Earth Walk, Annual festival Celebrating Local Activism

Fun Family Event this April 23rd! Earth Walk!

Fun Family Event this April 23rd! Earth Walk!

This year’s Earth Walk is set to be a fun family event. We have a kids’ punk rock band: ‘Oh! Ogopogo!’ opening the show in Centennial Square, followed by Victoria’s own ‘Tower of Dudes’.

It all starts with a Fun Family Participatory Parade with Samba de Soleil and Friends. It truly is an uplifting event rich in Victoria’s History. For 36 years the Victoria Police have been escorting the Peace Movements Parade through all its many phases. The Raging Grannies will be there too – bring your banners, your signs and your neighbours. Come meet many cause centered organizations working for a better tomorrow! Help celebrate our local democracy!

This is the 36th year of celebrating our Community with a Concert and an Environmental Fair on the closest Saturday to Earth Day. The Earth Walk starts at the BC Legislature Building, on the front driveway at 11:45. Once assembled the Parade dances up Government Street to the rhythms of Samba de Soleil and Friends! This is a fun all-inclusive event; the Victoria Police will be co-ordinating traffic and facilitating a great safe environment for this family event. We encourage everyone to come out and participate with your community and your favourite cause-centered organizations.

At Centennial Square, the Raging Grannies – an international sensation that sparked here in Victoria – will sing!

We also have children’s punk band, ‘Oh! Ogopogo!’ opening the show. They are no ordinary children’s music act. Oh! Ogopogo! encourages children to get up and dance and sing along. This is fast, energetic and exciting music for active kids who want to get down to some catchy tunes.

Then the Tower of Dudes take the stage. They are an East meets West gypsy punk accordion rock band. Their lively stage presence and delivery inspires frenzied dancing and reckless abandon but it’s their expansive repertoire of original songs that set them apart from other acts mining traditional folk music and make them a band for almost any occasion.

Facebook event – Earth Walk 2016: The Earth Walk

EARTH WALK is Saturday, April 23,
The Participatory Parade assembles on the Legislature Grounds at 11:45
Earth Walk starts at noon.
We reach Centennial Square about 12:30 for Concert!

Visit our partner in hosting this annual event — a great example of the type of organization we are supporting by holding this annual event.

Contact: Steve Filipovic 250-888-2588
April 18, 2016

Links to some of the groups that participated in previous years:

BCSEA, Camas Books,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, http://www.wildcoast


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UnFair Election Act

Hello, Everyone Pls share this info far and wide.
The Canada that we know and love is in great danger. The Harper government has all but assured itself re-election in 2015 with its “Fair Election Act” legislation which just passed third reading in the House. Following the next election, this “rogue” government (rogue being a term Conservatives use frequently to describe non-Conservatives) decided to de-fund transfer payments to the provinces for health care to the tune of $36 billion dollars. Our tax dollars will no longer be used for health and education by the corruption-plagued Harper government and curiously I haven’t heard of any Premier from any province taking a stand for their citizens.
However, just when I think it couldn’t get any worse, it gets worse. The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is circulating a petition describing how the Harper government plans to strip citizenship rights from millions of Canadians holding dual citizenship with its Bill C-24. As Josh Paterson, Executive Director of BCCLA, states “Most frighteningly, according to the bill, they (the Harper government) would not even have to take the matter before a court in many cases, leaving millions of Canadians potentially vulnerable to faceless government bureaucrats abusing their power.”
Millions of Canadians are law-abiding, tax-paying dual citizens and they are soon to become second class citizens. Even people born in Canada hold dual citizenship and will become subject to the whims of bureaucrats. Bill C-24 is beyond undemocratic.
I myself am affected by this dangerous legislation as I hold dual citizenship. My Canadian mother and father were living in the States when I was born. Even though I am a direct descendent of United Empire Loyalists and my father served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII, I will be stripped on my rights and freedoms. How far does it have to go before Canadians rise up to assert our personal and collective sovereignty? The wolf is at the door.
Sincerely, Ellen

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Earth Walk Invites Victoria to Parade for Earth Day!


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An Open Letter to Victoria’s MP Murray Rankin

Murray, I think you are doing a good job of representing Victorians in B.C.. However, I cannot support the NDP because I believe the Party is made inneffective in Opposition by Union support for Harper’s mantra of “jobs-jobs….”.

Nevertheless as my MP I am asking you to provide to me or to the public the full text of the CETA/EU Trade Deal.
I believe that it contains clauses relating to investor security that will be used to negate Canadian sovereignty by prohibiting legislative changes at all levels of government if offshore corporate interests are infringed. – as has happened with NAFTA.
Moreover, I strongly protest the possibility that offshore interests may acquire Canadian resources and infrastructures by loss-leader underbidding for such infrastructures as has happened with the StaCan Census contract awarded to Lockheed Martin – again under NAFTA rules.

My concern is that jurisdictions may feel compelled to offer water, power and other resources for sale because the Bank of Canada will not fund federal, provincial or municipal governmen deficits – when such deficits are inevitable due to corporate driven monetary policies that mandate borrowing from private sources at interest.

