Otago Daily Times

Lob­ster wars

- Fires · Canada News · Fishing · Disasters · Outdoor Hobbies · Ottawa · Royal Canadian Mounted Police · Bill Blair

Ot­tawa: Cana­dian Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Bill Blair yes­ter­day said a fire that de­stroyed a lob­ster fa­cil­ity in southwest Nova Sco­tia was ‘‘sus­pi­cious’’ and au­tho­rised more Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice (RCMP) to keep peace in the re­gion where fish­ery ten­sions have es­ca­lated.

The fire led to a man be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with life­threat­en­ing in­juries, the RCMP said.

The de­vel­op­ment capped a week of ris­ing ten­sions over In­dige­nous fish­ing treaty rights.

The blaze broke out at one of two fa­cil­i­ties where In­dige­nous fish­er­men had stored their catch. Both were raided and van­dalised by com­mer­cial fish­er­men in southwest Nova Sco­tia last week. — Reuters

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