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Powering Ontario’s Remote First Nations
Credits: The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Ontarians may chafe at the price of electricity these days, but for most of them, at least it’s readily available and reliable. That’s not true for many of the First Nations in Ontario’s north, where expensive and often unreliable diesel-powered generators are all that keep the lights on. The Watay-nika-neyap power project promises to change all that for 17 remote First Nations communities by 2023. The Agenda convenes a panel to discuss what connecting to the provincial grid will mean to these communities: Scott Hawkes, president of Watay-nika-neyap Power and president and CEO of FortisOntario; Margaret Kene-quanash, chair of Watay-nika-neyap Power; and John Cutfeet, board chair of the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and communications officer for Watay-nika-neyap Power.
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