$9M for energy sector ad campaign. $5M for Office of Religious Freedom. No $700K for Coast Guard base…

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Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you, gentlemen, for being here in front of the committee…

I’ll ask my second question, on the Canadian Coast Guard. The department has announced it will be consolidating five MCTS stations in the Pacific region into two centres for the entire coast, and you also intend to close the Kitsilano coast guard station in Vancouver, the third largest city in the country and the busiest port in the country.

Could you tell us how much this closure will cost and how much it will save in terms of operating the station? It’s my understanding that the annual operation of the Kits coast guard station is as little as $900,000 per year. You can correct me if this is not the case.

Mr. Marc Grégoire:

On the greater Vancouver area, I have to say, first of all, that our top priority is the safety of mariners in Vancouver, as well as elsewhere in Canada. We wouldn’t put on the table any proposal that would affect the safety of mariners. When we develop proposals throughout the coast guard, we look at the level of service offered in every port and every major city in Canada. Obviously we thought we could achieve efficiencies in Vancouver. We have two lifeboat stations located in the port of Vancouver. One is Kitsilano and the other is Sea Island. We felt that by reorganizing the various services in the area, we could be more efficient by reducing the number of stations by one.

We have proposed closing Kitsilano station, and we are now in the process of doing so, but it is not a pure closure.

We have looked at the port of Vancouver and the services it offers and have compared the port with those in all of the other big cities and the services with the kinds of services offered elsewhere. For the busy season, for instance, we have decided to add an in-shore rescue boat that will operate from May or maybe late April to September. We’re just finalizing the analysis for that now. We have added money to the contribution that we give to the coast guard auxiliary, also known as the RCMSAR, in B.C. They are moving around some of their stations, providing additional capacity.

There are a lot of vehicles of opportunity in the port of Vancouver.

We have 12 FTEs in total in Kitsilano. Closing it will not incur a lot of cost per se, but we will save about $900,000 per year, and we have already announced that we will provide the RCMSAR with $100,000 per year. The minister announced that in June. We will fund the inshore rescue boat station, which is operated by trained students at minimal cost. The net savings are in the order of $700,000.

Source:   Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans December 4 2012

 

In the News

Union links fatal heart attack to Kits coast guard closure: Hovercraft took too long to reach stricken crew member on cargo ship, says union  April 12 2013  | CBC

More concerns raised about coast guard base closure after man suffers fatal heart attack on freighter  April 12 2013 | Vancouver Sun

Fatal distress call re-opens debate on the closure of the Kitsilano coast guard station  April 11 2013 | Global

Ottawa tightens tanker safety with $120-million plan  March 18 2013 | Globe & Mail

Feds spent $21M on Economic Action Plan ads in 2011-12: annual report  March 11 2013 | Winnipeg Free Press

Coast Guard exercise cut short after hovercraft problem  March 7 2013 | CTV

Danger of base closure exposed  March 7 2013 | Province

Georgia Strait rescue took too long, critics of Kitsilano Coast Guard base closure say (with video)  March 7 2013 | Vancouver Sun

Point Grey fishing boat rescue: We were lucky this time, says Vancouver councillor  March 6 2013 | Province

Clark links acceptance of oil pipelines to Coast Guard base’s future  March 6 2013 | Globe & Mail

NDP points to ‘close’ call, argues to reopen Kitsilano Coast Guard station  March 5 2013 | 24

Dismantling of the Kits Coast Guard base begins: A ramp connecting the building with the docks is gone   February 28 2013 | News1130

Contamination suspected at closed Kits Coast Guard base February 26 2013 | CTV

What the heck happened to the Kitsilano coast guard station?  February 25 2013 | Metro

Summary: The dodgy timeline of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base closure  February 25 2013 | Kitsilano

Is federal land deal behind Kits coast guard closure?  February 24 2013 | Province

Tories defend Kits Coast Guard closure February 23 2013 | CBC

Hasty closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard station may relate to sale of site  February 23 2013 | Province

Kitsilano Coast Guard base closure prompts safety concerns from fire department  February 22 2013 | Beacon News

Kits Coast Guard loses out to N.L. base  February 21 2013 | CBC

Harper Government Announces the Construction of a New Coast Guard Lifeboat Station for Burin  February 21 2013

