What If?

On Sunday, January 12, the Ontario Emergency Measures Office issued and then withdrew an emergency alert for the Pickering Nuclear Station.


Sent across the province around 7:30, you may have received the alert on your cellphone, heard it on the radio or seen it on your TV. Then Ontario Power Generation sent out a tweet about 40 minutes after the emergency alert saying it was a mistake. It took two hours after the initial alert for the follow-up alert to be sent.

The province’s solicitor general said the error occurred during a routine training exercise being conducted by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC). In the course of that testing, she said, it appears someone mistakenly pushed the alert on a “live pathway” instead of a “test pathway.”

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