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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>SOLD</p><p>421 3rd Ave West K&amp;C Block$700,000 www.gordonkobza.com</p><p>Gord KobzaYour Hometown Realtor</p><p>VOL. 8 NO. 22 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 FREE</p><p>PRINCE RUPERT</p><p>Why Prince Rupert relays for life.</p><p>Page A21</p><p>Feature</p><p>LNG proposals take next steps.</p><p>Page A3</p><p>News</p><p>Marathon runners in Vancouver</p><p>Page A13</p><p>Sports</p><p>Russ George removed as CEO</p><p>Page B1</p><p>Haida Gwaii</p><p>5964421</p><p>VOL. VOL. 8 NO. NO. NO. 228 22</p><p>Martina Perry / The Northern ViewCydni Wilson attempts to blow up a balloon, while older sister Cat watches over during Childrens Day in the Park at Mariners Park on Saturday.</p><p>YOU CAN DO IT!</p><p>Exodus continues at City Hall</p><p>BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>The City of Prince Rupert will be starting fresh with a completely new senior management team following the announced departure of corporate adminis trator Robert Grodec-ki. </p><p>Prince Ru-pert Mayor Jack Mussallem said Grodecki provid-ed the City with his notice, but could not com-ment on the rea-son for his departure. </p><p>Mr. Grodecki has not said what he is doing or where he is doing it, but he has obviously decided to make a change in employer and possibly in oc-cupation, he said, noting he could not provide a date when Grodecki would be leaving due to per-sonnel confidentiality. </p><p>DFO bent on crushing fishery: ThorkelsonFishermen claim new regulations will kill North Coast commercial fishing</p><p>BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>Fishermen from Prince Rupert and as far away as the Nass Valley say they are being unfairly targeted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, claiming the DFO has a hidden agenda of ridding the coast of the commercial fishery all together. </p><p>The DFO is requiring a new monitoring regime aboard salmon fishing vessels that includes the purchase of a $300 </p><p>log book to record bycatch and the spotting of whales, turtles and birds, as well as having to hire an on-board monitor service provider to track the vessels activities. The United </p><p>Fishermen and Allied Workers Union (UFAWU) projects these new costs will equal out to $650 per fisherman, or 13 per cent of before-tax income, something it says fishermen simply cannot </p><p>afford. Its really just harassment of </p><p>the gillnet and seine fleet on the North Coast for no conservation reason whatsoever... If they want to have at-sea observers, even though were the only fleet, thats fine, well have at-sea observers. We just cant afford to pay for them. And there is no reason, were not catching anything were not supposed to, said Joy Thorkelson of the UFAWU. </p><p>Its really just harassment of the gillnet and seine fleet on the North Coast for no </p><p>conservation reason whatsoever.- Joy Thorkelson</p><p>Robert Grodec-</p><p>Prince Ru-pert Mayor Jack Mussallem said Grodecki provid-ed the City with his notice, but could not com-ment on the rea-</p><p>He has obviously decided to make a </p><p>change in employer...</p><p>- Mayor Jack Mussallem</p><p>Grodecki hands in resignation</p><p>See GRODECKI on Page 2</p><p>See FISHING on Page 2</p></li><li><p>A2 Northern View May 29, 2013 www.thenorthernview.com</p><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>News</p><p>The District of Port Edward has planned a Public Hearing to receive comments from the public regarding the proposed Updated Official Community Plan Bylaw </p><p>No. 539, 2013 and Zoning Bylaw No. 540, 2013.</p><p>The District has completed the draft updates to these Bylaws based on the potential development </p><p>of Lelu Island as the site for the Pacific Northwest LNG Project, and subsequent growth and </p><p>development in Port Edward.</p><p>Draft Bylaws can be reviewed at the District Office from </p><p>May 28th - June 11th Monday to Friday and between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.</p><p>The Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 11th at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers at </p><p>the District Office at 770 Pacific Avenue, District of Port Edward.</p><p>For more information please contact the District at 250-628-3667</p><p>District of Port Edward Notice of Public Hearing</p><p>Grodecki joins former city manager Gord Howie, who left to take a position in Sooke in February, and chief financial officer Dan Rodin, who retired on May 15, as the most recent departure from the </p><p>management team. Robert Long, who was hired on as chief administrative officer ef-fective May 15, will be responsible for hir-ing the new position.</p><p>Grodecki was brought on as corporate administrator in 2009 and has served in the role since.