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CCAMU ANNOUNCES
Citizens’ Inquiry on the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle

Kingston
Peterborough Ottawa


CCAMU MEDIA ADVISORY
April 23, 2008

The Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle: Ottawa

41 presentations were made to a full house at the final venue of the Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle yesterday at the Rideau Park Church in Ottawa. Several notable speakers came forward with very detailed research regarding uranium mining, nuclear energy and the government's use of private and public land.

Dr. Chris Busby PhD. made a stunning presentation where he revealed that the Ontario Nuclear "? project cannot go ahead because new science shows that the basis on which it is environmentally acceptable is false. The whole ethical basis of this project, and indeed for uranium mining, refining and dispersion has been overturned by discoveries in science made in the last ten years. This is critical. As a consequence of research into the health effects of Depleted Uranium weapons, first employed in 1991 in Iraq, there has been a new focus on the biological effects of uranium exposure. Scientists have examined the interaction of uranium with biological systems in the laboratory through cell culture experiments and through physico-chemical investigations of uranium oxide particles and uranyl salts. Epidemiologists have conducted surveys of those exposed to Depleted Uranium and of Uranium workers. Gulf war and Balkan war veterans, exposed to uranium particles have been found to exhibit a bewildering range of genotoxic and other effects. Areas where uranium weapons have been used, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Kosovo, have shown consequent effects in civilians, cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, hereditary malformations out of all proportion to the intrinsic radioactivity of uranium. Those exposed, whether as miners or as Gulf War veterans, have shown objective evidence of serious genotoxic damage though chromosome aberration analysis."

He went on to say, "?agencies and governments that employ their erroneous risk models ignore, indeed do not even cite or discuss the massive evidence that their model is worthless when applied to internal exposures to elements that bind to DNA. This is an open scandal. Indeed, the senior advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on radiation and health, Dr Keith Baverstock, recently resigned on the issue of the health effects of uranium and how they were being ignored."

Stephan Hazell of the Sierra Club Canada stated that under the Nuclear Liability Act nuclear operators are limited to $75 million dollar liability for off-site damage from spills of radioactive spills or meltdown. Chernobyl's clean-up for Ukraine and Belarus alone is expected to total $460 Billion. "If no one will insure this industry, how safe can it be?"

Bruce H. Moore, Director of the International Land Coalition (ILC), Rome, had a presentation done on his behalf. The ILC is an alliance of United Nations Organizations, the World Bank, the European Commission, civil society organizations, researchers and academics who are working together in over 50 countries to support secure and equitable access to natural resources, especially land.

Mr. Moore said, "On the surface, global demand for minerals, is rich with promises of jobs for workers and bull markets for investors. However, the story below the surface is different. Worldwide, growing numbers of local land owners and indigenous peoples are losing their land and resource rights to the powerful forces of international mining, energy and forestry, frequently under outdated legislation or the ?questionable? granting of concessions to extractive industries."

Dr. Gordon Edwards, of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, said, "we must remember that Canadian uranium is used in nuclear weapons." He went on to say, "We must have zero nuclear weapons before we can even consider further uranium mining or we are continuing to perpetuate the greatest single threat to human life on this planet."

Roger Peters, of The Pembina Institute, covered their study 'Renewable is Doable.' The study reviewed the Ontario Power Association's plan to refurbish most existing nuclear plants and bring in new nuclear by about 2020. They found that renewable alternatives were more affordable and greener than nuclear or coal. They also emit half the greenhouse gas emissions. Pembina's proposals are based on what is already being done in other parts of the world such as Germany. They are currently presenting these findings to the Ontario Energy Board and are bringing in experts from outside of Canada.

Robert Lovelace, Ardoch Algonquin First Nation Elder, submitted his presentation from prison via telephone. It was read by Mireille LaPointe, the acting Co-Chief of the Ardoch's.

Mr. Lovelace stated, "We live in a critical age. Never before has humanity faced such great peril and never before has the human conscience been so alive in its collective recognition and understanding of the way forward. As a species we have become intimate with almost every ecosystem on the planet. And beyond that we have an empirical understanding of the beginning and end of this universe. However, our human systems embrace a self-defeating dilemma through reactive resistance or acquiescence to Solomon's lament that everything is vanity. And while the real choices seem ultimately confusing now is the time that we must decide the fate of generations to come."

CCAMU Contact:

Lynn Daniluk 613-267-0539



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You are invited to attend the final and broadest session of the Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle. The Inquiry will be held on April 22nd from 1:00 pm until 9:00 (with a break 5:00 pm to 6:00) at the Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr. Come and witness all or a part of this historic event.

