For Immediate Release, October 28th, 2020
South Bruce Endorses List of Principles to Guide Site Selection Process
Pictured: Municipality of South Bruce Council, 2018-2022
The Municipality of South Bruce Council endorsed a report presented at their regular meeting last
night which included revisions to the initial draft list of principles to assist the Municipality
in their ongoing engagement in the Adaptive Phased Management Project.
On August 25th, Council received and endorsed an initial report which contained thirty- four
guiding principles. The report was then received by the Community Liaison Committee (CLC) at their
September meeting. Following that, there was a public input period through early September, where
community members had the opportunity to provide their feedback on the draft list of principles.
The revised list of principles that was endorsed yesterday now contains a total of thirty- six
principles, having incorporated key elements which were raised by Council, CLC members and the
broader South Bruce community in their respective feedback provided over the last two months.
In particular, the input received created notable changes to the list of principles, relating
to the topics of willingness and Indigenous relationships.
With regards to willingness, there was significant feedback that asked for the following in
particular – a voting process, a clearer definition of willingness, and the need to be independent
In the months ahead, Municipal staff will report back to Council on how this process will take
Council and community members felt that an emphasis on Indigenous relationships was needed. As
such, the addition of Principle 17 indicates that:
17. The Municipality recognizes the important historic and contemporary roles Indigenous peoples
have and continue to play in the stewardship of the lands we all call home and will, in the spirit
of Reconciliation, work with the NWMO and local Indigenous peoples to build mutually respectful
relationships regarding the Project.
“I believe we have a strong list of principles and appreciate the feedback from Council, CLC and
residents in South Bruce. Council has heard the community and unanimously endorsed these key
revisions,” said Mayor Robert Buckle. “We look forward to continuing in the process in a fair,
transparent way and involving the community at every step along the way.”
In endorsing the report, Council is moving forward with the intent that questions are addressed and
more information is made available to the residents of South Bruce over the next three years as the
Municipality continues in the site selection process with the NWMO, and explores the opportunities
as well as challenges that hosting the Project may have.
It is anticipated that many studies, assessments, reports, as well as community consultations and
workshops will all be critical in this process to evaluate the principles.
The revised list of principles will be formally provided to the NWMO President and CEO Laurie
Swami, requesting a response. The Municipality will continue to update the community on the
information which will come forward in response to the principles in the months and years ahead.