Sunday, March 13, 2016

Blog Watching, week ending March 13, 2016

With the comment period for the proposed LNG development at Lelu Island coming to an end on Friday, it's not a surprise that the majority of the most read items of the week involved LNG issues.

An announcement to herald additional funding by the Province for the Tsimshian Roundtable initiative captured the most attention this week, followed an item exploring the themes from a Financial Post article that suggested that the majority investor Petronas is prepared to walk away from the Pacific NorthWest LNG project unless momentum for it is found soon.

Basketball broke up the flow of the LNG stories, as our archive page for news from the Provincial AAA Tournament in Langley found a large audience this week, with readers seeking more information on the fate of the Charles Hays Rainmakers at Provincials.

LNG returned to the archive of top five items with a look at a letter of opposition to the CEAA report on Lelu Island as over 130 scientists and Academics shared their concerns over the recently completed review.

And a fascinating one hour interview with the Province's Aboriginal Relations Minister on Shaw Community Televisions Voice of BC made for much interest as we reviewed some of the key items of relevance to the Northwest.

However, the top item of the week looks at the recent funding announcement between the Province and the Tsimshian First Nation and what it means for the coastal communities of the North Coast.

Province of British Columbia commits 9 million towards Tsimshian Roundtable initiative -- A major announcement between the Provincial government and the Tsimshian First Nation this week provided for funding for a number of areas of the Tsimshian Roundtable program, which delivers training and socio-economic options for the members of the First Nation (posted March 8, 2016)

That article was followed by:

Financial Post article on Lelu Island LNG terminal ultimatum creates a Monday tempest -- An article in the financial pages of the Financial Post generated much discussion this week over the fate of the proposed LNG terminal at Lelu Island (posted March 7, 2016)

AAA Senior Boys Provincial Tournament Results -- Basketball provides a break from the domination of the LNG files, as readers checked in regularly to chart the progress of the Charles Hays Rainmakers at the Provincial Tournament in Langley (posted March 8, 2016)

Scientists send letter to Environment Minister urging rejection of Pacific NorthWest LNG report -- With the deadline for comments approaching for the CEAA Review of the Lelu Island LNG proposal, a number of scientists and academics with concerns related to the proposal sent a letter to Catherine McKenna the Federal Minister for the Environment, calling for her to reject the report on the project ( posted March 9, 2016)

Cabinet Minister John Rustad speaks on Tsimshian agreement, Lelu Island project and other First Nations issues -- The Minister responsible for Aboriginal Relations appeared as a guest on the Shaw Community Television program Voice of the People on Thursday evening, providing an overview on a range of items, many of them of wide interest to the Northwest (posted March 11, 2016)

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