Monthly Archives: February 2014


Ministers Jason Kenney and Bob Chiarelli Confirmed for CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Great news – not only have we confirmed that Minister Jason Kenney will be our closing speaker, but we’ve also added Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli to the program too!

These additions mean that instead of ending at 12:00PM on Friday, February 28, our program will now end at 12:30PM instead, with Minister Kenney as the closing speaker. Please modify your travel arrangements if necessary to ensure you can see both of these terrific additions!

For the complete program or to register for CNA2014, please visit us online.

Be sure to follow CNA2014 updates on Twitter with the #CNA2014 hashtag. We hope to see you there!


Physics Wunderkind Taylor Wilson to Speak at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Time Magazine calls him “The Next Einstein.”

Taylor Wilson is a 19-year-old nuclear physicist who was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and raised in Nevada.

As a child, Wilson was initially interested in rocketry and space science, before entering the field of nuclear science at age 10.

Interest in space led to an interest in nuclear propulsion and then nuclear science and fusion.

“I was obsessed with space and I was really excited about being an astronaut and designing a rocket,” he said. “I think there is something really poetic about using nuclear power to propel us to the stars because the stars are giant fusion reactors. They are giant nuclear cauldrons in the sky.”

During high school, Wilson attended both the Davidson Academy of Nevada and the University of Nevada, Reno where he was given a laboratory to conduct his fusion research.

He astounded the science world and gained notoriety when, at age 14, he became the youngest person in history to produce fusion.

A lot of his work was done on a small budget in his garage.

“I make yellowcake in my garage, so my nuclear program is as advanced as the Iranians,” he quipped.

In 2012, Wilson’s dreams received a boost when he became a recipient of the $100,000 Thiel Prize.

Wilson now intends revolutionize the way we produce energy, fight cancer, and combat terrorism using nuclear technology.

His homeland-security research earned him the opportunity to meet with U.S. President Barak Obama.

“In about seven years of doing nuclear research, I started out with a dream to make a star in a jar, a star in my garage and I ended up meeting the president and developing things I think can change the world,” he said in 2012.

And 2013 was a big year for him as well. In May, he graduated high school and in December he was named one of Time Magazine’s 30 Under 30 World Changers.

Taylor Wilson will be speaking at CNA2014 this month.


CNA Sponsors Let’s Talk Energy Week, Represents Nuclear

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By Erin Polka
Communications Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Let’s Talk Energy Week, the first energy awareness week of its kind in Canada, will invite Canadians to explore and discuss how energy is connected to their lives, and the importance of energy systems and their elements to our economic, social and environmental future. The week will be held from February 21 – 28, 2014.

Let’s Talk Energy Week is being introduced in the context of Let’s Talk Energy, an initiative of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) which aims to increase energy literacy across Canada and engage Canadians in considering our energy future. Through informative exhibitions, virtual material, programs and activities, the CSTMC and its partners across the country aim to improve Canadians’ understanding of energy issues, allowing them to make more informed energy decisions.

Among the many activities that they have planned for Let’s Talk Energy Week is a Speaker Series at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on Wednesday, February 26, at 10:00 am. As a sponsor of the event, the CNA has been given the opportunity to put forward a speaker to represent the nuclear industry on a panel that includes advocates from oil, gas, and hydro industries.

Additionally, the CNA will supply copies of The Canadian Nuclear Factbook to all 33 of the participating museums and science centres. Finally, the Association will make a handful of Geiger counters available to local area museums for demonstrations on radiation.

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Don’t Miss Gwyneth Cravens at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Gwyneth Cravens is an American writer, environmentalist, and recent co-star of Pandora’s Promise.

To date, she has published five novels and has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

She grew up in 1950s New Mexico having atom-bomb nightmares.

She became a sometime anti-nuclear activist, who supported initiatives to prevent the Shoreham nuclear power plant from being completed on Long Island, where she lives.

About 10 years ago, Cravens changed her views on nuclear power after discussions with Dr. D. Richard (“Rip”) Anderson, a chemist, oceanographer, and international expert in nuclear risk assessment.

“I began to think about the risks of our energy sources more clearly and to examine my own prejudices that had led me to oppose the only large-scale source that we can expand in this country – nuclear power,” she said.

“I had certain impressions and prejudices, some of them fostered by activists at Greenpeace, and I just assumed that nuclear power had to be the deadliest form of energy production. That was my assumption, that was my prejudice and I began to learn differently.

“One of the problems in supporting these prejudices is getting information from sources that are not science-based. That are not reliable. That are ideologically-based.”

The Wall street Journal called her latest book, The Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy, “as good a book as we’re likely to get on a subject mired in political incorrectness, general unfathomability and essentially limitless gut fears.”

Released in October 2007, it argues for nuclear power as a safe energy source and an essential preventive of global warming.

“If we don’t have more nuclear power we are going to have more greenhouse gases. That’s just how it is,” said Cravens.

Gwyneth Cravens will be speaking at CNA2014 this month.