PRINCE RUPERT VOL. 10 NO. 31
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Fishing season set to be one of the worst yet
SLAP OF SILENCE
Less than one million sockeye projected
Feature Heart of our city: Norm Craddock Page A5
BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View
It might have been a first for Prince Rupert council chambers. The 1984 comedic film ‘Ghostbusters’ was referenced by Coun. Joy Thorkelson at the last council meeting in July, but the councillor’s message was anything but funny. “[The ocean has] had a growth - Joy Thorkelson of algae that’s created a slime. If anyone has seen ‘Ghostbusters’, they’ll know ectoplasm. That’s what the slime is like – ectoplasm,” said the councillor.
“Very few people ... are going to have enough hours to get unemployment insurance.”
News Communities share $6.4 million Page A4 Shaun Thomas / The Northern View
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Gitxaala want mining firm to leave Banks Island Band planning legal action following pollution spill
Business On-shore radar coming to port Page A10
Sports Special Olympics seeks volunteers Page A11
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The Gitxaala Nation is demanding that Banks Island Gold clean up the environmental damage from their mine and “leave Banks Island permanently”. Chief Clarence Innis said regardless of the measures taken by the company, the Gitxaala no longer want Banks Island Gold in their territories. “The Gitxaala People have no confidence in this company. They have contaminated one of the most important food gathering areas within Gitxaala’s traditional territory,” he said. “They need to clean up and get out.” As well as taking aim at the company, Innis said the provincial government needs to be accountable for the recent spill at the site.
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“The Gitxaala people have no confidence in this company.” -Chief Clarence Innis “There has been a lack of environmental assessment and oversight and inadequate consultation with the Gitxaala Nation,” he said. “We demand the Province of B.C. treat this situation as seriously as Mt. Polley. There should be zero tolerance for these violations.” Innis said the next step for the band is to launch legal action again both Banks Island Gold and the provincial government to ensure
the damage is cleaned up and the habitat is restored. At the same time, the band has launched an environmental assessment of its own to support the legal action. For its part, the company says the pollution abatement order is related to a June 25 spill of water and sedimentation in a location where backfilling was taking place. While toxicity testing showed 100 per cent survival of Rainbow Trout in the area, the spill is estimated to be 240 m3 of water containing one tonne of solids. As well as that spill, Banks Island Gold says sedimentation containing drill cutting also entered two small waterbodies in the Discovery Zone. Since receiving the order, backfilling at the site of the spill has been stopped while Tel Mine, which has space available for six months of production, was prepared for backfilling. See GOLD on Page A3
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Ceremonial food fishing at risk due to low returns High water temperatures partly blamed SALMON from Page A1 Area fishermen face the dire reality of a much lower-than-expected return on Skeena River sockeye salmon, a trend that is seemingly affecting all areas of B.C. due to the slime and warmer than usual temperatures on the North Coast. “It’s too bad because this was predicted to be the best year since 2001. [The United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union (UFAW)] were predicting to have a 3.5 million [run] return on the Skeena. Right now, it looks like we’ll have less than a million,” said Thorkelson, who is also a representative of the UFAW. Not only is the run much lower than expected, sitting at approximately 855,000, but the sockeye have been much smaller than in previous years, with the average fish weighing in at five pounds. “Multiply that by $1.75 per pound in sockeye and that’s how much [North Coast] fishermen have made this year. It used to be $3.00 per pound ... Very few people in the cannery are going to have enough hours to get unemployment insurance, which is going to create a bigger crunch on housing because people are going to have to rely on welfare and welfare will claw back all of the money they’ve earned this summer, which won’t
“We still have faint hope, but hope is becoming fainter.” - Joy Thorkelson be very much,” Thorkelson added. Along with the low return of Skeena sockeye, the Nass was expected to produce a run of 700,000, but it’s now looking like the return will be 200,000, said Thorkelson. The situation hasn’t been catastrophic enough to warrant the potential closure of the Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) Fishery this year, but the Skeena Fisheries Commission is informing all FSC fishermen from the Gitksan, Gitanyow, Wet’suwet’en, Lake Babine and Lax Kw’alaams Bands that if the run continues to be downgraded inseason, “it may be necessary to consider restrictions to limit Skeena sockeye catch for conservation reasons,” read a release from the commission. “Currently there are no restrictions on First Nations FSC fishing in the Skeena River. Recreational fishers can only take one Skeena sockeye per day and no commercial fishing for Skeena
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Low Sockeye returns mean less money will be coming into the community this year, says councillor and UFAWU representative Joy Thorkelson.
sockeye is anticipated for this year, including inland fishing,” the July 23 release stated, adding no commercial fishing is allowed until the run reaches the 1.05 million threshold. “We still have faint hope, but hope is becoming fainter. Pink salmon haven’t shown up. The first day of canning was on July 9, which is the latest canning in my whole career,” said Thorkelson. Record ocean temperatures are a full three degrees higher than normal, scientists have said, and have caused
a toxic algae bloom. A large warm blob of ocean water has moved into northwest B.C. waters, causing warm water predators to move farther north. The warm water also kills off some of the nutritious food that salmon usually eat, which explain why they may show up smaller and thinner than usual. “Ocean conditions are changing and I guess the sooner we all realize that we have to reduce our carbon footprint, [the better],” Thorkelson said.
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Banks Island Gold Tuck Inlet Road paving proceeding working on cleanup MOU adds
GOLD from Page A1 The company submitted its Sediment Control Plan, Water Management Plan and Tailings Management Plan on July 20. While waiting to hear back regarding the report, Banks Island Gold maintained production by crushing and bagging high grade pyrrhotite and will continue limited activities on-site over the coming days while working with authorities. “Media are reporting that the Yellow Giant Mine is ‘closed’ and/or ‘shut down’. These statements are incorrect. The company is continuing processing of Tel mineralization but production has been significantly impacted by the events previous disclosed,” read a statement from the company. “The company expects that this delay will have a significant impact in production and gold sales for July.” Meanwhile, the federal government has confirmed it is getting involved reviewing in the spill to see if federal regulations have been broken. “Environment Canada’s enforcement branch is currently investigating to determine whether there have been any violations of the pollution prevention provisions of the Fisheries Act,” Environment Canada spokeswoman Barbara Harvey said in a written response. “As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to provide further information at this time.” Skeena — Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen weighed in on the situation, saying this should serve as a wake-up call to government that more regulatory oversight is needed. “How many warnings, how many canaries in the mine, do we need before taking a closer look at tailing ponds and pollution from mines ... it is frustrating to me that often the communities that feel the brunt of these incidents are left in the cold,” he said. “This is very concerning. This mine hasn’t been operating for very long and we are seeing another large mine spilling pollution into the environment.”
more sailings to community BY SHAUN THOMAS LAX KW’ALAAMS/ The Northern View
Residents of Lax Kw’alaams will soon have access to a paved road, a completely refurbished ferry and additional sailings to Prince Rupert. Minister of Transportation Todd Stone announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Lax Kw’alaams leadership on July 28 that will move forward the needed engineering work to pave Tuck Inlet Road, while the ministry will provide funding to refurbish the Spirit of Lax Kw’alaams in 2016/2017 and support five additional weekly trips between Aero Point and Tuck Inlet beginning this summer with a $400,000 annual commitment. “By ensuring safe and reliable access to the community, we’re supporting local traffic and helping encourage future economic development in the area, which will benefit the
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B.C. Minister of Transportation Todd Stone and Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Garry Reece sign the MOU.
