Petition to Support MP Sheila Malcolmsons Bill C352

90 FOOT ‘VESSEL OF CONCERN’ SINKS IN LADYSMITH HARBOUR, LEAKS OIL

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 a 90 foot wooden vessel built in 1918, named the Anapaya, sank and leaked fuel in Ladysmith Harbour. Transport Canada was aware of the vessel’s risk, but failed to take any action until after the sinking and resulting oil spill. For the full Press Release from MP Sheila Malcolmson click here.

It’s Time for Action on Abandoned Vessels

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce invites you to help support our MP Sheila Malcolmson by signing a petition to support Bill C-352. You can support this Bill by signing the petition at the Chamber Office and/or by taking a copy of the petition to your business (which the Chamber will make available to you) and have your customers/clients sign it.

Ms. Malcolmson has introduced the Bill to:

• End the run-around and finger-pointing by designating Coast Guard as the agency responsible for directing the removal & recycling of abandoned vessels
• Build a coast-wide strategy in cooperation with local and provincial governments
• Get taxpayers off the hook by fixing vessel registration and creating a fee to help cover the cost of vessel disposal
• Prevent vessels from becoming hazards by piloting a turn-in program at safe recycling facilities
• Create good green jobs by supporting local marine salvage businesses.