Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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

Province dealing with rat infestation at Victoria's former tent city site
First Nation Protestors Rally for Fish Farm Evictions
Clark's Medal of Good Citizenship Cloaked in Secrecy
B.C. environmental law group criticizes federal approach to climate change
Abrupt Vancouver school closure leaves students, staff, faculty in dark
The motivation behind Vancouver's foreign tax is pure political survival
B.C. disability rates go up September 1
Mayors will vote on province-wide registry for dangerous dogs
B.C. schools need more money and more support: BCTF
Rodent infestation at former Victoria tent city
B.C. NDP to lose MLA Maurine Karagianis to retirement
Keeping ICBC rates under control
NDP can afford promise to replace Surrey portables
B.C. government coughs up $20 million for school repairs
Rat infestation delays remediation of Victoria courthouse lawn
Cutting bus pass a miserly move
NDP MLA Karagianis won't run in 2017 BC election
Another 'fix-it' fund as B. C. schools reopen
A close look at the B.C. NDP, Liberal and Green plans for a higher minimum wage
Premier Clark won't run in Vancouver in next provincial election

Ottawa Observations: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

The Prime Minister in China 

Canadian ambassador criticizes Chinese President during Trudeau trip
Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire and daughter Ella-Grace at the Great Wall of China
Justin Trudeau's official gifts to China a nod to his father
Want to follow along with Justin Trudeau while he's in China? Download Weibo
Trudeau and Chinese premier explore possible free trade deal
Canada's worship of Norman Bethune misguided
We saw the real China in the scowl
Chinese going 'out of their way to welcome Trudeau' as AIIB announcement signals rapprochement
Canada set to open new visa offices in China

Economy posts worst quarter since financial crisis on wildfire hit
Justin Trudeau debuts on Marvel cover with Canadian superheroes, Iron Man
MP Candice Bergen mulling Conservative leadership bid
Minister Jean-Yves Duclos caught in dispute to paint rusted Quebec Bridge
Ottawa sends fact-finding mission to Mali to study peacekeeping operations
Hehr vows 'relatively timely' action on homeless veteran strategy
Marion Buller, head of MMIW inquiry, say's 'don't expect to hear from us right away'
Finding the democratic forest among the reform trees
Syria, ISIS must be held to account for chemical weapons use, says Dion
Wiring at 24 Sussex Drive posed 'major life safety risk,' says 2011 report
Why Canada's economy was so 'ugly' in the second quarter
Liberals face stark choices on Canada Post
Harjit Sajjan wants to do homework first, then pick a UN mission later
Ancient wiring at 24 Sussex Drive put Harper and family at risk, report says
Trudeau trying to spend Canada rich
Trudeau fiddles, Canada burns
DND sex-abuse response centre missing calls because of limited hours
Canada trade deal faces the lawyers: Germany builds its case against CETA with 70 bankers' boxes

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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

Should B.C. search and rescue crews be paid?
To win, the NDP Must Break with 'Underdog Socialism'
B.C. surgery's practice of billing challenged by Health Ministry
B.C. bylaw results in 'sidewalk to nowhere'
NDP promises to rid Surrey schools of portables within 4 years
B.C. considers getting rid of traditional report card
Sudden ESL school closure the result of legal loophole: NDP
'Completely false' that B.C. schools are underfunded: Education Minister
B.C. sets sights on clean tech, digital media to create jobs for next generation
NDP Leader John Horgan offers fix to Surrey school district's portable problem
Touring NDP forum hears seniors 'are not just patients' in B.C.
B.C. school enrolment up for second year

Ottawa Observations: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

The Prime Minister in China 

Trudeau shows readiness to bolster ties by joining Chinese-led bank
PM offers to help Beijing reshape its role on the world stage
Trudeau touches on trade, human rights in call for 'new era' with China
Canada, China agree to extension in canola dispute, says Trudeau
Trudeau touts Canada's agricultural safety amid China dispute
4 reasons you should care about canola's role in Canada-China relations
Your primer on Justin Trudeau's visit to China
In the first hours of his week-long visit to China, Justin Trudeau hears a lot about his dad
Trudeau opens Canada's door wider to China and exploratory talks on free trade
Canada-China agree to extension in canola 'dockage' dispute: Trudeau

