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Well attended nuclear conference kicks off interesting, productive year

March 5, 2014
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When you look at packed audience halls at a nuclear industry convention, you know there is activity in the industry. Last week’s Canadian Nuclear Association annual conference and trade show was very well attended, and not just by the Ontario nuclear utilities, Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Power, whose billion dollar annual revenues make them…

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Exporting low carbon electricity infrastructure: what Canada can do for the world

October 24, 2013
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Exporting low carbon electricity infrastructure: what Canada can do for the world

In the economic boom of the 1950s, Canada made a strategic gamble on its industrial future: it invested in developing the CANDU nuclear reactor. The CANDU was invented as a conscious decision to differentiate a product from its competition. Why was this a gamble? Because the CANDU’s competition was a reactor technology invented and marketed…

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Efficiency and symbolism in Canadian health care and medicine exports

May 30, 2013
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Efficiency and symbolism in Canadian health care and medicine exports

In three and a half years, the operating license of the National Research Universal (NRU) nuclear reactor at Chalk River will expire. The NRU is a hugely important piece of research equipment, arguably Canada’s most important and certainly among its most successful. It was instrumental in developing the CANDU reactor, which is the technology that…

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Atomic Energy Canada: the biggest applied R&D payoff in Canada’s history

March 26, 2013
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Atomic Energy Canada: the biggest applied R&D payoff in Canada’s history

In the wake of last week’s federal budget, Canadian newspapers have been publishing a lot of material on the current government’s approach to research and development funding. I am a professional practitioner in this space: over the past half decade I have helped several clients manage R&D in the development of clean hydrocarbon fuel—an area…

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Assessing America’s two-pronged anti-proliferation policy: failures, successes, and a way forward

March 8, 2013
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Assessing America’s two-pronged anti-proliferation policy: failures, successes, and a way forward

U.S. policy for preventing nuclear weapons proliferation is a two-pronged work in progress. Prong One is essentially intellectual property protection: blocking certain other countries from access to technologies and processes that can help make explosives and bombs. Prong Two is dissuasive diplomacy: using various forms of diplomatic pressure, up to and including military force, to…

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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:

5,788 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 363.5 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:

14,443,892 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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