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2012-05-18 at 13:46

Marine traffic services centres closures means 13 lost jobs in Thunder Bay

By tbnewswatch.com
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The closing of 10 marine commutations and traffic services centres, including one in Thunder Bay, will result in safety issues, officials with the CAW say.

In a news release issued Friday by the Canadian Auto Workers, the union criticizes the Canadian Coast Guard’s announcement that it will close the 10 services centres across Canada beginning in 2014 and 2015.

A source close to Thunder Bay Television said the local impact of this decision would be about 13 lost jobs.

Along with the Thunder Bay services centre, closures are expacted in St. John’s and St. Anthony, NB, Riviere au Renard and Montreal, Que., Vancouver, Tofino and Comox, B.C.

Meanwhile, Canada’s department of Fisheries and Oceans states that improving safety is behind the closures.

“The safety of Canadians and mariners is the top priority of the Canadian Coast Guard,” said Minister Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in a recent statement.

“Improving and integrating communications centres across the country will ensure that important information can be properly broadcast to mariners and emergency calls will be received under all circumstances.”

A spokesperson with the department added that services provided by Coast Guard communications centres with outdated technology, like the Thunder Bay Marine Communications and Traffic Services, will be merged into one of the larger, better equipped and resourced centres that is being modernized in Ontario.


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hoping4thebest says:
Having been affected by the Government job cuts directly, it makes me sad and upset to know that more people are losing their jobs. Thunder Bay was the 'hub' of the North for access to Government service and it's sad to see that this is no longer the case. If you work in the area of crime/justice/prevention, you are set for a long time with a job. Government workers who provide front-line services and people in Natural Resources are not so lucky. We had all better go back to school or move our families and leave this city, which is really sad.
5/18/2012 2:28:51 PM
passlake says:
don't worry.

This is all part of the "Economic Action Plan".

I never said it was a good plan........
5/18/2012 2:55:32 PM
macdaddy77 says:
Well, the people voted for this baboon into power so now we gotta deal with it.
Thunder Bay sure seems like its getting the shaft with the Federal veterans office shutting down, the citizenship office, and now this news.
You would think that this was going to be a so called thriving area that these offices would stay open.
Stay tuned folks, three more years of Harper left. Just remember when you vote next time.
5/18/2012 3:55:47 PM
DazeofThunder says:
It gets worse....a couple months from now when you start voicing your opinions over the inequity with your life, those who still have will be sitting on the sidelines, waiting to call you a lazy pot smoker who needs to get a job.
5/18/2012 4:13:03 PM
Ranma says:
Yep let's just keep cutting the jobs in areas where the services are actually needed. That will for sure show the people that live there their folly for not voting for the CRAP!
5/18/2012 4:15:44 PM
Steven says:
This is sad, but expected.

I have been suggesting trying to reduce our debt locally as our entire economy is based primarily on government funding of some type, and I suggested it would be drying up fairly soon.

Well, in the last three months we have seen numerous closures of this type, and we will see many, many more.

Good luck everyone trying to pay your sky-high municipal taxes this year.
Best of luck to those who are losing their jobs. Best of luck to our city getting a multiplex. It is a dumb idea for a debt ridden city with its main economy being govt. services, which are being slashed.
5/18/2012 6:24:30 PM
SomeGuy says:
It sucks too lose your job but if this can be done in a more effective manner by consolidating than so be it. Government needs to be run like a business, and business need to be run in the most efficient way possible.
5/18/2012 6:49:22 PM
LakeJump says:
Here is what they are not telling you....yes the technology will be improved but you still require a person to answer a call for help. The technology is available to run a Coast Guard MCTS station from Saskatoon Sask. but if there is not a person manning the technology what good is it! They are transferring all of the radio coverage areas from Thunder Bay to Sarnia but are not increasing the staff level at Sarnia. Currently there are, for the most part, 2 persons on duty in Sarnia to provide a listening watch for distress, urgency and safety for their area. In Thunder Bay there are, for the most part, 2 persons on duty in Thunder Bay to provide a listening watch for distress, urgency and safety for their area. They are now proposing to combine the two areas but will leave the staff level at 2 persons in Sarnia! It does not matter how good the technology is! The technology cannot speak, listen for, or answer calls for distress! And why Sarnia? Why not transfer Sarnia’s area, which is much smaller, to Thunder Bay? What were the criteria used to determine which stations get closed? We are on Lake Superior – the pride of all the Great Lakes! There has been a coast guard radio presence at Thunder Bay for 100 years, celebrated just last year. This is a travesty and the Harper government must be called to task on this decision. We must fight to keep the Coast Guard radio station here, the land of the Sleeping Giant, on the Lake of legends. Please, call your MP, rally and support these hard working people, demand that the North not be stripped of all Federal Government presence. This is worth the fight....or lives will be lost.
5/18/2012 8:11:02 PM
Potso says:
Sarnia's MP is a Conservative, so I suspect that's the criteria used in the decision making process to move the operations from Thunder Bay to Sarnia.
5/19/2012 2:15:00 PM
panzerIV says:
Its too bad that people are losing there jobs but the government needs to get its finances under control.