Assembly of First Nations urges Canada to invest in safe drinking water
Canada Post, workers' union reach tentative deals to avoid job action
Feds studying work leave for domestic violence victims in Manitoba, Ontario
Ottawa promotes increase in student grants in time for back to school
Canadian Armed Forces see spike in sexual misconduct complaints
30 Canadian Forces members punished for sexual misconduct, 97 cases ongoing
Canada Post reaches tentative deal with union, averting job action
Justice Canada quietly seeks input on how federal judges are disciplined
Senator deletes Twitter account after bike lane rant
The rose-tinted Liberal reminiscence of blue-helmets contains bomb-crater-sized holes
MP Erin O'Toole quickly emerging as preferred leadership hopeful for many Conservatives
Ordinary citizens must get more say in disciplining judges, legal ethics group says

Monday, August 29, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Monday, August 29, 2016

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

Seattle offers lessons in helping renters
B.C.'s Police Complaint Commissioner concerned about carding in Vancouver
British Columbia to see new real estate head this fall
Complaints against police up in B.C. but substantiated allegations down
High water temperatures cause B.C. government to close some rivers to fishing
Premier Clark has spent nearly $1 million on photography
Liberals looking at foreign workers for B.C. liquefied gas projects

Ottawa Observations: Monday, August 29, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Monday, August 29, 2016.

The Prime Minister in China 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lands in China for first official visit
Trudeau visits China: 6 things to watch
Justin Trudeau turns to Weibo and WeChat to reach Chinese audience
Trudeau must sleep with a different elephant than his father did
How to ask China about human rights: Dos and don'ts for Trudeau
Trudeau can't skip tough issues in 'reset' with China
Trudeau leaves on first official visit to China
Canadian support for China free-trade deal growing: poll
What Trudeau wants and risks with visit to China this week
Trade deal with China? Six key facts for Trudeau to consider
What Trudeau should do in China
Paul Martin, architect of the G20, has advice for Justin Trudeau as he heads to China
Seven things you need to know about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to China
Trudeau's China trip sparks Fears of Bad Deal for Workers
China sees 'new opportunity' with Justin Trudeau in charge
Justin Trudeau hopes to reset relations with China on first official visit
How Trudeau's visit to China could help the case of a Canadian jailed for spying

Harper's legacy may be short-lived
Farewell Stephen Harper, master of attack ads
Empty glasses, empty promises to Canada's First Nations
The Health Minister made an honest mistake. Let's move on
I tweeted about Harper: Then the twitter bots attacked
Citizenship only requirement to vote, say two expatriates denied ballots
Michelle Rempel says comedian 'triggered' her with photo showing him as Harper in Hill closet
Canada Post, union extend mediation another 24 hours
Death, bankruptcy and longer wait times: Ottawa warned about more private health care
Chinese TV star accuses Canada's tourism agency of censoring him
Statistics Canada celebrates 'best census since 1666'
Proportional voting might have spared the West the National Energy Program: Ed Broadbent
New CETA envoy's background 'raises serious questions,' Conservative MP says
Canada's return to peackeeping could cost less thanks to UN reimbursements
Trudeau ends Harper's tradition of attending Arctic military exercise
NEB cancels 2 days of Energy East hearings in Montreal after 'violent disruption'
Ottawa and its Alberta problem: Federal government keeps a close eye on province's economy
Private sponsors given choice of swapping delayed Syrian refugees for others
Postal workers delay possible job action for 24 hours
Eastern Premiers, New England governors meeting focuses on energy
Will Canada send troops where angels fear to tread?
Have some cheese with that whine
National vote needed to change election system
Please Advise! Why is Trudeau Everywhere This Summer?
Tories ask for emergency meeting on Canada Pension Plan

Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer Sabbatical time

The Dog Days of Summer have arrived and the only solution to the condition is to take it to the highway!

