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CREATE testifies at Parliamentary Committee

Posted at 04/01/10 - 01:59 PM

CREATE's vision was presented at the March 25, 2010 meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources. After presenting its vision, CREATE answered questions posed by Members of Parliament.

Daniel Banks (left) and Gord Tapp (right) pictured with Cheryl Gallant after testifying at the Natural Resources committee  of the House of Commons.

The full transcript of the meeting is available here:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=4380584&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=3#Int-3059635

The full transcript of the meeting can also be downloaded here in pdf format. CREATE's testimony started at about 10:05am (on page 10 in this version).

Here are some summary statements from CREATE's presentation:

"The future Chalk River National Laboratory, or CRNL as I will call it, would be a vehicle for mobilizing science and technology to Canada's advantage by greatly broadening its scope. As a national laboratory, it would serve Canada, rather than serving one corporation as a company laboratory. We envision that CRNL would be Canada's premier laboratory for nuclear and related sciences."

"We see that the opportunity has arrived to begin a transition of Chalk River into this Chalk River national laboratory by establishing a future direction, such as we have proposed, with a suitable governance and business model to go along with that, in consultation with potential partners and clients."

"In parallel to all of this, we also believe it's important to begin detailed planning for a new multi-purpose research reactor for research and isotope production that can take over and expand the functions of the aging NRU reactor over the long term. We believe the question of that new multi-purpose reactor is very closely related to the question of the future of Chalk River as a whole. It's difficult to consider those concepts in isolation."

CREATE members pictured with Cheryl Gallant (left) and Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources (third from left).

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