Feds announce new Nfld Coast Guard base after Kits closure: Harper government says it’s trying to cut costs  February 21 2013 | NEWS1130

UPDATE: Harper Government to Extend the Life of the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet  February 21 2013 | MarketWire

Coast guard admits police, fire not told of station closure  February 20 2013 | CBC

Federal government closes Vancouver’s Kitsilano coast guard station  February 20 2013 | Vancouver Sun

Vancouver-South MP Wai Young defends closure of Kits Coast Guard base  February 20 2013 | Vancouver Courier

Conservative gov’t not discussing Kits Coast Guard closure: The feds were in Vancouver to make a military funding announcement  February 20 2013 | News1130

Vancouver’s mayor, fire chief say lives at risk with closure of coast guard base  February 20 2013 | Yahoo

Outrage over Harper government’s abrupt closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard station  February 20 2013 |  Vancity Buzz

Vancouver ‘shocked’ as feds close Kits Coast Guard base  February 19 2013 | Metro

Kitsilano Coast Guard station is suddenly closed: Ottawa had not given a firm date on its closure  February 19 2013 | News1130

Vancouver coast guard station officially closes  February 19 2013 | CBC

Mayor Gregor Robertson calls closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard station “sad day for Vancouver”  February 19 2013 | Georgia Straight

Cummins to Harper – Don’t close Kits coast guard base  February 13 2013 | CKNW

 ”We are talking about a 700-thousand dollar saving but if you subtract from that the cost of the summer relief program and then the cost of coverage from Richmond base the savings are insignificant and they pale in comparison to the risk the boating public will be faced with the closure of this base.”

Harper confirms Kitsilano coast guard station will close   February 8 2013 | CBC

Harper says closure of Vancouver coast guard base in keeping with public safety   February 8 2013 | Global

Boat owners asked to check vessels for possible damage from Coast Guard hovercraft  January 29 2013 | Global

Citizens, politicians rally against Kits Base closure    January 19 2013 | CKNW

Hope for Kitsilano coast guard?: Stephen Harper was in BC today, where he commented about the Kitsilano coast guard station   February 8 2013 | Global

Boat owners asked to check vessels for possible damage from Coast Guard hovercraft  January 29 2013 | Global

Kitsilano Coast Guard Base Should Stay Open: B.C. Leaders  January 20 2013 | Huffington Post

Vancouver rally demands reversal of coast guard closure   January 19 2013 | CBC

Rally pleads for Ottawa to save Kits Coast Guard  January 19 2013 | CTV

B.C. premier slams Ottawa for closing Coast Guard station:  Clark issues YouTube plea asking federal government to reconsider decision  January 19 2013 | CBC

Final stretch to save Kits Coast Guard Station: Politicians from all party stripes band together to keep base alive  January 19 2013 |  News 1130

Dix and Cummins to speak out to save Kitsilano Coast Guard Station  January 18 2013 | BIV

B.C. Premier posts video opposing closure of Kits coast guard station  January 18 2013 | Vancouver Sun

Christy Clark intent on convincing Ottawa to reconsider closing Kitsilano rescue station  January 18 2013 | Globe & Mail

A life and death gamble  January 18 2013 | Richmond News

Harper Government Announces New Inshore Rescue Boat Station and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Assets in Vancouver Harbour  January 9 2013 | Canada News Centre

Coast Guard auxiliary station in Coal Harbour to ease sting of Kitsilano closure     January 9 2013 | Global

Mayor’s statement regarding Kitsilano Coast Guard closure  January 9 2013

Feds’ plan for 3-person summer crew is poor replacement for Kitsilano coast guard base, critics say  January 9 2013 | Province

Speaking Notes for Randy Kamp, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to  The Honourable Keith Ashfield, P.C., M.P.  Minister of Fisheries and Oceans at the Announcement of Vancouver Location For New CCG Inshore Rescue Boat Station  | Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA  January 9, 2013

Rescue boat calls to double  January 15 2013  | North Shore News

Vancouver mayor unimpressed with federal government’s rescue boat for Deadman’s Island: Mayor Gregor Robertson urges public pushback against closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard Base  January 10 2013 | Vancouver Courier

Harper Government Announces New Inshore Rescue Boat Station and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Assets in Vancouver Harbour  January 9 2013 | DFO

