Thursday, August 31, 2017

Victoria Viewpoints: Thursday, August 31, 2017

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

B.C. scours the globe to fill teaching jobs in wake of court ruling
UN solitary-confinement rules aren't binding in Canadian prisons, Attorney-General lawyer says
National Energy Board defends Trans Mountain pipeline review
First Nations occupy second salmon farm on B.C. coast
7 new opioid addiction treatment centres to open throughout Fraser Valley
Cabbies want support from B.C. NDP as Uber debate looms
Appeal court dismisses B.C. Mom's lawsuit alleging kids in ministry care were molested
Former B.C. health minister joins burgeoning medical marijuana industry
Hydro offers 900 page report defending Site C
BC NDP abandons 2021 deadline to reach $15 minimum wage
B.C. set to expand tuition waivers for former kids in care
B.C. government drops 2021 deadline for $15 minimum wage
Province stepping in to protect ancestral remains
Careless campfires continue in B.C.
B.C. Liberals change leadership date to avoid Super Bowl Clash
Vision Vancouver appoints five candidates in by-election for school board
Former Conservative MP Wai Young wants to become the next mayor of Vancouver in 2018
Former B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake takes a job in Canada's about-to-be-booming marijuana industry
Vancouver School Board by-election shaping up
Tax land to house Vancouver's Fleeing Middle Class
Former health minister Terry Lake takes medical marijuana job
Does B.C. really need the Site C dam?
B.C. Court of Appeal tosses ruling that found MCFD allowed toddler to be molested
Former VSB trustees seek re-election in October by-election
Sales down but prices up: Latest forecast from B.C. real estate association

Ottawa Observations: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for  Thursday, August 31, 2017

Draft tax changes put families, partners of deceased business owners in legal limbo: experts
Bombardier unit hid shell company from World Bank, court told
Liberal MP Darshan Kang resigns from caucus amid sexual-harassment allegations
U.S., Canada aligned on NAFTA timeline, Trudeau says
U.S. Congress is NAFTA's best friend
Ottawa strikes NAFTA advisory council to target environmental protection
Canada's fast GDP growth raises spectre of more interest-rate hikes
Under Andrew Scheer, Conservatives are still figuring out who they are
No charges for 'Proud Boys' who disrupted Indigenous ceremony
Chinese ship making first voyage through Canada's Northwest Passage
Unless they can win over ordinary citizens, Ottawa's proposed tax changes will sting
Trudeau touches on carbon pricing during fundraising speech in Saskatoon
Cornwall, Ontario venue to stop housing migrants as illegal border crossings drop
National Defence knows cost of interim Super Hornets, but won't say
Former Tory Minister Gerry Ritz resigning as MP
Canada to help U.S. by shipping supplies to Harvey victims
Calgary MP Darshan Kang quits Liberal caucus, denies allegations of sexual harassment
Trudeau promises unionized workers a NAFTA deal they can be proud of
Canada's GDP grew at 4.5% annual pace in 2nd quarter, fastest since 2011
Ottawa sharing info with U.S. Homeland Security on all Americans entering Canada
Former Tory minister retiring, says he won't run to lead Saskatchewan Party
Bernier vows to embrace Conservative critic role, be silent about supply management
Air Transat defends actions at stranded passenger inquiry
Air Transat passengers describe 'deplorable' treatment at first day of inquiry
Military personnel in Proud Boys incident return to regular duty
Jane Philpott looks to bring Indigenous health delivery to new department
Omar Khadr's bid to ease bail conditions adjourned
U.S. and Canada want NAFTA deal by end of year, Trump says
Torching of Quebec mosque president's car 'crossed a line': Philippe Couillard
Trudeau sells carbon pricing during fundraising speech in Saskatoon: "It's the best way'
Bill Morneau scrambles to calm nervous Liberal MPs as backlash to his tax proposals intensifies
Nuclear-armed North Korea a reality to deal with
MP Darshan Kang resigns from Liberal caucus after sexual harassment allegations from second woman
Trudeau's making it tougher on students
The Trudeau Liberals have a transparency problem
As 50% of small business fail, Liberals plan to tax them more
How Justin Trudeau is governing like Harper
Brad Trost, Campaign Life Coalition endorse Scheer's team, as NDP worry about Tory stance on abortion
Canada's economy is really over-achieving right now
Canadian gas prices could jump by over 9 cents per litre, thanks to Hurricane Harvey
Canada and Mexico will remain in NAFTA if U.S. pulls out: Mexican Economy Minister
'The Millennials who elected Trudeau can also boot him out'
What's the problem with the TPP? 18,212 Canadians will tell you

Chamber of Commerce joins chorus of business owners on proposed Fed tax changes

From Prince Rupert and District
Chamber's Facebook page
As Finance Minister Bill Morneau contemplates how best to introduce some proposed tax changes when it comes to Canadian corporations, business owners across the country are working together to push back on some of elements of concern to them when it comes to the Liberal Government plans.

