Organization: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

The Short Report, December 4, 2019: The next wave in nuclear innovation; more (worse) jobs with tech; richer than the Canadian government

The premiers of Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see their provinces collaborate on the research, development and building of small modular reactors (SMRs), in order to help them meet their emission-reduction targets and move away from coal. Ottawa has called SMRs the “next wave of innovation” in nuclear energy technology,…

Scientists raise alarm over future of neutron beam research capacity

Canadian researchers whose work relies on access to a neutron beam source have issued an urgent appeal to the federal government for stop-gap funding to offset the looming impact from the March 2018 closure of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River ON. The Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI) is requesting $24 million over the next three years and $19 million a year between 2021 and 2029 to buy beam time at foreign facilities and to upgrade the small, medium-flux nuclear reactor at McMaster Univ.

MDS Nordion brings third cyclotron on line

MDS Nordion Inc has officially launched its third cyclotron at TRIUMF on the campus of the Univ of British Columbia. The TR-30-2 cyclotron has begun commercial production of medical isotopes following authorization by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The $20-million project, which includes an expansion of the site’s production facility and new development space, will…

CLS passes commissioning milestone

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) has successfully completed the second of three phases of testing required by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The CLS operated its booster ring — a key component of its synchrotron — for 6.5 hours, as well as meeting its design goals for energy and current. The next stage is to…