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Nuclear jobs in Ontario: the South Asia connection

February 6, 2013
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Nuclear jobs in Ontario: the South Asia connection

I heard the incoming premier of Ontario this morning telling representatives of the province’s South Asian community about her desire for stronger economic connections between Ontario and South Asia. That is encouraging to me: Canada has recently “re-normalized” nuclear trade with India, the biggest South Asian economy, after three decades of petulantly cold-shouldering that country…

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A cure for Canada’s nuclear headache with India: critical thinking

November 5, 2012
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A cure for Canada’s nuclear headache with India: critical thinking

Last July, a series of power blackouts in northern India left close to 700 million people without electricity for two days. This made it the biggest power blackout event in history. Its cause was high loading on critical transmission lines by utilities working in poor, or no, coordination with a central administrator. It is really…

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American symbolism and its effect on nuclear proliferation: bureaucratic fantasy meets the real world

December 14, 2011
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In 1976 U.S. president Gerald Ford announced that the U.S. would stop reprocessing used civilian nuclear fuel. The trigger for this decision was of course political: the announcement was on October 28, and in five days there would be a general election in which Ford was the Republican presidential candidate. But why would such an…

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Nuclear power in South Asia: opportunities and challenges for Canada

October 27, 2008
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Now that the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has voted to lift its general ban on nuclear trade with India, western countries are lining up to grab their share of this burgeoning and lucrative civilian nuclear market. What opportunities are there for companies in the Canadian nuclear industry? India has 17 power reactors, 15 of which…

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India misused Canadian technology to build its first nuclear bomb. It has brushed aside Canada’s objections to this ever since. But Canada should still support the U.S.-India nuclear deal

September 1, 2008
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This week’s Economist urges the countries in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to turn down the U.S. request to waive restrictions against nuclear trade with India. India refuses to sign the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which is officially the main international bulwark against the spread of nuclear weapons. Relaxing the restrictions against nuclear trade with non-signatories—the…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

5,407 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 361.1 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,378,118 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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