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Beverly Fernandez on the risks of a Nuclear Dump in Kincardine Ontario

Earlier this month in Kincardine Ontario, a second round of public hearings were held to discuss a proposal by Ontario Power Generation to bury low and intermediate level nuclear waste one kilometer form the shores of Lake Huron.

The proposed Deep Geological Repository (GDR) would hold nuclear waste from Bruce Nuclear Power Station for approximately 100,000 years, the OPG claims.

The claims have concerned citizens and groups concerned about the potential contamination of Lake Huron and other great lakes with nuclear radiation.

Beverly Fernandez is a member of Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, a group of concerned citizens who formed in an attempt to educate other citizens and ultimately prevent the repository from being constructed. The group has a petition with over 70,000 signatures on it. SIGN THE PETITION HERE

Fernandez highlights key global examples of other DGRs leaking and stresses the importance of keeping Lake Huron, a drinking source for millions, radiation free. She also notes that Americans in Michigan are also taking action against this DGR and are calling on legislation to prevent it from being constructed. More information on their actions can be found here

NEWS NOW’s Christian Deo has this report.

 

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Sci-Fi at OPIRG York, Justice for Ned Livingston Peart, and Spoken Word Artist Brittany Prout

Wednesday, July 10th edition:

York Connect: News Now‘s Ayushi Sharman speaks with Kenji Tokawa, the library coordinator at OPIRG York, about their summer radical reading series focusing on radical science fiction. Tokawa tells us about the work done at OPIRG York, how sci-fi can demonstrate creative models for human progress, and the summer series being moderated by feminist science fiction author, Zainab Amadahy. Listen to learn more about the event beginning July 24 that will engage with the works of Robert Sullivan, Thomas King, and Octavia Butler.

[Image via www.facebook.com/events/540176056041767]

Feature Interview: News Now‘s Ayushi Sharman interviews Tzazna Miranda Leal, a member of Justicia for Migrant Workers, about the recent hearing at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario for the death of Ned Livingston Peart. Leal speaks on the demand for justice through a public inquest into Peart’s death and the need for systemic change by amending Ontario’s Coroners Act to include mandatory inquests for migrant worker deaths in the agricultural industry. Listen to Leal talk about the racialized nature of agriculture in Ontario and how such an amendment is an extension of rights already granted to workers in the construction and mining industries.

[Image via www.facebook.com/justice4mw]

Independent Arts and Culture: Part four of our series on Toronto artists who bring light to social issues. News Now‘s Hailee Ingleton interviews spoken word artist Brittany Prout about her poetry, performing on stage, and empowering people by expressing thoughts and feelings they themselves can’t. Listen to Prout perform “Ready,” a spoken word piece about how she feels about love in her life.

[Image via www.facebook.com/brittany.a.prout]

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“Bringing Words to Life” with Bruce Beardy, Mark Haden on the “War on Drugs”, and Heart Health with Prof. Tara Haas

Thursday, July 4th edition:

Independent Arts and Culture: News Now‘s Rachelle Chau speaks with Bruce Beardy, co-ordinator of the Native Language Instructors’ Program at Lakehead University, about an article he wrote in the magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers, Professionally Speaking. “Bringing Words to Life” talks about Beardy’s conversations with other indigenous teachers at the Native Language Symposium this past January and how that helped him to become the lead writer for the Teaching Ojibwe and Teaching Oji-Cree Additional Qualification course guidelines. Listen to Beardy speak on the holistic education model found in aboriginal cultures and how it takes into account all parts of life.

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Feature Interview: “What would a society that didn’t criminalize drug use look like?” In part two of News Now‘s series critically analyzing drug policy, CHRY reporter Matt Prokopiw speaks with Mark Haden, a University of British Columbia professor at the School of Population and Public Health. Haden speaks on the failures of the “war on drugs” and why there needs to be “a regulated approach [taken] to current illegal drugs based on public health principles.” Hear how a criminal justice model is not an effective method to combat harmful drug use and how the Netherlands and Portugal have addressed the issues through public health policy.

[Image via www.drugfree.org/join-together/dr…rime-rate-report]

York Connect: From “Pump You Up” on CHRY’s Halftime, Host Randy Reid speaks with Tara Haas, associate professor at the York University School of Kinesiology and Health Science. Listen to Professor Haas talk about how the body and supportive organs respond to and evolve through exercise to positively enhance cardiovascular health.

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May 30 – Feature Interview: Environmental Defence on Ontario’s Pledge to Renewable Energy


News Now’s Christian Deo and Maggie Reid speak with Environmental Defence campaign director Gillian McEachern about the Ontario government’s recent pledge to commit to more renewable energy sources and community energy plans. McEachern explains how the province has been a leader in renewable energy and can continue to build its green energy sector in the face of a federal government focused primarily on oil and gas development. Listen to hear what this announcement means for Ontarians today.

[Image via environmentaldefence.ca]

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May 16 – York Connection: FoodShare Toronto’s “Taste of the Food Terminal”

News Now’s Christian Deo speaks with Charlyn Ellis from FoodShare Toronto about the upcoming event “Taste of the Food Terminal” at the Ontario Food Terminal on Saturday, May 25. Ellis talks about how FoodShare Toronto is “Canada’s largest community food security organization […] and work[ing] to empower individuals, families, and communities through food based initiatives.”

[Image via tasteofthefoodterminal.com]