Harper embraces the nuclear future: Maclean's



    Climate-change anxiety breathes new life into nuclear power, and shifts
    Ottawa's plans

    Plus, the Canadian forces Ombudsmen says our snipers were not mistreated

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Back when they took power early last year, the
fit between Harper's Conservatives and nuclear power looked awkward at best.
After all, federally owned Atomic Energy Canada Ltd., founded in 1952 and
still soaking up hundreds of millions in taxpayer support, looks suspiciously
like the sort of Liberal-style industrial policy tool the true-blue Harperites
were supposed to loathe. And back then, Harper was an avowed climate-change
skeptic. If he didn't believe in the problem, why buy into a supposed
solution?
    How things have changed. With the Harper government's climate change plan
due out this week nuclear power is back on the agenda. The Tories aren't
likely to make it a centerpiece of their announcement, but behind the scenes,
it's taken a central role in their energy and environmental strategy. Harper
himself has touted nuclear power on the international stage, and his natural
resources minister has said flatly: "From purely an environmental perspective,
for no other reason, you have to consider nuclear."
    Plenty is happening relatively quickly on the Canadian nuclear front.
Find out more in this week's Maclean's.

    A few good men, but no vindication

    In 2002 a team of Canadian army snipers marched up and down the infamous
Shahikot Valley for nine days and nine nights, hunting al-Qaeda fighters and
destroying enemy hideouts - resetting the bar of their elite profession. Yet
within days their heroics were forgotten, overshadowed by allegations that two
of the snipers sliced a finger off an enemy corpse. After a 10 month probe, it
was determined there wasn't enough evidence to lay criminal charges. But the
damage was done and three snipers were on their way out of the army, convinced
that the Forces had hung them out to dry.
    For almost three years now, that question - "did the military mistreat
its decorated snipers?" - has been at the centre of yet another investigation,
this one by Yves Côté, the Canadian forces Ombudsmen. Thirty months and 147
witnesses later, he now has an answer: the snipers were not abandoned.
According to his final report, obtained by Maclean's, "The snipers, as a
group, were treated fairly by the Canadian Forces before, during and after
their service in Afghanistan." The report will not sit well with some, writes
Maclean's senior writer, Michael Friscolanti.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.9 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.





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