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Talking Nuclear at the Forum for Young Canadians Dinner

The Canadian Nuclear Association is proud to partner with the Forum for Young Canadians, a program that introduces high school students from across the country to life on Parliament Hill and demystifies the political process. We think it’s important to encourage Canada’s next generation of leaders to become engaged in their passions and stretch their potential.

This isn’t the first time we’ve combined the passion of the young generation and politics. Check out our blog post about when we brought NU Energy to Parliament Hill.

Last week, TalkNUclear attended the Forum dinner with MPs, students. The Forum dinners are a chance for potential future parliamentarians to meet and interact with sitting MPs, and for all to have a good time!


Pictured above is a group of young Canadians from B.C. and Alberta with MPs Nina Grewal, MP for Fleetwood Port-Kells, B.C. (in purple), Cathy McLeod, MP for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo, B.C. (in green), and Earl Dreeshen, MP for Red Deer (in the back, behind Ms. McLeod).

This year’s event was one of the best attended to date. After 35 years, the Forum for Young Canadians is a well-respected organization that is still going strong. Visit their website to learn more.

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Canada’s Nuclear Industry Welcomes Modernized Regulatory System and Innovation Investments

March 29, 2012, OTTAWA - The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) today welcomed the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, “Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity,” and key measures to create a modern regulatory system that will also contribute to improved environmental performance for Canada’s energy and mining projects.

“Regulatory modernization is a priority for our industry as it provides a competitive advantage for Canada,” said Denise Carpenter, President and CEO. “We are optimistic these proposed changes will increase efficiency and effectiveness of the regulatory process, and we look forward to working with the federal government to implement changes swiftly to enhance job creation and economic growth in Canada.”

The CNA serves approximately 100 member companies, representing 70,000 people employed in the production and advancement of nuclear medicine, uranium mining and exploration, fuel processing, and electricity generation.

“Our members support a regulatory process that establishes clear timelines, reduces duplication and burdens, and focuses resources on large projects where potential environmental impacts are the greatest,” added Carpenter, “We appreciate the focus on what matters to the environment.”

The CNA also applauded Innovation investments contained in Economic Action Plan 2012, such as the implementation of a Jenkins Panel recommendation to refocus the National Research Council (NRC) to improve its responsiveness to Canada’s business sector.

“Canada’s home-grown nuclear technologies connect the energy, medicine, manufacturing, advanced materials, and academic sectors with many other value-added industries, and the NRC is an important part of that innovation system,” said Carpenter. “Our industry believes there is great value to having strong public support for S&T that is responsive to the needs of industry.”

The Canadian nuclear industry provides a broad spectrum of products and services that benefit Canadians, generating approximately $6.6 billion per year and contributing $1.5 billion in tax revenue and $1.2 billion in export revenues.

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Background Information:

The CNA discussed this issue in the September 2011 “Innovation Issue” of Policy Options magazine:  http://www.irpp.org/po/archive/sep11/stewart.pdf

The CNA issued the following new release on March 14, 2012 to encourage the Government of Canada to fully consider the recommendations on the federal Environmental Assessment (EA) process made by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development: http://www.cna.ca/english/news_events/Mar14-2012-CNA-press-release.html

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Bringing “NU Energy” to Parliament Hill

Tuesday October 25, over 40 members of Canada’s nuclear community descended on Parliament Hill to say YES to nuclear.

Members of North American-Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) and Women-in-Nuclear (WiN) Canada from several CNA member companies came to the Nation’s Capital to talk to Parliamentarians about the benefits of the Canadian nuclear industry.

Some "young genners" and "WiNners" in front of the Eternal Flame on Parliament Hill.

The “young genners” and “WiNners” held meetings with twenty Parliamentarians from all sides of the House sharing their stories and experiences about working in the nuclear industry. Before the meetings, the participants got to brush up on their communication skills – both verbal and non-verbal.

The first of two professional development sessions, led by professional media specialist, Judith Boyle, focused on how to effectively communicate your core message, respond to different types of questions and preparation for special situations. The second session, led by the Christopher Leadership Course from Toronto, taught participants the importance of soft-skills and getting rid of nervous energy and word-whiskers (like “um” and “you know”).

What did participants say about the communications training?

“Good content, liked interactive nature and preparation for meetings was essential.”

“It was great to learn & practice on the spot. It was great to hear everyone’s comments. Loved her (Judith) questions & way of teaching.”

“This was an excellent crash course to begin feeling comfortable with peers and the future MP meetings.”

“Great practical information. Great to practice what we learned.”

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour with The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources

Positive Feedback From All

Members of Parliament, Senators, as well as Ministerial staffers and public servants, were happy to speak one-on-one with our groups of 3-4 people. It was a great opportunity for Parliamentarians to talk nuclear from the fresh first-hand perspective of our engineers, environmental officers, emergency management specialists, and those in many other important roles.