The alarm bells started going off for Canadian business leaders in mid July when the Finance Minister delivered this statement on how to improve the Canadian Tax system, the key take away from his presentation these observations:

"When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. That's the spirit in which we are asking Canadians for input into how to close loopholes and address tax planning strategies that give unfair tax advantages. Many of the richest Canadians are unfairly exploiting the tax rules designed to help businesses thrive. 

We know that businesses, including small businesses, help grow the Canadian economy. These tax advantages are in place to help these businesses reinvest and grow, find new customers, buy new equipment and hire more people. We want to make sure those rules are used to do just that, and not to give unfair tax advantages to certain – often high-income – individuals."

Finance Minister Bill Morneau
is not exactly in the good books
with Canada's business leaders
this summer
(House of Commons photo)
However, what business leaders heard, wasn't so much a call for tax fairness, as perhaps a call for a tax grab by the Federal government.

Among some of the concerns of note for business owners are how the government plans to scrutinize compensation and apply a higher tax rate on any income considered unreasonable.

Also on their checklist, the federal government's planned approach towards profit investment is raising an alarm for business owners, as are new rules when it comes to capital gains exemptions business owners pass their business on to their children.

In response to the government's plans, 35 business groups from across the country have come together through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to form the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness.

As part of their campaign yesterday they delivered this letter to the Finance Minister, offering up two recommendations for the Federal Government.

The first asking that the Finance Minister take his current proposal off the table, the second seeking meaningful consultation with the business community to address the shortcomings in tax policy without unfairly targeting independent business.

Such has been the backlash to the proposed legislation, that it will be the focus at an upcoming cabinet retreat planned for next week in Kelowna.

A snapshot of some of that backlash can be reviewed below:

Unless they can win over ordinary citizens, Ottawa's proposed tax changes will sting
Draft tax changes put families, partners of deceased business owners in legal limbo: experts
Bill Morneau scrambles to calm nervous Liberal MPs as backlash to his tax proposals intensifies
As 50% of small business fail, Liberals plan to tax them more
Small business owners betrayed by Trudeau
Anger over controversial Liberal tax proposals to be focus of caucus retreat
Inside Ottawa's crackdown on small business tax loopholes
How Bill Morneau found himself at war with small business
Concerns mount over Morneau's proposed tax changes affecting small business
Morneau's tax loophole speech masks reality
Morneau's tax changes provoke a firestorm
Why Morneau wants to tighten rules on private companies
Morneau expects to be hit personally by closing tax loopholes
Morneau's tax changes won't just hurt the 'rich', they will hurt growth
Moneybags Morneau reprimands rich people for having brains

Locally the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce sent out an alert to its membership earlier this week, making note of the Federal plans and outlining how they hope to see local business owners in the region address their concerns to the Federal Government, as well as local NDP MP Nathan Cullen.

The Chamber's letter writing campaign is designed to have local comments received by the politicians in Ottawa before they head back to work following the Labour Day holiday.

You can learn more about the Canadian Chamber of Commerce initiative here.

Those with an interest in the full text of the proposed regulation can sit down with their accountants, or financial advisers and go over the finer points here

Further background on the brewing controversy in Ottawa can be reviewed over at our political portal D'Arcy McGee, where we keep an eye on the nation's capital with our Ottawa Observations archive.

For more items related to the commercial sector on the North Coast see our archive page here.

Cross posted from  the North Coast Review

CN hails the Port of Prince Rupert as a success story and model for supply chain development

Much has already been said this week about the impact of the expansion to the Fairview Container Terminal, from the volume of jobs that it provides to the community, to the increase in economic growth that it has generated far beyond the dock at Prince Rupert harbour.

One area that the growing gateway to the world is providing a significant increase for is the awareness and use by shippers of the massive transportation network that CN Rail has created to service the port.

For Canadian National Railway the added capacity at Fairview Terminal means a significant increase for their business and a larger imprint for the national rail road when it comes to transporting goods to and from terminal locations from as far south as New Orleans, to locations across Canada.

