Trent-Severn Waterway cuts in future

By Blair Eveleigh »Blair Eveleigh

Federal budget affects cottage-country canal system

June 28th, 2012


Photo by Robert Taylor


With the passing of that giant, all-encompassing omnibus federal budget bill (498 pages long!), spending cuts are underway all over the place. Via Rail has just announced layoffs and service cuts. Another agency that is coming under the knife is Parks Canada, and one effect of those cuts will be reduced service along the Trent-Severn Waterway, the 386-km aquatic thoroughfare that wends its way through much of Ontario cottage country. The government hasn’t yet decided how many jobs will be affected or what other ways the canal system will change, but while this year’s season will not change, expect a shorter season next year. If you are concerned and would like to make your voice heard, there is an online petition and you can send messages to the Prime Minister and your MP.

Meanwhile, it’s going to be a scorcher of a long weekend and a great time to be out on the water and having fun. And while we all sometimes get angry at the politicians in Ottawa, it’s good to celebrate what we have, too. Happy Canada Day, everyone!


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Blair Eveleigh


Jul. 12, 2012

1:29 pm

Thanks for your comment. I've just put up a new blog post about cuts in staffing at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, also stemming from that omnibus budget bill. I don't disagree with your assessment of Harper, who seems to value commerce above all else, without realizing that without the natural world that the economy is based on any wealth he manages to create is not worth all that much.


Jul. 5, 2012

10:30 am

As a preteen I used to watch the boats going up Lake Couchiching at Washago where they entered the canal, went under the highway and on to Sparrow Lake. As a boater I have always wanted to do the Trent but alas I live in Thunder Bay area and it is too far to bring our ship.... Lake Superior keeps me busy. It would be sad to loose this historical landmark, originally started with commerce in mind and now a tourist attraction! Stephen Harper has absolutely no appreciation of our environment or our historical heritage and he should be ashamed! Too much focus on econmomics with little else...poor deprived man!

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