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More than 100 Parks Canada staff to lose jobs in Alberta

More than 100 Parks Canada workers in Alberta's national parks are losing their jobs.
Job cuts will affect small mountain communities, says the union representing Parks Canada. (CBC)

More than 100 Parks Canada workers in Alberta's national parks are losing their jobs.

And the jobs of a few hundred more are under review and could have their hours shortened.

In Jasper, 16 positions will be eliminated entirely, while 30 seasonal workers will see their seasons shortened.

The cuts also include 13 positions in Banff, eight in Waterton and 13 in Lake Louise and Yoho, said regional union vice president Kevin King.

The cuts will affect park towns, he said.

"The communities which rely on the disposable incomes of these individuals are certainly going to be impacted and I really question what tourists are going to do coming to mountain park when decent public services are not being provided," said King.

King does not have the full job break down yet, although park wardens and other conservation positions don't seem significantly affected.

He noted 42 workers at hot springs in Banff and Jasper received notice.

"There appears to be a plan to contract out jobs at the hot springs enterprise unit," he said.