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<ul><li><p>VOL. 8 NO. 47 Wednesday, November 13, 2013 FREE</p><p>PRINCE RUPERT</p><p>What to know about tsunamis</p><p>Page A9</p><p>News</p><p>BG Group commits $5 million </p><p>Page A11</p><p>Business</p><p>Rupert Atoms come up big</p><p>Page A13</p><p>Sports</p><p>Liddle given provincial award</p><p>Page B1</p><p>Haida Gwaii</p><p>IN HONOUR</p><p>BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>Prince Rupert activists will be joining others across the country on Nov. 16 to protest growth in the oil development and export industries. </p><p>Dubbed Save Our Seafood Chowder Defend Our Community, the outdoor rally scheduled to take place across from Atlin Terminal from noon to 1 p.m. is part of the nationwide Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities day of action. Luanne Roth, one of the events organizers, said the hope is to make a major statement to the federal government. </p><p>The idea is to show there are people all </p><p>across Canada who oppose expanding energy projects. The tar sands, if they continued as they are would be harmful, but they want to expand it to double or even triple operations, she said, noting the concerns are both local and global.</p><p>There is a bit of a theme in protecting our </p><p>communities in terms of water quality and quality of life, but also protecting our climate. We need to look at where our priorities are and what our vision for that is.</p><p>Organizers chose Atlin Terminal as the location to send a message to the Prince Rupert Port Authority, who have acknowledged discussions have taken place with Nexen that would see oil arriving by rail to be exported from Prince Rupert.</p><p>In Prince Rupert, our main concern is oil tankers and pollution of the water. The Prince Rupert Port Authority is planning to have oil tankers at the port, and we want to let them know we do not want tankers in Prince Rupert, said Roth. </p><p>BY SHAUN THOMAS PRINCE RUPERT / The Northern View</p><p>Five of the six candidates looking to fill the council seat vacated by MLA Jennifer Rice faced the public on Wednesday night during the lone all-candidates forum of the campaign at the Lester Centre of the Arts. </p><p>Each of the present candidates in the Nov. 16 b y e l e c t i o n Larry Golden, James Kirk, Len Lovering, Wade Niesh and Gurvinder Randhawa began the evening by introducing themselves through opening statements, while moderator Tom Harvey read a statement from candidate Barry Cunningham, who was unable to attend due to medical issues. </p><p>Candidates make </p><p>their case</p><p>Activists to rally against oil tankers in RupertPort Authority targeted for possible oil exports</p><p>Todd Hamilton / The Northern ViewCaptain Cook Sea Cadets stand vigil during Remembrance Day ceremonies in Prince Rupert on Monday.</p><p>See BYELECTION on Page A2</p><p> Barry Cunningham</p><p> Larry Golden</p><p> James Kirk</p><p> Len Lovering</p><p> Wade Niesh</p><p>Gurvinder Randhawa</p><p>In Prince Rupert, our main concern is oil tankers and </p><p>pollution of the water.</p><p>- Luanne Roth</p><p>Council byelection on Saturday</p><p>See PORT on Page A3</p><p>250.624.9298Suite 6 - 342 3rd Ave W.</p><p>Your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. 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Learn about the value of trade at</p><p>Trade ad drafts Barry.indd 3 11/8/2013 1:47:19 PM</p><p>News</p><p>Wade Niesh, a self-employed building contractor who previously worked at the airport and as a bus driver, said his diverse work background has allowed him to get to know a wide range of people and needs in Prince Rupert. </p><p>I believe that I can take this community and apply the same logic that I apply every day as a builder, which is common sense and thinking 10 steps ahead so you dont have to do the same thing twice. I want to help shape this community in preparation for the future, he said. </p><p>Larry Golden, who spent 35 years as a light-keeper at Triple Island, said his experience watching the city for the past decade, gives him an understanding of council and motivation to sit in the council chambers.</p><p>Previously I was trying to shine a light on city council, and I have a website where I have 10 years of history on city council, but the way things have evolved I can no longer see what is going on from the outside. Now I am asking citizens to put me on the inside so I can see what is going on, he said. </p><p>Barry Cunningham, who built a flooring contract business and currently works as the pollution response officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, said </p><p>he looks forward to working with the council on numerous issues as Prince Rupert grows.</p><p>As opportunities present themselves, we need to ensure the city is working as effectively as possible with stakeholders and the port to ensure that the city benefits from future growth. As the city benefits from projected growth, so should the First Nations and surrounding villages on the coast, he said.