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For more on Udderfest, see Pages A13-A14.</p><p>Re:Build Rupert to tackle </p><p>infrastructure</p><p>BY KEVIN CAMPBELLPRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>The City of Prince Rupert has heard the publics outcry concerning potholes, cracked sidewalks and derelict roads and city council is ready and willing to address every single one in the city.</p><p>Thats the theory and developed plan behind Re:Build Rupert, a new initiative developed by Mayor Lee Brain, council and the engineering d e p a r t m e n t designed to identify, fix, replace or generally improve every asset and piece of infrastructure that the city owns over the next 10 20 years and beyond.</p><p>We have been We have been stagnant for stagnant for </p><p>the last 15 - 20 the last 15 - 20 years.years.</p><p>- - Mayor Lee BrainMayor Lee Brain</p><p>See Re:Build on Page A2</p><p>Contract awarded for Watson Island demolitionBY KEVIN CAMPBELLPRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>Watson Island has found its industrial grim reaper.</p><p>More than a few things may be headed to the mechanical afterlife through the decommissioning of a very large portion of what was once the Watson Island Pulp Mill. Its assets will be removed by NRI Group, an Ontario-based asset management firm familiar with paper mill sites throughout North America.</p><p>We are pleased to be able to move forward with the decommissioning of the pulp mill, which will enable the site to be repurposed so that Watson Island can again contribute to the economy of Prince Rupert, said Mayor Lee Brain last week.</p><p>Currently NRI Group, who earlier signed the demolition contract with the city, is in the planning stages with Stantec, an engineering </p><p>consultant, to determine which portions of Watson Island will be decommissioned as part of a complete two-year process that will begin on the island immediately.</p><p>Right now theyre doing preliminary work on budgets and estimates and that type of thing and what the plan is exactly going to look like, said the mayor.</p><p>To whom the assets may be sold to and what will be retained is also part of the planning process.</p><p>There are some areas that wont be affected by the decommissioning and have been identified as being in good </p><p>standing condition, such as office buildings, but the majority of the site will be decommissioned.</p><p>What the city would like to see happen with that land is still up in the air due to a legal dispute between WatCo, a wholly-owned company of Colonial Coal, and the city regarding who owns the land.</p><p>We still have a certificate of pending litigation (CPL) on the island through our legal claim with WatCo ... Basically until that CPL is removed, we cant really sell the island right now, said Mayor Brain.</p><p>Its a very attractive piece of property. It has huge strategic value for the region. Its got a wharf access, rail access and truck access. If the site were to be cleaned up and flattened and ready for industrial use, we believe that it could really contribute to Prince Ruperts economy, get the tax base expanded again and be a really good compliment to other industries that are trying to settle here.</p><p>We cant really sell the We cant really sell the island right now.island right now.</p><p>-Mayor Lee Brain-Mayor Lee Brain</p><p>20-year plan looks at $288 million deficit</p></li><li><p>A2 Northern View August 12, 2015A2 Northern View August 12, 2015 www.thenorthernview.comNews</p><p>Trade is building stronger communities.The Port of Prince Rupert is growing opportunities and prosperity by </p><p>connecting the communities of northern BC. Last year, port activity was </p><p>directly responsible for the equivalent of 3,060 permanent full-time jobs. </p><p>Watch and share our video tribute to the workers and families of BCs </p><p>gateway industry:</p><p>It [looks at] the whole picture of the town in terms of how much it would cost to get the town back to a point where things arent kind of crumbling in nature, said Mayor Brain last week.</p><p>It wont be easy and it wont be cheap.Re:Build Rupert will tackle a $288 </p><p>million infrastructure deficit that includes road work, bridge upkeep, water dam and water line upkeep and the biggest single expense of all an estimated $150 million water treatment plant that the city is being mandated to build.</p><p>Right now we have the storm water and waste water in one pipe that goes into the ocean. Wed have to separate every line, so wed have to duo off every line and then youd have a waste water line and a storm water line, like other cities have, said Mayor Brain.