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◆ CHUM SALMON MANAGEMENT
DFO under fire for inadequate enforcement By Alan S. Hale The Northern View
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Three different BC salmon conservation groups say that north coast fishermen have thrown back 1.37 million pounds of Chum Salmon – enough to fill 40 transport trucks while rushing to catch as many Pink Salmon as they can within the 16-hour window. Regulations say that Chum Salmon have to be thrown back as quickly as possible, but the groups allege fishermen who are preoccupied with the Pink Salmon are leaving the Chum out of the water for too long before being thrown back. The result, say the conservationists, is that about half of the fish do not survive afterwards long enough to spawn, making the problem of depleting Chum stocks even worse. The Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust are not
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Not only do they believe that the DFO is triggering this problem, they also believe that it is doing a poor job of stopping it. According to Knox, DFO’s enforcement has been inadequate, or at least ineffectual, at stopping fishermen from violating the rules. “They often don’t have officers out there monitoring the fisheries, and when they do find infractions they don’t hold fishermen accountable; They don’t make them go back to the docks, don’t give out many fines. They’re not very strict on enforcing the rules,” says Knox. The chief of resource management for DFO for the North Coast, Dale Gueret, outright refutes Knox’s characterization of DFO’s enforcement. He says that DFO does acknowledge that there is a real problem with a minority of fishermen who are not following the rules, and says they are taking what steps they can to deal with the situation. See DFO, page 3
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◆ PORT JURISDICTION
City working on a plan for waterfront
By Monica Lamb-Yorski The Northern View Prince Rupert City Council is asking the Prince Rupert Port Authority to rigorously consult the community over its Land Use Management Plan, while at the same time hopes to create a waterfront plan of its own. During Monday evening’s regular council meeting, City Planner Zeno Krekic said it is important that the Port allow the same voices that helped form and shape the City’s Quality of Life Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw be heard when finalizing a Land Use Management Plan. “The Port’s Land Use Management Plan recognizes the Quality of Life principles but remains silent on policies, specifically as relating to Section 2 (Respecting and Enjoying the Environment). In other words the desire the community expressed in the OCP for access to the waterfront is guarded in the Port Land Use Management Plan with phrases such as ‘that does not negatively affect Port marine safety’ and ‘to the extent this is feasible’,” Krekic told council. It is true that the Zoning Bylaw and the Port’s industrial use plans are congruent, he continued, but the community expressed in the OCP it wanted more, not less, access to the water. Because port lands fall under federal jurisdiction, provincial and municipal land use regulations do not apply to them. “ O C P ,
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The 824 passenger Oceania Regatta was in Prince Rupert for its only stop on the schedule, a rare Sunday docking at Northland Terminal. Zoning or Development Permit Area regulations have been held by the courts to be inapplicable to particular lands purely because the federal government owns it, including lands occupied by tenants and not necessarily used for any federal purposes,” Krekic explained. In other words, if there’s a conflict between the City’s OCP and land use plan for the waterfront, and that of the Port’s, the Port takes precedent. On April 11, 2011, the Port made a power point presentation, bringing the City up to date on its plans, and followed up by providing a draft of the plan to the City on May 17. The draft plan was also shared with the public on the Port’s website on June 1, inviting comments, and at a public meeting on June 15. According to Councillor Joy Thorkelson, council’s own discussion of a waterfront plan was put on hold about a year ago. On Monday evening she suggested it was time to resume the discussion. “I don’t want to start a fight with the Port, but certainly we need to have similar ideas as to how our waterfront is going to be used. We should be sitting down and talking both with our citizens and the Port about what we want to happen at the waterfront,” she said. Councillor Kathy Bedard said the City has to look to the future. “I think our motion states that we are encouraging the Port. The Port is a good corporate citizen and we’re asking them to go to the community to listen to individuals, so not necessarily do questions have to come up from this table, but individuals
can go directly to the Port and say access to the waterfront and to those beaches is important,” Bedard said. Councillor Sheila Gordon-Payne, while in favour of Krekic’s motion, said even if the City develops a waterfront plan it would be limited. “There are very few water parcels that are ours, and there’s not a lot of land that is ours, so it’s the same type of influencing process that we’d be doing right now anyway as I see it. I would ask that council participate as community stakeholders,” Gordon-Payne said. In the end however, Thorkelson made an additional motion, tasking staff with facilitating discussions toward a waterfront plan. “I’m not in favour of us leaving it in the hands of the Port. I think we need a solid idea of how we want the waterfront developed as a council so that we have a basis to have discussions with the Port,” she said. Gordon-Payne said her comments were from a practicality perspective. “We are finished meetings for the summer. We have maybe one or two in September and will have an election in November. I’m not sure when practically speaking we’ll have a completed waterfront plan and would not expect the Port and the Port stakeholders will wait until the City’s ready with a finished product. I think we want to have a say, and that we need to take every opportunity we have, and this is a good start for me,” she said. At the end of the discussion, however, Thorkelson’s motion for the City to develop its own plan was passed unanimously.