Coast guard to base inflatable rescue boat in Stanley Park  January 9 2013 | CBC

Three-person summer crew replaces Vancouver’s closing coast guard station  January 9 2013 | Time Colonist

Rescue boat to be stationed at HMCS Discovery   January 9 2013 |  CKNW

Feds’ plan for 3-person summer crew is poor replacement for Kitsilano coast guard base, critics say January 9 2013 | Province

Rub-a-dub-dub, Kits station replaced by three crew in a rubber tub  January 9 2013 | Metro

Ottawa plan to proceed with closing of Kitsilano rescue station raises furor January 9 2013  | Globe & Mail

Harper Government Announces New Inshore Rescue Boat Station and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Assets in Vancouver Harbour  January 9 2013 | Yahoo

Kits Coast Guard Station workers handed pink slips: Some employees transferred ahead of potential spring closure  December 29 2012 | News 1130

Agricultural zoning a hurdle for search-and-rescue base  December 12 2012 | Victoria Times Colonist

Lives worth more than cash saved by closing Kits coast guard base  December 7 2012 | Vancouver Sun

Poll shows cuts to Canadian Coast Guard could cost Conservative cabinet minister John Duncan his seat in Vancouver Island North; voters strongly oppose planned closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard Station and Vancouver, Comox, Tofino Marine Communications & Traffic Services centres  December 6 2012 | PR Newswire

Vancouver fire and police departments ask feds to reconsider closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard base  December 5 2012 | Postmedia

Vancouver police and fire chiefs write letters to PM opposing Kits base closure  December 4 2012 | Global

Retiring Coast Guard officer slams Kitsilano base closure  November 30 2012 | CTV

Second B.C. shipping incident in two days heightens concerns over Enbridge Northern Gateway project  November 23 2012  | Vancouver Sun

KITS COAST GUARD TO CLOSE??? What are they thinking?  November 21 2012 | David Talks/The Berner Monologues

Earthquake fears prompt more warnings against closing Kits base  November 6 2012 | CKNW

Searching For An Answer: Dealing With the Loss of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base  October 2012 | Helicopters Magazine

Concerns about cutting Coast Guard services in wake of severe weather  October 30 2012 | Global

Marine search and rescue buy training base  October 24 2012 | Sook News Mirror

Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Closure Update  October 16 2012 | JSCA

GOOD SUMMARY: An Oil Spill ‘Perfect Storm’  October 13 2012 | Huffington Post

RELEVANT:  Fall 2010 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development   March 10 2011 | Office of the Auditor General of Canada

B.C. senior minister defends Kits Coast Guard closure despite municipal opposition  September 28 2012 | CTV

UBCM calls for meetings with feds over Coast Guard cuts  September 26 2012 | Metro

Volunteer search-and-rescue president upset over Kits base letter: Negative comments cast aspersions on his crews’ training and dedication, he says  September 24 2012 | Vancouver Sun

Board of Metro Vancouver votes to keep the Kitsilano Coast Guard station running  September 23 2012 | Global

Report: Anticipated Impacts of the Canadian Coast Guard  Kitsilano Base ase Closure Closure

Region opposes Kitsilano coast guard closure  September 21 2012 | North Shore Outlook

Coast Guard confirms base closure despite Vancouver city council fears: City says gap in rescue service created by impending closure of Kits base  September 19 2012 | Vancouver Courier

Kits Coast Guard closure would shift burden onto city: report  September 19 2012 | Metro

Vancouver councillor takes aim at Fisheries Minister’s “contradictory” remarks   September 19 2012 | Metro

Anticipated Impacts of the Canadian Coast Guard Kitsilano Base Closure  September 18 2012 | Vancouver

Vancouver staff say closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard Station will create “significant” safety gap  September 18 2012 | Georgia Straight

Kitsilano Coast Guard closure will create safety ‘gaps’  September 18 2012 | CBC

Kits Coast Guard Base proponents demand dialogue  September 15 2012 | CTV

Coroner’s jury says keep Kits Coast Guard base open  September 14 2012 | CKNW

Report slams coast guard closure  September 14 2012 | CTV

Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Update CCG Rescue Coordination Centre Strongly Objects to Closure  September 13 2012 | JSCA

The quiet cuts  September 12 2012 | Macleans

JRCC opposes closure of Kits CCG base  September 10 2012 | BC Shipping News

Maritime coordinators object to Kitsilano Coast Guard Base closure: Memo   September 10 2012 | Postmedia

