Sunday, December 3, 2017

Blog Watching: Week ending December 3, 2017

The potential for economic development and a tenant for the Watson Island Industrial site became twin themes for the week, as the latest news related to an LPG Terminal were released.

Pembina Pipelines announced this week that they had reached a Final Investment Decision for their proposed liquid propane terminal development indicating that they would move forward with their project.

The news arrived in a timely fashion for the City of Prince Rupert which is about to host an Open House to share more background on their plans to develop Watson Island as an Intermodal Trade and Logistics Park.

Another marine incident off the coast of Bella Bella was reported this week as an American tug and fuel laden barge ran into trouble off the Central Coast.

The Tent City may be no more at City Hall, but advocates for the homeless have announced plans to continue their work towards homelessness and the need for affordable housing by forming a community society.

On that theme of homelessness, the Federal Government announced the details of their National Housing Strategy and Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen provided his thoughts on the Liberal's plans.

Economic development in Northern British Columbia was also a hot topic this week, as the Prince Rupert Port Authority released their annual review of the economic and labour force impact that the Port has across the region.

The top story of the last seven days however takes us out the Watson Island, where plans will move forward on a Proposed LPG terminal.

Pembina Approves development of Watson Island LPG terminal -- Readers found much interest in our notes from Wednesday, when the Alberta Energy Company Pembina Pipelines and the City of Prince Rupert announced that plans for an LPG terminal at Watson Island would be moving forward. Our follow up item of Friday which some explored some themes of Watson from a Facebook essay by Councillor Blair Mirau also gained some significant attention this week.    (posted November 29 2017)

That article was followed by:

Heiltsuk First Nation monitoring vessel in distress off Bella Bella -- A marine incident off the coast of Bella Bella through the week generated a large number of views, as readers explored our notes on the situation facing the tug Jake Shearer and a barge laden with fuel destined for Alaska. As the events off the Central Coast continued to be evaluated, both MP Nathan Cullen and MLA Jennifer Rice provided their comments on the situation. (posted November 26, 2017)

Dismantling of City Hall Tent City gives birth to new community based Society for the homeless  --  The tents came down after eighteen days around the City Hall fountain, however the awareness for the homeless created by the protest has seen advocates for the homeless and for affordable housing in the city put in motion plans to create a Community Society to speak for them.   (posted November 29, 2017)

MP Nathan Cullen looks for more action on housing following Federal Housing Strategy Roll Out -- The Federal Liberal government laid out some of it's highly anticipated Housing Strategy this week and Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen offered up some comments and suggestions towards it.  (posted November 27, 2017)

The Port of Prince Rupert: A billion dollar Northern BC industry that passes through Prince Rupert each and every day  -- The Prince Rupert Port Authority released their 2017 Economic impact study, highlighting the port's role as one of the major economic engines of the Northern British Columbia region.  (posted November 28, 2017)

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