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Bruce Power is committed to open and timely communications. Here you will find all current and archived media releases dating back to our formation in May 2001.

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Bruce Power expanding bus tours due to high demand

TIVERTON, ON – July 23, 2014 – The return of summer bus tours to the Bruce Power site has been a huge success.

Due to high demand and limited seating on the buses, Bruce Power is adding two more tours per week for the month of August. Tours will be available at 1 and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays next month.

“Being the world’s largest operating nuclear site and the area’s largest employer means there is a lot of public curiosity about Bruce Power,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “The public interest in the tours has exceeded our expectations, and we’re happy to educate even more people about our site this summer.”

The one-hour tours, which leave from the Visitors’ Centre on Bruce Rd. 20 (Conc. 4), include a view of Douglas Point, Canada’s first commercial-sized nuclear plant, a drive past the multi-unit Bruce A and Bruce B nuclear stations, which generate about a third of Ontario’s electricity, and a number of extensive security elements that protect both stations.

It’s recommended you pre-register for a tour by calling the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre at 519-361-7777 or emailing info@brucepower.com, though walk-ons are welcome if space is available. You must bring official government-issued photo identification, for example a driver’s license or passport, to ensure security clearance before boarding the bus. Children without photo identification can be verified by parent or guardian.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 25 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 TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

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

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Bruce Power helps Ontario lower greenhouse gas emissions

 

TIVERTON, ON – July 10, 2014 – A report issued yesterday by Ontario’s Environment Commissioner credits the elimination of coal-fired electricity generation as the major contributor to reducing greenhouse gases in the province and Bruce Power is proud of the role it played in helping Ontario kick its coal habit.

“More electricity from Bruce Power nuclear means cleaner air for families across Ontario,” said James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bruce Power. “We recognize the future refurbishment of the rest of our nuclear units is a key pillar in the province’s plan to keep the air clean,” Scongack said.

To learn more about the role Bruce Power can play in building healthier communities, please visit www.ontarionuclear.com/2040-vision/.

The return of 3,000 megawatts of Bruce Power nuclear over the past decade has generated 70 per cent of the energy needed to shut down all of Ontario’s coal plants, Scongack said.

In 2013, production from Bruce Power nuclear helped Ontario avoid 31 million tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent of taking six million cars off the road.To learn more about how Bruce Power is helping keep Ontario’s air clean, visit www.nuclearupcoaldown.ca.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 25 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 TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

 For further information, please contact:

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

 

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Bruce Power summer bus tours ready to roll

TIVERTON, ON – June 27, 2014 – Staff at the Bruce Power are ready to offer bus tours of the world’s largest operating nuclear site this summer. The tours, which begin July 2, are part of ongoing outreach efforts to provide information to the public on the important role of nuclear power in Ontario.

Planned for Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August, at 1 and 2 p.m., interested individuals can call 519-361-7777 or email bnpdvisitorcentre@brucepower.com to reserve space. Names and addresses of all participants are required, as well as photo identification on the day of the tour. Children without identification must be verified by parent or guardian.

“We believe there is a significant public interest in seeing what exists here on site,” said James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bruce Power. “We look forward to showcasing our facility and giving people the opportunity to learn much more about the role Bruce Power plays in Ontario’s energy security, now and for the long term.”

Participants are asked to be at the Visitors’ Centre at least 20 minutes before their scheduled tour for security checks and a film orientation. The actual tour lasts about an hour.

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.

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Nuclear industry works to enhance emergency preparedness

In keeping with the nuclear industry’s philosophy of continuous improvement, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is reviewing and updating its emergency preparedness requirements for Canada’s nuclear generating facilities. Following an initial round of consultations, on June 23, the CNSC welcomed interested stakeholders, including Bruce Power, to further discuss improvements being proposed in regulatory requirements for nuclear emergency preparedness and response.

While a number of improvements were discussed, media coverage focused on the pre-distribution of iodine thyroid blockers (KI pills). Bruce Power supports having an effective means of pre-distribution of KI as an extra layer of protection in the unlikely event of a radiological release. Education of the public on the proper use of these KI pills should be a key component of this program in Bruce Power’s view.

