EPISODE 871 PORT HOPE — GADAWASKA river flows through town — nice main street for shopping and gawking
august 23, 2023
ESCAPE: AN EASY TRIP TO PORT HOPE
There is just chance you need to escape for a few hours and do not know where to go.
Try Port Hope business part of town. The Ganaraska River flows right through the
centre of town. Right now (August 2023) the river is quiet. Two months from now the river comes
alive as hundreds…perhaps thousands…of salmon beat their way up to the spawning grounds. Tough job.
They gather in clusters then make a dash for higher ground. Most make it. Some do not. The river is shallow
and the salmon often have their backs in open air as they lunge from deeper pools and attempt to jump the
Just how did so many PACIFIC OCEAN SALMON decide to spawn here in Port Hope. THe story
is one of the great stories about world wildlife. I will tell you in another episode as that was part of the
speech I gave on Feb.29, 2020. The speech that was never given. Next day, march 1, 2020, we were all shaken as Covid 19
spread around the world fro China killing millions. Don’t worry the Port Hope fish story is a feel good story.
SHOPPERS….PAY ATTENTION TO MICHAEL PENNEY’S STORE…a good story
Think you might like the shop owned by MIchael Peney. He has a terrific sense of colour and design.
Big things to buy and little things to buy…all out of the ordinary. Just a walk through his store is
IS PORT HOPE STILL RADIOACTIVE?…Radiation and cleanup
Port Hope is known for having the largest volume of historic low-level radioactive wastes in Canada.These wastes were initially created by Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited and its private sector predecessors, resulting from the refining of radium from pitchblende. Radium was used in radioluminescent paint (such as aircraft dials), and in early treatments for cancer.
During World War II, the Eldorado plant produced exponentially more uranium oxides, which the United States used in the Manhattan Project that created the first nuclear weapons. This plant, now under the ownership of Cameco, continues to produce uranium fuel for nuclear power plants.
In 2002, a large amount of contaminated soil was removed from beachfront areas. More recently, a testing program began of over 5,000 properties, with a plan to remove and store contaminated soil that had been used as landfill. Over a billion dollars is expected to be spent on the soil remediation project, the largest such cleanup in Canadian history.