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  • 18 Jan 2019 9:07 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    On January 9, 2019, Bruce County released an RFP inviting proposals to purchase and relocate the existing building at 254 High Street (the old rectory). Proposals are due January 29th, and the building is to be moved between April 1 and April 15. If no bids are accepted, the house will be demolished.

    The RFP was released at the direction of the County’s Museum Committee, which is supervising the project to expand the Museum and Archives, a project which has been in the works for several years. The Museum Committee wants to remove the old rectory to accommodate future expansion.

    The Southampton Resident’s Association views the Bruce County Museum and Archives as an important part of the Southampton community, and we understand and support the need to expand the facility in order to accommodate growth. But a lesson learned last fall was that while there was substantial support for bringing the proposed Nuclear Innovation Institute to Southampton, there was also substantial opposition to demolishing the old rectory as a necessary price to pay for progress.

    Mayor Charbonneau is the Chair of the Bruce County Museum Committee. We have expressed our concerns about the removal or destruction of the old rectory to Mayor Charbonneau for the following reasons:

    • ·         The building project does not require removal of the rectory at this time. In fact, the County’s original approach to St. Paul’s church was to purchase only the north end of the rectory lot, roughly the portion extending to the old garage.
    • ·         The timetable for removal is unnecessarily tight, making it difficult, if not impossible, for potential bidders to respond.
    • ·         Lack of publicity means that potential investors or purchasers are unaware of the opportunity to purchase and relocate an attractive house.
    • ·         The old rectory is part of a historic neighborhood that will be diminished if it is removed.

    We believe that a core mission of a museum is to preserve our history and interpret it for future generations. It will be a shame if that objective is met merely through some old photographs preserved in an archive. A better solution would be to come up with a more imaginative design for museum expansion that is welcoming to the neighbourhood, provides inviting public access and sightlines from Victoria Street to Fairy Lake, and incorporates a repurposed rectory building into the project.

    We call on the Bruce County Museum Committee to delay the timetable outlined its RFP and consider better solutions.

  • 09 Nov 2018 5:55 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    In May, Bruce Power and the County of Bruce partnered to establish the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) as an international centre of excellence for applied research and training.

    The NII presents a unique opportunity for the region to be a global host for innovative technologies, while also linking to local elementary and secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, and training centres, to provide the next generation of innovators with exciting educational, career and learning opportunities close to home.

    When the project was launched, it was announced that an addition to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton was the preferred location, in order to take advantage of the expansion of the Archives. A commitment was also made that a dialogue and consultation would occur with the public on this location. Unfortunately, public debate over this location was distracting from this incredibly exciting opportunity for our region, and, in order for this to be successful, we need to have the support of the host community.

    Thus, Ontario’s Nuclear Innovation Institute will not be located adjacent to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, and further site selection will continue in 2019, following appropriate siting considerations. Bruce Power recognizes the value the Museum has to the region and the company will continue to support its programs.

    In the interim, while a site is being chosen and constructed, a temporary headquarters for the Institute will be established at the offices of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, at 625 Goderich St., Port Elgin starting in January 2019. This office, which also houses the Indigenous Relations Supplier Network, will allow the Institute to begin its work, while also serving as a public information centre.

    Since the NII was launched in May, a number of global companies have expressed a strong desire to partner in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, cyber-security, medical and industrial isotopes, Indigenous economic development, nuclear operational excellence, and health and environmental excellence in the Lake Huron and Georgian Bay areas. It is critical we demonstrate to these companies that the Institute is supported, regardless of the location.

    Next week, Bruce Power will provide more information on how the NII will support students at our local schools. It’s critical we ensure our youth have access to the best educational and career opportunities, and the Institute will provide the connections that will allow our future leaders to pursue their dreams.

    Bruce Power is a company that values its positive role in the community. Advancing Ontario’s Nuclear Innovation Institute in Bruce County builds on this commitment, as we leverage the many strengths of our nuclear industry and supply chain, much of which is now based in the region.

    Bruce Power and Bruce County have a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship, and we remain committed to advancing both our partnership and this project.