Closure of Kitsilano coast guard base will cost lives, report proves: union: Joint Rescue Coordination Centre cites ‘increased casualties’ and potential overuse of replacement boat as possible outcomes  September 8 2012 | Vancouver Sun

Harper Government Establishes New Coast Guard Search and Rescue Resources on the Great Lakes  September 7 2012 | DFO Government of Canada

FEDERAL BUDGET: Cuts at Environment Canada mean fewer left to clean up oil-spill mess  September 6 2012 | Globe & Mail

Vancouver is Well-served by the Canadian Coast Guard  August 27 2012 | Canadian Coast Guard

POLITICIANS FROM ALL SIDES PROTEST KITS COAST GUARD CLOSURE  August 26 2012 | SaveKitsBase

New Search and Rescue Assets in Vancouver Area  August 25 2012 | DFO

Kitsilano Coast Guard Base: Vancouver Politicians Join Rally  August 25 2012 | Hiffington Post

Internal memos warned of oil spill response risk: Feds will close local oil-spill office  August 22 2012 | Vancouver Courier

Weekend Search and Rescue Shows Need to Keep Kitsilano SAR Base, Says Union  August 7 2012 | Ottawa Citizen

‘Completely insane’ sale of CG cutters, should lead to firing says ex light keeper  August 6 2012 | Postmedia

RELEVANT: New Coast Guard vessel arrives  June 30 2010 | CR Mirror

Gov’t sells cutters for scrap price  August 2 2012 | Postmedia

Mulcair and Dix demand closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard be reversed  July 11 2012 | Global

Volunteers at eye of Kits closure storm: Rescuers tapped to fill gap left by Coast Guard cuts  July 6 2012 | North Shore News

Environment Minister Terry Lake presses for increased coast guard along B.C. shores  July 3 2012 | Vancouver Sun

Report: Oil Spills and Vancouver’s Stanley Park   July 2012 | Wilderness Committee

New boat doesn’t make up for Kits coast guard closure: union  June 28 2012 | Vancouver Sun

B.C. coast guard cuts ‘fiscally responsible’: Fisheries minister defends funding decision that critic calls ‘irresponsible’  June 26 2012 |CBC

Fisheries minister in town to defend closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard base  June 26 2012 | Global

Critics accuse government of damage control over Coast Guard closure  June 26 2012 | Metro

Kitsilano Coast Guard station consultation but no change in gov’t decision  June 26 2012 | CBC

Speaking Notes for The Honourable Keith Ashfield, P.C., M.P. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans at the Funding Announcement for  Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA June 26, 2012  June 26 2012 | Canadian Coast Guard

Come Hell or High Water

Liberal MPs call on local Conservatives to help save Kits Coast Guard base  June 19 2012 | BIV

Feds flagged Enbridge project for inadequate oil spill response plan: document  June 17 2012 | Postmedia

Rethink Canadian Coast Guard cuts, conservative MP says  June 15 2012 | Postmedia

Rescuers sound alarm over coast guard closure  June 13 2012 | North Shore News

Fisheries Minister to defend Kits base closure here: Ottawa insists new boat, hovercraft, volunteer Coast Guard will fill gap  June 12 2012 | News 1130

Fisheries Minister defends decision to close Kitsilano Coast Guard station  June 11 2012 | Globe & Mail

McInnes: Wilful ignorance or contempt? Kits base closing follows a pattern: No matter the argument, the Conservative mouthpiece issues the same patently untrue justification  June 6 2012 | Vancouver Sun

Search and rescue volunteers perish in B.C.  June 3 2012 | Globe & Mail

BC Conservative expects a reversal on Kitsilano Coast Guard: John Cummins says his former colleagues in Ottawa will eventually change their minds on closing the base  June 2 2012 | News 1130

Kitsilano Coast Guard Station closure will cost lives and threaten economy, according to rescue experts  June 1 2012 | Georgia Straight

Kitsilano coast guard closure draws crowd  June 1 2012 | CBC

Op-Ed: The Pembina Institute responds to federal environmental cuts  May 30 2012 | Digital Journal

