CRPA-ACRP Bulletin

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Could Australia’s recent radiation scare happen in Canada?

In February 2023, a small cylindrical capsule fell out of a fixed radioactive gauge on a truck somewhere along a 1,300 km drive from a Rio Tinto mine in Newman, Australia, to Perth. The tiny capsule was found by driving slowly along the route and using a gamma-ray detector. While no one was hurt in this incident, Dr. Sandor Demeter, a nuclear medicine and public health physician, explores other potential outcomes and the possibility of something similar happening in Canada.

Leah Shuparski-Miller presenting the Meritorious Service Award to award to Sunil Choubal. 0

2023 CRPA Award Winners

The Meritorious Service Award recognizes significant services provided to the Canadian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA) or to the radiation protection community in general. This year there were two recipients: Sunil Choubal and Jill Robertson.


CRPA(R) Prep, September 2023

There is lots of news in the CRPA(R) Prep article for this issue. We congratulate the newest CRPA(R)s who passed the exam held in Halifax in May, announce that we will be holding CRPA(R) exams separately from the annual conference again this fall, let you in on plans for an exam preparation course, advise you of the recently adopted recognition status expiry date, and confirm that there will be another exam at the annual CRPA conference in Edmonton in June 2024.


President’s Message, September 2023

Jeff starts his first President’s Message with reflections on CRPA’s success in Halifax—he says the dedication of CRPA members really shone at the first post-Covid conference. Over the summer, he says CRPA has started to work on the logistics of hosting the CRPA(R) exams separate from the conference this fall and hints at some exciting learning and growth opportunities being mapped out by the Professional Development Committee.

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Editor’s Message, September 2023

Over the years, Dave has written a lot about the benefits of attending conferences, not the least of which are the relationships people build at these events. In this editorial, he remembers one of his first “conference friends,” Adelene Gaw, who passed away in June, was a constant presence within CRPA, as well as the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA). She was also a regular contributor to the CRPA Bulletin. She will be missed.


Deputy Editor’s Message, September 2023

Grant had to miss the recent CRPA conference in Halifax to attend RadSynch23—a conference held every other year for radiation safety personnel from synchrotron facilities around the world. Grant says the research and experiences shared at the conference (which he summarizes in his editorial), coupled with meeting and renewing contact with synchrotron radiation protection colleagues, makes attendance at the conference invaluable.