6 April 2011 Dinner News – Canada’s History of Meltdown

06 Apr
Chalk River, Ontario, Canada

Sleepy town was the site of a disaster in the 50's.

With all the talk of the ongoing disaster in Japan I found an interesting article on today that brought the debate much closer to home.  In the 50’s there was a melt down at the nuclear laboratory on the Chalk River in Ontario Canada.  Even this past week there have been small earthquakes in the area that have continued the debate of what is safe and what is risky at this remote location where pharmaceutical and research nuclear material is still made today.

Take a minute to walk through the pictures and read some of the history of this wonderfully rich region of maple and pike even if the curling barn is too far away to visit in person.

The Meal


Canadian Burger With Beer-Braised Onions and Cheddar

Baked Northern Pike – Fishing trips on the Chalk river boast of Northern Pike, Bass and Pan Fish and this simple green pepper and bacon treatment would be perfect after a day on the river.

Atomic Canuck Chili – I was not able to find any recipes from the annual Lion’s Club Winter Festival Chili Contest online… but in honor of the yearly event… here is another Canadian chili.

Side Dish

Three Sisters Soup – Corn, bean and squash soup passed down through various Indian cultures throughout Canada.

Maple Cornbread – from the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers website.


Butter Tart – Like a pecan pie, but with raisins and walnuts.

Spiced Ontario Peach and Plum Crumble (Canadian Living)

Canadian Doughnut

Renfrew County Canada

Renfrew County is filled with pretty water ways.

The View

Oiseau Rock – Photo tour of the sheer cliff opposite the laboratory on the Chalk River

Photos of the County of Renfrew – Tour of the area surrounding the Laboratory.

Niagara Science Museum – Pictures of early nuclear instrumentation housed at the museum like the kinds used at Chalk River.

The Chatter

Jimmy Carter’s exposure to nuclear danger (CNN) – Former US President Jimmy Carter’s experience helping in the Chalk River incident.

The Canadian Nuclear FAQ – unofficial and privately maintained list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) regarding CANDU reactors and nuclear power generation in Canada

(Chalk River taken by Jason Spaceman and Pond Reflections taken by purplepoopies are both used by Creative Commons)

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