The Inquiry was the lead story on APTN news on April 23.
Uranium inquiry arrives in Ottawa
Geoff Nixon , The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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Some of these protesters have since taken part in the Citizens' Inquiry on the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle - an effort designed to collect thoughts, facts and other data from stakeholders and members of the public on uranium mining.
The inquiry arrived in Ottawa Tuesday, where Mrs. Morrison was the 12th speaker to offer her story.
It was the fourth and final inquiry date, with previous sessions taking place in Sharbot Lake, Kingston and Peterborough.
The Ottawa meeting saw more than 60 people gather in the basement of the Rideau Park United Church.
Those who addressed the inquiry yesterday were from many different backgrounds: A politician, a physician and a mathematician were among the first dozen to have their say, as well as an anti-uranium advocate from North Bay and a representative from the David Suzuki foundation.
Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, drove all the way from Montreal just to make a 10-minute presentation.
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CCAMU MEDIA ADVISORY
April 23, 2008
The Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle: Ottawa
41 presentations were made to a full house at the final venue of the Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle yesterday at the Rideau Park Church in Ottawa. Several notable speakers came forward with very detailed research regarding uranium mining, nuclear energy and the government's use of private and public land.
Dr. Chris Busby PhD. made a stunning presentation where he revealed that the Ontario Nuclear "? project cannot go ahead because new science shows that the basis on which it is environmentally acceptable is false. The whole ethical basis of this project, and indeed for uranium mining, refining and dispersion has been overturned by discoveries in science made in the last ten years. This is critical. As a consequence of research into the health effects of Depleted Uranium weapons, first employed in 1991 in Iraq, there has been a new focus on the biological effects of uranium exposure. Scientists have examined the interaction of uranium with biological systems in the laboratory through cell culture experiments and through physico-chemical investigations of uranium oxide particles and uranyl salts. Epidemiologists have conducted surveys of those exposed to Depleted Uranium and of Uranium workers. Gulf war and Balkan war veterans, exposed to uranium particles have been found to exhibit a bewildering range of genotoxic and other effects. Areas where uranium weapons have been used, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Kosovo, have shown consequent effects in civilians, cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, hereditary malformations out of all proportion to the intrinsic radioactivity of uranium. Those exposed, whether as miners or as Gulf War veterans, have shown objective evidence of serious genotoxic damage though chromosome aberration analysis."
He went on to say, "?agencies and governments that employ their erroneous risk models ignore, indeed do not even cite or discuss the massive evidence that their model is worthless when applied to internal exposures to elements that bind to DNA. This is an open scandal. Indeed, the senior advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on radiation and health, Dr Keith Baverstock, recently resigned on the issue of the health effects of uranium and how they were being ignored."
Stephan Hazell of the Sierra Club Canada stated that under the Nuclear Liability Act nuclear operators are limited to $75 million dollar liability for off-site damage from spills of radioactive spills or meltdown. Chernobyl's clean-up for Ukraine and Belarus alone is expected to total $460 Billion. "If no one will insure this industry, how safe can it be?"
Bruce H. Moore, Director of the International Land Coalition (ILC), Rome, had a presentation done on his behalf. The ILC is an alliance of United Nations Organizations, the World Bank, the European Commission, civil society organizations, researchers and academics who are working together in over 50 countries to support secure and equitable access to natural resources, especially land.
Mr. Moore said, "On the surface, global demand for minerals, is rich with promises of jobs for workers and bull markets for investors. However, the story below the surface is different. Worldwide, growing numbers of local land owners and indigenous peoples are losing their land and resource rights to the powerful forces of international mining, energy and forestry, frequently under outdated legislation or the ?questionable? granting of concessions to extractive industries."
Dr. Gordon Edwards, of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, said, "we must remember that Canadian uranium is used in nuclear weapons." He went on to say, "We must have zero nuclear weapons before we can even consider further uranium mining or we are continuing to perpetuate the greatest single threat to human life on this planet."
