Randall Ridgway, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Whiteshell Laboratories, Pinawa, Manitoba
Randall Ridway has enjoyed a long and varied career as a geologist and engineer, both in the private and public sectors. He is currently working on the decommissioning of AECL’s Whiteshell facility in Manitoba.
It has been claimed that since 2009, Harper’s Conservative government has laid off more than 2,000 federally employed scientists. Numerous programmes devoted to the monitoring of climate change, food inspection, water quality and oil spills have been cancelled. In September, hundreds of scientists in lab coats marched on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in protest, even going so far as to hold a mock funeral to mark “the death of evidence”.
Le Centre canadien de rayonnement synchrotron a réussi à développer des isotopes médicaux à partir de rayons X, une première mondiale qui pourrait changer la donne pour les patients atteints entre autres de maladies cardiaques ou de cancers.