply.

Years ago I read an entire National Geographic issue devoted to water. Until then, I had never thought about water, or realized our planet has a finite fresh water supply. Water is something we reuse over and over again, and the water we drink today is the same water that dinosaurs drank back in the day. The magazine pointed out that while human beings have done nothing to increase the fresh water supply, we have managed to decrease it.

By 2050 a third of the people on Earth may lack a clean, secure source of water.
National Geographic

That was before fracking. Fracking increases the danger to our water supply dramatically.

Q: So why is Fracking suddenly a problem around the world?
A: Corporations exist for one purpose only: to make money. Corporations don’t care what damage they do so long as there is profit. Fracking makes money.

New Brunswick

I don’t live in New Brunswick, but as a Canadian I am horrified by what is happening there.

On the morning of October 17, 2013, approximately 200 RCMP – some dressed in military fatigues and armed with snipers – stormed a Mi’kmaq anti-fracking blockade and camp near Rexton, New Brunswick. Journalist Miles Howe, on site, described the situation as “RCMP having their guns drawn.” RCMP have confirmed at least 40 arrests, with reports of Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock as well as Mi’kmaq Warriors being targeted. Media reports have also been pouring in of people being tasered, having police dogs set on them, and rubber bullets being fired – including at young children.”

No One Is Illegal: Support Actions for Mi’kmaq anti fracking blockade

Why is this happening?

“A Texas shale gas drilling company wants to poison New Brunswick and the court says it’s fine. Go ahead. But the stubborn people don’t want to be poisoned! Darn stubborn people. The court says you have to let the Shale gas company poison you! You are so silly, you people.”

— Bridget Courchene, Facebook

Self defence has always counted toward legal justification. When corporate actions are endangering the water people need to drink — water we need to live, the corporation must be stopped.

Why has the only government intervention here been to send police and RCMP shock troops against a peaceful protest?

The people of the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick need our help:

Sign the leadnow.ca petition:

http://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/tell-the-rcmp-don-t-violently-intervene-in-peaceful-first-nations-protests

and/or

Contact New Brunswick Premier David Alward:

Express your concern over the government and RCMP’s actions against the Mi’kmaq.
Premier David Alward, New Brunswick
Email: premier@gnb.ca
Phone: (506) 453-2144
Fax : (506) 453-7407

The public good requires that human rights must be put before corporate profits. Fracking allows dangerous chemicals to be released into our ground water aquifers. This is not good for life on earth.

This should not be happening in Canada.

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a democratic nation where governments listened to citizens rather than doing the bidding of powerful corporations? It is a sad commentary on our electoral system that the only legal recourse citizens have is to beg the government not to destroy our environment? Canada badly needs Proportional Representation so that our governments will put the public good first as a matter of course.

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For More Information:
Physicians For Social Responsibility: Health Effects of Chemicals Used in Fracking

MEDIA COVERAGE:

CBC: Elsipogtog chief appoints ‘peacekeeper’ in shale gas dispute

Earth First: Tense Standoff at Elsipogtog Blockade, Molotovs Thrown

TAR SANDS BLOCKADE: Police Raid Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Blockade in New Brunswick. They Need Your Help!

Huffington Post: Elsipogtog First Nation Sees Violence As RCMP Moves To End Protest

Popular Resistance: Corporate media coverage creates ignorance, which enables violence

Last Real Indians: #Elsipogtog: Machine Guns Against Eagle Feathers (Interview with Ex-Chief of Elsipogtog)

TWO ROW TIMES: “FRACK OFF!” Elsipogtog First Nation announces major land reclamation in ongoing anti-fracking struggle

Daily KOS: Help Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Blockade. UPDATE Eye Witness War Zone Report

APTN: Elsipogtog solidarity is spreading across Canada


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Stand Up For Science: Heather Douglas, Ph.D.

Rally at Kitchener City Hall

Kitchener City Hall ~ “Stand Up For Science”

Interview: Scott Ramsay,Chair of Biology WLU

Heather Douglas, Ph.D.speaks to the crowd via megaphone

 

When I arrived at City Hall, I caught Rosie Del Campo‘s interview with a local scientist for CTV.  Scott Ramsay is the Chair of Biology at Wilfred Laurier University, explained why Canadian scientists feel the need to step out of the laboratory and into the political arena.

On Monday Kitchener was one of the 16 cities across Canada holding an Evidence For DemocracyStand Up For Science” rally.

Heather Douglas, the Balsillie School of International Affairs‘s Waterloo Chair of Science and Society at the spoke to the crowd about the Erosion Of Science In Canada, The Link Between Science And Democracy, And Why We Need To Increase Funding For Research In Both Basic And Applied Sciences.

I’ve posted two video clips from Ms Douglas’ talk on YouTube.

Heather Douglas

Standing up for Science

Heather Douglas Stand Up For Science ~ Kitchener

Organizer Terry Helm checks his camera

Terry Helm organized the  Kitchener “Stand Up For Science” rally.

Organizers Byron Weber Becker and Sharon Sommerville hold a "Proportional representation for a better democracy banner.

Fair Vote organizers, Byron Weber Becker and Sharon Sommerville
hold the “Proportional Representation for better democracy” banner.