Budget cuts hit Gwaii Haanas

  • May. 16, 2012 12:00 p.m.

Federal government cost-cutting will affect Gwaii Haanas staff, says superintendent Ernie Gladstone, but visitors shouldn’t notice any difference. Two positions at Gwaii Haanas are being eliminated as part of a reduction of 638 Parks Canada positions across the country, he said. The two employees will not be laid off but are leaving the positions willingly, Mr. Gladstone said. A further 13 workers at Gwaii Haanas will also be affected, with their positions being reduced from year-round to nine or six months. The changes will not take effect this visitor season, he said. “Close to one-third of the employees have been affected,” he said. “It’s quite difficult for a number of the employees.” The number of employees at Gwaii Haanas fluctuates, but is usually between 38 and 40, he said.