The lack of information on these subjects, from the Conservative, Liberal and New Democratic Parties is inexcusable and tantamount to treason against the Canadian public.
How can you expect anyone to vote for you?

I expect you to make public the CETA text and your considered position regarding the protection of Canadian sovereignty in these contexts..


Derek Skinner


Victoria, B.C. V8V 2T3

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Maintaining a Positive Mindset

Green Party of Canada Canvassing Manual Victoria EDA

Purpose of the Canvass:

To develop a supportive attitude in the community towards the Green Party.

To educate the community of the importance and relevance of the Green Party platform.

To increase membership and raise funds for use in laying down the groundwork to win seats in Government.

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Maintaining a Positive Mindset:

It is important to be confident and articulate while at the door. The best way to do this is to know your stuff. Study the brochures and articles about the Green Party. They are well written and will bolster your resolve. Remember to speak clearly and at a moderate speed. Make every sentence a statement, and answer all questions as if it is the first time you’ve heard them. Make notes about which questions are frequently asked and learn to answer the ones you missed for next time.

Most people will appreciate that you are out participating actively in our society. A small few will not, don’t let them bring you down. You have every legal right to canvass their door, still, do not feed into their negativity. If people are angry or rude to you, politely decline and walk away. Your energy will do so much more for the open minded so use it there. With the more receptive people you will impart to them, that the Green Party is struggling for the public good, that we will work to strengthen our social fabric, and lessen the burdens placed on our environment, improving our prospects for the future generations.

Appearance & Behaviour:

You are the face that people are going to put on the Green Party for the next few times they hear or read our name. So, look clean and capable, be polite but act like yourself, because the Green Party is a grass roots party. Dress in what makes you feel confident. Sturdy shoes are a must, you will be walking a lot.

1. Dress: Professional but casual. Always wear GPC pins.
2. Dress for comfort: Wear comfortable shoes. Wear layers for warmth and adaptability. You’ll need lots of pockets or a bag for materials. Backpacks can look unprofessional but keep your hands free, a satchel with shoulder strap works great.
3. Dress for the weather: The best way to stay dry in the rain is an umbrella, hands down. A good rain jacket will keep you dry, but your papers will probably get wet.
4. Always take the moral high road: Never insult a voter, no matter how open they leave themselves. Most people voted for our opposition or did not vote at all and will never join a political party, so do not take it personally. Also, try to ask people if they are eligible to vote instead of asking if they are 18 years old or if they are Canadian.


1. Binder vs. clipboard
Clipboards are more durable and cheaper. They can be handed to someone who wants to register to vote or to fill out a membership form.
Binders are easier for people to flip through and see what materials you have. They keep your materials drier in the rain, and are neat and tidy.

2. Voter registration cards/forms.

3. 3-fold Party pamphlet / candidate brochure for handing-out which includes 1/6 tear-out section for mailing-in donations/membership form.
Something that has basic info about the party, leader, issues, platform, successes, differences from other parties (done respectfully), basically something for us to leave behind.

4. Green Party Membership form and a receipt book for cash donations.
A small cash donation is better than a promise of a large cheque that never comes. Only 1% of people who say they will send-in a donation actually do.

5. Always leave people with something to read. This is sometimes hard to remember in the excitement of receiving a contribution but it is important you do. Also, hand reading materials to undecided voters (these are value-added, much more effective than a mail-drop), and leave flyers (door-hangers work well) behind at houses where no one is home to maximize the use of your time.

6. Materials and money: If a voter can see your brochures or newspapers, they will often simply ask for your literature as a polite way of getting rid of you. So, keep your materials hidden or have voter registration cards or membership forms the most visible. Try to ask for contributions before handing voters GP materials because they will often ask to think it over and mail in a donation later. Find a response to this common occurrence you are comfortable with. E.g. “Contributing now is more convenient, you won’t have to find an envelope and a stamp, so you will be saving paper and if you contribute now you’ll help keep our administrative costs down.”

1. “Green Newspaper” broadsheet is great. Cheap and full of info.
2. Hottest issues sheet
3. Newspaper articles with the Green Party in them, such as our latest poll
4. Local issues sheet to show that we are up-to-date and concerned about local issues.
5. Buttons, stickers, etc. to sell or offer to large contributors as a reward. Buttons are a great way of asking for a small donation after being turned down on a larger amount. People often don’t seem to realize we are willing to accept their coins.
6. Photocopy letters to the editor from Greens published in local papers. For people who cannot volunteer, ask them to write one or two letters a month from a Green perspective.
7. Volunteer sign-up / contact sheet with options (e.g. lawn sign, canvass, telephone, office work, election day help, etc.)
Some supporters just cannot give money (e.g. students) but really want to contribute in other ways. Your local can consider offering free memberships.

At the Door:

1. Be confident Make your sentences statements, and know your stuff. It is important to stand behind what you say, and to say it well.