Its just too bad the government is cutting where its important and saving the fat at the top.

- The Senate has 105 members and costs around 15 million annually. Reduce that to 1-2 member per province/territory then you have millions saved and less pensions to pay.

- The government wants to increase the number of seats to 'better represent' Canadians. Hold off on that and reduce incoming MP's pensions. Saving right there.

- Have a better control on reconstruction spending. A company charged $9,000 to remove a couple pieces of wood from parliament hill. How retarded is that.

- Cut government departments. The environment minister couldn't answer one of John Rafferty's questions and said "he would see which one of the 16 departments dealing with this issue was the one responsible" 16 departments? really come on guys

So much for conservatism
5/18/2012 10:57:06 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
The guy on tv had a pretty lame excuse for maintaining the service.
5/19/2012 9:05:24 AM
Chaos says:
"Thunder Bay, St. John’s and St. Anthony, NB, Riviere au Renard and Montreal, Que., Vancouver, Tofino and Comox, B.C."......why not cut jobs in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver".....easy for Harper to pick on the little people of Canada.

5/19/2012 11:37:55 AM
SomeGuy says:
I love the "Cut the budget, just as long as it has no affect on me" talk. If we want to get out of debt, cuts need to be made. This sounds like a wise move.
5/19/2012 9:56:46 PM
LakeJump says:
What an ignorant posting. Putting the lives of the marine community and the marine environment at great risk is a wise move to you? Sounds like a case of "I'm not a boater so it won't affect me" talk.

The technology that is supposedly meant to “save the day” has not even been built or tested yet. The government has no idea if this new system will even work. Regardless of that however, it does not matter how good the technology is, a machine cannot perform a listening watch, disseminate safety information or respond to a distress or urgent situation. People must be there to answer the calls for help! They are amalgamating huge areas of coverage but not increasing the staff and are leading you to believe that this magical technology will make everything okay. This is false information!

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5/20/2012 8:47:36 PM
LakeJump says:
Where, in any of the press releases by the government, have they talked about a cost savings? They haven’t! If they have done their due diligence in making these decisions then they must have some dollar figure of savings wouldn’t they?
In all honestly I say fine – amalgamate everything into one superstation with all the modern technology but you must keep the people to do the jobs. If 2 people call for help at the same time and there is only 1 person to answer the call it will not matter how good the technology is...someone is dead. This is what the government is willing to gamble. A shame....an absolute shame.

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5/20/2012 8:50:01 PM
LakeJump says:
You must also consider the trickledown effect. You have now removed 13 middle class tax payers from Thunder Bay. The company that cleans the offices has now lost a contract. The office supply company that provides materials for this organization has now lost a contract. There are 13 less people purchasing groceries, gas, clothing, supporting local events, buying houses, employing contractors, etc., etc., etc. Don’t be so quick to support the decimation of the public service because you think it will save your tax dollars. When was the last time your taxes went down after all of these slash and burn tactics? Never and the same will happen this time around.
5/20/2012 8:50:52 PM
DazeofThunder says:
@ Someguy....have a look at what you typed. Now that is an oxymoronic statement if I have ever seen one. You are doing exactly what you are poking fun at.
5/21/2012 6:56:23 AM
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