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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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Celebrating Catalysts of Innovation

The CNA is proud to support Pollution Probe by attending their annual dinner this evening!

Pollution Probe is a Canadian charitable environmental organization that:

  • Defines environmental problems through research;
  • Promotes understanding through education; and,
  • Presses for practical solutions through advocacy.

In fact, we have been working with Probe on various energy literacy initiatives over the past year that serve to help Canadians better understand Canada’s energy system. We like to remind our stakeholders that we understand the energy mix required for a large, diverse (and cold!) nation like ours. Because nuclear power plants operate all the time, they play an important role in Canada’s energy portfolio — and with electricity demand projected to increase by 34% by 2025 (due to population growth and new technology developments), meeting this demand will required increased capacity to produce reliable electricity.

Each year, Pollution Probe’s Annual Gala Dinner brings together 400 to 500 leaders and enablers from industry and government for an evening of networking and celebration. The theme of this year’s Gala is innovation, reflecting the premise that significant environmental change needs positive, tangible innovation. A new feature, the Innovator‘s Showroom, will be dedicated to showcasing leading-edge technology and thinking that advances environmental improvement and sustainable development. Proceeds from the Gala support Pollution Probe’s work to advance public policy that results in positive and tangible environmental change.

His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be at the Gala as the recipient of Pollution Probe’s inaugural Environmental and Sustainable Development Leader Award. This year’s award recognizes His Excellency as a driving force for environmental innovation in Canada. Perhaps we can find some time to talk to the GG about the key role nuclear plays in S&T and innovation over dinner? We’ll let you know!

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How is your Energy Systems Literacy?

Last week we blogged about the need for a conversation about energy and a pan-Canadian energy strategy.
June 28-29th in Calgary, Pollution Probe is holding an Energy Systems Literary  in Canada workshop as part of its ongoing series about engaging Canadians in dialogue about energy. According to the workshop’s overview,

Pollution Probe’s workshop series on Energy Systems Literacy in Canada is a national initiative designed to promote a new approach to engaging Canadians in a dialogue about energy – a dialogue that is firmly rooted in a “whole-systems” perspective that recognizes the interconnections between the energy sources we draw on to deliver the energy services we demand.

The regional workshops are taking place from February to September 2011 and are for energy stakeholders to convene and take a forward-looking approach to energy systems in Canada. They are intended to build the foundation of a longer-term program to build energy systems literacy in Canada, supportive of national energy priorities.

Pollution Probe produces the Primer on Energy Systems in Canada which is meant to “identify the opportunities for improving the way that we produce, distribute and use energy.” It is important to understand the energy mix.

The CNA is a proud sponsor of the Pollution Probe workshop series. We understand the energy mix. Because nuclear power plants operate all the time, they play an important role in Canada’s energy portfolio — and with electricity demand projected to increase by 34% by 2025 (due to population growth and new technology developments), meeting this demand will required increased capacity to produce reliable electricity.

Nuclear provides reliable, clean, non-emitting base load power that is a great start for other renewables like wind and solar. Nuclear is also a better alternative to burning fossil fuels which contribute to climate change.

What energy generating technologies do you think should be part of Canada’s energy mix?

ENERGY SYSTEMS LITERACY IN CANADA WORKSHOP SERIES
Calgary
June 28h-29th, 2011

Pollution Probe  is

  • A Canadian charitable environmental organization that
    • Defines environmental problems through research;
    • Promotes understanding through education; and,
    • Presses for practical solutions through advocacy.