Strange

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Editorial

Dana and I were lunching at a downtown bistro Friday when a strange-looking man, clad in a kilt, walked in the door and approached our table.

 

He wanted to know if we were wearing “plaid”. Fortunately, my shirt passed the test and body searches were unnecessary.

 

The man in the kilt was Andy French who said the Scottish Festival had reinstituted Tartan Fridays to promote the festival which is July 5, 6, and 7.

 

So fear not if you find yourself being approached on a Friday in the downtown area by a man in a kilt. He’s about to tell you about the Scottish Festival.

 

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I also find it strange that in the past few months, at council meetings and in letters to the editor, that a number of people are against the Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) at the Bruce nuclear site. Ontario Power Generation plans to bury low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste at the DGR.

 

OPG has been very open about its plans. It held public meetings about a decade ago to explain the entire process. After initial interest, the public seemed satisfied there was no danger. In subsequent years, OPG continued to man a booth at fall fairs and other area events to make sure everyone knew about the DGR.

 

With the deadline for approval approaching, opposition is rising.

 

The mayor of Milwaukee, chair of The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, recently toured the used fuel storage site along with other representatives of the group.

 

That organization made a submission to the Joint Review Panel coming out against the DGR.

Most people who work in the nuclear industry and who live in the area don’t see danger; people from afar do.

Strange also that more people are complaining about the DGR than the plans of area communities to host a spent fuel repository. I’d worry a lot more about storing spent fuel underground than I would about low and medium level waste.

 

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We’ve become a rather black and white society.

 

We have letters from people stating that nuclear power is bad and wind power is good, and vice versa.

 

Both have their place and if used properly would slow down climate change. But the days of give and take to find the best solution to our energy problems seem to be past.

 

As we fight over fossil fuels, nuclear, wind and solar, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continues to rise.

 

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Back to the DGR, people against it are worried about radioactive material leaching eventually into Lake Huron.

 

If you’re worried about the lake, you better start worrying about a whole lot of other problems – climate change which is causing lake levels to drop; nuisance species introduced to The Great Lakes region, such as the Zebra Mussel, Round Goby, Phragmites Australis (Common Reed), Giant Hogweed, and Garlic Mustard. Those plants and animals are having a serious impact on Lake Huron’s ecology.

 

Several species of Asian Carp are knocking at the door.

 

Unfortunately, you don’t hear many people complaining about those problems.

 

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Lake Huron has dropped a couple of metres in the past 20 years.

 

Some people believe some good rains will bring the level back up. Don’t count on it.

 

Lake Huron has a volume of 850 cubic miles or 3,540 cubic km. Maybe a deluge of 40 days and 40 nights would bring the lake up – but that would put us all under water.

 

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The arts community has been in high gear of late – the community singers and the theatre guild wrapped their seasons up on the weekend. And the Walker House is staging an encore performance of “A His-story of Women” at the Governor’s Inn at 8 p.m. June 25.

 

The community singers’ show Sunday evening was superb. Amazing that we have so much talent in the community.