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1. Update on Legislation and the final version of the Statute
2.
The Conditions of the Race Rocks Light Tower:
3.
Pat Carney and Barry MacDonald visit Victoria, 2007
4.
The History of the Lighthouse Protection Bill.
5.
Passage of the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, 2007-2008:

6. Race Rocks entry on Canada's Historic Places website

6b) Heritage Character Statement from Historic places website: . pdf file:

7. Repair Plans Announced: October, 2008... DFO has informed us that they intend to refurbish the tower over the next 6 months.

8. Restoration Commences, February, 2009

9. DFO ANNOUNCEMENT ON DISPOSAL OF LIGHTHOUSES and Implications for Race Rocks

1. UPDATE ON THE HERITAGE LIGHTHOUSE PROTECTION ACTI

In the 10 years since the automation of the light in 1997, the deterioration of the tower at Race Rocks has been evident. Finally there is some hope for restoration with the recent passage of
Bill S-215 .

MAY 1, 2008: Passage of Bill S-215 P

See the Background History of the long struggle to get heritage protection for heritage lighthouses below;

May 7, 2008: Bill S-215 is given Final Assent in the Senate:
Debates of the Senate (Hansard) 2nd Session, 39th Parliament, Volume 144, Issue 57 Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker

News Release: May 7, 2008

News Column: By Jack Knox, Pat Carney finally wins her lighthouse fight, Times Colonist, May 15, 2008

Current Status of the Bill from Parliament Canada Website:

Heritage Lighthouse Protection ActStatutes of Canada, 2008, An Act to Protect Heritage Lighthouses (PDF FILE)

2. THE PRESENT CONDITIONS OF THE RACE ROCKS LIGHT TOWER:
The light tower of Race Rocks is managed by The Canadian Coast Guard as an Aid to Navigation. Coast Guard is operated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Currently, there are no funds allocated by this Department for lighthouse restoration, although they are expected to maintain their Aids to Navigation. Parks Canada is responsible for National Historic Sites across Canada. Only one Lighthouse (Fisgard) on the Pacific Coast is provided for by that Department.

The Race Rocks Lighthouse, built in 1860 sits on a small parcel of land on Great Race Rocks leased from BC lands. This leased area remains out of the provincial Ecological Reserve. The Ecological reserve covers the remainder of Great Race Rock Island, and the whole area is an MPA designate under the Ocean's Act of the Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

In February of 2007, Historic TowerThe Times Colonist ran an article on the problems of the deterioration of the heritage light tower at Race Rocks. Jack Knox and Deborah Brash pay a visit to the tower at the end of January 2007. The following article appears in the Times Colonist.


A beacon of hope for Race Rocks
Carney tries again to win protection for prize lighthouses now withering away, Jack Knox, Times Colonist, Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2007.

The Condition at RR
February, 2007
inside tower inside tower
stairs
Inside the tower, on the way up the stairs, the walls become pockmarked with condensation blisters Near the fog sensor, which is set into a south facing window, moisture has caused the wall surface to crumble The flaking is extensive in the top third of the tower When the stairs are not swept, there is a continual rain of sand and paint chips.
inside tower
inside tower inside tower
Near the window where the counterweight is stationed, the crumbling is particularly obvious. Looking downstaters at the same window. The yellow flag denotes the top of the stairs. Even the inside of the lantern room has condensation from the windows loosening the painted surface.The light in the foreground is state of the art in low energy consumption. Outside at the base of the windows, caulking has deteriorated, allowing driving rains to send moisture inside.
metal straps
cracked window
Wherever iron is exposed, rusting and deterioration sets in.. this is at the base of one of the windows in the lantern room. Moisture builds up even behind recent painting. The metal straps underneath the lantern room which help to anchor the top in place are rusted and partly detached from the decaying sandstone wall. A crack in the lantern room window apparently appeared years ago when the Coast guard was doing blasting for construction on the island
Cracks on Tower
corroded railing
Crack width on tower
Sept15, 2007
Corrosion of steel on railing around lantern room, Sept. 2007
3. PAT CARNEY and BARRY MACDONALD VISIT VICTORIA 2007
Senator Pat Carney Barry MacDonald presentation Panel
On February 9, 2007 Senator Pat Carney came to Victoria to present her perspective on the urgency of the Bill in a public meeting at the Maritime Museum. ( see The Heritage Canada Foundation's D-Day) Barry MacDonald, President of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society gave a presentation on lighthouses in need of protection across Canada. He also showed some positive examples of the involvement of local community groups in the successful restoration of divested Lighthouses in Eastern Canada. In a panel discussion, they were joined by Nova Scotia NDP MP Peter Stoffer, (Sackville-Eastern Shore, NS) an ardent supporter of Bill S-220
Pat CarneyWebsite of Senator Pat Carney.
Our federal politician who has been a continual promoter of lighthouse preservation in Canada.
4. SOME OF THE HISTORY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE PROTECTION BILL
Below are links to two records in Hansard of bills which have been brought forward by Senator Pat Carney, which have eventually failed in the Government of Canada. Six times, similar bills have been presented in the past so far no success in their passing had been achieved.