2. Speak slowly When you say the same thing 50 times a night you begin to speed-up and cram too much info into your rap. Slow down and stick to the major points. We’ve found that our best nights are often when we’re the most tired.

3. Interruptions are good, be flexible Most people hate to be lectured to, but love a good conversation After every major sentence leave a small pause, so that if the person has a question they can ask it, they will feel like they are part of a conversation and will be more likely to act. But make sure they don’t dominate the conversation, you still have to be the expert or they’ll never donate.

4. Listen to the person & learn to read your audience. Body language is huge, if someone seems like they want to say something, ask them what is on their mind.
You can try to gear your pitch to what you most strongly believe in. But, be sure that you remain true to what the Green Party stands for. After 2-3 days of going door-to-door, you will of heard 99% of the questions people will ask you, and you will even know the answer to their question before they ask it, so stop, listen, pause and at least pretend like you have never heard that question before and give it some real thought, and then answer it, do not just blurt out an answer or cut them off in the middle of their question

5. Answer questions directly and honestly then explain why
Yes or No is usually enough, i.e. “Are you asking for money?” “Yes, we are.” Then continue with the rap because that explains why. Compared to, “Kind of, we are getting voter registrations, and you can volunteer, or you can vote Green in the next election and yeah, we are kind of asking for membership to the group and that costs money.”

6. If you can get the person to laugh and empathize with you, you are half way to a contribution. This line often produces a smile: “The GPC supports small businesses and community based economic development instead of corporate globalization because as soon as a multinational can, they’ll move their operations offshore like Paul Martin did to avoid paying Canadian taxes.”

Asking for money:

1. Do not be apologetic Besides volunteering, the best thing that anyone can do is give us money. We need offices and full-time staff to win elections. Contributing is good for them, their children, and their community, so ask with confidence. And remember, we should never insult someone by not asking for a donation.
2. Ask high and suggest an amount by example. E.g. “If you gave $100, for instance, it would only cost you $25. If you can afford $100, you could give us $400 and you get back $300 in taxes that Martin would have used on missile defense.”
People give money to the groups they believe in, sometimes even thousands of dollars.
Do not judge a person by their house or appearance. You can never tell how much or how little someone will give.
Use their enthusiasm and interest in what you are doing when determining how much to ask for. Generally an undecided voter will not give more than about $20.
3. Remember even people without much money can usually afford give “a loony or a townie.”
4. After being turned down on a large donation it is usually worth asking for a small donation to cover the costs of our materials or to buy a button. People often hand over $5 or more when you ask the second time.
5. Be thankful, but not gushing
Thank people for a contribution, but act as if everyone in their neighbourhood is doing the same thing, this will give them confidence that we are a strong organization, and their contribution won’t be wasted

The Rap:

There are THREE must have bridge questions:

Hi, how are you?

My Name is _______, and I am with the Green Party of Canada.

1] Have you heard of us?
(Gives them an early out and you can alter your rap depending on their response, e.g. go straight to the donation if they are Green voters and know our issues)

We are building support for our party in order to win seats in the federal election. One thing we are doing is registering new voters. Also, we are letting people know about some of our issues. (E.g. pro rep, community-based economics vs. corporate globalization, organic vs. GMO foods, etc.) Keep to about three topics, and cut it short if the person starts looking impatient or is well informed.

2] Are these issues important to you?
(If yes, ask for a donation, if no, say, “I can answer any questions you may have now”, or simply tell them to have a good night depending on how hostile the “no” is.)

3] The asking of contributions.
Memorize this phrase: “We are building support through donations.”
Example contributions pitch “I’m not sure if you’re aware but 75% of any donation up to $400 is returned to you when you file your income tax. So a $100 contribution really only costs $25, and if you are able to afford $100 perhaps you can contribute $400 to us now, we get the full amount and you get $300 back at tax-time. So, you are shifting your taxes from Paul Martin’s agenda to ours.

With or without a contribution: ask them if they would like to become a member. It helps us because we can say in the media we are growing and it costs as little as $10.

Written by Ariel Lade Former Green Candidate for Victoria and Steve Filipovic Green Party Campaigner

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Susan Low for MLA 2013

We are set for another busy and exciting week on the campaign trail! In particular, Susan will be speaking at the following two public forums this week:

On April 23rd (tomorrow), PLAY Victoria will host their “Where is The Family” town hall meeting. During the evening, Susan and Maurine Karagianis (NDP) will engage in discussion on family and children’s issues, moderated by the CBC’s Gregor Craigie. Want to know more about how the Green Party intends to support children and families? Come on out and ask Susan in person!
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Spectrum Community School Auditorium (95 Burnside Road West, Victoria)

On April 24th, the WestShore Chamber of Commerce will host the riding’s first all-candidates forum of this election. This event will be another great chance for voters to speak to their MLA candidates face to face and have their voices heard.
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Church of the Advent (510 Mount View Ave, Colwood)
Both of these evenings will provide a great opportunity for you, the voter, to voice your concerns and to show your support for the Green Party and Susan’s campaign. If you’d like to volunteer at either event (working at our information table, passing out brochures, etc), please email

We would love to see you this week! Together we can elect Susan as our MLA.