Lax Kw’alaams and all British Columbians,” said Stone, noting the ministry will work with the band regarding a future replacement for the current ferry. News of the paving moving forward was welcomed by Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Garry Reece, who recounted some of the experiences residents have had driving to and from their homes. “In 1997, Tuck Inlet Road was not more than an upgraded logging road from the
community to Tuck Inlet. Our trucks and cars had to withstand the two-feet potholes and dusty road, which had a tremendous effect on what we could bring into the community such as food, building material and general supplies,” he said. “Today we can celebrate the commitment that the Province of B.C. is making to all of us to have this most-critical transportation system upgraded and paved. This is a long-awaited dream.”
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MP ready Rupert, Port Ed split $6.4 million for election BY KEVIN CAMPBELL
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Skeena – Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says both he and the NDP are ready for the 2015 Federal Election, regardless of when the campaign gets underway. “We are absolutely well-prepared and well-positioned for this campaign. We’re used to marathons, not sprints, because of the nature of politics,” he said of what would be the longest election campaign in almost 90 years. “We’re ready and willing to fight Mr. Harper from coast to coast to coast ... we’re in it to win it and if you look at the polling, - Nathan Cullen people are feeling very positive about the NDP.” While Cullen said he is ready for an 11-week campaign, the incumbent said dropping the writ this early is simply the wrong thing for Canadians and an act of desperation on the part of the Prime Minister. “It is absolute hubris and is going to cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars just because this is what Stephen Harper wants,” he said. “I think voters will see this for what it is ... another way for the Conservatives to rig the election in their favour.” While the launch of an election would mean the dissolution of Parliament, Cullen said he doesn’t think that necessarily means a delay for cabinet approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal, which the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is expected to rule on in the coming months. “The Liberals and Conservatives tend to push things through when there is not a lot of scrutiny because people are focused on the election,” he said, noting he feels it would be risky to give approval when there is no chance of being questioned on the decision. “I expect the assessment to be done properly and do not expect it to be a decision made in the middle of an election ... Would I put it past them to do this? No, I wouldn’t.” A July 29 Ipsos Reid poll showed the NDP leading with 34 per cent while the Conservatives were one point back at 33 per cent support.
“We’re ready and willing to fight Mr. Harper from coast to coast to coast.”
As provincial and federal funding announcements were being sprinkled all over northern B.C. last week as part of the New Building Canada Plan, Prince Rupert and Port Edward took centrestage last Tuesday. B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone arrived on the North Coast and was welcomed by Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain and Port Edward Deputy Mayor James Brown in council chambers at City Hall in Prince Rupert. Two funding announcements, one in each municipality, highlighted the minister’s stay. First, a $4.4 million contribution by the federal and provincial governments to help upgrade Prince Rupert water lines and dam infrastructure through a Raw Water Supply Grant was provided to the city. $2.193 million from each of the governments make up the total contribution. For Port Edward, $2 million was put towards the construction of a Wampler Way bypass designed to divert traffic from the community’s core and Skeena Drive and enable vehicles to exit the highway before the entrance of Watson Island onto a road looping behind the community’s current footprint. Wampler Way then reconnects to Skeena Drive past proposed LNG development. The provincial and federal government contributed $1 million each for that project. “Here in the north, our expanding resource sector is driving rapid growth in our provincial economy. So making the types of investments such as the ones that we’re here announcing today are going to be key in insuring our communities are going to be prepared for the continued growth,” said Minister Stone.
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Transportation Minister Todd Stone, centre, is joined at Prince Rupert City Hall by Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain and Port Edward Deputy Mayor James Brown.
“Today is a very exciting day for Prince Rupert,” added Mayor Brain. “That’s $4.4 million towards the existing, almost century-old original water lines and water dam upgrades. They’re a critical piece of infrastructure that we absolutely need to address ... Not only is this going to help ensure the safety of the water supply for our residents, but it also is one of the requirements that we had to ensure that ExxonMobil were able to proceed on Lot 444 for their LNG proposal.” Port Edward Deputy Mayor Brown was equally as excited for the funds injection for Wampler Way. “I’m proud to be from Port Edward. We all work very hard together here at the District of Port Edward,” he said. “This contribution ... would make [former Mayor Ed Wampler] really proud today. He was a real true leader. He taught us how to go and fulfill your goals and your vision ... We’re doing [this] for the people of Port Edward.” Minister Stone commented on his
personal experience as eyes across the province and in Ottawa have shifted to northwestern B.C. with industry advances have helped make the region become a lightning rod for prospective job growth. “We are so excited about what’s going on in northwestern British Columbia,” said the minister. “It’s been far too long that this part of the province has often lagged behind from an economic perspective, but today this is the epicentre of some of the greatest employment opportunities that we’re going to see in our province for the next 50 years ... These are where the jobs are going to be, so we’re going to be there with infrastructure improvements so that infrastructure doesn’t in any way represent an obstacle to the economic growth that this region is beginning to feel.” Along with the funding announcements, Mayor Brain mentioned a new program which incorporates the water system upgrades, called ‘Re:Build Rupert’, an infrastructure renewal program designed to address the $288 million infrastructure deficit.
Phone scam hits Prince Rupert BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View
A phone scam that is plaguing the entirety of Canada has reached Prince Rupert. An organization claiming to be the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has been contacting approximately five Prince Rupert residents in the past few weeks and telling them that they owe money to the agency. “What they’d like you to do is go and get prepaid Visas and send them
the numbers and pay off the debt,” said Rupert resident Stuart Forman, who was contacted by the scammers. “They’re from the Philippines or India or somewhere and they’ve got a local number that’s non-traceable here. So you phone them back and then they talk to you and threaten you,” said Forman. The number from which Forman received the call was 844-240-3071 and the person claimed to be named Brian Walker. It’s worth noting that the organization uses different numbers. “They were very intimidating. They
said they’d seize your bank accounts,” Forman said. After Forman approached Prince Rupert RCMP, he was told that this organization is one of the most farreaching ones in Canada by the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre (CAFC) and they’ve even had victims in tears because they sent so much money, they no longer had funds to eat. If residents think they have been a victim of fraud or have been contacted by a fraudulant organization, call Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-627-0700.
