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Nuclear power essential!

O'regan's surprisingly realistic view of Canadian energy

  • Calgary Sun
  • 20 Sep 2020
  • LORRIE GOLDSTEIN lgoldstein@postmedia.com @sunlorrie
img?regionKey=ImOhY2cPBuCfQoLiZgsU8w%3d%3dVERONICA HENRI/TORONTO SUN FILES We can't get to net zero emissions without nuclear power from Pickering and other plants like it, the natural resources minister says.

In a rare burst of common sense and honesty by the Trudeau government, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'regan says there's no way Canada can meet its greenhouse gas emission targets without using nuclear power, natural gas and oil.

“We have not seen a model where we can get to net zero emissions by 2050 without nuclear,” O'regan told CBC'S The House. “The fact of the matter is that it produces zero emissions.”

On fossil fuels, O'regan said: “We have committed to net zero emissions by 2050. There's no question net zero needs oil and gas. It occupies far too much of our space here in this country, that it can't be avoided.”

None of this is surprising to people who understand energy issues.

But O'regan's comments will cause heads to explode among the usual environmental suspects who typically have the Trudeau government's ear.

They oppose nuclear power and fossil fuels, pushing the absurd idea that wind turbines and solar panels can power modern, industrialized societies.

In the real world, Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and the federal government are researching the development of small modular reactors (SMRS) for domestic and international sales, along with new technologies to lower and recycle nuclear waste.

O'regan's views are supported by realworld experience.

The use of nuclear energy and natural gas, which burns at half the carbon intensity of coal, is the reason the previous Ontario Liberal governments of Dalton Mcguinty and Kathleen Wynne were able to eliminate the province's reliance on coal to produce 25% of its electricity in 11 years from 2003 to 2014.

That was one of the largest and fastest reductions of greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions, anywhere in the world.

The problem was the Ontario Liberals wasted billions of dollars on their ruinously expensive wind and solar power boondoggle, neither of which can provide base load power to the electricity grid on demand.

Using nuclear power and natural gas to replace coal-fired electricity is the single most effective way to address human-induced climate change and air pollution globally.

Canada is an international leader in nuclear technology, with vast natural gas resources.

On the issue of oil, O'regan cited his home province of Newfoundland, saying the challenge is to “make investments that take Newfoundland's light sweet crude, which is some of the lowest-emitting per barrel crude in the world, and make it even lower in its emissions and therefore more competitive.”

This recognizes both that Canada is the fourth-largest oil producer in the world and that the age of oil is far from over.

O'regan's support of nuclear power will infuriate environmentalists who exploit public fears of nuclear accidents and unsafe storage of spent nuclear fuel, when the reality is that the mining and burning of coal alone has killed far more people globally than all of the world's nuclear accidents combined.

In fact, many leading environmentalists and climate scientists — including journalist George Monbiot; James Hansen (father of modern global warming theory) and James Lovelock (co-creator of the Gaia theory that the Earth is a living organism) — now believe nuclear power is key to solving human-induced climate change.

The caveats are that (1) O'regan was speaking as natural resources minister, where his job is to promote Canada's energy industry, and may not reflect the Trudeau government's overall thinking on these issues, and (2) much of what he said is a fantasy unless the Trudeau government actually builds some new pipelines.

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In these days, words and job descriptions have gone to new levels....

retail support center is now a fulfillment center....used to be called a warehouse

customer service rep.....used to be called sales clerk


Heard a new one tonight on US network...first informer.....used to be called tv reporter.

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What can one say except OMG WHAT NEXT ??? First it was Motorcycle Helmut laws......


RCMP faces criticism over mask policy for bearded front-line officers

The RCMP is facing accusations of discrimination because of a policy requiring front-line officers to wear properly fitting medical grade face masks which may not be possible with a beard.

This has sparked calls for a change in policy after some front-line officers with beards — including Sikh and Muslim RCMP members who leave their hair unshorn for religious reasons — have been reassigned to desk duties.


