Scarborough Ward 42 By-Election Candidates call for closing Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018, and a vast majority of Ontarians oppose OPG’s request for 180% rate increase

A number of the candidates in the February 13th City of Toronto Ward 42 municipal by-election support closing the Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018 when its license expires to protect Scarborough families and to lower our electricity bills. Those calling for Pickering to be closed include Khamy Ganeshathasan, Jobin Jose, Chaitanya Kalevar, Stella Kargiannakis, Kingsley Kwok, Dipika Patel, Neethan Shan and Sandeep Srivastava. To read the candidates’ full responses, please click here.

Scarborough homeowner Natalia Erager highlights why Scarborough residents should be concerned about keeping the aging Pickering plant running, noting that home insurance policies do not offer compensation in the event of a nuclear accident. View Natalia’s 2.5 minute video here.

Meanwhile, according to a public opinion survey conducted by Oraclepoll Research, 83% of Ontario residents are opposed to Ontario Power Generation’s proposal to raise its price of nuclear electricity by 180% to pay for extending the life of the Pickering Nuclear Station and the re-building of the Darlington Nuclear Station. Read Oraclepoll’s report here.

Please sign our petition to close the 6-reactor Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018 when its license expires. OPG is applying for yet another extension — this time for 10 more years.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director