Tuesday, January 3, 2017

From the Legislature 2017

Items of note from our elected officials at the Provincial Legislature and developments on the political scene in the northwest ridings.

For Notes on the Skeena Riding see our archive page here.

North Coast
MLA Jennifer Rice (NDP MLA)

Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness
(appointed July 2017)

Expense Listings for 2016

MLA's Week Legislature Archive
(our review of MLA Rice's contributions at the Legislature)

Committee Membership

Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs
Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

Jennifer Rice MLA Constituency Page
Jennifer Rice Twitter feed
Jennifer Rice Facebook page

General Overview Notes on the British Columbia Political Scene

North Coast Votes Archives



December 29 -- MLA Making plans for Poverty reduction sessions in Prince Rupert in the New Year  NCR
December 19 -- Province to test Emergency Alert System Wednesday  NCR
December 18 -- Ministry of Education seeks two seismic reports from SD52 on Prince Rupert Middle School  NCR
December 12 -- Northwest politicians weigh in on NDP's Site C decision  NCR
December 11 -- North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice hosts Holiday Open House today  NCR
December 5 -- Tahayghen daycare gets start-up funding
December 5 -- New child care spaces ahead for Haida Gwaii and coastal communities; no word yet on plans for Prince Rupert  NCR


November 30 -- Terrace closest location for public meetings on Greyhound Service Termination request  NCR
November 28 -- Jennifer Rice, Nathan Cullen weigh in on Jake Shearer and barge situation off Bella Bella  NCR
November 26 -- Heiltsuk First Nation monitoring vessel in distress situation off Bella Bella NCR
November 24 -- Jennifer Rice on National Housing strategy (video)
November 17 -- MLA Rice hails launch of Highway 16 shuttle service in Terrace  NCR
November 17 -- Prince Rupert Emergency Shelter site set for McLean and Rudderham building NCR
November 16 -- Terrace gets largest share of Province's Grants in Lieu of property tax payments  NCR
November 16 -- Province's housing announcement features Prince Rupert plans, along with news for Terrace and Vernon  NCR
November 15 -- Prince Rupert gets housing for the homeless
November 14 -- Help for the homeless coming to Prince Rupert (audio)
November 14 -- City to receive 44 units for homeless, and the search for an emergency shelter
November 14 -- Province to allocate 44 modular unites for housing need in Prince Rupert; efforts towards winter shelter option to continue NCR
November 10 -- North Coast MLA to provide housing update at Tuesday's Council session  NCR
November 10 -- Legislature hears support for Proportional Representation plan from North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice  NCR
November 10 -- BC Government launches latest intake for Rural Dividend program  NCR
November 9 -- Rice responds to Prince Rupert's mini tent city
November 9 -- As tents go up, Prince Rupert finds itself off the housing radar with Victoria  NCR
November 9 -- In comments on Prince Rupert Tent City, MLA Rice points to Liberals; highlights NDP achievements and plans  NCR
November 8 -- Success of Two Day maritime emergency preparation exercise hailed by Jennifer Rice  NCR
November 2 -- Lucy Sager steps out of Liberal leadership race  NCR
November 1 -- Terrace Councillor appointed to Advisory Forum on poverty reduction  NCR


October 31 -- Rice updates Legislature on Fire recovery efforts in the province NCR
October 30 -- In response to AG report; NDP keeps focus on need to protect grizzly bear population  NCR
October 25 -- Highway 16 transit plan continues to roll out across parts of Northwest  NCR
October 25 -- MLA Rice hails the work of Disability Alliance BC with Legislature  NCR
October 23 -- Premier Horgan visit to the Northwest (video)
October 23 -- Premier tours Canada's first West Coast propane terminal in the making
October 23 -- Liberal leadership hopefuls criss-cross Northwest over weekend  NCR
October 22 -- Premier Horgan visits Kitimat and Prince Rupert
October 22 -- Todd Stone makes his pitch 
October 21 -- Rio Tinto celebrates its first full year of production (audio)
October 20 -- Affordable housing results continue to elude Prince Rupert City Council  NCR
October 20 -- Media notes indicate John Horgan's coming to the Northwest and he's bringing a hard hat  NCR
October 20 -- Young Northwest entrepreneurs to benefit from Provincial funding  NCR
October 20 -- Councillor has high hopes for better relationship with Provincial government  NCR
October 19 -- Is Prince Rupert prepared for an earthquake?
October 19 -- Rice says Ferry system can't be improved overnight (Letter to editor)
October 19 -- British Columbians to practice their earthquake drills this morning  NCR
October 19 -- The North Coast's Ms. Rice, with some earthquake preparation advice  NCR
October 17 -- Prince Rupert organization to receive funding for Literacy program  NCR
October 17 -- Environment Ministry investigating CN Spraying program along Skeena (video)
October 16 -- Province investigates complaints on CN's use of herbicide next to the Skeena
October 16 -- CN Rail facing questions following NW fall vegetation control program  NCR
October 15 -- Province investigating after allegations CN Rail improperly used herbicide 
October 13 -- CN Vegetation control concerns (video)
October 13 -- Environmental Group concerned about CN Rail's vegetation control
October 13 -- Second wave of provincial funding this week directs money to Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii  NCR
October 13 -- Port Edward Historical Society benefits from rural dividend funding NCR 
October 12 -- BC Government announces seismic upgrades for schools in Vancouver; Prince Rupert's hopes for replacement school still left unanswered  NCR
October 11 -- Province distributes infrastructure funding to 30 communities across BC  NCR
October 4 -- No North Coast Budget consultation hearings scheduled by BC Government  NCR
October 3 -- MLA Rice speaks to economic recovery following BC wildfires  NCR