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◆ UNANIMOUS VOTES
SQCRD reps vote for pay raise, but no longer get benefits By Alan S. Hale The Northern View At the August meeting of the Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District, all board members voted in favour of giving themselves a regular pay raise while also unanimously voting to cancel their own health care benefits. SQCRD staff provided the board with a breakdown of the average pay and expenses being paid to the board members of other rural regional districts. 10 different regional districts such as Peace River, East Kootenay and Strathcona were chosen for comparison. The average pay to a board member from these regional districts was about $16,000 in 2010, well above the $13,000 average pay for SQCRD’s board members. In the SQCRD, only board members living on Haida Gwaii or Dodge Cove claimed expenses because of the travel required to come to the mainland for board meetings or other events. Mainland-based members like Jack Mussallem claimed no expenses in 2010. For those who
did claim expenses the average was about $3,300, less than the average for other regional districts, which was $4,300. The pay for board members has fallen behind that of other regional districts because the board doesn’t often give itself raises. The last time all members of the board were given a raise was in April 2006. It was because of this that board members felt that their constituents would understand if they gave themselves a raise based on the risen rate of inflation. “I think in this day-and-age people are understanding of inflationary increases, and if there could be an adjustment done once a year, which is done by a lot of other regional districts, I think the public that we represent be understanding of that,” said board member Jack Mussallem to his colleagues. The board members agreed with Mussallem’s assessment and voted in favour of adjusting their pay each year based on the inflation rate found in the BC Consumer Price Index. Even with this increase the SQCRD’s pay remains below average when compared to the other regional districts.
After voting in favour of the raise, the board voted to get rid of their own basic health care benefits that up until that point were paid for them by the regional district. Mussallem who introduced the motion for a raise, also introduced it. “I don’t think its acceptable that after you become elected that the regional district pays for a medical plan, I think its up to the individual to pay that. I don’t think the public that we represent will be accepting of that. If people think we should have an increase to their stipend, lets do that. But to have a medical plan that’s been Week of August 24 paid for, to me that seems Not for Navigational Purposes like an entitlement,” said Mussallem. Wed., August 24 Low: 4:31 AM / 2.07 m High: 11:03 AM / 4.63 m Low: 4:29 PM / 3.14 m High: 10:40 PM / 5.52 m Sunrise: 6:34 AM Sunset: 8:51 PM Men • Women • Children
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◆ CHUM DEBATE
DFO discuss possible solutions Continued from page 1 Gueret says that while local DFO officers are trying to deal with the Chum problem, conservation groups often set a very high bar for enforcement that they say must be met, even if its unrealistic. The most prominent solution to the Chum problem being proposed by the conservation groups is simple: DFO needs to move the Pink Salmon fishery to a set quota system, where fishermen will have a longer time to catch a set amount of fish and will have more time to follow regulations. Gueret says that a quota system is “a potential option,” but an option fraught with potential problems. To put in place a quota system they would need a fairly accurate idea how many fish could be expected to return to spawn in a given year. To know
this, they would need to have a way of accurately counting fish that return, like a test fishery, which they don’t have outside the Skeena. But along the coast there are hundreds of inlets where Salmon go to spawn, results from one area may not be accurate in another like in a river. These Call logistical problems are why the DFO has gone with the time limit instead, where they can G STIN let people fish without I L risking a damaging NEW depletion in the stocks.
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◆ HUNDREDS ATTEND
Rupert hosts 2011National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering Church of Canada - the country’s largest protestant denomination - for the National Aboriginal Over the weekend at the Jim Spiritual Gathering, a meeting Ciccone Civic Centre over 100 that happens every three years to representatives from Aboriginal provide the church with direction communities across Canada met on how it deals with issues that with the leadership of the United affect the Aboriginal members of its congregation. “I expect we will be hearing many different expressions of spiritual truths, Men • Women • Children spiritual longings, laments of hope, language of the heart. That is language of the spirit,” said Mardi 297 1st Ave. E, Prince Rupert Tindal, who is the Moderator of the United Church of SCHEDULED FLIGHTS • CHARTERS • TOURS Canada. The gathering provided an opportunity for representatives from Aboriginal ministries from across The United Church of Canada FLIGHT SCHEDULE: AUGUST 2011 to meet up and FLT# DEPART ARRIVE FREQUENCY share the vision
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of Aboriginal Ministries Council and Circle. The people gathering at the weekend-long event will be the voice of the Aboriginal community when it comes to matters of spirituality and the ministry. The gatherings began after the church apologized for its role in the residential school system in 1998. Since then, the United Church of Canada says it’s committed to “a journey of repentance” for the harm caused by the schools to Aboriginal children and their families. Previously the church had apologized in 1986, but made no direct reference to residential schools. “25 years ago the then-moderator expressed the hope of the United Church by saying ‘May we walk together in the spirit of Christ, so that our peoples may be blessed and all God’s creations healed’. To walk together in the spirit of Christ means to honour as much spiritual diversity as we see demonstrated in the natural world in terms of other ways of understanding diversity,” commented Tindal. “This is a healthy ecology, God’s ecology, where each one functions on behalf of the whole, and in return is sustained by the whole.”
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◆ SWITCHING BANDS
CHTK on FM in October By Martina Perry The Northern View Since the Canadian Radiotelevision Telecommunications Commission gave approval to CHTK to flip the station from
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the AM band to the FM dial in the beginning of the year, many people living in Prince Rupert have wondered when this change will actually occur. Earlier this week, the Prince Rupert Northern View spoke with Astral Radio to figure out when CHTK will be heard on its new FM frequency of 99.1. “The transmitter has to be built, then install it, and then there has to be a period of testing,” said Janine Kraft, who is the Radio Branch Director at Astral Radio and Television, adding that there was also another station getting an FM flip, and they were higher on the list of priorities than Rupert. According to Kraft, the new transmitter will be installed in September with testing going on for 30 days after installation. Kraft said that Astral Media has a tentative date of October 21, 2011. CHTK will still be operating on the AM station for about three months after the switch to FM, when it can be heard on both the AM and FM frequency during this time. Kraft explained that this will be done to allow a smoother transition for people, as well as to ensure that in case of any interferences with the new frequency it can be easily switched back to AM while making the changes.
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