Sunday, September 24, 2017

Blog Watching: Week ending September 24, 2017

Politics - federal, provincial and municipal found some space among our five most read items of the week.

A number of topics raised by Skeena MLA Ellis Ross found some interest with our readers, as the Liberal MLA hit his stride early in the fall session in Victoria, having introduced themes on LNG and health care in the Northwest to the Legislature over the last seven days.

The Hereditary Chiefs of Lax Kw'alaams were back in the news, having issued a statement on recent moves towards an Oil Moratorium and creation of the Great Bear Rainforest. The timing of their contribution to the discussion coming as the Prime Minister was about to address the United Nations with a speech on Indigenous issues in Canada.

The Economic Development Officer for Prince Rupert offered up some comments to Global BC as the community faced the cancellation of yet another LNG project for the North Coast, with Paul Venditelli responding to the Aurora LNG cancellation and making note of some of the other economic development found in the region.

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP, Nathan Cullen picked his horse in the NDP leadership race, directing his support to the campaign of Ontario MLA Jagmeet Singh.

And the focus turned to performance on the waterfront this week, with word of two global container lines making alternative shipping plans as Prince Rupert's Fairview Terminal faces some congestion issues.

The top story of the week however had a focus on health care in the Northwest, with Skeena MLA Ellis Ross raising issues of concern over the fate of the replacement for the Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace.

Hopes for LNG, concerns over hospital replacement among themes for Skeena MLA Ellis Ross -- Skeena MLA Ellis Ross has had a strong debut in the Fall Legislature sessions, his rebuttal to the Speech from the Throne hit a number of marks of interest for residents of the Northwest. Mr. Ross followed up on one theme in particular this week as well, putting significant focus on the status of the proposed replacement hospital for Terrace's Mills Memorial. (posted September 18, 2017)

That article was followed by:

Hereditary Chiefs of Lax Kw'alaams speak out again on Oil Tanker Moratorium and Great Bear Rainforest -- While many greeted the recent declaration of an Oil Tanker Moratorium and creation of the Great Bear Rainforest protected area, there are some First Nations leaders that have outlined their concerns with approach of the Federal and provincial governments. (posted September 21, 2017)

Economic Development Office looks to other projects "coming down the pipe" following Aurora LNG cancellation -- While there's been little comment from the elected officials in Prince Rupert on the recent string of cancelled LNG projects, the regions Economic Development officer did offer up some observations on the city's industrial status.   (posted September 18, 2017)

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP throws support to Jagmeet Singh in NDP leadership contest -- While he's not seeking the leadership himself, the MP representing Northwest BC is working hard to get his choice to the finish line in the Federal NDP leadership contest.  (posted September 20, 2017)

'Dwell Time" issues at Fairview to see containers diverted south --  A bit of tarnish for the Crown Jewel of the Port of Prince Rupert, as congestion issues send shipping lines to seek alternative options on a temporary basis. Our original item of Monday, was followed by this item on Friday, noting that a second container line Maersk, was following the lead of Cosco Lines.  (posted September 18, 2017)

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