Editorial: Open books on reason for closing Kits base  May 29 2012 | Postmedia

B.C. asks feds to rethink Coast Guard base closure  May 28 2012 | CTV

Clark tells Ottawa to leave Coast Guard base at Kitsilano open  May 28 2012 | Globe & Mail

Coast guard cuts prompt formal B.C. complaint: Province asks Ottawa to reconsider closing stations at Kitsilano, Comox and Tofino  May 28 2012 | CBC

Volunteers can’t replace coast guard: rescuers  May 27 2012 | CTV

Coast Guard acknowledges only DND consulted about B.C. station closures    May 26 2012 | Telegram

B.C. Coast Guard Auxiliary gets new name  May 26 2012 | CBC

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue: A New Look for B.C.’s Marine Rescuers  May 26 2012 | MarketWire

Ottawa only talked to itself on Coast Guard base closure  May 25 2012 | North Shore Outlook

No outside consultation in Coast Guard station closure  May 25 2012 | CTV

Summer rescue boat service planned for Vancouver  May 25 2012 | CBC

Kitsilano Coast Guard Base Floundering, Again Ottawa slaps Vancouver, says “Let them eat wake!”  May 24 2012 | Jerico Sailing Centre

McInnes: Coast guard cuts reduce odds of survival in cold water  May 23 2012 |  Vancouver Sun

Concerns over Kitsilano coast guard closure lead to Vancouver council, park board motions  May 23 2012 | Georgia Straight

Councillors join fight to save Kitsilano coast guard station: Federal government says Richmond’s Sea Island station will serve Vancouver Harbour  May 23 2012 | CBC

Statement by the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary- Pacific on Changes to Canadian Coast Guard Operations  May 23 2012

Closing Kits Coast Guard base called ‘sheer madness’  May 22 2012 | CTV

Anger grows over planned closure of Kits Coast Guard Station: A public campaign is being launched to save Canada’s busiest station  May 22 2012 | News 1130

Why the Conservatives are idiots about the Kits Coast Guard Station  May 22 2012 | CKNW

55 lives saved so far this year by staff at Kitsilano Coast Guard Station that will be closed by federal cuts – including 9 lives saved during Victoria Day long weekend, Coast Guard union announces in launching campaign to save Station from closure  May 22 2012 | PSAC

Coast Guard Union to launch campaign to save Kitsilano station  May 21 2012 | Global

Rescuers hope life-saving list will save Kits Coast Guard: Union of Canadian Transportation Employees says Vancouver needs a base  May 21 2012 | News 1130

Liberal MP Joyce Murray condemns Conservative government’s closure of Kitsilano rescue centre  May 19 2012 | Georgia Straight

Kitsilano search-and-rescue station a victim of Coast Guard budget cuts: The federal government says the area will be well-served by the Sea Island hovercraft base in Richmond  May 18 2012 | Vancouver Sun

Mayors angry over federal coast guard cuts without consultation  May 18 2012 | Global

Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to close permanently  May 18 2012 |  Kitsilano.ca

Cuts to Kitsilano Coast Guard base rankle: Vancouver’s mayor and others speaking out about closure that could risk lives  May 18 2012 | Vancouver Sun

Coast guard closes 3 B.C. communications centres  May 18 2012 | CBC

Kitsilano search-and-rescue station a victim of Coast Guard budget cuts  May 18 2012 | Forums.army.ca

Canadian Coast Guard to Improve Marine Communications and Traffic Services  May 17 2012 | DFO

Coast guard takes brunt of fisheries department cuts: 1,000-plus employees could be on the chopping block  May 17 2012 | CBC

Cuts to Canadian Coast Guard raise safety fears  May 17 2012 | Globe & Mail

Kitsilano coast guard station closed in DFO layoffs  May 17 2012 | CBC

Watching Coast Guard communications changes

Feds to shut down B.C. search-and-rescue station  May 17 2012 | Postmedia via VancouverDesi

Oil spill responders ‘not happy’ with federal office closure  April 24 2012 | North Shore Outlook

Federal government closing oil-spill response centre: The federal government is closing B.C.’s command centre for emergency oil spills at a time when the province is facing two possible pipeline projects and a potential spike in tanker traffic in West Coast waterways  April 20 2012 | Postmedia

The federal government is closing B.C.’s command centre for emergency oil spills at a time when the province is facing two possible pipeline projects and a potential spike in tanker traffic in West Coast waterways.

