B.C. First Na­tions to mon­i­tor ocean traf­fic

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Trans­port Min­is­ter Marc Garneau says ef­forts to pro­tect Canada’s coast­lines from ves­sel spills in­clude new part­ner­ships with Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. Garneau was in Van­cou­ver speak­ing to the Cham­ber of Ship­ping Tues­day and says a pi­lot project is be­ing launched this fall un­der the $1.5-bil­lion oceans pro­tec­tion plan to help Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties mon­i­tor ves­sel traf­fic. The project is be­ing launched in 10 com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Haida and Gitga’at Na­tions on B.C.’s north coast to test and de­velop new mar­itime aware­ness in­for­ma­tion sys­tems. Garneau says $1.2 mil­lion has also been awarded to Aqua- Guard Spill Re­sponse Inc. of North Van­cou­ver for equip­ment to sup­port the coast guard in spill cleanup.

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