Sunday, June 19, 2016

Blog Watching: Week ending June 19, 2016

Transportation notes topped our most read listings for the week, with signs that the long running quest for a shuttle bus service along Highway 16 may be coming to an end, that hopeful outcome arriving as the provincial government announced additional funding for transportation options from Prince Rupert to Prince George.

LNG development and related issues continues to make for a consistent topic of interest, with our item on upcoming Community sessions for Lax Kw'alaams finding a large audience.

City council waded into some federal areas this week, with Council voting to send two letters on a pair of themes. At Monday's Council session, a majority of council members voted to advise the NEB that they do not wish to see an extension granted to Enbridge energy and its Northern Gateway plans.  As well, on a different topic Council approved the motion to forward a letter to the Federal government reinforcing its desire to see an oil tanker ban in place on the North Coast.

Readers found a fair bit of interest in our item that noted some mechanical issues for the Digby Island Ferry this week, with the vessel requiring a bit of help from a tugboat to make the run from Prince Rupert to the airport dock.

And the week ended with a disappointing announcement, as Canpotex brought to an end its plans to develop a shipment terminal on the North Coast, a much anticipated major project that had consumed much of the local attention over the course of the last eight years.

However, the top item of the week focused on the Provincial Governments funding announcement for Highway 16.

Community to Community transportation listed among the items in funding for Highway 19 plan -- An announcement on Wednesday by the Provincial government of increased funding for transportation options on Highway 16 offered up some notes on a proposed shuttle bus service across Northern BC. A topic that has long been a key issue for North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice who offered up some comments related to the announcement later in the week.   (posted June 15, 2016)

That article was followed by:

Lax Kw'alaams to host Members Only Community Info sessions on Pacific NorthWest LNG -- Our Tuesday article proved quite popular as we took note that residents of Lax Kw'alaams will have four opportunities to learn more about what the Lax Kw'alaams Government has to say about the proposed NorthWest LNG project   (posted June 14, 2016)

Council to move forward with letters on Enbridge and oil tanker ban -- Two items this week from City council received a fair bit of attention, first with our preview of Monday's Council session and the introduction of a motion from Councillor Thorkelson on the theme, our notes on the discussion and approval of the two letters also found a wide audience.    (posted June 17, 2016)

Digby Island Ferry gets by with a little help from a friend -- The city's transportation link between Fairview Cove and Digby Island had some mechanical issues to deal with this week.  ( posted June 14, 2016)

Canpotex plans for the future won't include a Prince Rupert Export Terminal -- While the story only arrived on Friday morning, interest was high in the background to a decision to abandon its plans to develop a Prince Rupert Terminal by the Saskatchewan potash company Canpotex.   (posted June 17, 2016)

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