2022/23 Proximity Principle Petition to the Ontario Legislature
This petition has now closed. View a copy of the petition here.
The Proximity Principle Petition has collected 1,141 signatures and will be presented at the Ontario Legislature on May 30, 2023.
The Petition asks that Ontario adopt the Proximity Principle with respect to the management of radioactive wastes, and to direct Ontario Power Generation to further its development of robust extended storage systems at or near the point of generation.
The Proximity Principle, embodied in much European legislation, dictates that wastes be managed close to their points of production. If adopted, the Proximity Principle would dictate that nuclear waste in southern Ontario be managed near the nuclear power reactors where it was produced.
This petition will be presented at the Ontario Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.
May 30 schedule:
9:00 – 9:30 Media conference in the Queens Park media studio
10:30 – 12:00 Question Period
3:00 – 3:30 Petitions read into record followed by regular house business
Media studio live stream: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/video/media-studio
House live stream: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/video
Ongoing Online/Paper Petition Opposing a Deep Geological Repository in Northwestern Ontario
An ongoing petition, launched in 2019 by We the Nuclear Free North ally Environment North on both Change.org and in paper format, expresses opposition with this paragraph:
“We, the undersigned, do not support the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s nine-step selection process for a nuclear waste disposal site, and we strongly oppose having a Deep Geological Repository for high-level nuclear waste in Northwestern Ontario.”
As of Sept. 12, 2022, this ongoing petition (online + paper format) has gathered 13,505 signatures: 4,140 from outside Canada; 9,365 from within Canada.
Of those within Canada, these signatures were gathered from specific communities in Northwestern Ontario:
Thunder Bay 1,318
Village of Wabigoon 34
Eagle River 28
Eagle Lake First Nation 26
Vermilion Bay 24
Wabigoon Lake First Nation 15