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  • Westcoast Mariner
    February 23, 2013 - 02:58

    As a mariner who has sailed on both coasts, this decision is absolutely rediculous! Compared to English Bay area around Vancouver, the Burin Peninsula has NO boats and NO traffic. And yet Coast Guard just closed down the Vancouver Station at an annual savings of $700,000. It's like putting our firefighters on the North Pole. It makes ZERO sense. These Coast Guard bureaucrats are idiots!

  • Mitch
    February 22, 2013 - 13:22

    {quote}“The safety of fishermen, recreational boaters, shippers and sailors is a top priority of the Canadian Coast Guard,” Ashfield said. “As part of our ongoing efforts to upgrade and replace Coast Guard resources across Canada, this new facility will provide critical lifesaving search and rescue service for years to come.” { end quote} BS, they're eliminating Coast Guard facilities in Vancouver, and sentencing innocent people to death.

  • Ron J Davis
    February 22, 2013 - 01:30

    From Vancouver but having visited NL last summer I am dissapointed that Vancouverites are pouting because of the loss of one city facility for this much more needed upgrade to a very large part of NL. I hope it does the job and helps save lives in my favourite "away" province!

  • First Class Cynic
    February 21, 2013 - 19:16

    That should be comforting to the South coast fishermen. On the other hand the Northeast Coast longliner fleet does not a have single offshore resource based anywhere north of St. Johns. They'll say different but that is the case.

  • Keith
    February 21, 2013 - 17:58

    What the govt won't tell you is that the "Cutter" Jackman is an outdated vessel, too small for the harsh conditions found around the coast of Newfoundland. If a large vessel has an accident on the south or west coast of Newfoundland these 50 foot vessels would only be able to carry a few people at a time. Not to mention if the wind is too high, they are useless. What a joke.