If you're one of the people who believe, like some members of the federal government, that lighthouse keepers are no longer needed in this day and age, you need to look at this story from CHEK-TV on Vancouver Island. There was a small boat sinking off Nanaimo Harbour yesterday. Nine people were rescued by the lighthouse keepers at Entrance Island. The two keepers had only a small open boat, but they got the people out of the cold water and helped get them warm. Can't get a daring rescue out of an automated lighthouse!
We've paddled at Nanaimo, and you can read about those days here on the blog. Here's hoping that there will be lighthouse keepers at Entrance Island in perpetuity!