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The NWMO’s new Mobile Learn More Centre launches with visit to Manitouwadge, Constance Lake First Nation and Hornepayne

Mobile Learn More Centre in Hearst – from Left to right: Maurice Tanguay, Chairperson Nord-Aski Board; Carol Barnes, NWMO Community Liaison Manager; Josée Vachon, Nord-Aski Business and Financial Analyst; Gaëtan Baillargeon, 2nd Vice-Chairperson Nord-Aski Board; Lena Callewaert, Nord-Aski Office Administrator; Gilles Matko, Nord-Aski Executive Director; Norman Sandberg, NWMO Relationship Manager; Hélène Coté, Treasurer Nord-Aski Board; and Tim Weber, NWMO Social Research Associate.

Mobile Learn More Centre in Hearst – from Left to right: Maurice Tanguay, Chairperson Nord-Aski Board; Carol Barnes, NWMO Community Liaison Manager; Josée Vachon, Nord-Aski Business and Financial Analyst; Gaëtan Baillargeon, 2nd Vice-Chairperson Nord-Aski Board; Lena Callewaert, Nord-Aski Office Administrator; Gilles Matko, Nord-Aski Executive Director; Norman Sandberg, NWMO Relationship Manager; Hélène Coté, Treasurer Nord-Aski Board; and Tim Weber, NWMO Social Research Associate.

August 1, 2019

Northern Ontario

By the NWMO

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Mobile Learn More Centre in Hearst – from Left to right: Maurice Tanguay, Chairperson Nord-Aski Board; Carol Barnes, NWMO Community Liaison Manager; Josée Vachon, Nord-Aski Business and Financial Analyst; Gaëtan Baillargeon, 2nd Vice-Chairperson Nord-Aski Board; Lena Callewaert, Nord-Aski Office Administrator; Gilles Matko, Nord-Aski Executive Director; Norman Sandberg, NWMO Relationship Manager; Hélène Coté, Treasurer Nord-Aski Board; and Tim Weber, NWMO Social Research Associate.

Mobile Learn More Centre in Hearst – from Left to right: Maurice Tanguay, Chairperson Nord-Aski Board; Carol Barnes, NWMO Community Liaison Manager; Josée Vachon, Nord-Aski Business and Financial Analyst; Gaëtan Baillargeon, 2nd Vice-Chairperson Nord-Aski Board; Lena Callewaert, Nord-Aski Office Administrator; Gilles Matko, Nord-Aski Executive Director; Norman Sandberg, NWMO Relationship Manager; Hélène Coté, Treasurer Nord-Aski Board; and Tim Weber, NWMO Social Research Associate.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has rolled out a new Mobile Learn More Centre as a way to engage people around Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel, and our first stop was northern Ontario.

 

The Mobile Learn More Centre is bilingual and accessible, and includes 3D models, interactive technology, hands-on learning opportunities, videos, and photos. It invites visitors to learn how a deep geological repository will safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

 

Community members in Manitouwadge on July 21 were the first to tour the Mobile Learn More Centre. Residents learned more about the multiple-barrier system, site selection process, radiation, Reconciliation, Indigenous Knowledge, and transportation.

 

Members of the community were excited to see the exhibit and learn more about Canada’s plan. “It’s phenomenal,” said Kent MacNeill, a resident of Manitouwadge who works in Sudbury.

 

“Everything was laid out nicely. Open concept with small informative boards,” said Kevin Gauthier, a community member.

 

The robotics program videos featured in the exhibit attracted the attention of young visitors.

 

“My kids were very interested and excited to see it [the Mobile Learn More Centre]. It’s their future,” said Karly Baillargeon, a community member.

 

Norman Sandberg, NWMO Relationship Manager, and Karen Robinson, NWMO Community Liaison Manager for Manitouwadge, were on hand to answer questions.

 

“The Centre tells the story of our project from the beginning to where we are now. It is interactive, self-directed and displays information on all five site selection communities,” said Ms. Robinson.

 

From Manitouwadge, the Mobile Learn More Centre travelled to Hearst and stopped at the Nord-Aski Regional Economic Development Corporation event on July 22. Additional stops were made in Constance Lake First Nation for an open house on July 23, and at a Hornepayne community barbecue on July 24.

 

“Overall, it was a very successful debut for the Mobile Learn More Centre. Many thanks to our communities for their support. It is a great tool to engage people about our project in an informal setting and interesting way,” said Mr. Sandberg.

 

The Mobile Learn More Centre will continue to travel across Ontario and Canada – from conferences to community, industry and corporate events – to better share the details of Canada’s plan.

About the NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.
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The NWMO is a not-for profit organization established in 2002 by Canada's nuclear electricity producers in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA).

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