Harper’s nuclear record shows mismanagement

What do the nuclear crises in Japan and Chernobyl, and our federal election have in common?

Stephen Harper’s administration was responsible for Canada’s Chalk River nuclear facility, which had two MAPLE reactors that were unstable during normal operation plus a 50-year-old reactor that was 20 years beyond its expected lifespan.

On Harper’s watch, Canada’s nuclear safety regulator Linda Keen correctly understood that the consequence of operating an unstable reactor could be grave. For example, the Chernobyl nuclear plant – although much larger than ours in Chalk River – had the same critical flaw evident in the MAPLE reactors. When the Chernobyl reactor became uncontrollable, it irradiated half of Eastern Europe. Similarly, Japan’s nuclear crisis contaminated the groundwater and sea within 30 kilometres of the plant.

Accordingly, Keen would not license our reactors until properly fixed.

However, Harper’s administration would not fund a proper fix. Instead, the Harper administration fired the nuclear safety regulator because she would not license the operation.

A vote for Harper is a vote for poor judgment and personal attacks over responsible management – even in matters of nuclear safety.

Eugene Parks

Victoria

Just Posted

Retiring Oak Bay geriatrics doctor shares his philosophy

‘People are unacquainted with death,’ Dr. David Brook said

Your summer 2019 outdoor movie roundup

Enjoy free outdoor movies in Greater Victoria this summer

International conference to boost Indigenous languages comes to Victoria

Chiefs, politician, academics and Art Napoleon to attend

BC Summer Reading Club is back at the Greater Victoria Public Library

BC Summer Reading Club is back at the Greater Victoria Public Library

WATCH: Thousands gather for National Indigenous Peoples Day at Royal Roads University

Day to embrace and celebrate culture and lives of Indigenous peoples

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

VIDEO: Two more pride flags have been stolen from Langley woman

Lisa Ebenal was “angry” and “fed up” after the latest theft. Then people started showing suppport

B.C. couple who has raised 58 children turns to community amid cancer diagnosis

Family who raised, fostered and adopted many kids hoping to gain some precious together time to fight cancer

Canucks acquire forward J.T. Miller from Lightning

J.T. Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season

Most Read