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View Valerie Bradford Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair, and thank you to the witnesses for being here with us this evening—or early morning, as the case may be.
Dr. Ramana, in your 2021 paper, “Small Modular and Advanced Nuclear Reactors: A Reality Check”, you highlight many of the shortcomings surrounding the emerging technology.
What areas of research have to be focused on in order to improve the technology to make it as remarkable as advocates claim?
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Lib. (ON)
In the area of nuclear waste, are you aware of any promising research to address the problem?
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Lib. (ON)
I understand that you don't feel that there's a great future for SMRs or that they have a role to play, but supposing they did and that in the future they were effective and used, what challenges would the establishment of supply chains face in producing more SMRs, should the first ones ultimately prove to be successful?
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Lib. (ON)
If you could provide a written response to the committee on that, I'd be most appreciative.
Thank you so much.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you so much to our witnesses today. I must admit, at any committee, I don't think I've ever seen such an array of witnesses. We really appreciate your contributions today to the discussion.
Ms. Gillis, what progress, if any, has been made in measuring the progress of legacy programs in contributing towards the objectives of the detailed action plan?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
Further, Deputy Minister, what has the federal government taken away from this process of receiving and adapting to the recommendations made by the Auditor General's office? How will it be proactive when developing similar initiatives in the future?
View Valerie Bradford Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
I believe you alluded to this next bit, but there was such a focus in this whole report about delays in spending the allocated funding. Could you elaborate a little bit more on some of the critical reasons—I know it's very diverse and there are a number of different departments—for why there are holdups in getting the spending done and out the door?
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Lib. (ON)
Thanks for that very fulsome answer.
I'm sure there is a great range, but can you just give us some idea of the range and how long it can take with all this initial front-end work that I would deem administrative processes? Before you get to the spending and getting the money out the door, it sounds like it can be years sometimes.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
To the deputy minister, I think it's normal when you take on any challenge that you get the easy wins first so that you can have the greatest impact by tackling the more straightforward problems. Is there anything unique about the remaining 34 long-term drinking water advisories? Do these communities have any shared characteristics that have made the situations more challenging to resolve?
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Lib. (ON)
That's great.
With respect to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, as of March 15 of this year, a retroactive long-term DWA was issued for the public works garage. Could you explain what a “retroactive DWA” is?
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Lib. (ON)
It wasn't identified earlier, and when the actual testing happens, do you think, okay, this has probably existed for a couple of years or something? How would you determine when the failure had occurred?
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Lib. (ON)
Okay.
Deputy Minister, is there stable funding for the circuit rider training program? How many workers are there in the program?
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Lib. (ON)
Okay.
Actually, getting back to these last few remaining ones that are particularly challenging, many first nation communities have a smaller population, sometimes just a few hundred. What is the government doing to support those communities to develop the expertise and capacity in the communities to run their water and waste systems? What is the plan to adjust these challenges? Maybe the circuit program is part of it.
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