Parks Canada cuts to impact Woodside Historic Site
Published Monday, April 30, 2012 5:00PM EDT
Job losses at Parks Canada that are a result of federal budget cuts are expected to have an impact at the Woodside National Historic Site in Kitchener.
About 600 Parks Canada employees have been laid off and another 1,000 have been told their jobs are at risk.
Parks Canada says an important statement about Woodside will be issued on Tuesday, and it's likely not the only site that will be affected.
While Parks Canada says no historic sites will be closed permanently, changes are to be expected.
The president of the union representing park workers, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, says Canadians can expect fewer services and shorter seasons.
The historic house at Wellington Street and Spring Valley Road was built in 1853 and is the childhood home of former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
It has been closed since late September 2011 after a flood uncovered contamination, and in November Parks Canada said it would be closed until further notice.
It's unclear at this point how the contamination concerns and job cuts could affect Woodside's future, including the property and historic artifacts.
The sign at the Woodside National Historic Site is seen in Kitchener, Ont. on Monday, April 30, 2012.
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