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Anchoring home after a life on the water Sea has never been far from Norm Craddock BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View
Very few seafarers can claim they know the entirety of British Columbia’s coastal waters inside and out, but Capt. Norm Craddock just may be one of them. The 60-year veteran of the B.C. fishing, ferrying and boating industry can be found these days at the Prince Rupert Seafarers’ Centre – an oft-forgotten establishment, but an extremely critical one in hosting the hundreds of sailors who dock at Rupert’s shores and giving them some of the comforts of home. The captain wasn’t born in Rupert – he’s a product of Chilliwack – but he came to the North Coast town in 1954 at the age of 20. Fresh out of bible college and ready for what life would throw at him, Capt. Craddock didn’t know at that point that he’d spend the majority of his days on the water, but he had some experience working with boats before arriving. “The denomination I was involved with had a mission-ship in this area for a number of years and the family that was operating it was leaving. They were looking for somebody and they asked me if I’d come up here and I was young and looking for adventure,” said Craddock. At that time the city was bustling with activity. With a brand new mill opening up and fishing charters, canneries and commercial fisheries on the rise, Rupert was the place to be in northern B.C. Visiting the various villages and canneries, including places as far away as Hazelton, Craddock and his colleagues had their hands full with the various communities in the area. But soon enough the sea would call him home. After spot duty working with CN Rail, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) was looking for a captain for a patrol boat. That would launch Craddock into a life at sea which, like the tides roaring against the harbour here, still hasn’t let up. The captain bought an ex-halibut boat and rigged it up for trolling, shrimpdragging and salmon-fishing. While doing that, he met a Prince Rupert woman – Madeline Sklapsky –
whose family had moved to the city just a few years before himself. More than a few Prince Rupert couples might be able to relate to the conditions facing Craddock’s and Sklapsky’s wedding day of Nov. 21, 1957. “The day before was a beautiful, sparkling, bright, sunny November day,” he recalled. “And then a storm moved in and the day of our wedding, we had rain coming down, but it was also horizontal.” The adventure didn’t stop with their monsoon nuptials. On their way to Terrace to fly to Vancouver for their honeymoon, they ran into a bit of a snag on the highway. “We got on a bus and headed for Terrace. In those days, the pulp mill monitored water levels on Prudhomme Lake. They built a dam on Kloya Creek to feed water into the mill and they monitored that level,” he explained. “When there was a lot of rain, somebody would go and open the gates to let the water down. Well, somebody forgot and the bus driver we had was an adventurous type of guy. When we got out there, the water was all over the road. He said ‘the bus must go through!’ and so we ended up ploughing through a bunch of water and it died.” So, Capt. Craddock and Sklapsky waited on the road with their wet luggage down below in the bus’ compartments. When they finally returned to Rupert after the highway patrol trucks lifted them out of the highway’s pool, they were able to leave on a midnight union steamship boat for Vancouver. But in the meantime while they were waiting, a landslide came down on Wantage Road, killing approximately eight citizens, with the lone survivor being a baby in a carriage who had somehow made it through the rubble. The captain remembers it like it was yesterday. “She’s come back to Prince Rupert a number of times years later,” he said. During Canada’s centennial year in 1967, Capt. Craddock and his fishing partner took two boats and traveled across the continent to reach Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. It took them 50 days to reach the east coast from Vancouver. “We had a great trip. We spent the
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summer there and family came out. We fished in Newfoundland in the winter.” After being involved with various fisheries on the North Coast in the late ‘60s, he received formal training from a nautical college in Terrace to receive his Transport Canada certification and it would be the last time that Capt. Craddock would live on the North Coast for 35 years. Moving to Vancouver Island and working for Rivtow Straits Tugboats three weeks on and three weeks off, the captain was just settling into a life that would take him up and down the coast as a mate, captain and senior office official. “Me, my wife and three [daughters] moved into the Courtenay area,” he said. Transitioning into BC Ferries just as the organization was amalgamating with the Ministry of Highways and expanding rapidly, Craddock was named a captain within a year and navigated inter-island waters. The captain travelled along Alert Bay, Port McNeill and Sointula for eight and a half years as his young family grew up. “Then an opportunity came to come back down to the Lower Mainland. By then I got a position as senior captain on the Albion-Fort Langley ferry and that ferry, in those days, ran 24 hours a day and it was a free ferry. So, I spent most of my time on the ship and in the office because I had a huge staff and we handled over a million cars a year on that run,” said Capt. Craddock. The captain eventually moved back one last time off the mainland to Quadra Island to become a senior master in charge of that route. In his last three years, he was
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a marine superintendent out of Comox. Capt. Craddock enjoyed a grand total of two weeks of retirement after turning 65 when he was approached by Courtenay’s North Island College’s nautical department to teach. He did, for four years. “It was supposed to be part-time, but it ended up being full-time ... They put on marine emergency duties courses ... safety and lifesaving and survival and those kinds of things,” he said. Upon moving back to Prince Rupert in 2005, Capt. Craddock was coming home to family. Madeline’s family still resides on the North Coast and two of their daughters live in Terrace as an RN and a paramedic. “Rupert had changed quite a bit in 35 years ... But the people of Prince Rupert are still the same. They’re still an open, friendly, generous people,” he said. Now, volunteering almost every evening with the Prince Rupert Seafarers’ Centre as chairman, the captain is still in contact with sailors across the globe. “I think I can empathize with the sailors. I understand where they’re coming from ... The majority [that we see coming in] right now are Chinese and Filipino [sailors]. Most of them speak Mandarin, they’re from mainland China. Communicating can be a challenge, but we work through it ... Most of these people from [some of the] Asian countries don’t have all the blessings that we have in North America, like free education and health care,” he said. “We’re very privileged in our country, so these people sacrifice a lot of home life and a lot of extras in order to go away and make a living away from home. So we try to make it a little easier on them.”
