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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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Part 3: Gaspé Wharves

Adeodat Lelievre.jpg The Ste-Thérèse-de-Gaspé harbour is one of the busiest in the region. The port authority is sounding the alarm, saying unless action is taken soon, 900 jobs and the long-term health of the harbour is at risk. Quebec's travelling journalist Marika Wheeler brings us a closer look at these concerns, wrapping up our series on wharves in the Gaspé.

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We also hear from Bill Sheehan. His family owns Gagnon et Fils and Déguste-Mer, a fishplant in Ste-Thérèse-de-Gaspé which employs about 500 people. He tells us how these issues affect him.
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Part 2: Gaspé Wharves

Mackerel fishing.JPGMarika Wheeler is back for part 2 of a look at the state of wharves in the Gaspé.

She brings us to Carleton-sur-Mer where like many communities, the wharf is not only important to the economy but is also a gathering place for locals and tourists.

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