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  Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
  Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada

Volume 5: Number 12


Vol. 5, No. 12
December 2003 - décembre 2003

Today the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Paul Martin, announced his new Cabinet and certain changes to departmental structures. Effective immediately, the Parks Canada Agency will be reporting directly to the Honourable David Anderson, Minister of the Environment. All components of the Parks Canada Agency are being transferred, including programs relating to national parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas, Canadian heritage rivers, federal heritage buildings, heritage railway stations, grave sites of Canadian Prime Ministers, world heritage, the Secretariat for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and the Historic Places Program. I have asked our Chief Administrative Officer to work with the Department of Canadian Heritage to ensure continued collaboration in the delivery of any corporate services that are still integrated with the Department of Canadian Heritage. I take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to our previous Minister, the Honourable Sheila Copps, and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support in advancing the strategic priorities of Parks Canada. We can all take pride in our legislative renewal, the expansion of the national parks and national marine conservation areas systems, the enhancement of the national historic sites system, the progress of the Historic Places Program and our renewed partnership with Aboriginal peoples.

The next few months promise to be both busy and exciting for Parks Canada as we introduce our Minister to the Agency and our mandate. Together, we must ensure that Minister Anderson and his staff are provided with the information and materials they need to become fully familiar with the vital work Parks Canada undertakes on behalf of Canadians. It will also be important for us to establish effective and cordial working relationships with the Minister and his team. All Parks Canada employees, at all levels of the Agency, have a role to play in this regard. I know that I can count on you to offer all possible support to Minister Anderson in the days and weeks ahead, as we continue to preserve and present Canada's natural and cultural heritage. Please join me in welcoming Minister Anderson as the new Minister responsible for Parks Canada. As we pursue our common goal of protecting and presenting Canada's special places for future generations, I look forward to establishing effective relationships with the Department of the Environment.

Alan Latourelle

At this time of the year it is important that we take time to reflect upon how fortunate we are to live in this country, and in particular in beautiful Cape Breton Island. It is a time to give thanks and to be especially appreciative of our families and friends.

Thanks to all of you for your efforts and commitment to the special places we are entrusted to manage for Canadians now and in the future. In particular I would like to thank the compliance training team of Gina Briand, Erich Muntz, Perry Lahey and Blaine Aitkens for the excellent leadership they have shown while delivering the training on compliance to their colleagues.

In many ways this has been a challenging year, as there were fewer visitors to welcome, and so less income to invest in our activities. On the other hand we have been successful in obtaining several million dollars to help with repairs to the Cabot Trail, and special funds for exhibit work at Cape Breton Highlands, Alexander Graham Bell and the Fortress of Louisbourg. As well we must be particularly grateful to our special partners, Les Amis de Plein Air and the Fortress Volunteers for helping us with work on the Jack Pine Trail and reconstructing the Dugas house.

Have a wonderful holiday as you celebrate this special time of the year with your family and friends.

Carol Whitfield

Notice has been given that we will be receiving Parks Canada calendars again this year. They are due in the office by December 23rd and I will distribute them the first week of January.

Our employee Christmas Dinner that has become an annual event took place on Tuesday, December 16th at the United Church Hall, Louisbourg. The turkey dinner was delicious and everyone enjoyed themselves as you can see from some of the pictures taken (next page). As usual, Santa was in great form too!!!!

Presents were provided to everyone courtesy of our 50-50 draws and a collection of non-perishable food items and money were made to the Louisbourg Food Bank. Thanks to everyone for their support.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!!

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