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Small modular reactors are the future of nuclear energy: Duane Bratt for Inside Policy

August 21, 2019

Nuclear energy produces electricity without emitting greenhouse gases. And, unlike wind or solar, it operates 24/7, not just when the wind is

Why Wind and Solar Aren’t Enough

August 9, 2019

When most of us think about renewable energy, we usually mean solar panels and wind farms. Although hydro or geothermal power make for great carbon-free

Mars 2020 rover gets radioisotope fuel

August 1, 2019

Fuelling of a radioisotope-based power system for NASA's Mars 2020 rover has begun. The Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator - or MMRTG - uses heat from

CNL starts Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative

July 22, 2019

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has launched a new research and development programme to accelerate the deployment of small modular reactors in Canada.

Environmental assessment process begins for Canada’s first proposed SMR

July 15, 2019

Today, the Canadian Federal government issued the notice of commencement of an environmental assessment (EA) for a small modular reactor

New partnership to advance medical isotope production to treat prostate cancer

July 10, 2019

Bruce Power is joining forces with Kinectrics and Framatome to advance an innovative project to enable the production of a key medical isotope used to treat

CNL to refuel Slowpoke reactor

July 8, 2019

The Canadian government has awarded Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) a CAD 8.5 million (USD 6.5 million) contract to refuel the Royal Military College of Canada's

‘It’s the future’: How going small may fuel nuclear power’s comeback

June 25, 2019

Canada is positioning itself up to be a leader in a new age of nuclear power by exploring the use of small modular reactors (SMR). It's the next wave

Nuclear power is the key to fighting climate change. So why don’t we embrace it?

June 21, 2019

One in three Canadians thinks nuclear power emits as much carbon dioxide as burning oil. Almost three in 10 think it emits more. There are several

Darlington Nuclear marks 30 years since first fuel loaded into Unit 2

June 18, 2019

On June 18, 1989, the first fuel bundle was loaded into Darlington Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 2 reactor. Now, 30 years later, Unit 2 is poised

OPG moving headquarters to Clarington, Ontario

June 10, 2019

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is establishing a new corporate headquarters on a campus setting in the Municipality of Clarington located within Durham

Canadian clean-tech companies show their stuff at CEM

June 5, 2019

Last week’s Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver gave Canadian clean-tech companies a chance to show their stuff. The event, hosted by Natural

EIA process begins for Wheeler River uranium project

June 4, 2019

The environmental impact assessment (EIA) process for Denison Mines Corp's 90%-owned Wheeler River project has formally begun

Decline in nuclear power threatens global climate goals, IEA says

May 27, 2019

A steep decline in nuclear energy capacity will threaten climate goals and power supply security unless advanced economies find a way

Small nuclear reactors could make Alberta’s oilsands cleaner, industry experts suggest

May 21, 2019

Alberta's oilsands have been labelled as dirty by environmental activists and some politicians, but

Darlington stator completes journey from Poland

May 13, 2019

A critical component for the refurbishment of Ontario Power Generation's Darlington unit 3 has arrived at the reactor site. The stator, which will be installed in 2020, is the

Nuclear Innovation Institute secures first international partner

May 8, 2019

The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) and the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Nuclear Research Centre (ANRC) signed a Memorandum

EU Needs 25% Nuclear Power To Meet Paris Climate Goals — Report

April 29, 2019

The European Union will need to continue having a nuclear energy share of at least one-quarter until 2050 to meet the emissions reduction targets

Bruce Power opens Major Component Replacement Training Facility in Kincardine

April 26, 2019

Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) Training Facility was officially opened on April 25, signalling an important step

Canadian Nuclear Association Welcomes John Gorman as New President and Chief Executive Officer

April 8, 2019

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Gorman as President

Nuclear Power Can Save the World

April 6, 2019

As young people rightly demand real solutions to climate change, the question is not what to do — eliminate fossil fuels by 2050 — but how. Beyond decarbonizing today’s electric