September 29 -- Wildfire recovery, overdose concerns, economy and housing issues among themes for Premier's UBCM address NCR
September 29 -- Northwest politicians hail progress on Resource Benefit Alliance negotiations  NCR
September 29 -- Elmer Derrick's final journey brings return to Northwest  NCR
September 29 -- Premier John Horgan to bring UBCM convention to close with morning address NCR
September 28 -- UBCM seeks larger discussion on campaign finance reform; but the taxpayers can keep their cash  NCR
September 28 -- MLA shares emergency preparation themes with constituents  NCR
September 21 -- Hereditary Chiefs of Lax Kw'alaams speak out again on Oil Tanker Moratorium and Great Bear Rainforest  NCR
September 20 -- MLA Rice responds on Site C observations and themes of energy as part of Legislature discussion  NCR
September 20 -- MLA shares success of port and pays tribute to Don Krusel with Legislature statement  NCR
September 19 -- Plan to get big union and corporate money out of politics means taking a bit more from taxpayers  NCR
September 19 -- North Coast MLA pays tribute to environmental leaders recently passed  NCR
September 16 -- North Coast MLA points to progress, optimism from NDP budget in Legislature speech  NCR
September 14 -- Another LNG project is dropped on the North Coast, as Aurora LNG bows out  NCR
September 13 -- A number of North Coast hopes on pause after BC budget update  NCR
September 13 -- Stalling LNG ambitions and impact on North Coast noted by opposition in Debate on Throne Speech  NCR
September 12 -- Fall debut for MLA Rice puts focus on Forest Fire Response and Emergency Preparedness  NCR
September 12 -- Education and Health gain increased spending as part of NDP budget update  NCR
September 11 -- Finance Minister to tweak the budget at sessions opening; in anticipation of the full budget of February  NCR
September 9 -- The NDP had about sixteen years of plans to share ... and on Friday, share they did  NCR
September 9 -- Testy opening for Throne Speech as NDP introduce Liberal Darryl Plecas as Speaker NCR
September 8 -- Premier Horgan set to reveal NDP blueprint through Throne Speech today  NCR
September 7 -- 'I'm fully committed': B.C. minister of transportation to go into talks with Greyhound Canada (audio)
September 6 -- NDP government offers commitment to protecting reliable transportation in Northern communities  NCR
September 1 -- MLA Rice disappointed, awaiting more info on Greyhound Cuts; No comment yet from Prince Rupert Mayor, Council  NCR