Susan Low for MLA 2013

Susan Low for MLA 2013 · Canada

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Earth Walk 2013 Saturday April 20th

EarthWalk2013FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10th


This year Annual Earth Walk promises to be a great one as we have teamed
up Creatively United for the Planet! They are a Great Group of dedicated
volunteers who have organized a Weekend Long Celebration of Victoria’s

This is the 32nd year of celebrating our Grassroot community with a
Concert and an Environmental Fair on the closest Saturday to Earth Day.
Starting at Noon in Centennial Square. Don’t miss Masala’s World
Percussion performance! There is no better way to assemble a Parade than
dancing! At 12:30 the Parading starts with Samba de Solie joining in We
will then Parade to St. Ann’s Academy, which is new this year as we need
more space to facilitate the larger event conceived and organized by
Creatively United for the Planet! We are so excited.

This is a Fun Family event it has the City of Victoria’s approval and
with that comes the help of the Victoria Police who will be there in
spirit and uniform to help co-ordinate traffic closures and facilitate a
great safe environment for this fun Earth Walk Celebration. We encourage
everyone to come out and participate with your community and your cause
centred organizations.

Join our Facebook Group ‘Earth Walk Victoria’ and RSVP to our event!

For more information about Earth Day visit and

Visit out our partner in hosting this annual event a great
example of the type of organization we are supporting by holding this
annual event.


For further information contact: Steve Filipovic 250 888 2588
Or email:

Earth Day is considered the birth of the environmental movement and was
first celebrated in the Unite States on April 22nd, 1970 by close to 20
million people. Twenty years later the number of people who celebrated
this day grew to 200 million and today over 800 million people across
the world commemorate Earth Day by taking part in local events.

Here is a story about Earth Days Founding Years,

Here are some links to the groups who participated last year:

BCSEA, Camas Books,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Here is one small example.
The comment below is by a prominent journalist in BC.  Like all good propaganda, it is ‘true’ … but because only ‘part’ of the truth is told, we are given a false impression.
The journalist is writing about DAY-CARE.
He writes: … (NDP leader Adrian) Dix has signalled he knows the government cupboard is bare, and has already indicated his plans for a province-wide childcare program are dead in the water, at least for a while, because the money simply isn’t there …
So we are told:  ‘the cupboard is bare’, and … “the money simply isn’t there”.   In other words, we are told that we the public are broke and in debt.  And we’re told this all the time.  We have a deficit – we have to ‘cut back’.
And yes, this is true – we have a deficit.  But The Media won’t tell us WHY there is a deficit.  And they never tell us that we can get rid of the deficit, create a surplus, and then get things like ‘daycare’ that we need.  We can do all of that – but the media never talks about it.  Why?
 There is a deficit in B. C. for only one reason, and that reason is TAX CUTS… Tax Cuts for The Richest People in BC and Tax Cuts for the Biggest Corporations in BC.  There is no money for Day Care – and everything else – because of tax cuts for the richest.  So when the media tells us that ‘the government cupboard is bare’ and ‘the money simply isn’t there’ … but they don’t tell us why … can you see how we citizens are being misinformed and led to false conclusions.
Personally, I think the media are deliberately trying to mislead us.  And this is an example of how dangerous it is when the media is owned by a special interest group like Corporate Canada.  When they own the media, and corrupt it, and use it as a weapon against the rest of us, it is very dangerous.  And we have to stop them.
We’re told there is no more money for Day Care or Health Care or Public Schools or The Poor, and we accept that because we KNOW ‘there is no money’ – and we know because we’ve been told so often by the media and the politicians.  But imagine if we knew the truth … that the money we need has been given to The Richest People and Corporations in the province.  If we were told THAT truth, then we might be up in arms.
So they just don’t tell us.  And the media does this to us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on all of the important issues.  That’s why the corporations OWN the media – and that’s why we Canadians so desperately need our own media that works for us.
Our job is to not believe the media any more.
For our own safety, we have got to stop believing them.  And we citizens have also got to somehow create a media that works for us.  We simply cannot have a democracy when everything we see, hear, and read is ‘controlled’.  We NEED a free press if we want to have a democracy.
jack etkin
PS:    Tax cuts put in place since 2001 are now costing the BC government over $6 Billion a year … Without the cuts BC would have a large surplus.  And yes, we ‘all’ got some tax cuts, but the richest got by far the most.
And as the TORONTO STAR says about Stephen Harper:   ” … tax cuts decreed by the Conservatives since 2006 will result in foregone federal revenues of $220 billion between 2007 and 2013. Of that, $60 billion in tax savings go to Canadian corporations.”

No money?  Or is the money being taken by the 1% – and paid for by the rest of us?

