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Cape Bre­ton C om­muni t y Cal­en­dar is a pub­lic ser­vice list­ing of com­mu­nity events spon­sored by non-profit groups. To en­sure ad­e­quate ad­vance pub­li­cati on, sub­mit no­tices at least two weeks prior to the event. Limit an­nounce­ments to 24 words or less. Tele­phone 5633838; fax, 5627077 or e-mail your event to edit@cb­ INGONISH — Syd­ney-Vic­to­ria MP Mark Eyk­ing wants to see an aid pack­age for lob­ster fish­er­men ex­tended.

“Too many fish­er­men fell through the cracks,” he said. “The pro­gram ended on Jan. 31, and too many fish­er­men didn’t get the help they needed, es­pe­cially those new to the in­dus­try.”

Eyk­ing said when the Short Term Tran­si­tional Mea­sures for Lob­ster Har­vesters (STTM) pro­gram came out in Septem­ber, he knew at that time that a lot of peo­ple were go­ing to be in trou­ble.

“ We were con­cerned there wasn’t go­ing to be enough money in this pro­gram. I don’t think they used up the funds and now they are wrap­ping it up.”

On Sept. 22, fed­eral Fisheries Min­is­ter Gail Shea an­nounced that lob­ster fish­er­men in At­lantic Canada and Que­bec could ap­ply for up to $5,000 in one-time help from a $15-mil­lion, short-term aid pack­age that was in­tro­duced in June in re­sponse to the col­lapse of lob­ster prices.

“ What I’m hear­ing on the

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