Thursday, June 30, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene.

Don't believe claims $15 minimum wage will cost jobs
Nothing was being done to stop unscrupulous real estate practices, B.C. finance minister says
Massey Tunnel replacement bridge lone supportive mayor 'very disappointed'
B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier orders audit of Vancouver School Board
Northern Gateway pipeline approval overturned
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Vancouver Pride Parade
Duelling announcements set up housing crisis as ballot box issue
B.C. government's liability for contaminated sites balloons to 508 million
Northern Gateway pipeline stymied after court quashes approval
Budget impasse grows between Vancouver school trustees, education minister
Island Health rejects doctors' plea to suspend iHealth at 'hospital in crisis'
Federal panel to visit six B.C. communities for Trans Mountain pipeline feedback
A lesson in political strategy from Christy Clark to John Horgan
VSB escapes firing, gets audited
Concerns raised over 'Panada Bonds" issued by B.C. government
Education Minister says VSB more into 'playing politics' rather than education

Ottawa Observations: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene from Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Canadian Views on Brexit Vote

Bank of England's Carney signals interest rate cut in store
Tory leadership candidates make Brexit seem certain
S&P cuts rating on EU to double-A after Brexit
In wake of Brexit vote, a high-stakes financial race to replace London
U.K. leadership race in turmoil after Boris Johnson rules out bid to be PM
With Boris Johnson out, who will be Britain's next PM?
'It's not the country I know': British government responds to spike in hate crimes after Brexit
Jeremy Corbyn under fire for Israel, ISIS comments days after losing post-Brexit confidence vote
Unlike predecessors, Bank of England's Mark Carney goes public on Brexit plans

The Three Amigos Summit

Climate change announcements welcome news for Canada's ailing clean-tech sector
'Not flawless'" Five speechwriters rate Obama's historic address to Canada
As his time winds down, Obama draws rightful recognition
How softwood lumber interrupted Obama and Trudeau's bilateral bromance
No softwood lumber deal, as 'challenging but productive' talks drag on
Obama tells us what we want to hear, and Canadians love him for it

Court overturns Ottawa's approval of Northern Gateway pipeline
Canada to join arms trade treaty, but will not raise export controls
Ottawa vows strict regulation of recreational marijuana
Prohibit marijuana for Canadians under 25? How about a hit of reality
Northern Gateway defeat the latest legal rebuke to Harper legacy
Indigenous leaders cheer Northern Gateway decision
Canada expected to send troops to Latvia to deter Russia
A feminist force in politics, Nancy Ruth prepares her Senate swan song
Northern Gateway pipeline approval overturned
Richard Bain asked brother for directions to Metropolis before alleged murder, jury hears
Winners and losers already clear as a Canada Post strike or lockout draws near
Canada to send troops to Latvia for new NATO brigade
Canadian MPs ignore fundraising emails from Donald Trump
Nothing like a task force to guide us into the world of weed
Political parties are slowly dying
Trudeau's child benefit could cheat millions of families
Canada at 149: United, peaceful, free
Canada is living large today while dumping the costs on future generations
Liberal government launches task force to study legalization of marijuana
Canada to send troops to Latvia to bolster NATO forces in stand against potential aggression from Russia
China refusing to recognize Canadian citizenship of Travellers, Reports say

Voice of B.C. -- Behind the Smile

Former BC MLA and author Judy Tyabji joins host Vaughn Palmer to discuss her new book "Christy Clark: Behind the Smile"

June 30

Voice of BC - Behind the Smile from Voice of BC on Vimeo.

Suppliers reap $28 million as City increases spending in 2015

2015 proved to be a good year to do business with the City of Prince Rupert, with the city ramping up on its spending plans and the city's finance department delivering payments totalling close 29 million dollars to a range of suppliers both local and out of town.

The review of the City's spending was included as part of the Statement of Financial Information released this week by the City of Prince Rupert, a requirement of fiscal transparency that must be disclosed before the end of June each year.

This years documentation indicates that the City has shifted its focus when it comes to spending, that after a number of tough financial years that saw spending plans tightly reined in to under the 20 million dollar range.