On March 19 as Canada began dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki sent out a directive outlining the use of respirator masks for front-line officers. Lucki said officers must ensure the respirator is sealed correctly and "one of the most common causes of a breached seal is facial hair."

World Sikh Organization legal counsel Balpreet Singh said the move has resulted in some Sikh officers being removed from their front-line duties during the pandemic.



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13 hours ago, st27 said:

In these days, words and job descriptions have gone to new levels....

retail support center is now a fulfillment center....used to be called a warehouse

customer service rep.....used to be called sales clerk


Heard a new one tonight on US network...first informer.....used to be called tv reporter.

Informers used to receive witness protection and since reporters can now with impunity make up stories , I guess the new term fits

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Is it just me, or does nothing make sense anymore?

I've tried screaming "war is peace and peace is war" at the bathroom mirror but all I get is a headache. And since defunding police reduces crime, I tried the same logic in an attempt to increase gas mileage in my truck. I must have done it wrong... the jerry can came in handy. I'll try getting more heat out of the stove by using less wood and report back....


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Online privacy loss: another Covid-19 aftershock

"Commercial (.com) webpages were the worst offenders. WebMD’s coronavirus landing page, for example, contains 103 cookies set by 58 third-party domains. STAT’s is even higher: 137 cookies set by 75 third-party domains. But perhaps more troubling is the fact that tracking is inescapable even on government, academic, and nonprofit webpages, making it virtually impossible to access information about Covid-19 anywhere on the web without trackers looking over your shoulder."


Since the coronavirus pandemic first emerged in the United States, millions of Americans have gone online to search for information related to the virus or Covid-19, the disease it causes. Most had no idea they were revealing information about themselves — not just to the government agencies, hospital systems, or media outlets whose websites they visited, but to third-party companies that surreptitiously track their activity and invade their online privacy.

Suppose you want to get tested for Covid-19. A quick web search might lead you to the Department of Health and Human Services’ testing information page. It offers a helpful state-by-state directory of community-based testing sites. What you don’t see is that the page includes hidden tracking code from 17 different third-party domains owned by companies including Google, Oracle, and Twitter.

As you scroll through the HHS webpage, these companies log information about your visit and then use it to send you targeted advertisements. They may also sell it to other companies



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Don Martin: Building back better on the snoozy side of the borderOTTAWA -- There’s a cure for Americans reeling from that brass-knuckled presidential slugfest, despairing over U.S. politics as a giant black hole from which intellectual light cannot escape.

For comic relief, look north.

To switch channels from the presidential debate on Tuesday night to the House of Commons feed was to flip between Game of Thrones and Sesame Street.

Never before has our closed border looked more like a welcome line of demarcation against the toxicity of a rabidly-divided electoral showdown in the United States.

You’ve undoubtedly heard or seen all the hair-pulling-out analysis of the grate debate that you can stomach by now.

But just have to note that, among so many head-shaking positions, President Donald Trump ducked on condemning white supremacy and put his racist storm troopers on standby for an election where he senses his pink slip is in the mail. The mind reels.

And despite having an arsenal of high-calibre anti-Trump ammunition at his disposal, rival Joe Biden haltingly fired off rehearsed lines with little sign of punch or clever spontaneity.

But while that debate was in meltdown mode in Cleveland, let’s contrast it to what was happening in Ottawa.

MPs were sitting late into the night to vote on a rescue package to help coronavirus victims and their families survive income interruptions.

And what a bitter fight it was. The opposition was apoplectic at the government’s legislative gall.

But, but, but… it wasn’t substantive opposition at all. It was anger at having time limits put on debating a bill which ended up getting unanimous support from all 300-plus MPs.

In other words, political polarization in Canada means to disagree over how long to debate something everybody agrees must be done.

If my American relatives hear about that, they won’t know whether to laugh or dash north to file political refugee claims at the border.

Ahhh, but our great divide would surely show itself in Wednesday’s return of Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet to question period.