</p><p>James Kirk, who worked 45 years in the business sector and has served with the legion for the past 18 years, said he is a Rupert booster who believes in transparency, availability and commitment. </p><p>I will work with business to create </p><p>more jobs, which will increase the tax base and allow council to attend to the suffering infrastructure ... I support Don Krusel, the CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and his team fulfilling the vision of Charles Hays, he said.</p><p>Len Lovering, who is now retired, said he is running for council because he wants to give back to the community after seeing the impact the closure of the pulp mill has had on the town.</p><p>Fast forward 12 years later and we are faced with businesses banging on our doors ... it means the ball is in our court. We have the unique opportunity to mould our destiny ... we must learn from the past and move forward to mould our future, he said.</p><p>Gurvinder Randhawa is a self-employed business owner who graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce in India, and he said now is the time to look to the future. </p><p>It is important to train Prince Rupert people for the future and I can enhance that concept to train local workers and prepare them to take advantage of new industrial opportunities, he said, noting he is committed to openness, transparency and accountability.</p><p>Following the opening statements, candidates answered a series of questions from both the forum organizers and those in attendance. </p><p>For more on the all-candidates forum, see page A8.</p><p>Shaun Thomas / The Northern ViewFrom left, Wade Niesh, Larry Golden, James Kirk, Gurvinder Randhawa and Len Lovering.</p><p>Candidates touch on growth and trainingLooking to a </p><p>brighter future</p><p>DISCOVERA WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY</p><p>AT THE PRINCE RUPERTPORT INTERPRETIVE CENTRE</p><p>LOCATED ON PRINCE RUPERTS SCENIC CENTRAL WATERFRONT</p><p>TUESDAY SATURDAYNOON 4:00 PM</p><p>(CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY)</p><p>FREE ADMISSION CHILDREN ARE WELCOME</p><p>CALL 250 624-4559 FOR INFORMATIONOR VISIT WWW.RUPERTPORT.COM/CENTRE</p><p>NorthernView PIC Ad rev02.indd 1 9/9/2013 10:22:54 AM</p></li><li><p>November 13, 2013 Northern View</p><p>Growth needed, PRPA contends BY SHAUN THOMAS </p><p>PORT EDWARD / The Northern View</p><p>The District of Port Edward said it is ready to fight to keep the communitys post office operating. </p><p>Councillor Christine McKenzie brought forward a letter from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers stating Canada Post wants to dramatically cut service to improve its financial situation, and said Port Edward needs to add their voice to other communities fighting reduced service.</p><p>I got a little concerned with what Canada Post is thinking of doing, and one of those things is to get rid of rural post offices ... theyre talking about not even having the boxes, so we would have to go to town to get the mail, she said, a statement that found support among those in council chambers. </p><p>Port Edward built that post office to make sure we had postal service ... what gets me is were growing and they want to start getting rid of things, said Mayor Dave MacDonald. </p><p>One thing the union said it would like to see happen is for the upcoming review of the Canadian Postal Service Charter be open to the public, and the district will be writing Lisa Raitt, the federal </p><p>minister responsible for Canada Post, to voice their support for the idea. </p><p>I think that is the important thing, that we have the right to express our opinion during this review, said Mayor MacDonald.</p><p>Canada Post spokesperson Anick Losier said there are no definitive plans for changing service, but discussions about the future of Canada Post are ongoing.</p><p>At the moment we know the current business model is broken, </p><p>it doesnt meet the needs of current Canadians, so we are having the discussion about how to meet the needs of Canadians now and into the future, she said, noting the company is very much concerned about its long-term viability.</p><p>We do have a special relationship with rural communities because a lot of the time we are the only ones who will deliver there ... we will continue to be the lifeline to rural Canada, but what that will look like is still being discussed.</p><p>Michael Gurney, manager of corporate communications for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said the group encourages residents to express their opinions and become informed about the ports operations. </p><p>We are committed to understanding the concerns and priorities of the community, which is the reason we launched our recent community forum, established the community information line and opened the Port Interpretive Centre. We welcome the feedback and take it seriously. At the same time, we have a mandate to grow this` gateway to the benefit of communities and economies across the country, he said, noting the port does have some common ground with those protesting oil industry expansion.