Part 1 of Pushing back on the nuclear path outlined three post-Fukushima nuclear battles in Ontario. They were the campaigns to stop the construction of two new reactors at Darlington Station, the life extension of 10 more reactors in Ontario, and efforts to prevent economically desperate communities in Northern Ontario from becoming dumping grounds for Canada's radioactive waste.
In this final part, we're headed to Eastern Canada to outline the ongoing efforts to oppose nuclear in Quebec and New Brunswick.
Point Lepreau: Down the re-furbishment rabbit hole
"The Project of a Generation," said the official Plan Nord website [In French here and in English here]. Indeed it is going to be a project that will determine the fate of the next generation of Quebecers. It is a 25-year-long development plan, but its implication on Quebec's economy and environment will extend for decades, if not centuries, after the project wraps up. It is safe to say that the very people who are eager to see this plan materialize will never live to see its devastating impact on the environment.
When Quebec's FLQ kidnapped British trade commissionner James Cross in 1970, one of its demands was the public reading over Canadian airwaves of a Manifesto, summarizing social inequity in Quebec. It happened and was a turning point in what did or didn't ever get voiced in the mainstream media.
Now the Quebec government has pulled the plug on funding this 24-hour historical reconstitution of Quebec's history, and organizer Brigitte Haentjens, one of the most respected people in Quebec theatre is protesting.
Trying to write key events out of history lives on.