“THERE ARE NO WINDOWS IN THE BOARD ROOM AT HEAD OFFICE”
By Glenn R. Sutton
In 1997, approximately 3 weeks after being elected as the Mayor of the Town of Kincardine, Ontario Hydro announced the closure of Bruce NGS-A & PNGS-A. Our region now had a major economic development issue to resolve.
It all started with a few individuals starting a “Retube Bruce A Now !” campaign This grassroots initiative gained steam very fast and was helped along by the Button Man making buttons with that theme on it. Large signs were also prepared that were posted at the main entrances to Kincardine and smaller signs were also printed and distributed.
Other like minded individuals were consulted as well as the PWU, The Society, Chambers of Commerce local councils etc. Mayor John van Bastelaar of the Town of Port Elgin assisted us in going to different municipalities to obtain motions of support. I also met Mark Kraemer, at the same time, of the Port Elgin Chamber of Commerce who helped as well.
The most successful initiative was the flying of the motto behind a small plane around Ontario Hydro Hear Office in Toronto. A large billboard was also rented for several months opposite Head Office in downtown Toronto.
However; one day before the plane was scheduled to fly, I received a phone call from an Ontario Hydro official at Head Office who wanted to share a message with me, from the Ontario Hydro Board of Directors. They wanted to let me know that their board room had no windows in it and the plane could not be seen. I stated that the council had already voted unanimously for the flight but I offered to bring this new information to council. The clerk contacted all of council with this new information, but the decision to fly still stood unanimously. The plane flew the next day and the rest is history.
The plane flight was covered in the major Toronto papers and the main TV channels. We had many requests for information & interviews as a result. All in all, a good expenditure of $500.00.
The sequel to this tale is that later in about 2005, I had the honour of telling this same tale in the Bruce Power Board Room (Technical Building next to BNGS-A with a full view of BNGS-A) to the Ontario Minister of Energy. All of the mayors from Bruce County were present as well. I emphasized that now the Board of Directors had a full view of BNGS-A. Note that the Bruce Power Board Room was later moved to the top floor of the new B10 Building that still has a good view of the Bruce site. Units 3 & 4 of BNGS-A have been completely refurbished and the balance of the six units at both BNGS-A and B are undergoing planned refurbishments.
Finally, in 2013, I had one of the original entrance signs and an original button from the campaign “gifted” to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre to keep in their archives.
Respectfully Submitted, Glenn R. Sutton. (Retired OPG Nuclear Engineer & Councillor/Mayor of the former Town of Kincardine & Councillor/Mayor of the Municipality of Kincardine)