Sunday, December 4, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Saturday/Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2016

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

Pipeline debate boosts Vancouver mayor's profile
B.C. police watchdog to change policy around overdose intervention
British Columbia's Scott Islands proposed as National Wildlife Area
B.C.'s craft distillers say industry set to boom, but red tape getting in the way
2017 British Columbia election: Shuswap riding profile
Did Trudeau make the right decision on the oil pipelines?
2017 British Columbia election: Vancouver-Point Grey riding profile
B.C. government provides 3 different fentanyl spending estimates in 3 days
Plan to add more subsidized housing for B.C.'s low-income seniors meets just fraction of demand
Why nine Vancouver Island First Nations signed on with Kinder Morgan
Cutting wait lists is not impossible
Pipeline may well be defeated in courts, not the streets
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May explains her opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline
Liberal MP Terry Beech opens office today to hear Burnaby North-Seymour voters' views on Kinder Morgan approval
NDP leader John Horgan highlights clawback of transit passes on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Ottawa Observations: Saturday/Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Saturday/Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2016

On Trans Mountain pipeline, First Nations turn to the courts
Putin critic urges Canada to adopt sanctions against Russian officials
B.C. voters express concerns to Liberal MP over Trans Mountain pipeline approval
More people should engage in politics so 'not party gets to run against Muslim Canadians,' Justin Trudeau says
MMIW commission won't hear testimony from families until Spring 2017
Air force warned readiness of fighter fleet was declining back in 2014
Ottawa seeks dismissal of Phoenix legal action forcing it to pay workers on time
Ukraine's pilot heroine tells Canada: Don't be nice to Putin
Canada cannot 'sit back' in a dangerous world, Justin Trudeau says
Trudeau urges police to 'enforce the law' on marijuana
Parties failed to rise above self-interest in electoral reform debate
Liberals failed to explain stand on holding referendum
Farewell Maryam
Peter Julian and the party of inclusive growth
Violent anti-pipeline protests are guaranteed
Mad as hell auditor general not taking it anymore
Tory leadership hopeful Chris Alexander mentions Rachel Notley at speech and crowd chants 'lock her up'
'We want to have our fair share': New PQ leader vows to work 'within the system' to defend Quebec's interests
We want Keystone built, federal natural resources minister says
Maryam Monsef apology not accepted by everyone on electoral reform committee
Canada should take nationalist position with Trump administration: expert

Friday, December 2, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Friday, December 2, 2016

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

Trans Mountain pipeline continues to be juicy fodder for attack ads in B.C.
Sorry Vancouver: The rest of Canada needs pipelines
Rachel Notley talks pipelines in 1-on-1 interview ahead of trip to B.C.
B.C.'s Tri-Cities linked by new Evergreen automated transit system
B.C. tackles campaign finance reform - without turning off taps on 'big money'
Alberta's Notley in for a rough B.C. welcome on Trans Mountain mission
Evergreen Line officially opens: the day in pictures
Friday's Evergreen line opening brings 'new era' for Tri-Cities
Ever lower vacancy rate puts squeeze on Victoria renters
Teenager's death in Surrey 'a preventable tragedy,' NDP says
Notley has a pipeline sales job to do in B.C.
Kitimat refinery proposal unaffected by demise of Northern Gateway: David Black
Housing supply needs boosting
Surplus puts pressure on B.C. Liberals
Report adds little to amalgamation debate
Tent city evictions reprehensible without support for residents
Politics, Poverty, Privatization and Globalization Big Issues for BC's Union movement
Why Land Use in Mining is Key to Reconciliation

Ottawa Observations: Friday, December 2, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Friday, December 2, 2016