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[World Nuclear Emergency Day 730]

This gigantic story still virtually hidden by ommission by a reluctant world media unwilling to acknowledge our inexorable slow drift into a world we can’t even imagine. Why? Because we have never witnessed the results of a nuclear failure of the magnitude of that which occurred at Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japan. Here below is a blog spot produced by another person who understands the aspects of the nuclear age many seem to have forgotten or choose to ignore..

Warmest regards,

Steven Kaasgaard, WildGreens-CANADA


Two years have passed since Japan nuked the rest of the world

This year, on the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the author would like to pose the following questions, and invite the reader to do the same.
The Fukushima Disaster is old news…right?

Nuclear power plants are not dirty bombs…right?

Fukushima is no Chernobyl…right?

Radiation from Fukushima Daiichi didn’t affect any other nations…right?

To date, all attempts to model or accurately measure the core damage and radiation releases from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami have proved incomplete, unreliable, and admittedly unable to accurately replicate the sequence of events, largely due to the lack of information available.[1] Two years after the onset of the nuclear disaster, all efforts put forward by the nuclear industry around the world have proved inadequate to stem the tide of public opinion and active opposition to nuclear power.

Still, much has been said about the radioactive releases from Fukushima Daiichi, but one thing remains certain; anyone who attempts to make definitive statements as to minimize the size or scale of the release can do no better than to offer some rudimentary stab at the issue, as the data released to date is woefully insufficient. What little recorded data has been published and peer reviewed has yielded some startling results, which may infer some insight into why so many pro-nuclear voices have been so quick and adamant in their downplaying of the disaster.

Fukushima Daiichi is still in the ‘Early Stages’ of the disaster

In December of 2011, the Japanese government declared the end to the immediate crisis at Fukushima Daiichi, stating that the reactors had reached a state of “cold shutdown”. This was an abominable attempt to persuade the world that the Fukushima disaster was mitigated, controlled, and in the past.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published Protective Action Guidelines (PAGs), which detail the planned response to any nuclear disaster in the United States. According to PAGs, every disaster is broken into three phases, the early stage, the intermediate stage, and the late stages.

Prior to moving from the early stage to any subsequent stages, a incomplete and limited checklist of required items must be cleared. To move from the early stage to the intermediate stage, one merely needs to do two things, first control the source release, and lastly secure the source.

At Fukushima Daiichi, workers have been unable to locate any of the three melted cores, and as of March 2013, there are still over 10 million becquerels per hour[2], or 240 million becquerels per day, of radioactive cesium being released from the reactors.

Now, TEPCO attempts to minimize these numbers by pointing out that the cesium release from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactors was about 800 trillion becquerels per hour right after the disaster, but the fact remains, that a 10 million becquerel release would be a nuclear disaster in itself at any nuclear facility not named Fukushima Daiichi or operated by TEPCO.

Considering the fact that workers have failed to locate three out of three melted cores, and have also failed to control source releases, according to EPA PAGs, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is still in the ‘Early Stage’.

Radiation releases from commercial reactors greater than nuclear weapons

It has been common for pro-nuclear advocates to downplay concerns about the torrid history between the nuclear industry and military factions, the safety of nuclear power plants, or the unexpected hydrogen explosions at Fukushima Daiichi, often with the defense that commercial facilities are not capable of generating an explosion comparable with a nuclear bomb.

Shortly after the explosion at the Unit 2 reactor early in the morning, IAEA Director General Yukio Amano told reporters from The Associated Press, “There is no longer [a] chain reaction of nuclear material. Reactor vessels and primary containment vessels … stay intact. The release of radioactivity is limited.”[3] But onsite, radiation levels were so high, that they even lead NRC officials on the other side of the ocean to quickly identify that nuclear fuel was in the environment outside of the buildings.[4]

The Fukushima nuclear disaster emphatically proved that they do not have to, and still have potential for far worse releases and fallout than the one dropped in Hiroshima. In August 2011, main stream news reports ran articles relating the Cesium 137 release from Fukushima Daiichi to the Hiroshima style nuclear bomb. The comparison only included the levels of cesium-137 released into the atmosphere during the first four days of the nuclear disaster, limiting the amount of radiation the crippled reactors emitted to 15,000 terabecquerels.

Subsequent analysis would increase the estimated release from Fukushima exponentially, but the press never revisited the comparison. More recent studies have estimated that some 27.1 PBq of Cs-137 was released at Fukushima Daiichi into the ocean just during the first four months of the disaster. Additionally, studies have placed the aerial release between 36.6 PBq and 66 PBq for the first week of the disaster. Conservatively adding the 27.1 PBq aqueous release with the 36.6 PBq aerial release yields a 63.7 PBq combined Cs 137 release.

The nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima released 89 terabecquerels of Cesium 137 for comparison.[5] Here is the stunner; there are 1,000 terabecquerels in every petabecquerel. This means every petabecquerel of cesium-137 that escaped from the Fukushima Daiichi reactors was more than the amount released in 100 Hiroshima bombs. This means that even severely limiting the data to only the estimated amounts of Cesium-137 during the first week of aerial release and first four months of aqueous release, the total equaled the same amount which would be released by over 6,350 Hiroshima nuclear bombs.