</p><p>That would require us to basically replace every pipe in town and twin them off.</p><p>The deficit will be addressed through various funding means as they present themselves in the coming years.</p><p>The city has already tackled the deficit starting this year through an additional $1 million into road infrastructure on top of the existing budget, a $4.4 million upgrade to the water lines through provincial and federal investment announced earlier in </p><p>July and a Fraser Street revamp that fixes crumbling infrastructure beneath the ground that was labelled a high priority project for awhile now, said the mayor.</p><p>Thats about $7 million invested in infrastructure in the community and probably the biggest amount of infrastructure investment in who knows how long now. So were actually being very aggressive in tackling the infrastructure problem that we have over the next 10 to 20 years. Its not going to happen overnight, but were attracting grants, were working well with the province, weve got developments coming on the table that have the potential to help fund a lot of this stuff, so were getting excited. [With Re:Build Rupert], council wanted to say to the community: Look, were being proactive and were ready to rebuild the town, said the mayor.</p><p>The citys engineering department has drafted a 20-year program, identifying priority projects that will be addressed. As each project is funded, it will appear on the citys annual report for that year and within the budget, though the city is hesitant to release the list all at once, should immediate problems delay funding for a project.</p><p>Right now the engineering department has mapped out the community in terms of which years theyre going to try to attach to what ... but in case something changes by accident lets say a water main bursts </p><p>and we have to fix that the funding [falls behind], added Mayor Brain.</p><p>The city will, however, publish a chart where people can track each facet of the deficit that explains how much road replacement will cost, as well as the bridges, water treatment and more.</p><p>Even a branding initiative will accompany Re:Build Rupert where, similar to the federal governments Canadas Economic Action </p><p>Plan signage displayed at major projects all across Canada, the city will display each project as part of Re:Build Rupert.</p><p>I think people in the town want to see the community move forward and weve been very stagnant for the last 15 20 years. This is kind of putting some action to the fact that, yes, we absolutely cannot sit and not watch the town develop. So thats kind of what this program signals, said Brain.</p><p>Kevin Campbell / The Northern ViewA bit of rain didnt stop North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice and Skeena - Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen from getting behind the grill on Aug. 6 to raise money for the Kaien Anti-Poverty Society during a fundraising barbecue. </p><p>GRILLING GRILLING LEADERSLEADERS</p><p>City pursuing grants to pay for projects</p><p>Re:Build from Page A1</p></li><li><p>August 12, 2015 Northern View A3August 12, 2015 Northern View News</p><p>208 1st Ave East, Prince Rupert </p><p>250-624-9498 1-800-808-3988</p><p>Serving the North Coast and Haida Gwaii since 1995</p><p>August 2015 (Prices Include GST)</p><p>Cashier Training Aug. 13 (Thurs) 9 a.m. am - 3p.m...............................$89.25Basic Security Training Aug. 19-22 &amp; 26-29 (Wed/Thurs/Fri- 5-10 p.m. &amp; Sat- 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Exam: Sept. 5 (Sat 9-11 a.m.)....................................................$614.25</p><p>*You must complete 40 hours of class time to be eligible to write the exam!Fork Lift August 20 &amp; 21 (Thurs &amp; Fri) 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.................................$378Traffic Control Aug. 29 &amp; 30(Sat &amp; Sun) 9 a.m.- 5 p.m............................$399 </p><p>September 2015 Class 3 with Air Brakes Sept. 8-Ongoing (20 hours) 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.......$4,262Air Brakes Sept. 8-10 (Tues-Thurs) 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. .............................$315Spanish for travel Sept. 8-Oct. 15 (Tues. &amp; Thurs.) 7- 8:30 p.m..........$152.25Basic Security Training Sept. 16-19 &amp; 23-26 (Wed/Thurs/Fri5 - 10 p.m. &amp; Sat- 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Exam: Oct. 3 (Sat 9-11 a.m.) ..................................$614.25 </p><p>*You must complete 40 hours of class time to be eligible to write the exam!</p><p>New!Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.We offer Core and Expert modules in the following:MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, MS Access, MS Outlook, MS Onenote.Certification is $294 per module.Call for more information.