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Trudeau directs reopening of Coast Guard base, action on Fraser salmon

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally directed new Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo to reopen the closed  that had become a flashpoint for local criticism of the Harper government. The Kitsilano base was closed in 2013 – vessels and staff were shifted to Richmond – but pressure from B.C. politicians to reopen it intensified after a slow response earlier this year to a spill of fuel oil from a freighter in English Bay. Trudeau released his mandate letters outlining the priorities for each new federal cabinet minister Friday. Read the rest here 17:00

Ottawa introduces hovercraft to offset closure of busy Kitsilano Coast Guard base

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2A new hovercraft that was promised by the federal government to assuage anger over the closure of Vancouver’s coast guard station has arrived. Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced the arrival of the rescue craft Wednesday with little fanfare. [email protected] 08:33