The disaster in Japan has brought nuclear energy under intense scrutiny, not just over seas, but in Canada as well. Last week we told you about strong opposition to a proposed uranium mine in Nunavut. Today we have a report on the health impacts of radiation and we hear about concerns over the proposed expansion of the Darlington nuclear facility in Ontario. We’ll also take a look at what exactly radiation is, and the different types of radiation a person can encounter.
The website is back in action after a winter break and we have a great show to start the new year.
To start David Kaczan takes a look at the pros and cons of nuclear power at a time when global warming is leading some environmentalists to reconsider the technology and Alberta is debating the development of a nuclear energy sector. Here is a link to the Alberta government report mentioned in the program
Next members of the group Stand with Fort Chipewyan tell us about the health problems and human rights issues surrounding that the northern community faces as a result of industrial pollution from the Alberta tar sands, and what they’re doing to draw attention to the issue.
To cap off the show John Harvey speaks to a couple who are touring North America in a biodiesel-powered van, visiting sustainability projects and sharing the knowledge they gain with school kids along the way.