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ransportation Minister Todd Stone made his rounds throughout the Northwest last week, and perhaps this is the meaning of Christmas in July. Like Jolly Ol’ Saint Nicholas, Stone made his way from community to community and pulled a major funding announcement (in conjunction with the federal government) out of his bag to leave below the proverbial tree. For the City of Prince Rupert, it was $4.4 million for desperately needed improvements to the aging water system. For Port Edward it was $2 million for Wampler Way, a bypass road that forms a critical component of that community’s plans for growth and the catalyst for millions of dollars Shaun Thomas more in development. For Lax Kw’alaams, $400,000 per year for additional sailings to Prince Rupert, a commitment for engineering to pave Tuck Road and an indeterminate cheque for the refurbishment of the Spirit of Lax Kw’alaams. Those three combined will do a lot to better connect the people and economy of Prince Rupert with that of Lax Kw’alaams. And for the Average Joe resident, the two governments committed $37 million to eliminate the level rail crossing on Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Port Edward. Granted that work won’t start for another two years (as outlined on Page 18), but that is something that has been wanted in the Northwest for a long time. While there is certainly a saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth, one would have to be blind not to realize the announcements come the same week as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rumoured to be looking at an election and fresh on the heels of the passing of a project development agreement that would bring billions of dollars in investment to the region and, oh yeah, was opposed by the NDP. Coincidence? I think not. Regardless of the backdrop and not-sosubtle political statement of the funding, one cannot argue that these investments are going to go a long way to preparing the region for a potential LNG boom.
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ow that the political back-and-forth is within Western Australia.” over, there are two questions left about Obviously there were no job guarantees, which the Petronas-led proposal to make the could only exist in a command economy, in other biggest private-sector investment in B.C. history. words, a communist dictatorship. Will it actually happen? And is it a good deal Pacific Northwest LNG is on record with federal or a bad one? regulators that in the latter stages of construction, the Premier Christy Clark ducked the first question use of foreign labour for the project could reach 70 on the day the project agreement for Pacific per cent. Does that make it a bad deal? Northwest LNG was approved by the B.C. Perhaps B.C. could attempt develop this expertise legislature. from the ground up. It seems to me that was tried Tom Fletcher with aluminum ship fabrication, and it didn’t work “After many predictions about the Canucks and the Alberta election, I don’t make predictions out too well. any more,” Clark said. “But I can say that this project has For David Keane, president of the B.C. LNG Alliance, gone farther than any of our critics said that it would.” the question is how many large LNG projects, pipelines and For what it’s worth, my prediction is on record: it will all, can be managed at the same time as the Site C dam is go ahead. The latest evidence is the company’s continued, being built. It was skilled labour shortages, and particularly costly effort to gain federal and local approval for a a shortage of supervisors, that caused Australia to lose suspension bridge to Lelu Island to minimize the marine some of its proposed projects. impact. Lax Kw’alaams Band members could not have had Keane said all LNG proponents here want to use as details on that change from an underwater pipeline when much local labour as they can, because it’s less expensive they voted to oppose the project in May. and it builds local support. And he disagrees that B.C. is a Is it a good deal? The mayors of Prince Rupert and Port sweet deal for the industry. Among other things, pipelines Edward have made their views clear – they see it as a lifeline have to be built across two mountain ranges. for an area that has struggled for years with a faded forest Not only that, B.C. producers would pay an LNG and fishing industry. income tax, which is a first in the history of the industry. The B.C. NDP leader John Horgan and other MLAs Add to that PST, GST, payroll taxes, municipal taxes made much of the lack of job guarantees, pointing to and federal and provincial corporate income taxes. Add similar projects in Australia. aboriginal revenue sharing, and we have a deal. Australian so-called guarantees contain qualifiers like Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for this: “... except in those cases where … it is not reasonable Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@ or economically practical to do so, use labour available blackpress.ca
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Replace UCCB with daycare Wood trade roots BC Editor: When I received my little (and very taxable) UCCB (Universal Child Care Benefit) cheque in the mail yesterday, I put my ear to the ground and could hear a swiftly approaching election. This new UCCB is only a fraction of the average cost of daycare. Parents need affordable daycare not summer pocket money. I suspect affordable and accessible day care would boost the economy in a much larger and long-term manner than a blip on the consumer summer spending graph. Another significant benefit to childcare/early childhood education — In Time Healthline — June 9, 2011 Maia Szalavitz writes: “To cut crime, raise education and income levels, and reduce addiction rates among the poor, no program offers more bang for the buck than preschool, as a new study published in Science demonstrates.”
“Affordable and accessible day care would boost the economy.” - Michelle Matich It is commonly estimated that for every dollar spent on preschool, seven dollars is saved. Where else can you get that rate of return? Does each party have a plan in place for affordable daycare? How about quality regulated early childhood education that transitions seamlessly to kindergarten? It would also create good jobs for early childhood educators and perhaps teachers who want summer work. Michelle Matich Langley
Fires should mean big fines Editor: I got a ticket for a rolling stop at a red light, right hand turn, which I deserved. The fine was $167, less $25 if paid within 30 days. I just read that the fine for throwing a lit cigarette butt out of a car window or throwing it away while walking will be $173, up to $573 depending on the circumstances. This is imposed by our government that is trying to get some respect for the environment, and keep all the law breakers in hand. But wait a minute, it costs upwards of $2,000 plus to throw a piece of paper or any debris out of your car window, or discard it while walking at anytime without using the proper containment; it is called littering and
“$5,000 to $10,000 fines are not unreasonable.” - Dave Noble the fine is $2,000 fine. Yet the fine is only $173 for almost burning down possibly hundreds of hectares of forest or land and buildings, and the possible life of a human at hand? I think their priorities all need reviewing as our forest fire predicament continues. I think $5,000 to $10,000 fines are not unreasonable. Dave Noble Port Alberni
We would all pay more for water Editor: What’s the problem with Nestle not paying for water? How about beer, wine, soda, a cup of coffee or tea? There’s no difference, they all profit from selling water, only Nestle doesn’t add anything to it. As others have said, charging for water makes it a commodity which, under NAFTA,
could then be shipped by Nestle to the USA and Mexico. Who really began this protest against (but really for) Nestle? Nestle wants to buy and sell our water, but once a price is established and they pay more we may eventually pay more, too — bottled or not. Gary Huntbatch, Abbotsford.
