SPCNH had a chance to participate in the Get to Know Deep River event led by the Algonquin Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Renfrew County Science Fair. This event was held virtually on March 24, 2021.
The Society for the Preservation of Canada’s Nuclear Heritage wishes you a safe and joyous new year! Despite the limitations imposed in 2020, we had our busiest year yet. We plan to be even busier in 2021, and continue growing our activities (hopefully eventually in person).
Our 2021 membership form is also now available.
We held our 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually on October 7th, 2020.
You can watch the meeting on YouTube. Agenda, slides, the minutes of the 2019 AGM, and 2019 expenses are available from the links below.
On Monday June 29th, the Society was happy to receive several members of the leadership teams from AECL and CNL for a (masked and socially distanced) tour of our interim storage facility in Deep River. This visit represented an important milestone in relationship between the labs and SPCNH and is hopefully the beginning of greater collaborations to come.
A new article has been posted on the construction, operation, and legacy of ZEEP, including many pictures courtesy of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.
This year, 2020, both the Town of Deep River and the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) are celebrating 75th anniversaries. Many events are planned to celebrate the town’s creation in 1945. To commemorate the September 5, 1945 start-up of the ZEEP reactor at CRL, the Society for the Preservation of Canada’s Nuclear Heritage Inc (SPCNHI) has produced a commemorative stamp.
ZEEP (Zero Energy Experimental Pile) was the first reactor in the world outside of the USA to go into operation. The Society issued an invitation to the nuclear and local communities last July to provide a suitable design for a stamp and two recent arrivals at CNL from Alberta, Herbert Mueller and Abra O’Leary, took on the challenge. Their design is based on a photo from the top of ZEEP from the mid 1950’s with two researchers making adjustments to the hanging strings of fuel in the reactor. (The researchers in the original photo were Bill Dickerson and Dave Hone.) Sourena Golesorkhi provided the physics calculations seen in the background. The stamps are recognized by Canada Post as official Canadian “permanent stamps” and can be used as such. In addition to the stamps, Morgan Brown has designed a companion commemorative ZEEP envelope.
Both the stamp, in booklets of twelve (for $25), and the envelope with the commemorative stamp (for $5), are available to the public. They will be on sale at the SPCNHI events throughout the year, or by contacting Jim Ungrin at ungrinjr(at)gmail.com. Mail orders should be addressed to SPCNHI, PO Box 441, Deep River ON, K0J 1P0.
Morgan Brown attended the 2019 Annual Canadian Nuclear Society Conference in Ottawa, to deliver a presentation “One Artifact at a Time – Preserving Canada’s Nuclear Heritage”. We hope to attend more such meetings and further spread awareness of the Society and its mission!
Our president, Michael Stephens, will be delivering a presentation to the Chalk River branch of the CNS on Nov 12 at 6:30 PM at the JL Gray building in Deep River. Attendance is free to all members of the public. More info.
We are holding an open house at our interim storage facility. Come see our collection of artifacts, documents, and photos and the foundation of what we are hoping will be a full fledged museum in the very near future.
When: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: 51 Poplar St, Deep River, ON K0J, Canada