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SOS Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio!

On May 17th, 2012 the Federal Government announced sweeping reforms to the Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) program including the closure of the MCTS Centre located in Thunder Bay.

The Government plan is to remote all calls previously directed to Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio to Sarnia Coast Guard Radio. However, they are not increasing the radio safety positions at that station. The proposed new area of coverage for Sarnia Coast Guard Radio will include the Canadian waters of Lake Superior, St. Marys River, the North Channel, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and half of Lake Erie. During the busy summer months when there are thousands of boaters on these waters, there will be only 2 persons listening for that faint call for help and broadcasting important weather and marine safety information.

Lake Winnipeg Services

It is unknown at this time who will be providing marine radio services on Lake Winnipeg.  There is talk that services may be transferred to as far away as Prince Rupert or Victoria British Columbia!

Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio currently broadcasts weather for Lake Winnipeg 4 times daily as well as listens for and reponds to calls for help from 4 radio towers around the Lake.  Many First Nation commercial fishermen as well as a vibrant pleasure boat population rely on Thunder Bay Coast Guard radio for their safety. 

The Coast Guard Radio Station in Thunder Bay will be silenced on July 1st, 2014 March 31, 2014 (after 104 years of continuous service) if the maritime community remains silent on the matter.

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