    For more information, visit www.nuclearinnovationinstitute.com.

    About Bruce Power
    Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

    For more information, contact:
    John Peevers – Bruce Power Communications and Media Relations – john.peevers@brucepower.com – 519-361-6161

    Marianne Nero – Acting CAO, County of Bruce – MNero@brucecounty.on.ca – 519-881-2952 ext. 280

  • 07 Nov 2018 4:56 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    We learned this week that there is a proposal to place a 50m tall telecommunications tower on the Comfort Inn property at the north end of Southampton.


    The proposal is expected to be on the agenda of the Saugeen Shores Planning Committee at its meeting scheduled November 19th. 

    The  applicable governing body is ISEDC (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada).

    The public can make written submissions to the Applicant, Shared Network Canada, c/o Tracey Pillon-Abbs, 275 Macpherson Ave., Unit 103, Toronto, ON  M4V 1A4, 226-340-1232, tracey@sharednetwork.ca by close of day Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

    We suggest that if you do comment, you copy the Town of Saugeen Shores at lwhite@saugeenshores.ca as well as the Southampton Ward councillors, cgrace@saugeenshores.ca and jrich@saugeenshores.ca

  • 13 Oct 2018 3:17 PM | Web Master (Administrator)


    Electors will be able to vote either using the internet or telephone starting at 10:00 a.m. on October 12. Voting ends at 8:00 p.m. on October 22nd

    The following video demonstrates how to vote using the internet. Please watch the video and if you have any questions, please contact the municipal office.

    The option to vote using a telehone will also be available if you do not wish to vote using the internet. A Voter Notification Letter will be provided to each registered elector. The letter will provide the toll free telephone number and instructions for telephone voting.

    If you need assistance using the internet, a Help Centre will be available at the Municipal Office on the following dates:
    Weekdays: Friday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 19 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Weekends: Saturday, Oct. 13 10 am - 4pm

    Saturday, Oct. 20 10am - 4pm

    Sunday, Oct. 21 10am - 4pm

    Election Day: Monday, Oct 22, 8:30am - 8:00pm

  • 13 Oct 2018 3:02 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The Institute is sited for the corner of Victoria and High Streets next to the Bruce County Museum in Southampton.

  • 11 Jul 2018 9:20 PM | Web Master (Administrator)


    This Saturday, July 14, 2018

    Starting at 10:00 am in the Theatre of Bruce County Museum

    Results of our Biennial Membership Survey – John Harding Jr, former SRA Director 

    Southampton Parks and Beaches – Frank Burrows, Parks Manager, Town of Saugeen Shores 

    Shoreline Water Quality – Rob Shave, SRA Director

    Introduction of Incoming SRA President

    And Much, Much More!

    Coffee will be available in the Lobby from 9:30 am

    Information and Membership Tables of Community Organizations

    Meeting is Open to All

  • 11 Jun 2018 8:30 PM | Web Master (Administrator)


                   “From One End to the Other,

                           We are Connected”

    When: June 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Where: Bridge crossing Saugeen River 

    Why: To officially name our bridge

              To celebrate truthful relationships

              To come together as one family

    Who: People of Saugeen First Nation and Saugeen Shores

     "On June 21, 2018 the Bridge that spans the Saugeen River in Southampton will officially receive its name. G.C. Huston, in consultation with Elders from Saugeen First Nation, has chosen the name Zgaa-biig-ni-gaan which means  'we are connected' or more precisely, 'from one end to the other, we are connected.' " 

    Saugeen First Nation

  • 01 Jun 2018 9:06 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    June 21, 2018 - Canada's National Aboriginal Day . Celebrate the naming of the Highway Bridge over the Saugeen River.  1pm at the Bridge.

     July 14, 2018 - SRA Annual General Meeting . 10am - noon. Bruce County Museum.

    August 11, 2018  - All Candidates Meeting. 10am - noon.   Southampton Town Hall.

    August 16, 2018  -Rod McLeod Memorial Golf Tournament. 1pm tee off. Saugeen Golf Club.

    September 12, 2018 - Tribute to our First Responders. Southampton Fire Hall. Time TBA. 

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