Sunday, March 31, 2019

Blog Watching: Week ending March 31, 2019

First Nations government across the region figured large in the weeks news flow this week, as three of our five most read stories feature some background to initiatives or measures from area  Councils.

A look at a proposed Industrial park development by Metlakatla topped the review, while notes on opposition from Lax Kw'alaams  to a DFO decision to open a herring fishery opportunity on the North Coast also attracted a large volume of readers.

Also of interest, was word that Lax Kw'alaams had joined in on court proceedings against some proposed permit requirements that the provincial government is looking to put in place on large scale resource developments, such as the Trans Mountain pipeline and other developments.  Those plans found the Lax Kw'alaams Band Council joining the legal challenge of the NDP government, questioning if the province has jurisdiction and how it could impact on a range of energy related projects that the community may wish to pursue.

Resource development was also the theme of the week at the Legislature as debate began on the NDP government's Bill 10 which is designed to help develop an LNG industry in the province.

Prince Rupert City Council's Monday session brought a presentation from the Prince Rupert Environmental Society and our look at their notes on rail dangers and rail noise in the community found a large readership for out notes.

However the top story of the week, was one that offers up some competition for the City of Prince Rupert's Watson Island Inter Modal terminal, as Metlakatla reveals their plans for a large scale port related warehousing project of their own for land adjacent to both Ridley Island and the Fairview Container Terminal.

City Council to get look at Metlakatla Development plans for South side of Kaien Island --  With the Metlakatla First Nation about to gain a large tract of land on the south side of Kaien Island from the provincial government, a request for zoning changes to the land provided Prince Rupert City Council with a first look at the major development plans that the Metlakatla Development Corporation has for the land.      (posted March 25 , 2019)

That article was followed by:

Herring opening for Prince Rupert area spawns action from Lax Kw'alaams  -- A decision by DFO to allow for a commercial harvesting of spawn on kelp herring this week send the Lax Kw'alaams Band Council to action taking to the water with a flotilla in the fishing grounds to express their opposition to the DFO announcement      (posted March 25, 2019)

Council hears range of Rail Safety Concerns from local organization --  The issues railway safety and railway noise were just two themes that Des Nobels and Colleen Fitzpatrick of the Prince Rupert Environmental Society brought to the attention of Prince Rupert City Council members   (posted  March 27, 2019)

Lax Kw'alaams to test BC government jurisdiction over energy projects  --  The Lax Kw'alaams Band Council joined the province of Saskatchewan, the Federal Government and other participants in a court hearing related to the plans by the BC Government to seek permitting for major projects. With Lax Kw'alaams expressing concerns over how the Province may be out of is jurisdiction when it comes to their plans   (posted March 29 , 2019)

Ghosts of Pacific Northwest LNG project floated in Legislature debate this week  --  As the week came to an end we put some focus on a few of the notes from this weeks debate on Bill 10 in the legislature, which the NDP has introduced to address issues with the LNG industry. From the discussion of the week, Green Leader Andrew Weaver and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross both took very different approaches to the debate. While on Wednesday, Liberal MLA Todd Stone  reviewed some of the background to the Pacific NorthWest LNG days, including a thought that one day the project may yet move to the development stage.  (posted March , 2019)

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