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Bruce Power supports Envirothon to reconnect students with nature

Stewardship Grey Bruce and Forests Ontario held its annual Envirothon this week. Bruce Power supported the outdoor classroom project with a $1,500 donation.

Stewardship Grey Bruce and the Ministry of Natural Resources held its annual Envirothon this week. Bruce Power supported the outdoor classroom project with a $1,500 donation.

Envirothon is a high school curriculum-based outdoor education and competition event at the local level.

Envirothon gets students outdoors, to experience nature first hand and hands on. It is a unique team competition that rewards students for learning about the natural world around them. Local conservation organizations partner to provide students with interactive field trips and workshops to help them understand forests, soils, wildlife, aquatic ecosystems and the human impact on all of the things we value in nature. Envirothon uses field testing to develop critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.

Bruce Power donated $1,500 to the annual event.

Ontario Envirothon’s goal is “to build environmental awareness and leadership among young people through practical, hands-on educational experiences, enabling them to make informed, responsible decisions that benefit the earth and society.”

Cool weather and rain couldn't stop local students from enjoying Envirothon 2015.

Cool weather and rain couldn’t stop local students from enjoying Envirothon 2015.

The objectives are:

  • to increase students’ awareness of the natural balance and complexity of environmental ecosystems
  • to increase students’ understanding of basic science concepts in the areas of forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and soil, together with a current environmental issue each year
  • to provide opportunity for students to experience differing views and concepts relative to environmental issues
  • to provide opportunity for students to experience new ideas, geography, and cultures throughout Ontario and North America

In Grey and Bruce counties, this is a partnership between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Stewardship Grey Bruce.

The winning regional team goes on to a provincial competition organized by Forests Ontario, bringing together all teams from across the province. The winning provincial team then goes on to an international competition, usually held within the U.S.

Reconnecting with nature is one of the great results of Envirothon, which Bruce Power supported with a $1,500 donation.

Reconnecting with nature is one of the great results of Envirothon, which Bruce Power supported with a $1,500 donation.

 

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Bruce Power and Saugeen Valley Conservation Area team up to benefit fish population

Cherie-Lee Fietsch, left, Environmental Scientist, Environment Programs, and Francis Chua, Manager, Environment & Sustainability, Bruce Power, present a $45,000 cheque to Wayne Brohman, General Manager, Saugeen Valley Conservation; and Jo-Anne Harbinson, Manager, Water Resources and Stewardship Services, SVCA. The money will go towards the Lockerby Dam project, which will see the area returned to its original state, benefitting fish habitats in the north Saugeen River.

Cherie-Lee Fietsch, left, Environmental Scientist, Environment Programs, and Francis Chua, Manager, Environment & Sustainability, Bruce Power, present a $45,000 cheque to Wayne Brohman, General Manager, Saugeen Valley Conservation; and Jo-Anne Harbinson, Manager, Water Resources and Stewardship Services, SVCA. The money will go towards the Lockerby Dam project, which will see the area returned to its original state, benefitting fish habitats in the north Saugeen River.

TIVERTON, ON – April 21, 2015 – Bruce Power’s new Environment Fund is teaming up with the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) to restore fish habitat in the North Saugeen River.

The SVCA’s Lockerby Dam Decommissioning initiative will see the dam structure removed and the area, including the pond, rehabilitated to its natural state. This will allow the passage of migrating salmon and other fish species, increase fish habitat, help maintain cooler water temperatures and provide a natural buffer along this important waterway.

“We’re very excited about this project and all the natural benefits it can provide,” said Luke Charbonneau, Chair of Saugeen Conservation. “We are extremely grateful to Bruce Power for their interest and commitment, and look forward to working with them to make this project a reality.”

Bruce Power is partnering with the SVCA in this important project through its new Environment Fund, a $400,000 initiative that will assist various community-driven environmental projects, said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs.

“Bruce Power is proud to be a part of the SVCA’s Lockerby Dam Decommissioning project, which will have important, long-term benefits to fish species in our area,” Scongack said. “We understand the importance of safely and reliably operating our eight units for the people of Ontario, but we also take great pride in improving the quality of life for our local residents and, in this case, wildlife through projects such as this.

