Sunday, May 27, 2018

Blog Watching: Week ending May 27, 2018

Our look at the top five stories from the North Coast Review on the week finds a business story capturing the most attention from readers on the week.

The growing list of export contracts for Pinnacle Renewable Resources gained one more entry this week, as the energy pellet provider signed off on a deal with a second Japanese company.

It was a busy week of travel for Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain, with the Mayor in attendance at a Vancouver planning conference and then taking some time to seek out fellow municipal officials to discuss port taxation cap issues.

As the 2017-18 school year comes to an end and Graduation looms just over the horizon, students heading off to University, College or trade school will want to take a look at a Bursary program being offered by the Prince Rupert based financial services organization Northern Savings.

Prince Rupert's Mariner's park is set for a celebration, with the City looking to June 23rd to officially open the downtown facility that overlooks Prince Rupert harbour.

And Public radio fans will be making their way to the North Coast Convention Centre this week as the popular CBC One program Cross Country Check Up comes to town for a Sunday afternoon broadcast, with the topic for today's two hour program that of: "Is it time for Canada to transfer resource rights back to First Nations

The top story however, takes us to the waterfront and the prospect of future increases in pellet shipments for Prince Rupert's Westview Terminal.

Pinnacle Renewable Resources signs second Japanese agreement  --  Business news found the largest audience of the week, as Pinnacle Resources continues to line up export contracts with Japanese energy producers.  (posted May 23 , 2018)

That article was followed by:

Mayor Brain meets with Lower Mainland officials to seek common ground on Port Caps   -- A week long visit to the Lower Mainland took the Mayor across Burrard Inlet this week as he met with a range of civic officials to discuss Prince Rupert's Port Taxation cap concerns.      (posted May  25, 2018)

Northern Savings Inspire Bursary program now accepting applications  -- Students that may be heading off to post secondary education in September will want to check out three potential bursary options from Northern Savings       (posted May 24 , 2018)

City to celebrate Grand Opening for Mariner's Park renovations June 23rd --  The park may still need some warranty work on its base, but City Council is ready to hold a party, setting June 23rd as the day for the Grand Opening of the Mariner's Park play area.      (posted May 25 , 2018)

Cross Country Check Up to check in at Prince Rupert  --  One of Canada's longest running and most popular radio current affairs program is coming to Prince Rupert, with the public invited to attend today's broadcast of Cross Country Check Up at the North Coast Convention Centre starting at 1 PM    (posted May 24 , 2018 )

You can find our weekly Blog watching feature posted every Sunday morning by 9AM, making for a handy way to catch up to the week that was, at a leisurely weekend pace.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Blustery day no obstacle for Prince Rupert's Relay for Life participants

Just after the midway point of today's Relay for Life, Prince Rupert participants
were still going strong as the made their rounds of the Prince Rupert Middle School track

A blustery North Coast Saturday, which at times offered up the threat of heavy rain, has for the most part held the weather at bay, making for a windy but not overly harsh twelve hours for Relay for Life participants at the Prince Rupert Middle School.

The strong winds that continue to flow across the North Coast did make for some on the site changes with organizers having to take down all of the tents and other elements of the infield section of the course that are normally part of the day's event.

And while the day did deliver one or two spurts of a strong downpour, Spirits remained high, the pace impressive as participants made their trip around the Middle School track.

The final turn of each circuit taking them into a pretty strong headwind at times as the gusts rolled across the infield.

Across the parking lot at the Civic Centre, the firefighters of Prince Rupert Fire Rescue were doing their part to raise money on the day, hosting a car wash that attracted a steady stream of traffic through their time on the McBride Street side of the recreation complex.

Prince Rupert Firefighters were doing a steady business of car washing on
Saturday in support of today's Relay for Life

The Car wash came to an end around 4 PM, the Relay for Life will continue through until 10 this evening. You can drop by to urge the participants on and take in some of the atmosphere of the day.

So far as they head into the home stretch for the 2018 Relay for Life participants have reached just over 61% percent of their 100,000 dollar goal.

