Canadore / Nipissing deal with damage after hydro fails

January 6, 2008

Canadore College and Nipissing University, which share a campus in North Bay, shut down unexpectedly on December 27th when a powerful surge knocked out power.  The surge was caused because thieves stole a vital section of copper grounding wire at a distribution grid. When systems tried to restart a week later, several water pumps and motors failed to start and fire-suppressant sprays discharged in a computer lab. More than $250,000 has been spent replacing wiring, and officials have disposed of all food stored in residence fridges and freezers.