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February 06, 2013 edition of the The Northern View

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    Prince Rupert Middle School students construct an inflateable ice castle as part of Carnival dhiver on Feb 1. This is the first year the school honoured the Fracophone event, where children chose two of 10 activies held at the school throughout the afternoon. In place of actual ice, teacher Wil Barrow offered students this engineering challenge with duct tape and celophoane.

    Proposal made to ship oil from rupertBy Shaun Thomas

    The Northern View

    Prince Rupert could one day be exporting oil if a proposal by Nexen Energy proceeds.

    The Calgary-based company, which is in the midst of a $15.1-billion takeover by China National Offshore Oil Corporation, has spent over a year working on a plan to move oil by rail to an export terminal on Ridley Island. Nexen has been in discussion with the Prince Rupert Port Authority since late 2011 and the Globe and Mail reports a piece of land on Ridley Island has been selected for a potential export terminal.

    Prince Rupert Port Authority manager of corporate communications Michael Gurney said not much is known about the proposal.

    We are approached all the time by many different companies to

    move many different commodities through Prince Rupert. We have had discussions with Nexen, but they have been very, very preliminary, he said, noting there would need to be a thorough environmental assessment done before this project moved ahead.

    Gurney also said he could not confirm the location of any potential oil export terminal on the North Coast.

    I cant give a lot of specific information because this is not yet a project, it is a concept.

    For its part CN said it will not rule out the movement of oil along its track to Prince Rupert.

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    city opposing rTI sale

    By Martina PerryThe Northern View

    The City of Prince Rupert doesnt want to see Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI) sold into the private sector.

    Council decided to express opposition to the sale at the Jan. 28 city council meeting, more than a month after the Federal Government announced its plan to sell Ridley Terminals.

    Selling Ridley into the private market caused confusion for councillors because of the success the operation has seen over the past few years. Previously, the Federal Government had to subsidize RTI to keep it running, with government support deteriorating from $4.5 million a year to zero. Additionally, operating profits at Ridley grew from zero to $33.5 million annually since 2005.

    Furthermore, RTI is expected to make even more profits due to undergoing expansions that will see the terminals annual shipping capacity increase from 12-to 24- million tonnes by the end of 2014.

    The most vocal member of council against the sale was councillor Joy Thorkelson.

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    Should CN decide to try to move forward with its proposal, it would face major opposition and risks to the company. -Environmental groupsNexen project met with heavy opposition from environmental groups

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    rice considering optionsBy Quinn Bender

    The Northern View

    Jennifer Rice will remain on City Council during her run for North Coast MLA, but whether she steps down in the event of a victory is a decision shell make then.

    Its too early to decide, she said. Its something Ill have to evaluate after the election.

    There are no laws prohibiting Rice from holding two seats of public office simultaneously in either the BC Community Charter or Elections BC rules.

    Rice said there are many options to consider, but admits holding the two positions is probably not recommended. Rice may also allow her council seat to simply expire if she won the MLA seat, and let the two positions to overlap in the 13 months between Mays municipal elections and the September sitting of Legislature.

    I really want to talk to my council about that, said Rice. Its a collective decision.

    Rice was nominated as the BC NDP candidate for North Coast Jan. 26 at Fishermans Hall in Prince Rupert. She has held her seat on City Council since 2011.

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    By Quinn Bender The Northern View

    Jury members listened to the Queen of the Norths emergency radio broadcast in a Vancouver courtroom Jan 31. The recording offered a moment-by-moment account of the disaster that is believed to have claimed two lives, after the ship ran aground on Gill Island and sunk soon after. The recording reveals the BC Ferries crews confusion over their exact location and chronicles the ships evacuation and rapid assistance from fishing vessels in the area.

    At 12:22 a.m. a distressed crew member radioed the Prince Rupert Coast Guard saying the ship had run aground and required assistance.

    And confirm you are not taking on water, says a Coast Guard dispatcher.

    We are taking on water, replies a ships crew member. He informs the Coast Guard 101 people are on board. The coordinates are relayed but shortly after the Coast Guard tells the Queen of the North that position is incorrect for Sainty Point. Before a precise position can be relayed, a crew member says the ships list is increasing and they are in need of immediate assistance.

    The Coast Guard issues a call for help to which a shrimp vessel responds. After coordinates are again relayed by BC Ferries crew, the next broadcast is dispatched from an officer in the life rafts.

    The Queen of the North has been abandoned and its listing, he says. Maybe tell people to stay clear of it.

    Roger, and its confirmed theres no one left on board? asks the Coast Guard.

    Were attempting to confirm that right now.

    The operator of a private vessel then jo