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April 10, 2013 edition of the The Northern View

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<ul><li><p>250.624.9298Suite 6 - 342 3rd Ave W. info@gordonkobza.com</p><p>Your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. As a licensed realtor with over 23 years of experience, whether you are selling or buying, I am here to guide you through every phase of the process with skill and integrity. For a free consultation please call or e-mail me today. I look forward to helping you nd the perfect home!</p><p>New Listin</p><p>g</p><p>1905 Graham Ave$325,000 www.gordonkobza.com</p><p>Gord KobzaYour Hometown Realtor</p><p>VOL. 8 NO. 15 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 FREE</p><p>PRINCE RUPERT</p><p>Martina Perry / The Northern ViewCaitlenn Bull performs the solo dance routine Ombr during Charles Hays Secondary Schools Once Upon A Time Grad Fashion Show on Friday. For more on the show, see Page 8.</p><p>ONCE UPON A TIME...</p><p>Brooks family seeking truth</p><p>BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>The family of Justin Brooks, the 21-year-old whose body was pulled from Prince Rupert Har-bour on March 4, say they have lost confidence in the RCMP and are now turning to residents for more infor-mation on what happened the night Justin lost his life. </p><p>RCMP say the coroners ser-vice determined Justin did not have any seri-ous injuries that would have contributed to his death, and that the cause of death is drowning. </p><p>The family alleges RCMP have conducted in-terviews with people believed to have seen Justin the night he lost his life and RCMP told them the stories of those involved appear to match-up: A group of people assaulted Justin and left him by the old CN station, but he was alive when they left him there and nobody knows how he ended up in the harbour. </p><p>Rupert real estate market smokingFirst quarter rings up staggering $18 million in sales </p><p>BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>Prince Ruperts real estate market is booming.</p><p>In the first three months of 2013, 66 properties, worth a combined $18.1 million, sold in Prince Rupert, including 48 single family properties, two townhouses and three parcels of vacant land. That number is up by 38 properties and $14 million compared to the first three months of 2012.</p><p>The numbers also put Prince </p><p>Rupert at the top of the northwest when it comes to realty sales. In Terrace there were 60 properties worth $11.5 million sold, while Kitimat had 18 fewer properties sold for $3 million less, falling </p><p>from 78 properties last year to 60 this year.</p><p>It has been a very strong start to the year and a very good quarter... This increase happened quicker than I thought it would </p><p>this year. I thought we would see this kind of movement in the third quarter, but it came a lot sooner, said Keith Lambourne of Royal LePage Prince Rupert, noting both the residential and commercial sectors were going strong. </p><p>Commercial sales have been a desert for the past several years, but now there is so much interest in town that people are buying. Theyre not just kicking the tires, theyre buying. </p><p>Theyre not just kicking tires, theyre buying.</p><p>- Keith Lambourne</p><p>Weve lost all hope in </p><p>the RCMP.</p><p>- Sheri Latimer</p><p>RCMP decision into mans death doesnt add up: Latimer</p><p>See DEATH QUESTIONED on Page 2</p><p>National Aboriginal Conference begins.</p><p>Page 13</p><p>Business</p><p>Campbell takes big stage in U.S.</p><p>Page A17</p><p>Arts</p><p>Are you ready for the glory?</p><p>Page A11</p><p>Sports</p><p>Haida Gwaii named the best islands.</p><p>Page B1</p><p>Haida Gwaii</p><p>See REAL ESTATE on Page 2</p></li><li><p>DISCOVERA WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY</p><p>AT THE PRINCE RUPERTPORT INTERPRETIVE CENTRE</p><p>AT THE COW BAY WATERFRONTIN PRINCE RUPERT</p><p>TUESDAYS-FRIDAYS 1:00 PM-4:30 PMSATURDAYS 9:00 AM-5:00 PM</p><p>FREE ADMISSIONCALL 250 624-4559 FOR INFORMATION</p><p>WWW.RUPERTPORT.COM/CENTRE</p><p>A2 Northern View April 10, 2013 www.thenorthernview.com</p><p>The average selling price of homes in Prince Rupert was also at a three-year high. Homes in the first quarter of 2013 had an average selling price of $185,918 compared to $168,907 in the first quarter of 2012 and $171,909 in 2011. Lambourne said offers are coming in frequently for homes between $150,00 and $200,000, with a good selection available in the over $200,000 range as well.</p><p>At the end of March, there were 220 properties for sale on the Multiple Listing Service, down from 231 last year but still the highest in the region. Despite the number of properties still listed, Lambourne said there is no reason to expect the real estate market to </p><p>slow down. I dont see why this couldnt </p><p>be sustained for the rest of the year and beyond. There are too many multi-billion dollar interests coming forward in the region for this not to be sustained, he said. </p><p>Charles Hays may have been 100 years early, but I think his vision for Prince Rupert is starting to come around.