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General · 30th March 2011
Jim Abram
This is going to be one of my shortest reports in quite awhile. While there are many things going on at the Strathcona Regional District, there is one item that I want to mention in this report. I have covered many of the other topics in recent reports and will be talking about them again in the near future.

I would like to thank all of the people in Area C for their continuing support for staffed lightstations! WE WON! Your actions contributed greatly to the decisions of the Senate Committee on FIsheries and Oceans and the final decision of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to maintain current staffing levels at all staffed lights on both the west and east coasts. Her decision was very clear and concise. No wiggle words were included.

For this I would once again thank all of you for sending countless emails and attending many meetings on this topic. The services provided by lightkeepers are used by so many of my constituents and there are three lightstations in the SRD, so this is an issue that the SRD was keenly interested in.

I cannot tell you how much of a relief this is for me to have this battle over and done with. It was very time consuming. You can now look forward to the continued provision of safety services from lightstations and enhancement of service delivery wherever possible.

This was a great example of how collaboration with senior levels of government, industry and the public can bring about positive change.

I have a meeting to go to tonight so I am going to cut this off at that one topic.

Feel free to call me between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday (please, not on weekends, folks!) at 285-3355, or you can fax me at 285-3533 or you can email me anytime at , or by mail at Box 278 in the Cove, V0P 1N0... Lots of choices.

Please note my new email address.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Abram
Director, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets (Area C), SRD