The largest portion of the 2015 amount was destined for the Receiver General for Canada, with the RCMP receiving $3.2 million and the City's share of Payroll deductions coming to $1.2 million for the year.

The Municipal Finance Authority also received a payment of $1.3 million as part of the city's debenture debt. While the Commission of Municipal Superannuation received just over $1.1 million for the city's portion of pension requirements.

Beyond the payments to government agencies, the City's largest payments in 2015 included $4.1 million for Prince Rupert's Broadwater Industries and just over $2 million for Adventure Paving.

Coast Industrial Construction also made it to the million dollar list, with a payment of $1.1 for services in 2015.

There are 99 companies or organizations listed in this years review provided through the SOFI report, with sixteen of those listed as receiving more than 400,000 dollars for work or services provided.

Those listed between 400,000 and 1 million include:

First Canada  $860,186
BC Transit  $663,490
Valkyrie Law Group  $645,006
BC Hydro  $573,113
Stantec Consulting  $436,134
Manulife Financial 625,009
Northwest Fuels $464,566
Rupert Wood n Steel  $442,570
Eby and Sons $439,512

The remainder of those on the list received payments range from 25,000 to 400,000 dollars.

At close to 29 million in spending for 2015, the numbers make for almost a nine million dollar increase in spending from the report of 2014, when payments to Suppliers were listed at just a bit over 20 million dollars.

Two years has clearly made a difference when it comes to turning the financial tap back on at City Hall, by comparison to this years report, for the year end of 2013 payments to suppliers had totalled just under 17  million dollars.

You can review the full information provided as part of the Report from the City's Agenda for the Wednesday Special Council session, the listings can be found from pages 18 to 21.

The Statement of Financial Information will also be posted to the City's website here.

More items related to the City's Budget planning and financial notes can be found here.

Further background on the work of Prince Rupert City Council can be found on our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Final numbers for 2015 show $1.3 million in Community Grants distributed by the City

Five organizations made it into six figures when it comes to the City's Community Grants and contributions allocations for 2015, the final numbers for the year ended December 31st, 2015 were released this week as part of the City's Statement of Financial Information.

Leading the list is the Prince Rupert Library which accounted for close to half of the entire 1.3 million dollars that the city distributed as part of their 2015 listings.

The Library received $566,000 with an additional $9,000 directed towards the Prince Rupert Library Vested Benefit Accrual category.

Tourism Prince Rupert was next on the list of groups that benefitted from the city's financial assistance with the Hotel Tax delivering $210,769 to the organization, while the Visitor's Information Centre received $13,500 from the City.

The Prince Rupert Golf Society received two instalments of funding with the Society gaining $93,000 for its operational uses, while the capital requirements for the Society were assisted by funding of $49,861

The Museum of Northern British Columbia was the recipient of $110,000 while the Lester Centre of the Arts was on the receiving end of a $110,000 grant for 2015.

Fifteen other organizations shared varying amounts of grants and contributions for 2015.

The full list from the SOFI financial review can be examined below (click to enlarge).

The Community grant list is included in this year's SOFI report, you can review the full document from the Agenda for last night's Special Council session it begins on page 9.

Further items related to the City's finances and Budget planning can be reviewed here, while an overview of past discussion topics at City Council is available on our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene.

Education Minister's Top Aide Made Lucrative jump to Lobbyist During Teachers' strike
B.C. puts end to real estate self-regulation
Vancouver School Board rejects budget proposal by B.C. government
Research ties immigration to inflated house prices in B.C.
B.C. Ministry of Education ordered to disclose soil-contamination tests
Vancouver School Board rejects B.C. government plan to help balance budget
Most Independent schools in B.C. aren't 'elite', says Fraser Institute Report
'We are going to end the right of the B.C. real estate sector to self-regulate,' premier says
Potential Delta casino site identified: city council votes to move forward with proposal
B.C. privacy commissioner orders province to disclose soil contamination tests
Metro Vancouver mayors reject replacement of Massey Tunnel with 10 lane bridge
Close fisheries to save West Coast killer whales, says federal report
Atlas documents industrialization of Northern B.C. First Nations' territory
No justification for $3.5 billion Massey tunnel replacement bridge, Metro Vancouver Board says
Province failed the public by withholding water test results: Privacy Commissioner
Sihota says reluctance to go for jugular in last election deep-sixed  Dix, NDP
NDP propose task force on fraud and money laundering in Metro Vancouver housing market
Ships deployed from B.C. play vital role in stemming flow of cocaine to Mexican cartels
Main creditor for Banks Island Gold contemplates reopening Yellow Giant mine
Massey Tunnel replacement squeezed to ensure Premier gets hard hat moment
European campers snap up site in 'sold-out' B.C. parks
B.C. real estate loses self-governance as Christy Clark shakes up industry
Realtors policed selves and blew it; province takes back oversight
B.C. unveils tough new rules for real estate sector, ends self-regulation
Curbing real estate frenzy not easy
Tent city's days may be numbered
B.C. taking over regulation of real estate