</p><p>The DFO is not benefitting me or anybody else in this room. They have a hidden agenda to get rid of the people sitting here and if they cant do it one way, theyll do it another... They have totally decimated my life, said fisherman Paul Paulson. </p><p>Jennifer Nener, DFOs director of salmon and the pacific integrated commercial fishery initiative, said the required monitoring is nothing new and has been on the North Coast from 2001 to 2005 and 2008 to 2012. However, how those costs are covered has changed.</p><p>During those years the program was funded by DFO, but as of April 1 the department is not paying for those services any more, she said.</p><p>It was a government-wide decision to shift the costs to those who benefit from the resources. </p><p>Making the situation even worse for the North Coast fleet is that Skeena and Nass fishermen claim they are being required to have at-sea monitors. The DFO claims the requirement is because the MSC eco-certification achieved by the fishery requires counting steelhead, but the UFAWU points out that the B.C. Minister of Environment Steve Thomson, whose Ministry is responsible for steelhead, is on record saying there is no conservation issue but rather an allocation issue. This raised concerns </p><p>about not only the treatment of commercial fishermen as opposed to sport fishermen but about potential discrimination.</p><p>The only place people have to go through this program they are shoving it down our throats this year is in the north... The funny thing is, it just so happens that the biggest First Nations fleet is in the Northwest, so there are trust issues, said commercial fisherman Henry Clifton.</p><p>The mismanagement of the DFO is being taken out on the commercial fishermen. That is not right. What are they doing to the other sectors? Nothing. It keeps coming back to the commercial fishermen to pay for all their mistakes and its not going to correct anything, said fisherman Victor Kelly. </p><p>However, Nener said the North Coast is not alone in having to pay for monitoring.</p><p>There are other catch-monitoring programs in place in different areas throughout B.C. this year, she said.</p><p>In a show of solidarity, Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem joined a group of commercial fishermen at a news conference on May 22 to protest the new monitoring requirements. </p><p>It is of grave concern... The species there is supposedly a concern about, there is no concern. So really it is a monitoring process that, for all intents and purposes, wont do what the intention is, he said. </p><p>North Coast singled outFISHING from Page 1</p><p>The Northern View archivesCity of Prince Rupert corporate administrator Robert Grodecki handed in his resignation last week. Grodecki is the third senior staff member at City Hall to leave this year. </p><p>Grodecki from Page 1</p><p>Grodecki calls it quits</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 CENTREJune (Price includes GST)World Host (June 4 Tues) 9-5 ........................................ $89.25WHMIS Instructed (June 6 Thurs) 9-2 .............................. $90.30Serving it Right Instructed (June 6 Thurs) 9-1 ................... $82.00Fork Lift (June 7&amp;8 Fri&amp;Sat) call for times ........................... $353.33Chainsaw Safety (June 14&amp;15 Fri&amp;Sat) 9-5..................... ... $362.25Scaffolding (June 28&amp;29 Fri&amp;Sat) 9-5 ............................... $236.25</p><p>EXTENDED SECURITY PROGRAM ($893.85 FOR ALL COURSESE OR SEPARATE AS LISTED BELOW)</p><p>Basic Security - June 19-29 (Wed-Fri-5-10 pm &amp; Sat-8-2 pm) 40 HoursExam: July 6 (Sat) 9-11 pm $582.10</p><p>Fire Safety Online - June 17 (Mon) 9-1 pm $30.00CSTS Online - June 18 (Tues) 9-4 pm $78.75</p><p>OFA1 - June 24 (Mon) 8:30 5:30 pm $115.00WHMIS Online - June 25 (Tues) 9-1 pm $43.00</p><p>TDG Online - June 26 (Wed) 9-2 pm $45.00</p><p>IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FOX PRO:Class 1 &amp; 3 with Air/Theory June 14, 15 &amp; 16 </p><p>(Fri/Sat/Sun) 8:30 - 4:30 $7,200Class 1 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>Nadia Movold250-600-2334</p><p>Keith Lambourne250-622-8546</p><p>Heather Bullock250-627-9416</p><p>Ben Morrison250-624-4609</p><p>Emily Kawaguchi250-600-7343</p><p>Dorothy Wharton250-622-7653</p><p>Victor Prystay250-624-1202</p><p>Personal connections, marketing materials and long term real estate services in the community were important factors for choosing Royal LePage Prince Rupert. </p><p>Years of conversations and a strong sense of professionalism were important in our choice of Realtor. The Comparative Market Analysis was helpful, prompt responses to our questions and general </p><p>efficiency indicated commitment to service. In office networking facilitated the sale of our home. Advertising was effective; a specific plan of progress to sell our home was set, </p><p>updated and moved along efficiently.- Glen and Candace Koziski</p><p>May 29, 2013 Northern View A3www.thenorthernview.com</p><p>By Martina Perry and tOM FLetCHerPRINCE RUPERT / Black Press</p><p>B.C.s Environmental Assessment Office is proceeding with impact studies on proposed liquefied natural gas development, including pipelines across the Rocky Mountains to marine terminals in the Kitimat - Prince Rupert area.