Roger Peters, of The Pembina Institute, covered their study 'Renewable is Doable.' The study reviewed the Ontario Power Association's plan to refurbish most existing nuclear plants and bring in new nuclear by about 2020. They found that renewable alternatives were more affordable and greener than nuclear or coal. They also emit half the greenhouse gas emissions. Pembina's proposals are based on what is already being done in other parts of the world such as Germany. They are currently presenting these findings to the Ontario Energy Board and are bringing in experts from outside of Canada.
Robert Lovelace, Ardoch Algonquin First Nation Elder, submitted his presentation from prison via telephone. It was read by Mireille LaPointe, the acting Co-Chief of the Ardoch's.
Mr. Lovelace stated, "We live in a critical age. Never before has humanity faced such great peril and never before has the human conscience been so alive in its collective recognition and understanding of the way forward. As a species we have become intimate with almost every ecosystem on the planet. And beyond that we have an empirical understanding of the beginning and end of this universe. However, our human systems embrace a self-defeating dilemma through reactive resistance or acquiescence to Solomon's lament that everything is vanity. And while the real choices seem ultimately confusing now is the time that we must decide the fate of generations to come."
Lynn Daniluk 613-267-0539
You are invited to attend the final and broadest session of the Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle. The Inquiry will be held on April 22nd from 1:00 pm until 9:00 (with a break 5:00 pm to 6:00) at the Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr. Come and witness all or a part of this historic event.
As we all know, the uranium cycle has huge impacts on us all and this Citizens' Inquiry, in Ottawa, on Earth Day presents the perfect opportunity and timing for citizens to come forward and have their say, regardless of whether they are for or against the various aspects.
There are over 50 presentations scheduled, from people wanting to be heard, including Bob Lovelace 'in absentia.' As well as individuals, various organizations will be represented, including: The David Suzuki Foundation, The Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, First Six Years, NDP, Inter- Church Uranium Committee Educational Cooperative, The Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan, Midwest Uranium, MiningWatch Canada, United Church of Canada, Sierra Club Canada, Paradigm Shift Environmental Alliance, Ardoch Algonquins, the Green Party, Pembina Institute, and The National Farmers Union of ON, Local 1.
Marion Dewar, former Mayor of Ottawa, will sit on the four-person panel.
Several NGO's, including many of those presenting, encouraged Donna Dillman to eat again after she had refused food for 68 days in protest over the devastating effects that uranium exploration and mining have on the environment and on future generations. Donna will be acting as facilitator of the day. Sharbot Lake, Kingston and Peterborough have hosted the popular event with over 500 having presented or observed to date.
This will be an interesting day. Hoping to see you there.
Earth Day opportunity to learn more on the Uranium Issue
Who: The Citizens Coalition Against Mining Uranium, (CCAMU) has created an opportunity for citizens and organizations to be heard
What: The Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle
Where: Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr.
When: April 22, Earth Day, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Why: "We had been asking the government to hold an inquiry into uranium mining and they failed to respond.. In the absence of action by the government, we are holding this Inquiry and have invited the Premier and his Ministers to attend to hear what people have to contribute," commented Wolfe Erlichman of the sponsoring organization
Earth Day opportunity to learn more on the Uranium Issue
The much-anticipated Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle arrives in Ottawa on April 22nd. The public forum will be held at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The sessions are open to the public and provide a neutral venue for those who have registered to have their say on any aspect of the uranium/nuclear equation - for or against.
The first in a series of hearings began on April 1st in Sharbot Lake, ON and drew a large and attentive audience. Both there and in Kingston, approximately three-dozen people presented using various modes of communication, from PowerPoint to poetry and from story to song.
At the final venue, in Ottawa, 40 presentations are expected from individuals and organizations, some of whom are traveling in from as far away as North Bay, Manitoulin Island and Montreal. The Suzuki Foundation, Midwest Uranium Mining Project in Northern Saskatchewan and various medical, political and church groups will be represented.
Panelists include former Mayor, Marion Dewar; Toronto Star columnist, Cameron Smith; retired public servant, Fraser McVie and Lorraine Rekmans, co-editor of "This is My Homeland.".