Ottawa Observations: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene from Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Canadian Views on Brexit Vote

EU bursts Britain's bubble on Brexit talks, market access
Jeremy Corbyn and the populist heroes who don't know when to quit
We kicked around the working class. With Brexit, they're kicking back
Post-vote, Britain faces a crisis in trade negotiations
Unprepared for victory, pro-Brexit leaders struggle with the fallout
Best person to guide Britain through post-Brexit is already on the job
Scottish leader's plea to stay in EU draws mixed response in Brussels
Britons have no one to blame but themselves
Post-Brexit results: Is governing by referendum democratic?
The U.K. rejected one of humanity's greatest achievements
With Brexit, the burden falls on young Britons
'For heaven's sake man, go' Cameron tells Corbyn as Labour caucus revolts
Harry Smith: This is not the Britain I fought for

The Three Amigos Summit

Obama blasts Trump's anti-immigrant, protectionist rhetoric during summit
Highlights from Obama's speech in the House of Commons
Trudeau, Obama and Pena Nieto agree to emission-reduction goals at summit
Progress in North American relations depends on Obama's successor
Three Amigos say relations 'strong' amid rising protectionism, anti-immigrant sentiment
Obama defends progressive values in speech to Parliament
Barack Obama bids adieu to Canada with a few words for Donald Trump
The Three Amigos: Whistling past the graveyard?
What Trudeau, Obama and Pena Nieto  agreed on
Climate deal caps North American leaders' summit
Barack Obama brings down the House with final act in Canada
Obama receives 'extraordinary welcome' during speech to Parliament
Barack Obama's full speech to House of Commons
U.S. politics, free trade arrangements come to roost in Parliament
Three Amigos climate deal proves power of continental collaboration
NAFTA amigos should remember that people get fed up
Obama's failure will cost us billions
Scrapping Mexican visa a mistake
Three Amigos Summit touches on climate change, terrorists and butterflies
Amigos talk trade talk but don’t walk the walk
Trumps shadow looms over nation's capital as three leaders pledge to pursue 'common goal'
'We need more Canada', say Obama as he lauds 'extraordinary' alliance with U.S.
Obama, Trudeau: 'Significant differences remain' in summit softwood talks

Former Liberal official charged over alleged payments from SNC-Lavalin
'It has been a bumpy journey': Bombardier delivers first C series jet
Why Canada will go ahead with the LAV deal
Many communities are still waiting for results of 'sunny ways'
Stand with our allies on terror
Obama calls out Canada on defence spending in House of Commons speech
Time for  a Canadaexit from the monarchy? Republican groups sure think so
If Postal workers strike, would people even care?
Brexit no model for Quexit

At Issue Panel: Barack Obama's speech to Parliament

An archive of the At Issue features from the CBC's flagship News program The National.

 June 29: Barack Obama's speech to Parliament

City puts wrap on Financial info process with Special Council Session today

With Council set to take to its Summer Schedule of meetings, a timetable which will see only one session called per month through until the end of September, some last minute details are being put to rest for June when it comes to the City's Financial Information process.

Council has been called to a Special Session tonight at 5 PM to deal with a fairly short Agenda of work, the bulk of which is focused on receipt of two reports from the City's Financial Officer. 

The first dealing with the City's Financial Variances Report, the second asking for Council to approve the 2015 Statement of Financial Information.

