The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (“NWMO”) wants Canadians to become involved in helping to shape its study of approaches to managing nuclear fuel waste. The NWMO hopes to encourage dialogue and collaboration with Canadians, and invites you to actively participate by visiting and interacting with the NWMO website (the “Site”).

These Terms of Use, together with the NWMO’s Privacy Policy, constitute the entire agreement between you and the NWMO relating to your access to and use of the Site. The NWMO may revise these Terms of Use at any time without prior notice. By using this Site, including use of this Site following any modification of these terms, you accept these terms and conditions. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please do not access or use this Site. The NWMO recommends that you review these Terms of Use each time you access the Site.

1. Use of the Site

You may access and use the Site for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that you do so only in accordance with these Terms of Use.

2. Use of Forums

The Site may contain forums, bulletin board services, panels, chatrooms, polls, surveys, news groups, or other such communication services (collectively, “Forums”) designed to enable you to communicate and interact with the NWMO and/or other members of the public. You agree that while using the Site or participating in any Forums available on the Site, you will not do any of the following:

  1. Upload, post, transmit, publish or distribute any material or information
    1. For which you do not have all necessary rights and licences;
    2. That is inappropriate, obscene, derogatory, defamatory or offensive;
    3. That contains a computer virus or other code file or program which could disrupt or interfere with the functioning of the Site; or
    4. That constitutes, or encourages conduct that would constitute, a criminal offence or give rise to civil liability.
  2. Use the Site in such a manner as to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized entry or access to the computer systems or networks of others,
  3. Collect information about other users, including email addresses, without their consent,
  4. Forge headers or in any manner manipulate identifiers in order to disguise your origin or impersonate any person or other entity, or
  5. Use the Site or any Forums in a manner which is contrary to law or to generally accepted Internet principles.

3. Submitted Information

Subject to the NWMO’s Privacy Policy, any material or information that you post, input, upload, provide, submit or transmit to the Site or to the NWMO through email, the World Wide Web or in any other manner (the “Submitted Information”) will be treated as non-confidential information. You assume full responsibility and liability for any Submitted Information and represent and warrant that you have all necessary rights and licences with respect to the Submitted Information. You hereby grant the NWMO and other Site users a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to use, modify, copy, publish and communicate to the public by means of telecommunication, and distribute the Submitted Information or any derivative of such information. Private correspondence to the NWMO is not considered Submitted Information and is treated on a confidential basis. Any contact through the NWMO’s “Contact Us” form is considered private correspondence for this purpose. The NWMO does not control any Submitted Information; therefore, you should not consider any such information to be screened, approved or endorsed by the NWMO. It is recommended that users exercise caution when providing personally identifying information in any Forum or otherwise. While it has no obligation to do so, the NWMO reserves the right to monitor the Site and Forums from time to time and to edit, refuse to post or remove any information or materials that, in its view, do not adhere to these Terms of Use.

4. Ownership of Site and Content

The Site and all written and other materials made available through the Site, excluding Submitted Information, (the “Content”) is the property of the NWMO and/or its licensors and is protected by copyright, trademark and other laws. Certain names, logos, graphics, designs or other Content in the Site are trade names or trademarks owned by or licenced to the NWMO. Without prejudice to the rights of third-party licensors and copyright owners, other than the NWMO, who have so marked their material and to the extent permitted by law, the NWMO hereby grants you permission to copy, distribute, download, and/or transmit single copies of items comprising the NWMO Content for your personal, non-commercial use for research, review, criticism or private study, provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained in such Content, and provided that such permission does not include the right to reproduce the Site as a whole (or a substantial part thereof). No other right or licence to the Site or the Content is hereby granted.

The reports and papers which the NWMO has commissioned through third parties, and which appear on this website, do not necessarily reflect the views or position of the NWMO, and unless otherwise specifically stated, are made available to the public by the NWMO for information only. The contents of these reports and papers reflect the views of the author(s) who are solely responsible for the text and its conclusions, as well as the accuracy of any data used in its creation. Neither the NWMO nor any employee makes any warranty, expressed or implied, or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information disclosed, or represents that the use of any information would not infringe privately owned rights. Any reference to a specific commercial product, process, service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or preference by the NWMO.

5. Third-Party Links

For your convenience, the NWMO may provide links to websites that are owned or operated by third parties. Such sites are independent from the NWMO, and the NWMO has no control over the content of such third-party sites. A link to a third-party’s site does not imply that the NWMO endorses the site, approves the contents of the site or guarantees the accuracy or timeliness of such third-party information. It is your responsibility to ensure that you review the terms and conditions applicable to such third-party site before using it.

6. Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

The Site and the Content are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. While the NWMO attempts to provide information that is correct, accurate, current and timely, the NWMO makes no representations, conditions or warranties either expressed or implied, that (i) the Site or Content will be accurate, current or reliable; (ii) the operation of the Site will be uninterrupted or error-free, or (iii) the Site will be free from viruses or harmful components. The NWMO hereby disclaims any warranties or conditions arising by law, statute, trade usage or otherwise, including without limitation, warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement or title. In no event will the NWMO, its directors, officers, employees, agents or licensors be liable to you or any third party for damages of any kind incurred in connection with your use of the Site.

7. Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold the NWMO, its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents and licensors harmless from any and all liabilities, costs and expenses related to any violation of these Terms of Use by you or in connection with your use of this Site and the Contents, your violation of these Terms of Use, your violation of a third party’s rights or your Submitted Information.

8. Governing Law

These Terms of Use and any issue or dispute relating to this Site shall be governed by and be construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario and the applicable laws of Canada. By using this Site, you agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Ontario.

9. General Provisions

Failure by the NWMO to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Terms of Use or of the Privacy Policy shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. If any of the provisions of these Terms of Use are deemed to be void, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such determination shall not affect the remaining provisions contained herein. This section and sections 6, 7 and 8 will survive any termination of this agreement.