CN was a major participant in Tuesday's Grand Opening of the Fairview expansion project and to stress how important the port is to the railways operations CN's President and CEO Luc Jobin called back to the history of the railway in Prince Rupert and outlined how the success created by the Port of Prince Rupert  and DP World is model for how to develop a trade corridor.

"The city of Prince Rupert was built for Canadian trade and the container terminal unlocked so much of the port's untapped potential. 

As one of the fastest growing ports in North America, the Port of Prince Rupert holds a premier place on the global trade map. 

The last decade of supply chain collaboration between the port, terminal operators, CN and other partners has become the model for how to establish and grow a trade corridor." 

Congratulations to the Port of Prince Rupert and DP World, We look forward to continuing our successful partnership as the port evolves and we facilitate the growth of our customers' import and export markets."

The full statement celebrating the opening of the Fairview expansion and ten years of container shipments out of Prince Rupert can be reviewed here.

From those early days of ten years ago, CN's operations have grown impressively at Fairview, expanding its service from a single train a week, to a schedule that today brings more than 15 trains a week into the Fairview container yard.

Such has been the growth of that traffic that Prince Rupert now accounts for 20 percent of CN's intermodal business.

CN also serves the other port facilities at the Port of Prince Rupert with trains arriving and departing from Prince Rupert Grain and Ridley Terminals.

This fall will see increased grain traffic arriving at the south end of Ridley Island at the newly opened Ray-Mont terminal facility which is preparing to receive shipments from the prairie provinces.

Looking a bit to the future, the railway will also be a key element of the now under construction Alta-Gas propane shipment facility, with CN set to deliver propane for export once that terminal complex goes into operation.

More notes related to CN operations across Northwest BC can be reviewed here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Victoria Viewpoints: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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

B.C. judge questions government's depiction of solitary confinement system
Law advocates band together to urge NDP to reform B.C. Justice system
B.C.'s tourism industry taking a significant hit due to wildfires
Calling an audible: BC Liberals change leadership dates to avoid Super Bowl Clash
B.C. First Nations chief accused of sexual interference
'It's Highway of Tears, man': Northern BC faces life without Greyhound
Forest fibres key to reinvigorating rural B.C. towns, says resource adviser
City of Vancouver praises Quebec's Airbnb tax
B.C. Liberals move leadership announcement ... because of Super Bowl
Lawyers band together to call for sweeping changes to B.C.'s 'badly broken' justice system
Taxing gridlock: Vancouver looks to Singapore, Stockholm for cheap, high-tech congestion fix
B.C. First Nations chief charged with sexual offence involving minor
National Energy Board OKs Trans Mountain expansion of Burnaby terminal
First Nations, environmentalists occupy B.C. salmon farm
Emergency plan found wanting when B.C. wildfires struck
National Energy Board says Trans Mountain meets conditions for BC terminal
Atlantic Salmon catches hint at widening circle of escapees in B.C.
FN chief behind land title case charged with sexual interference
Judge slaps NDP, but allows it to intervene in pipeline case
B.C. Hydro calculates cost of cancelling Massey bridge project
Back to School in BC by the numbers
'No pressure to settle': Trump's tariffs don't scare the lumber king
B.C. Ferries revived Port Hardy-Bella Coola run has potential, consultant says
Province looks at ways to solve sheriff shortage
Islanders looking for heart and vision in BC Liberal leader
Monitoring community well-being is complicated
Greyhound plans to discontinue Nanaimo-to-Victoria bus service
Greyhound files application to discontinue 5 routes in B.C.
National Energy Board approves expansion of Trans Mountain terminal in Burnaby
Caregiver distress on the rise: senior's advocate
Why the NDP is in power in British Columbia instead of the Liberals
What needs to happen to keep ICBC from collapsing?
Dianne Watts to make decision on BC Liberal leadership 'over the next week or so"
Province won't review property tax deferment program
Six things to know about the BC Liberal Leadership Race
Former review Chair calls Site C Too Pricey for BC's energy needs
About that "World-Class' Spill response ...
Health Authority issues warning after B. C. Interior sees wave of drug-overdose deaths
Declining Chinatown food businesses neglected by Vancouver civic policies, report finds
CRA probe in Vancouver condo flipping