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ritish Columbia is Canada’s most ecologically diverse province, with more than half of its 95 million hectares covered in forest. Over 80% of these forests are coniferous. They range from the dry ponderosa pine forests in the south to the spruce and pine boreal forest along the Yukon border. These vast forests and the softwood products derived from them continue to be a major driver of the BC economy. In fact, more than 40% of regional economies in the province are forestry-based, supporting over 55,000 direct jobs in 7,300 businesses. Despite the industry’s status as a key employer and revenue stream, BC’s entire annual harvest comes from less than 200,000 hectares—less than 1% of the working forest. Sustainability is a central priority. All harvested areas are reforested, with more than 200 million seedlings planted each year to supplement natural regrowth. Approximately 90% of BC’s forests are publicly owned, and the province takes a co-operative approach to land use planning. British Columbians participate in processes that decide which areas should be protected. The public is able to review and comment on forestry plans before any harvesting activities commence. Professional foresters, biologists, and engineers help make decisions about best practices. Audits by independent agencies like the Forest Practices Board are conducted regularly with government and licence holders. In 2009, BC scaled nearly 49 million cubic metres of timber. Coastal forests provided approximately 30% of the harvest, with the remaining 70% coming from the Interior. The primary species harvested is lodgepole pine, accounting for 51%, with spruce and hemlock making up 14% and 9% respectively. Douglas fir, balsam, cedar and other species round out the rest. Softwood products produced include lumber, pulp, newsprint, paper products and shingles. The majority of BC’s forest product is manufactured into lumber at dozens of mills across the province. Lumber accounts for more than 35% of exported forest products, and is in experiencing new demand from expanding Asian markets, particularly China. With the crash of the United States housing market in 2007, BC lumber export volumes fell 59%, leading to lumber production in the province dropping by more than 40% by 2009. This led to major curtailments across the industry, including the closure of 26 sawmills. Fortunately, Chinese imports of softwood lumber nearly doubled each year since 2006. By 2011, China lumber imports rose to 3.1 billion board feet, 25% of BC’s total production. Responding to this shift, BC forest companies are transforming their operations to meet new demands for softwood lumber in Asia. This transformation includes producing a strategic combination of traditional lumber products, new building systems, value-added wood products and other bio-products, which maximize the value of harvested timber and further supports local economies. Re:port is a collaborative promotional venture by the Prince Rupert Port Authority and The Northern View.
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Securiguard joins forces with Coast Tsimshian BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View
Coast Tsimshian Enterprises, comprised of the Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams Bands, is getting into the security business following the signing of a joint venture agreement with Securiguard Services. Under the terms of the agreement Securiguard — which offers services including uniformed security officers, mobile patrols, remote video monitoring, first aid attenants and K9 patrol and detection services — will provide local training, employment and support services to both communities. Through the joint venture partnership, Securiguard says it will be able to bid on safety and security opportunities for projects taking place on the traditional territory of the Coast Tsimshian.
“Our team recognizes the potential in the Prince Rupert region and the tremendous opportunities that this partnership will provide. We, likewise, recognize the wisdom in partnering with local First Nations on safety and security projects and welcome the opportunity to build a leading edge joint venture. We are proud to be working closely with the progressive Lax Kw’alaams First Nation and the Metlakatla First Nation,” said company president and CEO Darcy Kernaghan. “In addition to providing local employment opportunities, our goal is to train and inspire local youth to build meaningful careers in the safety and security industries.” The leaders of the two communities, Chief Harold Leighton of Metlakatla and Mayor Garry Reece of Lax Kw’alaams, said the new partnership
presents significant opportunities for their members. “Securiguard shares our common values of ensuring both economic and social sustainability within our local communities. We are enthusiastic to be working with them on skills development and capacity building in the region and know that the clients of Coast Tsimshian Enterprises will receive the highest level of service,” said Chief Leighton. “In selecting a joint venture partner, we looked carefully at ensuring high standards of training, services and management support. With Securiguard, members of the Lax Kw’alaams Band who are interested in the security industry will receive the very best in job training and professional growth opportunities,” added Mayor Reece. Securiguard is based out of Vancouver, but does have an office in Terrace.
Securiguard and Coast Tsimshian Enterprises announced a joint venture partnership earlier this month.
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Another liquefied natural gas firm has received its export licence from the National Energy Board. Orca LNG, which is proposing to construct a terminal composed of six floating LNG vessels permanently moored to the shore “in the vicinity of Prince Rupert”, was approved for a 25-year export licence on July 27. The licence includes a maximum annual export of 28.06 billion cubic metres of natural gas, or 1.344 billion cubic feet.
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Then - The large building atop the rock bluff on Second Avenue and Fifth
Street was the Prince Rupert Club, a non-political business men’s club that received their charter in the spring of 1908. It was used as as Officer’s Club during World War II and later became the Moose Lodge. The Lodge was destroyed by fire on January 19, 1950 when plumbers were trying to thaw out frozen water pipes. Beside the Moose Lodge is the Canadian Bank of Commerce built in 1911.planted with trees and shrubs.
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The licence will expire in 10 years should no exports take place within that time frame. Orca LNG, with an office listed in Cypress Texas, is expecting to commence exports in 2019 with one vessel. The number of ships calling on the terminal would increase as construction of additional FLNG vessels is completed. The gas itself would be coming from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Although Orca LNG is in discussion with “several pipeline companies” about using either existing infrastructure of the construction of a pipeline.
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Radar coverage coming to Port BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View
With the number of ships calling on the Port of Prince Rupert expected to grow substantially in the years ahead, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced a $5 million partnership that will create a shore-based radar system to cover the waters of the North Coast. The project — which includes $2 million investment from both Western Economic Diversification Canada — will see three radar towers installed to provide radar coverage 50 nautical miles west to the northern tip of Haida Gwaii and north beyond the Alaska border. The 6.5 metre TERMA Scanter 5102 towers will be installed on an existing tower on Mount Hays, on Ridley Island and on Dundas Island, located 30 kilometres northwest of Prince Rupert. “This project will result in a new and foundational piece of our marine safety and security network at the Port of Prince Rupert, providing an additional layer to the maritime picture we use to keep our harbour safe and ensure a diverse range of cargoes continue to flow securely through our trade gateway,” said Don Krusel, president and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “Our local partnerships enable improvements like this to make a safe port even safer, and matching investments from senior government organizations allow us to carry forward our long term development vision in a safe, responsible and sustainable manner.” The radar system will provide more specific information to those monitoring traffic about distance and direction and is a technology currently used on hundred of vessels that already call on Prince Rupert, giving ships’ masters a better image of what is happening in the waters around them. As well, the information creates a real-time visual network for those monitoring traffic in the region. That additional information was welcomed by both the RCMP and the Pacific Pilotage Authority. “This investment in shore-based radar coverage of the
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British Columbia northern coastline around Prince Rupert is an important contribution to Canada’s public safety and the strategic priorities of the RCMP ... this tool will help us gather and analyse intelligence at the port and from the surrounding maritime environment in support of our law enforcement initiatives,” said Chief Superintendent Sean Bourrie, the head of the RCMP’s Federal Policing in B.C. “The addition of shore-based radar to the Port of Prince Rupert will further enhance the safety of the area by ensuring that the smaller vessels not utilizing the AIS system or participating in the MCTS system will now be tracked and reported upon, as will vessels at anchor,” said Kevin Obermeyer, president of the Pacific Pilotage Authority. Work is already underway to construct or modify towers and prepare the utilities needed to run the sites and connect them to network services. Arrival and installation of the radar equipment is expected in the first quarter of 2016 after which training and commissioning of the equipment will take place.
