Background paper for Keepers of the Water IV, Wollaston Lake, Aug. 21, 2010
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Thankfully the banning of nuclear weapons is back in the news. The global threat from accidental or regional nuclear war is usually relegated to our unconscious, similar to threats from climate change, and it is healthy to have it back in the public eye.
The provincial government is promoting an expansion of the nuclear industry as an economic ("valueadded") strategy. It's too bad it hasn't taken time to study what has happened elsewhere before jumping on the nuclear industry bandwagon.
I was recently invited to speak at a provincial meeting of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) at Watrous. The other presenter was Dave Shier of the Canadian Nuclear Worker's Council (CNWC). Unlike the Chamber of Commerce, many unions thankfully want to hear "both sides" of the nuclear controversy.