Why is the Federal Government Turning its Back on Canada’s Nuclear Industry?
The federal government’s going forward plan for Canada’s nuclear industry was made clear in the Minister of Natural Resources speech to the Canadian Nuclear Association’s annual conference on February 28th, 2013. The Honourable Joe Oliver acknowledged the economic benefits generated by Canada’s nuclear industry [...]
Canada’s Nuclear Industry - Talk It Up
A famous Yogi Berra quote, “déjà vu all over again” captures the ongoing challenge facing our industry— countering apocalyptic rhetoric with the facts. Recently, there has been lots of media coverage of anti-nuclear advocates, re-energized by the tragedy at Fukushima, opposing existing and proposed nuclear projects…
Canada’s Nuclear Industry: The Yin and Yang
Hydro Quebec’s decision to close Gentilly-2 is not good news for Canada’s nuclear industry. It the problems the
industry faces from the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). Hydro Quebec’s press kit referenced this uncertainty as a contributing factor to their decision…
Now or Never—Time to Talk New Build
The progress made to date regarding OPG’s Darlington new build project is heartening for Canada’s nuclear industry. However, given the stakes in play, our provincial and federal politicians should be doing more to advance the decision to build new CANDU 6 reactors.
AECL’s Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories— A Valuable Canadian Research Facility
Back in early February, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, announced that the Government was inviting Expression of Interest in the activities of Atomic Energy of Canada’s Limited’s (AECL) Nuclear Laboratories. Such an initiative is intended to benefit the Government with the experiences of [...]
Why Is Nuclear Energy Getting Such Minimal Attention
Three January speeches made by Canada’s NRCAN Minister, Joe Oliver, include many references to the oil sands, their importance to Canada’s economy, of diversifying markets for our energy resources and the need to build enabling infrastructure, like pipelines. One word you won’t find in these speeches is nuclear. [...]
It’s Time to Plant the CANDU Flag
As of the end of October 2011, AECL has a new owner, CANDU Energy Inc.; a pro-nuclear government has been re-elected in Ontario; Canada has a new minister of natural resources supportive of nuclear; and the Joint Review Panel’s EA Report for Darlington is now with the federal government. [...]
AECL Deal—The Dust is Far From Settled
The ink is now dry on the June 29th AECL deal between the federal government and SNC-Lavalin (SNC).
As readers will see from this newsletter’s two “Worth Repeating” segments, there is a wide range of opinion on the merits of this sale. Regardless of what one’s views are on the [...]
Meeting Nuclear Energy Fear Mongering With the Facts
The unprecedented earthquake and tsunami caused event at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in Japan has anti-nuclear activists out in full force calling for the closure of nuclear power plants across the world. Weeks of 24/7 news coverage provided a bonanza of opportunities to present images of doom [...]
Our nuclear industry leaders have been calling on the federal government for sometime to clear up the uncertainty that’s dragging Canada’s successful reactor technology to the brink of oblivion.
The problem is our elected federal representatives don’t seem to be listening!