Friday, June 12, 2009

Daily Digest

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This is not the regular Digest for two rerasons.

The first the Prime Minister's unilkateral decision to abandon Canada's role in providing isotopes and in carrying on peaceful nuclerar research impelled me to do research myself on this issue the results of which follow.

The second, occasionally I lay down for a nap and sleep the whole night through - which I did rather than staying up to he wee small hours as usual.

Should you agree let the Prime Minister know, please. He just may listen.

         Joe
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A Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

In one fell swoop $10 billion was placed at risk to obtain 12% ownership of a company that is selling off elements of its production. AECL which has been in operation for more than 50 years, which developed a unique process for using natural uranium and which has been the largest supplier of isotopes in the world is called a "sinkhole".(1)

Rather than cancelling the MAPLE reactor look ahead leadership would direct AECL to determine how the South Korean reactor has been altered to be functional for 14 years now. (2)

"What we're focused on is trying to restructure AECL right now." (1) Right, privatize the CANDU just when producing energy through nuclear reactors is increasingly seen as a reliable alternative to fossil fuels. And give no assurance it will be sold to a Canadian company.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not noted for altering his directions. In this case maximum pressure must be placed on him to do so - not for narrow partisan political reasons but so that Canada can maintain a leading position in the world in what must be considered a most beneficial field.

From nuclear technology others have turned into swords, Canada has created ploughshares.

Let us continue to do so

Yours truly

Joe Hueglin,
Member 29th Parliament
5838 Mouland Avenue
Niagara Falls Ontario
Tel. 905-356-3901.

(1) Tories call AECL '$30 billion sinkhole,' no more cash for new reactor
     http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090611/national/isotopes_short_sighted

(2) H.3     What is MAPLE technology?
     http://www.nuclearfaq.ca/cnf_sectionH.htm#g2
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INFOMATION  AND ATTITUDES ON ISOTOPE PRODUCTION

Canada is on its way out of the medical isotope business.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday that he would only try to keep the Chalk River nuclear reactor running long enough for other countries to take over the production of medical isotopes.

"Eventually, we anticipate Canada will be out of the business," Harper said.

"The government determined, it was a difficult decision, but we can't spend hundreds of millions of dollars and never produce an isotope."

Harper made the announcement yesterday, but did not explain which countries would become producers, how willing they would be to sell their isotopes to Canadian hospitals, or when the transition would happen.
We need a new research reactor
  http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/need+research+reactor/1676280/story.html
 BY DOMINIC RYAN, THE OTTAWA CITIZENJUNE 9, 2009

MDS posts financial results and tells a prime minister he's wrong
http://communities.canada.com/shareit/blogs/onthehill/archive/2009/06/11/MDS-tells-PM-hes-wrong.aspx

WG 2 ­ Final Report ­ Nuclear Imaging 6. Cost-Benefit Analysis
http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/mitr-crtim.nsf/eng/hm00290.html

Nuclear Fire Sale : Canadian Election 2008
Medical isotopes are "nuclear" by nature, that is, radioactive and drawn from radioactive sources with the anticipated toxic waste products of a radioactive extractive industry. Alternative sources are being explored using accelerator-based photo fission techniques by TRIUMF in BC. This will still require the production and handling radioactive materials.
Further I learned that AECL rather than being a financial sink hole has generated $6.6 billion in export revenue each year, 31,000 jobs and 27 million cancer and medical treatments at zero profit. It is highly unlikely that the transfer of AECL into private ownership will further the production and use of medical isotopes at zero profit.
http://admin.triumf.ca:80/facility/5yp/comm/isotope-task-force.php

MDs, industry leaders urge Ottawa to revisit mothballed Maple reactors
Canada should not abandon the medical isotope business it pioneered a half-century ago, the federal government was told yesterday as a shortage of the radioactive material put hundreds of cancer and heart procedures on hold.

Liberal Arts and Minds: Yet Another Sad Show Today
By KNB
While it's true that AECL was not yet able to prove that the MAPLE reactors could be safely operated in emergency conditions, it is not true that they were incapable of and indeed did, produce isotopes. But AECL could never prove to ...

David Akin: Isotope firm questions Harper's plan to abandon ...
By NP Editor
More recently, MDS Nordion urged the AECL and Canadian Government to consult with international experts and obtain their assistance to activating the MAPLE project to address the current medical-isotope supply shortage. ...

