Renewable energy and the power of the nuclear industry

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Communities and workers have come to depend on nuclear and fossil fuel producers much as Windsor has come to rely on the automotive industry. Change is frightening and workers tend to back whoever they see as protecting their interests. The question is – who benefits?  In terms of nuclear, where the risks are born by citizens who have to pay higher electricity rates for nuclear cost over runs and if there are accidents, in the short term workers can live a typical middle class suburban lifestyle, but in the long run we pay higher taxes and electricity rates, remain uncertain about what happens with nuclear waste, and suffer possible health problems as a result of a nuclear accident. In the meantime the nuclear industry, PR firms and government ministers get wealthy as the ecosystem we all rely on is denigrated. So the good news is that coal plants will be phased out by Dec 31, 2014, according to Jack Gibbons of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, and the Ontario government is moving to empower citizens to be a real player in renewable energy production. There is a real battle on and most of us are not fully aware of what is at stake. It seems we have to take a political stand and make sure there is a government in Ontario that will not cave in to the nuclear industry. That means we have to have to understand how the micro feed program and community power fund mean for us. To get there, in the fist half hour we’ll talk to Jose Etcheverry, Assistant Prof. in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York U. and president of the Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance. His current research is focused on renewable energy technology transfer, training and education, climate change and energy policy. In the second half hour we’ll take to Jack Gibbons, Chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.

Currently we have to realities competing with each other: old generation relying on fossil fuel and nuclear generation and efficient, decentralized renewable energy production.  The nuclear and fossil fuel entities are politically very powerful and hold sway over policy decisions.

On “our” side is the Community Power Fund which is s a unique program “… incorporated as a non-profit, co-operative corporation … governed by a 10 member Board of Directors.” It allows First Nation and community groups (housing co-ops for example) to structure and develop their own energy projects. The Micro Feed in Tariff program is designed as an added bonus that pays a premium rate for KW hours.  Also in the mix is the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, “ a province-wide, member-based, non-profit organization representing more than 1500 individuals including private citizens, cooperatives, farmers, First Nations, businesses, institutions and municipalities. OSEA members are engaged in or supporting Community Power projects and renewable energy.”

On the “other” side is the nuclear power industry with more than enough money to protect its interests and promote misinformation about renewable energy.

Nov. 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Today’s program highlights Nov 25. as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We welcomed   Jennifer Cline and her work at the Well-Come Centre for Human Potential, and Shaista Akbar, coordinator of the Womyn’s Centre at the University of Windsor.

In an November 16 article by Gary Dimmock, in the Ottawa Citizen, he reported that  a “judge … condemned a handful of Ottawa police officers for subjecting a female prisoner to “an indignity” in a strip search of the young woman who had her shirt and bra cut off, only to be left half-naked in soiled pants in a jail cell for three hours before being given a jumpsuit.” He went on to report that the “… incident began when Bonds was stopped by police downtown Ottawa. After running her name and coming up with nothing, they told the young, black makeup artist to keep walking on home. But after a few steps, she turned back and asked why Ottawa Police bothered to stop her in the first place.”

Lately, a TV commercial raised my wife’s ire because a male is shown with a chocolate treat that when struck against a table causes a women naked in a bath tub to come crashing down into his living room. In shock she covers herself while the voice over says nice things happen when you buy this chocolate. My wife’s question was nice for whom!? The women is completely vulnerable and at the mercy of this smiling stranger. There is a disturbing linkage between the pleasure of eating the chocolate and a naked woman literally dropping into his apartment.


Wednesday, November 24 at 8 pm there is a Charity Bingo Night. Everyone who attends who registers as coming from the Third World Resource Centre will earn $10 for us. So if 10 people register, we will get $100, $200 for 20 people, and so on. The more people who say they are coming from Third World Resource Centre, the more money we will receive. Each person will receive a complimentary soft drink or coffee – and maybe they will win some $$$ The bingo is at Breakaway Gaming Centre at the corner of Wyandotte St. W. and Crawford Ave.

The Windsor Workers’ Action Centre will be having a spaghetti fundraiser dinner on November 30th at All Saints’ Church. Please join us for a night of guest speakers and good food. Tickets will be available at WWAC (or from any of the WWAC members) and the Labour Studies Department, University of Windsor. Event details below:

Event details:

Theme: Worker Centers: Agricultural, Migrant, and Undocumented Workers – The Way Forward.

Stan Raper:  National Coordinator of the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA).
Chris Ramsaroop: Justicia For Migrant Workers
Elena Herrada: Centro Obrero de Detroit
Location: All Saints’ Anglican Church, 330 City Hall Square West, Windsor, ON, N9A 1J3
Time: Tuesday November 30th, 6pm (dinner served at 6:30).
Prices: $25 and $15 for students (donations always appreciated).
Food: Pasta Dinner served by: Nav Sehmbi and Rita Horbatiuk: Recent winners of Dinner Party Wars on Food Network Canada On. For  tickets and you can phone me at 519 995 8351

Windsor Peace Coalition at Ottawa across from the market 11 to 12 every Saturday to oppose the war and occupation in Afghanistan and the increasing militarism in Canadian civil society and foreign policy.

International students at the University of Windsor

We had a great discussion in the studio with co-host and international student Ameen Hassan, and Devender Kainth who is a graduate student at the university. On hand as well was Tanya Demjanenko who is a research assistant for UWindsor Vice-Provost, Students and International. Listen to the program here:

November 5, 2010

Michelle Mainwaring on further efforts to stave off the loss of the Capital Theatre, Tim Swaddling, writer/director of  The Arrow and the String premiering at the Windsor International Film Festival, and Wade Walker, campus coordinator for WIFF.

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2010 Pledge drive kickoff


Nusrat Rehman, CJAM Production Assistant Photo: Paul Chislett

The ShakeUp devoted the hour to helping CJAM raise money toward a $25000 goal again this year. Special guest Mary Ann Mulhern read selections of poetry from her forthcoming collection: Sleeping with Satan.


Mary Ann Mulhern

We  raised $165, and you can pledge any amount anytime by going to the CJAM pledge page and make a secure donation online by hitting that big DONATE button!!