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Vol. 7, No. 3, October 2009

Rupert diversion jobsite

Inauguration of the Tommy-Neeposh scenic lookout Eastmain-1-A jobsite

Eastmain-1-A powerhouse completely enclosed Sarcelle jobsite

Installation of bulb turbine units

INSIDE : November 2009 Partial Diversion of the Rupert River

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Tommy-Neeposh transfer tunnel In memoriam

VGP – The Rupert River transfer tunnel is an important symbol of the jobsite. During its construction, it fascinated workers at the site as well as people just passing through. Everyone admired the huge structure and wanted to visit it. Since the end of August 2009, it has a new special feature—it is now officially known as the Tommy-Neeposh transfer tunnel.

”The land the Creator gave me has been good to me. Now it’s my turn to hand it on to someone else.” (Tommy Neeposh, fall 2007).

In naming the tunnel, Hydro-Québec and SEBJ wanted to pay tribute to this tallyman and officially recognize Mr. Neeposh’s support for the Rupert diversion project. A scenic lookout has been installed at the tunnel’s mouth in his memory and to explain his life’s journey. Tommy Neeposh spent his whole life in the area of the future Rupert diversion bays. From one temporary camp to the next, he tended his trapline to earn a living for his family. Mr. Neeposh, who passed away in April 2008 at the age of 96, remains a prominent figure who adapted to changing times.

Inauguration of the Tommy-Neeposh scenic lookout

CD – On Thursday, October 8th, some 80 people attended the inauguration of the Tommy-Neeposh scenic lookout, which is located upstream of the Tommy-Neeposh transfer tunnel. On hand were forty members of the Neeposh family, as well as representatives from Hydro-Québec and SEBJ, and employees and consultants with close ties to the Neeposh family since the launch of the project.

The ceremony began with a prayer and Kitty Neeposh, the widow of Tommy Neeposh, who passed away in December 2008, cut the ribbon. In their respective speeches, Réal Laporte, President of HQE and CEO of SEBJ, and Normand Béchard, Eastmain Projects Director, underscored the spirit of sharing Mr. Neeposh was known for and spoke of the relationship that developed over the years between the Neeposh family and the project—a shining example of the new relationship forged since the signing of the Paix des Braves.

Jimmy Neeposh then gave a moving account of how firmly his father believed in the importance of sharing and how he would remind him by saying, “You will still have your trapline, but you’re only going to lose a small portion of it. You gain a lot when you give.” After the unveiling of the commemorative plaques, guests were invited to share a meal at the Rupert workcamp cafeteria. Johnny Neeposh gave an eloquent speech on his father’s teachings—wisdom that helped him through his most trying times and which he has since passed on to his own son, Thomas Tremblay-Neeposh, who is currently doing an environmental internship at SEBJ. Wonderful moments were shared by all during this momentous occasion!

Supervisor – Public Relations / Magazine Editor: Bionda Miotto / 819 672-2200 ext. 3854 Writers : Pascal Dion, Véronique Gagnon-Piquès, Catherine Langlois, Jimmy Lavoie, Liza Perron, Mélanie Vachon Contributors : Isabelle Marceau, Yvon Coulombe, Carine Duroche Translator : Margaret Kane Savage / Reviser: Ted Clarke / Graphics : Paul Salois Design Photographer : Paul Brindamour and Christian Paquin / Printer: Imprimerie Lebonfon Eastmain Magazine is published by SEBJ Public Relations for the workers of the Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert project. Internet site : Extranet site: Eastmain Magazine is printed on chlorine- and acid-free EcoLogo certified paper, made in Québec, containing 100% post-consumer fibre, manufactured using biogas energy. 2 Eastmain Magazine, October 2009

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VGP – Contractor Fernand Gilbert ltée is putting the final touches on its work. The final surface course has just been laid on all the dikes, the instrumentation is in place and the installation of road signs and signage identifying the structures will be finished shortly. The contractor will have completed its demobilization in late October.

