Warden visits Madawaska Valley to talk CNL

BARRY’S BAY – County of Renfrew Warden Peter Emon visited Barry’s Bay on March 2 to discuss the restructuring of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) in Chalk River.

Emon brought with him Alistair Baird, the economic development manager for the county. They presented at the regular Madawaska Valley Township meeting.

The warden explained that the CNL is in the second phase of restructuring, and moving towards a government owned, contractor operated model, known as GOCO.

The facility plays a critical role in scientific research, diagnostic medicine, cancer treatment, materials research, space exploration and sterilization of healthcare products.

“It’s very similar to models that are implemented throughout the U.S. and the U.K.,” Emon said.

CNL is one of the largest employers in Eastern Ontario, with over 2,900 employees. While the bulk of employees live in cities and towns closer to the facility, there are also some who commute from Barry’s Bay, Combermere, Killaloe and Round Lake Centre.

Emon explained a team of municipal leaders was set up to ensure that the county has a say in the restructuring at the facility.

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