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CINS Long-Range Plan

 

The NRU Reactor Will Shutdown in 2018

Monday, February 9, 2015

On Friday, the Government of Canada announced that Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) will operate the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor until March 31, 2018, subject to relicensing. "At the conclusion of this period, the reactor will be placed in a state of storage with surveillance until decommissioning," said Bob Walker, President and CEO of CNL.

In response to this announcement, CNL has communicated that it is conducting an assessment of the business case for a new neutron source and is planning for a ‘neutron gap’. It further plans to take full advantage of the remaining three years of NRU operations to maximize benefit from the reactor, and will continue operating the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC). It is expected that the CNBC will continue to offer access to neutron beams to the user community, to maximum extent possible through March 2018.

CINS is monitoring developments and will communicate with members as more details become available.

- Professor Chris Wiebe, CINS President

Annual General Meeting

The University of Toronto hosted the annual general meeting (AGM) on November 14-15. The meeting was an opportunity for discussion of both science and policy.

Official AGM records are now available.

CNBC Activity Report for 2011, 2012, and 2013

2014 March - The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre's activity report to CINS for 2011, 2012, and 2013 is now available online in both official languages. The great versatility of neutron beams as probes of materials for science, government, and industry is highlighted with descriptions of projects with impacts for clients today or with promise for the future.

Reconstitution of CINS

CINS is preparing to receive and administer grant money in support of research using neutron beams in Canada. To that end, CINS adopted a new corporate structure at its recent AGM. The new structure will also satisfy the new Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. More information on the new structure is available on the about us page.

Using neutrons to understand magnetic nano-structures will enable further advancement of computer memory.
Using neutrons to understand magnetic nano-structures will enable further advancement of computer memory.

Using neutrons to analyze polymer nano-coatings on implanted heart valves will minimize the chance of post-operative stroke or death.
Using neutrons to analyze polymer nano-coatings on implanted heart valves will minimize the chance of post-operative stroke or death.

Using neutrons to measure stresses in railroad tracks with neutrons will help to prevent train derailments.
Using neutrons to measure stresses in railroad tracks will help to prevent train derailments.