“Moving Beyond Awareness to Real Change” - Nuclear dump opponents plan election strategy

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Groups working together to stop the Chalk River dump and the Rolphton reactor entombment met at Pine Lodge.

Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – The National Capital Peace Council hosted a one-day retreat, “Moving Beyond Awareness to Real Change”, focusing on nuclear waste dumps along the Ottawa River, December 15 at Pine Lodge.
“It was a gathering of a small cross section of the large coalition of groups working together to stop the Chalk River dump and the Rolphton reactor entombment,” explained Lynn Jones of the Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area.
“It's not so much a question of educating on the issue now, we've been doing that. We want to come up with an action plan to make an impact on politicians and bring about change in policy,” said Daniel Stringer, Peace Council Chair. The morning session included a water blessing ceremony and a discussion on ways indigenous and non-indigenous people can work together on the issue, led by aboriginal leader Dr. Cynthia Stirbys.
Jones explained the upcoming federal election campaign will be a major focus for nuclear dump opponents. “We discussed several strategies.”
“We'll know we've succeeded in our struggle when all political parties commit attention and funding to ensure Canada's federally-owned nuclear wastes are carefully packaged, labelled and stored in state-of-the-art facilities away from drinking water sources,” she explained.
Jones said such a commitment would include developing policies and strategies for decommissioning and managing radioactive wastes, and improvements to Canada's system of nuclear governance, making Canada a world leader in radioactive waste management. “It will also stimulate the economy and provide many good jobs for future generations. That's what the many people working on the issue would like to see. Now we just have to sell it to decision makers!,” she concluded. 
Information on the issues surrounding the proposed nuclear waste disposal projects can be found at concernedcitizens.net.