OPG in the Community – July, 2019

Hello Neighbours:  OPG recently mailed its latest edition of the Neighbours newsletter, to residents living near its operations at the Western Waste Management Facility. You may have seen it at home, or you can read it online. The summer 2019 edition features stories about OPG’s recent interim agreement with Saugeen Ojibway Nation to identify and resolve legacy issues, OPG sponsorship of environmental initiatives across the region, and answers to frequently asked questions about OPG’s Deep Geologic Repository project.

 Fun galore:  Summertime means festivals and celebrations all across Bruce County. OPG helps to support many regular happenings, including the recent Kincardine Scottish Festival (July 5-7) and Lighthouse Blues Festival (July 12-14), as well as the upcoming Great Lakes Métis Fish Fry (July 20), Historic Saugeen Métis Rendezvous (Aug. 10), Saugeen First Nation Pow-Wow (Aug. 10-11), Neyaashiinigmiing Pow-Wow (Aug. 16-18), the “Kids Celebrate!” exhibit at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre – and much more. Hope you get a chance to enjoy these great local events!

Greenock history: OPG was pleased to sponsor a mural tribute to local history, in support of heritage tours being held over the summer in Cargill. The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority is working with the Municipality of Brockton, Bruce County, local volunteers and others to help tell Cargill’s history – and the intriguing legends of the Greenock Swamp, including bootlegging lore. It is the single largest forested wetland in Southern Ontario, and was once a hub of the logging industry with five mills. The town is named after lumber baron Henry Cargill, who built churches and schools still in use today.

Around Ontario and beyond:

·         Model for future: The federal government has begun the Environmental Assessment process for Canada’s first proposed Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Global First Power, with support from OPG and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, propose to construct and operate a Micro Modular Reactor plant at the Chalk River Laboratories, owned by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and operated by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. It would be 15 megawatts (MW) thermal, which is about 5 MW electrical. If approved, the project would serve as a model for future SMR deployments that could support remote industrial applications and provide a viable option to displace fossil fuel use.

·         New OPG chair: Wendy Kei has been appointed Chair of OPG’s Board of Directors. A member of the board since 2017, Kei  is an accomplished Finance Executive with over 25 years of business experience in a variety of industries. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, holds ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

·         Tuesdays on the trail: If you’re in the Pickering and Clarington areas this summer, check out the schedule of[Join%20us%20on%20Tuesdays%20this%20summer%20for%20FREE,%20fun%20and%20education%20activities%20at%20Alex%20Robertson%20Park%20in%20Pickering%20and%20the%20Waterfront%20Trail%20in%20Clarington.]events for children, age 6 to 12, occurring every Tuesday. The free programs, requiring pre-registration (and children must be accompanied by an adult), include Indigenous traditions, science, art and biodiversity.