Dryden recently hosted an event to address the implications of nuclear waste, offering a platform for experts and community members to engage in meaningful discussions. Organized by the Nuclear Free North Alliance, the event aimed to enhance understanding of the complexities surrounding radioactive waste and facilitate informed decision-making on nuclear waste management. This meeting represented one side of the argument for Nuclear Waste, and did not share all of the positive attributes of the energy source as it relates to the environment and the economy.
Dr. Gordon Edwards, noted as a mathematician and expert advisor, took the stage as the keynote speaker. Dr. Edwards explored various questions and concerns related to radioactive waste, including Canada’s commitment not to import waste and the challenges posed by emerging reactor technologies. His expertise shed light on the multifaceted nature of handling radioactivity, emphasizing its long-lasting effects on both human health and the environment.
While the event acknowledged the risks associated with nuclear energy, the numerous positive aspects it offers should also be noted such as its potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. Nuclear energy can play a large role in providing a reliable and low-carbon source of electricity.
The meeting also covered the concept of “rolling stewardship”. This sustainable solution advocates for ongoing monitoring and retrievability of the waste instead of abandonment. Lessons were drawn from past failures of underground repositories, emphasizing the importance of implementing robust systems for waste containment.
This event offered a detailed look at mainly one side of the debate around Nuclear Energy, NWO Voices journalists are busy working on providing viewers with the other side to this discussion very soon.
A recent meeting about addiction recovery in Kenora was well-attended, a sign that there is real interest in getting a grip on this issue for some, on a personal level, and also on a societal level. The meeting ranged over many topics.
Hosted by local Jay Barnard, his focus was on letting people know about an on-line addiction recovery program that he developed with others and that would allow people to get on the recovery path in their homes. By harnessing the power of technology, he and his partners aim to break down geographical barriers, ensuring that individuals from all walks of life and all backgrounds can benefit from the program’s offerings.
The program, that has been developed from the partners’ personal experiences in finding the recovery path through various means, provides a compassionate and comprehensive solution for others to overcome their addiction and move forward. The challenges of trauma and mental health issues often underlie addiction issues, Jay explained.
In the coming months, the founders are actively seeking funding and exploring partnerships to expand the program’s reach and impact. Their determination, coupled with the increasing support from the community, signifies new hope and assistance for individuals facing the challenges of addiction which is often related to trauma and mental illness.
The meeting included a couple of recovery stories by people that made use of the on-line program, a live Zoom interview with a Vancouver Police officer who worked on the city’s notorious ‘downtown eastside’, and a general discussion with the participants at the meeting. Topics included safe injection sites, BC’s law allowing small doses of drugs on a person, Alcoholics Anonymous and other means to recovery, and the problems of addicted people on Kenora’s streets. As one participant said, it would likely require multiple strategies to combat the drug crises in Kenora and across Canada, which pose significant health and societal challenges.