</p><p>LOCATED ABOVE SUBWAY LOCATED ABOVE SUBWAY RESTAURANTRESTAURANT</p><p>Your Hub for Sports &amp; 30 fl avours of Wings!</p><p>KARAOKE WEDNESDAYS 10 P.M.</p><p>OPENOPENTuesdayTuesday</p><p>4 to midnight4 to midnightWednesday - SaturdayWednesday - Saturday</p><p>4 to 2 a.m.4 to 2 a.m.</p><p>Our Facebook </p><p>Page has our Page has our </p><p>Daily SpecialsDaily Specials</p><p>BEERDOMESTIC </p><p>$5.50IMPORTED</p><p>$6.25</p><p>SPECIAL</p><p>Kids welcomeKids welcomealways... until 10 p.m. always... until 10 p.m. accompanied by adultaccompanied by adult</p><p>SUMMER</p><p>Clifford White elected </p><p>Gitxaala ChiefBY SHAUN THOMAS KITKATLA / The Northern View</p><p>The Gitxaala Nation has a new Chief Councillor following Wednesdays byelection.</p><p> Clifford White was elected as the new Chief among the five candidates seeking office, receiving 120 of the 356 votes cast, equal to 33.7 per cent of the popular vote. </p><p>White received 21 more votes than runner-up Merle Bolton, who finished with 99 votes. </p><p>Coming in third was Conrad Lewis, who was elected Chief Councillor during the last election by 13 votes. However, several challenges to the election result were launched, citing improper handling of the ballots and a ballot featuring the option of a candidate who had withdrawn, and a new election was ordered by the Gitxaala Justice Tribunal. The case had got to federal court, where the justice agreed that the concerns warranted a byelection for the Gitxaala Nation.</p><p>Melvin Tolmie Sr. finished fourth in the byelection with 41 votes and Alexa Gamble rounded out the list of candidates with 28 votes. </p><p>BY SHAUN THOMASPRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>As Banks Island Gold awaits word on whether or not it can resume operations at the mine following a pollution spill, a financial update from the company raises questions about whether or not the company will remain financially viable. </p><p>On July 30 trading of the companys shares was halted at the request of Banks Island Gold and on Aug. 4 the company announced it had suspended all operations at the Yellow Giant Mine effective July 31. </p><p>The company ... will put the mine into care and maintenance until permitting and regulatory issues at the project are resolved and the company has sufficient working capital to re-commence operations, read a statement. </p><p>The Yellow Giant Mine provided direct employment for over 100 people and indirect employment for many more, whose families depend on the mine operating. Further information on suspension of operations will be released when available.</p><p>In that same announcement, Banks </p><p>Island Gold revealed some financial information and warned that more money will be needed if the mine is to continue regardless of regulatory approval.</p><p>As a result of the subsequent events ... resulting production delays, uncertain timelines for successful permit amendments and current working capital deficiency, the company needs to seek immediate financing. Inability to do so at terms acceptable to the company and in a timely manner would cast significant doubt on the companys ability to continue as a going concern, reads a statement from Banks Island Gold.</p><p>Meanwhile, North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice weighed in on the issue, noting she has been following it closely since a mine worker reported concerns to NDP MLA Norm MacDonald on July 4.</p><p>I have contacted the Gitxaala First Nation and have attempted to contact the company to get their views on a truly perplexing story, she said, alluding to earlier reports that the mine was continuing to operate despite the shut down order.</p><p>My primary concern is representing the interests of my constituents, the Gitxaala Nation, the mine workers and those concerned about potential environmental damage. Conflicting media reports have made this a difficult story to assess fully and I will continue to do that work so that the North Coast is effectively represented in Victoria.</p><p>According to, shares in Banks Island Gold fell from a high of 52 cents on Aug. 18, 2014 to just five cents on July 30, 2015. </p><p>More financing needed to continue</p><p>Ian McAllister / Special to The Northern ViewAn aerial view of a portion of the Banks Island Gold operation.</p><p>Banks Island Gold ceases operationsBanks Island Gold ceases operations</p></li><li><p>A4 Northern View August 12, 2015A4 Northern View August 12, 2015 www.thenorthernview.comNews</p><p>Ocean View </p><p>OCEANVIEW HOTEL950 1ST AVE. 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