The Variance Report can be found on page 4 of the Agenda package it reviews the current status of the city's Operating and Utility Budgets as well as the Capital Works and Capital works process while 

The City's 2015 Statement of Financial Information can be reviewed on page 9 of the Agenda. 

Earlier today, we provided a quick glimpse at the salary and expenses component of the Statement of Financial Information, you can review our notes on that topic here.

Council will also receive a report from the City's Director of Operations outlining the City's plan to seek out a Canada 150 Fund grant to be put towards rehabilitation of the Airport Ferry Ramp on the Fairview side of the harbour. 

(See page Page 3 of the Agenda Package)

The final item on the short agenda for the late afternoon will feature a report from the Corporate Administrator on the National Disaster Mitigation Program, with Council to hear of plans to seek a grant application towards funding  for a total of $450,000 for the first phase of a Tsunami Risk Assessment as part of the funding from the National Disaster Mitigation Program

(See page 51 of the Agenda Package)

For more items related to City Council Discussions see our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Salary and Expenses on the rise from Prince Rupert's 2015 SOFI review

The final element of the financial paperwork for the 2015 fiscal year has been delivered by the City's Finance Department, with the City of Prince Rupert providing details of its Statement of Financial information for 2015, a document that highlights just how the city allocates its financials each year.

The review which is usually delivered from mid to late June, provides a list of the salary and expenses from the city's elected officials, as well as the salary review for those employees of the City making over 75,000 per year.

This years data starts with a look at City Council members, providing the first overview of council's salary and expenses for a full year.

From this years report the total amount of remuneration and taxable benefits for the Mayor and six members of Council provided a total of $196,579.

Mayor Lee Brain tops the list
for pay when it comes to
elected officials at the City
The largest sum of that amount was collected by Mayor Lee Brain, who received $61,801 in remuneration along with a listing of $34,857 in expenses for 2015.

That marks a significant increase from the last full year numbers for the last year on Council for then Mayor Jack Mussallem.

The 2014 SOFI report noted that Mr. Mussallem had recorded a total of $40,762 in Salary and Taxable benefits, with expenses of $19,886 for his final year on Council in 2014.

The increase to the base salary for Mayor Brain came after City Council voted to make him a full time Mayor in May of 2015, that decision added to the previous Mayor's salary, with the funding for the pay bump of $17,000 allocated through the planning for major projects component of the City's Legacy Fund investments.

This years surge in travel expenses was addressed by Mayor Brain by way of a Facebook post, with the Mayor noting that 2015 required a large amount of travel related to LNG discussions, noting in his comments that the task required above average amount of participation in LNG related negotiations with the money taken from the Planning for Major projects budget.

In 2015 I traveled several times to meet with Ministers from both levels of government and proponents related to proposed developments. These additional expenses are taken from the Planning for Major Projects budget, money specifically set aside from the lease option on Lot 444, so that the taxpayers are not adversely impacted. -- Notes from Mayor Brain's facebook post on his expenses for 2015

The Mayor provided his travel itinerary for 2015 (click below) as a guideline to his work on behalf of the city, while noting how the $34,857 in expenses claimed had been divided. Advising that $22,991,28 was related to planning for Major Projects and $11,865,26 pertained to City Operations.

There was no further breakdown of the expenses listed related to those two categories.

As for the figures for the six City Council members, there was little change in their pay package for the most part, with each earning the base salary of 13,947, a figure up slightly from their salaries of 13,180 recorded in 2014.

Councillor Niesh claimed the highest amount of expenses on the year at $4,914, while Councillor Thorkelson held the charges down to but $302 for 2015.

City Manager Robert Long is the top
paid employee with the City
City staff paycheques increased in a number of areas as well, led by City Manager Robert Long who claims the top spot in this years listings, with Remuneration and  Taxable benefits of $254,797, and combined expenses of $26,846 from 2015.

Mr. Long's salary makes for a $63,499 dollar increase from the numbers reported in last years annual review.

Among some of the other more prominent of City staff positions the upper management ranks look like this.

The City's Financial Officer Corrine Bomben received $155,759 in remuneration and Taxable Benefits, with combined expenses of $11,422 for 2015. That also is an increase in salary for the year, compared to the numbers from last year which set the CFO's salary at $121,877.

