B.C. lighthouses spared the axe

Fears that Chrome Island might be abandoned are finally put to rest

The Chrome Island light station off Deep Bay isn’t going to face destaffing any time soon.

The Chrome Island light station off Deep Bay isn’t going to face destaffing any time soon.

It’s official. Lighthouses in British Columbia are not going to face destaffing any time soon.

In a letter to Senator Fabian Manning, the chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister Keith Ashfield said the issue has been put to rest.

“The government thanks the committee for its extensive work on this matter and appreciates its input,” he said in the letter. “The government has no plans to de-staff lighthouses and since this matter has been examined extensively, there is no need for further study on this matter.”



The BC Marine Highway — A New Economic Development Opportunity and Tourism Sector will be presented as one of the seminars at the Linking Island Business event in Qualicum Beach on April 11.

“Every year thousands of boaters visit harbours and marinas large and small all through the coastal region,” said event chair Kim Burden. “There are many untapped opportunities for local service, retail and tourism businesses to engage these visitors.

The marine highway initiative is designed to help coastal businesses and communities gain additional economic value from this existing stream of tourists.

Community, economic development and tourism representatives from Haida Gwaii, Chilcotin, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands plus Aboriginal Tourism BC,  BC Parks and the Oak Bay Marine group are working together to launch this unique B.C. product to the world in 2013.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities and to register on-line visit www.viea.ca or e-mail registration@viea.ca.

• Members of 442 Squadron and the Canadian Coast Guard worked together to evacuate an injured hiker, who had fallen down a 30-foot shoreline embankment near Sombrio Point, Saturday afternoon.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Bartlett and a Cormorant helicopter from 19 Wing Comox were dispatched to Sombrio Point, 15 kilometres south of Port Renfrew, after local emergency health services were unable to reach the hiker, who was stranded in a rocky tidal area.

Once over the patient, the aircrew had to work very carefully to get the Search and Rescue technicians on the ground.

The hoist operation was quick, thanks to the Coast Guard personnel who had already loaded the patient onto a litter.

The helicopter then flew to Victoria General Hospital, where the patient was transferred in stable condition.