</p><p>CELEBRATE REMEMBER FIGHT BACK</p><p>relayforlife.ca</p><p>Headline here headline here headline here headline hereThere is enough space to include two sentences of information or about four lines of text. There is enough space to include two sentences of information or about four lines of text. </p><p>CELEBRATE REMEMBER FIGHT BACK</p><p>relayforlife.ca</p><p>Headline here headline here headline here headline hereThere is enough space to include two sentences of information or about four lines of text. There is enough space to include two sentences of information or about four lines of text. </p><p>Prince Rupert Relay for LifeJune 1, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.</p><p>Call Judy at 250-624-4576 to volunteer</p><p>Despite the alleged assault, RCMP have told the family that foul play has been ruled out in his death.</p><p>It doesnt make sense that he was beaten up and left a few metres from the harbour, but ended up being found in the water... Every-thing the RCMP have said to us doesnt add up at all, said Justins aunt Sheri Latimer. </p><p>They seem to have just given up on the case. Were devastated. The whole family is choked.</p><p>However, RCMP say the investigation is on-going, and they really hope to get away from a number of rumours that have been circulating through town and social media related to the death. </p><p>RCMP investigators and Prince Rupert Victim Services continue to work closely with the victims family and friends, stated Const. Lesley Smith, North District media relations officer.</p><p>Police are still trying to determine the true facts of the case from rumours that have been circulating through social media. False information or speculation can hinder an in-vestigation and therefore concrete evidence and fact-based information is essential for po-lice to determine whether Justin Brooks met with foul play or if this was simply a tragic accident.</p><p>The family is now looking at hiring a pri-vate investigator, and launching a campaign for Justice for Justin. </p><p>Were still looking for information, </p><p>but weve lost all hope in the RCMP, said Latimer. </p><p>The investigation has been made a priority for the RCMP Forensic Unit and the general duty members in the community, Smith said.</p><p>The body of 21-year-old Justin Brooks was discovered in the Prince Rupert Harbour in the early morning hours of March 4.</p><p>Answers hard to come byRCMP want facts, not rumours</p><p>DEATH QUESTIONED from Page 1</p><p>REALTY from Page 1I dont see why this couldnt be </p><p>sustained.</p><p>- Keith Lambourne</p><p>Prices at three-year high</p><p>News</p><p>Shaun Thomas / The Northern ViewThere have been 48 single-family homes sold in the last three months. </p></li><li><p>208 1st Ave East, Prince Rupert 250-624-9498 1-800-808-3988</p><p>www.hseds.ca</p><p>TRAINING CENTREFood &amp; Beverage, </p><p>Serving it Right, World Host (Apr 22&amp;26 Mon/Fri) 9-5 pm $365.50</p><p>April (Price includes Gst)Cashier Training (Apr 15 Mon) 9-3 ......................$93.45Serving it Right (Apr 18 Thurs) 1-5 .....................$82.00Food Safe (Apr 20 Sat) 9-6 ...............................$115.00Front Of ce Worker (Apr 25&amp;26 Thurs/Fri) 9-5 .........$153.72Drivers Prep (Apr 29, 30 &amp; May 1 Mon-Wed) 5-9.......$145.69Extended Security ProgramBasic Security Training OFA1TDG, Hazard Recognition &amp; ControlFire Safety, CSTS online, WHMISCall for speci c dates ...................................$1,150.00</p><p>In Partnership with Fox Pro:Class 1 &amp; 3 with Airbrakes/Theory </p><p>April 29, 30, May 1 (Mon/Tues/Wed) 8:30 - 4:30Class 1 with Air &amp; Theory $7,200</p><p>Class with Air $5,200 Air Brakes $313.60</p><p>363-500 2nd Ave WestUpper level of the Rupert Square Shopping Centre</p><p>250-627-7551www.royallepage.ca/princerupert</p><p>Prince Rupert</p><p>Heather Bullock250-627-9416</p><p>Ben Morrison250-624-4609</p><p>Emily Kawaguchi250-600-7343</p><p>Keith Lambourne250-622-8546</p><p>Dorothy Wharton250-622-7653</p><p>Victor Prystay250-624-1202</p><p> $205,000</p><p>532 Pilsbury Ave</p><p>$215,000 Listed by Dorothy </p><p> $229,500</p><p>1154 Hays Cove Av</p><p>Listed by Emily$427,000</p><p>913 8th Ave East</p><p>Listed by Dorothy </p><p>$164,500</p><p>2000/2012 Seal Cove Cr</p><p>Listed by Ben Sold by Heather</p><p>319 3rd Ave West</p><p>NEW LISTINGSOLD</p><p>$99,500 </p><p>419 5th Ave. E</p><p>Listed by Heather &amp; Dorothy Sold By Remax</p><p>Listed by Emily &amp; Sold by Dorothy</p><p>SOLDSOLD</p><p>NEW LISTING</p><p>1154 Hays Cove Av1154 Hays Cove Av1154 Hays Cove Av1154 Hays Cove Av1154 Hays Cove Av1154 Hays Cove AvNEW LI</p><p>STING</p><p>April 10, 2013 Northern View A3www.thenorthernview.com</p><p>Neighbours keeping quiet over Rupert land grab plans</p><p>Boundary expansion fight still expected</p><p>BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem called the Citys proposed boundary expansion a historic moment, but not all of Prince Ruperts neighbours are as ecstatic about the idea. </p><p>If the City is successful in its efforts the expansion would take in three areas of land surrounding Prince Rupert. The first area is to the west and includes Kinahan Islands and most of Digby Island, northwest of Prince Rupert across the harbour to the west of Metlakatla, and east to include Prince Ruperts watershed, meeting Port Edwards boundaries. </p><p>Zeno Krekic, Prince Rupert city planner, has reiterated the expansion isnt trying to assert land ownership, but simply rule regulations of the land.