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Overview by Adriaan BuijsThe 2011 edition is the first Nuclear Canada Yearbook published by the Canadian Nuclear Society, which has taken the torch from the Canadian Nuclear Association in publishing this industry-wide reference book. The CNS is proud to serve the Canadian nuclear community in this manner and hopes to carry on the tradition of the Yearbook.
The undertaking of the Nuclear Canada Yearbook ts well with the stated goal of the Canadian Nuclear Society, namely to promote the exchange of information on all aspects of nuclear science and technology and its applications. As the CNS holds its annual conference later in the year than the CNA, the publication date of the Yearbook has shifted accordingly.
With the Yearbook, the CNS takes the opportunity to present itself to a wider readership in Canada. A description of the structure of the CNS and an overview of its activities for the past year are provided, and you will 2nd that the CNS is a vibrant organization that has again had a successful year with a large variety of activities. A more complete account of all the CNS’ activities can be found in the CNS Bulletin, which is distributed free to its members four times per year.
When re ecting on the past year as reviewed by Colin Hunt in this Yearbook, we realise that the industry is going through dif cult times. Any nuclear news these days is dominated by the natural disaster that struck Japan just a few weeks before my writing this message. The suffering of the Japanese people as a result of the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami is enormous, and the thoughts of all members of the CNS are with them, as always when a disaster strikes a country.
Ironically, the humanitarian situation in Japan is being overshadowed by the impact of the tsunami on the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The CNS has been called upon many times to comment on the developments at the plant, and members have stepped up to the plate, providing expert opinions on radio and television and in the written media, to help understand the events as they unfold, according to their expertise. On behalf of the CNS and of the industry as a whole, I would like to thank them for their efforts.
At home, the uncertainty surrounding AECL is impacting the Canadian nuclear industry and its people, and is threatening the development and the marketing of the indigenous CANDU reactor design. It cannot be stressed enough that CANDU is not merely another reactor type, but that it represents a world-class design in terms of safety and fuel ef ciency and is unique in terms of fuel exibility. The CNS will be hosting a conference in October to highlight this fact once again.
Fortunately, there is also good news to report. Our CANDU reactors have provided the people of Canada with another year of safe and reliable electricity with minimal impact on the environment; and in a demonstration of extraordinary technological know-how, a team of AECL and other industry experts repaired the leak in the NRU Calandria Vessel. This enabled a return-to-service of NRU in August of 2010, and restored the medical radionuclide supply to the world.
As the presidency of the CNS spans only one year, the end of my term coincides with the publication of this yearbook. It has been a pleasure and an honour to serve this society of volunteers, and I look forward to continue being an active member of the Canadian Nuclear Society. In closing, I would like to thank the members of CNS Council and the staff of the CNS for their hard work in 2010 to make all of our activities and events a success. View Nuclear Canada Yearbook 2011 (PDF)