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January 09, 2013 edition of the The Northern View

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<ul><li><p>DISCOVERA WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY</p><p>AT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT INTERPRETIVE CENTRE</p><p>at tHE Cow Bay watErfront in PrinCE rUPErt</p><p>TUESDAYS FRIDAYS 1:00 PM4:30 PMSATURDAYS 9:00 AM5:00 PM </p><p>frEE aDMiSSionCaLL 250 624-4559 for inforMation</p><p>WWW.RUPERTPORT.COM/CENTRE</p><p>Untitled-4 1 11/9/2012 4:47:26 PM Funded in part by:</p><p>FOR INFORMATION CALL 250-624-9498</p><p> WORK BC EMpLOyMENT SERvICE CENTRE JOB OpTIONS BC </p><p>AFFNO </p><p>NORTh COAST IMMIgRANT &amp; MuLTICuLTuRAL SERvICES SOCIETy</p><p>Skills Connect for Immigrants Training</p><p>TRAININg CENTREST JOhN AMBuLANCE </p><p>training &amp; first aid supplies</p><p>Gordon KobzaBroker/Owner</p><p>Feature Property</p><p>Office and Cell: (250) 624-9298 Email: info@gordonkobza.com www.gordonkobza.com </p><p>Suite 6 - 342 3rd Ave W. Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1L5</p><p>For Sale:$250,000</p><p>#50 ChARLie CuRRie ROAd</p><p>This Warehouse Building has approximately 4200 square feet of usable area and is located within the Cow Bay Development Area. This property is within close proximity to the Yacht Club and Cruise Ship dock waterfront areas. The site is level with a partially paved area in front and features 2 excellent loading bays. The lot size is approximately 1/2 an acre ( 0.499 ) in size and the site is also easily accessible from the downtown core and Yellowhead Highway.Call Gordon @ (250) 624-9298 for the all of the additional details regarding this property and for your appointment today!</p><p>New ListiNg</p><p>Plunging into 2013</p><p>Lisa Thomas / The Northern ViewBrave souls of all ages started off 2013 with a dip in the Prince Rupert Harbour on Jan 1. at the Prince Rupert Rotary Club Polar Bear Swim. </p><p>tsunami warning issued after quakeBy Martina Perry</p><p>The Northern View</p><p>A brief tsunami warning for Prince Rupert and much of British Columbias coast was put in place after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake shook southeastern Alaska early Saturday morning. </p><p>Local emergency service and Prince Rupert Port Authority representatives said information was more readily available this time around, following the magnitude 7.7 earthquake that hit in October. </p><p>The earthquake occurred at 12:50 a.m. about 300 kilometres west-northwest of Prince Rupert, with a tsunami warning quickly following. No large waves were generated by the earthquake, with the Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre saying the waves didnt </p><p>pose a threat. Following the tsunami warning, the Prince Rupert Fire Rescue crew and the Prince Rupert RCMP acted quickly, evacuating homes on Water Street and Beach Place and blocking off access to low laying areas around the community. </p><p>We dont rely on the Provincial Emergency Plan to give us our information. Once the warning takes effect We put our emergency plan into operation. We dont sit around and wait for direction like a lot of other communities, Fire Chief Dave McKenzie said. </p><p>The Fire Rescue crew and RCMP also opened an Emergency Operations Centre at City Hall for the warning, which was lifted within a few hours. </p><p>McKenzie said evacuations were easier this time around because there wasnt as much activity or </p><p>traffic in low-lying areas. It went smooth and turned out </p><p>to be a non-event. Its a reminder that people need to be prepared and be able to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours, McKenzie said. </p><p>The Prince Rupert Port Authority also set up an Emergency Command Centre at their Atlin Terminal office within half an hour of the warning. Personnel at Ridley Terminals were evacuated, and Fairview Terminal employees were moved to a place of refuge until the warning was lifted. </p><p>Michael Gurney, manager of corporate communications for the port, said information was much easier to come by this time around. </p><p>We learned a lot from the last tsunami event and as a result our response on Saturday night was very smooth running, Gurney said. </p><p>u AlAskAn eArthquAke</p><p>home values </p><p>increaseBy Shaun Thomas</p><p>The Northern View</p><p>Homeowners in Prince Rupert and Port Edward can expect a slight increase in the assessed value of their property.</p><p>According to BC Assessment, most homeowners will see a modest increase of three to seven per cent in 2013 compared to 2012. Commercial and industrial property owners will face anywhere from a five per cent decline in assessed value to a five per cent increase, while business owners in Port Edward will have decreases of five per cent to 10 per cent.</p><p>The overall assessment roll for Prince Rupert will be increasing from $1.307 billion last year to $1.316 billion this year, while the assessment roll for Port Edward will jump from $70.6 million to $71.4 million.</p><p>Property owners who feels the assessed value doesnt reflect the true value of their property can call BC Assessment at 1-866-825-8322. If still unsatisfied, an appeal can be filed by Jan. 31 for an independent review.