Positive reaction from Northwest residents on lighthouse committee recommendations

Senate recommends government not to destaff lighthouses

12/21/2010

 A Senate committee report recommends the federal government halt its plan to destaff lightstations. A fact-finding team travelled to Prince Rupert and other parts of B-C and to Newfoundland last month to study the issue of staffing the operations. Senators say a cost-benefit analysis needs to be carried out on automated lightstations, but some situations require a human touch. The Commodore of the sailing association in Prince Rupert was one of the stakeholders that met with the Senators ands says although he was skeptical of the meeting, today he feels differently.

" Yeah we're very happy myself and my association" Says Dave Anderson the Commodore of the North Coast Sailing Association. "We're very happy to have had that unanimous vote. Hopefully they can convince Fisheries Minister Gail Shea that that's the way to go." The committee that visited 11 lightstations in Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia says future staffing decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis. A spokeswoman for Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says she is reviewing it.

Sahar Nassimdoost/ John Crawford