Forebay – Northern portion Contractor SBC-EMF has finished all its activities. Its equipment has been demobilized since late September and its operating sites (quarries, borrow pits, contractor’s area, etc.) have been rehabilitated. SBC-EMF is the first dike contractor to leave the Rupert jobsite.

Tailbay – Southern portion Contractor CCDC’s work is almost completed. Except for a few sites where it is finalizing the rehabilitation of borrow pits and laying the final surface course on permanent roads, the contractor is focusing on setting up two spawning grounds. One is near Ruisseau-Arques and the other near the Lemare structure; they should both be finished soon. The contractor’s final demobilization should occur in late October.

Tailbay – Northern portion


Rupert diversion jobsite

Forebay – Southern portion

CRT-Hamel is concentrating on two main activities: finalizing the permanent access roads (laying the final surface course) and demobilizing. The contractor should be ready to leave the Rupert jobsite by the end of October.

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Weirs on the Rupert River

Another milestone at the Rupert jobsite! VGP – For contractor EBC-Neilson,

responsible for work at the spillway, concrete work on the Bay 1 spillway chute is almost completed. The contractor and its subcontractor, Construction Euler Inc., are currently installing the sills where the surface gate and emergency stoplogs will fit. Then, the crews of contractor Canmec industriel inc. will adjust the control systems for the surface gate and conduct routine checks to make sure everything is running smoothly. The same steps will be carried out for the emergency stoplogs. At the same time, EBC-Neilson is completing various civil work operations related to the roads, dike LR-57 and Rupert dam. The work should be finished in time for the partial diversion of the Rupert River, scheduled for November.

KP 290 road

KP 49

Activities have slowed down at the eight hydraulic structures on the Rupert River

KP 33

VGP – The two contractors, Newco and Denis Lavoie et Fils, are

awaiting the partial diversion of the Rupert, scheduled for November, before beginning or continuing construction of the structures in the river

KP 290


During the wait, preparatory work is being carried out. This includes screening aggregate for concrete work at KP 33, building a winter road to KP 49, beginning sill-related concrete work with divers in the river at KP 110, installing a temporary bridge to replace a temporary jetty at KP 170, shaping the riverbed at KP 223 by underwater drilling and blasting, and initiating operations at the quarry to prepare material for KP 290.

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VGP – For a third and last season, wood debris will be burned at Rupert jobsite. This year, contractors Jimikin and Tommy Neeposh Forestry Works have to make almost 180 hectares worth of wood debris go up in smoke. These activities, all carried out manually, should continue until mid-October. For the moment, roughly 45 Cree workers are living in temporary bush camps while they do the work. One of the groups is operating northeast of Rupert workcamp, in the Nemiscau River area, while the other is working east of the camp, near the Lemare River. Three representatives of Québec’s forest fire prevention agency, SOPFEU, are on the jobsite to issue burning permits. Their role is to monitor the fires to ensure they are kept under control but, most of all, they have to make sure that environmental conditions are acceptable before any burning begins. The closest fires are about 10 kilometres from the dike and dam sites, which is far enough to avoid affecting workers and contractors.


Rupert diversion jobsite


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Rupert diversion jobsite


VGP – Rupert and Nemiscau workcamps are bustling—while the residents of one camp are leaving because their contractor’s work is done, the other camp is welcoming SEBJ personnel who will be working on the Rupert River weir contracts. Almost 100 SEBJ employees are in transition from one workcamp to the other. The first team, overseeing work on the weirs, made the move to Nemiscau in late September. In mid-October, they were followed by a second wave consisting of the Contract Administration team and the Site Manager’s team (Environment, Occupational Health and Safety, Human Resources and Public Relations). The move from one workcamp to the other is necessary because Rupert workcamp will be closing soon. As people leave, buildings empty out, allowing contractor Makaahiikan’s crews to disconnect water and electrical circuits and to secure furniture in the modules. The Fixed Assets team must also do its rounds to conduct an inventory of the buildings. In the coming weeks, 90% of the modules will be moved to the Côte-Nord region for the Romaine project. By early December, no one will be living at Rupert workcamp. The final tear down is scheduled for December 20.