In the event of a nuclear emergency, provincial authorities would be responsible for, among other things, deciding which protective and precautionary measures will be implemented. One of these measures could include the direction to take KI pills. Potassium iodide (KI) may be used to help protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine that may be released into the air during a radiological emergency. Currently, the municipality of Kincardine has a supply of KI pills which could be issued at the direction of the region’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Emergency Preparedness is an area of strength for Bruce Power and the entire Canadian nuclear industry, and one where we continue to make improvements. Canada’s nuclear power program has an exemplary safety record with over 50 years of occupational and public health and safety and is a leader in the industry worldwide. Canada’s nuclear industry is highly monitored, stringently regulated and continuously improved through the daily efforts of qualified professionals who are committed to ensuring public safety.

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No impacts at Bruce Power following thunderstorm

There were no impacts on safe operations at Bruce Power following a thunderstorm earlier today . A widely circulated photo taken during a thunderstorm on June 17 has generated media attention but the storm had no impacts on operations.
 
Bruce Power employs an  extensive lightning  suppression  system to protect the stations and other buildings on site in the event of a lightning strike.  The system operated as designed today as it has in similar situations over decades of operation. 
 
Station staff are trained to deal with a number of abnormal situations including lightning procedures  are  in place to guide them in the event of a potential lightning strike. All outside work is suspended when severe weather is forecast.
 
Staff followed the procedure, performed a number of equipment checks to confirm everything was normal earlier today and confirmed there was no impact on the station.
 
 

 

 
 
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Briefing for the 41st Parliament of Ontario

This morning, following yesterday’s Ontario General Election, Bruce Power is releasing a briefing document for Ontario’s 41st Parliament, which will be sworn into office in the coming weeks.

The document builds on the policy positions the company established in 2013 around the review of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan and specifically focuses on keeping electricity prices low for families and businesses and supporting economic growth.

Read the 41st Parliament Briefing here.

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Bruce Power post-secondary scholarship program opens June 2

TIVERTON, ON – May 29, 2014 – For the fourth consecutive year, Bruce Power has launched a scholarship program aimed at students pursuing post-secondary education in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.

Students attending post-secondary school this fall can apply for one of 100, $500 scholarships. Students who are enrolled in a skilled-trade, college or university for the 2014-2015 academic year are invited to apply when it opens on June 2.

“As we look to future refurbishment of our units at Bruce Power and have identified a need for people with technical and trades expertise in our industry, it’s important that we encourage and support our youth in pursuing post-secondary education,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO, Bruce Power.

The scholarship program, which builds on existing Bruce Power commencement awards for Grade 8 and high school graduates, exemplifies the company’s commitment to youth development and education. There are no limitations on areas of study and some special considerations are in place to ensure a broad reach and diverse group have the opportunity to reach their goals. The program’s aim is to reach as many students as possible with a one-time monetary pledge of support during their academic studies.

“We hope that by providing an opportunity of financial assistance to eligible students in our surrounding communities, it will help to cover some of the rising costs of tuition,” Hawthorne said.

In 2014, Bruce Power will invest $75,000 in scholarships and commencement awards for students throughout our region. To apply for one of Bruce Power’s $500 scholarships, visit www.brucepower.com/community/scholarships. The application period runs from June 2-July 4. 

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, ON, 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:

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

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Bruce Power celebrates 13th anniversary by donating $2 million to local hospitals

Maureen Solecki, left, President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services, receives a $1 million cheque from Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, for its hospital campaign, which will assist with improvements to the cancer facilities and medical equipment at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital, reconstruction of the emergency department and lab at the Saugeen Memorial Hospital and critical improvements at the Meaford, Markdale, Wiarton and Lion’s Head hospitals.

Maureen Solecki, left, President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services, receives a $1 million cheque from Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, for its hospital campaign, which will assist with improvements to the cancer facilities and medical equipment at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital, reconstruction of the emergency department and lab at the Saugeen Memorial Hospital and critical improvements at the Meaford, Markdale, Wiarton and Lion’s Head hospitals.

Paul Rosebush, left, President and CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, which includes the Kincardine hospital, receives a $1 million cheque from Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, for the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

Paul Rosebush, left, President and CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, which includes the Kincardine hospital, receives a $1 million cheque from Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, for the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

TIVERTON, ON – May 9, 2014 – Residents of Bruce and Grey counties will have access to improved local health care services thanks to a $2 million investment announced from Bruce Power.

