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No Nukes Group Target of Sabotage

For immediate release: - May 19, 2009

Local anti-nuclear group, Grand Erie Energy Quest, is reporting a sabotage campaign directed at the “No Nukes” lawn signs that have been appearing on residents’ properties over the past few weeks. The group has had a large number of signs removed from supporters’ lawns. Almost as soon as they started to go up, signs were reported stolen during the night.

What at first seemed like simple vandalism now looks to be an organized effort involving multiple persons working from vehicles. Signs have been removed from private property in Nanticoke, Port Dover, Port Ryerse, Fisher’s Glen and Waterford, as well as from rural properties around the Haldimand-Norfolk area.

“How undemocratic!” was the shocked response from one local woman when informed of what has been happening.

The lawns signs were purchased from a Simcoe printer through a few sizable donations from Grand Erie Energy Quest members. The signs are similar to those used during election campaigns. Unlike election campaign signs, public interest advocacy signs are not protected by Elections Canada. Theft, however, is a criminal offense and the group says it will pursue thieves and demand prosecution. At least one GEEQ supporter has notified the OPP of the theft of two signs from a rural residence.

“It’s a bit discouraging,” said Richard Goodlet, a founding member of Grand Erie Energy Quest. “We are being inundated with a one-sided message from a private corporation with deep pockets. This has been our biggest expense and it seems that we are being targeted by anti-free speech, un-Canadian cowards. They only do their mischief under cover of darkness.” Without elaborating, Goodlet said group members are resorting to some creative anti-theft measures.

Jim Elve has had four signs removed from his Waterford property. He says the anti-nuke group has waged a respectful and legal campaign and worries about the turn the debate is taking.

“I work from home and I’m in most days. If someone sees my sign and knocks on my door to discuss the pros and cons of nuclear energy, I’m happy to talk. If they want a sign for their lawn, I’m happy to supply one,” quipped Elve. “I think it’s a bit ironic that a recent editorial talked about scare tactics being used by anti-nuclear people. I really haven’t heard anyone talking about meltdowns or explosions. This assault on our freedom of expression and trespass on our private property, however, is a real scare tactic and is aimed at intimidating concerned citizens and silencing our voices. What’s next?”

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For further information, contact:

Jim Elve

519-443-8085

jelve@jelve.com

Richard Goodlet

519-428-1548

pagodavista@kwic.com

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