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Canadian Nuclear Association board meets in ‘beautiful and prosperous’ Port Hope

By JOYCE CASSIN Northumberland Today.com

PORT HOPE – Members of the Canadian Nuclear Associations (CNA) board of directors celebrated Day 1 of National Science and Technology Week in Port Hope on Friday, October 14, when they arrived to hold their quarterly meeting.

“We are proud to be in Port Hope today to introduce this beautiful, prosperous community to our board members and staff,” CNA president and chief executive officer Denise Carpenter said. “This is an opportunity for our team to meet Mayor (Linda) Thompson, members of Port Hope Council, and leaders of the business community to learn about the historic role Port Hope has played in Canada’s nuclear industry.”

The CNA’s John Stewart said he’s heard a lot of good things about Port Hope and that the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) is a “pretty notable project” and of significant scale.

“After being here for about 24 hours, I can see this is a beautiful and prosperous town,” Stewart said, adding that comparing Port Hope to other small communities he’s visited, Port Hope looks really good.

“The businesses, architecture and infrastructure is all in good condition and it looks like people are proud of Port Hope,” he said.

“I see Port Hope as a community that has worked hard to be welcoming.”

The group, which included members from a variety of nuclear industries including Cameco and Ontario Power Generation as well as smaller companies, met at the Capitol Theatre.

Mayor Linda Thompson, who was accompanying the board on its travels, said the board members arrived Thursday, spent some time shopping in town, stayed over night and, after a full day in Port Hope on Friday, were heading for home.

“We’re seen as a benchmark community for the PHAI and Cameco as a world leader,” Thompson said. “The CNSC even showcases the good works Cameco does.”

National Science and Technology Week began Friday and continues until Oct. 23, marking its 20th anniversary which celebrates the significance of Canada’s science and technology history, the importance of science and technology in today’s world, and Canada’s ongoing role as a world leader in innovation.

“Science and innovation is at the heart of our industry, and what better time to be in Port Hope than during National Science and Technology Week,” Carpenter said. “We want to remind Canadians about the contributions that our industry makes to the living standards of Canadian families and we invite everyone to explore NUnuclear.ca to learn more about the use of nuclear technology in our daily lives.”

To close the day, visiting members toured Port Hope to learn about plans for remediation and waste storage for the harbor and surrounding lands.

Visit www.cna.ca to follow CNA’s Blog, Twitter, and Facebook accounts and participate in the TalkNUclear conversation.

jcassin@northunberlandtoday.com

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