To mark its 13th anniversary on May 11, Bruce Power announced a $1 million donation to the Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) Hospital campaign for improved cancer care for patients across the region and to support investments at Saugeen Memorial Hospital.

In addition, the company announced a $1 million investment to the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the Kincardine hospital, where funds will be directed to improved emergency services infrastructure.

“Proper access to health care is of utmost importance to the employees of Bruce Power, their families and residents along the Lake Huron shoreline,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO, Bruce Power. “Bruce Power has always supported local health care initiatives, and we’re excited to see the long-term benefits of these donations. We are pleased to do our part standing alongside businesses and individuals from across the region, who continue to support raising funds to meet local health care needs.”

Maureen Solecki, President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services, said Bruce Power’s contribution to the hospital campaign will change the lives of the patients it serves across Bruce and Grey counties.

“It will have a major impact on the care and diagnosis of our cancer and cardiac patients throughout the region, as well as those patients receiving emergency treatment and lab work in our Southampton hospital,” Solecki said. “It is a truly remarkable gift. Bruce Power’s entire team has been incredible partners in the improvement of the health of our communities and I can’t thank them enough for their generosity and leadership.”

Paul Rosebush, President and CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, which includes the Kincardine hospital, said Bruce Power’s $1 million donation is a gift that will carry on for years and will go a long way to enable investments in emergency care infrastructure.

“Bruce Power and its employees have always been a major supporter of local health care improvements, and the people of the Kincardine area who use our hospital will benefit from this continued generosity,” Rosebush said.

The $2 million will go toward:

  • State-of-the-art cancer facilities and medical equipment at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital.
  • Reconstruction of the emergency department and lab at the Saugeen Memorial Hospital, which is one of the busiest in the region with about 17,000 visits annually.
  • Critical improvements at the Meaford, Centre Grey, Wiarton and Lion’s Head hospitals.
  • Emergency room and facility upgrades at the Kincardine hospital.

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, ON, 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:

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

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Bruce Power named one of Canada’s most attractive places to work and a top employer for young people

TIVERTON, ON – May 7, 2014 – Bruce Power has picked up a pair of prestigious awards, recognizing it as one of the best places to work in Canada.

For the third year in a row, it is included in a list of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, a competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Mediacorp Canada Inc. For the second consecutive year, Randstad Canada has named Bruce Power one of the most attractive places to work in Canada.

“We’re very pleased to receive this type of recognition,” said Cathy Sprague, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice President, Human Resources. “It reflects our ongoing commitment to ensure Bruce Power continues to be a fantastic place to work. It’s exciting to be a leader in attracting and retaining high-quality employees.”

Now in its 12th year, ‘Canada’s Top Employers for Young People’ is an editorial project that recognizes the nation’s leaders when it comes to attracting and retaining younger workers. The competition reviews a wide variety of initiatives, from mentorship to training and advancement opportunities, which are all important to younger Canadians.

The full list of 2014 winners and the editors’ detailed ‘Reasons for Selection’ are available at www.CanadasTop100.com/young_people.

Randstad Canada questions 7,000 Canadians between the ages 18 and 65, asking for their views on the country’s 150 largest companies. The companies, which are selected through national statistics agencies, cannot request to be included in the survey, making it completely independent. This year, Bruce Power was named the ninth best of the 150 companies in the survey, up from 14th in 2013.

To learn more about the Randstad Awards, visit www.randstadaward.ca. 

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, ON, 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:

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

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Bruce Power’s Unit 5 eclipses one year of safe, reliable operation

TIVERTON, ON – May 5, 2014 – For a full calendar year, Bruce Power’s Unit 5 has reliably provided carbon-free electricity to the people of Ontario.

The Bruce B unit has been one of the top performing CANDU reactors in the world over the past year, and has consistently provided clean power for the province’s electrical grid during the peak summer and winter months, when demand is greatest.

“One of the most important aspects of nuclear energy is its reliability when producing massive amounts of energy,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “Every year we invest hundreds of millions of private dollars in maintenance into our eight units, which continue to be owned by the province. These maintenance programs ensure our units will be there when the people of Ontario need clean and affordable electricity, as Bruce Power nuclear costs ratepayers 30 per cent less than the average power source in 2013.”

On April 22, Bruce Power’s Unit 6 also eclipsed one year of continuous operation.

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, ON, 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:

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

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