</p><p>The belief expressed by the organizers of the rally is one that the Prince Rupert Port Authority shares, which is when moving any commodity, safety and sustainability are key.</p><p>Volunteers will be serving seafood chowder during the event to remind people that fresh seafood is one of the things we love about Prince Rupert, and Roth said she expects a strong turnout despite the craft fair and other events taking place around town that day.</p><p>There has been a good response so far. I think its going to be really good, she said.</p><p>We have a mandate to grow </p><p>this gateway.</p><p>- Michael Gurney</p><p>PORT from Page A1</p><p>Shaun Thomas / The Northern ViewCouncillors in Port Edward will be writing the federal government to protect the existing postal outlet in the community.</p><p>News</p><p>250-600-7343 Emily Kawaguchi</p><p>Prince Rupert</p><p> $419,000</p><p>1933 Graham Ave</p><p> $349,000</p><p>149 Raven Cres</p><p>$239,000</p><p>313 Crestview Drive</p><p>$239,000</p><p>$249,000</p><p>136 Crestview Drive</p><p>1112 Ambrose Ave</p><p>$395,000</p><p>124 Barrow Pl</p><p>363-500 2nd Ave WestUpper level of the Rupert Square </p><p>Shopping Centre</p><p>250-627-7551</p><p> 1st Ave East, Prince Rupert 250-624-9498 1-800-808-3988</p><p></p><p>TRAINING CENTRENovember (Price includes GST)</p><p>Solving Problems Through Service Nov 19 (Tues) 9-1 pm ....... $68.25WHMIS Online Nov *two seats only Nov 19 (Tues) 9-1 pm ....... $43.00TDG Online *two seats only Nov 20 (Wed) 9-12 pm ................ $45.00Fall Protection Nov 22 (Fri) 9-5 pm ........................................ $100.80Traf c Control Nov 23 &amp; 24 (Sat &amp; Sun) 9-5 pm ..................... $374.06Food Safe Nov 25&amp;26 (Mon&amp;Tues) 5-9 pm ............................. $115.00Of ce Administration Skills Nov 25-29 (Mon-Fri) 9-4 pm ....... $498.75WHMIS Online Nov 26 (Tues) 9-1 pm ...................................... $43.00Lock Out / Tag Out Nov 27 (Wed) 9-1 pm ................................ $124.95CSTS Online Nov 28 (Thurs) 9-4 pm ....................................... $78.75</p><p>WELCOMING COMMUNITIESHECATE STRAIT EMPLOYMENT SETTLEMENT SERVICES.</p><p>FREE WORKSHOPS FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS</p><p>COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERING NOVEMBER 14 10:00 11:30 AM</p><p>Port Ed to fight for postal service</p></li><li><p>While many eyes around the country are on Prince Rupert as a potential boomtown with the development of the LNG industry, the District of Port Edward has been quietly preparing for a bright future. </p><p>Under the radar of the national media, but well covered by the Northern View, Port Edward council has been proactively working with industry and developers to position itself as a </p><p>boomtown in its own right. </p><p>In the recent past, Port Edward has sold a large chunk of land to the PTI Group to develop a massive work camp for construction workers, has sold 11 acres of land to energy giant AltaGas for what will probably be a floating LNG terminal or a propane export facility, has constructed a brand </p><p>new school while leasing out the former building to Pacific NorthWest LNG and the PTI Group to create a new business/office space in a town that was otherwise devoid of such. There is also talk with a developer to purchase and improve the communitys trailer park.</p><p>Outside of work being done with companies, the community has completely revamped its Official Community Plan to outline areas of future industrial and residential growth, has planned for a major bypass road to keep truck traffic off of the main road by the school and is using the money from previous land sales to try and purchase additional crown lands that may be of interest to the business community. </p><p>While the major media may not be entirely aware of what is happening in Port Edward and its potential for growth, BC Premier Christy Clark knows what Dancing Dave and the rest of council are up to. Out of all of the communities in B.C. she could have mentioned as successes in a highly public speech to the members of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, she shone the light on the District of Port Edward.</p><p>While people in Prince Rupert are rightfully excited about the potential growth of the community, Port Edward is preparing for growth that is just as significant. And that bodes well for the future of the North Coast.</p><p>737 Fraser Street Prince Rupert, B.C Ph: 250-624-8088 Fax: 250-624-8085 @northernview</p><p>B.C. Press Council: The Northern View is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the provinces newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complain...</p></li></ul>