</p><p>The District of Port Edward met with Mayor Jack Mussallem and Dan Rodin, acting city manager, to discuss the extension last month. </p><p>District of Port Edward Mayor Dave MacDonald said they are waiting to receive a referral from the City of Prince Rupert, and will give their opinion of the expansion at that time. At this point the district isnt </p><p>against the entire expansion, just the area encroaching on Port Edwards boundaries. </p><p>We believe in working together, and Im sure well be able to iron out where things will be, he said. </p><p>Barry Pages, board chair of the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District, declined to comment explaining the board hasnt had the opportunity to go over the referral yet, but will when they hold their next meeting on April 19. Included on the regional district board are representatives from Dodge Cove and Crippin Cove, two communities not included in the expansion, but nearing it. </p><p>Harold Leighton, chief executive officer of Metlakatla, was unavailable to comment on the proposed expansion.</p><p>Lax Kwalaams Chief Councillor Garry Reece also did not return requests for comment.</p><p>Im sure well be able to iron out where things will be...</p><p>- Dave MacDonald</p><p>Shaun Thomas / The Northern ViewNorth Coast NDP candidate Jennifer Rice isnt waiting for the writ to drop on the May 14 B.C. provincial election. Rice is already preparing to open her campaign headquarters on Third Avenue West. The opening is tentatively scheduled later this month.</p><p>RICE-A-RUNNING</p><p>News</p></li><li><p>I first heard of this concept from David Black a number of years ago. At the time I was skeptical of its chances. My initially negative attitude was based mainly on my experience of 10 years service on the board of directors of Imperial Oil. Since I was accustomed to the discussion of petroleum economics centered in Calgary, I saw no need for a refinery in Kitimat. That attitude was based on the fact that there had </p><p>not been a new refinery built in North America in many years. And any needed increase in petroleum production was achieved by expansion of existing refineries throughout North America. But after my service with Imperial Oil, I went on to serve 4 years at Canfor which led to my nine visits to China in </p><p>search of lumber markets. My exposure to the phenomenal expansion </p><p>of Chinas economy opened my eyes to the true merit of the Kitimat refinery concept. It made me realize that it would not be just another refinery relying on the North America market but rather a refinery that would supply the vast appetite of China for petroleum products. The challenge will be to draw the attention of Asian investors who would see the value to this investment. It appears that David Black, after many years of effort, is nearing an agreement that could provide the vast capital infusion needed to make this refinery initiative a reality. </p><p>The appetite for oil products for all Asia will continue to grow and the Kitimat refinery is ideally situated to take advantage . Asian countries, especially China, are very interested in securing sustainable supply of resources that will flow freely without undue trade barriers like surprises with taxes, regulations or tariffs. Canada has a good reputation as a free trade country that can be relied on as a dependable source of supply. Now is a very opportune time to attract the vast investment needed to make the Kitimat refinery go ahead. </p><p>737 Fraser Street Prince Rupert, B.C Ph: 250-624-8088 Fax: 250-624-8085 advertising@thenorthernview.com www.thenorthernview.com @northernview facebook.com/thenorthernview</p><p>B.C. Press Council: The Northern View is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the provinces newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.BCpresscouncil.org</p><p>The Prince Rupert Northern View, a politically independent community newspaper is a Division of Black Press Group Ltd. and is published every Wednesday in Prince Rupert B.C. at 737 Fraser Street, Prince Rupert, B.C, V8J 1R1. Phone (250) 624-8088, Fax (250) 624-8085. All material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. Reproduction in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without prior consent.</p><p>A4 April 10, 2013 www.thenorthernview.com</p><p>The Kitimat Refinery Project</p><p>Jim ShepardGUEST VIEW</p><p>The City of Prince Rupert seems to have found itself between a rock and a hard place with this years budget. The deficit still sits at around $500,000, and a </p><p>solution to balance the books needs to be found and finalized by the time May 15 rolls around. At the last meeting council was presented with a number options, none of which seem appealing. </p><p>On one hand you have the prospect of raising taxes again after tax increases in almost every year in memory. This isnt going to sit well with taxpayers who have, for the most part, seen a...</p></li></ul>