Corporate Administrator Rory Mandryk remains just below the 100,000 mark for 2015, with a salary of $98,913 making for only a $4,000 dollar increase from last year while his  expenses for 2015 came to $3,378

City Planner Zeno Krekic received remuneration and Taxable benefits of $127,721 for the year, with $726 in expenses. That marks a 13,000 dollar increase from the 2014 salary listing of 114,690

Willa Thorpe, The City's Director of Recreation and Community Services is listed as receiving $101,654 in remuneration and taxable benefits, with expenses of $1,222 in 2015

The remainder of the list that makes up the SOFI report consists of those Civic workers making over 75,000 dollars in 2015.

Fifty-two of the Two hundred and eight employees of the city are included in the review for the year of those making over 75,000 for 2015, a number which when combined with those employees making under $75,000, brings the total employee remuneration package of $13,575,579.

The breakdown of that total number finds $5,662,627 directed for those making over the 75,000 mark, $7,767,470 towards those under $75,000, with the remainder taken from the remuneration for Council members.

The list of 52 from the SOFI report for 2015 adds an additional three names of those collecting over 75,000 dollars from the numbers of last year which found 49 on the civic payroll above the 75,000 dollar mark.

The incremental increases indicate continue growth on the top end of the pay scale at the city, the numbers from 2013 when it was noted that 45 civic employees were making over $75,000.

The largest contingent that makes up the list comes from the Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue Department, with 19 firefighters and three dispatchers listed in the 2015 report, of that number, thirteen are members of the over $100,000 dollar club.

When it comes to the other thirty employees listed for 2015, sixteen take their place in the over $100,000 club.

The City of Prince Rupert also has a contract policing agreement with the RCMP, a glimpse into the financial commitment required for that can be found on the Schedule of Suppliers of Goods and Services which lists $3,285,272 directed towards the Receiver General for Canada for RCMP E Division.

The full document is available as part of the City's Agenda package for a Special Regular council session for later today at 5PM, the SOFI report begins on page 9 of the Agenda.

Once approved the document will be available on the City's Financial Statements page.

For more items related to City Council Discussions, see our archive page here.

As well our City archive page provides an overview of a range of items associated with City Operations and issues, you can seek out further background here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Horizon North work camp parking changes proposal to head to public notification

Discussion on a work camp on
Wantage Road was part of
Monday night's Council Agenda
While the news of late hasn't been particularly positive when it comes to the progress for major projects in the region, with the Canpotex project abandoned and ongoing delays in LNG development prominent, Council remains optimistic and is continuing on with its plans for the foundation of that major growth.

One area which was addressed on Monday evening was the concept of the accommodations camp proposed for Wantage Road on the site of the old trailer park in the area, that site has been identified by the Horizon North group as a location for 160 unit housing camp.

Monday Council considered a request to reduce the required number of parking spots for the proposed camp from 168 to 110, with Horizon North providing documentation that suggests a number of the workers that would make use of the camp would not be using personal vehicles during their stay in the community.

A parcel of land behind the Lester
Centre of the Arts is the proposed
location for a work camp in the city
City Planner Zeno Krekic provided the full overview of the proposed reduction, calling attention to camps that Horizon North operate in Alberta and some of their findings from patterns of use in those locations.

Council members had a few questions on those themes, with Councillor Mirau asking for clarification on some of the ratios that the City Planner had outlined for the proposed camp.

Councillor Cunningham noted that his only concern was what might happen if there was a reversal of projections on the amount of vehicle traffic that the site might generate.

The process now moves toward public notification, Mayor Brain noted as part of the discussion that there were no residential areas located in the immediate vicinity of the site that would require public notification, with Mr. Krekic outlining that the Lester Centre and the Golf Course are the main neighbours for the camp location.

When  the Horizon North projects for the community were first proposed in 2014, there was significant interest and some opposition from the community related to the second phase of the project that would see the old dump location turned into a much larger camp, which could host over 2500 workers.

The Wantage Road version near the Lester Centre is the section of land that Horizon North had previously identified as a Lay Down area in anticipation of the larger development, the city signed a lease with the company for the land in the fall of 2015.

