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UPDATE: Calzavara delivers Great Lakes petition to Queen’s Park

This afternoon, Council of Canadians Ontario-Quebec regional organizer Mark Calzavara delivered a petition with more than 101,000 names to Queen’s Park demanding that Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty do the right thing and put a stop to the planned shipments of nuclear waste on the Great Lakes.

In the critical days before Ontarians vote in the October 6 provincial election, we are urging the premier, in the words of the petition, to “stand up for the safety and protection of the public and our shared environment by banning all nuclear shipments on the Great Lakes.”

To date, the McGuinty government has deferred responsibility to the federal government on the planned Bruce Power shipments of nuclear waste and, despite the evident risks, has not called for an environmental assessment.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says, “Dalton McGuinty did the right thing by agreeing to an environmental assessment for the Melancthon quarry just days before the provincial election was called. Now we are calling on Mr. McGuinty to do the right thing again – by clearly stating his opposition to the shipping of nuclear waste on the Great Lakes so that voters know where he stands come October 6.”

Our media release on the petition can be read at http://canadians.org/media/water/2011/29-Sep-11.html.

The on-line petition – which is still accepting signatures – is at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/214/367/304/.