Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CN Rail seeks Supreme Court Relief from further Gitxsan blockade attempts

The confusing string of events of the last 24 hours in the territory of the Gitxsan Nation has taken another turn, as it appears that Canadian National has shifted their concerns over any further blockade attempts on the rail line to the Supreme Court.

Radio Station CKNW provided some of the background to the legal moves of today, offering up some of the text of the legal notice of Civil Claim,  filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

The railway is looking to have the Court grant an "interim, interlocutory and permanent injunction" against any blockade that the Gitxsan Nation may have planned  on the main line of the Northern CN Route.

A full review of many of the items of note from the affidavit from CN Rail against the Gitxsan can be found from CKNW Report Shelby Thom's twitter feed.

According to the CKNW Reporter, CN representatives continue to be involved in discussions with the Gitxsan, but the railway would seem to still have concerns over any potential impact on rail operations.

Items of note on the Court moves of today and events beyond can be found below:

August 9-- B. C. First Nation suspends eviction to Crown after meeting with government
August 9-- Gitxsan suspends eviction of Crown after meeting with government
August 8-- Gitxsan suspend eviction notice
August 8-- Gitxsan Chiefs Suspend Evictions
August 8-- Gitxsan Announce Temporary Suspension of Eviction Notice
August 6-- CN Rail Granted Court Injunction
August 6-- CN Gets Court injunction against Gitxsan

Some further background on today's events in the Gitxsan Territory can be found here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

MP Cullen, MLA Rice to host Community BBQ on Thursday

The two politicians representing the region on the Federal and Provincial stage will be in Prince Rupert on Thursday, as MP Nathan Cullen and MLA Jennifer Rice host a community BBQ at Mariners Park.

The public event takes place from Noon until 2 at Mariner's, co-hosted by the Prince Rupert Hospice  Society.

With few other public opportunities of late offered up to share thoughts on local issues with either of the two elected officials, Thursday's gathering provides a chance to have a conversation or two on items of interest to the region.

The gathering also offers up the added bonus of having a burger, hot dog or veggie dog with the two politicians and helping out the Hospice Society.

Local RCMP members will be helping Mr. Cullen and Ms. Rice serve up the food, which has been donated by local businesses in the city.

An item posted to Mr. Cullen's facebook page provides a bit of background to the Thursday event.

You ca review the year so far in politics from our two archives dedicated to the provincial and federal scene on the North Coast, you can find them below:

From the Legislature

From the House of Commons

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Monday, August 4, 2014

NWCC to receive funding for more LNG Trades Training options

The Province of British Columbia is about to provide Northwest Community College with funding totalling 485,000 dollars, as part of the province's ongoing commitment towards developing training for its planned entry into the LNG industry.

The money to be delivered to NWCC that will be directed towards 100 training spaces for trades training for the LNG industry as well as towards the many other industrial development projects planned in the region.

The Announcement was made last week in Terrace and provides funding that will open seats in three trades programs with seats available as early as September of 2014.

From the announcement comes word of 50 seats in the Electrical Foundation program, 32 seats in the
Electrical apprenticeship program and 18 seats in the heavy duty equipment mechanic foundation program.

Of the 485,000 dollars directed to NWCC, 387,000 dollars is for the 100 additional seats, while 98,000 dollars will be allocated towards operating and equipment funding to support the training programs.

You can review the announcement here.

For more details on the individual programs see the links below:

Electrical Foundation Training Program

Electrical Apprenticeship Program

Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program

For more of our items on developments at NWCC see our archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review