As we all know, the uranium cycle has huge impacts on us all and this Citizens' Inquiry, in Ottawa, on Earth Day presents the perfect opportunity and timing for citizens to come forward and have their say, regardless of whether they are for or against the various aspects.

There are over 50 presentations scheduled, from people wanting to be heard, including Bob Lovelace 'in absentia.' As well as individuals, various organizations will be represented, including: The David Suzuki Foundation, The Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, First Six Years, NDP, Inter- Church Uranium Committee Educational Cooperative, The Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan, Midwest Uranium, MiningWatch Canada, United Church of Canada, Sierra Club Canada, Paradigm Shift Environmental Alliance, Ardoch Algonquins, the Green Party, Pembina Institute, and The National Farmers Union of ON, Local 1.

Marion Dewar, former Mayor of Ottawa, will sit on the four-person panel.

Several NGO's, including many of those presenting, encouraged Donna Dillman to eat again after she had refused food for 68 days in protest over the devastating effects that uranium exploration and mining have on the environment and on future generations. Donna will be acting as facilitator of the day. Sharbot Lake, Kingston and Peterborough have hosted the popular event with over 500 having presented or observed to date.

http://www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com/

This will be an interesting day. Hoping to see you there.



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Earth Day opportunity to learn more on the Uranium Issue

Who: The Citizens Coalition Against Mining Uranium, (CCAMU) has created an opportunity for citizens and organizations to be heard

What: The Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle

Where: Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr.

When: April 22, Earth Day, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Why: "We had been asking the government to hold an inquiry into uranium mining and they failed to respond.. In the absence of action by the government, we are holding this Inquiry and have invited the Premier and his Ministers to attend to hear what people have to contribute," commented Wolfe Erlichman of the sponsoring organization

Earth Day opportunity to learn more on the Uranium Issue

The much-anticipated Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle arrives in Ottawa on April 22nd. The public forum will be held at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The sessions are open to the public and provide a neutral venue for those who have registered to have their say on any aspect of the uranium/nuclear equation - for or against.

The first in a series of hearings began on April 1st in Sharbot Lake, ON and drew a large and attentive audience. Both there and in Kingston, approximately three-dozen people presented using various modes of communication, from PowerPoint to poetry and from story to song.

At the final venue, in Ottawa, 40 presentations are expected from individuals and organizations, some of whom are traveling in from as far away as North Bay, Manitoulin Island and Montreal. The Suzuki Foundation, Midwest Uranium Mining Project in Northern Saskatchewan and various medical, political and church groups will be represented.

Panelists include former Mayor, Marion Dewar; Toronto Star columnist, Cameron Smith; retired public servant, Fraser McVie and Lorraine Rekmans, co-editor of "This is My Homeland.".

"We had been asking the government to hold an inquiry into uranium mining and they failed to respond," said Wolfe Erlichman of the sponsoring organization, The Citizens Coalition Against Mining Uranium, (CCAMU). "Fifteen councils from Kingston and Haliburton, through to Ottawa, passed resolutions supporting a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining and a public inquiry into the mining act; many thousands of people have written letters and dozens of organizations have made appeals. In the absence of action by the government, we are holding this Inquiry and have invited the Premier and his Ministers to attend to hear what people have to contribute."

Donna Dillman, a 53-year-old Lanark area grandmother, resumed eating after 68 days without food when, in lieu of action from the provincial government, CCAMU, along with several NGO's, including The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Students Against Climate Change, Sierra Club of Canada, The Suzuki Foundation and Greenpeace, rallied to announce a Citizens' Inquiry last December. "These forums offer the possibility that the government will hear our voices and begin to act on behalf of our grandchildren and the planet that sustains us. As well, they are a platform to inform and educate," said Dillman. "While not eating and living on the side of the road was a challenge, the greater hardship has been watching the inaction of the Ontario Government on the most important issues of the day."

While registration is closed, submissions will be received until May 1/08 at: info@uraniumcitizensinquiry.com and can be viewed at www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com and observers are welcome.

info at: www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com

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Wolfe Erlichman - 613-273-3986

Donna Dillman - 613-259-9988

Presenters willing to be contacted for comment include:

Linda Kinsella, Ottawa - (613) 736-9856 lindakev@gmail.com

David Shackleton, Constance Bay - (613) 832-2284

Quis Ghanemm MD, Ottawa - ghanems@rogers.com

Karen Markle, National Farmers Union of Ontario, 613.820.5243 kmarkle@rogers.com

Peggy Land, Ottawa - 613-747-9651 allisconnectedeh@yahoo.ca

Dave Martin, Co-coordinator Climate & Energy Campaign, Greenpeace - cell: 416-627-5004



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Update: Peter Tabuns, NDP MPP and Environment Critic will present at approx 7:30 p.m.

