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Protecting the Water, A Victory on the North Shores of Lake Ontario

Updated on October 13, 2013

Roughly a year and a half ago, I received a notification from Greenpeace that there was a plan put in action by Ontario Power Generation Inc. to refurbish a nuclear station (Darlington Nuclear Station) here on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario, close to Toronto. Such news did not make me a happy camper, to say the least.

All this was taking place as news about the Fukoshima disaster happened and that made me even more determined to do whatever I can to put an end to new nuclear stations being build and endangering everything in its surroundings, from water, to our animal cousins and ourselves. I did research on the cooling system proposed by the Ontario Power Generation; I read and took notes for weeks: studies after studies from different organization here in Canada and as well as from the United States. All the planning had been done at the cheapest cost possible, with few restrictions and oversight. The risks were great.

I, together with many other Canadians wrote letters of intervention to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. There were rallies, letters to politicians and even simple articles like the one I wrote here on Hub-pages about protecting the water, as related to the Darlington Nuclear Power Plant (http://mrhappy.hubpages.com/hub/My-Thoughts-XV-Activism-Protect-the-Water).

I went further than that though. I am a Spiritual Being. Water is my second strongest Element and I do not take abuse of Water lightly. So, I went and gave offerings, I made affirmations and I bent my Intent on ending any refurbishment of any nuclear power plant on the shores of Lake Ontario. I often sit and talk to Lake Ontario because I live within a ten minute walk from It; I greatly appreciate It. The Water is Powerful. It helps me Heal, it helps me see clearly so, I kept the pressure on politicians while at the same time, contacting any environmentalist group I could think of, from the Sierra Club to Greenpeace, from where I originally learned about this issue.

Finally yesterday, I received an email from Greenpeace, which in part read:

"Today, I am writing to you with some excellent news, news that wouldn't be possible without you.

Yesterday the Ontario Government has announced that it is abandoning plans to build expensive and risky new reactors at the Darlington nuclear station.

This is a courageous and commendable decision ..."

The Premier, Kathleen Wynne agreed to shut-down any future plans for Nuclear Reactors to be built in Ontario! This is a significant win for those who fight to Protect the Water and in my opinion it shows that when people unite their Intent and Power, anything is possible. No corporation or group of lobbyists can stand in the way. This was also a good lesson for all the nay-Sayers, who never believed that we could make a change, or stand-up to interest groups.


This is just one victory though, in the fight to Protect the Water. World-wide, corporations dump chemicals and disposed waste, into Lakes, Rivers and Oceans, in order to minimize the cost of their business. Indeed this increases profits but it puts at risk all of us, one way or another (i.e. garbage from Fukoshima is washing up on the western coast of Canada at the moment).


So, for me next in line in the fight to Protect the Water and those who need it, is Nestle CEO, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe. This man is quoted as saying that: "access to water is not a public right". If You do not believe me You can use any search engine on the web and You will see for yourself. The man must be mad ... How can he possibly try to deny Water to Human beings is beyond me. What is not beyond me is the power to fight against any such atrocious ideas. One way or another, Mr. Peter Brabeck will have to give-up on his greedy and selfish attitude and learn some compassion.


Meanwhile, I wish all the best to everyone and do help to Protect the Water please!


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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Ahorseback,

      You are so very right in saying that it is us who must lead. Especially in times such as now, when we see corruption flourishing. I try to learn from the ants and work with like-minded people as best I can.

      Thank You for the visit and for taking the time to leave a comment.

      All the best!

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      ahorseback 

      4 years ago

      Petra , Hello my gorgeous friend , I'm so proud of you ! Maybe the Canadian government has more sense than many governments, [US] , there are times when regulations by central gov's are necessary AND for the better good of man[woman]kind. ! Yet whichever way it's done , WE are ones who must lead ! As you have shown here ! I vote for U !....Ed

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You so much for the visit and comment, Mrs. Fpherj48. I appreciate it and I fully agree with You that this is a cause which deserves much attention, especially since we see how the weather patterns are changing. Floods, earthquakes and such can have a devastating impact when nuclear stations like Fukoshima get hit.

      People are becoming more aware though so, there is light at the end of the tunnel. : )

      Cheers!

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You can be very proud of yourself. This is a cause worth much attention. The world needs more people like you!...UP++

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You, Mrs. Shenko.

      This was really a fight which many people joined and it was precisely because of this that the end came to be as it was. One person alone would not have had much influence but when people unite with a common Intent, anything is possible.

      Thank You for your visit and comment.

      All the best!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Mr. Happy, Congrats on your success. Keep fighting the good fight for the benefit of our planet. You are a wonderful person.

      Voted up, AI & shared

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You, Mr. Spirit Whisperer.

      "Together United We'll Never Be Defeated!"

      Cheers! : )

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      Xavier Nathan 

      4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Congratulations Mr Happy. You certainly walk the talk ..."when people unite their Intent and Power, anything is possible."

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mr. Diogenes,

      Thank You for stopping-by as well.

      The Russian authorities are charging the Greenpeace activists with piracy ... anything to try to stop people from raising awareness about the dangers of drilling for oil in the Arctic. It really is shameful what some people will do for profit. And it's not just shameful, it is really irresponsible - a spill in the Arctic would not be able to be cleaned-up as well, or quick as the oil spill British Petroleum helped create in the Gulf of Mexico not long ago.

      I am indeed lucky to live in between all these amazing Lakes and Forests but these will not always be there if we do not protect them.

      I for one will do all I can to protect ourselves and this planet from the irrational part of ourselves ...

      All the best!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hello Mrs. Genna,

      You are quite right in saying that by stating that "access to water is not a public right" almost sounds like a "God complex". These corporate moguls have their Ego bursting-out ... some cooling-down might help (lol).

      I shall do my best!

      Thank You for taking the time to read this article and leave a comment.

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Dierker,

      Thank You for quoting those lines from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Obviously some people (such as Mr. Brabeck) have no clue about it but that is no reason to let them do as they wish, especially when the well being of others is compromised.

      Cheers! : )

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hello Petra,

      thank You for the support, it is appreciated it! : )

      The time of unchecked greed is over so, these giant multinational corporations have to change their tune. What worked for endless years will no longer work - people are more knowledgeable these days and thanks to the net, information travels much faster than before. And the best part is indeed that people are uniting their voices on many such issues. It is encouraging.

      Thank You for taking the time to stop by and comment.

      All the very best!

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      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Well done My Happy - and Greenpeace, a wonderful organization who our hearts bleed for as they suffer incarceration in Russia for trying to protect another at- risk area of our rapidly shrinking world: The Arctic.

      We don't need so much electric power! Light the house with candles, or leave lights, etc., off for as long as possible. You are all so lucky to have these huge "inland seas"

      Bob

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Nestle CEO, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe. This man is quoted as saying that: "access to water is not a public right.” I’m stunned at who these corporate bigfoots think they are. This almost sounds like a “God complex” that is disturbing. Congratulations on your efforts to prevent the installation of those reactors. This hub made my day. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Happy I am proud to read this piece.

      You may like to think upon these lines Universal Declaration of Human Rights ; Article 25.

      (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

      That idiot you are going after next needs to get a clue!! And I am sure you will give it to him!

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      Petra Vlah 

      4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good for you Happy. I love the fact that you take on worthy causes and put your energy into fighting the big and powerful, the arrogant corporations that are destroying our world with no regard for anything else but money and profits.

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