Must be a Slow News Day at the Star

terror.jpgOk I would like to know why this article is news. Today the Star reports,

A new federal study says the explosion of a small dirty bomb near the CN Tower would spew radioactivity over four square kilometres, resulting in mass anxiety, a rush on Toronto’s medical facilities and an economic toll of up to $23.5 billion.

Extrapolating on this vein of “lets imagine the worst disaster possible for Toronto concept”, I am adding additional items to the list of occurences that might cause anxiety and cost a lot of money to fix for Toronto area residents:

Subway tunnels are blown up by terrorists

Multiple buses/vehicles in the Toronto areas are rigged with bombs and they all blow up at the same time

A nuclear bomb hits Toronto

Asteroid hits Toronto or near Toronto.

Water supply is poisoned.

A nuclear power plant near Toronto is blown up.

A bio-chemical attack on the Toronto area

A plague is released in the Toronto area

Planes ram into CN tower/highrise buildings causing collaspe.

Earthquake hits the Toronto area

Toronto is invaded by armed Taliban, Iranians, Chinese, Russians, Americans, etc

This is a short “off the top of my head list” but I am sure if I spent a lot of time at it I could come up with many more. If the government wants to study these kind of scenarios for police, emergency, army training by all means, but why subject the public to hypothetical scenarios of nuclear terror attacks on Toronto as news? Since when did the Star become the CNN/Fox news of the North?

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11 thoughts on “Must be a Slow News Day at the Star

  1. knb says:

    No kidding! I read the same articles and shook my head. I was going to blog about it, but to be honest, it made me so angry I couldn’t.

    I am sick to death of the fear mongering and this type of reporting only serves to provide Harper and co. ammunition for same.

    I don’t think we should be kept in the dark, but any thinking person is capable of imagining the worst. We know there are threats out there, but who needs an “end of the world” scenario thrown into our psyche as we go back to normal routines after a long weekend?

  2. Jay says:

    CTV is carrying the same story. Pure fear mongering.

    I am a little concerned about our government doing such analysis and then basically handing it to terrorists so they know what to do. Yet Wahid Khans vacation, I mean Envoy, report is not available.

  3. Annie says:

    I think when governments strike fear into the heart of its people, that fear causes things to go very wrong. The terrorists know all about this, and watch. The terrorists have been around for a long time, we did not pay any attention to them , and nothing happened. Whatever happened to this Country? ….. Calm down.

  4. redtory says:

    What a groaner of an article. Tell us something we didn’t know. Or at least couldn’t have easily imagined. I wonder if they had fun writing it…

  5. JimBobby says:

    Whooee! I been doin’ a lotta research lately into the subject of nuclear waste — especially, waste from nuclear power plants. Ontario has earmarked $40 billion for the construction and refurbishment of nuclear reactors.

    As is true for the entire nuclear power industry, Ontario has no real plan for the permanent storage or the permanent security of the massive new amouts of radioactive nuclear waste that will be generated. This waste will need to be secured for approximately 5000 years.

    While spent uranium fuel rods are not as toxic as the americium cited in the study, it can still be used as a contaminant in a dirty bomb.

    I attended a public meeting recently concerning the possible conversion of the Nanticoke coal-fired generator to a nuclear power plant. During the Q & A, a citizen btrought up the terrorist angle. The audience laughed down the question and the panelists refused to discuss such an absurd proposition.

    “Tell us something we didn’t know.” ?? Wait. Don’t bother. We can’t handle the truth.

    JB

  6. Sara says:

    I watched a documentary a few months ago about France’s use of nuclear power. France does not have nuclear waste – they have the technology to reuse the waste.

    Hasn’t anyone (scientists) in Canada checked this out? If not, how irresponsible.

  7. Woman At Mile 0 says:

    Reusing the waste would seem like the safest option if that was possible Sara.

    It’s interesting JimBobby that its OK to publish info and ponderings about a dirty bomb attack to frighten Canadians and inform potential terrorists the best way to go about it and all….but during a public meeting…well then of course that just would never happen. If this information had been released with for example “a plan” for Toronto residents if a dirty bomb is detonated, then I might have been able to see the reasoning behind releasing it. What are people supposed to do with what the government released…panic…live in fear? What is the point of that?

  8. JimBobby says:

    I’m not tryin’ to justify senseless fearmongering. Unsecured and undersecured radioactive waste is a reality. The re-use of spent nuclear fuel involves reproccessing and increasing the radioactivity and letality of the re=proccessed fuel. This technology has been deemed one of teh most dangerous methods of dealing with waste. Industry apologists and advocates use the possibility of re-use as an excuse for not properly containing spent fuel.

    Rdaioactive contamination IS scary. The use of fear to enact draconian laws is reprehensible. Making the public aware of the real dangers of radioactive materials for the sake of public safety is good policy. Unfortunately, the nuclear industry has been successful in convincing the public that it is safe and secure.

    When it’s the industry talking about threats, they’re non-existent. When it’s law enforcement or anti-terrorists talking, threats are real.

    In my fight against the construction of new nuclear plants in Ontario, I took this study as ammunition for the next public meeting on Nanticoke. In light of the low-tech car bombs in the UK and Canada being named as a target at that terrorist graduation ceremony, maybe commonsense will prevail regarding the inadvisability of expanding nuclear power generation in Canada.

    JB

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