On Sept. 1, the Toronto riding of Scarborough-Rouge River will be holding a highly publicized by-election to elect their next Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP).
Just as in any campaign, a range of issues are being debated and discussed. Unfortunately, one anti-nuclear group has distributed misinformation about the role that nuclear plays in Ontario as part of a clean, reliable and balanced supply mix.
Here are some facts about the role Bruce Power nuclear plays in Ontario:
- We generate 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent below the average residential price of electricity. (Source: Independent Electricity System Operator)
- We support economic growth and jobs. In fact, an estimated 18,000 jobs across the province are directly and indirectly supported from the Bruce Power site. (Source: Report from the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters)
- We keep hospitals clean and safe in Scarborough and throughout Ontario as the world’s largest supplier of Cobalt-60. (Source: www.cleannuclearpowersafehospitals.com)
- We generate clean electricity every day, providing 70 per cent of the additional energy needed since 2003 to phase out the use of coal while cleaning the air and reducing smog days in the Greater Toronto Area from 45 a year to 0. (Source: Asthma Society of Canada)
The results of a recent poll conducted for Bruce Power by Forum Research indicate that the facts about nuclear power are well-known in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River. The poll found:
- The cost of electricity is an important issue for voters with 74 per cent of respondents considering this a ‘very important’ issue. Jobs and the economy are top of mind for voters, with 80 per cent of respondents considering this a ‘very important’ issue.
- A total of 78 per cent of respondents agree refurbishing the Bruce Power Nuclear Plant results in a positive impact on Ontario’s economy.
- When it comes to clean air and climate change, 74 per cent of residents agree that the refurbishment of nuclear plants will help Ontario achieve climate change goals going forward.