At a reception hosted by The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, the Minister encouraged participants to “keep out there and keep talking,” and added:

“When you throw the stereotype out the window and you see that there are women in nuclear and that there are young people choosing to go into the field because it’s a good solid field, it really does turn everything on its head — because we believe in the future of the industry.”

Thank you, Minister Raitt. We agree with you 100%.

 

What did participants think of NU Energy on the Hill day overall?

“Great initiative and fantastic experience. Thank you!”

“This was a very beneficial professional development opportunity.”

“Overall the meeting with the Parliamentarians was well received and I thought it was a good way to communicate a more genuine message.”

“An amazing experience, one which ignited me not just for one day – but a lasting memory & impression. Such a tremendous opportunity & I consider myself very fortunate.”

“Great opportunity to meet/network with other people in the industry…Overall, it was a great experience, and would recommend it for future years.”

“Great experience, good working teams, nice to have a CNA facilitator.”

A photo-op with the Honourable Lisa Raitt and NA-YGN and WiN members at the NU Energy on Parliament Hill Day reception.

Thank you to all the “young genners” and “WiNners” for participating in NU Energy on Parliament Hill Day and sharing your nuclear passion with Canada’s leaders and policy makers. Thank you to CNA members Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, Ontario Power Generation, Bruce Power, Candu Energy, Cameco, AMEC and Kinectrics for sending your best and brightest to Ottawa to represent the Canadian nuclear community on the Hill.

Additional Links

Read the WiN-Canada blog post about NU Energy on the Hill day: http://www.wincanada.org/blog/archives/communicating-effectively/

View photos from the day on the TalkNUclear Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.266806023356864.58401.177709632266504&type=3

Download the hi-res versions from NU Energy on the Hill day:
https://picasaweb.google.com/110081413710144241988/NUEnergyOnParliamentHillOctober24252011

 

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Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver Addresses the CNS 2011 Conference

On Sunday evening, at the Opening Reception of the Canadian Nuclear Society 2011 Conference in Niagara Falls, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver addressed the crowd of mostly engineers and scientists who are the “backbone of this industry,” as Mr. Oliver said.

The Minister acknowledged the key role that nuclear has played in Canada’s energy mix for over 40 years, as well as the value the industry brings by way of direct and indirect jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. He said the new Conservative government is committed to managing the nuclear file and addressing key issues such as legacy waste management and the restructuring of AECL; he says AECL must be “repositioned for success,” starting with the CANDU Reactor Division, then turning attention to AECL’s nuclear laboratories. AECL will be more competitive and benefit Canadian taxpayers.

The AECL labs are huge in Canada’s nuclear history – and really where it all began. Mr. Oliver reminded the CNS conference audience that the labs are where Nobel Prize-winning neutron scattering technology was pioneered, where Canada advanced medical isotope technology and where CANDU technology was created. Mr. Oliver said the Government of Canada recognizes nuclear technology’s contributions in meeting our energy, environmental, and health care needs. He said the Government supports AECL’s work to re-license the NRU at Chalk River to 2016 to ensure the supply of medical isotopes. In fact, you’ll recall the government committed $35 million over two years towards research and development of non-reactor based technologies for isotope production, specifically technetium-99m.

In addressing nuclear safety, the Minister offered words to those affected by the events of March 11 in Japan. He said the effects of the earthquakes and tsunami on the Fukushima nuclear plant are a reminder of the importance of maintaining and constantly improving the industry’s safety culture. The events certainly have strengthened our commitment to the health, safety and security of Canadians and our environment, the Minister said.

The Honourable Joe Oliver Minister of Natural Resources

Canadian nuclear safety is paramount. From the independent regulator (the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission), to Canada’s highly-trained skilled operators, to the robust design of Canada’s reactors, proven to be among the safest in the world – Canadian nuclear means safety!

The Minister of Natural Resources is also tasked with overseeing the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), which is currently in the process of selecting a site for a long-term management facility. Responsible waste management is part of the Government’s commitment to a strong nuclear industry, which is why the government supports the Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program which addresses accumulated waste from the early years of research and development conducted on behalf of the Canadian Government, as well as the Port Hope Initiative to secure the low-level waste in that community.

In closing Minister Oliver reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to ensuring an industry that is competitive, strong and safe, as a foundation for high-paying jobs and growth. We’re with you, Mr. Oliver!

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Federal Budget 2011

On June 6th, 2011 the Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, tabled the federal Government’s  post election budget. The Budget followed the tabling of the Government’s Speech From the Throne on  June 3rd.

