It's hard to believe, but true: the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is fast approaching. DNA is cooperating with 3 other groups to show an award-winning documentary about the health implications for Japanese children in the wake of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, and to discuss Fukushima's lessons for Ontario.
The film will be shown in three locations, on three different dates. Details below.
** Note: I've seen the documentary. It's informative, disturbing, moving and powerful. I can't promise that it won't elicit some tears. To hear young children discuss radioactive playground structures, and teen-agers predict their own eventual cancers; well, these are sad and sobering things.
Lessons from Fukushima for Ontario - 5 years after the worst nuclear disaster
Film Screening + Panel Discussion at 3 locations in Toronto & Pickering
Film: 'A2-B-C,' directed by Ian Thomas Ash, 2013
** Speakers will discuss the risks of Ontario’s nuclear reactors, emergency plans and plans to rebuild Ontario's aging nuclear fleet.
- Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA)
- Erica Stahl, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
- Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace Canada
Since the nuclear disasters in Fukushima, Japan, in March 2011, local childhood thyroid cancer cases have risen to 20-50 times above normal. Citing a lack of transparency in the official medical testing of their children and the ineffectiveness of the decontamination of their homes and schools, the children’s mothers take radiation monitoring into their own hands.
The film has won 12 awards internationally.
71 min. English subtitles. www.a2documentary.com
Thur. March 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Pickering Main Library, One the Esplanade
Fri. March 11, 7 – 9 p.m.
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham, Toronto (Bathurst subway station)
Suggested Donation: $5-10
Sun. March 13, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.
These events are sponsored by
- Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
- Durham Nuclear Awareness (DNA)
- Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA)
- Many quotations about the causes of the Fukushima nuclear disaster here
- 'Fukushima: what really happened?' posting here