What’s going on?

Are we or aren’t we headed for another global recession?

Are we or aren’t we headed for another global recession?

Some say yes, some say no.

We seem to be in a tail spin, but our leaders assure us the Canadian economy is jakeyloo, nothing to worry about.

In these days of wondrous technology, it is astonishing that so many experts can’t agree on anything, be it economics, climate change, fish farming or the dangers/benefits of nuclear energy.

As to the latter, there hasn’t been much in the mainstream media about  how, or if,  Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant disaster is having any impact on Canada or elsewhere.

The damage done to the nuclear plant by the earthquake and following tsunami, like the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, isn’t news any more.

Off with the old, on with the new.

There certainly are enough new horrors everyday to keep the journalists occupied.

The online media has plenty of stories, none of them reassuring about radiation from Fukushima being detected all over the place.

There is said to be radiation contamination of animals and crops in Tokyo and Fukushima.

The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency and other organizations now say radiation occurred earlier than was assumed. TEPCO, which owns the Fukushima plant, has been accused of a cover-up. The Japanese prime minister has offered to resign over his handling of the whole affair

Now two recent mainstream media reports suggest the radiation might be reaching us.

One news item notes the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is testing fish off the B.C. coast for possible radiation. The other that the Yukon is testing for radiation in caribou.

It’s interesting CFIA started the testing after the B.C. fishing season is well underway, but better late than never.

This may not be the mushroom-shaped cloud we feared  way back during the Cold War, but does anyone really know what is going on anywhere about anything?

Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.