You can donate to the cause through the Relay for Life website.

So far as they head into the home stretch for the 2018 edition participants have reached just over 61% percent of their 100,000 dollar goal.

Social Media has been a good place to track the days events, with the #PrinceRupert and Charles Hays Twitter feeds a few of the many online option that has been very active on the day.

The Relay for Life Facebook page also was providing for updates through the day.

Some background on this years event is available from our post from Friday which offered up a preview of today's event.

For more note on Community events see our archive page here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Original Lelu Island Destination abandoned, TransCanada Pipeline project to move forward across Northeastern British Columbia

While Prince Rupert continues to remain on the outside of ongoing efforts to develop LNG resources in the province, in the northeast, gas reserves are going to make their way to market somewhere and the energy industry is making their plans to ship that gas in any direction they can.

The decision to abandon the planned development of an LNG Terminal by Pacific Northwest LNG has seemingly not deterred Trans Canada pipelines from continuing forward with their pipeline plans, with the National Energy Board amending the terms for the north Montney pipeline that will serve gas interests in the Peace River part of the province.

The pipeline project is to be constructed by NOVA Gas Transmission which is owned by TransCanada Corporation, the 1.4 billion 206 kilometre network to be constructed north of Hudsons Hope, was originally designed to be part of a larger pipeline project to deliver the gas supplies of the Peace Country to the now cancelled Pacific Northwest Terminal on Lelu Island.

The amended project will feed into the national system that delivers gas into the North American market.

TransCanada sought out the approval for the refocus back in 2017, looking to remove the original conditions related to the PNW LNG project, the decision this week by the NEB puts those amendments into motion.

See approval notice here.

As part of their information release related to the NEB approval, TransCanada's President and CEO Russ Girling, outlined how the company sees the Montney line fitting into the larger energy picture in North America.

“We are pleased with the NEB’s decision on the North Montney Mainline Project. These facilities are critical to the timely and economic development of the tremendous natural gas resource in the North Montney play,"   

“Since 2011, the project has undergone thorough consultation, engagement and rigorous regulatory assessment. Through this process we have demonstrated the importance of this critical piece of energy infrastructure to natural gas producers and downstream markets throughout Canada and the United States.”

Among the potential users of the pipeline could be the Malaysian energy company Petronas, which still holds extensive reserves of gas in the region and continues to explore its options to bring those resources to Asian markets.

And while Trans Canada may be pleased with the decision of the NEB, the latest news is not being received well in Alberta, where that province has long expressed its concerns over the addition of a new line, while existing bottlenecks still remain in the existing system.

Alberta is also at the moment engaged with an ongoing dispute with the province of British Columbia related to the Kinder Morgan pipeline

National Energy Board approves the one pipeline that Alberta's government opposes
NEB approves $1.4 billion gas pipeline project in Northeast BC
NEB approves TransCanada's $1.4B North Montney mainline project
TransCanada says NGTL expansion gets boost from regulatory action on Montney gas project
Northern BC gas pipeline designed to supply LNG industry wins NEB approval

More background on the North Montney Mainline project can be explored here

A look back at the past files of the Pacific Northwest LNG project can be found from our archives here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

RCMP expand their search for missing Prince George teenager

With a number of unconfirmed sightings of a Prince George teenager reported missing earlier this month, the Prince George RCMP have expanded their call for assistance of the public to the Northwest.

Earlier this week, reports were received, though not confirmed by RCMP members, that Colten Fleury had been spotted in both New Hazelton and Prince Rupert.

Prince George RCMP have been seeking information from the public about the whereabouts of Colten Therrin Fleury since he was reported missing on May 4th, the sixteen year old was last seen at his residence in Prince George the day before.

Since that time, RCMP across Northern BC have been on the alert to watch for him and to collect any information related to his case file.

Mr. Fleury is described as 16 years of age, the male First nations youth is 5 foot eight inches, weighs 120 pounds. He has Brown eyes and Short brown hair.

