OPP Provincial Liaison Team
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The OPP Provincial Liaison Team was just doing its job in questioning presenters and intervenors prior to the Joint Panel Review hearing in Kincardine.

The hearing has entered its second week, looking into Ontario Power Generation (OPG)'s proposal for a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low-level and intermediate-level nuclear waste at the Bruce Nuclear site in the Municipality of Kincardine.

Concerns were raised last week that presenters and intervenors, particularly those opposed to the DGR project, had been questioned by OPP prior to the hearing which began Sept. 16.

An article in the "Toronto Star" quoted OPP sergeant Dave Rektor as saying the questioning was done by the OPP Provincial Liaison Team, a police initiative, to ensure peaceful proceedings.

South Bruce OPP constable Kevin Martin, community services officer, said Monday that the DGR project is a contentious issue.

"There is passion on both sides and the Provincial Liaison Team wanted to establish relationships with both sides," he said.

Formed in 2009, the team reaches out to the public in order to maintain peace and order and to avoid public disturbances, said Martin

"I'm sorry to hear that people felt intimidated," he said. "That was not the intent. It was meant to ensure people were peaceful and orderly at the hearing."

At the DGR hearing Saturday, both OPG and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) stated they had not instigated the questioning by police.

The hearing continues Tuesday (Sept. 24), 9 a.m., at the Kincardine Legion, focusing on management of the low- and intermediate-level waste, as well as malfunctions, accidents and malevolent acts.


On the roster to speak are the Ontario labour ministry and the Ontario community safety and correctional services ministry, as well as the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Durham Nuclear Awareness, local resident Ralph Splettstoesser, Sarah Hutchinson, the Labourers' Union, Nukewatch, the Power Workers' Union, Canadian Nuclear Workers Council, and Repository Hornepayne.

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