G.E.s Uranium Secret – Toronto West-end Community Meeting
Thur. Nov. 15, 6 p.m. residents gather at the GE plant, 1025 Lansdowne (north of Dupont) and march together to the Davenport-Perth Community Centre for a 7 p.m. meeting (1900 Davenport).
Select List of Speakers:
Simon Paul DeneArtist, Vetran, Justice Counselor, and Land Defender
will address the hazards of uranium mining
Served as a Justice Counselor with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. Hailing from Saskatchewan where Cameco and Areva produce 40% of the world's uranium exports, Simon Paul Dene was pressured to leave Saskatchewan after questioning the practice of mining uranium. Born in Patuanak, Simon Paul Dene is a traditional Deneh from the English River First Nation and is a survivor of the Indian Residential School system, yet continues to speak his Deneh Suline. Simon Paul Dene served in 1968 and 1969 with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry and received a Special Service Medal for service in West Germany.
Simon Paul Dene writes:
"Having reflected this experience, I sought to draw the parallel that existed in the strategy to literally drive the animals over the cliffs and the policies of certain states, for example, Bosnia in 1993, to employ this very identical strategy to drive the people to their demise. This was also identical to the ways and means that the Earth was slowly being driven to its demise if we did not act upon it. So, in 1993, I initiated a performance art titled “Buffalo Jump Ahead” with the help of the Shadowland Theatre Group and a private filmmaker, Mr. Ed Bianchi, whose previous works included the struggles of the Cree Nation in Alberta titled “A Fight Against Time”. With some directing, he filmed the participation of school children and adults of Scarborough, Ontario, as I choreographed the parade down the street to the Scarborough Bluffs. It included 4- ten feet high effigies of buffalos, people waving bison banners, some on stilts wearing buffalo masks with colourful costumes and traditional drumming and chants to greet the parade at the Guildwood Park near the Scarborough Bluffs"
An animation of the 1992 Children's story illustrated by Simon Paul-Dene
Amanda is a mixed-race Onkwehonwe cis-woman (Turtle Clan, Onöndowága, of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy) who currently resides in Nogojiwanong ("peterborough", ontario). She has studied Environmental Chemistry at Trent University, and has presented in public tribunal hearings regarding GE-Hitachi Canada and the proposed expansion of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.
Amanda's research background is in radiobiology, and the cellular and long term ecological effects of long term low dose radiation exposure. She was part of the group of presenters in 2009 who, through research provided by historical documents and peer-reviewed articles, demonstrated to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission the need for GE-Hitachi to have their Low Enriched Uranium license recinded.
Amanda is involved in the struggle for Indigenous soveriengty and food security and is an active member in groups such as Food Not Bombs. She believes in empowerment through knowledge and voice in community.
Roy is a retired elementary schoolteacher who has become an
almost full-time community activist in Peterborough, and often
elsewhere in Ontario.
Began a Council of Canadians chapter in Peterborough in 2001,
remaining as Chairperson throughout. Also on the national Council
of Canadians board as an elected regional chapters representative
for Ontario and Quebec.
Is the chairperson for the Peterborough Health Coalition and also on
the Ontario Health Coalition board.
Has worked with Safe and Green Energy Peterborough (SAGE) for
a) active on the Shield Source Inc tritium battle in Peterborough
b) was the signing Recipient for SAGE's funding of up to $37 000
from the Canadian Environmental Association for intervention
in the hearing in March-April 2011 re the Darlington New Nuclear
Power Plant Project (2-4 reactors)
c) most importantly this evening, was an intervenor with five young
Trent University students at the GE-Hitachi's licensing hearing in
Ottawa, December 2010, where GE got its licensing extended but
was explicitly not allowed to possess or use Low EnrichedUranium (LEU) at its site.
Kyra Bell-Pasht is a lawyer at the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). CELAis a non-profit, public interest organization founded in 1970. CELA is an environmental law clinic – within Legal Aid Ontario – dedicated to providing legal services to low income people and disadvantaged communities, and advancing the cause of strong environmental protection through advocacy, education and law reform.
Heather Marshall On Toxins and the Community's Right to Know
Heather Marshall has worked in the field of community engagement in the areas of energy, waste and toxics for 5 years at Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA). As the Toxics Campaigner she monitors and promotes policy change at City Hall, such as the groundbreaking Community Right To Know Bylaw. In her capacity as a Good Neighbour Coordinator, she builds local community capacity in Toronto to encourage polluting companies to become good ‘green’ neighbours. She is a member of the Toronto Coalition to Prevent Cancer’s Environmental and Occupational Carcinogens Working Group. Prior to joining TEA, Heather worked in the health sector as a researcher for Cancer Care Ontario and Health Canada.
For information on TEA visit their website http://
Their motto is A Greener City for All.
Zach NoCameco Ruiter
Zach Ruiter, according to Marc Leblanc, Commission Secretary of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), "will not be useful to the Commission in coming to a decision" at the upcoming the hearing on the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station's proposed Refurbishment Environmental Assessment, operating licence renewal and Darlington Waste Management Facility renewal. Pursuant to Rule 19 of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Rules of Procedure, Zach Ruiter will not be permitted to participate at the hearing, but he plans to attend regardless of the
context of a quasi-judicial administrative tribunal proceeding.
Zach Ruiter is a graduate of Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative School, having attended from JK to Grade Six (8 years), 2 kilometres to the south-east of GE's Secret Uranium Plant at 1025 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto. Both his kindergarten teachers, Peter Laiken and Jeanne Shields now follow his activism with enthusiasm.