First Canadian SMR licence application submitted

April 2, 2019

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has received the first licence application for a small modular reactor. The application from Global First Power

Major Milestones in Sight for the Darlington Refurbishment Project

March 26, 2019

More than two years after OPG and its project partners began the Darlington Refurbishment project, Unit 2 remains on track for completion early next

Reactor developers propose a manufacturing hub — and a small nuclear plant

March 21, 2019

NB Power and the New Brunswick government are looking at the potential for a second reactor at Point Lepreau as part of a bid to create

Canada SMR groups pass early development tests in first reactor push

March 13, 2019

Advanced reactor developers are meeting early business case and safety requirements but these pioneering groups must overcome further

U.S. Military Eyes Mini Nuclear Reactors To Reduce Convoy Casualties

March 12, 2019

Military history buffs remember how the lack of oil and fuel for planes and tanks lead to losses in major battles and ultimately a war. Japan and Germany

Terrestrial Energy Named in Bill Gates’ List of Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2019

March 7, 2019

MIT Technology Review this month published its annual list of technologies that will “change the world for the better.”

Millennials Concerned About Climate Change Support New Nuclear

February 26, 2019

On Wednesday February 27, the Canadian Nuclear Association kicks off its 2019 Conference and Trade Show at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa

U-Battery milestones reached in the UK and Canada

February 22, 2019

U-Battery is continuing to make progress on UK and Canadian soil. In January a commercial and technological feasibility study was submitted to the UK Government

Why one advocate says nuclear energy needs to be part of the plan to solve climate change

February 15, 2019

Nuclear energy should be part of the solution to climate change because it can offer "zero-emissions electricity"

Salt Is A Pillar Of Our Nuclear Future

February 14, 2019

Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI), a Canadian advanced nuclear reactor company, is on its way to making their innovative design a reality. Last year, they successfully

Board appoints CFO Ken Hartwick as new President and CEO

February 13, 2019

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Board Chair Bernard Lord announced today that OPG President and CEO Jeff Lyash is leaving the organization

Terrestrial Energy Engages NRG for Materials Testing at Petten Experimental Reactor

February 5, 2019

Terrestrial Energy and NRG announced today a contract for materials testing at NRG’s High-Flux Reactor at Petten. These materials include graphite

Indigenous Carpenter’s Dream Leads to Darlington Refurbishment

February 2, 2019

Jenelle LaFonte was headed for a career in accounting until she decided to follow a dream that led to working on OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment

Bruce Power is Ontario’s low-cost generator

February 1, 2019

We power more for less and provide families and businesses with 30 per cent of their electricity, while receiving only 6.6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). That’s nearly five

First Nations Owned Venture Signs MOU with Bruce Power

January 28, 2019

A locally-based, First Nation-owned business venture has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bruce Power to provide services as part of the Life-Extension Program.

Bruce Power To Harvest Isotopes In March

January 22, 2019

Bruce Power is expanding its role in health care in the form of increasing its production of medicals isotopes. For years Bruce Power has been a global supplier of medical

Canadian utilities build SMR alliances as developers tackle licensing

January 16, 2019

Nuclear utilities are playing a growing role in Canadian SMR development and their operational expertise could support the first fleet

Vancouver miners kick off diamond drilling program in Saskatchewan

January 9, 2019

ALX Uranium and Denison Mines announced today they’ve just launched a winter diamond drilling program at the Hook-Carter uranium project

Bill Gates says the US has lost its global leadership in nuclear power, and needs to ‘get in the game’

December 31, 2018

Bill Gates is urging the United States to invest in nuclear power research. In his annual year-in-review Gates Notes blog

A Warming World Needs Nuclear Power

December 31, 2018

More than a third of America's nuclear plants could close in the next decade. But when plants shut down, utilities often turn to harmful fossil fuels. In light of the recent stark

Darlington refurbishment remains on track at two-year mark

December 21, 2018

Just over two years have now passed since OPG and its project partners started the Darlington Refurbishment. The 10-year mega-project began

