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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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