The June 6th Budget was essentially a repeat of the previous March 2011 Budget tabled in the last session of parliament before the Government lost a vote of confidence which triggered the federal election. As promised by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance during the election, the Government reintroduced the previously tabled budget with a few ‘tweaks’. These ‘tweaks’ consisted of a number of campaign promises which include:

  • The elimination of the federal deficit by 2014- driven by reviewing and reducing federal Government programs and administration costs.
  • $2.2 billion to compensate Quebec for merging its provincial sales tax with that of the federal levy.
  • The phase out of public funding political parties.

Budget Highlights of particular interest to the Canadian Nuclear industry include:

  • $100 million over two years for research, development and demonstrations of clean energy and energy efficiency.
  • Expansion of eligibility for the accelerated capital cost allowance for clean energy generation equipment. It allows the cost of eligible assets to be deducted for tax purposes at a rate of 50 per cent per year on a declining balance basis—which is faster than would be implied by the useful life of the assets. The Budget 2011 proposes to expand eligibility for accelerated CCA under Class 43.2 to include equipment that generates electricity using waste heat from sources such as industrial processes. This expansion will encourage investment in technologies that increase energy efficiency and can help displace the use of fossil fuels for generation of electricity.
  • $8 million over two years to promote the deployment of clean energy technologies in Aboriginal and Northern communities.
  • $97 million over two years to renew funding for technology and innovation in the areas of clean energy and energy efficiency.
  • $405 Million for 2011-2012 period for AECL (during its restructuring process)to cover corporate operations, isotope production and managing safe operations at Chalk River Laboratories.
  • A targeted engagement strategy to foster stronger economic ties with India that will include  $12 million over 5 years for the creation of a Canada- India Research Centre of Excellence.
  • Take additional steps to foster a stronger economic union by continuing to engage with the provinces and territories to enhance internal trade and labour mobility. It will ensure that all regions of the country have modern public infrastructure and will continue to support sectors of strategic importance. The Government will support the development of new environmental and clean energy technologies and pursue efficient regulatory approaches to create a cleaner, healthier environment.
  • Extend Mineral Tax credit for exploration for one year.
  • $870 Million over 2 years to support the Government’s Clean Air Agenda. This is to include: $400 million for a program that benefits homeowners who carry out energy-saving improvements; $252 Million to support regulatory initiatives to address climate change and air quality.

Access the entire budget document here.

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2011 Speech from the Throne

On June 3, 2011 the federal Government tabled its program in the Speech From the Throne (SFT) entitled, “Here for all Canadians; Stability. Prosperity. Security.”

As expected, the SFT focused predominantly on implementing key initiatives outlined in the Conservative election platform  such as implementing the next stage of Canada’s Economic Action Plan ,  including a return to balanced budgets and a focus on private sector job growth. The SFT also included commitments to eliminate the long gun registry, the monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board as well as introducing Senate Reform legislation. These measures are designed to address long standing issues for core Conservative supporters.

Of particular interest in the SFT are the following commitments;

  • Continue to make targeted investments to promote and encourage research and development in Canada’s private sector and in our universities, colleges and polytechnics. It will look for ways to support innovation while ensuring that federal investment in research and development is effective and maximizes results for Canadians.
  • Work with President Obama and his administration to deliver on the Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.
  • Continue to welcome foreign investment that benefits Canada.
  • Seek to eliminate the federal deficit by by 2015. In order to accelerate the return to a balanced budget and to eliminate the deficit one year earlier, over the next year it  will undertake a Strategic and Operating Review of government spending led by a new Cabinet subcommittee established for this purpose. This review will be focused on reducing the cost of government, while keeping taxes low and preserving transfers to individuals and provinces for essential things like pensions, health and education. The Government will also complete its stimulus package as promised and continue specific measures to restrain the growth of government expenditures.
  • Support major new clean energy projects of national or regional significance, such as the planned Lower Churchill hydroelectricity project in Atlantic Canada. It will engage the provinces, territories and industry on ways to improve the regulatory and environmental assessment process for resource projects, while ensuring meaningful consultation with affected communities, including Aboriginal communities.
  • Continue to support Canada’s agricultural, forestry, fishing, mineral, manufacturing and energy sectors.
  • Promote access to clean water and the deployment of clean energy technology in Aboriginal and northern communities.

Given the change in political dynamics that occurred with the election of a Conservative majority in the House of Commons to compliment  the Conservative majority in the Senate , the Government now controls the legislative mechanisms to move forward with its stated program.  The Government’s new challenge will be to manage the larger Conservative Caucus and balance regional interests to keep their program on track.  Hence, the role of Regional Ministers and regional Caucus Chairs will most likely increase in importance as the Government begins to implement its agenda.

As previously announced the federal Government will be tabling its Budget on June 6th. , this will provide details on how the Government will seek to implement its program as outlined in the SFT.

Read the complete version of the Speech from the Throne.