Community Matters: January, 2021

A year ago, I wrote in this space about the excitement around our site on raising the curtain on a new decade with the beginning of the Unit 6 refurbishment to start Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement Project. We were moving ahead with our plans to expand our production of medical isotopes, and prepared to continue collaborating with our local governments, businesses and organizations to make Bruce, Grey and Huron counties a special place for people of all ages, families and visitors.

We find ourselves in a much different place today, not only here in our corner of Ontario but across Canada and around the world. COVID-19 created a once-in-a-generation pandemic that turned our lives upside down and put a tremendous strain on our health-care system and workers, our long-term care homes, our economy, our businesses and our schools. The worst public health crisis in most of our lifetimes also brought out the best in the majority of Canadians, who stepped up by taking the necessary precautions to keep their families, friends and co-workers safe, helping small businesses and local dining establishments stay afloat by buying local, and donating to food banks and other organizations so they could help others.

This holiday season, we find ourselves at a critical juncture in this fight. Making a sacrifice this year to limit contact within your immediate household will play a huge role in making sure we have a truly joyful December in 2021 with our family and friends. A vaccine is just around the corner, but right now we need to be more vigilant than ever to save lives and livelihoods.

At the top of New Year’s resolutions list for each of us should be the three Ws: watch your distance when you’re out in public and at the workplace, wear a mask that properly covers your nose and mouth, and wash your hands frequently.

When we launched our Be a Light: Beating COVID-19 Together campaign in late November, we did so as a reminder to not take our foot off the gas pedal in fighting the virus. The $1-million commitment is an investment in our communities to stay Grey Bruce Huron Strong by making adequate personal protective equipment accessible, by supporting activities that help residents take proper care of their physical and mental health, continuing to do what’s needed to ensure people have the latest information to stay safe, providing further funding to the Grey Bruce Huron Strong to encourage supporting local businesses, and lending a helping hand to long-term care facilities and community organizations.

It sounds cliché, but it’s not, because we’ve seen the many good things that have happened over the past year when we all join together to help each other. We need every one to Be a Light.

On behalf of everyone at Bruce Power, I wish you good health and happiness in 2021. As always, please contact me at if you have any questions. You can also follow me on Twitter @jscongack.