Ottawa has said it will shut down B.C.’s regional office for emergency oil-spill responders, located in Vancouver, and centralize operations in Quebec in the wake of the cost-cutting March 29 federal budget.

 

Relevant

Government issues tender for coast guard ships  October 2 2012 | Canadian Manufacturing

Five Years To Purchase Helicopters for the Coast Guard, Almost 10 Years for An Icebreaker – Will The Government Be Able to Stick to its Schedule?  August 23 2012 | Ottawa Citizen

Feds plan purchase of 24 new coast guard choppers  August 20 2012 | CBC

Harper Government Launches Process to Modernize Coast Guard Helicopter Fleet  August 20 2012 | DFO

Canadian Coast Guard Purchases New Hovercraft to Add to Existing Fleet  April 2011 | Griffon Hoverwork

NS: PCL Constructors awarded $14.5M coast guard contract

Dartmouth coast guard base moves closer to market

 

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

Randy Strandt   LinkedIn   Beedie Group. RCMS

Kayakers saved after capsizing near training rescue crews in Nanaimo  January 28 2013 | Postmedia

Rescue boat calls to double  January 15 2013  | North Shore News

Canadian Coast Guard’s Inshore Rescue Boat Program  January 2013 | Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Agricultural zoning a hurdle for search-and-rescue base  December 12 2012 | Victoria Times Colonist

Statement by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue  June 4 2012 | MarketWire

Volunteer Groups Unsure How Coast Guard Changes Will Affect Them  May 28 2012 | CTV

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue: A New Look for B.C.’s Marine Rescuers  May 26 2012 | MarketWire

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary  The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary – Pacific is changing its name to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

RCM-SAR 2012/2013 Board of Governors

 

But… What About Oil Spills?

Feds ‘asleep at the switch’ on oil tanker risk: Chief George  February 8 2013 | North Shore News

Ottawa’s oil-spill plan for B.C. can’t cope with coming supertankers: Proposed new pipelines would require ships than can carry up to 300,000 tonnes of oil while current disaster plan caps maximum spill at 10,000 tonnes    February 6 2013 | Vancouver Sun

Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal leaves taxpayers liable for 90 percent of marine-based spill response cost  January 24 2013 | WCEL

Oil Spill Response – who pays?  January 23 2013 | Burnaby Pipeline Watch

Environmental groups not part of BC talks about oil spills: Wilderness Committee says they are the watchdogs  January 22 2013 | News1130

Tankers too risky on B.C.’s north coast, oil-spill consultant says: Major spill could be ‘catastrophic and irreversible’  January 12 2013 | Vancouver Sun

BC Tanker Traffic Prompts US Coast Guard Review  January 6 2013 | Huffington Post

West Coast oil tanker spill clean-up could cost $9.6B: UBC study looks at impacts of major spill from tankers servicing Northern Gateway Pipeline  December 12 2012 | CBC

Cost of B.C. oil spill could outweigh Northern Gateway gains: WWF Study: The financial costs of a worst-case scenario tanker spill off the north coast of B.C. could outweigh the economic rewards of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline for the region, says a study by the UBC Fisheries Centre  December 12 2012 | Star

Internal memos warned of oil spill response risk: Feds will close local oil-spill office  Vancouver Courier

Make B.C. a leader in oil spill response standards says government  November 15 2012 | Burnaby Pipeline Watch

Oil spill response questioned at Northern Gateway hearings  October 16 2012 | CBC

Internal memos warned of oil spill response risk: Feds will close local oil-spill office  August 22 2012 | Vancouver Courier

Kinder Morgan: Vancouver not ready for a major oil spill, experts warn  July 17 2012 | VO

Stanley Park on the front lines if there’s an oil spill, Wilderness Committee warns at public forum  July 13 2012 | VO

OIL SPILLS AND VANCOUVER’S STANLEY PARK:  A report on the consequences of oil tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet  July 11 2012 | Wilderness Committee

Enbridge can’t say if federal cuts would undermine oil spill response  June 27 2012 | Postmedia

Op-Ed: The Pembina Institute responds to federal environmental cuts  May 30 2012 | Digital Journal

Kent also explained the reason for these cuts, “It is a case of contemporizing. New technologies, digital technologies both in terms of voice communications, but in terms of satellite transmission, of real-time video, real-time scientific data of weather patterns, of wind and water currents, allow us to work from centralized highly technical support headquarters and to provide that support service.” But the question remains how there can be real-time on the ground help at the local level when disasters are happening a few thousand miles away from control headquarters. It is blatantly unrealistic and dangerous.

