Original language of petition: English
We the undersigned residents of Canada, draw the attention of the House to the following:
THERFORE, your petitioners request that Parliament halt the divestiture of the Nine Mile Point Lighthouse on Simcoe Island to the currently proposed recipient, and call upon the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, to engage with the local Nine Mile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society to set up historical plaques, fencing and other minimal tourism amenities, so as to provide ongoing eco-tourism, educational and cultural celebration opportunities.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) was in the process of divesting of the Nine Mile Point Lighthouse in the spirit of the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. DFO did not complete the transaction because one of the conditions of transfer was not met and consequently the divestiture was cancelled. The lighthouse remains in federal inventory. As such, the property continues to be restricted to DFO staff. There is no public access to the site as indicated by the signage affixed at the entrance.
We have also shared this petition with Parks Canada, who confirmed that they will focus their resources on their existing portfolio. Parks Canada currently administers 11 lighthouses that are used for various program requirements.
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