Save the boat lift system!

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I am an operator for the Ottawa River boat lift system and the MRC Pontiac. I would like to make readers aware of the boat lift system in general and give some history and current information.

I am an operator for the Ottawa River boat lift system and the MRC Pontiac. I would like to make readers aware of the boat lift system in general and give some history and current information.
The Federal Govern-ment funded the opening of the Ottawa River in 1993 by providing lift points at obstruction locations so boaters could be lifted around these obstacles, enabling them to navigate the entire river.
The operation ran fine for the ten years. It was funded by the federal
government, but struggled once communities along the river were left to
provide a percentage of their tax base to support it. They dropped out one at a time until the last ones standing were the Pontiac on the Quebec side and Fitzroy on the Ontario side. During these struggling years, rumours said it had shut down, when in fact it had not. We now have a major public awareness challenge.
I am a strong believer that this operation is a valuable tourism feature, and while we are now faced with misunderstanding and challenges, this service stands to become even more valuable to our community, on this side of the river, going forward. If we lose it, there will be no reviving it.

Gerry Cameron
L’Isle-aux-Allumettes