No more lighthouse staff cuts

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced yesterday that her department will stop removing staff from lighthouses in our province, as well as in B.C. Her statement came after a Senate committee did a review of lightstations and issued a report urging the department to stop cutting staff on both coasts. Shea ordered the review a year ago and it was adopted by the Senate this week. Members of the Senate committee toured several lightstations in the two provinces last year and heard overwhelming support for lighthouse personnel. Keepers and their supporters warned that removing staff could endanger mariners, search and rescue operations and even Canadian sovereignty.

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