CAW and Toronto Public Health have no problem with poisoning workers and Torontonians

This comes from Dr. Dorothy,

It is alarming that Toronto Public Health would be complicit in the misinformation and reliance upon the polluter's own data, its like the fox guarding the henhouse.  

See the correspondence between Toronto Public Health, CAW, and Dr. Dorothy. 

Thanks Ken  - this will be of concern to many  - you should know that the CNSC is seen to be complicit with the nuclear industry and in fact several in it have been related to the nuclear industry it in some way and are seen to be promotors - You'll remember how the previous head of it (Linda???) was fired a few years ago for urging caution on some Chalk River nuclear facilities - she was later proven to be right. I and others I believe would want to be assured that the studies and evaluations are done by independent scientists and researchers, rather than on the information that is given by GE Hitachi via the CNSC.
I doubt Toronto Public Health does their own research on these issues but often relies on government agencies such as CNSC to provide such information. I believe some of the citizens in the area have begun independent research so I hope they are and or will be in direct contact with Barbara Lachapelle at TPH. And I hope the website she is referring to will carry independent reseach in the future.
My best wishes

From: Ken Bondy []
Sent: March-07-13 1:51 PM
To: Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg
Subject: RE: Human Chain around GE 1025 Lansdowne Saturday March 9 @ Noon plus Janet Sherman on Fukushima Two Years later and OCAA notice

It would be good to share the email I received below to all of your contacts if you wish.


Ken Bondy
National Coordinator
Health – Safety – Environment
CAW – Canada
205 Placer Court
Toronto, Ontario
M2H 3H9

Hi Ken,
It was great to speak with you yesterday and discuss Toronto Public Health (TPH) efforts with respect to GE Hitachi at 1025 Lansdowne Avenue.
For several years now GE has been voluntarily submitting environmental reports to us for review.  These include perimeter air monitoring results, soil sampling results, stack testing, etc.  We have been comparing these data with the criteria established by the CNSC, and also with relevant health benchmarks to insure there are no health impacts to the community.  Based on the results reviewed to date, we have no concerns about the facility.

As I've also mentioned during our conversation, the Toronto City Council has recently passed a motion requesting the Medical Officer of Health and TPH to continue to review emission results from GE and to share those results with the public via our website.  We are currently in the process of establishing a dedicated GE page where we can share with the public the emission results, provide appropriate health-based comparison benchmarks, and to provide updates on our efforts with respect to the facility.
In the meantime, if there are any concerns or questions, they can be directed to me for response. 

Please feel free to share my contact information with anyone who is interested in learning more about our actions with respect to GE Hitachi.
Best regards,

Barbara Lachapelle
Environmental Response Team
Healthy Environments
Toronto Public Health, South Region
44 Victoria Street, 18th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1Y2

From: Zach Ruiter []
Sent: March-07-13 9:56 AM
Subject: Human Chain around GE 1025 Lansdowne Saturday March 9 @ Noon

You are invited, and invited to pass on the invitation to the GE Human Chain Reaction against Nuclear Power.

Meet Saturday March 9 at noon at the corner of Lansdowne and Brandon, outside of GE's 1025 Lansdowne Uranium 'Secret' Processing Facility.

This event is designed to co-incide with human chains against nuclear around the world to mark the beginning of the 2nd anniversary of the Fukushima meltdowns.  

I hope to see you there and hope you can bring people out to this event. 

Bring gloves and hat and scarf...

Zach NoCameco
From: Janette Sherman <>
Date: March 6, 2013 11:13:18 AM EST

Subject: Fukushima - Two Years Later

From: Janette Sherman <>
Date: March 6, 2013 11:13:18 AM EST

A Basic Primer

Fukushima: Two Years Later

Over the last two years, questions arise as to whether the Fukushima nuclear disaster is worse than Chernobyl. Unless the principles of physics, chemistry and biology are cancelled, the effects that have been documented in the various populations exposed to the radioactive releases from Chernobyl will occur in those exposed to Fukushima releases. This is not new information – it has been known for decades.

Let us consider “Science 101.”
When uranium is split as in a reactor, or bomb, it releases great amounts of heat, and energy, as well as multiple radioactive decay products. Once released the process of decay cannot be stopped. It takes approximately 10 half-lives for an isotope to fully decay. Given that the half-life of cesium is some 30 years, it will be three centuries before the levels return to normal.

Incineration of contaminated materials is occurring in Japan, but burning, whether in an incinerator or a forest fire spreads the pollution. Isotopes in soil, water, food, plants or animals cannot be detected by sight, taste, or smell. Radiation measuring devices can detect the alpha, beta and gamma emissions, but only if they are performed, and are useful only if the information is released to the public.

All elements, radioactive or not, belong to groups best shown in the Periodic Table of Elements. Radioactive strontium belongs to the same chemical family as calcium, and like calcium becomes deposited in the bones and teeth of children as well as in animals, fish and birds. Like potassium, radioactive cesium is deposited in muscle – of all animals – fish, birds, and humans, while radioactive iodine, is taken up by the thyroid gland, causing the greatest damage in unborn and young animals. These chemicals damage as they release high-energy radiation that causes damage to the surrounding tissues, including mutations.

As radioactive isotopes re spread over land and water, they become deposited – but in a non-uniform manner, depending upon wind direction, weather, and elevation.
Life process in plants results in the up-take of radioactivity, which is released as plants die, or become dormant, and leaves fall to the ground, to seep into the soil to be take up again the next season. In the interim, fruit, vegetables and grains eaten by livestock and people becomes contaminated.
As isotopes fall upon both fresh and seawater, they are absorbed by plankton, crustaceans, fish, mammals, etc., and spread throughout the food chain.

After Chernobyl, not all life systems were examined, but of those that were – wild and domestic animals, birds, insects, plants, fungi, fish, trees, and humans, all were damaged, many permanently. Thus what happens to animals and plants with short-term life spans is predictive of those with longer ones.
Moller and Mousseau have done field research in both Chernobyl and Fukushima. They document adverse effects seen in organisms with short life spans such as birds, rodents and insects (which have completed as many as 25 generations) that is much worse than has been reported in humans (who are now entering their 3rd generation since Chernobyl.)

The uniqueness of Japan bears mention. Japan is a small country with a large, dense population. The population density around the Fukushima nuclear plants is greater than around Chernobyl. Now two years later, the Fukushima plants are still leaking. Consider too, the area Fukushima area was/is a major crop producing area, and the level of radioactive cesium in vegetables, and fish continues to increase.

Janette D. Sherman, M. D. is the author of Life’s Delicate Balance: Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer and Chemical Exposure and Disease, and is a specialist in internal medicine and toxicology. She edited the book Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and Nature, written by A. V. Yablokov, V. B., Nesterenko and A. V. Nesterenko, published by the New York Academy of Sciences in 2009. Her primary interest is the prevention of illness through public education. She can be reached at: and