Accidental Deliberations: On radioactive proposals

Never mind Brad Wall’s hand-picked group of nuclear industry shills using public money to further their own profits found that nuclear power is not price-competitive even among an artificially limited set of options absent a substantial carbon price – and that Wall himself refuses to set one. And never mind that a subsequent public consultation ...

The Canadian Progressive: Sierra Club Canada: Shipment of LIQUID radioactive waste presents unprecedented risks!

By: Sierra Club Canada | Press Release: On Wednesday, May 15, the Sierra Club Niagara Group joined the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Women’s Indigenous Initiatives, and the International Institute of Concern for Public Health at a press conference on Main Street in front of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Buffalo.  This event was called to inform the ...

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Swift Current Debate Notes

As Scott has already noted, Saskatchewan NDP’s Swift Current leadership debate included plenty of familar themes: And indeed, one of the more interesting issues facing both the candidates and the debate organizers is how to account for the difference between an audience which may be seeing the candidates for the first time, and the relationship ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Pat Atkinson discusses the need to make sure that Saskatchewan’s boom-time spending actually sets us up for long-term prosperity, rather than fiscal disaster: Even though the OECD report, the burgeoning federal government deficit, China’s economic slowdown and America’s political deadlock all advise us that now is the ...

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

The Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign hasn’t seen a lot of official news over the past week, as the candidates look to have directed most of their efforts toward the continued series of debates. (Among the more thorough coverage of the recent ones, see the live-tweets of the Humboldt debate from Brett Estey and Erica Spracklin, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 14, 2011

Wednesday, December 14 saw another day of debate devoted to free trade issues, this time addressing a proposed treaty with Jordan. But first… The Utterly Unprecedented, Stunning Development Which Shook The Very Foundations Of Canada’s System Of Government As Administered By Stephen Harper Helene Laverdiere asked a simple question to Peter MacKay. And MacKay actually ...

Blunt Objects: Weapons Grade Uranium Going to the U.S.? Quel surprise.

Yep, that’s right folks – Canada, one of the largest uranium producers (if not, really, the best) is shipping weapons-grade uranium, apparently enough to make more than a few Hiroshima-size bombs, to the United States, travelling throughout our fair land in collision-resistant, anti-theft, super-duper-controlled containers that you just know are going to fail and poison/kill/mutate ...

Accidental Deliberations: On nuclear testing

One of the obvious questions facing Saskatchewan voters in the lead up to this fall’s election is that of how much credit (if any) Brad Wall and his government should be able to claim for economic gains based mostly on favourable resource prices. So let’s take a look at a couple of ways of testing ...

Accidental Deliberations: On royal bias

The Wall government’s position on reviewing an eight-year-old royalty regime when the expected result would be substantially more revenue for the province: firmly against. The Wall government’s position on reviewing an eight-year-old royalty regime when the expected result would be substantially less revenue for the province: unequivocally for. Just in case there was any doubt ...

Propagandizing in SK

It seems as though the editorial board of Regina’s daily newspaper can’t be bothered to so much as appear to provide balanced coverage of the uranium industry in Saskatchewan. In a meeting with the Leader-Post editorial board this week, NWMO president and CEO Ken Nash made the point that the safe storage of nuclear waste ...

The Elm Dance: Healing the World

Regina’s Making Peace Vigil and the Saskatchewan Singers of the Sacred Web invite you to join in the Elm Dance on Thursday, August 4 at noon on Scarth Street at 11th Avenue. From its Latvian roots this intimate folk song has grown into the Elm Dance and is danced by circles of activists around the world, ...

Japan and Saskatchewan

Well, Saskatchewan, if there is nuclear fallout from that earthquake in Japan it looks like we can accept some responsibility for it. My preliminary research indicates that some Saskatchewan uranium goes to Japan via partnerships among AREVA, Cameco, and Japan’s Overseas Uranium Resources Development as well as Japan-Canada Uranium (JCU Canada). Here’s hoping nothing melts ...

Too little of late, and now Japan: a roundup

P’n’P’s been ignoring you all. Sorry ’bout that. I’m back for a bit, anyway. To start, here’s a rundown of good links for those who want to know. Here‘s what the Japanese government has said. The Sunday update from the Union of Concerned Scientists, a representative of which appeared on Rachel Maddow’s show. Green activists ...

JimBobby Sez: Is Canadian Uranium Fueling Iran’s Nuclear Program? Follow the links.

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, seems like a dog’s age since I done any boogin’. I been twitterin’ up a storm but I reckon I ain’t been motivated enough to typewrite more’n a hunnert an’ forty characters at a time. Until now, that is. What got me chewin’ nails an’ fartin’ tacks this mornin’ was ...

Canadian Nuke Company Connected to Kazakh Investigation

Oops!  A nuker lost his job as head honcho at Kazatomprom, a state-owned nuke company in Kazakhstan.  And there’s a Canuckian connection: Dzhakishev went on trial in January, charged with stealing 99.8 million tenge (about $679,000) during the opening of the Kazatomprom’s representative office in Vienna. He was ousted as head of the company last ...

Successful Slovakian No-Nukes Campaign (& More)

The Slovakian Parliament responded favourably to a petition from the people of Slovakia.  Environmentalists organized a petition drive to give local citizens a stronger voice. This week the campaign was victorious when, in a momentous decision, the Slovak parliament agreed on legal changes to geological and mining laws to give more power and control to ...

More Nuke News

Not a lot of people liking President O’s greenwashing of nukes.  This most excellent article in the Guardian dispels the myth that nukes are green. The argument that nuclear is “carbon-free” conveniently omits the entire process of mining uranium, which produces greenhouse gases, along with other pollutants. In Virginia, where a study has just been ...

A stream of nuke news

Grab a coffee or tea.  Find a snack.  Lots of linky news today so this could take a while! First up:  A Calgary nuke company, Kirrin Resources, is not going to expand its exploration for uranium in Quebec.  That’s good news for Quebec’s citizens.  Not so good for Saskatchewan though.  A few days ago, the ...