Raitt announces $11 million for Canadian Coast Guard College
‘Cape Breton looks after the rest of the country with this beautiful institution’
The federal funding announcements continued Tuesday when Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced close to $11 million in improvements and repairs to the Canadian Coast Guard College.
“We’re making sure that we’re looking after Cape Breton and Cape Breton looks after the rest of the country with this beautiful institution here at the Coast Guard College,” Raitt told the Cape Breton Post at the Coast Guard College after making the announcements on behalf of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea.
“I’m really happy that I am able to be here today and I’m also happy that I saw a lot of young women in that room.”
Raitt also announced $1.84 million for firefighting upgrades at J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport on Wednesday and $800,000 for roadwork in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Thursday.
The Canadian Coast Guard College is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It has been training men since 1965 and women since 1973 in marine safety and environmental protection. Many of the students were in attendance at Tuesday’s press conference and posed with Raitt afterward for photos.
About $8.6 million of Tuesday’s announced funding will go toward replacing the college’s roof and $2.3 million has already been devoted to upgrading the emergency electrical system. Since 2013, lighting upgrades have reduced the college’s annual energy consumption by 45,000 watts, provided brighter lighting and improved safety and security on campus. The installation of a solar wall this past winter is expected to save between 4,000 and 6,000 litres of fuel oil annually.
Mayor Cecil Clarke announced that the CBRM and the college are working together to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary and the CBRM’s 20th anniversary.
“We as a community are very proud to have the Coast Guard College here,” said Clarke. “Hang on for those who are staying until New Year’s because we’re going to have the biggest bash that this community has ever seen on the waterfront, from all sides of Sydney harbour.
“We’re planning a spectacular evening of entertainment, of celebration and largest fireworks that will rival anything being done in Halifax. So this is one of those years that we’re going to be very proud and oth- ers will follow us. And the Canadian Coast Guard College is part of making that possible.”
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt meets some of the people involved in the renovation of the Canadian Coast Guard campus in Point Edward, including Sheldon Hanna, left on the man lift, who is a site inspector for the AIM Group, and Colin Shebib from JonelJim Concrete Construction Ltd.