It's  time for the annual summer break, so we'll be shutting down the new content for the blog through the rest of August, with plans to return to our efforts in a couple of weeks or so.

With our sabbatical, updates for many of our features that require attention on an ongoing basis will be in hibernation for that period.  

We'll play a bit of catch up upon our return, filling in the gaps as best we can.

Feel free to wander through the various topics listed on the right hand column, you may find some items of interest that you may have missed when they first came out.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Saturday/Sunday, August 13 and 14, 2016

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

B.C.'s profound moral failure on disability rates
Death to the single family home for a more livable Vancouver says UBC professor
Unpaid ICBC claims could lead to increase in rates, says B.C. NDP
Pressure is on Christy clark as overdose death-toll rises
New research will help salmon
B.C. Liberals failing on housing policy
Three principles to create better schools
Surrey mother talks to IIO about son's death

Ottawa Observations: Saturday/Sunday, August 13 & 14, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Saturday/Sunday, August 13 and 14, 2016.

B.C. mother of abducted children feels Trudeau has failed her
Trudeau's apology to sexual minorities is welcome, but many await action
Mike Duffy's lawyer, Donald Bayne, dissects his defence strategy
Canadian auto parts makers urge Ottawa revamp funding
The Liberals promised peacekeeping, but it's not 1957 anymore
Justin Trudeau's turn to lead in a time of terror
Canada preparing for all outcomes of U. S. election
Document compares CBC, BBC as Liberals review public broadcaster
Liberals put on the spot by Streit sales in South Sudan and Libya
Liberal cabinet minister Dominic Leblanc loses control of website
Is the Green Party ready for life after Elizabeth May
Closure of RCMP bomb data centre lamented by police
Foreign workers are being exploited to grow medical marijuana here
Yazidi crisis must be handled prudently
U.S. discontent with NAFTA hangs over Canadian auto talks
Liberals to announce details of anti-terror program aimed at curbing radicalization
Logistics woes could strain military deployments
Liberals will use Canada's relative serenity to lure trade, investment
Trudeau's confused reconciliation agenda
Apologies to First Peoples a crucial reconciliation step
First NDP, now Greens - the left is toast and Trudeau rules all
Sen. Mike Duffy and his middle finger salute
It's time to jail terrorists, says Tory leadership candidate Tony Clement
Canada's counter-radicalization efforts have 'little national coherence,' Public Safety minister says
'I cried': mother of Calgary man who dies in Syria fighting with ISIL says government failed Aaron Driver
Thousands of criminals could be released because of clogged courtrooms, delays: Senate report

Friday, August 12, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Friday, August 12, 2016

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

Fences surround Victoria homeless camp as facility officially closed
Christy Clark visits Ahousaht for economic agreement, emergency preparedness funding
Vancouver Transit Police warned of threat prior to foiled Ontario terror attack
Lower Fraser ban on salmon fishing hits sport fishery hard
Golf carts to be allowed on roads in 2 B.C. towns
Final goodbye to tent city, ramshackle Victoria B.C. camp dismantled
Feds face B.C. pressure over temporary foreign worker program
Children's lawyer will help B.C.'s most vulnerable kids, Turpel-Lafond says
B.C. minister 'proud' of past opposition to $9-billion megaproject
Restoring salmon abundance must be priority
It's official tent city is closed; now, rebuild starts
Fishery shutdown sparks outcry from anglers
Court reforms are needed
B.C. citizenship medal goes to rescuers who helped in Tofino whale-watching disaster
Banks Island miners face 18 pollution charges
We should all be concerned about ogling for profit in Vancouver's Downtown east side

Ottawa Observations: Friday, August 12, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Friday, August 12, 2016

