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e-2134 (National parks)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Justin Merk from Ucluelet, British Columbia, on April 3, 2019, at 9:50 a.m. (EDT)
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Lifeguards
National, provincial and territorial parks and reserves
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada
Certified

Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Whereas:
  • Emergencies on Long Beach are attended by Parks Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard, Westcoast Inland Search and Rescue, B.C. Emergency Response Group, and the RCMP; however, rescues initially fall in the hands of surfers and beachgoers;
  • On February 10, 2018, doctoral candidate Nijin John died near Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve; bystander Vincent Mallaley attempted CPR but Nijin John ultimately died at the scene;
  • On May 20, 2018, Ann Wittenberg died in an ocean accident near Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve; surfers and other bystanders pulled her from the ocean and attempted CPR, but she died on scene hours before her daughter’s (Victoria Orr) wedding;
  • On March 26, 2019, four people spent two hours stranded on Lovekin Rock before being hoisted, unharmed, off the rock by a chopper; a concerned citizen called 9-1-1 around 4:00 p.m., and Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria proceeded to task a Royal Canadian Air Force Cormorant helicopter out of Canadian Forces Base Comox and the Canadian Coast Guard;
  • According to Parks Canada, 1,131,418 visitors attended the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in 2017-2018; and
  • There has been no surf guard services and tower at Long Beach since 2012.
We, the undersigned, residents of British Columbia and visitors to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to reinstate the surf guard tower and surf guard services, and extend the duration of the surf guard program to accommodate the growing number of emergencies as well as visitors at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Courtenay—Alberni
NDP
British Columbia
Open for signature : April 3, 2019, at 9:50 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : May 3, 2019, at 9:50 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
35
British Columbia
555
New Brunswick
1
Newfoundland and Labrador
2
Nova Scotia
1
Ontario
222
Quebec
3
Saskatchewan
2
Yukon
3
Other Countries
5
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