Federal government closing oil-spill response centre: The federal government is closing B.C.’s command centre for emergency oil spills at a time when the province is facing two possible pipeline projects and a potential spike in tanker traffic in West Coast waterways  April 20 2012 | Postmedia

Environment minister questions timing of federal cuts to oil-spill staff in B.C April 20 2012 | Vancouver Sun via Peter Julian

Oil spill responders ‘not happy’ with federal office closure  April 24 2012 | North Shore Outlook

Federal government closing oil-spill response centre: The federal government is closing B.C.’s command centre for emergency oil spills at a time when the province is facing two possible pipeline projects and a potential spike in tanker traffic in West Coast waterways  April 20 2012 | Postmedia

Oil-spill centre moving out of B.C.    April 19 2012 | Pacific Wild

Cuts at Environment Canada mean fewer left to clean up oil-spill mess  April 13 2012 | Globe & Mail

Feds recorded 53 oil spills over past decade on Canadian coasts     September 28 2011 | Postmedia

 

References

Marine Communications and Traffic Services

Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) Pre-budget consultations 2012

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Supplementary data on Budget 2012 Implementation

Myths and Facts  June 27 2012 | Canadian Coast Guard

Save Kits Base

Petitioning Department of Fisheries and Oceans: Department of Fisheries and Oceans: Keep the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Open

WRITE NOW: KEEP VANCOUVER’S MARINE COMMUNICATIONS CENTRES OPEN!

 

Newfoundland

Kits Coast Guard loses out to N.L. base  February 21 2013 | CBC

Harper Government Announces the Construction of a New Coast Guard Lifeboat Station for Burin  February 21 2013

Feds announce new Nfld Coast Guard base after Kits closure: Harper government says it’s trying to cut costs  February 21 2013 | NEWS1130

Routing of marine calls to Italy ‘over the top’: New Democrats assail feds over interim transfer of requests for help to Rome  May 10 2012 | CBC

N.L. marine medical calls routed to Italy: DFO says Italian solution was interim solution; new contract signed late Wednesday afternoon  May 9 2012 | CBC

Protest held near Marine Rescue Sub-Centre  May 7 2012 | Telegram

Closure of St. John’s Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre Will Cost Lives  April 26 2012 | Liberal.ca

St. John’s maritime rescue centre to begin closing: Staff largely gone by Wednesday  April 24 2012 | CBC

Sub-centre closing, decision final, says Penashue  March 31 2012 | CBC

MPs mystified by premier’s comments on rescue centre: Premier Kathy Dunderdale had criticized Liberal efforts to lobby feds on St. John’s facility’s closure  March 25 2012 | CBC

Garnish mayor expresses concern over Marine Rescue Sub-centre decision to PM  June 28 2011 | Southern Gazette

Criticism grows over rescue centre closure  June 9 2011 | CBC

 

In the meantime…

Feds spent $21M on Economic Action Plan ads in 2011-12: annual report  March 11 2013 | Winnipeg Free Press

Scientific freedom in Canada: Keep it to yourselves  March 7 2013 | Economist

Why Oil Subsidies and Oily Weasels are Not Endangered  Franke James

Canadian oil industry gets almost $3B in subsidies  December 28 2010 |  Sudbury Star

Government hones oilsands message with focus groups: Natural Resources Canada set to spend $9 million this year on energy sector advertising  February 19 2013 | CBC

The fruits of that taxpayer-funded labour will again be on display this spring as a second wave of ads — designed to persuade Canadians of “the importance and impact of Canada’s energy sector” — hits the air.

Natural Resources Canada has budgeted $9 million in the current 2012-13 fiscal year for ads that show a cross-section of resource industries in a job-friendly and environmentally sensitive light.

Taxpayers pony up $9 million to finance federal ad campaign on energy: Energy sector spring campaign short on facts but long on patriotism, study finds  February 18 2013 | Vancouver Sun

Stephen Harper appoints Christian scholar to head Office of Religious Freedom  February 19 2013 | Postmedia

Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom  February 19 2013 | PM.GC.CA

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