Southern Ontario Terror incident

Ontario community questions RCMP's handling of terror case
Court delays could result in release of thousands of criminals: Senate report
The limits of peace bonds as an anti-terror tool
Aaron Driver was turning his life around and 'seemed happy' older brother says
It's folly to assume Canada is immune to terrorism
Canada needs to fight ISIS hard
Bill C-51 played a part in thwarting Driver's attack
Driver case will focus Liberal fixes to anti-terror law
The real test will come when our luck runs out

The power of an apology
For the countless Canadians humiliated by anti-gay policies, healing can - finally - begin
Thousands of young Canadians seek spot on Trudeau youth council
John McCallum wants to 'substantially increase' immigration to fill Canada's labour needs
Phoenix payroll debacle causing 'significant stress' and staffing challenges for coast guard
Air passengers with complaints urged to contact Canadian Transportation Agency
Indigenous people overrepresented in justice system a 'sad reality': Jody Wilson-Raybould
Elizabeth May could quit as Green Party leader this month
DND move into 'Pentagon North' at Nortel campus faces another delay
Site C 'Running roughshod' over Indigenous rights, Wilson-Raybould Said in 2012
B.C. minister 'proud' of past opposition to $9-billion megaproject

Saskatchewan farmers, government officials have concerns on transportation and labour issues at Prince Rupert terminal

Saskatchewan farmers and government
officials are keeping an eye on
transportation and labour issues related
to the transportation of grain this fall
Farmers across Canada's western provinces face any number of challenges when it comes to bring in the crops and get them to market. From drought to sudden rain and wind issues to transportation bottle necks the shift from growing season to shipment time is  now on the radar for provincial officials in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.

For the Saskatchewan government the ability of Canadian National and Canadian Pacific to get grain and other crops to port facilities on the west coast is once again capturing some of their focus.

In a number of media opportunities over the last few days, Saskatchewan's Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart offered up some thoughts on the stresses that the rail system has faced in the past, noting that with a strong crop year on track for shipment for this fall, Canada's transportation system will need to be at peak efficiency to get the crop to shipment terminals.

Both railways have offered up their reassurances to the Saskatchewan government that they are more than ready to accept and deliver the anticipated large volumes that could be on the way for this fall.

Grain Cars on a siding at the Prince Rupert waterfront 

Stewart also noted that he's keeping an eye on potential labour troubles at the Port of Prince Rupert, observing that there is the potential for a labour disruption on the North Coast heading into the fall.

In comments to a Saskatoon based news site, the Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister noted that Saskatchewan officials had received information that employees on the North Coast had provided their union with a strike mandate to back contract talks.

With the need to ship crops to world markets without any lengthy delays, the Saskatchewan agriculture minister is already encouraging the Federal Government to consider back to work legislation, just in case the worst case scenario of a west coast port shutdown should come to pass.

Some of the concerns over the shipment of crops from Saskatchewan to terminals on the west coast can be found below:

August 11 -- Saskatchewan warns railways to be ready to transport larger-than-average crop
August 11 -- Rail companies say they're ready for large grain crop
August 10 -- Ag Minister Stewart warning feds, grain companies, railways to get ready for above-average crop

Some of our past notes on CN operations on the North Coast can be found here, while more background on items of interest from Prince Rupert Grain can be reviewed on our archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

No extension planned for Pacific NorthWest LNG CEAA review

The target is still mid October for the
CEAA Report on the proposed
Pacific NorthWest LNG
Terminal at Lelu Island

(artist visual from
Pacific NW LNG website
October will remain the target for delivery for the highly anticipated CEAA report on the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal proposal, as the Federal environmental review agency has reportedly informed two groups requesting more time that there will be no extension provided towards delivering their findings.

The Globe and Mail reported the latest development in the Pacific NorthWest LNG review process on Wednesday, noting that the federal review agency had advised the Gitanyow First Nation and former Lax Kw'alaams Mayor Garry Reece that they were holding to their schedule with the report to be handed off to the Federal Cabinet by mid October.