Aerial view of Rupert workcamp

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JL – Cegerco-Inter-Cité (CIC) has finished concrete work on the penstocks of Eastmain‑1‑A powerhouse. Almost 13,000 cubic metres of concrete have been poured in the three penstocks that will channel water into the powerhouse.

The contractor will be working in overdrive to finish this part of the contract before the end-of-year holidays. As of September 5, more than half the water intake had been concreted. Backfill work on dike LE-14 will provide the final touch. To date, more than one quarter of the backfill material has been placed.

The three ovoid openings, concrete-lined over a diameter of 9.8 metres and hundreds of metres long, will let through 1,344 cubic metres of water… per second! Now that this work has been completed, CIC is focusing on concrete work at the water intake, just upstream of the penstocks.


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Powerhouse penstocks and water intake

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Eastmain-1-A powerhouse completely enclosed

Construction Proco has finished installing the steel structure at the powerhouse, as well as the prefabricated concrete panels. With this work concluded, the shell of Eastmain-1-A powerhouse is completely enclosed.


JL – The structure of Eastmain-1-A powerhouse is gradually taking shape. Now that Neilson-EBC has completed the first phase of concrete work at the powerhouse, it has passed the torch on to Cegerco–Inter-Cité (CIC) for Phase II. The company from Saguenay began its contract with concrete work on the draft tube diffusers. It should be noted that the second phase of civil works at the powerhouse includes placing more than 27,750 cubic metres of concrete. Of that number, 12,000 cubic metres are scheduled to be poured downstream of the powerhouse for the service bridge, diffusers and parking lot; more than 3,700 cubic metres will be reserved for the penstock area; and finally, 12,000 additional cubic metres will be poured in the generating unit area, which includes the scrollcases.

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CL – On August 17, the Mechanical/ Electrical Systems and Infrastructure unit, which moved to the jobsite on August 1 to be where the action is, began a critical construction phase—mechanical/electrical work on the Eastmain-1-A powerhouse. The contract, known as “1LC-480-1-01”, was awarded to Consortium T.A.P. and consists of supplying and installing mechanical and electrical equipment and carrying out architectural work inside the powerhouse. “This is our unit’s most important contract in terms of effort. In fact, it requires three quarters of the team’s energy,” said Claude Courchesne, Manager – Mechanical/ Electrical Systems and Infrastructure. “It involves all the systems needed to operate the powerhouse and generating units, such as pumping, oil, cooling and ventilation systems, as well as the electrical equipment required for them to run,” he added.

Mechanical/Electrical Systems and Infrastructure unit team

This major work will keep about 40 workers busy for two years. In 2010, the unit will have almost twice as many employees. Technical assistants, contract administrators, inspectors, secretaries and clerks will all contribute to ensuring that the mechanical and electrical systems are properly installed and operate smoothly.


Eastmain-1-A jobsite

Mechanical and electrical work begins

Aerial view of the offices of the Mechanical/Electrical Systems and Infrastructure unit and the Engineering unit

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Eastmain-1-A jobsite

Installing steel armoring in the penstocks

In the past few weeks, LAR Machinerie began installing armoring in the penstocks. These impressive steel structures, assembled with high-precision welding by a robot, will provide the connection with the scrollcases.

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CL – The work to install the 18 sections of steel armoring began on August 17, 2009, with the insertion of six sections of armoring into penstock LC-11. The armoring, which is 35 metres long and 8.7 metres in diameter, will be connected to the scrollcase of each generating unit, making the upstream side of the powerhouse watertight. The installation procedure consists of using an overhead travelling crane to lower the six sections of each penstock’s armoring from the service area to the scrollcase level. The next step is to turn and slide the armoring into the penstock using a rail system. Once the six sections are lined up, they are welded by a welding robot.

The complete installation, from insertion to welding, will take about 50 days of work per generating unit. Finally, the standpipe piezometers that will transmit operating pressure will be installed inside the penstocks and up to a metre of concrete will be poured. Once these steps have been completed, a single penstock will be able to channel a flow of about 450 cubic metres of water per second to its generating unit. You may recall that the 18 sections of armoring were delivered to the Eastmain-1-A jobsite, from December 2008 to March 2009, by nine convoys of two semi-trailers.