Some background on the proposed development can be found from Monday's Council agenda here, starting at page 23.

Some past background on the Horizon North proposal can be found below

October 2015 -- City of Prince Rupert moving forward with leasing plans with Horizon North for property along Wantage Road
October 2014 -- Council pushes ahead with Work Camp plans for Wantage Road, despite rough reception at Public Hearing

You can review the presentation and discussion on the theme from the City's Video Archive, it starts at the 11 minute mark and runs for about eight minutes.

For more items related to Monday's Council session see our Council Timeline Feature here.

Further background on Council issues and discussions can be found on our archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Few questions for Council on 2015 Annual Report

Only one resident of the city had
questions for Council on Monday as
part of a review of the City's
2015 Annual Report

The public had its final opportunity to offer up some thoughts on the city's Annual Report for 2015, as City Council opened the floor to commentary as part of Monday's Committee of the Whole session.

With two weeks to review the document, only one resident took to the microphone on Monday with questions or suggestions for Council related to the preparation of the annual document that highlights the City's achievements and work in 2015.

The session began with a short review by the City's Communication Manager Veronkia Stewart who outlined the process required to adopt the report, followed by the public comment opportunity.

Larry Golden, a frequent speaker at Committee of the Whole public comment sessions put some of his focus on the area of the CityWest financials that were included in the report, seeking clarification on the financial benefit that was delivered to the city by the communication company, asking whether that was considered a dividend or loan repayment for the City.

The City's Financial Officer Corrine Bomben provided some background on the CityWest content of the Report, noting that this year there will be a loan repayment by the communication company, confirming for Mr. Golden that the money coming in is not considered a dividend.

Mr. Golden also had questions and comments related to pay parking in the city and offered up some suggestions for Council to consider for the future.

Noting the main approach of the Annual Report is one of basic financial information, with little in the way of a more comprehensive review of such areas as the number of residents making use of the city's recreation facilities, or a wider overview of the crime statistic notes from the City's RCMP detachment.

Towards those themes, Mr. Golden suggested that the City should return to the days of having officials from such areas as the Recreation Department, RCMP detachment and Fire Department provide a public review of their departments at Council sessions, where questions could be asked and more information shared with the public.

Following those observations and with no other residents weighing in with any comments City Council later voted to approve the 2015 Annual Report.

You can examine the full document here.

You can review the nine minutes or so of conversation related to the Annual Report from the City's Video Archive, it begins at the opening of the Monday night session.

For more items related to Monday's Council session see our Timeline feature here.

Further background on City Council issues can be found on the our Archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene.

B.C. panel calls for fines, more transparency in real estate industry
More collisions recorded on B.C. highways with raised speed limits
Vancouver School Board waits on last-minute budget proposal
Good journalism exposed the B.C. real estate industry's issues
B.C. real estate report calls for major increase to fines for misconduct
Five things you need to know about Tuesday's B.C. real estate report
B.C. First Nations in Ottawa to demand progress on commercial fishery
B.C. to roll back speed limits on two highways after increase in crashes
Students fight to save their high school amid budget showdown
Future of tent city uncertain as judge considers arguments
'Bold action' on housing less than bold
Crash rates rise on  nearly half of highways with speed boosts
Raising wages won't be enough
Have higher speed limits made B.C. roads more dangerous?
B.C. looking for Massey Bridge builder
Bridge to replace George Massey Tunnel linked to prospective casino in Delta
B.C. premier Christy Clark once thought it was a dumb idea to send a kid to private school

Ottawa Observations: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene from Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Canadian Views on Brexit Vote

European Union leaders call for a quick divorce for Britain
Brexit holds warnings and opportunity for Canada
Brexit a chance for North American leaders to champion NAFTA
Scotland to lobby EU on remaining in bloc
Boris says Brexit will be a breeze. Really?
No Brexit stage left for Corbyn
Brexit fallout gives Canada a peek at what could have happened in 1995
Does Brexit mean exit for Canadian Mark Carney at Bank of England?

