TIVERTON, ON – April 15, 2020 - The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to remain physically apart from our friends and neighbours.
But physical separation does not have to mean complete social isolation.
To keep people across our region connected, Bruce Power and its partners at the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) and NPX have created the Grey•Bruce•Huron Strong app to help people in our communities stay in touch – and properly informed - during this extraordinary time.
The free app along with the accompanying website www.gbhstrong.com offer trusted information for people and businesses in our region. They provide a way to find:
● the latest local, authoritative health information;
● resources for people and businesses in need;
● a way for citizens to offer help to others; and
● some of the things still to do in our communities.
“There is a lot of information in a lot of different places, and we wanted to have a trusted source for people in our counties to find the health and other information relevant to them,” said Christopher Mercanti, Manager of Community and Indigenous Relations at Bruce Power. “We need a regional perspective on how this crisis is affecting us.”
The free app is available on the Apple App Store (look for “GBH strong”), and is also expected to be released on the Google Play Store this week. All information can be accessed directly at www.gbhstrong.com right away.
“The current health crisis has created unease in widely dispersed communities across the region,” said Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “People have an essential need to receive trustworthy, up-to-date medical information – including where to get help when they’re sick or how to find social assistance when they need it. This app gives them a good way to do that.”
Grey Bruce Huron Strong was an initiative of Bruce Power in cooperation with Grey, Bruce and Huron counties. The app and website were built by NPX Innovation in Kincardine and the NII.
“The app provides direct benefit to everyone by curating and aggregating trusted information sources – especially local ones - for a population that has been forced into social isolation,” said NPX President Bharath Nangia.
“People need to know what local businesses are open, where food banks can be found, how to get social assistance under new or existing government programs, and who to call if they need mental health support,” said NII President Bruce Wallace. “Because in times like this, we need to stay together more than ever.”
About the Nuclear Innovation Institute
The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a platform to accelerate innovation and the implementation of business relevant solutions for the nuclear industry.
NII’s goal is to shape a Canadian nuclear industry that embraces new thinking, new technologies and new lines of business that can drive the global shift to a low-carbon future. Learn more at nii.ca.
About NPX Innovation
Nuclear Promise X is a Canadian start-up with a refreshing view on innovation. We integrate the latest emerging technology into nuclear plant operations, projects and processes. As a group of creative nuclear professionals, we build innovation in everything we do. NPX believes in nuclear energy, and we are doing our part to make it sustainable for decades to come.
Visit us at www.npxinnovation.ca
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:
Bruce Power: John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – email@example.com
Nuclear Innovation Institute: Stellina Williams - Stellina.Williams@nii.ca