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10 december 2012

Security-fence not wanted in St. John's Harbour

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St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland

Sides are developing over a proposed security fence along St. John’s Harbour. Newfoundland actor and producer, Allan Hawco, star of the Canadian TV show ‘Republic of Doyle’ is firmly opposed. He started a social media campaign last week, against the fence. Currently there is a temporary chain-link fence that was installed a few years ago limited to the area by the pier where cruise ships dock.

St. John’s Port Authority is planning to erect the permanent fence along the city’s waterfront. It says the fence is necessary to protect commercial shipping connected to the offshore oil industry. St. John’s mayor, Dennis O’Keefe, said the fence is a qualifying condition for International Ship and Port Facility Security certification (ISPS). And to jeopardize the process would cost the city more than $200 million annually and 3,000 jobs, directly and indirectly.

The city council approved the fence and covering a third of the $1 million cost, back in September, but that was before the final drawings. Drawings of the new fence were made public last Thursday, and illustrate that most of the stretch along Harbour Drive will be fenced, cutting off public access to more than 60% of the harbourfront.

During a radio interview on Friday Allan Hawco said, “We have this beautiful town that people from all over the world come to see and when they get here they’re in awe about how beautiful and unique it is. A big centrepiece of that is obviously the harbour. That’s our harbour that we’ve had access to since the dawn of North America.” (ck)


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