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“Election debate avoids nuclear dialogue,” Letter to Editor, Published in the Toronto Star, June 4, 2014

June 1, 2014
The Editors
The Toronto Star
1 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario
Dear Sir/Madam,
It says a great deal about the depths to which the quality of our political discussions have sunk when in the midst of an election campaign in which electricity price increases have been a central focus for both major opposition parties, the principal cause of those price increases, the refurbishment of the province's aging fleet of nuclear reactors, has been the subject of virtually no debate ("Election debate avoids nuclear dialogue"). This while the government makes the continuation of that direction the centrepiece of its energy strategy, the official opposition proposes to take Ontario further down the nuclear path than ever, and the third party, a long-standing nuclear opponent, has adopted a position of increasing ambiguity. Only the Greens have staked out a clear position in favour of a serious examination of alternatives. Ontarians deserve better before the province commits itself to such a enormously risky and costly path.
Yours sincerely,Mark S. Winfield, Ph.D.