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The Gaspé: September 2013 Archives

Town of Percé to take over wharf

Bruno Cloutier.jpgBack in the spring, we had a dramatic conversation with the mayor of Percé, who, after months of petitioning the federal government for money for repairs to the town's wharf, had just discovered a barrier had been erected at the wharf's entry.

The wharf was in bad shape, and Fisheries & Oceans had decided to ban access for security reasons. The town's mayor Bruno Cloutier was frustrated with the situation, and said he would go knock down the barrier himself with a backhoe.

There's been a recent development in this story. Mayor Cloutier dropped by our studios the mayor himself, who was town for a meeting of Quebec municipalities.

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Citizens in the Gaspe have not given up the fight to keep their train service going

ViaRail.cbc.ca.jpgVia Rail train service along the Gaspe Peninsula is no more. Yesterday, the last bus took passengers from Matapedia to Gaspe. That bus was replacing the former train on that route. VIA blames the condition of tracks, owned by the Societe Chemin de Fer de la Gaspesie.

But, citizens in the Gaspe have not given up the fight to keep their train service. Ann McWhirter is a Bed and Breakfast owner in in Hope, near New Carlisle. She is a member of La coalition pour l'avenir du train.

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Saving the Metis Lighthouse

4914273.jpgMany of Canada's historic lighthouses are in disrepair and in danger of being lost. But the community of Métis-sur-Mer is not letting its light go quietly into the night.

Barry James is the president of the l'Association des résidents de la pointe du phare de Métis-sur-Mer. Visit their website for more details.

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