Keep the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Open
  • Petitioning Department of Fisheries and Oceans

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Keep the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Open

    1. Ian Upright
    2. Petition by

      Ian Upright

      Vancouver, Canada

As one of the busiest Search and Rescue stations in Canada, the highly trained crews at Canadian Coast Guard Station Kitsilano conduct an average of 300 professional rescues each year, saving hundreds of lives. In addition, these crews prevent many more emergencies through such activities as boater education, pollution response, aid to navigation maintenance, and escorting large ships through congested port waters.

Whereas the recent decision by the federal government to close Station Kitsilano is a grave mistake that will undoubtedly cost the lives of those in peril on the shores and waters near Vancouver Harbour, we the undersigned petition the Government of Canada to rescind this decision and reinstate full funding to maintain Coast Guard Station Kitsilano.


The closure of this base, is designed to save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.  However, in reality, the coast guard may have substantially increased burden on the resources of the Richmond coast guard station, thus, you're just moving the problem somewhere else.  The problem with this scenario, is that an extremely expensive gas-guzzling hovercraft (up to $2000/hr) is now to replace a small cutter boat (much more fuel efficient) that is geographically located much closer to Vancouver, where the demand is greater.  The real problem here is, that there might not even be fiscal responsibility with this decision.  The closure of this coast guard station will not only cost lives, but it might not even save taxpayers much, if any, money. The hovercraft isn't even able to perform rescues in a fire situation.  Imagine brining bellows of air, to be a beneift to a fire.  Further, the last two years have had the coldest summer weather in a very long time.  A supposed decrease in demand (and hence the closure) due to temporary weather conditions is extremely short-sighted.  Nothing about this decision has been well thought out.

New news stories:

Don't close Kitsilano Coast Guard Base


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Recent signatures


    1. Closing the coast guard station, is still destined to happen

      Ian Upright
      Petition Organizer

      Our votes on is not enough, it seems.

      Firstly, I'd like to point out, that in attempt for our government to be fiscally responsible by closure of this base, bear this in mind. Hovercraft fuel costs at least $600 an hour. With the Hovercraft now having to travel great distances to perform rescues, that it may not even be a fiscally sound decision to close the kits coast guard base, let alone one that is less safe and will cost lives. This is outrageous! I encourage you to voice your opinion about this!

      I encourage *you* personally, to write an actual personalized letter, and failing that, to send off a personalized email, to:

      The Honorable Keith Ashfield
      Minister for Fisheries and Oceans
      23 Alison Blvd (Main Office)
      Fredericton, New Brunswick
      E3C 2N5

      Or emails:

      Keith Ashfield,
      Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

      Marc Gregoire,
      Commissioner Canadian Coast Guard

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    Reasons for signing

      • 10 months ago

      I want people to be safe on the water. Closing this station means that live becomes more dangerous in this area. To me, a saved life means more than some eventually saved money.

    • Helen MacIsaac COQUITLAM, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Being a boater, I cannot imagine being without it in the already crowded waters around it, up to Indian Arm. Must have it.

    • Mark Neibel EL TORO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I lived at 1133 Beach Avenue in the original house, for many years I would look across from Sunset Beach to the Coast Guard... who actually came and rescued me when I was in the middle of the chuck, a power boat towing my little sabot, he went just a little too fast and his wake came up and over my bow, my ship went down like a pink lady dodger, suddenly I found myself at the very top of the mast, there I was as I heard the horns go off from the giant Coast Guard ship, in a moment the water was covered with life rings... they did a great job and... there is a story behind all that. THANK YOU COAST GUARD.

      ~Mark Neibel, a father of two, a grandfather of 3, an educator, a national registered physicist, a cancer researcher... and more.

      The world has been enhanced by my saved existence.

    • Nigel Mackenzie VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      BC's waters need protection. It's a 'no brainer'!

    • Branislav Miklos COQUITLAM, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a boater and I feel we need this station.


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