Raitt an­nounces $11 mil­lion for Cana­dian Coast Guard Col­lege

‘Cape Bre­ton looks af­ter the rest of the coun­try with this beau­ti­ful in­sti­tu­tion’

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF POINT ED­WARD

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.”

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

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