MAY 04 2011


Results Suggest Little Change for Heritage

The results of the May 2 federal election giving the Harper Conservatives a majority for the first time signals little change in national prospects for heritage conservation in Canada. Since taking power five years ago, the Conservatives have shown no serious interest in the heritage file, cut off funding for the Historic Places Initiative, and launched no new initiatives of their own.

The federal budget three years ago included seed money for a new National Trust, but that project never got off the ground. The latest budget, in February, made no reference to it.

The election results will be seen as a confirmation of Conservative policy priorities to date, and give them a free hand to push ahead with their agenda.  In the past five years there has been nothing to suggest that heritage conservation will be receiving attention any time soon.





Report Calls for Seed Funding

In March, the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans released its report on the implementation of the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.  

The 2008 Act came into effect on May 29, 2010. Two days before, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) declared surplus several hundred light stations across the country. The significance of this move was that, under the new Act, anyone nominating a surplus lighthouse must also present a plan to take it over and care for it, permanently. Thus, the DFO deftly sidestepped any responsibility for lighthouses that might be proclaimed heritage under the new legislation, and in so doing effectively gutted one of the central purposes of the Act.

In response, the Senate committee report recommendations include a proposal to set up a new fund for community organizations that may want to take on the care and use of a historic lighthouse. The fund, under the Senate proposal, would be administered by the Heritage Canada Foundation.

With the election now out of the way, the federal government should now address the recommendations of the Senate report.
Dowload the PDF here:
» Report on the Implementation of the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act


Vancouver Old School

Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation
Saturday, May 7, 2011
9:00 am – 5:00 pm / $125 + HST
401 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver
Moderator: Diane Switzer, Executive Director, Vancouver Heritage Foundation
Instructors: Marco D’Agostini, Senior Heritage Planner, City of Vancouver; Donald Luxton, Principal, Donald Luxton & Associates; and Judy Oberlander, Principal, Judy Oberlander and Associates Inc.

Exteriors of Heritage Buildings
Saturday June 11, 2011
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
401 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver
Instructors: Jeannette Hlavach, MCIP, Heritage Consultant
James Burton, MAIBC, Architect, Birmingham and Wood Architects
» www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org

UVic Cultural Resource Management Program

Conserving Historic Structures
July 5–9, 2011
Instructor Richard Linzey
HA 489j  Fee:  $669
» www.uvcs.uvic.ca

Heritage BC Annual Conference

September 30 - October 1, 2011
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby

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