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Once work had been completed on the concrete-lined portions of the penstocks, contractor LAR Machinerie inc. was able to begin installing the steel armoring inside the other portions on August 17. This procedure, which requires great accuracy, takes about 50 days of work per generating unit.

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Overhead travelling cranes CL – A significant step was taken this summer when two overhead travelling cranes arrived and were installed and commissioned at the Eastmain1-A powerhouse. The lifting devices make it possible to hoist, shift and install a multitude of heavy loads, including the three generating units’ parts. Both the overhead travelling cranes have a control cabin but can operate in tandem—one as master, the other as slave. Each crane consists of two horizontal steel girders that travel on two 133.6-metre-long rails, a main hoist with a capacity of 340 metric tons (MT), and a 25-MT auxiliary hoist with coils of hoisting cable. Operated in tandem, the two overhead cranes have a total hoisting capacity of 650 MT. Québec company COH inc., located in Boisbriand, manufactured these overhead travelling cranes. The parts were transported in early July 2009 by four convoys of 10 semi-trailers.

Once they reached the service area at Eastmain-1-A powerhouse, it took a month to install all the heavy parts and the electrical and auxiliary systems. Then, from July 25 to August 8, 2009, several operating and load tests were conducted. On August 11, 2009, COH inc. officially handed over the overhead travelling cranes to SEBJ.

Since then, the overhead cranes, operated by Voith Hydro, have been used for many jobs, including inserting penstock armoring, installing light fixtures and roof drains, handling materials and repairing concrete. During the next few weeks, they will be used to install the three draft tube cones.

CL – The latest survey, conducted from May 20 to August 19, 2009, on the extranet site, produced some interesting results.


In answer to the question “What source of power generation do

you have most confidence in for the future?”



Solar power

Thank you for participating in our survey!






Wind power

Nuclear power


Other sources

Natural gas

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Of 124 respondents

Results of the latest survey

Eastmain-1-A jobsite

Installing prefabricated parts at Eastmain-1-A powerhouse

Based on innovation values—based on innovation—are encouraging us to reuse ideas that worked, continually improve them and apply them in new projects,” explained Yvan David, Project Administrator – Eastmain-1-A and Sarcelle powerhouses.

To save time and money, the design of Eastmain-1-A powerhouse was completely reviewed and improved to integrate as many prefabricated concrete sections as possible. Adopting design values based on innovation and know-how should pay off handsomely.

These innovation-based values had a major impact on the design of Eastmain-1-A powerhouse and today, on the way it is built. “For example, to move production schedules forward and make it possible to enclose the powerhouse shell before the cold season arrives, we used about 60 prefabricated panels in the downstream wall. We won’t need temporary measures such as expensive heated shelters

to close the powerhouse,” Mr. David added . But there’s more. The process will be used in other parts of Eastmain-1-A powerhouse, starting next year. “In fact, in the downstream section of the building, we will be putting in prefabricated decks and fireproof walls for installation of the transformers. Not so long ago, we would have had to use traditional outdoor concrete pours to build this type of structure. Inside the powerhouse, we will also be installing prefabricated floor slabs, which will enable us to close the generator floor quickly. This will help the mechanical/electrical systems team to proceed with work under the generator floor sooner,” Mr. David concluded.

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JL – First, it should be noted that there is nothing really new about using prefabricated concrete sections for hydroelectric powerhouse design. Laforge-2 generating station in the La Grande complex is a perfect example. Prefabricated parts were used between that facility’s powerhouse and water intake. “Yes, it’s been done before, but our company

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Sarcelle jobsite

Reinforcement work on unit 23

Installation of the superstructure in the service area



Service area

MV – Concrete work is progressing well. Of the 428 pours scheduled, 123 have been carried out since the work began. They represent 6,095 m³ of concrete in the service area and at the water intake and 13,181 m³ in the production area. The concrete work on Sarcelle powerhouse will total 64,000 m³.

