Item - 2016.EX16.46

Tracking Status

  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on June 28, 2016 and was deferred indefinitely. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the deferral.

EX16.46 - Request for the Government of Ontario to Close Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Deferred Indefinitely
Wards:
All

Committee Decision

The Executive Committee deferred the item indefinitely.

Origin

(June 8, 2016) Member Motion from Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, seconded by Councillor Gord Perks

Summary

City Council on June 7, 8 and 9, 2016, referred Motion MM19.7 to the Executive Committee.

 

The Pickering Nuclear Station was expected to shut down on August 31, 2018 when its existing Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission licence expires. The Ontario Power Generation wants to extend its operation until 2024.

 

The Pickering Nuclear Station is the 4th oldest nuclear station in North America and the 7th oldest in the world. It is surrounded by more people – 2 million people within 30 kilometres – than any other nuclear plant in North America. Ontario has a large electricity surplus and no longer needs the Pickering Nuclear Station to keep our lights on. In 2015, Ontario exported more electricity than the Pickering Nuclear Station produced.

 

The Pickering Nuclear Station is one of the highest cost nuclear plants in North America. Closing the Pickering Nuclear Station will reduce Ontario's electricity costs by $900 million per year. The decommissioning and dismantling of the Pickering Nuclear Station could create 16,000 person-years of employment between now and 2030.

 

Ontario's future electricity needs can be met at a lower cost by water power imports from Quebec, energy efficiency investments and cost-effective Made-in-Ontario green energy. Closing the Pickering Nuclear Station will increase public safety for the residents of Toronto, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa.

Background Information

(June 8, 2016) Member Motion from Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, seconded by Councillor Gord Perks on Request for the Government of Ontario to Close Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-94192.pdf

Communications

(June 22, 2016) E-mail from Bruna Nota (EX.Supp.EX16.46.1)
(June 23, 2016) E-mail from Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance (EX.Supp.EX16.46.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-61761.pdf
(June 24, 2016) E-mail from Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) (EX.Supp.EX16.46.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-61790.pdf
(June 26, 2016) E-mail from Sunil Nijhawan (EX.Supp.EX16.46.4)
(June 26, 2016) E-mail from Frank Greening (EX.Supp.EX16.46.5)
(June 27, 2016) Letter from Don MacKinnon, President, Power Workers' Union (EX.Supp.EX16.46.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-61793.pdf
(June 27, 2016) E-mail from Andrea Ionescu (EX.Supp.EX16.46.7)
(June 28, 2016) Submission from Karen Buck (EX.New.EX16.46.8)
(June 28, 2016) E-mail from John Barrett, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association (EX.New.EX16.46.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-61779.pdf
(June 28, 2016) Letter from Dr. Jose Etcheverry, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative, York University (EX.New.EX16.46.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-61861.pdf
(July 29, 2016) E-mail from Mark Mattson, Waterkeeper and President, Lake Ontario (LW) (EX.New.EX16.46.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-61869.pdf

Speakers

Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
George Smitherman
Monica Whalley
Gideon Forman, Climate Change and Transporation Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation
Janet McNeil
Mike Brigham
Karen Buck
Kevin Powers, Ontario Power Generation

Motions

1 - Motion to Defer Item Indefinitely moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

Vote (Defer Item Indefinitely) Jun-28-2016

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 7 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Michelle Holland, Mary-Margaret McMahon, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Cesar Palacio

2 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Redundant)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council