With its policy of keeping local Councils up to date, James Sconjack, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Operational Services for Bruce Power, presented a report to Saugeen Shores Council on Monday (June 24th).
In the report, Sconjack pointed out several areas in which Bruce Power has contributed to local municipalities and also updated other areas that have taken place over the past year.
Health Care Investments:
He pointed out that Bruce Power from 2019 to 2023 will have invested $1.45 Million in local health care facilities. “We understand the importance of having health care close to home,” said Scongack, “because our employees and their families rely on it.”
In conjunction with health care, Bruce Power has also entered the field of medical isotopes and, in fact, now supplies 40 per cent of the world’s requirement for Cobalt 60 after the first harvest was made on Unit 7 in March of this year. The isotopes will help in the new methods beings developed in diagnosing and treating cancer.
Bruce Power has also committed $300,000 over the next five years to the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO).
Major Component Replacement
The report also brought up-dates on the Major Component Replacement project (MCR) and how it will result in billions of dollars and other significant benefits to not only local counties but to the Ontario and Canadian economies over the next 13 years through tax revenues and significant opportunities for local workers and industry developments.
The MCR Training Complex in Kincardine was also completed this year where 500 skilled workers will be trained on key MCR reactor evolutions. The 130,000 sq. ft. facility was completed on time and on budget and officially opened on April 25th to the complete support of the Municipality of Kincardine.
In addition, the MRC project has resulted in more 50 businesses moving into local municipalities in support of Bruce Power. The work that Bruce Power and Bruce County have done through the unique Nuclear Economic Development and Innovation Initiative was recently recognized by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO).
Throughout Bruce, Grey and Huron counties, as suppliers open local offices, impacts are being felt as more families are moving to the region, more tax dollars are being generated, school enrollment is increasing and small businesses are opening up.
In January, it was announced that Bruce Power would contribution more than $200 million to reduce electricity costs between 2019 and 2021 through efficiency payments to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). “We are the only electricity supply company to do this out of some 35,000 companies,” said Scongack. “We can do this because our focus is on innovation, simplification and delivering efficiencies, while
increasing site output and reliability.”
Nuclear Innovation Institute
For Saugeen Shores, the ‘elephant in the room’ was the question of the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII).
The Nuclear Innovation Institute’s first Regional Skilled Trades Advancement was held in Walkerton on March, 29th where there were more than 100 participants that included Bruce Power executive, officials from all tiers of government, union and labour representatives, senior college and school board administrators, suppliers and local business leaders.
The forum provided an opportunity to provide input into the framework for the NII’s Trades and Skilled Workforce Secretariat, which will focus on ensuring the local labour market is in a position to adapt, and respond to, increased employment opportunities in the skilled trades across the entire region.
Songack said that Saugeen Shores Council and staff have been working diligently to bring the NII to the municipality. “We also want the NII here,” he said, “but there were challenges at the beginning. We will however, have some very important announcements soon regarding the NII.”
Summer Bus Tours
Songack also said that the Summer Bus Tours program has been extremely successful with more than 5,000 visitors taking advantage of it in 2018. “We opened this up to give people a chance to visit the site and see what we do. and, this year, we have expanded it.
• Pre-registration encouraged and opened in late-May
• One tour per day from Monday to Friday in June
• Three tours per day, seven daysper week, in July and August
More information is available at: www.brucepower.com/bustours
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