Tuesday, 18 September 2012

OGS Ottawa Branch September Meeting

The Ottawa Branch OGS meeting is on Saturday, 22 September 2012. It will be held at the Diefenbunker, Canada`s Cold War Museum, at 3911 Carp Road. A pre-meeting starts at 1:00 PM with tour starting at 2PM.

The Diefenbunker is a four-level subterranean facility at Carp affording protection against a blast equivalent to 5 million tons of TNT exploding about a mile away. The structure was described as “a monolithic heavily reinforced high strength concrete box,”154 feet on each side, resting on a 5 ½ foot bed of gravel and surrounded by 5 feet of gravel. The walls are 4 feet thick; the floors 2 feet. In total 32,000 tons of concrete and 5,000 tons of reinforcing steel were used.

The bunker became operational in 1961 providing a protected working environment for 535 people for up to 30 days. The Governor General, cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and very limited staff would have found a place in the bunker.

The facility, decommissioned in December 1994, was eventually acquired by a charitable corporation, and operates as the Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum and, a National Historic Site (www.diefenbunker.ca/).

Go to http://ogsottawa.on.ca/category/events/branchmeetings/ for more information on this event.

Meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. for coffee & announcements.
Tour commences at 2:00 p.m. (1 hour tour)
Please note that there are quite a few stairs. We can make use of the elevator.
We also have a couple of wheelchairs on hand
The Branch is covering the cost of the tour. So no charge for this tour!

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