 In the same article Globe and Mail reporter Brent Jang observed that the CEAA had offered assurances that the proposed Terminal project would not ruin the salmon catches of British Columbia Aboriginals who fish upstream on the Skeena River.

The full article can be reviewed here.

It was the second Globe article in recent which weeks which indicated that the proposed terminal posed a low risk to B.C's salmon habitat, with this July 28th item outlining the background to a submission from the Department of Oceans and Fisheries on the theme of impact on fish.

With the finish line in sight for the lengthy review process that has marked the timeline of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, once the report is delivered to the Federal Cabinet the Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau, the Federal government will then provide their decision on the major industrial proposal for the North Coast.

That however won't be the final word on whether the project moves forward or faces further delay.

As we noted on the blog earlier this month, officials from Petronas energy, the Malaysian parent company of Pacific NorthWest LNG confirmed recent rumours that they will be conducting their own review of all the components of the proposed development, once that Federal decision has been delivered.

You can review the many twists and turns on the story that has dominated the North Coast's imagination from our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Thursday, August 11, 2016

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

Penticton Motel transforming to affordable housing complex
How Vancouver's Housing Segregation became Policy: A 2040 look back
Site C 'Running Roughshod' over Indigenous Rights, Wilson-Rabould said
Data collected by B.C. likely overstate role of foreign buyers: economist
Financial fault lines: The earthquake risk of Vancouver's condo boom
Cyclospora outbreak may be linked to imported produce, says Canadian health officials
Province falling short of goal to create 500 new beds, NDP says
DFO shutting down all salmon sports fishing on lower Fraser to protect sockeye
B.C.'s political parties settling on campaign staff for 2017 election
B.C. housing fix is a muddle
Why B.C. Hydro must halt construction of the Site C dam
Career paths: B. C. political leaders' #Firstsevenjobs
Without party ideology, we lack leadership
Decision could change Wild Salmon
Removal of structures in Victoria's Tent City almost done
Province won't rush remaining tent city residents to move
B.C. Trade Minister Teresa Wat is confident economy will ride out shock of 15 percent Vancouver foreign buyers tax

Ottawa Observations: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Thursday, August 11, 2016

Southern Ontario Terror incident

Foiled threat in Strathroy, Ont., shows limits of controlling aspiring terrorists
Fighting terrorism in Canada: Five questions from the Driver case
'I wanted to die myself,' says father of Aaron Driver
Foiled attack raises questions about value of peace bonds
Aaron Driver, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, was planning 'imminent' attack, police say
Aaron Driver's neighbours heard 'scary' bangs, yelling before ISIS sympathizer killed
RCMP, FBI combine to stop terror attack in Ontario
Aaron Driver lost mother at early age, moved frequently
'I first spoke to Aaron Driver in February 2015'
RCMP deserve thanks for quick action on terror threat
Strathroy residents on terror suspect takedown in Ontario
Islamic terror with a Canadian face
There could be dozens more jihadists like Aaron Driver
Cross border teamwork key to nabbing would-be terrorists
Time for Canada to expect the unexpected
What Aaron told me: An expert in extremism shares his conversations with the terror suspect
Full text of slain terror suspect Aaron Driver's pro-ISIL video
What are peace bonds, and why did the counterterrorism tool fail in the case of Aaron Driver?
It's too tempting to diminish the threat of homegrown terror
Aaron Driver: A timeline of his suspected terrorist support
Aaron Driver: The terror suspect's path to radicalization
Aaron Driver: Canada won't be lucky forever, terror experts warn

