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Anti uranium protest in Toronto

Large crowd calls for closure of uranium plant, Inside Toronto, 17 Nov 12   The GE-Hitachi facility at 1025 Lansdowne Ave. presses uranium powder into the pellets used to power Ontario’s nuclear reactors. The plant releases tiny amounts of radiation into the air and water each year …by Lisa Rainford
Following a march from the GE-Hitachi uranium plant at Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street, a capacity crowd of protesters filled the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre sanctuary for what organizers are calling the first of many meetings to come about the nuclear facility.

Decked out in costume, the “Raging Grannies,” a group of older women who use song to protest and raise awareness of environmental and social justice issues, kicked off the Nov. 15 meeting that brought out local politicians from all levels of government, as well as several guest experts.  “If you love your neighbourhood, no uranium… Kick GE out for good, no uranium,” sang the trio to rousing applause.
Facilitated by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s Angela Bischoff, the meeting brought together a host of speakers, including Roy Brady, from
SAGE, Safe and Green Energy Peterborough and Council of Canadians, who
spoke about public consultations to hold GE Nuclear to account; Kyra
Bell-Pasht from CELA, the Canadian Environmental Law Association and
Heather Marshall, a toxics campaigner from TEA, the Toronto
Environmental Alliance.
Area politicians revealed they were shocked that a nuclear processing
plant has been in their midsts for more than five decades.
“Like many of you in our community, I was really surprised, shocked. I
didn’t know GE was here,” Davenport MP Andrew Cash admitted to the
crowd of about 100. “When you find out after 50 years you’ve been
living next to a nuclear facility – something went wrong with the
process. Clearly, the public information program failed. What I’m
going to be doing is calling the CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety
Commission) and the Minister (of Environment) to a meeting that never
happened during the review of (GE-Hitachi’s) license.”…….


November 17, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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