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Bruce Power welcomes Tiverton Park Manor residents for special day at visitors' centre

By: Letter to the Editor
October 20, 2017

To the Editor:
RE: "Proper ID a safety requirement to take bus tour of Bruce Power, says reader"

About a month back, I sent a letter to the editor about an incident regarding seniors wanting to take the bus tour of the Bruce Power site. We were denied at the last minute because of a mix up with the required photo identification.

A few days later, I received a call from Chris Mercanti, manager of community and indigenous relations at Bruce Power, expressing apologies and wanting to make amends. He invited the residents for a personal tour of the visitors' centre with videos and the story of how Bruce Power came to be.

Many of these residents were born and raised here but had never been to the visitors’ centre so this was very informative. Chris did a great job explaining how the plant came to be and how it has evolved over the years. He also explained the upcoming refurbishments that will be bringing in up to 20,000 jobs which is a big boost for the local economy.

Bruce Power also treated the residents to a wonderful catered lunch. Of course, this is not done on a regular basis but the company wanted to apologize for the mix-up.

Things have certainly changed since 9/11 and we can’t fault Bruce Power Security for doing its job. With all the terrorist activity going on in the world around us, it’s a relief to know our community is as safe as it can be in these days of fear.

I learned a lot about Bruce Power and nuclear energy from this outing, and am thoroughly impressed with what happens in our own backyard.

The residents of Tiverton Park Manor appreciate Bruce Power, and especially Chris Mercanti, for the wonderful day and great learning experience.

Anyone who hasn’t been to the visitors’ centre should check things out, and when the plant tours begin again next summer, be sure to have proper photo ID and enjoy the ride.

Karen Ballok


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