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Wiarton Wants Nuclear Institute

Wiarton | by John Divinski  

Mayor wants Bruce Power's Nuclear Innovation Institute to come to Wiarton.

What has divided a portion of Southampton, could very well bring Wiarton together.

South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson, who brought up the idea of having the Institute located in Wiarton, says she thinks her community would be a perfect place for the facility.

Bruce Power announced recently it is looking for a new location after its preferred site next to the Bruce County Museum in Southampton received negative reviews from what appeared to be many residents in the community.

Wiarton is one of the first alternate communities to show interest in the Institute.

Mayor Jackson says they've got plenty of land for the building, around the Peninsula Shores High School or along Highway 6, leading into Wiarton.

Jackson says Bruce Power and the Institute want to build partnerships with local Indigenous groups and her community is bordered on the north by the Chippewas of Nawash (NAY-wash) and on the south by Saugeen First Nation.

In a report to council on November 20th, it states, "Our community is ready, able and willing to host the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute," and it would mark Bruce Power's first foray into the Peninsula region if the facility was built in Wiarton.

Mayor Jackson says she'll be talking to Institute president Frank Saunders later this week and she's looking forward to selling the town to Bruce Power and the Institute.

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