Having once been used to generate hydro, the Lockerby Dam has not supplied power to Paisley since 1923 and is currently a barrier to fish migration along the North Saugeen River, said Jo-Anne Harbinson, Manager, Water Resources and Stewardship Services at the SVCA.

“The dam and the Lockerby area was established in the early-1850s with the first water power being used for a grist mill and later a saw mill. Removal of the dam is a step in moving forward to a healthier waterway and ecosystem,” Harbinson said.

Work on the Lockerby Dam Project is scheduled to begin this summer.

About Saugeen Valley Conservation Area

Saugeen Conservation was formed in 1950 and has been implementing conservation programs, projects and services in the local area for over 65 years. Its jurisdiction includes the Saugeen, Pine and Penetangore River Watersheds, an area cover about 4,675 sq. km (1,805 sq. miles).

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

Jo-Anne Harbinson – SVCA – 519-367-3040 x235 – j.harbinson@svca.on.ca

John Peevers – Bruce Power – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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A safe community becoming safer

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With potassium iodide distribution underway to residents who live within a 10 kilometre radius of the Bruce nuclear site, Kevin Lamont of Tiverton was the first member of the public to pick up the tablets.  Megan Adams, Bruce Power Community Relations, exchanged Kevin’s voucher for the tablets.

Residents were recently sent an information package that included vouchers for the tablets as well as details on upcoming information sessions and pickup points.

Advocated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and supported by Bruce Power, the Municipality of Kincardine and the Grey Bruce Health Unit, the initiative replaces the current practice of having the tablets available at the Municipal Reception Evacuation Centre. More information can be found at www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com.

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Bruce Power and regional hospitals strengthen partnership

TIVERTON, ON – Apr. 9, 2015 – Bruce Power, the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) and Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) have entered into a wide-ranging Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the organizations to strengthen an already strong relationship in a number of key areas.

“This MOU is all about formalizing a wide-range of activities we have been collaborating on for some time, while recognizing it’s important that we create a formal structure to ensure that we seize as many strategic opportunities as possible by working together,” said Paul Rosebush, President and CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre.

Through the MOU, Bruce Power will also provide $150,000 in funding to the two organizations to make enhancements related to emergency services and training of staff throughout the region. Previously, Bruce Power has collaborated with SBGHC and GBHS to support quality health care and emergency services including investments in health care infrastructure, physician recruitment and retention activities.

“Bruce Power has always been a strong supporter of health care and emergency services throughout the entire region but this relationship extends far beyond funding to how our organizations work together to strategically tackle a wide-range of issues throughout the region,” said Lance Thurston, President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services.

In 2013, Bruce Power announced $2 million in funding to support the enhancement of health care infrastructure within GBHS and SBGHC with a particular focus in the Kincardine and Southampton hospitals. In addition, Bruce Power has provided over $500,000 in funding to support physician recruitment in Kincardine and Saugeen Shores and continues to fund this initiative jointly with the municipalities of Saugeen Shores and Kincardine. The company has also committed to ongoing annual funding supporting a range of regional health initiatives through its Community Investment and Sponsorship Program.

“We’ve had a very successful working relationship over the last 14 years and now we’re looking at new areas of collaboration with a particular focus on improving regional health care and enhancing emergency services,” said James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bruce Power.

The new funding will be used to:

  • Invest in hospital infrastructure, including facility enhancements, diagnostic equipment, and specialized instrumentation;
  • Improve emergency preparedness through training of staff, participation in drills and exercises, and maintenance of an integrated response plan;
  • Ensure alignment and collaboration to new regulatory requirements related to the re-distribution of KI tablets.
  • Continue physician recruitment initiatives with surrounding municipalities to bring new emergency room and family doctors to the region;
  • Support health and wellness programs;
  • Sponsor public health education and awareness campaigns; and
  • Strengthen cooperation through a knowledge partnership, including research and information sharing in the areas of common interest.

