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The CAT Service Is Cancelled 

The canadian company that operates the high-speed ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia is discontinuing that service and blaming the economy. Bay Ferries Limited announced Friday it’s ending the seasonal service from Bar Harbor and Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.About 120 people will lose their jobs, too.Nova Scotia officials told the company this week that government support would not be available for the 2010 season.Company leaders say Bay Ferries has been hurting from the weak economy, a strong canadian dollar and new U.S. passport rules. Passenger counts this year were down 10 percent from 2008.The ferry operated from late May to October, coinciding with Maine’s busy tourist season.Bay Ferries has served Bar Harbor since 1998 and Portland since 2006.Chris Fogg, the head of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, tells TV5 he thinks business owners in area will be saddened by the news. Fogg says Bay Ferries has been big part of the community and losing the CAT will have a big impact on tourism.