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Canada is the world's largest exporter of uranium and operates nuclear reactors including on the Great Lakes. Attempts are underway to introduce nuclear power to the province of Alberta and to use nuclear reactors to power oil extraction from the tar sands.

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Sunday
Jul122009

Students urge ban on uranium mining

Showing more good sense than most politicians, a group of four Fredericton high school students submitted a petition signed by almost 600 students from across the province urging the legislature to ban uranium mining.

Sunday
Jul122009

Multiple simultaneous scandals rock Canadian nuclear establishment

Safety concerns and tritium leaks at a 50-year old reactor at Chalk River,Ontario, and tritium discharges into the Ottawa River have sparked a chain reaction that has led to daily national media headlines, severe shortages of radiopharmaceuticals, and calls for the resignation of a federal cabinet minister. See several television news clips and related transcripts. The Tritium Awareness Project, or, aptly, TAP, summarized the perfect storm of scandals in a press release. Dr. Rosalie Bertell recently presented testimony to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission entitled "Health Effects of Tritium."

Sunday
Jul122009

The largest nuclear power plant on the planet could go to the Great Lakes?!

That's exactly what's planned for the Bruce nuclear complex in Ontario, Canada, on the shoreline of Lake Huron. With six operable reactors, and two more under refurbishment, Bruce already has more nuclear power plants than any other in the Western Hemisphere. But four brand newreactors are now proposed, which wouuld make it thesingle biggest nuclear power plant on the planet. Beyond Nuclear is working with U.S., Canadian, and First Nations colleagues throughout the Great Lakes to shut down the old reactors, and prevent the new ones at Bruce.  Dr. Gordon Thompson of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies  prepared this analysis on behalf of Greenpeace Canada, June 2008.

Sunday
Jul122009

A Chernobyl waiting to happen in the heart of the Great Lakes?! 

The six reactor Pickering nuclear power plant immediately east of Toronto on the Lake Ontario shore shares Chernobyl's fatal design flaw, and has a single, common containment and emergency core cooling system which means multiple, cascading, "domino effect" meltdowns are possible.

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