Justin Trudeau to apologize for historic persecution of gay Canadians
Canola dispute threatens to overshadow Trudeau's trip to China
Chief Justice sounds alarm over Supreme Court vacancy
Health Canada to allow safety testing of medical marijuana
Federal officials examining root causes of payroll problems
Where's the 'balance' among Tory leadership contenders?
Liberal government needs to address Canada's military actions in Afghanistan
Beverly McLachlin calls on Ottawa to solve 'perpetual crisis' of judicial vacancies
Conservatives list Trudeau as 'missing' in milk carton campaign
Automation of EI claims created longer wait times: report
Hundreds more public servants come forward with Phoenix pay problems, government says
Canadian firm shipped armoured cars to lawless Libya despite UN warning
Baloney Meter: Is Green Party's resolution process truly different?
Ontario now mirroring Quebec's economy, report says
Liberals still plan to repeal parts of counterterrorism powers brought in by Harper government
Tory attack ads targeting shirtless Trudeau removed after photographer issues cease and desist letter
Canadians think guaranteed income good, but too expensive and it makes people lazy: survey
Classic Mike Duffy is back - now, with the Senate's stamp of approval
Chief Justice hammers government over 45 judicial vacancies - including one at Supreme Court
Site C 'Running Roughshod' over Indigenous Rights, Wilson-Raybould said

Prince Rupert Unemployment Action Centre seeks letter of support from Council in funding quest

The work load is on the rise at
Prince Rupert's Unemployed Action
Centre on Fraser Street
The number of requests for help at the Prince Rupert Unemployment Action Centre continue to increase at the Fisherman's Hall offices on Fraser Street, where the organization advocates for the unemployed and underemployed on the North Coast.

With those number on the rise, the local group is seeking to secure additional funding for the Action Centre and the work that it does in the community and towards that goal, they are looking to the City of Prince Rupert to provide a letter of reference to support their application for funding.

In a letter to the Mayor and Council from late July, the organization provided some background as to their funding request and where they hope to allocate any funding that they may be able to secure.

The Unemployment Action Centre notes for Council how their work load has increased significantly over the last three years and how if successful in receiving additional funds they will be seeking the services of a second advocate to take some of the load off of the current employee.

Through that additional hiring, a form of succession planning will be put in motion, with the current advocate set for retirement within the next two years.

All they are seeking from the City is the letter of support, providing some perspective from the city's point of view of the work that the Unemployment Action Centre performs in the community.

Council will have opportunity to discuss the request at their next City Council Session scheduled for August 22nd.

For more items related to Labour on the North Coast see our archive page here, further background on discussion topics at City Council can be found on our Council Discussion archive.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Decisions to make for SD52 with transportation funding made available by Province

The Provincial Government announced
additional funding for transportation
for 2016-17, but whether SD52 will
seek its share remains unclear
(photo from BC Gov't)
School District 52's elected officials aren't scheduled to meet until month, but when they reconvene on September 13th they'll have more than a few things to address for a new school year.

Beyond outlining for the public what they plan to do about the still vacant seat on the School District council, one of the first items that may be on their Agenda will be how to respond to the prospect of 117,597 dollars that is being offered to the School District towards transportation issues in the region.

The Provincial Government issued a media release on Wednesday providing some background towards their announcement of a new Student Transportation Fund for School Districts to access, designed to expand or reduce the cost for affordable transportation options across the province.

To be eligible for the funding, School Districts must submit a plan to the Ministry of Education by September 30th, 2016 outlining how they will use the available funding to boost transportation services for students and families.

Details on the new funding can be reviewed herethe full list of money to be made available to the province's School Districts can be found at the bottom of the media release in the backgrounder advisory.

The prospect of extra funding however poses a bit of a dilemma for School District 52 which voted to eliminate its involvement with transportation issues back in April as part of their deliberations on the 2016-17 School District Budget process.

During the course of those discussions, Board Chair Tina Last noted that the School District was not obligated to provide transportation for students as part of their mandate towards delivering education on the North Coast.

Those comments led to communities such as Metlakatla to consider their options for transportation of students to Prince Rupert for the 2016-17 school year.

Whether the prospect of close to 120,000 dollars in funding will give the School District cause to reconsider that position could make for some of the discussion as the new school year gets underway.