Comparing Fukushima source to Chernobyl

It has also been popular for pro-nuclear lobbyists to promote the idea that the release at Fukushima Daiichi was not equal to or greater than Chernobyl, and even more, that the potential source release was never on a scale comparable to the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster.

At Chernobyl, the radiation source was confined to the inventory of one reactor, and by using data provided by a 2000 UNSCEAR report to establish the core source at Chernobyl, we can compare it to the Fukushima Daiichi source term as provided in the Stohl report released in 2012.

Chernobyl Cesium 137 Inventory and Release

Cesium 137
Total Inventory 290 PBq 2.9 x 1017
30% of Inventory Released 85 PBq 8.5 x 1016
Fukushima Daiichi Cesium 137 Inventory

Cesium 137 Inventory in Reactor Cores
Unit 1 240 PBq 2.4 x 1017 82.7 % of Chernobyl
Unit 2 259 PBq 2.59 x 1017 89.3% of Chernobyl
Unit 3 259 PBq 2.59 x 1017 89.3% of Chernobyl
Total Cesium Inventory in Units 1 – 3 758 PBq 7.58 x 1017 > 260% of Chernobyl

Cesium 137 Inventory in Spent Fuel Pools
Unit 1 221 PBq 2.21 x 1017 76.2% of Chernobyl
Unit 2 449 PBq 4.49 x 1017 > 150% of Chernobyl
Unit 3 396 PBq 3.96 x 1017 > 135% of Chernobyl
Unit 4 1,110 PBq 1.11 x 1018 > 380% of Chernobyl
Total 2,176 PBq 2.17 x 1018 > 750% of Chernobyl

Combined Cesium 137 Inventory
Unit 1 461 PBq 4.61 x 1017 > 1,000% greater than Chernobyl
Unit 2 708 PBq 7.08 x 1017 > 240% greater than . Chernobyl
Unit 3 655 PBq 6.55 x 1017 > 225% greater than Chernobyl
Unit 4 1,110 PBq 1.11 x 1018 > 380% greater than Chernobyl
Reactors and SFPs 2,934 PBq 2.93 x 1018 > 1,000% greater than Chernobyl
This data shows the Cesium 137 inventory in the reactors of Units 1 through 3 were each over 80% of the total inventory at Chernobyl. Additionally, the cesium inventory in the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi was only one-quarter of the total amount contained on-site.

Each of the spent fuel pools in Units 2 through 4, were at least 150% the size of Chernobyl. Unit 4 contained not only a full spent fuel pool, but additionally held a full core offload, making its total inventory nearly 4 times that of Chernobyl alone.

Adding up all of the Cesium 137 inventory in the spent fuel pools combined, the total (2,934 PBq) was the equivalent of over ten Chernobyls (290 PBq), even without the reactor inventories added in to the sum.

Releases from on-going nuclear disasters have far reaching effects

Since the first early hours of the disaster, TEPCO has been misleading and downright lying to workers on-site and locals around the nuclear power plant, misleading officials in Tokyo and attempting to manipulate investigations, and destroying the faith citizens around the globe in their own governments and nuclear power plant operators. Officials knew they had to do something, there were over 100,000 Americans known to be in Japan, and 1,300 of them lived in the areas most affected by the earthquake and tsunami and were now in the reach of the nuclear disaster.[6]

Anyone who made any public statements about the situation at Fukushima Daiichi which did not help the public to feel calm and reassured were deflected with the “we’ll review for scientific validity” defense.[7] Even worse than downplaying the concerns about nuclear safety, the government and the industry proactively worked hand in hand to convince and assure the public that the radioactive releases from Fukushima Daiichi were never above negligible levels at international recording stations, let alone a threat to other nations around the world.

On Thursday, March 17th, 2011, President Barack Obama made his first public statement on the nuclear disaster, sternly advising Americans not to worry. ”I want to be very clear,” he said at the White House. “We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. territories in the Pacific.”[8]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said, “We do not expect to see radiation at harmful levels reaching the U.S. from damaged Japanese nuclear power plants”, and the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal bodies parroted this statement for months in nearly every press release related to the on-going crisis and radiation releases from the plant. Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would later add that Americans should not be concerned about the spread of radiation to the West Coast of the United States and Hawaii, because even if a nuclear meltdown were to occur, releasing significant amounts of radiation, it would take at least six to 10 days to reach the West Coast.

“These releases from the plant, because they’re not elevated, because they’re not getting up high in the atmosphere, they won’t travel very far,” said Kathryn Higley, director of the department of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University. “There are so many factors in our favor. Rain will knock it down. There are 5,000 miles of ocean between us and Japan. It will be diluted, it will mix with sea spray, long before it gets remotely close to us.” Higley admitted that she had spent copious amounts of time in the early days responding to the public outcry and urging calm. She told ABC news, “We have monitoring capability here in the U.S. that is extraordinarily sensitive. We can detect radiation that is like a hundred-thousandth of what you get from a regular X-ray, and we don’t expect to see even that. For the stuff to travel, it has to be picked up by the wind,” she said, “higher-level winds that have global distribution. And that’s just not happening. This is a little like a campfire — the smoke is all near the ground.”