Should you have any information related to the missing person's file you are asked to contact your local detachment of the RCMP, in Prince Rupert the number is 250-627-0700

You can also contact the Prince George RCMP at 1-250-561-3300 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

You can also contact that program online at

You can find out more background on the file here.

For more items of note related to the work of Emergency Responders see our archive page here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Rainfall Warning issued for North Coast Inland areas

Those making travel plans for inland areas of the Northwest can expect to find some heavy rainfall at times as the weekend moves along, earlier today Environment Canada issued a Rainfall Warning for the inland regions, with particular attention directed towards the Kitimat area which will be the target for a string of pacific fronts coming ashore.

So far, there has been no official warning issued for the coastal areas of the North Coast including Prince Rupert, but the weekend will be a wet one as well, with up to 65 mm of rain to come by midnight.

Another 50 mm of rain is forecast for Sunday, with rain continuing through into Monday.

Hopeful signals of a return of the sun come our way for Tuesday.

For the latest updates on weather in the region see the Environment Canada website.

A look back at some of our past weather notes can be found on our archive page.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Saturday Night's all right for rocking ... you'll find a lot of action here! Rock Stock 2018 nears showtime

It's a quiet stage at the Lester Centre at the moment, but come
Saturday night the house will be a rockin' as Rock Stock takes over

The Lester Centre will be rocking out Saturday night, as the 8th annual edition of Rock Stock takes to the stage of the city's entertainment complex.

Saturday's 7PM Curtain call will start a night of music and entertainment from over 50 of the top talents in the community, ranging from nine to nineteen, with solo performance, duets and ensembles making for another memorable night of music.

Months of rehearsal time has gone into the preparation for Saturday night's showcase as the students from Prince Rupert's Ring System Music Studio worked towards this years Spring finale.

You can pick up your tickets in advance at Cooks Jewellers and the Lester Centre, or at the door prior to showtime, with admission by donation.

This years proceeds are destined to go back to the Lester Centre of the Arts to be put towards the purchase of new equipment.

More on Saturday night's show can be found from the event page for Rock Stock.

For more items of note related to Community events in Prince Rupert see our archive page here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

May Long weekend work nets range of charges, arrests for Terrace/Kitimat RCMP members

Joint enforcement work from the RCMP and
BC Conservation Office resulted in a range of warnings
and charges as part of their work over the May Long Weekend 

Those feeling the weight of the long arm of the law over the May Long weekend have no one but themselves to blame, as members of the Terrace and Kitimat detachments of the RCMP followed through on a zero tolerance policy for the Northwest campgrounds and roadways.

As we noted on the blog last week, Mounties across the Northwest had outlined a plan for strict enforcement around the region over the long weekend and with a release today of some stats from their work, they clearly followed through on their previously announced plans.

The joint enforcement program for the RCMP and BC Conservation Officer Service provided for the following :

24 Liquor Act violation tickets and 8 warnings
7 eviction orders from campsites
3 Motor Vehicle Act Tickets
1 Prohibited drive arrest
1 Firearm ticket
13 Off Road Vehicle warnings
6 violations of the Wildlife Act
2 warnings for environmental management (open burning)
1 Federal Fisheries Act
1 seizure of Controlled Drugs and Substances

Boaters accounted for 2 tickets and 27 Warnings for violations of the Canada Shipping Act most of those related to Safety equipment issues

In addition to the above, 7 Northwest residents had their weekend plans change, with seven prisoners lodged in cells.

The work of enforcement officers through the weekend was judged to be a strong success by Terrace RCMP Staff Sergeant Michael Robinson, who noted that the proactive nature of their duties allowed them to stay ahead of any trouble situations.

"The weekend was considered to be very successful overall ... The enhanced presence allowed us to stay on top of problems, prevent them from getting worse, and provide families with a feeling of comfort knowing unsafe and irresponsible behaviour would not be tolerated around them."

With the first of the major summer weekends now in the rear view mirror, the Northwest detachments are making plans to continue on with their joint enforcement initiatives through the summer.

You can review more of the information release from Terrace here.

Further items of note related to Northwest Emergency Responders can be found on our archive page.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.