General · 10th September 2011
COURTENAY, BC, August 25, 2011
The Hon. John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development is reminding Constituents of the process through which communities can support heritage status of federal lighthouses.
The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act was put in place in 2008 with a two year period to develop criteria before it came in to effect in May 2010. The legislation establishes a process for communities to initiate the selection of federally owned lighthouses for designation as having heritage value. The criteria were established by the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, (the federal Minister of Environment). The legislation prevents unauthorized alteration or disposition of the selected lighthouses and requires that they be reasonably maintained. The legislation does not provide for a change of ownership or operation and maintenance of the selected lighthouses unless the lighthouse was previously declared surplus.
“The process is aimed at ensuring public participation in the retention and preservation of the lighthouse”, said John Duncan, MP, “Virtually all lighthouses in the Vancouver Island North Constituency are non-surplus status so a change of ownership, operation or maintenance is not involved”.
Petitions to nominate a lighthouse for designation must be completed and filed by May 29, 2012. They must contain at least 25 signatories including names and addresses of individuals over 18 years of age. The petition form and additional information may be obtained on-line from Parks Canada, Heritage Lighthouse Program (lighthousespc.gc.ca). The petition must be submitted to the Heritage Lighthouse Program, Parks Canada, 25 Eddy St, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0M5.
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