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Union Paints Lighthouse That Government Would Not

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Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s most visited and recognizable lighthouses, has been painted, thanks to the donated work of members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

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The lighthouse, one of the most photographed in Canada, with its peeling paint had become an eyesore that was damaging to the area’s tourism industry. Canada’s federal government, which owns the lighthouse, did not have the money to paint the tower, and the local government entities would not paint the tower unless they owned it. That’s when the Painters Union stepped in to save the day.

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The painters went as far as to use a system of ropes, rather than scaffolding, to allow the tourists to take better photographs of the lighthouse. It is estimated that the scraping and painting of the tower cost close to $10,000.

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One local person commented, “This is an example of government pettiness and a union stepping in to do the right thing.”

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This story appeared in the Nov/Dec 2012 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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