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Town council petitioning the changes at the Trent-Severn Waterway

The Town of Parry Sound is petitioning Parks Canada to reverse changes made to staff and hours of operation.  Recently, 23 Trent-Severn Waterway lock masters and operators have received layoff notices and the hours of operation on the waterway will be reduced by 2 to 3.5 hours daily resulting in anticipated delays in moving through the system.  The Trent-Severn Waterway is a key link between Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario for boaters who rely on the waterway as a critical part of the loop within the Great Lakes system and also provides a significant boost to the tourism industry along the entire system including Georgian Bay and Parry Sound.  So at Tuesday night’s meeting council voted to send a petition to give serious reconsideration to the economic impacts of making such dramatic changes to the operations of the Trent-Severn Waterway system and increase funding to the operations of the system to protect the economic viability of the impacted communities

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