Edward Morse, a nuclear engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, said in an e-mail to ABC News. “The levels will not be threatening to life and health but they will be observable.”

“If any radiation were to make it here, it would be merely background levels,” said Jere Jenkins, the director of Radiation Laboratories at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. “Nothing for people on the West Coast or people in the United States to be concerned about.”

There were some rare flashes of concern, but they were greatly washed out by the repetitive rhetoric and downplay. Realistically, if leaders really did have a grasp on the situation and the potential outcomes, once the President of the United States tells the nation that there is no harm, there should have been no need for the constant barrage of “me too” statements.

“This is very, very radioactive material,” cautioned Kenneth Bergeron, a physicist who worked at Sandia National Laboratories. “If there is core on the floor and containment penetration, there will be significant public health consequences.”

“We are all-out urging the Japanese to get more people back in there to do emergency operation there, that the next 24 to 48 hours are critical,” an American official told ABC News. If cesium and other radioactive elements with long half-lives get into the air, “that could be deadly for decades,” the official said.[9]

Jeff Masters, a former meteorologist at the National Weather Service who now works at said, “Any radiation at current levels of emission that might reach these places may not even be detectable, much less be a threat to human health.”[10]

Ok, but enough of what people were saying, what were the facts? On Tuesday, March 15th, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that radiation dose rates of up to 400 millisievert (mSv) per hour had been reported at the Fukushima plant site immediately following one of the explosions. In comparison, a typical chest X-ray exposes an individual to about 0.02 mSv.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano would reveal that levels had risen to over 1,000 millisieverts, before the dose level began falling again to 600-800 millisieverts per hour, which is still considered unsafe for workers. ”So the workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now,” Edano said. “Because of the radiation risk, we are on standby.”

“Please do not go outside. Please stay indoors. Please close windows and make your homes airtight. Don’t turn on ventilators. Please hang your laundry indoors,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said to the residents in the danger zone. “These are figures that potentially affect health. There is no mistake about that.” But according to NRC documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, sheltering in place doesn’t really add that much protection for the public.

Seven US Navy ships were quickly dispatched to the affected eastern coast of Japan to conduct relief operations, but were moved farther downwind from the plant on Sunday, March 13th, after naval personnel on the USS George Washington, a U.S. aircraft carrier assisting in the recovery efforts, detected low levels of radiation, prompting military personnel to take precautions that included limiting outdoor activity.

According to 7th Fleet Commander and Spokesman Jeff Davis, the radiation was first detected by air particulate detectors aboard three helicopters located 60 miles away from the shoreline, while returning to the carrier from a relief mission to the quake and tsunami ravaged city of Sendai. After the helicopters landed on the carrier, radioactive contamination was found on the exterior surface of three aircrafts.

Detectors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan also rang out while it was located 100 miles north east of the crippled plant, and the ships’ crew was exposed to “a very low level of radiation” from a plume emitted by the plant according to reports. After following decontamination protocols, 17 crewmembers aboard and the three helicopters were tested and found to have been exposed to low levels of radiation, and some were found to have clothes and skin contaminated. All of the contaminated clothing was discarded, showers were ordered all around with adequate amounts of soap and water.[11]

What officials didn’t publicize, was that the USS Ronald Reagan had detected 0.6 millirem of radiation just in direct gamma radiation cloudshine from the plume passing overhead, that air samples also taken were 30 times normal background of air out at sea, and all this was over 100 nautical miles from the plant. This was much more significant than experts had thought, but still consistent with known containment venting operations at the Fukushima Daiichi plant (a critical point we will come back to later). To be honest, experts had not even expected that level at 25 miles away, let alone 100, at those levels it would take less than 10 hours to reach levels which would require the establishment of protective action guidelines.[12]

Officials also didn’t mention that crewmembers were found contaminated up to 2,500 disintegrations per minute in some parts of their clothing. They definitely didn’t talk about the fact that at an Air Force Base south of Tokyo, health physics teams had measured 1.5 mSv (150 millirem) per hour thyroid doses in the air.[13] Remember, a typical chest X-ray exposes an individual to about 0.02 mSv (20 millirem).

What caused the hydrogen explosions?

Officials and experts were completely unprepared for the size and devastating veracity of the hydrogen explosions; which ripped apart the Fukushima Daiichi reactor buildings, could be felt over 25 miles away, and left such vivid imprints on the minds of all who viewed the media footage.

