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August 28, 2013 edition of the The Northern View

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    VOL. 8 NO. 36 Wednesday, August 28, 2013 FREE

    PRINCE RUPERT

    Council toying with longboard laws

    Page A3

    News

    A salute to labour in Prince Rupert

    Page A9

    Feature

    Canucks coming to Prince Rupert

    Page A11

    Sports

    Music at the Edge of the World

    Page B1

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    A FURRY FRIEND

    BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

    Nathan Cullen said Canadas Minister for Fisheries and Oceans is as absent as this years sockeye salmon run causes closures around B.C.

    The Skeena-Bulkey Valley MP slammed Minister Gail Shea for not being involved during a crisis of record-low sockeye salmon numbers in the Skeena River this year.

    We cant seem to get their attention at all on what we think is a significant crisis in the fishery, the absence of such an important fish, Cullen said.

    Just getting some basic response from her office is incredibly difficult. This is no time for her to take vacation. This is a fishery that needs

    support. Certainly if this was happening on the east coast she would be all over it, but because its happening out here it doesnt seem to be as important. Thats a shame because shes the federal fisheries minister, not just for one region.

    Cullen said the ministers absence is all too familiar.

    Weve seen this rodeo when she was [the

    Minister of Fisheries and Oceans] before. It took almost a year to get her to visit the North Coast, and then she showed up without any understanding, he said.

    The minister ... is doing just as good as a job as she did last time, which is to say terrible.

    The Skeena-Bulkey Valley MP said Canadians on the west coast have justifiably began to feel like second class citizens.

    My hope was she learned ... heres her first test. Were weeks into this thing and shes as missing as the salmon, he said.

    Shea was unavailable for comment, however Sophie Doucet, the ministers spokesperson, said the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has been working to address the issue.

    BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

    The loan to the Prince Rupert Airport Authority approved by city council to refurbish the terminal, runway and access road is not yet a done deal.

    Although the bylaw has been passed, the agreement signed and the paperwork for the $7 million loan has been forwarded off to the Municipal Finance Authority (MFA) for approval, under the Community Charter, a municipality borrowing money to loan to another public authority must seek out the approval of the electorate.

    Once the City of Prince Rupert receives approval of the MFA, the borrowing will need to either be approved via referendum or through an alternate approval process, under which a referendum would be sparked with 10 per cent of registered voters signing a petition against the borrowing.

    Larry Golden, who attended the Aug. 19 council meeting, is also questioning why the airport deal was passed during an in-camera session a session that did not have the airport matter on the agenda. According to the agenda for the in-camera meeting, council was to discuss honouring an individual, Watson Island and the annual municipal report.

    Acting mayor Gina Garon did not immediately respond to repeated requests for comment from the Northern View.

    Airport loan may still need voter approval

    Cullen slams Shea over sockeye crisisFeds fire back wondering why MP voted against fisheries funding, allege Cullen just playing politics

    Were weeks into this thing and shes as missing as the salmon.

    - Nathan Cullen

    Martina Perry / The Northern ViewPrince Rupert BCSPCA branch manager Anna Terebka plays with Reeka, one of the dogs currently under care of the SPCA. Reeka, who was found locked up in a con ned space amongst piles of garbage and her own feces, is one of the animals to bene t from the 2013 Paws for a Cause. For more on the 2013 BCSPCA Paws for a Cause, see Page A17.

    See FEDS on Page A2

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    News

    Our government recognizes the importance of salmon to British Columbia, which is why in Budget 2013 we announced $10 million to support local groups working to improve fisheries habitat. We have also dedicated all funds collected through the sale of Salmon Conservation Stamps to the Pacific Salmon Foundation and its many partner organizations for the funding of conservation projects in B.C., Doucet said.

    The ministers spokesperson lashed back at Cullen for his comments.

    I hope Mr. Cullen will explain to his constituents why he voted against millions of dollars to improve the fisheries habitat. It seems as if he may be more interested in playing politics than actually helping the fishery, Doucet said.

    Cullen said he would like to see the federal government put resources into finding out what happened to the fish, meet with fishermen and First Nations on the west coast and respond to what was heard to be more supportive of the fishing community.

    It seems as if he may be more

    interested in playing politics

    than helping the fishery. - Sophie Doucet

    Feds counter Cullen claims

    FEDS from Page A1

    BY MARTINA PERRY PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View

    The Prince Rupert School District is ensuring students know when and where to be at their schools on Sept. 3, to prevent the I didnt know excuse from being used.

    All our schools are up and running ... its business as usual, Sandy Jones, superintendent of the Prince Ruperts School District, said.

    Its really important students come on that first day and get ready to go.

    Parents of kindergarten students will be notified of their childrens starting time on Sept. 3 by their school.

    Grade 1 to 5 students from elementary schools around the district should be at their school at 10 a.m., with the first day back ending at noon.

    New students entering Grade 6 at Prince Rupert Middle School will have to be at the school from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 3, at which time they will go to their first-term classes.

    All other PRMS students should be at the school at 10:30 a.m., and are expected to be done with their first day back to school by noon.

    The school district wants Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS) students to know the importance of high school students attending the

    first day of school to ensure they have a seat in classes they need.

    High school students in Grade 9 and 10 must be at CHSS at 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 3, with Grade 11 and 12 students starting their first day at 1 p.m.

    Pacific Coast School students should be ready to start their first day of the school year at 10 a.m., with students expected to be released at noon.

    Any young people new to the Prince Rupert School District are

    now able to register for the upcoming school year. Parents or students who know which school they should be registering at are able to sign up until Aug. 30. Anyone unsure can contact the board office to find out. This includes students registering for kindergarten.

    On the first day of school, buses and ferries schedules to transfer students will line up with the special start times.

    The return to school also means the return of school zone speed laws.

    Shaun Thomas / The Northern ViewStudents will be heading back to schools across the city next week, including Pineridge Elementary.

    Students heading back to school

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