As Co-coordinator of the Huron Grey Bruce Citizens Committee on Nuclear Waste I was invited by the Sr. Communications Advisor for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to tour the Western Waste Management Facility at Bruce Power. I eagerly accepted the offer and visited the site a while ago.
Yesterday I heard the news that a childhood friend of mine, Berto had died. I hadn’t seen him for about ten years, but I knew him very well when I was a young girl. My mother still keeps in close contact with his parents Anna and Angelo.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. I am still busy with social and environmental causes, however as a single mother my family has been the priority over the past few months. Having said that there are several exciting things on the environmental front that I’d like to share.
On April 22 a group of residents gathered at the Owen Sound legion to celebrate Earth Day. This event was hosted by CARGOS, a group of residents against radioactive generators in Owen Sound, although it was not political in nature.
On April 6, 2011 I gave a presentation to the Panel at the Darlington hearings in Courtice Ontario. I had been contacted in February by a group of concerned citizens that had heard about CARGOS. They wanted me to speak about our experience in Owen Sound and so I agreed to prepare a statement.
On March 21, 2011 Emma Lui, National Water Campaigner and Mark Calzavara, Regional Organizer for the Council of Canadians visited the Grey Bruce area. David Walton, the Local Representative and I joined them to discuss issues most notably Bruce Power’s proposal to transport the steam generators through Owen Sound’s harbour.
On March 21, 2011 Emma Lui and Mark Calzavara from the Council of Canadians paid a visit to Grey Bruce. Emma hails from Ottawa and is the National Water Campaigner. Mark is from Toronto and is the Regional Organizer. I first met Emma in Ottawa in September 2010 when we attended the CNSC hearings. We also “meet” regularly by email and conference call.
Maggie Holmes is a 50-year-old woman from Meaford Ontario. Over 5 years ago her son Ryan committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness. She wanted to do something constructive with her grief. On March 26th Maggie and her friend Mary Tatham will climb to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in honor of Ryan. Holmes has been training for a year and she is the most physically fit woman I know.
My father died suddenly on January 22, 1993. He was only 67 but his spirit lives on in the way that I chose to live my life and raise my children.
“Bobby” as he was fondly known by many, was raised in the Ottawa Valley and he was proud of those roots. As a young man he moved to Capreol in Northern Ontario, where he had a long career as a CNR locomotive engineer. That is where we were raised….in Northern Ontario.