Published in the December 2010
issue of the Canadian
Nuclear Society Bulletin, Vol.31, No.4.
Till Fear do us Part
by Jeremy Whitlock
ONTARIO - Never mind recycled steam generators or radium-tainted soil; nuclear critics are now drawing attention to an even more dangerous handling of radioactive material in this province.
"To be honest, our biggest concern", says Garbled Efforts, president of the Canadian Coalition for Anti-Nuclear Irresponsibility, "is the completely unregulated daily movement of potassium-40 and carbon-14 around Ontario. We're talking about the waterways, the highways, the railways, and over our very heads on aircraft."
Efforts claims that the problem has been around for decades, and seems to fly under the radar of officials at all levels.
Other critics suggest deeper issues.
"There hasn't been a decent epidemiological study," says internationally acclaimed Australian pediatrician Hellishly Callous. "The whole thing is medically corrupt from beginning to end."
The problem, according to Callous, is people.
"It's a disaster. You can't clean it up." Callous explains, "As my book explains, people are toxic time bombs. Every human body has about 10,000 becquerels of carcinogenic carbon and potassium. That's 10 trillion nanobecquerels of death. Imagine 10 trillion mini-nuclear explosions every second in your body, each one sending out a death sentence to your children, your loved ones."
Callous explains that human bodies are very efficient at concentrating radioactive potassium and carbon atoms out of the environment.
"And they don't go anywhere," she warns, "As I explain in my book, carbon has a half-life of about six thousand years. That's as old as fear itself! Potassium has a half-life of over a billion years. This stuff just doesn't go away."
John Bendit, Executive Director of the Silly Club of Canada, describes how concentrations of people on buses, trains and ships can lead to environmental disaster, even for very small spillages of people.
"Radioactive chemicals would take centuries to erase. An infinitely smaller volume of nuclear material would have a similar impact as a large, large oil spill. It would be impossible to decontaminate."
"The governments of Ontario and Canada," adds Garbled Efforts, "must prohibit these shipments because the transport of radioactive people through our precious waterways should not be condoned, should not be countenanced."
"And highway traffic is a risk as well. Every day, zillions and zillions of nanobecquerels are moved through Toronto on the 401. So much that even the Darlington Nuclear Station built an earthen berm between it and the freeway, to shield it from the excess radiation. That tells you something."
"As I explain in my book," Dr. Callous points out, "there is enough deadly radioactive potassium and carbon in two human bodies to require a licence from Canada's nuclear regulator for possession - were it not well hidden inside the bodies of our children and loved ones."
Callous brought her dire message to Ontario citizens recently as a guest speaker of the activist group Families Are Radiation Exposure (FARE). In her comments Callous advised Ontarians to walk away from their homes, their marriages, their schools, their cities, and head for the hills.
"Then sue the government. This government should be sued and you should get millions and millions of dollars," Callous said to cheers and applause. "That's quadrillions and quadrillions of nanodollars."
"The federal government should pay to separate everyone," insists Callous, who was shocked to see people walking next to each other as she toured one small Ontario town prior to her presentation.
Mayors in Ontario have dismissed Callous' comments as "sensationalism", but Callous urges citizens to "read, check the facts, check my data, buy my book - and make your own decision."
"And don't forget, as my book says", added Callous, "that children are most at risk."
Asked how governments and other officials could condone such a dangerous situation for radioactive citizens for so long, Garbled Efforts replied, "It's simple. They are liars. They are in the business of lying exactly like the tobacco industry."
"It's time for people to trust the real experts at that game."