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Nuclear Energy

Which is More Frightening, a World With or Without Nuclear Power?

Today on the BBC World Services radio programme HARDtalk, we heard an interview with John Ritch, Director General, World Nuclear Association and Sven Giegold, a leading German Green member of the European parliament. Host Stephen Sackur asked his guests to discuss the impact of Fukushima on the global nuclear industry. Ultimately the question is: Which is more frightening, a world with or without nuclear power?

TalkNuclear knows nuclear energy is an affordable, available and reliable source of energy that will allow us to meet our growing energy demands while addressing climate change since it doesn’t contribute greenhouse gasses or smog to the atmosphere. More than energy production, Canadian nuclear in particular has pioneered, and continues to develop, many important medical technologies which have saved and improved the lives of millions around the world.

We know what world we’d rather live in: Nuclear power? Yes please!

Listen to the interview and let us know what you think.

Click image to access interview at BBC.co.uk (player will open in a new window)

Note: the broadcast will only be available until 9:32AM Wed, 3 Aug 2011
Originally broadcast on BBC World Service, 4:05PM Wed, 27 Jul 2011

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28 Parliamentary Secretaries of the 41st Parliament

On May 25 , 2011, the Prime Minister announced the 28 Parliamentary Secretaries that will support the duties  of the Cabinet Ministers.

Half of the 28 Parliamentary Secretaries (PS) are from Ontario. This reaffirms the Prime Minister’s efforts in recognizing that Ontario was important in attaining the majority government status.

Along with the majority appointments of PS positions going to Ontario based Members of Parliament, the majority of Cabinet positions are also from Ontario.

Of notable mention is the re-appointment of David Anderson as the Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources. He will be providing a sense of continuity on key issues such as the updating of the Nuclear Liability Act.

Also of interest are the appointments of ;

Dean Del Mastro as PS to the Prime Minister
Mike Lake PS to the  Industry Minister
Shelly Glover PS to the Minister of  Finance
Chris Alexander PS to the Minister of  National Defense
Michelle Rempel PS to the Minister of Environment

A complete list of the Parliamentary Secretaries and their biographies.

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A Warm Welcome to the Canadian Nuclear Association’s New Blog!

Developing and sustaining a strong online presence that promotes dialogue, collaboration and the sharing of information is a key pillar of the Canadian Nuclear Association’s (CNA) Social Media Strategy and our TalkNuclear brand.

In fact, earlier this year we launched our TalkNuclear Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages. Through these platforms, we have actively launched and participated in a conversation about the nuclear industry, both at home and abroad.

As we move forward and continue to build upon our outreach efforts, launching our very own TalkNuclear Blog seemed the natural next step.

There isn’t a better time to launch the TalkNuclear blog than today – Canada Health Day. Celebrated every year in honour of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, an innovator and reformer in public health, Canada Health Day encourages Canadians to do something to promote health and a healthy lifestyle.

It is a reminder to us all that health is our most precious resource and one that must be nurtured. Today is also an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of public health and healthcare innovations to the overall well-being and quality of life of all Canadians. Nuclear medicine got its start in Canada with the first cancer treatment machines in the 1950s. Today nuclear medicine continues to contribute to the health of Canadians with medical isotopes being used to sterilize more than 40% of the world’s single-use medical devices like syringes, gowns and masks – not to mention the sterilization of everything from pharmaceutical products to cosmetics. Medical isotopes also significantly improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

I have been the CNA President for over a year now and during this time our industry has experienced tremendous growth and promise, but we’ve also had our challenges.

In March, we were faced with the tragic events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan as a result of a devastating tsunami. As an industry and as individuals, our hearts have gone out to the people of Japan as they continue down their path to recovery.  We have been working tirelessly to support our Japanese counterparts and glean any lessons learned that can apply to our systems here in Canada.

Canada’s nuclear power plants are among the most robust designs in the world with multiple, redundant safety systems.  Our facilities are located in stable areas –  both seismically and in terms of severe weather. However, this doesn’t allow us to be complacent. All our nuclear facilities are in the midst of conducting a thorough review of the lessons learned from Japan and how we might apply that to our own operations and emergency planning (PDF). We will continue to review our operations as we learn more.

On a more positive note, the Ontario Government has committed to building and refurbishing nuclear power plants, reaffirming its confidence in nuclear power as the province moves forward with its Long-Term Energy Plan.

But why do I support nuclear energy? The answer is not long or complicated. I support nuclear energy because I believe – not only as the President of the CNA – but as a Canadian, that nuclear energy is critical to our country’s future.

Nuclear has an important role to play in medicine, research, food safety, highly-skilled jobs, and it makes crucial contributions to other industries across the Canadian economy.  It is a key piece of Canada’s energy system because of its ability to supply continuous, baseload power while releasing virtually zero GHG emissions. In today’s environmentally-conscious, energy-intensive and carbon-constrained world, this last point cannot be ignored.

So welcome to CNA’s blog once again. I encourage you all to check back regularly and participate in the conversation as we have exciting topics lined up.

We would also love to hear from you: What will you do for Health Day? Leave us a comment below or email TalkNuclear@cna.ca. What does nuclear mean to you?