Huron-Kinloss moves forward in NWMO’s site selection process for used fuel repository

By Barb McKay

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is looking to build a partnership with the Township of Huron-Kinloss to see if it would be an appropriate site to host the federal government’s project to store Canada’s used nuclear fuel in a deep geologic repository (DGR).

Jo-Ann Facella, NWMO’s director of community well-being, assessment and dialogue, attended last Monday’s township council meeting to discuss the next step in the organization’s site selection process for the $20 billion project. Huron-Kinloss is one of seven municipalities that remain in the process. NWMO expects to select a site by 2023 and submit its environmental assessment/licence application to the government by 2028. Preliminary assessments of each of the remaining municipalities are in various stages.

 How about Nebraska?

Road trip for the eclipse

By Josh Howald

Some local astronomy enthusiasts made the long trek to Nebraska last week in order to see the total solar eclipse.

"We left for Grand Falls, Nebraska on Saturday morning and we got there about 8 p.m. Sunday night, which was 7 p.m. there," said Kincardine's Krista Bell, who was in a group of about two dozen people from the area to make the trip.

She said that John Hylnialuk, who is president of the Bruce Astrological Society, went to Nebraska more than a year and a half ago to scout out the best possible spot to see the solar eclipse from. With wide open areas and clear skies, they figured a campground near Grand Falls was the place to be.


A youngster checks out the view of Lake Huron from the waterfront in Point Clark Saturday afternoon during the Point Clark Lighthouse Festival. The lake was choppy, but warm on the weekend. (Josh Howald photo)

Bruce Power, AREVA partner to produce radioisotopes for cancer treatment

By Barb McKay

Radioisotope production at Bruce Power could be one Ontario girl’s only option to win her battle with cancer.

Saturday march

The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band marches Saturday night through downtown Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

New Bruce Power training facility raises economic expectations, traffic concerns

By Barb McKay

Construction on a new Bruce Power facility in Kincardine could begin as early as this fall.

Representatives from Bruce Power and consulting firm Stantec attended last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to discuss plans for a training and education facility that will be located behind Gary Street and the Sutton Park Mall.

Point Clark harbour renovation and beautification project gets underway

Boat club fundraising for numerous improvements

By Barb McKay

The Point Clark Boat Club is undertaking a major project to renovate and improve the Point Clark harbour.

Dinner music

Maggie and Sarah Durnin provided the musical entertainment at the Point Clark Lighthouse Festival corn roast Saturday. (Josh Howald photo)

Inverhuron not adequately protected in municipal nuclear emergency plan, says resident

By Barb McKay

An Inverhuron resident says the hamlet is inappropriately categorized in the municipality’s nuclear emergency response plan, which puts the community at a serious disadvantage if a nuclear accident were to occur.

Eugene Bourgeois addressed the Municipality of Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday and called on the municipality to re-categorize Inverhuron in its emergency plan by placing it in the ‘Contiguous Zone’ rather than the ‘Primary Zone’. Bourgeois said the contiguous zone is an area that demands the highest and most detailed level of emergency planning. Tiverton is in the primary zone, but because of Inverhuron’s close proximity to the Bruce Power site, he said, its residents are at greater risk if an accident were to occur.

Water service restored after short disruption

Kincardine’s water treatment plant is back in service after it was taken offline for a short time earlier this week.

Municipality of Kincardine Public Works Director Adam Weishar issued a public notice on Sunday that the municipality was experiencing issues with its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for the Kincardine water supply and had temporarily switched over to the Huron-Kinloss water supply. Residents were asked to conserve water while Kincardine accessed water from the neighbouring township.