Ottawa to spend $42 million to repair and restore N.S. small craft harbours

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HALIFAX — Ottawa is spending $42 million on 27 small craft harbours across Nova Scotia, aimed in part at helping them recover and prepare for the threat of climate change.

Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board and a Nova Scotia MP, says some of the money will be used to fix storm damage and build or repair structures like breakwaters to help prevent major destruction.

The government will name the harbours getting funding next week, and one south shore mayor is hoping his town will be on that list.

Liverpool has seen the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: parts of the town were buried under several inches of water after three intense storm surges last winter, prompting temporary closures and repeated cleanups of businesses and shops along Water Street in Liverpool.

Mayor David Dagley says the flooding has been getting worse, both in frequency and elevation, and he’s concerned about more damage if help isn’t offered.

The $42 million will be spent over the next three years, part of a larger nationwide program to keep harbours across Canada in good condition.

The Canadian Press