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OPG Community Update – July 2022

We continue to safely staff all our generating stations, to provide the Province of Ontario with the electricity we rely on each day. What continues to inspire us in this important work, is our vital role in addressing climate change, by providing clean, low-carbon energy, today and for years to come.

Local OPG News Stories

OPG Information Centres reopen!

After a more than two-year closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Information Centres at Pickering Nuclear and Darlington Nuclear re-opened Monday, July 4. OPG’s Information Centres showcase the rich history of electricity production in Ontario and include informative interactive displays.

 

Visitors are reminded to protect themselves and others by following current COVID-19 public health measures and staying home when feeling unwell. Masks are currently optional at OPG information centres; anyone who does not have a mask but wishes to wear one while on site will be provided one. Site visits and in-person events, including our annual open house are scheduled to resume this fall (COVID/public health dependent) – stay tuned for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

 

OPG Employees Host Ukrainian Family

OPG employee, Blair Evans, and his wife Beth, spoke with CBC about their experience hosting a Ukrainian couple who fled from Kiev. Blair, who works at Darlington Nuclear, spoke with OPG’s Human Resources to see how OPG could employ some of Ukraine’s highly skilled individuals who are currently seeking refuge. To learn more about this story, click here.

 

Courtice Secondary School partnership

For more than 20 years, OPG has had a strong community partnership with the staff and students at Courtice Secondary School. The last two and a half years have presented many challenges, however it was wonderful to reconnect in person this year.

 

Through our partnership, pollinator plants grown at the school were planted into our pollinator gardens at site, bee hotels were constructed and installed throughout Clarington, and local turtles now have a beautiful raft to sun themselves within Coots Pond located along the Darlington Waterfront Trail.

 

We extend our sincerest gratitude Courtice Secondary for all of their hard work and give a special thank you to the students for the beautifully constructed bench that is now proudly displayed in our Information Centre! For more information about how we partner with the community, click here.

 

Tuesdays on the Trail

OPG has been providing a high quality and well-attended summer community program, Tuesdays on the Trail (ToTT), for over 15 years. Through this program, OPG is able to collaborate with a different community partner each week to provide a variety of free, educational, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for children in the Pickering and Clarington areas.

 

This year OPG will provide a drop-in style ToTT event. This approach will allow families to attend the program during a two-hour drop-in window, and either complete an activity in person or take an activity kit home with them. The program will run on various Tuesdays throughout July and August utilizing outdoor public spaces like the Alex Robertston Park and the Darlington Waterfront Trail. To learn more about our Tuesdays on the Trail program, click here.

OPG leading the way on the deployment of SMRs and the fight against climate change – The Darlington New Nuclear Project


OPG’s new nuclear project aims to deploy a 300-megawatt Small Modular Reactor (SMR) at the Darlington site by the end of the decade, pending regulatory approvals. Building an SMR at Darlington represents a promising future of nuclear power in Canada and abroad, with OPG at the helm.

 

Once built, the SMR could power about 300,000 homes, create around 2,500 jobs over its 60-year lifespan, increase GDP by $2.5 billion, and be a key solution in Ontario’s fight against climate change. Our vision is this project will pave the way for similar, low-emission SMRs in Canada and around the world. To learn more, click here.

 

Hydroelectric station and dam water safety announcement


With school out for the summer and the days heating up, many families are excited to spend the weekends outdoors. OPG is urging people to be cautious when around waterways, dams and hydroelectric stations this summer. River flows and water levels can change quickly without notice around our stations and dams. Calm water can change into rapid-moving water with strong current and undertow without notice – and could put your life at risk. For more information about water safety, click here.

 
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