Monthly Archives: May 2012

CNA Responds Nuclear Energy

Half-Truths and Outright Lies about the Cost of Nuclear in Ontario

This Letter to the Editor is in response to an article that appeared in the news today.

Mr. Jack Gibbons of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance is using an Ontario Energy Board (OEB) report on Global Adjustments to twist the facts about the role nuclear power plays in providing clean, affordable, and reliable electricity in Ontario.

Mr. Gibbons takes one section of the report on Market Operations for 2010, and concludes that nuclear power is responsible for most of the price increases since 2006.

This isn’t correct. To better understand the costs of Ontario’s energy mix, plain and accessible information can be found in the provincial Auditor General’s December 2011 report.

Nuclear power provides more than half of Ontario’s energy. It does this reliably and at a low cost every day of the year, even when the wind doesn’t blow. Reasonably, it would be a large part of an energy bill, but Mr. Gibbons is ignoring basic math and calling it news.

Premier McGuinty understands the math and that’s why he’s committed to nuclear energy for the province in the Long-Term Energy Plan.

Nuclear has contributed reliable base load power and stable jobs for decades and will continue to do so for decades more. Our industry is committed to ensuring safety throughout all aspects of our operations and being responsible environmental stewards in all our communities.

Denise Carpenter
President & CEO
Canadian Nuclear Association

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AREVA’s Jean-François Béland Receives Award for Excellence

Jean-François Béland, executive vice president of AREVA Canada

Jean-François Béland, executive vice president of AREVA Canada Inc., received on May 11 an award for excellence from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) Montréal, one of Canada’s leading business schools. This award is presented annually to younger alumni of HEC Montréal for significant achievement in business.

Béland noted the role that the AREVA team has played in his accomplishments.

“In particular, I want to thank my colleagues at AREVA Canada who are to me like a family. This especially so because we travel so often to visit customers and our industrial sites.”

Béland is based in AREVA Canada’s Pickering, Ont., office and makes his home in Gatineau, Que.

Félicitations Mr. Béland!

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Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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Here’s to your Health, Canada!

Today is Canada Health Day as well as the first anniversary of the TalkNUclear.ca blog!

We launched one year ago today because we felt it fitting to mark the important contributions nuclear technology has made to health in Canada and around the world.

Our nuclear medicine ad in the Canadian Cancer Society’s feature in the Toronto Star, March 29.

It isn’t hard to understand the impact of medical isotopes. Nowhere is nuclear technology more widely accepted than in the medical field.  Canada supplies a significant amount of the world’s medical isotopes for nuclear medicine, which are used every day in thousands of procedures here at home and around the world.

Last month, in honour of Daffodil Month, the CNA teamed up with the Canadian Cancer Society to promote the excellent work they do to support Canadians living with cancer. Today, we’re happy to share the good news released in the Cancer Society report on cancer statistics in Canada.  The report found that the cancer death rate in Canada is going down. Nearly 100,000 lives have been saved over the last 20 years. This is attributed in part to education on preventative lifestyle measures like not smoking, exercising, maintaining a healthy diet, and avoiding over-exposure to the sun. Improvements in cancer screening and treatments have made a difference as well, thanks to radiation treatments which have evolved and improved over the years:

“In the 1970s, computers were introduced into treatment planning. Radiology developed CAT, MRI and PET scans so that tumors could be targeted with precision. This was followed by intensity modulated and image guided radiation therapy (IMRT and IGRT) machinery which could use these new diagnostic advances to now deliver the dose with pin-point accuracy while avoiding normal tissues.”

–          Roger F. Robison, M.D., Vice-chair, American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) History Committee, Bloomington, Ind. Source

Radiologists can now deliver radiation treatment more precisely, targeting only cancer cells. More effective radiotherapy, means more Canadians surviving cancer.

Nuclear medicine is just one example of how nuclear technology has benefited the health and wellbeing of Canadians.  Beyond medical isotopes, there’s gamma processing to improve, for example, food safety, sterilizing cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, and there’s the health benefit of clean nuclear energy for the air we breathe.

Nuclear energy in Canada diverts a potential 90 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year that would result from the same amount of electricity generated by fossil-based sources. Greenhouse gasses contribute to climate change and smog – smog and air pollution have a huge impact on the health of Canadians and the global community.

According to Pollution Probe’s Smog Primer:

“Globally, it is estimated that by 2020 a total of 700,000 premature deaths from particulate* exposure could be prevented each year if emission reduction policies were implemented. The majority, as many as 563,000 prevented deaths, would be in developing countries, while the other 138,000 would be in developed nations, such as Canada.”

*’Particulate’ is a general name given to a tiny solid or liquid particle or piece of matter. It usually refers to particles in the air (airborne particulates).

So whether it’s beating cancer, keeping our food and products safe, and our air clean, on this Canada Health Day, we’re saying thank you to the Canadian nuclear community for the historical and ongoing contributions it’s made to our quality of life today.

Learn more about the daily benefits of nuclear technology at NUnuclear.ca and join the TalkNUclear conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

And in celebration of the one-year anniversary of the TalkNUclear.ca blog, here are the top posts of the year!

 

Happy Canada Health Day from your Canadian Nuclear Association!

 

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Happy 1-Year Anniversary TalkNUclear.ca

TalkNUclear.ca is all about talking nuclear. We’re here to share the good news stories from Canada’s nuclear industry, talk about energy issues, and try to debunk myths and provide accurate information about nuclear technology and its application.

We’ve posted over 150 articles this year. Here’s a rundown of some of most popular posts:

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2012 CNA AGM and Nuclear Refurbishment Summit

The Canadian Nuclear Association is having its 52nd annual general meeting to elect 13 new Directors of the Board. We’re going to have more elected members, more representation across the industry, than ever before! We are stronger when we work together.

After the AGM, up to 200 guests are expected to attend the Nuclear Refurbishment Summit, an event sponsored by the Canadian Nuclear Association, the Organization of CANDU Industries and Aecon Nuclear.

Ontario’s Minister of Energy Chris Bentley will be a keynote speaker at the event taking place in Cambridge on May 17, 2012.

Keynote speakers at the event include:

  • Albert Sweetnam, Executive Vice President, Nuclear Projects at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), on OPG’s plans to implement lessons learned from Fukushima.
  • Kevin Wallace, President and General Manager of Candu Energy Inc., on lessons learned from the Wolsong Refurbishment.

Notable attendees include: Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig, Cambridge MPP Rob Leone, OPG Chief Nuclear Officer Wayne Robbins and John Beck, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Aecon Group Inc.

The event is open to guests, including CNA and OCI members. For more details and to register, please contact Aecon at refurbsummit@aecon.com.

We’re encouraging all CNA members to attend! Hope to see you there!

Aecon has more than forty years of experience in the nuclear industry and maintains a CSA N285 nuclear quality certification in Canada. On January 1 of this year, Aecon’s Cambridge fabrication facility was awarded nuclear accreditation, known as the “N-Stamp”, from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

On March 1, 2012, Aecon Group Inc. announced that a joint venture they were part of had been awarded a major contract with OPG to carry out the Darlington Retube and Feeder Replacement Project. This project includes the refurbishment of all four reactors at the Darlington Generating Station.

Aecon Group Inc. is one of Canada’s largest and most diverse construction and infrastructure development companies.  Aecon and its subsidiaries provide services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and on a selected basis internationally.  Aecon is pleased to be recognized as one of the Best Employers in Canada.