In the Community
The July-August bus tour program at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre wrapped up on Aug. 28, far exceeding expectations with its return this summer after a 13 year hiatus.
Nearly 1,700 members of the public took part in 44 tours over the summer months with every bus going out full. Originally staged on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 and 2 p.m., two Tuesday tours were added for the month of August to help meet overwhelming demand.
“Even with the extra tour day we still had people on waiting lists,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “Many of them visited the Visitors’ Centre anyway to check out the exhibits and hourly film presentations.”
In addition to the tour participants, approximately 2,500 visitors dropped in to the Visitors’ Centre without appointment in July and August, bringing the total number of drop-in visitors to more than 3,500 so far in 2014.
Saturday, Aug. 30, is the last day of the summer program at the Visitors’ Centre with regular Monday-to-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours (closed statutory holidays) resuming after Labour Day.
Fifteen campers participated in this year’s Skills Ontario Camp at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre exploring skilled trades and technology with hands-on activities.
Facilitated in conjunction by Skills Ontario staff and Wendy Hus, an Authorized Nuclear Operator at Bruce Power, this year’s program involved 15 students ranging in age from 12 to 14. The students participated in many hands-on activities and heard from Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith, Information Technology Solution Architect Brian Moss, Executive Director of Women in Nuclear Canada Joy Shikaze and others.
They were also provided with a bus tour of the Bruce Power site and visited the facility’s Bruce Learning Centre and Bruce Skills and Technology Training Centre.
Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization that promotes skilled trades and technology as viable career options for young people. More information can be found at http www.skillsontario.com.
Bruce Power has received questions from members of the public about recent polling which includes questions about emergency preparedness, evacuation routes and KI pills.
Bruce Power is not involved in the poll and received anecdotal reports by employees and people in the community that raised issue with the tone of the questions. While any organization is free to conduct public opinion polling, Bruce Power wanted to confirm this was not commissioned by the company.
Bruce Power is an industry-leader in the area of emergency preparedness and is proud of the fact that 91 per cent of residents in Grey, Bruce and Huron have confidence the Bruce Nuclear facility operates safely, according to polling conducted by Bruce Power earlier this year. Bruce Power is transparent with its annual polling of local residents conducted each year and posts the results of the poll on its website and releases to members of the public.
Here is a link to our most recent public opinion polling http://www.brucepower.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Bruce-Power-Bruce-Grey-Huron-Report-Highlights-FINAL-Apr1.pdf.
Interested members of the public are invited to attend a Radiation and the Environment seminar at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre, on July 8, from 1-2 p.m.
Presented by Bruce Power as part of ongoing outreach efforts, the free seminar will feature Dr. Doug Boreham, Professor of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences at McMaster University and Division Head of Medical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
“Bruce Power always strives to provide as much real, factual information as possible to the people of our surrounding communities and across Ontario,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “Dr. Boreham is one of the foremost experts in the field of nuclear medicine, yet can explain radiation in terms everyone can understand.”
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis with a complimentary lunch provided. To register call the Visitors’ Centre at 519-361-7777 or email email@example.com.