Opportunity to learn more on the Uranium Issue

Who: The Citizens Coalition Against Mining Uranium, (CCAMU) has created an opportunity for citizens and organizations to be heard

What: The Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle

Where: The Sadlier House, 751 George St. N., Peterborough

When: April 15th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Why: "We had been asking the government to hold an inquiry into uranium mining and they failed to respond.. In the absence of action by the government, we are holding this Inquiry and have invited the Premier and his Ministers to attend to hear what people have to contribute," commented Wolfe Erlichman of the sponsoring organization

Opportunity to learn more on the Uranium Issue

The much-anticipated Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle arrives in Peterborough on April 15th. The public forum will be held at The Sadlier House, 751 George St. N. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sessions are open to the public and provide a neutral venue for those who have registered to have their say on any aspect of the uranium/nuclear equation - for or against.

The first in a series of hearings began on April 1st in Sharbot Lake, ON and drew a large and attentive audience. Both there and in Kingston, approximately three-dozen people presented using various modes of communication, from PowerPoint to poetry and from story to song.

In Peterborough 40 presentations are expected from individuals and organizations, some of whom are traveling in from Port Hope, Bancroft, Haliburton and Toronto. Greenpeace, The Council of Canadians, and various environmental, medical, political and church groups will be represented, as will age ranges from student to grandparent.

Panelists include former Ottawa Mayor, Marion Dewar; retired public servant, Fraser McVie and Trent Professor Robert Paehlke.

"We had been asking the government to hold an inquiry into uranium mining and they failed to respond," said Wolfe Erlichman of the sponsoring organization, The Citizens Coalition Against Mining Uranium, (CCAMU). "Fifteen councils from Kingston and Haliburton, through to Ottawa, passed resolutions supporting a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining and a public inquiry into the mining act; many thousands of people have written letters and dozens of organizations have made appeals. In the absence of action by the government, we are holding this Inquiry and have invited the Premier and his Ministers to attend to hear what people have to contribute."

Donna Dillman, a 53-year-old Lanark area grandmother, resumed eating after 68 days without food when, in lieu of action from the provincial government, CCAMU, along with several NGO's, including The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Students Against Climate Change, Sierra Club of Canada, The Suzuki Foundation and Greenpeace, rallied to announce a Citizens' Inquiry last December. "These forums offer the possibility that the government will hear our voices and begin to act on behalf of our grandchildren and the planet that sustains us. As well, they are a platform to inform and educate," said Dillman. "While not eating and living on the side of the road was a challenge, the greater hardship has been watching the inaction of the Ontario Government on the most important issues of the day."

While registration is closed, electronic submissions will be received until May 1/08 at: info@uraniumcitizensinquiry.com and can be viewed at www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com and observers are welcome.

info at: www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com

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Wolfe Erlichman - 613-273-3986

Donna Dillman - 613-259-9988

Bruce Cox, Executive Director, Greenpeace Canada, presenting in the Afternoon session

- cell: 416-419-7341

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For publication

The first in a series of hearings into the impacts of the uranium cycle began yesterday in the little town of Sharbot Lake, drawing a large and attentive audience.

The hall was rented, the presenters readied, the panelists in place.and the people came! By the end of the day, hundreds had come to see what their community had to say about uranium. The venue at the St. Andrews Anglican Church Hall had to be changed part way through the morning, to allow for the growing crowd.

The proceedings, sponsored by The Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium (CCAMU), began with an opening prayer from Danka Brewer of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations. She spoke of the need for all of the different communities to work together to protect Mother Earth and expressed that "Just because something in the ground is worth millions of dollars, does not mean that we should use it."

Carol Pepper, host of the Sharbot Lake session, introduced the three panelists. They were: Janet Gutowski, the Mayor of Central Frontenac; Fraser McVie - retired from senior positions in the Canadian justice system, Fraser has extensive experience in international projects and peacekeeping, including work as an expert with UN Interim Mission in Kosovo; and Cameron Smith, writer of the Toronto's Star's environmental column and former managing editor of the Globe and Mail. Cameron has, as well, worked underground as a hardrock miner and as a lawyer.

The panelists spent the afternoon and evening listening to presenters, while taking notes and occasionally asking questions. They will submit their observations and recommendations, which will be included in a report to government agencies and other interested parties as well as online at www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com

Thirty-five people made presentations on behalf of themselves and/or the organizations that they represented.

The presentations will be posted at the Uranium Citizens' Inquiry website: www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com Some will also be featured in the Uranium News www.ccamu.ca to highlight the different issues and/or perspectives that arise from the inquiry.

Numerous organizations and people have worked to make the Inquiry a success and CCAMU is grateful for their efforts.

