a rather inadequate article on this matter - which has
tended to misrepresent IASA - both as an organisation
and in its role in looking into the state of the Whalesback
is not a families group
group concerned over dismal shape of N.S. crash
Thursday, October 31, 2002
(CP) - A group representing the families of those killed in
the Swissair crash off Nova Scotia
is concerned a memorial site marred by exposed drainage pipes
and a crumbling walkway isn't being properly maintained, despite
a fund established for that purpose.
Charlene Frenette of the International Aviation Safety Association
said the fund, which now
has $393,000 in donations, is not being used to repair damage
caused by thousands of visitors to the site since the September
1998 crash. A pathway, the only one in the small shoreline
park that overlooks the crash site off Peggy's Cove, has been
chewed away in spots by winter thaws, leaving corrugated drainage
pipes jutting out of the ground in at least five spots.
erosion has also caused several markers on the side of the
pathway to tumble into an ecologically sensitive area in front
of two large granite boulders that list the names of the 229
cannot help but wonder how the memorial at Whalesback
could be allowed to fall into disrepair, considering the provincial
government accepted public donations, some of which were from
families of Swissair Flight 111," Frenette said in a
recent letter to a Nova Scotia politician.
is this money being allocated if not for upkeep?"
fund is administered by the provincial Finance Department,
but is dipped into by the departments of Natural Resources,
and Transportation, which are responsible for maintaining
the fund, which was created a year after the air disaster,
has only been used in 2000, when about $40,000 was spent on
landscaping and improvements to some marble tiles and signage.
were some expenses this year, but Finance officials haven't
yet tabulated those invoices since they haven't completed
this fiscal year.
fund was established by a special Swissair secretariat that
oversaw the design and creation of three
memorials to the international passengers and crew who were
killed when the jetliner plunged into waters off the picturesque
monuments were also meant to thank people in the shoreline
communities who rushed to the site in a futile bid to find
a former member of the secretariat, is dismayed that more
is not being done to ensure the popular memorial near the
famed Peggy's Cove lighthouse is not being regularly maintained
since it is visited year-round.
is a fund that should be used to keep up the site," she
said in Halifax.
Estabrooks, NDP member of the
Nova Scotia legislature for the area, has urged the province
to repair the damage, which he says has been evident since
the spring. He said his daughter told him about it after visiting
the area with a friend and finding several black pipes poking
up through the ground.
this stage I'm pissed off - I just want the God damned path
fixed," he said Thursday.
a beautiful, scenic Nova Scotia seascape and a wonderfully
contemplative place, but it needs to be kept up. It's supposed
to be wheelchair accessible and it's an obstacle."
Department of Transportation and Public Works dismissed the
criticism, claiming work was being done regularly on the site
and that the pathway isn't in bad shape.
spokesman Richard Perry said work was being done, but there
were no signs Wednesday of any repairs. He said it was expected
to cost about $10,000 to work on the pathway, which he said
was being dealt with swiftly, even though one man who lost
his daughter in the crash said the pipes have been protruding
for several months.
don't think it's taken a whole lot of time at all," Perry
said. "It's not in rough shape. The path had some erosion.
It's been blown all out of proportion."
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