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NUCLEAR: Downtown info sessions, protest

Activist groups gathered in downtown Ottawa on Aug. 22 to protest how Canada is managing its nuclear waste materials, the culmination of two days of events. Starting with a press conference at the National Press Theatre and public information meeting at the Ottawa Public Library on Aug. 21, participants staged a protest the next day outside the offices of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. From left: Jim Coffey guides Paul Gallagher as he carries the canoe during the Red Canoe March for Nuclear Safety.
The two days of anti-nuclear events continued Aug. 21 in the evening with an informal public meeting at the Ottawa Public Library, before the Red Canoe March for Nuclear Safety occurred the next morning. From left: Lynn Jones, of the Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County, Réal Lalonde of Action Climat Outaouais and Ottawa Riverkeeper Executive Director Patrick Nadeau lead the opening of the march on Aug. 22, with the offices of the CNSC looming behind them.
The Red Canoe March for Nuclear Safety was meant to send a message to the CNSC and CNL that the country requires a more environmentally-friendly approach to disposing of nuclear waste. From left: Ottawa Raging Grannies Ria Heynen, Jo Wood, Martha Ruben and Helen Johansen were among the groups participating in the march on Aug. 22.
Speakers at the protest included Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Unifor reps Raymond Thibert and Rene Emond, Raymond “Stone” Iwaasa as he brought a message from the Mohawk Traditional Council in Montreal and more. From left: Elssa Martinez and Jason Phelps, of the Old Fort Williams Cottagers’ Association, lead the march around the block containing 280 Slater St.
The march started at 10 a.m. at 152 Bank St., before circling the block with stops to repeat chants against entombing reactors, with a focus on locations along the Ottawa River. From left: Old Fort Williams Cottagers’ Association member Johanna Echlin and Ottawa Riverkeeper Executive Director Patrick Nadeau were amongst the participants voicing their concerns during the march on Aug. 22.

CHARLES DICKSON
OTTAWA Aug. 21-22, 2018
“The plan to entomb and abandon radioactive carcasses of nuclear reactors next to major rivers is an abomination,” says Dr. Gordon Edwards, President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.
Speaking at a press conference in Ottawa last Tuesday, Edwards laid out concerns about plans for the disposal of radioactive wastes at four Canadian nuclear facilities, all near major rivers.
One is at Rolphton, across the Ottawa River from the Pontiac community of Rapides-des-Joachims, where the plan is to entomb the NPD (Nuclear Power Demonstration) reactor “by dumping all the radioactive garbage into the sub-basement (of the reactor), filling it with cement and leaving it there for eternity,” as Edwards described it.
Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director of the Canadian Law Association (CELA), who also participated in the Tuesday briefing, said this approach would not meet International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guidelines.

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