MV – To date, 1,864,247 kilos of steel have been used to move the work forward. This is 50% of the amount to be installed, since 3,800,000 kilos are scheduled for installation by the end of the project.

MV – Alma Soudure, which is responsible for supplying and installing the powerhouse superstructure, mobilized on September 8. In 2009, starting on September 15, the contractor began setting up the steel structure solely in the service area. Two months of work are scheduled in the service area.

The work is more or less at the 39% point.


Concrete work on unit 22

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Sarcelle jobsite

Culvert at Km 9.4

Installation of armoring

Bulb units LP – Installation of the draft tube cones for the powerhouse’s three generating units ended in mid-October. The three cones are composed of 12 parts that were assembled into three separate sections before being delivered to the site. At the powerhouse, it took five weeks to put the three sections together. Each of the pieces of armoring weighs about 120 metric tons. Work on the bulb units in 2009 will end at this stage.

Grande Opinaca bridge


Infrastructure LP – Contractor Nabashou was awarded the contract for repairs to 43 kilometres of road and a dozen culverts between the air terminal and the James Bay highway, along with related work. The road resurfacing work, which began on September 14, required at least 120,000 metric tons of crushed stone. Repairs to the culvert at Kilometre 9.4, which started on September 24, took about three weeks. None of this work required any bypass roads. The contract for repairing the Grande Opinaca bridge should be awarded shortly.

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clearance sale

MV – Hydro-Québec is innovating by choosing bulb unit technology for Sarcelle powerhouse. Invented in the early 1930s and based on Swiss firm Escher Wyss’s patents, the technology was subsequently applied to many low-head sites, mainly in southern Bavaria. Bulb-type units are particularly well suited to Sarcelle’s low head (11.7 metres) and substantial flow—in this case, a rated design flow of 430 m³/s per water intake. Furthermore, they can be used in discharge mode to manage the water level of Opinaca reservoir. Unlike Francis turbine units, bulb units do not need penstocks and are installed horizontally. The water from the headrace will flow through the trashrack upstream of the bulb unit. It will then reach the torpedo-shaped casing and pass around it to enter the stay ring and distributor. The amount of water reaching the runner blades is controlled by the angle of the distributor’s guide vanes. The runner turbines the water, creating the energy needed to

turn the generator at a rated speed of 85.7 RPM. The water then continues on its way through the draft tube cone and into the tailrace. Sarcelle powerhouse has a total installed capacity of 150 MW. According to the contract, the generator will have a minimum capacity of 46.3 MVA, for a rated net head of 10.8 metres, and a maximum capacity of 59 MVA, for a rated net head of 13 metres. The generators’ expected capacity factor is 77%, allowing maintenance and repairs to be conducted during the remaining 23%. To date, the draft tube cone armoring of units 21 and 22 has been installed, and unit 23 was installed on October 10. So things are going very smoothly with regard to early experiences at Sarcelle.


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Installation of bulb turbine units

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Sarcelle jobsite


LP – The engineering sector has made a major contribution to Sarcelle jobsite’s innovative spirit. When it comes to drafting, the Autodesk series of design software is being used less frequently. On the other hand, CATIA software, created by Dassault Systèmes, has many advantages that make it possible to optimize the construction of the first bulb-unit equipped powerhouse in Québec. In fact, in the energy sector, Hydro-Québec is the first company in the world to use CATIA to design a hydroelectric powerhouse. Computer-Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA) was created in 1970 for the aviation industry. In 1981, Dassault Systèmes became a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation.

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The development and marketing of the CATIA software, as well as other 3D design and imaging systems, then became accessible to all industries. Revamping the way hydroelectric structures are designed is a major challenge, but the people at Sarcelle jobsite have met it skilfully from the outset. The SEBJ team and the contractors tackled problems that came up head on, knowing well that they were making significant headway with CATIA. In fact, contractor Canmec industriel, responsible for supplying and installing the trashracks, stoplogs and the gantry crane at the water intake, has taken the initiative and is using Catia for its blueprints. Also, the contractor in charge of concrete work at the Sarcelle powerhouse, water intake and related work has confirmed its satisfaction with the results obtained.