</p><p>The EAO is advertising for a contractor to do a socio-economic analysis of the range of projects, which may include five or more separate facilities to process and ship LNG to Asian markets. Proposals are being accepted until June 3, according to a request for proposals posted on the governments BC Bid website.</p><p>While the number of potential pipelines and LNG plants remains uncertain, the EAO has identified broad issues for the largest industrial project ever proposed in B.C.</p><p>They include: potential social and economic issues arising from large and mobile capital construction workforces, injection of longer-term residential workforces in communities with proposed facility projects; potential impacts from increased dust, noise and vibration; water management and potential short-term negative visual impacts.</p><p>Aboriginal consultation covers the </p><p>Nisgaa Nation and several other bands covered by Treaty 8, signed by communities east of the Rocky Mountains in the early 1900s.</p><p>There are two proposed pipelines, one by TransCanada to supply an LNG plant at Kitimat backed by Shell, Korea Gas, Mitsubishi and PetroChina. Spectra Energy has partnered with British Gas Group for a pipeline and export facilities on Ridley Island at the Port of Prince Rupert.</p><p>The EAO will study corridors for pipelines of up to 48 cm in diameter, with right of way between 18 and 40 metres wide and up to 800 km long.</p><p>A British Gas executive told the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce recently that he expects only two or three of the six current proposals will proceed, as B.C. competes with Australia, Qatar and other gas exporting countries for Pacific Rim sales.</p><p>Last week, as part of a series of open houses across British Columbia, representatives from the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project were in Prince Rupert and Port Edward gathering input from the public and providing information on the proposed natural gas pipeline. </p><p>Neil Milne, assistant director of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project, estimated 20 people attended in Port Edward and 50 in Prince Rupert. </p><p>Eight employees from various aspects of the project, including the technical, environmental, community and land, were on hand to answer questions.</p><p>Generally, people were interested in information about the pipeline and also about job and contracting opportunities, he said.</p><p>Milne said the open houses were the first in a series of events to introduce the project to communities along the conceptual route of the pipeline. </p><p>We will carry on with discussions with various communities and stakeholders along the right of way to understand </p><p>the interests and meet the needs and requirements before we land on our definitive route for the pipeline, he said. </p><p>After the route is determined, TransCanada will start the environmental assessment process through the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office. </p><p>If approved, the pipeline would be approximately 750 kilometres in length and would would transfer natural gas from the District of Hudsons Hope to a liquefied natural gas facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward.</p><p>Martina Perry / The Northern ViewDivona Herzog, external communication director, and Neil Milne, assistant director for the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project, showcase the size and material of the proposed LNG pipeline at an open house last week.</p><p>LNG proposals taking next stepsImpact studies, open houses begin in earnest</p><p>News</p></li><li><p>Most would see his fuzzy orange face on the poster and see him as nothing more than a small ball of fur, a missing cat in a city with an abundance of them. </p><p>But to the three people who brought him into their home and raised him from a kitten, Cracker is as much a member of the family as any person could be. His disappearance hurt and left a hole </p><p>that cannot be filled by just another other cat.</p><p>I know the hurt: hes my cat and the people who brought him in are my wife and host daughter who picked him out of a litter of kittens driving home after Thanksgiving dinner in Kitimat.</p><p> If this were Vancouver or Toronto or some other major centre, most would probably not give </p><p>the missing poster another look. But this isnt a big city, overrun with people who are too busy worrying about their own life to worry about others. No, this is Prince Rupert, and if the last two weeks have taught me anything, its that people here care about one another. </p><p>When the poster hit the street, well-wishes, tips and possible sightings came pouring in. A group of workers at PJs Midway were keeping an eye on a seemingly abandoned cat near the store, even catching it with a city trap. It wasnt Cracker, but the cat was taken to the Prince Rupert Wildlife Shelter for care and hopefully to be given a home. Businesses also stepped forward to allow our host daughter to hang posters in hopes of finding him.</p><p>When the newspaper came out...</p></li></ul>