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30th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster in Canada

On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant near Prypiat exploded and melted down. The impact of the Chornobyl disaster is still being felt today, with adverse effects on the health of many people.  Estimates on the numbers of indirect deaths as a result of the Chornobyl disaster vary from the…

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“Echoes of Chornobyl” in Toronto

“Echoes of Chornobyl”, an evening of song and storytelling, happened in Toronto. The Chornobyl (Ukrainian spelling) accident on April 26, 1986, was one of the worst nuclear power plant accidents in history, in the number of casualties, and devastating contamination. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much…

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The Lasting Legacies of Chernobyl and Fukushima from Greenpeace

A new report marks the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima and the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disasters. The recently published Greenpeace report “Nuclear scars: The Lasting Legacies of Chernobyl and Fukushima” (2016, March 9)  promotes research by the Greenpeace’s experts who carried out radiation field work to expose the unrelenting crises in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine…

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‘A2-B-C’ Film Screening: What is Happening to Children from Fukushima

‘A2-B-C’ Film is explaining how, eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown, children in Fukushima are suffering from severe nose bleeds and are developing skin rashes and thyroid cysts and nodules (A 2). Citing a lack of transparency in the official medical testing of their children and the ineffectiveness of the decontamination of their homes and…

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“Unreasonable Risks to National Security” in Canada

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission states that the operators of an Ontario nuclear power plant failed to comply with certain licensing conditions, behaviour that could produce “unreasonable risks to national security.” Global News report by  Monique Muise and Jacques Bourbeau provides more insights. Ontario Power Generation Inc. was slapped with a $31,690 fine in a…

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Ian MacKenzie’s “Reactor”

A film “Reactor” reminds us about a tragedy in Japan. On March 11th, 2011 a 9.0 earthquake triggered a massive tsunami off the coast of Japan. This disaster resulted in an estimated 15,878 deaths and trillions of dollars in damage, including a partial meltdown at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In…

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Got Your Pills?

The Ukrainian-Canadian newspaper “New Pathway” published the article “Got your pills?” by Alexander Belyakov. The City of Toronto, the Region of Durham and Ontario Power Generation are mailing KI pills to homes and businesses within the 10 km zones. They are also supplying KI pills on request to all residents living within 50 km of the…

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Workshop “Strengthening American Food Resilience”

The US National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) organises a conference with the “Food-Energy-Water Nexus” theme in Washington DC on January 19-21, 2016.  One of the workshops will review key concepts for improving food resilience and how they can be translated into action. The Food Resilience articles (including on food security after Chernobyl and…

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Toronto’s Emergency Response Protocols Under Review

The Executive Committee of Toronto City Council, chaired by Mayor John Tory, adopted a motion on Toronto’s nuclear emergency response and considered the recommendations from 11 city councillors. Darlington nuclear generating station has four reactors producing about 3.5 Gigawatts. It is located about 40 km east of the Toronto limits. The Pickering nuclear power plant…

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Nuclear Safety in the Greater Toronto Area

There are two nuclear plants – the Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Power Stations – in the Greater Toronto Area. What have we learned from the Fukushima and Chernobyl disasters? The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) held a two-part public hearing on the application by Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) to renew, for a period of…

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