Sorry, no.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal flock gave the opposition leaders a standing ovation to welcome them back from having successfully recovered from the virus.

Trudeau went on to commend O’Toole for asking questions about Indigenous reconciliation.

Then he shrugged off Blanchet’s odd gripe at a federal government rushing to give billions of dollars to help Quebec deliver health care, an area of provincial jurisdiction.

Seriously? A Constitutional argument over giving Quebec billions to fight a pandemic as it confronts an escalating number of cases? Controversy doesn’t get any more Canadian than that.

OK, there was an issue where the opposition had a serious line of attack.

The Trudeau government has been a foot-dragger in buying, approving and distributing rapid-testing for the coronavirus, a key part of any solution to the devastation it has unleashed.

Europe and the U.S. are far ahead of us in rolling out faster tests while Canadians are forced to stand in lineups for hours before waiting days for the result.

But with the circling opposition smelling blood, the government ordered up 7.9 million rapid-testing kits and Health Canada quickly rubber-stamped approval. And with that, goodbye controversy.

More than ever, the last 24 hours have crystalized the stark political divide between our two countries. And we’re exceedingly lucky to live on this side of it.

American kids watching the presidential debate and its aftermath have undoubtedly recoiled from politics as a snake pit best avoided or ignored in their future.

By fortunate contrast, our kids would have to be bribed with candy to watch our snoozy politics -- and they’d change the channel to anything else at the first opportunity.

That's the bottom line.

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I was talking with a retired RCMP officer and he indicated how disgusted he was with the current state of affairs with force and the current government generally......this may be one of the reasons...


The audit said the RCMP appeared to put more emphasis on “the quantity of applicants with less focus on the quality.”

In the report, 38 randomly selected successful applications were examined. Auditors found four that had failed a police aptitude test “multiple times,” two were rejected by other police forces and “one was previously rejected by the RCMP five times.”

It also stated that some cadets at Depot, the RCMP’s training academy in Regina, were “eventually denied a security clearance and sent home partway through training.”

Among the reasons for failing security clearance were admitted drug use or criminal records.


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The 59 Americans whose fortunes have ballooned amid the coronavirus pandemic now have more wealth than half the nation’s population, new data show.
The poorest 50 percent of Americans, or roughly 165 million people, collectively owned about $2.08 trillion in wealth in the second quarter of 2020, according to Federal Reserve data released last week.
That’s less than the net worth of the nation’s 59 richest billionaires, who have a combined fortune of about $2.09 trillion, Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index shows — a number that’s grown this year despite the COVID-19 crisis kneecapping the global economy.
Corporate equities and mutual fund shares made up more than $14 trillion — or roughly 41 percent — of the top 1 percent’s wealth in the second quarter, according to the Fed. The bottom 50 percent, by contrast, owned just $160 billion worth of those assets.
The richest Americans have been stockpiling stocks in recent years — the top 10 percent now own more than 88 percent of corporate equity and mutual fund shares, meaning they benefit most from the booming markets, according to Bloomberg News.
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2 minutes ago, deicer said:

The 59 Americans whose fortunes have ballooned amid the coronavirus pandemic now have more wealth than half the nation’s population, new data sho

And your point is. ?

Thank God for people like Bezos supplying those 159 million with required goods during this pandemic.  Without him they would have been SOL.

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Canadian and American citizens are in the top .5% globally, the average middle class person in North America is wealthy beyond measure when compared to most of the worlds populationThe whole tax the rich 1% argument falls flat under it's own weight the moment the people leading that charge are asked for a donation to dig a well in Africa.

I have yet to see an opinionated liberal that didn't grab a mouthful of bacon and run for the exit when they they see the waiter coming with the bill.  

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3 hours ago, Jaydee said:

And your point is. ?

Thank God for people like Bezos supplying those 159 million with required goods during this pandemic.  Without him they would have been SOL.

Look back through history at what started most wars and revolutions.

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