The Three Amigos Summit

Leaders toast to 'enduring friendship' at state dinner for Pena Nieto
Renewed relations take centre stage during Mexico's state visit
Three Amigos summit will highlight the virtues of free trade, Trudeau says
In Ottawa, it's the day of the Two Amigos
Three Amigos need to have hard conversations about NAFTA
Last chance to wave goodbye to U.S. President Barack Obama in Ottawa
Canada drops Mexican visa requirement, Mexico lifts beef ban
Donald Trump's anti-Mexican talk offensive, worrisome, Mexican official says
Beef industry celebrates 'symbolic' re-opening of Mexican market
Trudeau looks for reset with Mexico, leadership role with Americas
Canada to lift visa for Mexican visitors in deal before Three Amigos summit
As Three Amigos meet, unfinished trade business
Reality Check: Canada has 'no appetite to scrap trade,' despite NAFTA poll
Trudeau, Mexican president stand up for free trade, take shots at Trump-style protectionism

Budget watchdog warns of deteriorating provincial finances
Moderate conservatives are in a quandry
Public service unions go to court over federal payroll problems
Provinces and cities racking up debt at unsustainable rate: PBO report
CSIS locks horns with diplomats over anti-terror info sharing
Provinces studying terms of reference for inquiry on missing, murdered Indigenous women
Air Canada, Bombardier finalize deal for at least 45 CSeries jets
'No Foul play' found in deaths of dozens of Indigenous women, but questions remain
Canada chastises Palestinian president for accusing Israel of poisoning well water
Canada to drop visa requirements for Mexicans this year while Mexico will allow Canadian beef imports
‘Basically Trudeau fan fiction’: Prime Minister joins the Marvel Comics universe in August

Prince Rupert job opportunity focuses on City's Planning Department

The City of Prince Rupert is on the hunt for some upper management help this July, seeking applications for the position of City Planner 1, a career opportunity that appears to be focused on the prospect of progress on major projects beginning to take place.

The position features responsibilities related to the processing of development and building permit applications and offering urban design, planning, as well as residential and commercial bylaw advice to the public, city staff and applicants.

Skills in managing, motivating, developing and mentoring a team are also high on the list for the City, as well as the ability to work in a changing environment while delivering complex projects on time and on budget.

The full range of responsibilities and qualifications can be reviewed here.

The City is seeking someone with two to five years of municipal planning experience or equivalent for the position. The deadline for those interested in the opportunity is July 18th.

Currently the City's Planning Department is led by Zeno Krekic who has helped to steer a number of the city's recent initiatives when it comes to major project planning.  There is no indication on the city's website if the advertised position is a new addition for City staff, or if the current City Planner is moving into a different role with city, or is destined for other opportunities elsewhere.

More background on past employment and labour notes with from the City can be found on our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

CEAA restarts clock on Pacific NorthWest LNG project, destined for a late September deadline

The Pacific NorthWest LNG project
is back on the clock at the CEAA
The frequently paused process of review for the proposed 11 billion dollar LNG terminal at Lelu Island is back on again, as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency restarted the clock on its work related to the project.

June 27, 2016 - The proponent has submitted its final response to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) in relation to the March 18, 2016 information request. The Agency has determined that the proponent's final response satisfies the information request. The legislated timeline for the project, including a three-month extension granted by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has resumed.

The CEAA announced the resumption of the review process yesterday, it had been put on pause after the federal agency requested further information from the proponent related to the site development plans for the suspension bridge aspect of the project.

In it's submission to the federal agency on June 17th, Pacific NorthWest LNG responded with a range of revisions to Potential conditions, with aspects related to consultation with Aboriginal groups key to the majority of the observations listed, along with observations listed on themes of air and marine management issues.

Included in the overview is commentary related to mitigation measures during the construction phase of the terminal project designed to reduce impacts on marine life in the terminal location.

You can review the background information related to the revisions here.

With the process underway again and a three month extension to the process put in place by the Minister of the Environment, the new target date now shifts to mid to late September for a hand off of the file to Minister Catherine McKenna, who will take the project to the Federal cabinet for final approval.