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“Now, after more than three months of using CATIA software, we can say that we made the right choice*.” Reluctance to try new methods is becoming a thing of the past, and giant strides are being made. One of the advantages of the CATIA scale model of Sarcelle is that it can continue to develop. Its evolution makes it possible to add various construction processes (electrical, mechanical, civil, ventilation, plumbing). Interface problems— conflicts between construction processes—are thus avoided. For example, by incorporating the water intake’s rebar parameters into the master scale model, conflicts can be avoided when it’s time to install electrical systems. This means saving time and money while optimizing powerhouse construction schedules. Being able to detect and fix issues even before they occur—now that’s innovation!

YVES PROVENCHER a.k.a Mr. CATIA! At Sarcelle, using CATIA, it can be done in five hours. With CATIA, staff can save two-thirds of the time it takes to calculate the overbreak that is not in the consultant’s scale model. Using AutoCAD, the calculation could take 80 hours; now the entire overbreak can be calculated in 25.

Yves Provencher is a very important part of Sarcelle jobsite’s innovative vision

LP – When it comes to CATIA, the man of the hour, Yves Provencher, is optimistic, motivated and open to change. To him, this new technology is synonymous with innovation in the world of 3D. Considering the numerous advantages offered by CATIA, Yves doesn’t regret a moment of the time he spent learning the software. One aspect of his job is changing the master scale model provided by consulting firm Tecsult to make it reflect on-the-ground reality. It’s difficult to compare CATIA to software of the AutoDesk series used in the past because the new software doesn’t have the same functions. The fact remains that when you look at the time it takes to modify the consultant’s scale model, the progress is obvious. For example, with AutoCAD, it used to take at least a day to insert survey points and connect them together to create a network that would become a “skin” or 3D surface.

Mr. Provencher’s proficiency is amazing considering that August 4, 2008, was the first time he ever touched the CATIA software. His training began in earnest with the help of Séjourné Morin, Ferrari cylinder block design specialist, and Serge Paradis, aeronautics engineer. Although there is always room for improvement in learning a new software language and the various functions, after one year of perseverance and effort, the results are very encouraging. Now it’s Yves’ turn to train CRT-Hamel’s engineers and drafting personnel, in addition to the many presentations he gives to show the kind of progress that can be made by mastering software like CATIA. Yves Provencher is a very important part of Sarcelle jobsite’s innovative vision.

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Sarcelle jobsite

TEAL LP – In addition to being a duck, teal (sarcelle in French) is a bluish green. Sarcelle was a prophetic name for a workcamp with a green vocation. Here, using plastic bags has been relegated to the past—re-use is the way of the future! Since April, the workers at Sarcelle jobsite have been making highly appreciated efforts to reduce their use of non-biodegradable products. With a little goodwill, it’s possible to change the habits of a lifetime. In fact, although apprehensive at first, the workers say that it is an excellent idea and that the project should have been initiated a long time ago. Indeed, the Montréal environment team’s sustainable development goal is to implement the use of reusable bags in the territory’s other workcamps this fall.

Of course, this type of experience often works by trial and error, but the results are what count in the long run. We have managed to eliminate approximately 13 000 plastic bags a month. In the same green vein, 600 reusable mugs have been distributed to workers since Father’s Day. The Sarcelle jobsite contractors participated in implementing this second stage of environmental awareness. Since everyone got involved, we managed to reduce the amount of garbage headed for the landfill site yet again. On the strength of these results, management has decided to take another step by purchasing cardboard containers instead of the styrofoam usually used in the cafeteria. All of these actions we take together will return Sarcelle to its original shade and remind us that we should be working toward a green future!