For days after the explosions, officials at emergency command centers around the world stood nearly hypnotized watching and re-watching the explosions at the plant, even though by then a gray plume of smoke could be seen rising from Unit 3 on the command center’s television long after the explosions had occurred. Everyone had been helpless while watching the Unit 3 building ripped apart, there was nothing which could be done even though it was the primary focus of concern, even though Secretary Yukio Edano had said the government knew an explosion there was possible after the Unit 1 building was destroyed on Saturday, March 12th.

There have been a lot of quiet whispers in solemn halls of late, of reports and studies which suggest that the amounts of hydrogen just from fuel cladding failure in the reactors would be enough to generate the size of the explosions that were actually witnessed. Some questions have been raised which ask if the majority of the hydrogen was produced from concrete ablation as nuclear fuel escaped the reactor pressure vessel and began attacking the steel and concrete containment structures which house the reactor vessels.

On March 15th, 2011, Dr. Peter Hosemann, a nuclear energy expert and professor at the University of California at Berkeley did not think so, telling the press, “Having too much of the fuel rods exposed for too long of a time can lead to the core melt. Again, if a core melt happens, the reactor pressure vessel and the containment are designed to contain it.”

Some of the brightest minds at national laboratories in the United States have been studying the ex-vessel core melt at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. They haven’t been able to draw a conclusive thread yet, but some research is suggesting that concrete ablation may have played into the Unit 1 reactor building explosion. This may prove to ring true, as it corroborates with radiation measured by the USS Ronald Reagan, which detected radiation levels that corresponded with venting operations on-site, and NRC officials are not the only ones who have admitted that fuel elements have been scattered on-site and up to half a mile away from the explosions, they just haven’t been able to track it back to one specific source over another.

How Japan nuked the world

In conducting the research for this article, the author again returned to the 2012 Stohl study published in the Atmospheric, Chemistry, and Physics Journal, focusing on the Xenon-133 and Cesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi.[14]

At the end of the Abstract, the authors note that, “Altogether, we estimate that 6.4 PBq of 137Cs, or 18% of the total fallout until April 20th, were deposited over Japanese land areas, while most of the rest fell over the North Pacific Ocean. Only 0.7 PBq, or 1.9 % of the total fallout were deposited on land areas other than Japan.”

The casual reader may easily gloss over this, the author did when it was first published, likely too distracted by the fresh details of the noble gas release, which was the largest in history on record, easily exceeding Chernobyl. But, 0.7 PBq, is also 700 TBq, which is equivalent to 700,000,000,000,000 becqerels of Cesium 137, which was deposited on land areas other than Japan. Not just that which passed over, (multiple times as the Fukushima plume was found to traverse the globe every 40 days), but that which was deposited on land areas other than Japan.

At a limited yield of only 89 TBq per detonation, the amount of Cesium 137 which is proposed to have deposited on lands other than Japan, after passing over large expanses of sea and land, is greater than that which would be produced by detonating more than seven and a half Hiroshima-style nuclear bombs in the skies directly overhead.

All of this Cesium, the equivalent to that generated by seven and a half nuclear bombs is thought to have deposited on foreign lands, even more, at least the equivalent of that generated by more than four hundred nuclear bombs, is known to have passed over and deposited elsewhere or still traverse the upper limits of the atmosphere, and North America is one of the first recipients of whatever the prevailing winds drag across the Pacific Ocean, yet none of the EPA guidelines were exceeded.

Isn’t that a wonderful thing? Are you not reassured?















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Our Democracy is Broken, If We’re Smart, We’ll Fix It

When the politicians and media lie to the citizens then our democracy is broken.
And if we’re smart, we’ll fix it. A recent news story discussed $10 a day child care in BC … (Times Colonist, Feb 17). This is much needed by low-income families, but the main theme of the story was ‘We Can’t Afford It’. In the Times Colonist story, the Premier says we can’t afford it, The Media says we can’t afford it, and the NDP says we can’t afford it. But that’s NOT really true, so …
Why is everyone lying to us?

The Real Story is the 1 % took the money The 1 % took the money for day care
and schools and hospitals and put that money into their own pockets. The real story is that This Liberal Government is cutting funding for Health Care and Day Care and Schools TO PAY FOR TAX CUTS to the 1 % And nobody will tell us that simple truth.

Tax Cuts brought in since 2001 now cost the government over $6 Billion a year.
The first cuts gave as much money to the top 1% of income earners as to the bottom 49% of income earners. And our media – which is owned by the 1% – never mentioned it. These are facts that the citizens of British Columbia should know but the media won’t say it, and the NDP won’t say it … Why not?

And this is what they tell us instead:
” … the province can’t afford.. a Quebec-style model costing less than $10 a day.” said Premier Christy Clark. And the NDP spokesperson tells us: “It’s just too expensive.” And the media repeats this – but never tells us the truth.

If we want to build a better Canada … We Canadians will need A Free Press
that works for us And We Will Need More Democracy so that We Citizens have a say in the running of our country. And one good first step might be
A CITIZENS’ FORUM ON DEMOCRATIC REFORM IN CANADA We’ve got to move ahead, and this may be one way to do it.

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