A copy of the MOU can be found here: http://www.brucepower.com/reports-archive/

About South Bruce Grey Health Centre

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) serves a community of approximately 44,000 people, plus 10,000 seasonal residents and 30,000 tourists across four rural hospital sites located in Chesley, Durham, Kincardine and Walkerton. SBGHC employs a staff of close to 400 people and all sites offer 24-hour emergency care. Other services include acute, coronary care, obstetrical, surgical and a full range of diagnostic and ambulatory care services.

About Grey Bruce Health Services

Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) is an integrated multi-site acute care public hospital organization. Its hospitals in Owen Sound, Southampton, Markdale, Meaford, Wiarton and Lion’s Head and its Withdrawal Management & Addictions Services facility in Owen Sound serve an immediate permanent population of about 106,000 people in northern Grey and Bruce counties, in addition to thousands of seasonal residents and well over two million short stay visitors annually. In addition, the Owen Sound regional hospital serves as the secondary care centre for all of Bruce and Grey Counties; a largely rural region with an overall population of 160,000.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

South Bruce Grey Health Centre

Paul Rosebush              519-370-2400                             prosebush@sbghc.on.ca

Grey Bruce Health Services

Lance Thurston              519-376-2121 ext. 2801              lthurston@gbhs.on.ca

Bruce Power

John Peevers                519-361-6583                            john.peevers@brucepower.com

 

 

 

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Bruce Power supports Old-Tyme Maple Syrup Festival

Megan Adams, left, Sponsorship and Community Investment Lead for Bruce Power, and Jordan Jarvis, high school co-op student, right, present a $3,000 cheque to Catherine Dickison, Vice-Chair for the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation, to go towards the Old-Tyme Maple Syrup Festival.

Megan Adams, left, Sponsorship and Community Investment Lead for Bruce Power, and Jordan Jarvis, high school co-op student, right, present a $3,000 cheque to Catherine Dickison, Vice-Chair for the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation, to go towards the Old-Tyme Maple Syrup Festival.

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Bruce Power recognized for support for conservation

Bruce Power was recently presented with a framed photograph of a white egret by Saugeen Conservation in recognition of “outstanding support for conservation in 2014.” Sue Macleod, Bruce Power Communications Coordinator, accepted the photo from Ed Moric, Chair of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation, left, and Luke Charbonneau, Chair of Saugeen Conservation.  It is now mounted in the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre.

Bruce Power was recently presented with a framed photograph of a white egret by Saugeen Conservation in recognition of “outstanding support for conservation in 2014.” Sue Macleod, Bruce Power Communications Coordinator, accepted the photo from Ed Moric, Chair of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation, left, and Luke Charbonneau, Chair of Saugeen Conservation. It is now mounted in the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre.

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Bruce Power hosts Saugeen Shores council members

Bruce Power hosted a delegation from the Town of Saugeen Shores on Feb. 12 to provide an update on site operations and discuss community initiatives.  The guests participated in a briefing at the Visitors’ Centre, a tour of Bruce A and a visit to the Corporate Support Centre.  Pictured, left to right, are James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Diane Huber, Vice-Deputy Mayor, Coun. Dave Myette, Coun. Donald Matheson, and Mayor Mike Smith. Missing from the photo but also present was Coun. Cheryl Grace.

Bruce Power hosted a delegation from the Town of Saugeen Shores on Feb. 12 to provide an update on site operations and discuss community initiatives. The guests participated in a briefing at the Visitors’ Centre, a tour of Bruce A and a visit to the Corporate Support Centre. Pictured, left to right, are James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Diane Huber, Vice-Deputy Mayor, Coun. Dave Myette, Coun. Donald Matheson, and Mayor Mike Smith. Missing from the photo but also present was Coun. Cheryl Grace.