Great strides for inter-workcamp initiatives! The objective of this initiative was to allow workers to become familiar with the workcamp facilities and to share the fun of belonging to the huge team working on the Eastmain-1-A/ Sarcelle/Rupert project. A total of 32 people participated. The meeting began on Saturday, August 22, with a show by Jonathan Painchaud under the tent. The next morning, there was a volleyball tournament involving five teams—two from Rupert workcamp and three from the host camp. A lively soccer match between players from Rupert and Sarcelle was held on the outdoor skating rink. Many supporters came out to cheer for both teams.

LP – The first SEBJ inter-workcamp meeting, organized in concert with the Sarcelle workcamp recreation team, was held on August 22 and 23.

It was a festive group that enjoyed the tasty dishes accompanying the corn boil. The activities ended with a presentation about the structures and a jobsite visit.

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When it comes to health and safety, we all have a role to play! The construction industry is a sector where sites often have a high risk of work-related accidents. YC – We all have an essential role to play in preventing accidents—a role that extends far beyond simply complying with regulations. At work, each of us must actively participate in prevention efforts. This applies to laborers as well as project managers, not to mention inspectors, kitchen workers and everyone else.

Roles vary; a project manager doesn’t have the same role as a site manager or heavy equipment operator. Still, each worker plays an essential part in preventing work-related accidents and occupational diseases.


Experienced workers can help younger workers become aware of the dangers they face and tell them how to prevent accidents.


Keep the jobsite clean and clear. Don’t underestimate your own contribution; your involvement is important and your role is essential.


For a jobsite to be safe, each of us must take steps to remove or isolate a hazard to avoid being injured or injuring another worker.


Neglecting your role in terms of prevention means not considering the consequences of an accident on you and the people around you. The result can be even harder to bear if another worker is injured through your negligence.

On the jobsites, at the workcamps or during recreational activities, we all have a role to play when it comes to preventing work-related accidents. [Reference: Olympe 212 educational leaflet]

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IM - As you know, construction work on the structures in the Rupert diversion bays is winding down. Accordingly, summer 2009 was bustling with environmental activities. These included revegetation of several borrow pits and construction roads. More than 836,000 green alders, 228,000 jack pines and 14,000 poplars were planted. As well, 121 hectares—especially areas bordering on permanent roads—were seeded with a mixture of herbaceous and graminaceous plants, including red fescue, timothy, red-top, birdsfoot trefoil, white clover, barley and reed phalaris.

Environmental activities Summer 2009

Three sand pits were specially developed to mitigate project impacts on the traplines of tallymen affected by the project. This special work consisted of building gooseponds for hunting. The small basins excavated in the cleared and seeded areas will fill with snowmelt water. These new areas of open water should appeal to Canada geese during their northern migration. In total, 11 spawning grounds have been developed to compensate for the loss of fish habitat related to flow diverted toward the diversion bays. They include multi-species spawning grounds downstream of instream flow release structures for lake whitefish, yellow walleye and suckers, as well as spawning grounds for lake trout in some lakes and lake sturgeon in the Rupert and Misticawissich rivers. Since restoration in the diversion bay area has not been completed, additional planting, seeding and rehabilitation work is planned for summer 2010. In addition to physical development, a number of environmental follow-up studies were conducted or continued this summer, partly to establish a baseline (before the partial diversion of the Rupert River) for later analysis of the actual impact of this major project on various sensitive elements of the environment. These included monitoring of special-status plant species along the Nemiscau and Rupert rivers, Rupert riverbank monitoring, water quality monitoring, monitoring of waterfowl and Canada geese, eelgrass monitoring, telemetric monitoring of lake sturgeon, monitoring of fish populations in the Rupert River and in the increased flow sections, and establishing a complementary baseline for cisco. Meanwhile, the land users have not been overlooked. There were follow-up studies on the human environment, such as monitoring the consequences of the project for participating Cree workers and monitoring relations between Cree villages and the workcamps. Finally, a special touch was added at the end of the summer when a commemorative scenic lookout was built in honor of the Neeposh family. From now on, the transfer tunnel will be called the “tunnel de transfert Tommy-Neeposh” in memory of the tallyman.

Erratum: The author’s by-line for the article A few northern flowers, page 16, should have read Elefthérios Théophanidis, a.k.a. E.T.

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