</p><p>u Assessments</p><p>Idle No More rally- Page 3</p><p>Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Proudly serving the north Coast - The enVy of the north www.thenorthernview.com 250-624-8088 VOL. 8 nO. 2</p></li><li><p>Page 2 - The NorTherN VIeW - WedNesday, JaNuary 9, 2013 WWW.TheNorTherNVIeW.comNeWs</p><p>For breaking news throughout the week, visit us on the web at www.thenorthernview.com</p><p>5811255</p><p>hospital welcomes bone mass density scannerBy Shaun Thomas</p><p>The Northern View</p><p>Patients on the North Coast will no longer have to travel to Kitimat for an important medical treatment thanks to years of fundraising by the North Coast Health Improvement Society, </p><p>The volunteer group successfully raised $125,000 to purchase a bone mass density scanner for the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital, which is now fully operational on the second floor. The equipment was delivered in November and, following the training of two technicians on the use of the machine, scans were offered in late December. </p><p>A bone mass density scanner provides medical professionals with an indication of the likelihood of significant fracture due to bone loss by measuring bone mineral density and helps determine whether therapy or continued surveillance is needed. People needing chemotherapy treatment need constant monitoring and testing to ensure the treatment is not depleting bone strength, while those with family history of osteoporosis and those experiencing early menopause are </p><p>recommended to have scans. Prior to the equipment arriving, people </p><p>in Prince Rupert were required to drive over 400 kilometres round-trip to the Kitimat hospital, and those on Haida Gwaii would require a multi-day trip to have the scan done. </p><p>While some will still have to travel due to previous appointments, manager of medical imaging Loretta Robinson said she expects the use of the machine to pick up significantly once the ability to have a bone mass density scan done in Prince Rupert becomes more widely known. </p><p>u $125,000 machINe</p><p>Shaun Thomas / The Northern ViewLeft to right: Northwest Health Administrator Sheila Gordon-Payne, NCHIS chair Rick McChesney, x-ray technician Pam Amante, NCHIS members Don Cross and Stefan Delloch, technician Kathleen Jardim, NCHIS members Lisa Thomas and Kim Nicholls, manager of medical imaging Loretta Robinson and NCHIS member Angela Grodecki.</p><p>NeW years BaBy</p><p>Jalissa Stanley-Alexcee was born at the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital on Jan. 1 at 9:43 a.m. local time to mom Brenna Alexcee and dad Lyle Stanley of Prince Rupert B.C., weighing in at eight pounds, five ounces.Jalissa is also welcomed to the world by four big brothers and two older sisters.</p><p>Recently, I talked about why we chose Kitimat as the site for Gateways marine terminal. Id like to also discuss the various steps weve taken to prevent an incident on water, and the measures weve put in place to build a comprehensive marine safety plan for Gateway.</p><p>Safety starts with a tanker acceptance program thats as stringent as any in existence and includes an independent review of all tankers, weeks ahead of their scheduled arrival. Tankers mooring at the terminal will be double-hulled and no more than 20 years old, and will be required by independent third parties, before they enter Gateways shipping channels to show a sound maintenance and operational history. As they approach Kitimat, all vessels will be boarded and guided by B.C. Coast Pilots with expert knowledge of our coastal waters.</p><p>Simulations conducted in varying weather conditions have shown that the largest tankers can be safely navigated without the help of tugboats. Still, Gateway is adding a tug-escort system as an additional safety measure. The Douglas Channel is already one of the deepest and widest inland waterways on North Americas west coast, and Gateways tug-escort </p><p>system, according to risk assessment data, would reduce the already unlikely chance of a grounding incident by a further 80 to 90 per cent.</p><p>As another Gateway marine safety initiative, were introducing land-based radar to B.C.s North Coast for the fi rst time. This radar system will be bolstered by extra navigational aids such as lights and channel markers. These enhancements arent just for Gateway they are for all vessels on B.C.s North Coast.</p><p>Groups who oppose this project use fear tactics. Theyd have you believe an oil tanker spill is inevitable. It isnt. But dont take my word for it visit our website and read for yourself about all the work that has gone into making Gateways marine operation one of the safest in the world. Then, decide for yourself whats true.</p><p>Janet HolderExecutive Vice PresidentWestern AccessEnbridge Inc.</p><p>Marine safety plan</p><p>Join the conversation at northerngateway.ca</p><p>2012 Northern Gateway Pipelines Inc.</p><p>Ad </p><p>#EN</p><p>032-</p><p>01-1</p><p>3E </p><p> 4.3</p><p>125 </p><p>x 8</p><p>Its more than a pipeline. Its a path to delivering energy safely.</p><p>GATEWAYperspectives</p><p>3_Enbridge_Janet_ad_4.3125x8 #9 NEW.indd 1 21/12/12 3:</p><p>TRACTION CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS ART: AF AE: AI DSGN: - PROD: BS LASER %AD SIZE: 5.75 x 7 PRESS / STOCK: NewsBLEED: RES FINISHED: 200PPI DESIGN :</p><p>!132HEA_5.75x7 OTHER: ARTWORK SCALE: 1 : 1December 20, 2012 3:28 PM FINISHED: RES ARTWORK: 200PPI AE/PROD :</p><p>132HEA FORMAT: CS5 InDesign NOTE : DELIVER: X1a TRAP AT OUTPUT STUDIO :</p><p>PUB-HEA-P36569.06CMYK</p><p>Various</p><p>The BC Services Card. Your CareCard, and more.