Monsef apologizes to MPs for criticizing electoral reform group
Trudeau poised to leave electoral reform alone
Trudeau promised electoral reform but failed to say what kind
On electoral reform, the Liberals are laying a beating on the Liberals
CBC's ad-free proposal shakes up heritage discussion
Trudeau discussed Chinese investments at fundraiser, host says
Influential Chinese-Canadians paying to attend private fundraisers with Trudeau
Canada's ambassador to U.S. makes the case for playing nice with Trump
Pipeline approval has endangered Trudeau and Robertson's 'bromance'
Sorry, Vancouver: The Rest of Canada needs pipelines
Ukraine's pilot heroine tells Canada: Don't be nice to Putin
'Words that I deeply regret': Maryam Monsef apologizes for accusations against MPs
Jim Carr says military comments not a threat to pipeline protestors
Canada should appoint kidnapping czar as part of hostage approach, says ex-CSIS expert
Justice Malcolm Rowe is welcomed to the Supreme Court of Canada
Senators defend expense claims for art rentals, hospitality
'More specifics' on electoral reform needed before planning for referendum: chief electoral officer
Politicians must address economic anxiety or face backlash, Trudeau says
Highlights from Justin Trudeau's visit to the Toronto Star
Trudeau insists election reform still on table
Liberals failed to explain stand on holding referendum
Government should do more to protect freedom of the press
Tory long shots should note fate of Trudeau's rivals
Maryam Monsef: Confused, bothered and bewildered
Trudeau's Mexican visa change puts international interests first
Federal Liberals eye tax on private health and dental plans, a move that would take in about $2.9B
Canada's 'useful idiots' endorse Liberal government's plan to eat them last
Hundreds may lose Canadian citizenship because of one corrupt immigration consultant
'In a word pathetic': Canada's surprise 10,700 job spike today isn't what it seems
Search and rescue aircraft announcement could take heat off Liberals in fighter jet controversy
We've negotiated big, complicated free trade deals, why should electoral reform be difficult?
Trudeau, More Dangerous to Environment than Harper?
Kinder Morgan decision highlights lack of indigenous voices in federal politics
What Trudeau said: A look back at Liberal promises on electoral reform
Maryam Monsef apologizes multiple times for saying electoral reform committee didn't do their job

Quebec based pension fund takes 45% share of DP World's Canadian operations

DP World the owners and operators of Fairview Terminal
have taken on a partner, with Caisse de Depot et Placement
from Quebec taking a 45 percent share of DP's Canadian interests

The ownership situation at Prince Rupert's Fairview Terminal is taking on a bit more Canadian content, one with a Qu├ębecois accent. That coming with the announcement today that a Quebec based pension fund has signed on to a forty-five percent share of both DP World's North Coast terminal and their port operations in Vancouver.

The announcement made by way of a Press release from Caisse de Depot et placement de Quebec, outlines how this newly formed partnership between DP and the Quebec investment organization has created a 3.7 Billion dollar investment platform designed to invest in global port and terminal business globally.

The combination of resources brings one of the significant players in the global shipping industry together with a major Canadian investment source, with the Caisse de Depot et Placement having over 254 billion dollars in assets listed as of June of this year.

DP World will continue to control the majority of the shares of the terminal which makes for one of Canada's two west coast based shipping gateways to the world.

The DP holdings in Vancouver and Prince Rupert are the first two terminals that are part of the new investment platform. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the Group Chairman and CEO of DP world made note of how the partnership offers both opportunity and flexibility to capitalize on the growth potential of the global shipping sector.

“As a global trade enabler, DP World is proud to announce the partnership with CDPQ to invest in growth opportunities in port and terminal businesses around the world. In CDPQ we have found a partner with shared vision who is willing to participate in the risk and reward of investing throughout the life cycle of trade-enabling assets across the globe. 

The partial monetization of our Canadian assets further strengthens our balance sheet. The opportunity landscape in the port and terminal sector remains significant and this partnership offers us greater flexibility to capitalise on these opportunities while maintaining a strong balance sheet and retaining control. 

By combining our in-depth knowledge of container handling and CDPQ’s expertise in infrastructure investing and long-term horizon, we can continue to develop the port and terminal sector globally.”

Bloomberg Financial News offers up some background towards today's announcement and how the first stage of partnership on the west coast parts is just the first step towards a much larger investment plan.

DP World currently is putting the finishing touches to their Phase II expansion project at Fairview, they have also indicated their interest in further exploration of a potential expansion to the south of the main terminal site.

Today's partnership with the Quebec pension fund, one of the largest institutional investors in the country may provide further financing towards those potential expansion plans.

You can learn more about the work of the Caisse de Depot de placement here, more items related to DP World can be found on our archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.

Saturday brings a North Coast opportunity to share thoughts on local family health care

It's time for a check up Prince Rupert! But this one isn't about your personal health, but instead a chance to provide some input into how the city is faring when it comes to Family Medical practice.

The Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice is hosting an information gathering opportunity during tomorrow's Winterfest Craft Fair at the Civic Centre Auditorium, with representatives of the organization in town with a ten minute survey that will help provide more background on the experiences of North Coast residents and the primary health care system.

And to help spur on some interest and to reward you for your ten minutes, they are offering up a chance to win an iPad or a fitbit for your troubles.

They'll be at the Auditorium from 10 until 5, ready to take your comments and discuss health care themes with the public.

The organization is an independent group which seeks to improve the benefits and inspire greater confidence when it comes to the primary health care in the Northwest.

A sample of some of their initiatives in the region and more background on what they are all about can be found from the elements of their most recent report that we have selected below (click to expand) , the full annual report can be examined here.

You can learn more about the organization from their website here, as well they have a short video presentation that outlines more of their work.

For more items related to health care in the Northwest see our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.