NUCLEAR

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The Shadow Of Chernobyl Looms Large 30 Years Later

Thirty years on from the world's worst nuclear accident, millions of people are still living with radioactive fallout from Chernobyl. In contaminated areas, radiation touches every aspect of people's lives: it's in the food they eat, the milk they drink, and in the schools, parks and playgrounds their children play in. The human toll of reactor accidents is why nuclear power may never gain widespread acceptance, no matter how much the industry tries to reassure us that risks are low.
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We Still Need to Pay Attention to Nuclear Safety in Quebec

Remember that a few years ago, the Harper government fired Linda Keen, then President of the CNSC, because she questioned the safety of the Chalk River reactor, which produces bio-medical isotopes. By firing a person who had as her mandate the safety of citizens in nuclear matters, and who had the courage to question the laxity of nuclear industry safety, has the CNSC and the Canadian government truly protected the public?
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Geneva, Don't Forget Iran's History of Negotiating in Bad Faith

Amidst this hope there remains cause for concern given the Iranian regime's longstanding "3-D" negotiating strategy: denial, deception and delay. While the change in Iranian leadership may be seen as a sign of progress, it should be recalled that newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani had himself boasted about this strategy in earlier negotiations.
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Most People Only Read the Grabby Headline...

The way a news story is structured or what goes in the headline may have a profound effect on what people think they know about current events. For the casual news consumer, many of whom stopped reading this after the first few paragraphs, it is a good idea to carefully read the entire story when it comes to important issues.
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The Government Thinks that Environmental Assessment Takes Way Too Long

The new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), which came into effect last month, allows the federal government to create mandatory timelines for assessments of even the largest and most important projects, regardless of public opposition. Last Friday the CEAA announced timelines for nine projects under review, giving us our first look at how much time the government will allow for federal environmental assessments. It doesn't look very good.

Safety Metrics Made in Japan and Canada

Japan's Parliamentary Nuclear Accident Investigation Commission, the first of its kind in the history of Japan's constitutional government, independent and having subpoena power, delivered a stinging indictment of the nuclear plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), regulators and the government. At the same time, the Commission's recommendations lay the solid ground for building accountability, transparency and independence that are the sure building blocks for ensuring public safety.
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Why an Israeli Coalition Government Now?

Netanyahu's proposed coalition government strikes some as ominous, others as encouraging. Some see it as Israel preparing to do something about Iran and its developing nuclear weapons, whereas others sees it as a tool to pass mandatory military service for all -- Ultra-Orthodox Jews included.
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Big Oil's Plan to Crush Green Energy

A confidential memo proposing a massive fossil-fuel corporation funded campaign to build opposition against wind power was uncovered this week. As our transition to using windmills, solar panels and electric vehicles gains momentum, it's easy to see how peddlers of oil and coal might be freaked out. What if we don't want to buy what they are selling anymore?
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Canada A Nuclear Threat?

Canada may be the subject of some controversy at the nuclear security summit, which opens today in Seoul, South Korea. The U.S. and several European countries are calling on countries such as Canada...