</p><p>One card. Many services. The new BC Services Card is part of governments plan to modernize BCs health care system. It replaces your CareCard, can be combined with your drivers licence, and also acts as your photo ID. Its more convenient and more secure, with enhanced features to protect your personal information. And getting yours is easy. Starting February 15, 2013, and for the next fi ve years, you can simply enrol when renewing your drivers licence. And even if you dont drive, you can enrol at the nearest location where drivers licences are issued. To learn more visit: BCServicesCard.ca</p></li><li><p> Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - The norThern VIeW - Page 3WWW.ThenorThernVIeW.com neWs</p><p>By Lauren Benn Black Press</p><p>Following a record year in business, Terraces General Motors dealership is welcoming two new partners as its owners expand to a new location in Prince Rupert.</p><p>MacCarthy Motors closed a purchase deal Jan. 2 on the two-property former Sherman GM dealership located just off of HWY 16 on the way into Prince Rupert BC, giving the company one of the largest geographic service areas in Canada, says its long-time owner Gary MacCarthy.</p><p>Along with the purchase of 1001 Chamberlin Avenue and MacCarthy Motors overall business expansion, Joey Prevost and John Cooper became official partners this December, with Prevost specializing in sales and Cooper service operations.</p><p>Well all chip in and all work together at the different departments so well all kind of manage both stores, said MacCarthy, adding he has been planning to expand for roughly one year now.</p><p>Terrace and Kitimat are on the edge of more growth so we thought its an opportune time to grab it, he said, also pointing to </p><p>port expansion in Prince Rupert as a pre-purchase confidence booster.</p><p>We had a record year at this store in Terrace in 2012... Were sure business is going to continue to grow, he said.</p><p>Of that growth, most can be seen in truck sales, he said, adding trucks sales accounted for about 70 per cent of the business last year.</p><p>Truck sales are way up for the whole north, he said. </p><p>Everybodys working, people are confident We went a long time here without </p><p>that.This year, the Terrace GM </p><p>location sold just under 800 vehicles and MacCarthy has set a 1050 goal between both stores for next year.</p><p>And in the spirit of northern confidence, MacCarthy plans to renovate the 16,000 square foot main building of his new dealership in Prince Rupert starting this May and plans to tear down a small sales and office building currently located across the street to be turned into a parking lot to accommodate customer growth.</p><p>maccarthy motors new owner of rupert gm dealership</p><p>u BusIness</p><p>Ed Evans / The Northern ViewGeneral Sales Manager Todd Fabbi shakes hands with MacCarthy Motors owner Gary MacCarthy at the dealership in Prince Rupert.</p><p>By Shaun Thomas The Northern View</p><p>For the majority of students Jan. 7 marked back-to-school, but for students in Port Edward Monday marked not a return but a new beginning. </p><p>Instead of going to the building on Sunset Drive, students reported for the first time to the community school attached to the municipal offices on Pacific Ave. And instead of simply walking to class, the students were greeted at the door by B.C. Minister of Education Don McRae and Port Edward mayor Dave MacDonald.</p><p>After attendance students were led into the gym by RCMP officers in red serge, while the crowd applauded their entrance, before speeches got underway. </p><p>First up was Minister McRae, who thanked the District of Port Edward and the Prince Rupert School District for their efforts. </p><p>Schools are important to large communities, no doubt, but they are so much </p><p>more important to smaller communities, he said.</p><p>A community isnt a community without small children living there, and parents want to know that there is a place for their children to learn in town...Your community is a better place because of the hard work of all of you.</p><p>After thanking all involved, an emotional Mayor MacDonald talked about the importance of the new school. </p><p>This is all about the boys and girls in our school, and it just makes me so happy, he said. </p><p>It was a lot of meetings and a lot of angry parents at times, but it was so important we got this done.</p><p>Following other speeches, including superintendent Lynn Hauptman and board chair Tina Last, adults got a tour of the school while the kinds enjoyed cake.</p><p>new year, new school in Port edu educaTIon</p><p>Idle no more</p><p>Hundreds of people came out to the Rupert Square Mall in Prince Rupert on Dec. 30 to rally as part of the Idle No More movement.Drumming and song rang out amid signs and speakers at the peaceful gathering that got underway at 2 p.m., followed by a walk through both the upper and lower level of the mall.</p><p>Shaun Thomas/The Northern View</p><p>Crossword answers</p><p>Training CenTreJanuary (Price includes HST)Serving it Right (Jan 11 Fri) 1-4 ..............$84.80Wolrd Host (Jan 18 Fri) 9-4 ..............$95.20Serving it Right (Jan 25 Fri) 1-4 ............</p></li></ul>