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NRU: Life Or Death For Canadians
Experts say no option to do without research reactor
In the March 7 issue of Ottawa Valley Business, we conveyed the opinions of AECL and the Government of Canada on the value of the NRU reactor in Chalk River, currently scheduled to cease operations on March 31, 2018. The opinions of AECL were quite opposite those of individuals who actually worked in nuclear science. Natural Resources Canada admitted that they simply didn’t know the answers to simple questions about the decision to end Canada’s world nuclear leadership.
LINK:  Report of the Expert Review Panel on Medical Isotope Production
LINK:  Timeline of NRU Events (Ottawa Citizen)
LINK:  Technetium (Tc-99m)

The Make-Up Of Rural Councils
Study discusses the situation in small town rural Ontario

The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) commissioned a report that discussed the profile of municipal councillors. In rural Ontario, 75 per cent of municipal elected officials are men and 83 per cent of heads of council (mayors) are men. However, the report found that female candidates actually outperformed male candidates during election time. Women had a 47 per cent success rate with their campaigns compared to 37 per cent for men.
LINK:  Rural Ontario Institute
LINK:  Municipal Councillor Profile

Electricity Rebates and The Fine Print
MPP says rebate occurs just in time for election

After feeling the pressure for months, Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal government
finally had to admit that their so-called Green Energy Act has amounted to a monumental financial disaster for Ontario ratepayers. Without admitting it, the Premier has proven that the Auditor General was right when she stated that Ontario electricity customers have paid $9.2 billion more for electricity than needed. (And that report only covered up until 2016).
LINK:  MPP John Yakabuski
LINK:  How Ontario's Pursuit of Renewable Energy Banks Broke the Province's Electricity System (Financial Post)

Book Club: It's Okay To Be The Boss
By: Bruce Tulgan

Managing people is harder and
more high-pressure today than
ever before. There’s no room for
downtime, waste, or inefficiency. You have to do more with less. And employees have become high maintenance. Not only are they more likely to disagree openly and push back, but they also won’t work hard for vague promises of long-term rewards.
They look to you - their immediate boss - to help them get what they need and want at work.


Resting On One's Laurels

Being an active business has more options

If he is lucky, a small business owner will come to a point in his life where he no longer had to work as hard as he once did in order to generate business. There is a steady clientele, the business is making a profit and that business owner can breathe a little easier. It’s a point in time when a business can “rest on its laurels” for a little while.


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