Indigenous-led EMC business line to support Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program

December 21, 2018

Bruce Power and EMC Power Canada have entered into a $3 million agreement to manufacture and install removable insulation

Inside the Burnaby, B.C., lab that’s forging the future of energy

December 19, 2018

It powers the sun and for decades scientists have dreamed it would one day power the world. The problem, is fusion energy is exceedingly difficult

Nuclear research in Saskatchewan gets boost from federal government

December 19, 2018

A facility for nuclear innovation at the University of Saskatchewan is receiving a big funding boost from the federal government. The Fedoruk

Isotope once discarded as byproduct shows promise as cancer treatment

December 10, 2018

A new academic–industry partnership in Canada promises to boost the world’s supply of a radioisotope that could improve the treatment of prostate

Is nuclear energy the key to saving the planet?

December 10, 2018

Emma Redfoot stands at a whiteboard in a small conference room, sketching neutrons, protons and nuclei, her voice rising enthusiastically as she explains nuclear

Hatch office expansion in Port Elgin

December 4, 2018

A key supplier to Bruce Power opens a bigger office in Port Elgin Tuesday afternoon. Global engineering firm Hatch has moved into a larger facility on Goderich Street in Port Elgin

Shoreline Power Group Opens Kincardine Office

December 4, 2018

Shoreline Power Group is a joint venture that includes three companies -- AECOM, AECON, and SNC-Lavalin. Shoreline Power Group (SPG) has opened a brand new office in

Bruce and Framatome sign CAD 18.7 million MoU

December 3, 2018

Bruce Power and Framatome have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on innovative modernisations for the Bruce A and Bruce B power plants as part of the

Nuscale signs MOU with Bruce Power

November 28, 2018

NuScale Power announced on 27 November that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Canada’s Bruce Power to develop a business case to

Province Applauds Bruce Power

November 19, 2018

As far as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade Donna Skelly is concerned, Bruce Power is doing it right and the Ontario

Nuclear Innovation Centre Interim Location To Be In Port Elgin

November 14, 2018

Bruce Power will reconsider the proposed location for the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII). James Scongack, Executive Vice-President,

Canada targets higher nuclear returns, longer lifespans at new test facility

November 14, 2018

Canada's new reactor research center will use advanced inspection technologies and micro materials testing to improve maintenance and

Five communities get cash from OPG for nuclear waste hosting agreement

November 12, 2018

Five local municipalities will get a financial boost again from Ontario Power Generation to acknowledge their role in the proposed nuclear waste

OPG’s nuclear stations achieve highest safety ratings

November 9, 2018

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has once again awarded Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Darlington and Pickering nuclear stations its highest safety rating of

Ontario leads way on air quality

November 6, 2018

Other provinces and jurisdictions should follow Ontario's lead to improve the quality of life for people who live with asthma, allergies and other respiratory illnesses,

Ontario energy minister heard urgent need for refurb workforce at OPG Darlington open house

November 5, 2018

The province wants to help make sure there are enough highly-skilled workers needed for nuclear refurbishments

Justin Trudeau announces funding to build nuclear medicine hub in Vancouver

November 1, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced federal funding to build a hub for nuclear medicine at TRIUMF, Canada's national particle accelerator.

Skelton: How small nuclear reactors can help save our atmosphere

October 25, 2018

By 2009, smog in China was killing an estimated one million people a year – worse than the infamous London Smog of December 1952, when

Small modular nuclear reactors could provide an energy alternative for off-grid operations

October 23, 2018

Small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) could one day bring clean energy to remote mining sites and small northern

Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR Begins Final Stage of Pre-Licensing Vendor Design Review in Canada

October 16, 2018

Terrestrial Energy has achieved another major milestone in the commercialization of its Generation IV Integral

If We’re Going To Save The Planet, We’ve Got To Use The Nuclear Option

October 10, 2018

Good news and bad news arrived this week from the world’s top climate change experts. Good news: they can tell us in agonizing detail