Prestige Hotels turns its attention to Rupert Congratulations Luciano Daniele
On July 31, 2015, Lucio retired after 46 years of dedicated service with Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. Lucio began his career on the waterfront at PRG 1 in 1969. He then moved to Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. on Ridley Island in 1985, where he worked as a Locomotive Operator and then as a Millwright, becoming the Chargehand in 1997. To date Lucio is Prince Rupert Grain’s longest serving employee. Lucio plans to join his wife (Yolanda) in Calgary to spend time with their grandchildren.
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A firm that owns a number of high quality hotels and resorts in the Okangan and Southern B.C. will be opening a Prince Rupert location later this year. Prestige Hotels and Resorts is expanding to Prince Rupert and Prince George, a move that follows the recent purchase of the Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers. The company, known for higher end properties that include several on-site amenities, is hoping to open the Prince Rupert location at an existing hotel in town. “It is essentially a rebranding and with that will come a number of renovations. We anticipate a late-fall start, but an exact date has not been set because the property improvement plan is still in the works,” explained Prestige Hotels and Resorts vicepresident of sales and marketing Jeff Liddle. While the opening of the Prince George location is the current priority, Liddle said expansion into the region has been something the company has sought for some time. “We have been looking at the northern corridor for a number of
“We anticipate a late fall start, but an exact date has not been set.” - Jeff Liddle years as our corporate clients have been asking about it, and we have now been able to establish great partnerships with an existing operator in Prince George and Prince Rupert,” he said. “It is really a matter of timing more than anything.” Prestige is a family-owned business with properties in Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Golden, Radium, Cranbrook, Nelson, Rossland, Sooke and Smithers.
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Sports In Brief Liu prepares for Jakarta Prince Rupert badminton product Adrian Liu will be representing Canada on the international stage for the first time since being disqualified from the Pan Am Games. He and men’s doubles partner Derrick Ng will be taking on Australia’s Matthew Chau and Sawan Serasinghe in the first round of the 2015 TOTAL BWF World Championships at Jakarta, Indonesia, taking place from Aug. 10 - 16.
Water, water everywhere Three different age-group camps run by Prince Rupert Recreation are set to begin next week, all focusing on that clear liquid stuff that surrounds the city. For the 3 - 5 year-olds, “Splish Splash” commences, featuring kids swimming, enjoying the sunshine and having a blast. For the 6 - 8 yearolds, “Water Wonders” welcomes kids to a week of water-filled games. Finally, for the 9 - 12 year-olds, “Eco Adventures” starts up and has participants exploring nature and focusing on water-related activities. To sign up, call Prince Rupert Recreation at 250-624-6707.
Zone 10 seniors hold final meet The last meeting before the August 2015 BC Seniors Games between members from Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert was held on July 25 in Prince Rupert. Among the updates was a drastic shortage of people wanting to play Whist, and the continuation of the game will be in jeopardy in future games if numbers continue to be low. Zone 10 jackets and shirts have arrived and are being distributed to participants. The games will take place in North Vancouver from Aug. 25 - 29.
2017 Indigenous Games awarded Toronto, Ontario will be the next site of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), the NAIG Council has announced. After Regina, Saskatchewan hosted the 2014 iteration last summer, the NAIG international governing body gave unanimous support for the Ontario capital to host, which will be the first time the NAIG will be held outside of western Canada or western U.S.
Special Olympics volunteers sought for Rupert ‘Fox’ Neftin upgrading soccer, basketball skills BY KEVIN CAMPBELL PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View
A lot of Canadian eyes have recently been focused on the Pan Am Games in their backyard of Toronto, but just this past week, another world-class competition was taking place on the west coast of Canada’s closest neighbour. Los Angeles was the centre of the world for a week for Special Olympians and their supporters from all over the world. They came together on July 25 to Aug. 2 to participate in the Summer Special Olympics World Games, which feature competitive athletes with intellectual disabilities. Right here on the North Coast, potential Special Olympians practice every Wednesday at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre and the organization has put a call out for a few more volunteers looking to dedicate an hour or two every week for the cause. “We need help facilitating the sports and to help out if we were to go on a road trip. We need drivers and extra coaches,” said Heather Brown, a Prince Rupert Special Olympics volunteer and coach. The organization does meet every now and then to discuss upcoming opportunities for the athletes to show their stuff around the region. “We don’t necessarily always meet every month, it’s just whenever we have something coming up that we need to discuss, but lately we’ve been meeting once per month at the library,” said Brown. “Special Olympics in Prince Rupert is really struggling with getting volunteers. As a volunteer-driven organization, this is key to the success of the athletes with intellectual disabilities,” added manager of community development for Special Olympics for North and Central B.C Charlene Flood. For Kris (Fox) Neftin, a Rupert Special Olympian hopeful, the athlete is looking to make the climb to the world stage with practices every week of soccer, basketball and even Bocce Ball with approximately seven or eight other Special Olympics hopefuls on the coastal city. “That would be nice,” said Fox last week, while participating in a soccer practice, in-part run by Brown. Fox was realistic, but motivated by his chances of competing in the next world games to be hosted in Graz and Schladming, Austria from March 14 – 25, 2017. Canada will hold qualifying games at the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games at Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. “I don’t know if it’s going to be a reality for me. I hope so, that would be great. Only time will tell.” Fox has been practicing with the group for three years
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and he’s developed a number of new skills. “[In soccer] I’ve learned how to make the opponent think I’m going to be shooting one way, when I shoot the other way,” said the athlete. Among the players Fox has watched growing up, Michael Jordan (basketball) and Ronaldo (soccer) are some of his favourites. “I like basketball more. My role model is Michael Jordan. I’ve seen a [game] where he was in a match with Larry Bird ... I think it was really great the way he was able to do slam dunks and pass to his players. I think if he wanted to, he could be a role model for those who wanted to try out for the sport,” he said. Like a true teammate, Fox also doesn’t give preferential treatment to any of his mates in the athlete group on Wednesdays. “I consider the players equal,” he said when asked if he liked having anyone specific on his team. Fox enjoys a plethora of other sports including mixed martial arts, fencing and Bushido (martial arts). “[I like] the fact that somebody could actually take down the opponent by flipping him by his arm or using pressure points,” he said, adding while he hasn’t seen the Special Olympics on TV, he’s watched them on YouTube online. To get in touch with Special Olympics Prince Rupert, call local coordinator Karen Myers at 250-627-1838 or visit www.specialolympics.bc.ca.
