CRPEG Bulletin (2016 September 20): Forward: CNS-WiN Joint Speaker Session – “In-Situ Decommissioning of the Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) Reactor”

Forwarded on Behalf of CNS and WiN.

The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and Women in Nuclear (WiN) are pleased to announce a jointly sponsored talk by Meggan Vickerd.  In her talk, Ms. Vickerd will discuss the preferred decommissioning technique for the NPD reactor in Rolphton, ON, as well as provide an overview of the current status of the Gentilly-1 and Douglas Point reactors which are in a safe shutdown state. NPD was Canada’s first nuclear power reactor, and was used as an early prototype for the CANDU reactors in operation today. It also functioned as the training and simulation center for generations of Canadian and off-shore CANDU operations staff. NPD began operation in 1962 and was operational until 1987.  CNL intends to safely reduce Canada’s nuclear legacy liability by carrying out the decommissioning of NPD by 2020.

Meggan Vickerd is the Facility Authority for the Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) Waste Facility and thus part of the project team advancing the decommissioning of the reactor and closure of the NPD site.  Previously she was the operations manager of all three Prototype Reactor Facilities, which included Gentilly-1 and Douglas Point.  Her combination of a BSc. in Physics and a M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences is complimented by 10 years of experience in Canada’s Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management industry.

Meggan Vickerd

Facility Authority, NPD Closure Project

Talk:  6:00 pm, Tuesday September 27th

Pizza will be served at 5:30 pm

Chalk River Legion

CRPEG Bulletin (2016 September 15): Christmas Shutdown


It’s hard to believe in September that we should be bringing up the winter holidays, but we do want to remind all members that Christmas is fast approaching.  That means we all need to start planning for the Christmas shutdown.

The Christmas shutdown extends from the afternoon of December 23th through to January 2.  Statutory holidays are Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day (each stat holiday following the day after this year since the Christmas day falls on Sunday).  Employees may use any of the following options to cover the 3.5 day shutdown:

  • Vacation
  • Personal business days
  • Company floating holidays
  • Banked time
  • Leave without pay

Banked Time: Under the provisions of the CRPEG collective agreement, the accumulation of banked time must be on productive work with the prior approval of management, worked in minimum 30 minute periods.  Opportunities to accumulate banked time will not be unreasonably restricted.  CRPEG members may accumulate up to a maximum of 75 hours as banked time.

Clarification: minimum 30 minute periods means that the period of time cannot be less than 30 minutes (i.e. 15 minutes), but rather any period 30 minutes and greater.  It does not have to be in 30 minute increments.

If members have any questions or issues, please contact a Steward.

CRPEG Bulletin (2016 September 1): Neogotiations Update


We realize everyone is anxious to hear about negotiations and this update is a little tardy. We’re sorry for that and we’ll strive to be more timely in future.

The company and union negotiation teams met again from August 15th  to 17th still following the Interest Based Negotiations (IBN) format. Something the team learned from this last session was that the negotiation process has different rules regarding confidentiality and so while we still can’t disclose options, which are the suggested ways of implementing the issue, we are able to speak about the topics being discussed.

Our discussions continue around several significant issues; flexible work schedule, NRU shutdown, harassment investigation.  We also have initiated discussion on the Career and Professional Development (C&PD) topic.  As previously explained, we discuss the issue, in this case something along the lines of “how to provide career development opportunities fairly, while ensuring value for both the employee and employer”, then identify all of the constraints (what we want out of it, want we don’t want to happen) associated with this.  Believe it or not, this part of the process takes a significant amount of time, to try and really get at the root issue, and identify all of the constraints around it.  We also continued on our discussion on flexible work arrangements, working through the process of brainstorming ideas, then testing them against the constraints.  We needed additional information for several of the topics, and so we had guests who provided presentations and answered questions that we  had: Tina Shorter (Director of Training and Development) to discuss the NRU shutdown plans, Gabriel Cloutier (manager of Resourcing) to discuss the new Career Hub system, Gail Cicci (Payroll Supervisor) from Payroll to discuss our timekeeping system with respect to flexible work arrangements, and Barry Lamirande (manager of Respectful Workplace) to discuss the current harassment investigation policy.

