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Saugeen Ojibway Nation Votes on Deep Geological Repository Today

Saugeen Ojibway Nation | by Megan Johnson  

SON Members will either vote 'Yes' or 'No"

Voting day is here for members of Saugeen Ojibway Nation to see if they approve of a Deep Geological Repository (DGR) on their territory in a ratification vote. 

Two voting centres have been set up; one held in Saugeen First Nation at the James Mason Memorial Cultural and Recreation Centre and another at Cape Croker Community Centre in Neyaashiinigmiing, both are open from 9a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says if SON votes against the DGR which is proposed to be built 680 metres below ground to store low and intermediate level nuclear waste, they will not build their DGR on SON territory.

If SON members vote yes to the project they would then begin negotiating an agreement with OPG.

Benefits from the agreement would include: jobs, funds, training, involvement in future decisions about the DGR and Stewardship Rights.

Fred Kuntz Senior Manager, Corporate Relations and Projects for OPG says results of the vote could be made public within hours of polls closing. 

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