August 30 -- Reports detail Haida Gwaii vote, candidate spending during B.C. election
August 30 -- Melanie Mark at NWCC (video)
August 30 -- Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark visits NWCC 
August 30 -- Greyhound to seek end to Northern British Columbia routes  NCR
August 30 -- BC  Liberals mark February on the calendar for leadership convention  NCR
August 25 -- NDP Government sets September 8th as first day for new session of Legislature  NCR
August 25 -- NWCC to gain share of additional provincial funding for trades training  NCR
August 22 -- North Coast Liberal appointed to party's rules committee for leadership planning  NCR
August 22 -- Jennifer Rice's post election update highlights political work and new staff roll out  NCR
August 22 -- Joseph Jack's parachute lands at NDP's office on Third Avenue West  NCR
August 21 -- Will Prince Rupert's Petronas loss, become Kitimat's Petronas gain?  NCR
August 18 -- Rice on eliminating tuition for basic education, upgrading
August 18 -- Northwest Resource Benefits video highlights Alliance talking points from Victoria trip  NCR
August 16 -- Minister Farnworth has frank discussions with Quesnel Chamber
August 16 -- Green Leader Weaver calls out NDP Grizzly Hunt ban as "political spin'  NCR
August 16 -- Election Revenue/Expenses numbers released for North Coast campaign  NCR
August 15 -- NDP eliminate tuition for adult education, will end interest on student loans
August 15 -- Jennifer Rice hails 'a promise kept' with end to Grizzly Bear Trophy hunt in BC  NCR
August 15 -- North Coast shore workers bearing brunt of troubled fishing season  NCR
August 15 -- Add a Wi-Fi break to your highway travels in British Columbia  NCR
August 14 -- BC government to end grizzly bear trophy hunt after fall 2017
August 14 -- NorthWest Resource Benefits meeting with Provincial Government (video)
August 14 -- Northwest Resource Benefits Alliance members hail new government's engagement on revenue issues  NCR
August 14 -- A new look at Provincial politics is on the horizon  NCR
August 11 -- Skeena MLA Ellis Ross raises concerns over NDP's Kinder Morgan pipeline approach NCR
August 4 -- MLA Rice recaps first two weeks in new portfolio  NCR
August 2 -- North Coast received what they voted for by electing NDP
August 2 -- NDP school plans will provide test of MLA Rice's ability to steer home Middle School replacement  NCR


July 28 -- Christy Clark steps down as leader of BC Liberals  NCR
July 26 -- MLA Jennifer Rice says future still bright for North Coast despite Pacific NorthWest LNG cancellation  NCR
July 26 -- With silence so far locally, the Petronas decision on PNW LNG echoes far beyond Prince Rupert  NCR
July 25 -- MLA Jennifer Rice ecstatic about her new appointment (audio)
July 25 -- A shoe drops for Petronas ... and Prince Rupert is not a good fit for Malaysia's terminal plans  NCR
July 25 -- Doug Donaldson's mandate commitments outlined by Premier  NCR
July 24 -- Sitting on the government side could mean more questions coming Jennifer Rices' way NCR
July 21 -- Busy first few days for Jennifer rice as BC's wildfire battles continue  NCR
July 20 -- Mayor Brain offers best wishes to Premier Horgan and MLA Rice  NCR
July 19 -- Jennifer Rice given parliamentary secretary duties in John Horgan government  NCR
July 18 -- Two Northwest MLAs Get Promotions as New Government is sworn in
July 18 -- Rice named secretary for emergency preparedness
July 17 -- Premier Designate John Horgan set to announce his cabinet selections  NCR
July 7 -- Federal infrastructure grants to take a Green swing  NCR
July 7 -- Pundit points to Rice for potential Cabinet inclusion  NCR


June 30 -- Incoming Premier John Horgan promises to visit northern B.C. 'this summer' (audio)
June 30 -- Rice reacts to decision returning NDP to power
June 30 -- Jennifer Rice hails John Horgan's rise to Power in Victoria  NCR
June 29 -- MLA pays tribute to Lax Kw'alaams Graduating class at Legislature  NCR
June 28 -- MLA Rice calls for confidence vote in Legislature; seeks progress on PRMS replacement issue  NCR
June 27 -- Jennifer Rice calls on Liberals to call a confidence vote (video)
June 27 -- North Coast MLA urges BC Liberals to call a confidence vote
June 22 -- North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice talks about Legislature resuming
June 13 -- Local MLA ready to work after weeks-long election limbo
June 8 -- North Coast MLA looking forward to the Legislature return June 22nd  NCR


May 31 -- Local MLA reacts to NDP/Green agreement
May 29 -- Political pundit doesn't see stars aligning for a North Coast cabinet position  NCR
May 10 -- North Coast returns Jennifer rice to the Legislature NCR

April (For campaign coverage through April and May see our North Coast Votes archives above) March