Some media notes on the resumption of the Environmental review can be found below:

Canada resumes environmental review of Petronas-led LNG project
CEAA resumes review of Pacific NorthWest plans
Petronas LNG Bid Faces 90 Day Wait as Clock ticks for Trudeau
90 days left for Pacific NorthWest LNG environmental review
90 day clock begins on Pacific NorthWest LNG review

While the regulatory work continues towards that September deadline, Pacific NorthWest LNG is looking to add on to its head office roster, posting a career opportunity for a Legal Counsel to work in the field of Regulatory and First Nations aspects of the proposed development.

More background on the Pacific NorthWest proposal can be found on our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Monday, June 27, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Monday, June 27, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene.

'We Can Do Better': Residents, Advocates Fight for Victoria Tent City
A Long, Desperate Search for Mental Health Services in B.C.
B.C. panel to urge tougher real estate oversight
B.C. NDP pledges to raise minimum wage to $15 if elected
Christy Clark spoke on ancestral remains without Haida input: curator
B.C. to explore Vancouver vacancy tax, but no commitment yet
B.C. makes second bid to evict Victoria courthouse homeless campers
Chinese bank claims fugitive bought luxury B.C. real estate
Mayor Gregor Robertson meets with B.C. Finance Minister to discuss empty home tax
NDP government would demand independent review of Site C
B.C. Liberals call for Elections Act probe into NDP union donation
Clark, Horgan face political showdown over $15 minimum wage
Province back in court, looking to start moving campers out of tent city
B.C. makes second bid to evict homeless campers at Victoria courthouse
Vancouver school board has last chance to adopt budget or members get fired
Geothermal energy going unused in B.C.

Ottawa Observations: Monday, June 27, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene from Monday, June 27, 2016.

Canadian Views on Brexit Vote

Path to Brexit littered with uncertainty
Xenophobic incidents rise in U.K. after Brexit vote
Brexit: How dare they vote to leave
Brexit sell-off batters global stocks
How to fix the U.K.'s economic woes? Easy. Join the EU
Why Canadian banks are getting hit hard by Brexit
Post-Brexit attention shifts to U.K.'s trade options
S&P strips U.K. of last top-notch credit rating after Brexit
Osborne scrambles to calm markets, but warns U.K. will be hit
In aftermath of Brexit vote, U.K. wrestles with next steps
Britain stuck in political vacuum as post-referendum chaos reigns
Canada's relationship with UK is special
Brexit a tale of tragedy and farce
Britain drifts rudderless amid growing sense no-one is in charge in England after Brexit vote
Voters need to be sold on the merits of open borders, not have free trade foisted on them

The Three Amigos Summit

Where's the feminist foreign policy at the Three Amigos summit?
Official dinner for Mexican president to include celebrities, prominent business figures as guests
Rideau Hall chef cooking up a coast-to-coast dinner for Three Amigos summit
Refugee system reform at risk as asylum numbers keep climbing: report
North American leaders to set clean energy target, discuss Brexit cushion
Three Amigos challenged by rising U.S. protectionism
Three Amigos Summit what to expect this week
Obama, Nieto and Trudeau will gather in the shadow of Brexit
U.S., Mexico to source 50% of electricity from clean energy by 2025
Trudeau, Pena Nieto celebrate renewed friendship at official dinner in Toronto
Three Amigos talks: Canada pushing Mexico to fully reopen beef market
Three Amigos talks: Support NAFTA weak among Canadians ahead of summit, poll says
Mexican president, Trudeau aim to renew 'bilateral relationship'
North American leaders to sign clean energy pact
Three Amigos Summit: 5 things you should know
Mexico is massacring its citizens and nobody seems to have noticed
Three Amigos expected to make some real deals on energy, tout North American trade

Manitoba pushing for more changes to CPP deal
CETA on track for ratification before U.K. leaves EU, minister says
Northerners don't pay taxes? Federal minister backtracks on remark
Assisted-dying legislation faces new legal challenge in B.C.
Indigenous Affairs, Public Safety pass buck on border-straddling First Nations
Canada Post takes hard line on job action
Canada takes the lead in raising funds for Iraq
Brexit makes case for Canadian election referendum
CPP increases unlikely to boost retirement savings
Canada’s ragged reserves have too few vehicles, little ammo and now, no radios