Ontario Municipal Election 2022

Responses from Municipal Election Candidates

Candidate responses to:

All candidates: Do you believe that OPG should build above-ground, attack-resistant, reinforced concrete vaults at the Bruce, Darlington and Pickering Nuclear Stations for the safer interim storage of its high-level radioactive nuclear wastes?

Ajax and Pickering candidates: Do you believe that OPG should immediately start dismantling the Pickering Nuclear Station after it is shut down and complete this work as expeditiously as possible?

Mayor

Arthur Augustine

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

I must admit my knowledge on nuclear issues are limited. But after reading the pro and cons, I would vote in the affirmative. My concern are for the safety of all citizens no cost is too great. Again safety first.

Brad Nazar

Question 1: Undecided

Question 2: Yes

I selected undecided because I’m fine with a structure being built, but I don’t want more OPG buildings at Pickering waterfront. My concern with OPG creating more structures near the waterfront would be the impact it could have on a quicker return to public use after the closure of the facility. An interim structure turning into a permanent one. If this structure were to be built, I would want it away from the Pickering waterfront so there is one less barrier to returning the waterfront to the people.

Returning the waterfront to the people of Pickering should be done as quickly and safely as possible after the shutdown of Pickering.

Garry Reader

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: No

I believe Nuclear energy is a very good source of energy that has zero emissions, is reliable and there are options to re-use the spent fuel rods multiple times that will make reduce the required supply required, reduce their radioactivity and make the storage of the spent fuel rods more manageable.

Kevin Ashe

Question 1: Undecided

Question 2: Yes


Regional Councillor

Ali Marani

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Both of these questions have to be answered with more than yes or no. With respect to storage, I think our goal should be to implement the NWMO’s suggestion to build a deep geological repository for the long term internment of spent nuclear bundles. It is important to remember than CANDU reactors use solid state fuel that is neither gaseous or combustible under normal conditions. While reinforced concrete holding areas are a good interim solution, I would be more inclined to encourage OPG and Bruce Power to expedite construction of a permanent repository.

With regards to decommissioning Pickering Nuclear, this process will take decades. Removing the spent and in-use fuel alone is going to be a drawn out process, especially considering the security that will be required to move that quality of high-grade material. The various turbines, pipes and tubing, pumps etc that make up the internals of the plant will be radioactive and will require specialized equipment to safely disassemble and remove without endangering public health. The eventual dismantling of the buildings and remediation of the ground will not happen until all potentially hazardous materials are gone from the site. I don’t expect this to happen quickly. I am in favour however, or beginning the decommissioning process immediately once the plant’s CNSC Certificate expires in 2028. I don’t see, however, how we can safely complete this process by 2035 as you’ve suggested.

Gary Strange

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Undecided

I believe the station should be repurposed and I would prefer to see what those alternatives are prior to supporting immediate dismantling. I participated in a forum several years ago on this subject and would like to better understand what alternatives are now available as options.

Intab Ali

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Question 1. I believe that above ground attack resistant vaults should be built away from the shorelines. No one likes to be uprooted from there homes. My suggestion would be to find an alternate location. At the end of the day. We have to do what is in the best interest of the surrounding communities. That is the safety and well being of every citizen.
Question 2. For the protection of the public, I strongly believe that the dismantling process should be done ASAP. The OPG should not be benefiting . By waiting 30 years many employees would lose their jobs. By dismantling now would give back 600 acres of waterfront to the community. This would create parkland, recreational facilities, dining, entertainment, housing, and employment.

Joanne Dies

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Not only should shut down at the Pickering site be completed as quickly as possible , the process should also ensure that all radioactive waste be removed from this site to a safe repository away from drinking water sources and dense populations. The Great Lakes should not be used to transport radioactive waste. Waste at the Pickering site has been stored on site since the plant opened. Not only is radioactive waste stored on the shore of lake Ontario but it’s next door to the largest city in Canada.

Maurice Brenner

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Speaking specifically regarding the PNGS, these are the longest serving CANDU Reactors and upon its shutdown it will take decades for full dismantling. But the process must begin commencing with the shutdown.

Peter Rodrigues

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

I am shocked that after many decades, there is no final solution about nuclear waste!


Councillor

Anthony Yacub

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: No

There are plans to build a cancer treatment centre with isotopes using the same facility. I would support the idea of creating sustainable, well-paying jobs to keep up with the cost of living whilst striving to tackle a challenging issue such as cancer. We as a City should do our part to help conquer cancer which takes our closest family and friends.

I support transitioning away from Nuclear Power to this Cancer Research Facility.

Azhar Khan

Question 1: Undecided

Question 2: Undecided

Damian Williams

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

In the safest way possible

Darshan Sritharan

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Dave Currie

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Radioactive waste should not be stored in Pickering and any decisions made related to the Pickering Nuclear Station must have the safety of residents as the top priority.

George Turner

Question 1: No

Question 2: No

OPG is the current organization to ask that question. They are the experts in that topic

Liliane Kisoro

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Lisa Robinson

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Mara Nagy

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Tony Harold

Question 1: Undecided

Question 2: Yes

Safe storage of radioactive materials is of paramount concern. However, are above ground, attack proof, re-inforced concrete storage facilities the best method for dealing with such waste storage, or are there other alternatives that are of the same or better capability?

The dismantling of the Pickering NS must be done very carefully in order to ensure a safe environment for all. There is the added concern of the workers and their employment at the plant. While on balance there may be an offset due to workers required to dismantle the plant, there are still job losses, as, for example, an accountant cannot be instantly transferred to a construction worker. To that end, what is the Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s position on the future of the current workforce at the PNG in light of OCAA’s desire to immediately dismantle the plant?
Please respond.
Thank-you

Zeynab Kazi

Question 1: Yes

Question 2: Yes

Question 1 Background Information:

The total radioactivity of the nuclear wastes stored at the Bruce, Darlington and Pickering Nuclear Stations is 700 times greater than the total radiation released to