Tests of backup reactor produced isotopes, MPs hear
Canada.com - Don Mills,Ontario,Canada
Doctors have been coping with a medical isotope shortage since May 14 when AECL shut down the 52-year-old NRU reactor for safety reasons. ...


MDS says gov't erred in shutting medical isotope reactors, created ...

The Canadian Press -  15 hours ago
TORONTO ­ The Canadian government made the wrong decision when it abandoned two nuclear reactors that could have produced medical isotopes, ...


MAPLE solution tapped as answer to isotope crisis

Edmonton Sun -  1 hour ago
By CHRISTINA SPENCER, NATIONAL BUREAU Two partially completed nuclear reactors the government abandoned have already produced isotopes that could have been ...


Group considers class-action suit in isotope crisis

CTV.ca -  16 hours ago
A prominent patients' rights group is considering a class-action lawsuit over the medical isotope crisis. Paul Brunet of the Patients' Rights Committee says ...


WHAT WAS DONE BEFORE THE HEADLINE CAME

The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

EDITORIAL PAGEs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -


CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -


CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -


CAPE BRETON POST -


HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -


AMHERST DAILY NEWS -


SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -


MONTREAL GAZETTE -


OTTAWA CITIZEN -


OTTAWA SUN -


KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-


BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -


TORONTO STAR -
Sri Lanka chooses wrong target in Rae
...
Dhalla case not closed

Healthy solutions

GLOBE & MAIL -
Competing failings
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/competing-failings/article1177305/

NATIONAL POST -
Hold the cash
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1683435

TORONTO SUN -


HAMILTON SPECTATOR -


ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
 

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -


K-W RECORD -


LONDON FREE PRESS -
Trade retaliation raises danger level

WINDSOR STAR -


SUDBURY STAR -


THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -


WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -


WINNIPEG SUN -


SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -


REGINA LEADER-POST -


CALGARY HERALD -


CALGARY SUN -


Canadians, Americans trade shots

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -


EDMONTON JOURNAL -


EDMONTON SUN -

 
LETHBRIDGE HERALD -


RED DEER ADVOCATE -


PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -


VANCOUVER SUN -


VANCOUVER PROVINCE -


VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Van Loan faces mounting pressure to intervene in border standoff


AF-PAK PROBLEM -


CANADIAN FORCES -
Latest : Defence ministers meet VIDEO

MacKay defends military's role in $3B plane deal



Troops training for the real thing

CANUSA/USACAN -
US black liquor subsidy blamed in Skookumchuck mill closure

Tory tobacco bill holds match to brittle trade bond with U.S.



It's time for true Canada-U.S. free trade

U.S. to boost Canada border presence by 45%


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Factories operating at lowest level on record, StatsCan says

Carney calls on governments to prepare exit strategies on economic stimulus


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Latest : H1N1 outbreak VIDEO

Suffering from swine flu or pandemic confusion? Here are some answers

New drug partial substitute for isotope


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Tory election finance hearing delayed



MIGRATION -


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
  Premier Ed was doing a lot of chest thumping over the possibility of a carbon emissions plan but now it's been announced he's pulled back


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Federal Liberals continue to gain ground: poll
 

Harper hires former Bloc insider to help in Quebec 

Text of PM Stephen Harper's June 2009 economic progress report

Ottawa report card drops pledge to return to surplus in four years

Recession easing, PM says

Harper lays out stimulus spending in progress report

With an eye to staving off election, Harper says stimulus spending well underway

The Prime Minister's speech on the economic update - On the Hill

Economic update VIDEO

Harper says changes to EI coming in fall, but declines to give specifics

Progress being made in Afghanistan, MacKay says

Petraeus : Afghan violence at peak level last week

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canada-to-get-out-of-isotope-business-pm-says/article1177124/

http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1683408

Garth Turner's been urged to enter MP race


Don Martin: Harper puts election talk to bed with soothing tale on stimulus

Don Martin: Harper puts election talk to bed with soothing tale on stimulus


Tories may be running on fumes

PROGRAMMES -
Rights commission wants to give up its power to fine wrongdoers

Isotope class action in the works  Translation

Meat inspections lasted less than 2 hours a day

Windmill funding spun off to oilfield 


PRESSURE POINTS -
History is about to repeat itself as a result of global warming

Carbon market could be ready by fall: minister

Ontario proposes tough new wind turbine rules


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Sorry situation
Raitt's apology does little to help thousands of cancer patients

It's about decency, minister


INFOS -





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