"We had been asking the government to hold an inquiry into uranium mining and they failed to respond," said Wolfe Erlichman of the sponsoring organization, The Citizens Coalition Against Mining Uranium, (CCAMU). "Fifteen councils from Kingston and Haliburton, through to Ottawa, passed resolutions supporting a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining and a public inquiry into the mining act; many thousands of people have written letters and dozens of organizations have made appeals. In the absence of action by the government, we are holding this Inquiry and have invited the Premier and his Ministers to attend to hear what people have to contribute."
Donna Dillman, a 53-year-old Lanark area grandmother, resumed eating after 68 days without food when, in lieu of action from the provincial government, CCAMU, along with several NGO's, including The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Students Against Climate Change, Sierra Club of Canada, The Suzuki Foundation and Greenpeace, rallied to announce a Citizens' Inquiry last December. "These forums offer the possibility that the government will hear our voices and begin to act on behalf of our grandchildren and the planet that sustains us. As well, they are a platform to inform and educate," said Dillman. "While not eating and living on the side of the road was a challenge, the greater hardship has been watching the inaction of the Ontario Government on the most important issues of the day."
While registration is closed, submissions will be received until May 1/08 at: firstname.lastname@example.org and can be viewed at www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com and observers are welcome.
info at: www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com
Wolfe Erlichman - 613-273-3986
Donna Dillman - 613-259-9988
Presenters willing to be contacted for comment include:
Linda Kinsella, Ottawa - (613) 736-9856 email@example.com
David Shackleton, Constance Bay - (613) 832-2284
Quis Ghanemm MD, Ottawa - firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Markle, National Farmers Union of Ontario, 613.820.5243 email@example.com
Peggy Land, Ottawa - 613-747-9651 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Martin, Co-coordinator Climate & Energy Campaign, Greenpeace - cell: 416-627-5004
Lorraine Redmans was born at Elliot Lake, Ontario, is of Ojibwa-French descent and is a member of the Serpent River First Nation. She is the co-editor of 'This Is My Homeland,' a book which captures the experiences of members of the Serpent River First Nation and the impact on their lives from uranium mining at Elliot Lake. Lorraine acted as a witness at the World Uranium Hearing at Salzburg, Austria. She is the Green Party of Canada Shadow Cabinet Critic on Aboriginal Affairs.
Cameron Smith has written the Toronto Star's environmental column for the part 12 years. He is retired, and is a former managing editor of the Globe and Mail, a two-time winner of a National Newspaper award for writing editorials, and for seventeen years was an associate member of the international Club of Rome.
Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a lawyer for a large Toronto law firm. He is a published author; the best known among his books is a history of the family of Stephen Lewis, titled, The Lewis Family, An Unfinished Journey, which was a best seller. He grew up in northern Ontario, and as a young man worked underground as a hardrock miner.
Marion Dewar was mayor of Ottawa from 1978 to 1985, and a member of the Parliament of Canada from 1986 to 1988. She has served as chair of Oxfam Canada and the Ottawa-Carleton Police Services Board. In 2002, Mrs. Dewar was made a Member of the Order of Canada. She is a committed peace activist pushing for nuclear disarmament, and personally picketing the American Embassy after the invasion of Grenada.
Mrs. Dewar appeared in the 1985 documentary "Speaking our Peace." In recent years, she has been politically active; supporting her son Paul's political career and volunteering her time for many community pursuits. She has five children, and a number of grandchildren.
Fraser McVie is a retired Director General, Security, at Correctional Services Canada. He has held a variety of senior positions in the federal corrections system in British Columbia and Ontario. During his time with Corrections Canada, Mr. McVie was responsible for helping to develop modern and humane approaches to corrections based on research based models of rehabilitation and treatment. As well, he has worked in reconstruction as an expert with United Nations Interim Mission in Kosovo and, for the past 35 years, in the Canadian criminal justice system.
These work experiences have heightened Mr. McVie's awareness and respect for fundamental human rights and the need to work very closely with all ethnic and cultural groups and communities to try to forge common understandings and viable ways to move forward while respecting the rights of all members.
Mr. McVie resides with his wife, Catherine, in Manotick, Ontario near the Rideau River. He enjoys skiing and kayaking and spending time with his daughters and two granddaughters who also live in the Ottawa area.