Coat of ArmsDebates of the Senate (Hansard)2nd Session, 36th Parliament, Volume 138, Issue 58 Thursday, May 18, 2000


Debates of the Senate (Hansard) 1st Session, 37th Parliament, Volume 139, Issue 121
Thursday, June 6, 2002

In February 2007, Bill S-220 is the latest attempt to have heritage protection assigned to lighthouses. Here is a good description of it from the website of Heritage Canada.

WIKIPEDIA DESCRIPTION OF BILL S-220 ,( now S-215)

5. PASSAGE OF THE HERITAGE LIGHTHOUSE PROTECTION BILL 2007-2008

Dec 2007: Senate Debates on Passage of Bill S-215

Dec 13,2007 Bill S -215
This enactment protects federally-owned heritage lighthouses by providing a means for their designation as heritage lighthouses; by providing an opportunity for public consultation before alterations are made to a designated heritage lighthouse; by requiring public notice before the transfer, sale or demolition of a designated heritage lighthouse; and by requiring that designated heritage lighthouses be maintained in a manner consistent with accepted conservation standards
The official version is located here:
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/content/Senate/Bills/392/public/S-215/S-215_3/S-215_text-e.htm

BILL S-215 .. Senator Pat Carney re-introduced the Act as Bill S-215 on November 1, 2007 – our seventh attempt in seven years to gain protection for heritage lighthouses.
Larry Miller

VIDEO: Bill S-215, was presented by the Honourable Larry Miller in the House of Commons in Ottawa on March 11, 2008. Also link to Hansard debate record here.
APRIL 11, 2008: Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans:
http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=233960 "In accordance with its Order of Reference of Tuesday, March 11, 2008, your Committee has considered Bill S-215, An Act to protect heritage lighthouses, and agreed on Thursday, April 10, 2008, to report it with the following amendments:...."

For the minutes and discussions of the DFO Committee meetings from April 1 to 10, 2008. See the following:
Note.. They are also currently indexed on the House of Commons Standing Committee of DFO Schedule: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteeList.aspx?Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&SELID=e21_&COM=13188

April 10:minutes: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=234172&Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&COM=13188
evidence: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=234646&Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&COM=13188

April 8: minutes: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=233438&Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&COM=13188
evidence: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=235344&Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&COM=13188

April 3:minutes: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=232763&Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&COM=13188
evidence: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=234575&Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&COM=13188

April 1: minutes:http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=232532&Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&COM=13188

evidence:http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=234011&Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0&COM=13188

6. Entry of Race Rocks on the Federal Registry of Historic Places heritage tower
7. Repair Plans Announced: October, 2008... DFO has informed us that they intend to refurbish the tower over the next 6 months: The DFO/CCG project engineer responsible for the Race Rocks Beacon, John Lauder, P.Eng. of Fisheries & Oceans Canada in Vancouver has tended contracts based on the recommendations prepared by Mark Byram, their consultant with GOAL Engineering of Vancouver. This will involve stripping of existing paint, re-pointing/repairs to masonry, application of new weatherproof coatings and repairs to lantern house glazing. We are pleased with the extent of the proposed repairs, and are grateful to those who worked so hard to get legislation passed that has required this action.
8. Restoration Commences, February, 2009

restoration begins

Link to this file which profiles the repair process on the tower which began in February, 2009

9. DFO ANNOUNCEMENT ON DISPOSAL OF LIGHTHOUSES and Implications for Race Rocks
In June of 2010 a few days after the Heritage Lighthouse Act came into effect, the Department of Fisheries, in charge of Coast Guard, announced that it was selling off all its surplus lighthouses across Canada. Race Rocks was included on the list of 960 surplus lighthouses. This file provides further information and updates on this situation.

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