• CANDU Maintenance Conference
  • CANDU Fuel Conference
  • Simulation Symposium
  • Prairie Atoms

Fred Boyd    Dec. 12, 2008

In this issue

The main theme in this issue is the robustness of the CANDU industry to maintain its present fleet whilst demonstrating its readiness for new build.   For example, there are reports on three conferences held this fall: the 8th International Conference on CANDU Maintenance; the 10th International CNS Conference on CANDU Fuel; and the 23rd Nuclear Simulation Symposium;all with record attendance.   In addition, Neil Alexander continues his review of CANDU industries noting their importance to the economies of Ontario and Canada.   We also include a technical paper by Dé Groeneveld, AECL Emeritus and Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa, on Enhancement of critical Heat Flux in CANDU Bundles - a Review of the Past 45 Years.

Don Jones, a frequent contributor to the Bulletin, writes about "Another Inconvenient Truth".   Duane Bratt, Mount Royal College, writes about the opportunities and challenges of nuclear power in Alberta and Saskatchewan in his article "Prairie Atoms".   It appears the Canadian prairie provinces are becoming well poised to participate in the global nuclear revival.

Jerry Cuttler reviews a very old book, "Roentgen Treatment of Infections (1942)", which offers a very modern alternative to antibiotics for the treatment of infections.

We also have our regular General News including some interesting announcements by Bruce Power as well as John Luxat's appointment to the AECL Board of Directors (Congratulations, John!).   There is some CNS News and last but never least, Jeremy Whitlock's Endpoint will surely blow you away.

As always, your comments, suggestions and contributions are welcome!   As we come to the end of 2008 I would like to express my best wishes for a safe holiday and a prosperous new year!