Hearings continue on April 8th in Kingston at the Queen St. United Church (Corner of Queen and Clergy); April 15th in Peterborough at Sadleir House (751 George St.) and in Ottawa on Earth Day, April 22nd at Rideau Park United Church (2203 Alta Vista Dr. Near Kilborn). Observers are welcome at all of the sessions, which take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Marion Dewar, former Mayer of Ottawa will join the panel in Ottawa.

The Premier and his ministers have been invited to attend.

There is still time to write a submission!
Email: info@uraniumcitizensinquiry.com

Lynn Daniluk
Maberly, ON
613-267-0539
greenlynndaniluk@yahoo.ca

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Media Release - Sharbot Lake Inquiry

The Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium is pleased to announce that the Citizens' Inquiry into the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle is off to an excellent start. Panelists are in place and the Sharbot Lake Public Hearing, scheduled for April 1st, is filled to capacity.

Fraser McVie, retired Director General, Security, Correctional Services Canada; Cameron Smith, journalist of the Toronto Star and Janet Gutowski, Central Frontenac Mayor, will hear a full day of presentations beginning at 1 p.m. at St. Andrew Anglican Church, 1028 Elizabeth Street, in Sharbot Lake.

Public Hearings will also take place in Kingston, Peterborough, Ottawa and Toronto. Premier McGuinty has been invited to attend, as have the Hon. John Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment; the Honourable Gerry Phillips, Minister of Energy, the Honourable Rick Gravelle, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the Honourable Michael Bryant, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and the Honourable George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Safety.

"We recently received a letter from Premier McGuinty stating, "Our government knows that any process that brings people together to talk about their concerns and attempts to find solutions is valuable," stated CCAMU member, Wolfe Erlichman, spokesperson for CCAMU.

He added, "These hearings are an opportunity for everyone to participate and to have their say on any aspect of the uranium cycle. Register for the Kingston, Peterborough or Ottawa venue at www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com For those who cannot attend in person, submissions are being accepted until May 1st, at info@uraniumcitizensinquiry.com Observers are welcome at all venues."


For information or interviews: contact

Lynn Daniluk
613-267-0539
or
Wolfe Erlichman
613-273-3986

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The Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium (CCAMU) is pleased to announce the Citizens' Inquiry on the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle. Public Hearings will take place 1-5 p.m., 6-9 p.m. daily, during April:

Sharbot Lake Public Hearings:
April 1/08 - registrations closed
St.Andrew Anglican Church
1028 Elizabeth Street
Kingston Public Hearings:
April 8/08 - registrations closed
Queen St. United Church
Corner of Queen and Clergy Streets
Peterborough Public Hearings:
beginning April 15th, 2008
Sadlier House
751 George St. N.
Ottawa Public Hearings:
beginning April 22, 2008
Rideau Park United Church
2203 Alta Vista Drive K1H 7L9
Located one block north of Kilborn Ave.
on the east side of Alta Vista Drive.
http://www.rideaupark.ca/location.htm

Information regarding venues and precise dates will be announced soon:

"It became clear that the government of Ontario was not going to put a moratorium in place before they recessed for the holidays and wasn't listening to concerns around the exploration for uranium that is taking place in eastern Ontario. A team is in place and plans for the inquiry are well underway, "stated Donna Dillman, the 53 year-old grandmother who resumed eating on December 13, after 68 days without food, when several organizations, including Greenpeace, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, David Suzuki Foundation, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Voice of Women, Mining Watch Canada, Student Against Climate Change and Sierra Club of Canada stepped forward to support a citizens' inquiry.

Anyone can attend the public hearings to observe or make a presentation. As well, written or electronic submissions can be provided to the Inquiry Panel. CCAMU anticipates a broad range of topics relating to the issues and facts, including public and environmental health and safety, economics, and political responsibility.

The inquiry will be accessible to citizens and experts alike. Presentations at the inquiry venues can be in a variety of forms and will be limited to 10 minutes each. "Because people express their ideas in different ways, we're inviting people to communicate through narratives, poems, skits, and songs as well as with written submissions," said Dillman.

Registration to make a presentation is required.
Deadline: 2 weeks prior to Hearing date
· online registration: info@uraniumcitizensinquiry.com
· Phone: 613-259-9988
· fax: call first 613-259-5022
· mail: 2799 McDonald's Corners Rd, R.R.#3 Lanark, K0G 1K0

Registrations will be acknowledged prior to the scheduled date of the location requested and will confirm your participation during the afternoon or evening session.

Written and electronic submissions may be made to the addresses as noted above. These submissions must be received by May 1, 2008

for info or interviews, contact:
Donna Dillman
613-259-9988
donna54@superaje.com