Opinion Editorials


Posted on September 21, 2017

Ontario’s Biomass Resources: A Valuable Low-Carbon Energy Advantage

This week Canada’s Wood Pellet Association held its annual conference in Ottawa. Attendees learned about technology developments and market opportunities at home and abroad. The Association and an International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task Force will then host a three-day tour to showcase some of Ontario’s leading-edge biomass investments. ... read more

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Investing in Ontario’s Nuclear Fleet Means Lower Costs and GHG Emissions, More Jobs and Better Energy Security

On August 8th, Montreal’s La Presse newspaper, reported that Hydro-Québec and Ontario were finalizing a historic 20-year power exchange agreement. Ontario’s Ministry of Energy subsequently issued a statement describing the report as inaccurate and incompatible with Ontario’s core objectives.... read more

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Posted on April 28, 2017

Workplace Fatalities Should be Unacceptable in Modern Society

Don MacKinnon
Power Workers’ Union

Every year the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) releases statistics regarding workplace fatalities and accident claims from the previous year. Unfortunately, the statistics are not providing a record of progress. Why is it that every year in Ontario, between 200 and 300 workers lose their lives as a result of traumatic workplace accidents and occupational illnesses? According to the latest report, in 2015, 229,000 accident claims were filed with the Ontario WSIB. That is up almost 15 percent from the year before.... read more

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Posted on December 9, 2016

Ontario Energy Board Approves Largest Utility Merger in Ontario’s History

On Thursday, December 8th the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued its decision regarding the Merger Application that would combine four local distribution companies – PowerStream, Enersource, Horizon Utilities and Hydro One Brampton into the second largest distribution company in Ontario – second only to Hydro One.... read more

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Posted on December 1, 2016

Ontario’s Commitment To Nuclear Is Good News For Jobs and Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Pickering Station generates... read more

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Posted on July 13, 2016

PWU News Release: Study Finds Increased Electricity Imports from Quebec an Expensive Option for Ontario

Toronto –13, July, 2016 –The Power Worker’s Union (PWU) has released a study by Strategic Policy Economics (Strapolec) that demonstrates increasing firm electricity imports from Quebec would be an imprudent and expensive option for Ontario. Historically, Ontario has exported and imported significant amounts of electricity to and from Manitoba, Quebec, Michigan and New York. Such exchanges ensure that Ontario has sufficient reliable energy and capacity to meet its needs.... read more

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Posted on June 10, 2016

​An Environmental and Economic Centrepiece for Canada

Recent announcements by the Federal and Ontario governments demonstrate our decision-makers are increasingly recognizing the environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles (EVs).   Powering zero-emission vehicles with domestically produced, clean, low-carbon electricity is the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and smog causing pollutants from Canada’s largest emitting sector – transportation.  It is an effective way to generate... read more

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Posted on June 1, 2016

PWU Letter to the Editor - Toronto Star - “In Defence of Pickering Nuclear”

Monday’s anti-Pickering Nuclear Station Extension editorial diatribe by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) is typical of their “dreamweaver”-like campaigns — heavy with the spectre of environmental disaster and fast and loose with the facts.

The Pickering Nuclear Station is licensed and its operations, including emergency preparedness, are overseen by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), an independent regulator. The CNSC has 70 years of experience and is highly regarded internationally.

Additionally, the Pickering Nuclear Station, owned by Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a provincial Crown corporation, routinely provides... read more

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Posted on April 28, 2016

Workplace Fatalities Should be Unacceptable in Modern Society

According to the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) statistics, every year in Ontario, 250 to 300 workers lose their lives as a result of traumatic workplace accidents and occupational illnesses. In 2014, almost 200,000 accident claims... read more

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Posted on April 13, 2016

Sustainable Biomass— An Emerging Ontario Opportunity for Carbon Reduction, Jobs And Innovation

Ontario’s recent biomass investments in the Thunder Bay area recognize the significant economic and environmental benefits this energy source delivers and better positions our province to compete in the rapidly emerging global bio-economy. The European Union (EU) developed its first biomass strategy in 2005 citing improved energy security, job creation,... read more

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