Those discussions however will have to take note of the deadline of September 30th that is in place, making for a timeline from decision to action plan that could be a very short one.

Wednesday's funding announcement marks the latest in funding returns to School Districts in British Columbia, the province previously returned 25 million dollars in administrative savings to School Districts.

As we noted on the blog in June, School District received $123,861  from that administrative distribution.

More items related to education on the North Coast can be found on our archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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

Critic still Wary on Liberals' commitment to Salmon
Head of Missing, Murdered indigenous women inquiry 'able to walk in both worlds'
Pacific NorthWest LNG won't hurt B.C. aboriginals' salmon catches: CEAA
At-risk B.C. municipalities consider earthquake coverage
B.C. needs more treatment beds for addicted youth, grieving mothers say
ICBC rolling out new software, says customer delays likely
Provincial government increases funding for school buses
Horesefly River Salmon Festival cancelled because of lack of salmon
B.C. firefighters add drones to their toolkit
B.C. Hydro CEO refuses to halt Site C, despite Amnesty report
B.C. government offers up fund to save school bus service
NDP, Greens fight internally as Premier Clark smiles on
What happens after Tent city
Education ministry offers new school bus funds
Missing women inquiry pre-determined
Delay in foreign-buyers data leads NDP to accuse Liberals of playing politics with real estate
Watch out for complacency

Ottawa Observations: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Southern Ontario Terror incident

Suspect killed in Southern Ontario; RCMP cite possible terror threat
Aaron Driver, ISIS sympathizer under peace bond killed by police responding to terror threat
Aaron Driver: Troubled childhood, ISIS supporter, terror threat suspect
Terror suspect killed in standoff in Strathroy, Ontario
Lone suspect dead after anti-terror operation in Ontario town
Terror suspect detonated bomb, about to set off second when killed by police, family says
National security threat suspect dead after RCMP confrontation in Strathroy, Ontario
Lone suspect killed in anti-terrorism operation in Southern Ontario
RCMP says it halted possible terrorist threat as police comb Strathroy

Nature of peacekeeping no longer fits demands of conflict zones: Sajjan
Ottawa poised to ease rules for temporary foreign worker program
Elizabeth May taking time off to consider resigning as Green Party leader
Northwest Territories UNESCO reserve a model for sustainable living
Tories' religious freedoms office tainted by politics: internal audit
E-mails reveal pricey scramble to get Bibeau home for expected C-14 vote
Duffy claiming old expenses again, but the blame falls on Liberal government
Don't use peacekeeping to win a UN Security Council seat
Remove shirtless Justin Trudeau images from ads, B.C. photographer tells Conservative Party
Canada seeks to double visa offices in China to attract more high-skilled workers
Keep Atlantic representation on top court, says Canadian Bar Association
Armoured car sale to South Sudan should be investigated, rights group say
Elizabeth May ponders future after Green Party's support for Israeli boycott policy
Feds announce cash for Experimental Lakes Area
Cash rebates, tax incentives may help get Canadians into electric cars: federal officials
Ottawa stripped Atlantic Canada of inclusion on Supreme Court with barely a peep
NEB's call on Energy East must be independent, McKenna says, as Charest talks revealed
York University prof denied residency over son with Down syndrome returning to Canada
Federal Government can only do so much to influence the economy
How to spot a Jew Hater
Not seeing the forests for the trillions of trees
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau finds the right cause
Green Party losing members, riding associations as BDS controversy highlights infighting
E mails reveal expensive scramble to get minister home for expected vote on C-14
Federal religious freedoms office was tainted by perception of political interference: review
He registered a company and has all but left politics. So when with Stephen Harper resign as MP?
Elizabeth May contemplating her future as Green Party leader

MLA to host final Brown Bag Lunch in the Park session with constituents this Friday

MLA Rice with MP Nathan Cullen
last week at their Community BBQ
Ms. Rice hosts a solo Brown Bag lunch
this Friday at Mariner's Park

(photo from the MLA's twitter feed)
North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice will close out her summer series of constituency meetings this Friday, hosting her third and final Picnic in the Park at Mariner's Park overlooking Prince Rupert harbour at 1st Avenue East.

