Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec's Anticosti Island Wants to Be Recognized as UNESCO Heritage Site

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec's Anticosti Island Wants to Be Recognized as UNESCO Heritage Site

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Quebec's Anticosti Island wants UNESCO recognition

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MONTREAL - The picturesque Quebec municipality of Anticosti Island is trying to become a UNESCO world heritage site.

It made the pitch at a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday.

In August, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna called for suggestions for Canadian sites that could be recognized by UNESCO.

The Quebec government hasn't given approval yet for the application, which is required for it to be presented.

Mayor John Pineault said there's been no response to a letter sent Dec. 8 and a Jan. 27 deadline to file with the federal government is looming.

Pineault said he hopes Premier Philippe Couillard can be convinced to support the project.

The island located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has just over 200 permanent residents and an abundance of deer. …

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