Government jobs still bleeding out of city.
The transfer of eight federal fisheries employees out of Sault Ste. Marie Sault Sainte Marie — pronounced "Soo Saint Marie" (IPA /su seɪnt məˈɹi/) — is the name of two cities on the Saint Marys River, which forms part of the boundary between the United States and Canada. has city officials and politicians wondering if the exodus of civil servants from the community is still continuing.
As well, a proposed $7-million fisheries research centre slated for construction on the Sault's waterfront is on indefinite hold while the federal government considers other alternatives, including moving fisheries personnel and labs into vacant space at the Great Lakes Great Lakes, group of five freshwater lakes, central North America, creating a natural border between the United States and Canada and forming the largest body of freshwater in the world, with a combined surface area of c.95,000 sq mi (246,050 sq km). Forestry Centre.
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City of Sault Ste. Marie chief planner Don McConnell says the loss of eight fisheries jobs may seem trivial, but it appears to be part of a continuous siphoning off of federal government jobs through attrition or transfers to other cities.
Officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO DFO Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada)
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"Fish Habitat? I didn't know Sudbury was on one of the Great Lakes," McConnell remarks.
The city has documented through federal census numbers that between 1991 and 2001, 345 federal jobs have been lost, dropping from 705 to 360 in that span. They have no employment numbers on individual departments.
McConnell says based on the average federal employee's income in 2001 that translates to $14.3 million in payroll lost to the community.
"Federal and provincial government jobs are a key component of our economy. They're solid, good-paying and normally permanent jobs and (to) reduce the impact by half--going from a payroll of $30 million a year to $14 million--that has a big hit on everybody."
City councillors are requesting that Sault MP Tony Martin schedule a meeting with new Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn to discuss a reconsideration of the decision to re-locate those DFO employees and to review future plans of all DFO operations in Sault Ste. Marie.
Martin says he intends to meet this spring with the new FedNor minister, Parry Sound MP Tony Clement, to make a case before the new government to stop the downsizing (1) Converting mainframe and mini-based systems to client/server LANs.
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(jargon) downsizing of the civil service and the out-migration of federal jobs from the city.
"We've lost half of our federal complement of civil service since (the early 1990's). For the federal government to look at removing even more is very troubling.
"We have to stop that trend and we have a chance with the new government."
Martin says the decision to review the new DFO building demonstrates "a lack of consideration of the impact that has on an area that is economically challenged."
He says the Sea Lamprey lamprey, name for several primitive marine and freshwater fishes of the order Cyclostomata, or jawless fishes (see cyclostome). As in the other member of the order, the hagfish, the adult lamprey retains the notochord, the supporting structure that in higher Control Centre isn't in jeopardy, but supporting components are being lost.
"We're going to be making a case ... in partnership with all three levels to have an Invasive Species Centre set up here and a new building would make sense in that context."
The proposed stand-alone building was to be located on Queen Street East between the two government forestry and insect labs, the Ministry of Natural Resources' Ontario Forest Research Institute Ontario Forest Research Institute (OFRI) is a division of the Ministry of Natural Resources (Ontario) (OMNR) located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. This institute is composed of research scientists, specialists, statisticians, technicians, management, and (OFRI) and National Resources Canada's (NRCan) Great Lakes Forestry Centre.
The project was tentatively to start construction this summer with the ribbon-cutting date set for 2008.
It would house a new and expanded Sea Lamprey Centre and would corral corral
a small fenced-in enclosure with high, wooden fences, suitable for holding cattle or horses.
a management system in which range cattle are put into corrals and fed hay for a period when the environment is most all the federal fisheries programs and researchers together under one roof.
John Hammond, a Burlington-based real estate advisor with Public Works and Government Services Canada Public Works and Government Services Canada, also referred to as Department of Public Works and Government Services, is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for the government's internal servicing and administration. , says the 1960s-era Sea Lamprey Control at the Sault Heritage Canal is obsolete and crowded. The government is examining replacement opportunities including building on the NRCan site at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre.
"NRCan has suggested a portion of that development be located within the existing building."
A feasibility study "A Feasibility Study" is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 13 April, 1964, during the first season. It was remade in 1997 as part of the revived The Outer Limits series with a minor title change. is underway.
Once the architects and engineers get their information, "there will be some construction," says Hammond, who is working with DFO as Sault project manager.
A preliminary design envisions two compounds, with an east compound of offices and labs within existing space, and a west compound of new construction housing storage facilities and workshops.
"The west compound will be all new construct. The project is still a go and we're just looking at a slightly different configuration."
Hammond says the proposed Science Enterprise Algoma research park promoting scientific exchange is being championed by NRCan, and is one reason DFO wanted to re-locate on the site.
By IAN ROSS
Northern Ontario Business