Thursday thoughts are filling up with hopes and dreams for 2022. As many of us finetune our workplans for the new year, set our budgets and tighten up performance metrics, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Clean Energy Frontier region.
1) The Covid-19 pandemic is not over. I listened to an interesting radio show this week which spoke to taking caution as we plan our holiday parties and gatherings.
The doctor on the show compared Covid transmission to smoking a cigarette indoors. He explained the air transmission of Covid is like being near a person smoking a cigarette. If you are in close quarters with the cigarette smoker, you’ll likely leave the room or space smelling like smoke. If you’re in a large space, with good ventilation, you may avoid smelling like smoke.
This paints a picture for us. Close quarters and lack of ventilation are problematic. If you’re planning to celebrate with those outside of your household this holiday season, consider the smoke in the room. Is the smell going to stick to you or is there enough space and air movement to protect yourself and others?
I know we’re tired of hearing about it, but let’s keep doing our part. Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your distance. 2) In 2022 the Clean Energy Frontier program is going to be louder and prouder than ever before. The workplan for the program includes amplifying our economic impact message across the province.
Enough speaking only to those who already know—it’s time to get out of the region and tell the rest of Ontario who we are, what we’re doing and why it matters.
Much of my workplan includes reaching out to new audiences, diversifying our industry audience, speaking with elected officials and arming our local leaders with what we’re learning along the way.
3) Grey County continues to finetune their Climate Change Action Plan. Engagement has taken place and the Grey County Climate Change Task Force will be receiving community and stakeholder feedback next week. You can find the full engagement report through the Grey County agenda web page. Grey County is one step closer to Council adoption and implementation.
The next couple of weeks are going to zip by with no shortage of excitement coming from NII. Be sure to follow us on social media if you aren’t already! You can find NII on Twitter (@OntarioNII), LinkedIn (Nuclear Innovation Institute), Instagram (@niiexplore), and Facebook (@OntarioNII).
Jessica Linthorne is the Director of the Clean Energy Frontier.