CNL launches Centre for Reactor Sustainability

October 4, 2018

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has launched the Centre for Reactor Sustainability (CRS), bringing together its broad research capabilities in support of the sustainable

Bruce Power receives 10-year licence renewal from Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

September 27, 2018

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today that Bruce Power has received a

Darlington Refurbishment hits Unit 2 project milestone

September 26, 2018

The reassembly of the Unit 2 reactor at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (GS) is now underway nearly two years after OPG and its project partners began the Darlington

Canadian lab takes a shot at producing cancer-killing treatment dubbed the ‘rarest drug on Earth’

September 16, 2018

Canada’s particle physics laboratory TRIUMF is making a push to be a future world leader in the production of a special

ATS unveils high-tech testing facility

September 12, 2018

It's the closest most people will ever come to standing inside the reactor vault of a nuclear power plant. And a new facility at ATS Automation Tooling Systems in Cambridge

Bruce Power recognized for its role in fighting childhood cancer

August 31, 2018

Bruce Power is poised to place medical-grade Cobalt into its Unit 8 reactor. That would mean all four Bruce B units will now produce High Specific

OPG and Bruce Power working together to deliver low cost electricity to Ontario families and businesses

August 27, 2018

This week, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Bruce Power released their 2018 collaboration report,

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission ruling the right decision for Durham and Ontario

August 23, 2018

It was another good-news day recently for Ontario Power Generation and for the workers at the Pickering Nuclear

Bruce Power suppliers creating jobs and investing in Grey County

August 16, 2018

Bruce Power’s President and CEO Mike Rencheck, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker, Grey County Warden Stewart Halliday, Owen

Small nuclear reactors to power Canada’s low-carbon future

August 13, 2018

Canada has a lot going for it as it seeks to establish itself as a leader in the nuclear energy space. It has world-class research and

OPG’S Pickering Nuclear to operated until 2024

August 8, 2018

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to grant a 10-year operating licence for OPG’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

BWXT completes acquisition of Sotera Health’s Nordion medical isotope business

August 6, 2018

BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Sotera Health’s Nordion medical isotope

Canada envisions small nuclear reactors producing power and hydrogen in remote towns

August 3, 2018

Imagine villages in the Canadian wilderness powered by small nuclear reactors that also provide the fuel for home

Darlington refurbishment project helping to fill gap in skilled trades

July 26, 2018

OPG has been driving multiple initiatives that offer career-building opportunities in the nuclear industry to help support the Darlington

L3 MAPPS, Terrestrial team for IMSR simulation

July 20, 2018

Canada's L3 MAPPS and Terrestrial Energy have signed an agreement to develop real-time simulation for Terrestrial's Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). Terrestrial aims

SNC-Lavalin and Holtec form joint venture to decommission nuclear plants

July 18, 2018

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and Holtec International have announced a joint venture that will focus on the decommissioning of

Minister of Energy touts importance of Life-Extension Program

July 17, 2018

The Hon. Greg Rickford, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, spoke

Second company investing in nuclear technology in N.B.

July 13, 2018

For the second time this week, an international company is investing in nuclear technology in New Brunswick. On Friday, British-based Moltex, flanked by NB Power brass and

Bruce Power and BWXT sign development agreement to supply medical isotopes used to treat cancer

July 12, 2018

Bruce Power and a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) have entered into a development agreement to

Bruce Power and Rolls-Royce expand digital partnership

July 10, 2018

In a move that supports Bruce Power’s vision of providing reliable electricity to Ontario until 2064, Rolls-Royce has signed a memorandum of understanding to be Bruce Power’s

New Brunswick should have second nuclear reactor: energy minister

July 9, 2018

New Brunswick's energy minister says he'd like to see another nuclear reactor built in the Maritime province. Rick Doucet said the development

ATS to provide automated solutions for Bruce detube

July 5, 2018

Cambridge, Ontario-based company ATS Automation Systems has received a CAD60 million (USD46 million) order booking to design and deliver innovative automated reactor

ATS lands $60 million in new Bruce Power orders

June 29, 2018

ATS Automation Tooling Systems has landed a $60-million contract for specialized tools destined for the Bruce Power refurbishment project. The Cambridge-based

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Health Care

Statistics about nuclear diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis: Radioisotopes are injected into the patient which accumulate in target tissues and emit radiation which is picked up by a detector outside the body.