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Adrian Liu has no problem on a badminton court, but for the next few weeks, heâ€™ll try to navigate the new frontier of crowd-funding. The Prince Rupert badminton star has started a â€˜gofundmeâ€™ campaign with his menâ€™s doubles partner, Derrick Ng, to participate in the necessary worldwide tournaments required to make the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. Theyâ€™re looking for $40,000. Because of a clerical error by Badminton Canada, Liu and Ng were disqualified from the Pan Am Games in Toronto due to being registered for two simultaneous tournaments in the same week which, according to Badminton World Federation (BWF) rules, is prohibited. Liu and Ng had no intention of attending the second tournament that they were registered for, but had been registered anyway. Liuâ€™s main sponsor has pulled funding for the athlete, since the two lost many ranking points by not being a part of the Pan Am Games. â€œSince itâ€™s the playerâ€™s responsibility to pay for their own cost of living, flights, food, accommodations, entry fees, transportation and everything else in between, the cost of being a Canadian international badminton player quickly rises to astronomical figures. Your donation will help ease our minds and let us focus on whatâ€™s important: training, competing and most importantly, winning,â€? reads the â€˜gofundmeâ€™ page. Badminton Canada is looking into how the organization can help the duo, president Anil Kaul told CBC News. â€œSome sort of financial support is what they require at the moment. What form and how we do that is still up in the air. Theyâ€™re not looking for handshakes and stuff, theyâ€™re looking to get to events and try to qualify for the Olympics,â€? Kaul told the outlet. Liu and Ng are no slouches in the badminton menâ€™s doubles world. They rank 52nd in the world in BWF rankings as of July 30, despite not taking part in the Pan Am Games, which award points to most teams competing. Theyâ€™ve also won five straight national menâ€™s doubles championships in Canada â€“ a feat no team has ever accomplished. They took part in the 2015 Sudirman Cup in China and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. As of the afternoon of July 30, $8,140 had been raised for the athletes, with their next tourney approaching on Monday in Jakarta, Indonesia for the 2015 TOTAL BWF World Championships. Theyâ€™ll face Australiaâ€™s Matthew Chau and Sawan Serasinghe in the first round. To help fund Liu and Ng, visit www.gofundme.com/NG-LIU.
â€œIf new goalkeeper Frank Slubowski can catch a fish, a small hockey puck should be no problem.â€? Thatâ€™s the translated cutline that accompanies a photo featuring a grinning Slubowski, a Prince Rupert Contributed / Twitter, Brace Hemmelgarn goaltending product who suited up for the NCAAâ€™s Western Michigan Frank Slubowski will be playing goal for Orlik Opole of the Broncos for the last four years, Polish Hockey League next year. holding up a fish on Polish website than North America, I thought it was the best nto.pl. option,â€? he said. Last week, Slubowski signed a one-year Interestingly, Slubowski takes over for another contract with the Polska Hokej Ligaâ€™s (Polish North American goaltender who left Opole to Hockey League) Orlik Opole. play in Kazakhstan this season, John Murray. â€œThey found me,â€? said the goalkeeper Murray played in North Americaâ€™s Ontario describing the process of signing in Poland. Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and â€œPolandâ€™s trying to establish their national American Hockey League before making the team and their league over there, so theyâ€™re trying jump to Europe. to make it stronger. Theyâ€™re recruiting guys, According to PHL rules, starting this year a especially with Polish backgrounds.â€? player with Polish roots must appear in goal for at Slubowski, who had a career 2.34 GAA and least half of each teamâ€™s games during the season. .909 SV% with the Broncos playing Division Slubowski fits that bill pretty well and was a main I hockey, has admittedly never seen a Polska target for Opole in the off-season. Hokej Lifa (PHL) game or been to Poland, but Helping Slubowski learn the language after heâ€™s eager to learn. already playing a year in the PHL, Polandâ€™s top â€œIâ€™m kind of nervous because itâ€™s overseas, but hockey league, will be American Mike Cichy â€“ a I thought it was the best opportunity for me,â€? he forward who played with Slubowski in the goalieâ€™s said, adding his flight leaves next week. first year at Western Michigan. Cichy was the According to Polish international hockey third-leading goal scorer in the PHL last year, rules, if a player has a Polish background finding the net 29 times in 44 games. (as Slubowski does) and plays in Poland for â€œJust knowing someone and someone who can two seasons, then that player can qualify speak English will help a lot,â€? said Slubowski. for the Polish national team â€“ a program â€œ[Learning the language and customs] will that the country is prepared to invest in and come in time. I heard itâ€™s a different lifestyle ... to grow. learn about it will be pretty fun.â€? â€œI looked at both options â€“ staying in North The goaltender might even get more exposure America and over in Europe and I just figured than he bargained for, as Opole, Poland sits on the with this national team opportunity and the border of the hockey-crazed Czech Republic. opportunity to rise faster over in Europe rather Slovakia and Belarus are also nearby.
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Kaien Island Trail Plan will benefit from August’s Quickclimb “The contrast of beauty and the raw power of nature is pretty incredible. We’re definitely connected by it and it keeps me alive.”
magine having access to a variety of trails to explore right at your backdoor. That is what the Prince Rupert Backcountry Society envisions for the future of the outdoor recreation scene in the Prince Rupert area. The Kaien Island Trail Plan is a trail network concept that will link existing trails and provide access to new routes and recreational opportunities on Kaien Island. The network consists of a bike route that will provide access and create a complete network for Kaien Island that will address the recreation needs of the entire community, according to Steve Milum, a director of the Prince Rupert Backcountry Society. The society envisions not only a bike route linking trails, but also interpretive elements with the opportunity to integrate education with the trail network. This includes interpreting things in our environment— such as plants and animals, culture and history. The society hopes that each section of trail network will have an interpretation of culture, history and environment. Milum says it was the access to the outdoors that attracted him to Prince Rupert, and the main reason why he is such an advocate for improving access to trails in the Prince Rupert area. “The contrast of beauty and the raw power of nature is pretty incredible”, says Milum. “You can find comfort in it and you can be scared by it. There’s lots to learn about the outdoors. We’re definitely connected by it and it keeps me alive.” The trail network will be an asset for the community that will encourage a healthy lifestyle and make it attractive to residents and visitors to Prince Rupert. When discussing the importance of trails, Milum references a study that finds that “you save three dollars on healthcare for every dollar you spend on building trails.” Milum believes that with the exception of the Butze Rapids route, generally the trails in our community are in a state of neglect.
