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Before with storm debris, After debris cleaned up

08 Aug PRESS RELEASE: Boyle Excavating clears storm debris in advance of salmon run

Clarington July 28, 2017/- The Municipality of Clarington would like to thank local company, Boyle Excavating, who donated heavy equipment and volunteers to clean up debris at the Bowmanville Fishway. On June 22 and 23, 2017, rainfall accumulations at the Bowmanville Creek Watershed reached approximately 70 mm, resulting in high water levels at the Bowmanville Fishway. The excessive rain and flooding left large amounts of woody debris in its wake, essentially leaving the fish ladder unusable.
“Boyle Excavating is a great community partner. They stepped in to help the Municipality and clean up the debris gathered in advance of the salmon run,” said Clarington Deputy Mayor Willie Woo. “The Municipality is grateful to partners who pitch in and actively participate to help our community,” added Deputy Mayor Woo.
Boyle Excavating provided heavy machinery and workforce needed to clean up the area. In general, fish begin arriving at the ladder in August, making the removal of the debris an urgent matter.

Photos above: Woody debris blocks the Bowmanville Fishway (left), Bowmanville Fishway cleared of debris (right)
The Municipality of Clarington thanks all the partners who worked on this community initiative including Boyle Excavating, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA), Bowmanville Creek Conservation, and Clarington Councillors Ron Hooper and Willie Woo, on this important community-driven project.

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25 May OPG’s Darlington nuclear refurbishment set to bring more jobs to Clarington

Ontario Power Generation is gearing up to start refurbishing the first of four units at the Darlington nuclear generating station.

It’s a massive project that has involved a lot of training, planning, 8,800 jobs and a $12.8-billion investment.

OPG president and CEO, Jeff Lyash, was on hand Friday, May 6 at the Darlington Information Centre to take part in a panel discussion set up by the Clarington Board of Trade and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to talk about the economic benefits the refurbishment project will have for Durham Region.

Mr. Lyash said OPG has a goal to complete the project on time and under budget.

“We’re starting right now to train qualified workers,” explained Mr. Lyash. “We’ve run every work process and done time trials so we know the schedule.”

Inside the new OPG Energy Complex is a 65,000-square-foot practice space that allows workers to train on an exact replica of the Darlington unit.

“We plan to significantly expand our workforce,” said Deitmar Reiner, senior vice-president of nuclear projects at OPG. “There are plans to broaden the list of local companies doing work with us.”

Currently, there are a half dozen Clarington business involved with the project.

“This project is fantastic news for our area, not only for the direct jobs but for the spinoff jobs also,” said Sheila Hall, executive director of CBOT. “We are making sure through our energy summit and vendor fairs that it allows more local business to be involved.”

The Darlington refurbishment project is expected to boost Ontario’s GDP by a total of $14.9 billion. It will add an estimated 8,800 jobs on average for the duration of the project which is slated to be completed in 2026.

“For Durham, the nuclear sector is essential for economic success. There has been growth and there will be even more jobs,” said Conservative Durham MP, Erin O’Toole. “The next decade will be Durham’s decade.”

In fact, three of the top 100 infrastructure projects in Canada are taking place in Clarington.

That’s something Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster said is good news for the municipality’s economy.

“There will be more people coming to work here. If they’re not moving here, they’re buying lunch, gas, getting haircuts, all of this helps to stir things up our economy in a good way.”

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