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General News · 18th November 2010
Sandra Doren
For Immediate Release, November 18, 2010
“Lighthouses should stay staffed,” Trevena tells Senate Committee

(Campbell River) - North Island MLA Claire Trevena urged the Senate delegation examining the future of lighthouses to keep them staffed.

“Everyone who lives and works on the coast knows how vital our lighthouses are for safety and there is no way that an automated system will provide as much information or assistance as a staffed station,” Trevena told the delegation.

“The waters around the North Island are known to be treacherous and each lighthouse plays a part in marine safety for all users of this highway: crew boats, tug boats, float planes, fishing vessels all need those weather updates and need to know someone is there.”

Trevena toured the lighthouse at Cape Mudge, on Quadra Island, with the Senate delegation and had an hour long meeting with them to further argue the case for keeping the lighthouses staffed.

“Automating the stations simply makes no sense: the amount of information and assistance provided by light keepers, and their reliability, far outweigh any putative savings for DFO’s budget,” said Trevena.

“Lightkeepers assist the Coast Guard and the RCMP in emergencies, they are there in the remote places of our coast when no-one else is.”

Trevena also raised concerns with the Committee about the short notice given for their public hearings on the North Island which had left many people feeling excluded.

Contact: Sandra Doran, Constituency Assistant 250-287-5100