Coalition Launches Website for Rescue Centre Campaign

October 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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visit coalition of citizens, municipalities, unions and other civil society organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador has launched a new campaign website as part of its ongoing effort to get Stephen Harper to reverse a government decision to shut down a Maritime Search and Rescue Centre in St. John's.

The website provides useful information about the important role of the St. John's search and rescue centre that, for years, has provided critical, split-second coordination of search and rescue resources and support for those distressed at sea, including fishers and other workers.

Earle McCurdy, President of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW/CAW), said in an October 7 statement that it's of "critical importance" for this decision to be overturned. "The Harper government is saying that saving money is more important than saving lives and we have to let them know in no uncertain terms that we find this position unacceptable."

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour President Lana Payne called the move to shut down the St. John's centre as well as another rescue centre in Quebec City "completely wrong-headed and irresponsible."

The website highlights campaign events and enables citizens to send a letter directly to the Prime Minister. The site also links viewers to a campaign Facebook page.

To view the website, visit:

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