We are currently still working on issues identified as “repair” (a change in the language in order to fix a misunderstanding or clarify the intent of the existing contact).  Trying to build up our experience with the process, and the relationship between teams, in preparation for tackling the “Improvement” issues.  One agenda item for the next session is to prioritize the remaining issues with our goal of completion by next July in mind.

Overall, the negotiations team continues to feel positive with the steps in IBN.  The sides will meet again September 7th -9th   to resume discussions.

For specific questions regarding negotiations please contact

CRPEG Bulletin (2016 August 31): FW: PEO Algonquin Chapter – Legal Responsibilities of a Professional Engineer: Lessons from Elliot Lake

Forwarded on behalf of the PEO

The Professional Engineers of Ontario Algonquin Chapter is hosting a regulatory talk presented by Mr. Todd D Storms, B.A., M.A., LLB from Templeman Menninga LLP, a Kingston Law Firm. The Elliot Lake Inquiry will be used as a case study to highlight the responsibilities facing Professional Engineers from a legal perspective.

Todd Storms is a Senior Associate at Templeman Menninga. He joined the firm after a decade of practicing at International law firms in Ottawa and Toronto. Todd has a wide range of litigation experience including corporate and commercial litigation, commercial tenancy, securities litigation, contractual and shareholder disputes, class action, directors liability, and injunctions. He has extensive experience in construction law, insurance and product liability, and intellectual property litigation. He represented one of the principals during the Elliot Lake Commission.

Regulatory Talk

Thursday September 15th, 2016

Networking: 6:45 p.m.  Presentation: 7:15 p.m.

At J.L. Gray Bennett Room (Back entrance), Deep River

Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

For questions about the event or to register, please contact: Orijit Pandit at >PEO Algonquin Chapter (

Please sign up by Monday September 12th, 2015 as attendance is limited.

CRPEG Bulletin (2016 August 05): Negotiations Update


The company and union negotiation teams met a second time from July 26th to 28th.  We continue to follow the Interest Based Negotiations (IBN) format.  As part of the IBN process, sub-committees have “homework” between sessions.  Over this three day session, information and draft language developed between the June and July negotiating rounds was presented to the teams, and  we continued discussions on issues associated with work schedule and harassment.  We also opened new discussions on issues associated with the NRU shutdown.  To respect the negotiation process and the confidentiality of it, we can’t disclose more details.

One of the steps in the IBN process is to make a list of all issues from both company and union teams, and then sort them into 3 categories:

Housekeeping – a minor change in language, no change in the intent of the contract.

Repair – a change in the language in order to fix a misunderstanding or clarify the intent of the existing contact.

Improvement – an increase in the outcome for one of the parties, the hardest type to resolve with IBN.

To date, discussions have focused on issues categorized as Repairs.

Overall, the negotiations team continues to feel positive with the steps in IBN.  The sides will meet again the week of Aug 15th to resume discussions, beginning with reports from the small working groups and individuals assigned tasks in the interim.

We will continue to update the membership with as much information as we can as contract negotiations continue. For specific questions regarding negotiations please contact

CRPEG Bulletin (2016 July 13): CRPEG Promotional Items

The Executive would like to invite you to find a steward and introduce yourself. When you do, be sure to ask them for this year’s promotional item, a CRPEG pen! You can find steward here:

Contact Telephone  Location
 Jonathan Fitzpatrick  42447  457A
 Raghu Rao  44500  330
 Cliff Dugal  43757  KEYS
 Curtis Russell  46759  107T
 Wade Mayo  43755  456
 David Pilgrim  46398  700
 Noel Harrison  46529  300
 William Visneski  46327  846
 Matt Crowe  44268  150
Bill Richmond 43860 300
Trevor Dykman 43110 150
Paul Jones 45808 887
Joe Magill 46886 464T
Pankaj Panchal 46655 508
Phyllis Heeney 46899 845