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Legislature interns visit Bruce Power

Community Relations staff hosted a group of Ontario Legislature Interns at the Visitors’ Centre on Feb. 3 and provided a tour of Bruce A. Students are (left to right) Patrick Sackville, London; Matthew Stanton, Beamsville; Clare Devereux, Kingston; Justin Khorana-Medeiros, Toronto; Jakub Sikorais, Toronto; Christine John, Bruce Power Community Relations; Christine Eamer, Brockville; Kristi May, East Gwillimbury; Kristen Neagle, Toronto; and Emily Hewitt, Vancouver. The Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP) is a 10-month, non-partisan program designed to provide practical experience for the interns and highly qualified assistants for backbench Members of Provincial Parliament. In addition to providing practical experience with the daily workings of the Ontario Legislature, OLIP provides the interns an opportunity to supplement their university training through regular academic discussions and by writing an academic paper on a topic of their choice.

Community Relations staff hosted a group of Ontario Legislature Interns at the Visitors’ Centre on Feb. 3 and provided a tour of Bruce A. Students are (left to right) Patrick Sackville, London; Matthew Stanton, Beamsville; Clare Devereux, Kingston; Justin Khorana-Medeiros, Toronto; Jakub Sikorais, Toronto; Christine John, Bruce Power Community Relations; Christine Eamer, Brockville; Kristy May, East Gwillimbury; Kristen Neagle, Toronto; and Emily Hewitt, Vancouver. The Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP) is a 10-month, non-partisan program designed to provide practical experience for the interns and highly qualified assistants for backbench Members of Provincial Parliament. In addition to providing practical experience with the daily workings of the Ontario Legislature, OLIP provides the interns an opportunity to supplement their university training through regular academic discussions and by writing an academic paper on a topic of their choice.

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Federal Industry critic visits Bruce Power

Judy Sgro, Liberal MP for York West and Industry Critic, visited Bruce Power on Thursday to learn more about the role Bruce Power plays in powering the province and keeping electricity prices low and the air clean. She was joined by staff members Greg McClinchey (left) and Ibrahim Berrada along with Bruce Power Investor and Media Relations Manager John Peevers and Community Relations Manager Rob Liddle.

Judy Sgro, Liberal MP for York West and Industry Critic, visited Bruce Power on Thursday to learn more about the role Bruce Power plays in powering the province and keeping electricity prices low and the air clean. She was joined by staff members Greg McClinchey (left) and Ibrahim Berrada along with Bruce Power Investor and Media Relations Manager, John Peevers and Community Relations Manager, Rob Liddle.

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Bruce Power donates over $200,000 to United Way of Bruce Grey

Harry Hall, Vice-President, Supply Chain, left, and Crystal Shepherd, Personal Assistant, right, present a cheque for $100,000 to United Way of Bruce Grey. Accepting the donation on behalf of United Way of Bruce Grey are Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director, and Dave Myette, a Bruce Power employee and Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way of Bruce Grey.

Harry Hall, Vice-President, Supply Chain, left, and Crystal Shepherd, Personal Assistant, right, present a cheque for $100,000 to United Way of Bruce Grey. Accepting the donation on behalf of United Way of Bruce Grey are Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director, and Dave Myette, a Bruce Power employee and Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way of Bruce Grey.

Bruce Power employees and its suppliers continue to make a difference in the community.

The company recently donated $100,000 to United Way of Bruce Grey with money raised at the annual Supply Chain conference and golf tournament earlier in the year. The employee payroll deduction plan also has raised an additional $102,000 this year.

The Supply Chain donation is earmarked for United Way of Bruce Grey’s backpack program, while the employee contributions go to various projects in the supported communities.

“The Bruce Power support means that we can do what we need to do because it is so significant in terms of the dollar value, but also in terms of the consistency and dependability for us,” said Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director of United Way of Bruce Grey. “We know it’s there and we know we have the ongoing support of Bruce Power in all the projects that we do.”

Francesca said having Bruce Power as a partner is vital to the organization.

“It’s a significant piece of the United Way’s fundraising overall, as well as the ongoing support we get in the community through Bruce Power workers volunteering at events and contributing that way,” she said.

“We’re in regular communication with Bruce Power about everything we’re doing in the community and what the emerging needs are, so it’s tremendous to have that support.”

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