Ch 4 - Prologue

Elections Canada

News Releases and Media Advisories

42nd Federal General Election Suspended

GATINEAU, Monday, September 28, 2015

  • The 42nd federal general election that was to be held on Monday, October 19, 2015 has been postponed indefinitely.
  • All campaign activity is to be suspended until further notice.
  • Elections will issue a news release prior to resuming the campaign period for the 42nd general election.
  • The 42nd general election will not resume until the state of emergency in Ontario is no longer in effect.
  • Elections Canada offices in each of the 338 federal electoral districts, with the exception of areas currently under a state of emergency, will operate with expanded hours to provide current information from the Government of Canada to all citizens regarding the state of emergency.

"Elections Canada is committed to serving all Canadian citizens in this difficult time," says Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Mathieu Richaud.

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TSX historic plunge fueled by fallout fears

The Canadian Press ~ The News

Published on September 28, 2015 - 5:29pm

            The Toronto stock market had its biggest point-drop in history on the first day of trading after the KW nuclear disaster, as investors reacted to the devastation in the heart of Canada's technology triangle.

            The Canadian dollar also suffered a record setting plunge, losing more than 22% of its value against the greenback as it dropped 16.19c to an all-time record low of 0.5993 USD.

            Toronto - Toronto's S&P/TSX index fell 1,743.14 points in under 90 minutes Monday before trading was halted, closing at 12,593.04 a loss of approximately $250 billion. Trading was halted at 10:56am after 86 minutes when the sell-off only continued to gain momentum and trading has been suspended indefinitely.

            The previous biggest one-day point drop on Canada's largest stock market was 840.93 points on Sep. 29, 2008.

            Financial experts roundly condemned the TMX Group's decision to open the market at all on Monday, less than four days after the largest disaster in history on Canadian soil.

            "What did they think would happen?" said Hugh Amory, a financial advisor at Deloitte Canada "Tens of thousands of Canadians have lost their lives, the entire tech sector of this country has been gutted, and millions more have been covered by a cloud of radioactive fallout that has blanketed the region and shut down nearly half of the country's manufacturing sector."

            The TSX Venture Exchange fell 131.72 points to 446.09. Stock markets in New York also plummeted in response to the news. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 623.63 points to 16,791.24. The Nasdaq composite index fell 185.34 points to 4,848.84, while the S&P 500 lost 93.12 points to 1,990.91.

            In contrast, crude prices soared on news of the devastation affecting the world's 5th largest oil producer. The November crude contract in New York jumped $14.23 to US$57.55 a barrel, buffering the TSX against an even larger loss


Nuclear Event Analysis Summary

Canadian Nuclear Response Team (CNRT) / Équipe Canadienne d'Intervention Nucléaire (ECIN)
Prepared for: Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
Date: September 30th, 2015 / 30 septembre 2015

Subject: Kitchener-Waterloo INES Level-7 Nuclear Event on September 23rd, 2015

            As of September 30th (+6d11h23m) CNRT investigators have progressed to the former location of Waterloo Fire Station #2, less than 500m from the detonation's epicentre at 43°28'05"N, 80°33'58"W before they were forced to turn back due to high levels of residual radiation in surrounding areas. Operations have been further hampered by strong winds and persistent rainfall. Further approach and investigation within 500m will be conducted remotely until ambient radiation levels fall far enough to allow limited access to the site.

            Aerial survey has confirmed that the detonation took place below ground level within the ITP TAPA facility producing a crater with an estimated apparent diameter of 40-50m. Actual diameter has not yet been determined due to a large quantity of structural debris.

            Surrounding neighbourhoods and University of Waterloo student villages have been completely levelled to a distance of 1.5km from the epicentre. Many major buildings on the UW campus just outside of the primary radius of destruction have suffered severe structural damage, but a few constructed from re-enforced concrete remain partially intact. To date no known survivors who were within 1.5km of the initial blast have been identified primarily due to the relatively low population density and the light construction of most structures within the area.

            The secondary radius where most civilian buildings have been destroyed extends 4.5km from the epicentre and encompasses nearly 60% of the city of Waterloo, mostly due to the blast occurring on the western edge of the city. The secondary radius extends as far as the Grand River Hospital on the border between Kitchener and Waterloo. For comparison, had the location of the blast taken place in downtown Kitchener, more than 90% of the city would have been completely destroyed.

            Tertiary effects including moderate structure damage to civilian buildings and burns caused by thermal radiation have been recorded throughout both communities but stopping short of the 401. Additional reports of damage have come from as far north as Elmira and west as Wellesley giving a tertiary radius of 13-15km.

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