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Trail building and maintenance initiatives like this one at the Omenica Connector Trail could become more commonplace if outdoorsman Steve Milum has his way. Milum says the upcoming Quickclimb competition helps support the Backcountry Society because it raises awareness about trails in the community and promotes outdoor recreation. It also raises funds to help support trail maintenance and trail building. It’s great news for anyone who is passionate about seeing Prince Rupert continue to build on its outdoor recreational opportunities. Milum hopes that events such as the Quickclimb will help attract new outdoor enthusiasts. He says, “It’s a fun event that will get people outdoors. Then they will realize how great it is out there, and will want to get out onto more trails and continue exploring the trails in our area. “Activity breeds more activity and engagement in the outdoors. Making it more accessible will be beneficial to the entire community regardless of level of difficulty of the different trails. There is something for everybody.” Milum encourages community members to stay tuned to learn more about the Trail Plan in the near future, as
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â€œParents can get burnt out with exhaustion.â€? - Christine Danroth a difference in the lives of parents. â€œIn the past I have felt isolated due to a lack of resources in my region,â€? she said. â€œBecause of the lack of support, parents can get burnt out with exhaustion and their kids can suffer from it. This camp will allow parents from the North to have some respite and for the kids to go to camp and just be who they are. It will also allow us parents to connect and share and realize that we are not alone - and that is an added bonus.â€? CAN chief executive office Katy Harandi said this is just one way the organization is reaching out to parents in the northern part of the province. â€œAt CAN, we strive to build networks and increase accessibility and our hope is that the camp will act as a catalyst to bring families together and make them aware of the support that is available to them. We will also engage in training opportunities to further build capacity in the North,â€? she said.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing with respect to “District of Port Edward Zoning Amendment Bylaw # 565, 2015” will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 commencing at 5:00 pm in Council Chambers, District of Port Edward Municipal Office, 770 Pacific Avenue, Port Edward, BC. PURPOSE:
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New education minister named in B.C. cabinet
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BC Liberal backbencher Mike Bernier is B.C.’s new Education Minister, while predecessor Peter Fassbender takes over as Community, Sport, and Cultural Development Minister, with responsibility for TransLink as well. Fassbender headed the province’s negotiations with B.C. teachers during last year’s strike. He held out for a negotiated settlement the province achieved rather than legislating teachers back to work, as had been the pattern in several previous teacher strikes. The mini cabinet shuffle announced last Thursday by Premier Christy Clark also shifts Coralee Oakes, who previously headed the ministry that deals with municipalities, to Minister of Small Business and Red-Tape Reduction, with responsibility for the Liquor Distribution Branch. Clark also shifted Naomi Yamamoto out of the small business ministry, making her Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, underneath the transportation ministry. Jordan Sturdy is now parliamentary secretary for energy literacy and the environment under Environment Minister Mary Polak – Bernier’s previous post. He’ll also chair the province’s Climate Leadership Panel. “We have the opportunity now to build on a record of student achievement with long-term labour peace in place, to strengthen our support for small business, which is the backbone of our economy, to work together with communities to prepare for the future, and to put in place a plan to prevent and manage emergencies or natural disasters so that our province can recover with our future secured,” Clark said in a news release.
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Construction of a $37 million highway overpass spanning CN’s rail tracks 50 km west of Terrace on Highway 16 may have been announced July 27, but the actual work won’t start for nearly 18 months. Design of the project, which involves two new kilometres of Highway 16 in addition to the overpass itself needs to take place, so the work going to tender won’t be completed until late next year, indicates information provided by the ministry. Construction itself is scheduled to start in early 2017 and be completed by the end of 2018, indicates the information. When finished, the overpass will eliminate a twisty ‘S’ curve of Highway 16 as it crosses the tracks beside the Skeena River. The level crossing, now marked by warning signs and reduced speed limits, is the last of its kind along B.C.’s Highway 16, said provincial transportation minister Todd Stone.
“There’s a number of curves involved. People have to slow down from 100 km per hour to 40 km per hour,” said Stone. The province, which will be the lead agency on this project, will pay $19.5 million of the cost with the federal government adding $17.5 million. CN isn’t expected to make any kind of financial contribution toward the project, but if it requests changes it will then contribute toward that cost, said the transportation ministry in a statement. The ministry also said it was too early to say if CN’s tracks will have to be moved or exactly where the overpass and new road will be located. “It is a priority to avoid riparian zones if possible,” the ministry said of the closeness of the location to the Skeena River. “If encroachment is unavoidable the ministry will mitigate impacts as much as possible and work with regulatory agencies to ensure all appropriate measures are taken.” Stone and federal Conservative Prince George-Peace River MP
Bob Zimmer were at the Northwest Regional Airport July 27 to make this and other construction announcements for the region, part of a flurry leading up to the start of the federal election campaign. Stone said the overpass will make the flow of goods more efficient and safer to and from port facilities at Prince Rupert. Geo-technical drilling and other work at the location took place this spring to determine the state of the sub-strata in advance of detailed design and construction plans. It’s been more than a decade since the last road overpass over CN’s tracks was built in the region and it’s located on the road leading to the Hudson Bay Mountain ski development just outside of Smithers. Terrace council and other local bodies had been lobbying for years for a second overpass connecting the southside with the rest of the city, citing crowded traffic conditions on the existing Sande Overpass as a chokepoint affecting the flow of local and highway traffic.
Northwest mine given green light BY ROD LINK STEWART / Black Press
A planned gold mine northwest of Stewart has now received the blessing of the federal government. Federal environment minister Leona Aglukkaq signed off on the Brucejack project owned by Pretium Resources yesterday, following a federal environmental assessment which began two years ago. She further found the project met assessment standards laid down for the Nisga’a Nation in accordance with its 2000 final governance
agreement signed with the provincial and federal governments. “I have determined that the designated project can reasonably be expected to result in adverse, but not significant, environmental effects on Nisga’a interests related to fisheries, wildlife, migratory birds, and access for Nisga’a citizens to the Nass Area that overlaps the project site,” stated Aglukkaq. She also found the project “will result in both positive and negative effects on the existing and future economic, social and cultural wellbeing of Nisga’a citizens who may be
affected.” Aglukkaq noted the Nisga’a and Pretium signed an economic benefits deal tied to the project in April, days after it received provincial environmental clearance. Pretium is predicting a mine life of at least 22 years for what will be underground workings and is now lining up final financing for an estimated capital cost budget of (US) $750 million. The project will draw power from the provincial grid by building a 57km transmission line from the minesite to the Long Lake hydro project.
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