Transport Canada detains False Creek floating billboard

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Simon Little, News Talk 980 CKNW

Transport Canada has detained a 12-meter wide illuminated floating billboard that has been drawing the ire of local residents.

“The vessel has been detained pending its registration and subsequent certification as a commercial vessel,” Transport Canada says in a statement.

The agency says in order to obtain commercial certification, the boat must comply with both the Canada Shipping Act and marine safety regulations.

But it looks like the detention has nothing to do with the billboard itself – the agency says it’s not within its jurisdiction to decide whether the boat can operate with the signage on it.

“Cheap and Crass?”

The 12-meter wide illuminated marine billboard was launched this week, to poor reviews from False Creek residents.

Patsy McMillan, chair of the False Creek Resident’s Association says she’s already getting a lot of email about it.

“It’s pretty cheap and crass visual pollution of what’s supposed to be a quiet waterway.”

She says the lights are bright enough that they will shine into the homes of many people who live in the lower floors of condos and apartments in the area.

And she says she’s worried the boat might be just the first of many.

“If one can do it, why can’t 20 more? Where does it stop, up Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm?”

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