Treatment: Radiation is delivered to specific areas of the body to destroy cancer cells. This can be performed externally or internally by radioisotope injection.

Innovation

Nuclear innovation plays an important role in numerous sector across Canada, including:

Research initiatives at national laboratories, universities and research reactors across the country support nuclear innovation.

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Jobs

The nuclear industry in Canada has revenues of over $6 billion annually and supports 60,000 Canadian jobs.

Canadians at work

Canada's nuclear facilities create jobs and economic growth in communities across the country. Meet some of the people working in our industry.

Jaime

Carpenter
Aecon Group, Clarington, Ontario

or Jamie, working as a carpenter in the nuclear industry means more than just having a job. It means having an opportunity to define a career path of hew own.

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Stephanie

Director of Operations and Maintenance
Ontario Power Generation, Clarington, Ontario

After 27 years working in the nuclear industry, Stephanie says she’s not going anywhere. The Director of Operations and

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Joe

Field Section Manager for Radiation Protection
Ontario Power Generation, Clarington, Ontario

Joe has always found enjoyment in solving big challenges. It’s one of the reasons the natural problem solver was drawn to

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Jeff

Operations Manager
Aecon Group, Clarington, Ontario

With 16 years of experience and 60 nuclear reactor maintenance outages under his belt, Jeff isn’t new to nuclear power. Now an operations manager with

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Christina

Health and Safety Advisor
Aecon Group, Clarington, Ontario

For Christina, nuclear power runs in the family. Her dad, a journeyman electrician of more than 45 years, helped build OPG’s Darlington Nuclear

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Karen

Director Unit Outage
Ontario Power Generation, Clarington, Ontario

As a young girl, Karen had her sights firmly set on a career in architecture. But now, instead of designing buildings, she's working to keep goals and

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Cheryl

Senior Communications Advisor
Ontario Power Generation, Pickering, Ontario

As a young girl, Cheryl would ride her bicycle from her home to the nearby Pickering Nuclear Generating Station while it was

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Brandon

Steamfitter
E.S. Fox, Clarington, Ontario

When Brandon started his career as a steamfitter three years ago, he never expected to find himself working with zebra mussels. "They clog up pipes kind of the way cholesterol clog

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Larry

Contract Welder
Clarington, Ontario

Larry, a welder with 30 years experience in the UA pipe fitters union (Local 401), is a man in high demand at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Having worked at OPG

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Farshad

Shift Supervisor in Training
Bruce Power, Tiverton, Ontario

"Working in the nuclear industry you are part of a team delivering clean, reliable, low-cost electricity to families and businesses across Ontario. The province is counting on us a

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Low cost

• Nuclear is one of the cheapest forms of electricity in Canada.

• In Ontario, nuclear energy costs just 7.7 cents per kWh, less than half the cost of wind and natural gas, and about seven times cheaper than solar.

• New nuclear power could provide similar cost savings to other provinces and territories.

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Low Waste

• The amount of waste produced by the nuclear industry is incredibly small and responsibly managed.

• All of Canada's used fuel generated in the last 60 years could fit inside one soccer field stacked to the height of an average adult.

• The nuclear industry is fully accountable for all financial and custodial costs associated with its waste.

International Asset

• Canada's nuclear industry is a global strategic asset. Uranium exports, CANDU reactor design sales, and nuclear expertise all contribute to Canada's nuclear advantage.

• Canada is helping reduce climate change on a global scale, with the sale of CANDU reactors to Romania, Argentina, China, South Korea, India and Pakistan.

• Canada can contribute to discussions on non-proliferation, cyber-security and other international threats thanks to its nuclear expertise.

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