March 20 -- MLA Rice's home mailer touts recent efforts from the Legislature  NCR
March 17 -- With an end to the 40th Parliament, MLA's bid farewell to the Legislature and head out to the campaign trail  NCR
March 16 -- PRMS update  (video)
March 16 -- Petition for replacement of PRMS delivered to Legislature by MLA  NCR
March 14 -- North Coast MLA calls MSP premiums an unfair tax,; reaffirms NDP calls for removal NCR
March 13 -- North Coast remains a two party race heading to May  NCR
March 10 -- MLA Rice on Women in Leadership  (video)
March 8 -- MLA Rice renews call for adjacency in the Pacific Fishery NCR
March 7 -- MLA Rice speaks to adoption Amendment Act during Legislature session  NCR
March 4 -- City's Watson Island news generates favourable review from Provincial election candidates  NCR
March 3 -- North Coast MLA calls on education minister to replace Prince Rupert Middle School (audio)
March 3 -- Prince Rupert Middle School replacement calls (video)
March  3 -- Jennifer Rice renews call for replacement of Prince Rupert Middle School  NCR
March  3 -- Mills Memorial hospital announcement makes for a current in the North Coast election campaign stream  NCR

March 1 -- MLA Rice examines many themes in busy Tuesday session at Legislature  NCR


February 28 -- As long as the kids keep playing basketball, MLA Rice will have something to share with the Legislature  NCR
February 25 -- North Coast views on Budget highlight different opinions on similar themes  NCR
February 23 -- Province awards contract for Prince Rupert's Big Pave project to Okanagan firm  NCR
February 23 -- The Strike Force get a Legislature shout out from MLA Rice  NCR
February 21 -- Prince Rupert issues make for Throne Speech response from MLA Rice  NCR
February 21 -- Budget Day to blaze the way to Election Day  NCR
February 21 -- MLA's Rice and Donaldson exchange All Native Tournament Toasts in the Legislature  NCR
February 21 -- B.C. Ferries to increase sailings for Prince Rupert-Skidegate run  NCR
February 20 -- BC Liberals framing North Coast and Northwest issues as a key theme in upcoming election  NCR
February 20 -- SD52 expecting decision on Prince Rupert Middle School replacement plan  NCR
February 17 -- MLA Rice pays tribute to Prince Rupert Women's Vigil of Valentine's Day NCR
February 16 -- Fairview Terminal the focus for early North Coast campaign  NCR
February 15 -- BC's Liberal Government signs LNG agreements with Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla First Nation  NCR
February 15 -- Legislature back in session with election premonitions relayed through Throne Speech  NCR
February 9 -- Northwest Community college has expansion plans and maybe a name change on the horizon for the region  NCR
February 8 -- Councillor Cunningham raises concerns over potential health service losses, should the status of Terrace hospital change  NCR

January 31 -- NDP make nomination official; as North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice acclaimed for 2017 election race  NCR
January 31 -- North Coast First Nations sign agreement with Federal government on environmental protection for PNW LNG project  NCR
January 31 -- Province of British Columbia still hopeful that North Coast hops onboard the Highway 16 Shuttle Bus plan  NCR
January 30 -- New political movement ImagineX calls for British Columbians to look at a different approach to provincial politics  NCR
January 30 -- NDP MLA's Rice and Mark to attend community lunch at Nisga'a Hall today  NCR
January 27 -- Expanded duties for Jennifer Rice (video)
January 27 -- John Horgan announces NDP shadow cabinet (audio)
January 27 -- NDP's John Horgan adds northern economic development to MLA Jennifer Rice's Shadow Cabinet responsibilities  NCR
January 25 -- Clark engaged in a game of name-calling, divisiveness
January 25 -- Clark promising infrastructure for Rupert
January 25 -- There is no question
January 25 -- Herb Pond wins B.C. Liberals' nomination
January 25 -- Premier's visit to Lax Kw'alaams first since 1999
January 24 -- Herb Pond departs BG Group (video)
January 23 -- Herb Pond wins North Coast nomination race  (video)
January 21 -- Herb Pond chosen as North Coast Liberal Candidate for Provincial election (audio)
January 21 -- Herb Pond wins B.C. Libearl North Coast Nomination
January 20 -- North Coast Liberals send Herb Pond to the campaign trail  NCR
January 19 -- Premier Clark visits Prince Rupert, Lax Kw'alaams (video)
January 19 -- From Lax Kw'alaams, Premier Clark outlines a potential campaign narrative for the North Coast  NCR
January 18 -- Premier Clark heralds 'Durable Partnership' with Lax Kw'alaams during community visit NCR
January 18 -- MP Nathan Cullen closely watching provincial election campaign (audio)
January 18 -- Premier Christy Clark visits Lax Kw'alaams (audio)
January 18 -- Premier Clark and Minister Rich Coleman on North Coast today  NCR
January 17 -- North Coast Nomination  (video)
January 16 -- North Coast Liberals head into home stretch of nomination campaign  NCR

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