The opportunity to raise issues of interest or just chat with the MLA takes place Friday from Noon until 1 PM, should it rain on Friday, the alternate location for the lunch time session is the MLA's community office at 818 3rd Avenue West.

Ms. Rice hosted the two previous Brown Bag Lunch sessions in June and July.

Her summer constituency tour, which has taken her to Haida Gwaii, the Central Coast and to her home base of Prince Rupert was interrupted in July by a week long summer session of the Legislature in Victoria. Some of the highlights of her tour of the North Coast can be found on her Facebook page or Twitter Feed.

You can review some of her past work at the Legislature to this point of the year from our Legislature Archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Federal Government dusts off Cohen Report and updates implementation program

There's been no indication yet from Prince Rupert City Council if Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic Leblanc has accepted their invitation to come to Prince Rupert to discuss issues related to the North Coast fishery, but the status of Wild Salmon and other Pacific fishery items were on his agenda on Tuesday.

The Federal Fisheries Minister hosted an information session in Vancouver yesterday outlining the steps the Federal Government has taken when it comes to the Cohen Report on the Salmon Fishery from 2012.

During the course of a media briefing, Minister Leblanc noted that Federal Government has already implemented over thirty percent of the 75 recommendations that it is responsible for and is working in collaboration with the Government of British Columbia, and the Federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to address the recommendations.

“We value the work done by Justice Cohen and the Commission and we will continue to act on their recommendations in our efforts to support the conservation and sustainability of Pacific salmon. We also look forward to consulting with Indigenous groups, other partners, and stakeholders on the Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan as we continue our efforts to ensure the future of this vital resource.” -- The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic Leblanc was in Vancouver on
Tuesday, providing an update on the implementation of the findings of
the Cohen Report into the Fraser River fishery

A review of the 75 recommendations can be found from this Update on Cohen Commission Report released by the Department of Fisheries. From the updated list above, the Federal Government observed that it  has implemented in whole or in part the following Recommendations:

Numbers 1-2, 9, 11-18, 20-27, 30, 35, 37-40, 48, 52, 59-60, 63-65

Further items of note from the Tuesday information session can be examined here.

The Minister also observed the the Federal government is committed to the conservation of all Wild Pacific Salmon, adding that DFO would soon be commencing with consultations with Indigenous groups and stakeholders on the implementation of a Wild Salmon Policy in the Fall of this year.

The Cohen Report, was released in November of 2012 following three years of consultations that heard a range of testimony on the state of the fishery in British Columbia, focused on the collapse of the Fraser River Salmon Fishery in 2009.

Our original blog item at the time of the release of the Cohen Report can be reviewed here.

The timing of Minister Leblanc's observations on Tuesday came as more reports of dire returns for the Fraser River fishery were being released.

'Grim' Fraser River salmon runs even worse than forecast
Low water, low returns for Fraser sockeye
Fraser Sockeye run lower than expected

Some background news items related to the Federal Minister's  announcements can be found below:

August 9 -- DFO following the letter of the Cohen Report, but not the principles says UBCIC
August 9 -- Wild Salmon DFO's top priority, Minister says
August 9 -- DFO not in conflict of interest for promoting salmon farming: Leblanc
August 9 -- Fisheries Minister plans 'concrete' action to fight declining sockeye run
August 9 -- Fisheries Minister announces measures to protect Fraser sockeye run
August 9 -- Fisheries Minister acts on Cohen commission
August 9 -- Feds resurrect Fraser salmon report
August 9 -- Federal Government acts on 2012 report examining decline of B.C. salmon returns
August 9 -- Cohen report on B.C. sockeye salmon may see action

More background on notes related to the North Coast fishery can be found on our archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review