Ottawa Observations: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for  Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Scheer shakes up Conservative team, promotes some rivals but not Leitch, Trost
Scheer's snub of Leitch speaks volumes about Conservative strategy
Community demands answers over firebombing of Quebec City mosque president's car
Liberals to fund high-speed Internet in Lac-Saint Jean ahead of key by-election
Mexico warns Trump to back off of NAFTA withdrawal threat
Trudeau applauds front-line workers dealing with Phoenix pay problems
New Brunswick signs child-care funding deal with Ottawa
Trudeau appoints acclaimed author David Adams Richards to Senate
It shouldn't be agains the law to change parties
Andrew Scheer unveils full shadow cabinet leaving Kellie Leitch off front bench
No room for Leitch in Scheer's shadow cabinet, but a big seat for Poilievre
Conservative MP Gerry Ritz to announce his resignation, sources say
Anger over controversial Liberal tax proposal to be focus at tax retreat
Radar upgrades raise questions about ultimate cost of Liberal's defence review plan
Trudeau names Giller Prize winning novelist David Adams Richards to Senate
Andrew Scheer's Conservative leadership bump the smallest any new party leader has had in 14 years
Air Transat passengers describe 'deplorable' treatment at first day of inquiry
Child-care services in New Brunswick get $71M in federal, provincial funding
How Trudeau responds to Khadr's bail request will be a major test of his commitment to counter-radicalization
Bitter land dispute results in blockade on Six Nations in Caledonia
Indigenous participation in infrastructure projects to increase: Moody's
Canada abandons proud history as 'nuclear nag" when most needed
No voting pattern is cast in stone, especially in Quebec
Trudeau makes right call in Kang case
The non-exile of Liberal MP Darshan Kang, alleged sexual harasser
Small business owners betrayed by Trudeau
If a judge can't wear a MAGA hat, a public servant shouldn't wear a niqab
Scheer and Piolievre to debut bon cop/bad cop double act
With 'shadow cabinet,' Andrew Scheer puts a softer face on Conservatives
Andrew Scheer's 'shadow cabinet' reflects attempt to mend Conservative leadership race ruptures
"I felt like we were  luggage": Air Transat' passengers recall hours-long tarmac delay
Jagmeet Singh accused of inflating party membership signups
While you were panicking about Trump, China made some moves
Court challenge to inmate pay places prison labour program in the crosshairs
Andrew Scheer walks a tightrope as he builds his shadow cabinet
Inside Ottawa's crackdown on small business tax loopholes
How Bill Morneau found himself at war with small business
About that "World Class" spill response ...
Jagmeet Singh team says it signed up 47,000 New Democrats
CRA probe into Vancouver condo flipping

Greyhound to seek end to Northern British Columbia routes

Greyhound files paperwork to end service along Highway
16 and other areas of Northern BC

Travel between northern British Columbia communities could become just a little bit more challenging in the future, as Greyhound Canada seeks to bring to an end its service along the Highway 16 corridor, as well as points north of Prince George.

The inter-city bus line filed the required application with provincial officials on Wednesday, setting in motion a process that will see the Transportation provider for many British Columbia communities pull out for good, should their application be approved.

Five routes in all have been targeted by Greyhound for cessation, three of them running out of the Northern BC hub of Prince George.

Four of the five routes set to be reviewed would all but eliminate bus Greyhound service in Northern British Columbia, with routes between Prince George to Dawson Creek, Prince George to Valemont and a northern route to Whitehorse all on the list

For the Northwest, the Highway 16 corridor run from Prince Rupert to Prince George is on the chopping block and included as part of the filing to the province's BC Transportation Board today.

An inter urban run between Nanaimo and Victoria puts the wrap on the Greyhound hit list for today.

Declining passenger loads  was cited for the decision to seek approval to shut down the lines, with Greyhound advising that ridership on the lines selected has dropped by 50 percent in the last seven years. With competition from publicly subsidized services also noted as a contributing factor to the request.

A statement issued by Stuart Kendrick, vice president of Greyhound Canada made note of the impact the decision will have on communities across the province.

“I know that the proposed route reductions will be a difficult change for affected passengers and communities, and we deeply regret having to issue this filing ...  The situation has come to a head, however, and despite a long-standing series of corrective measures and discussions with regulatory officials, the reality is that we can no longer operate the unsustainable routes, and we are proposing changes that will make other BC routes more viable."

The first indications that the filing was in the offing came late last week.

As we noted on the blog on Friday, word of the prospect of Greyhound abandoning the route were first relayed through a discussion page on one of the local Facebook pages.

The official notice has yet to be posted to the Passenger Transportation Board website which will make the final decision on whether to approve Greyhound's request. What steps that the board will take related to the application will be outlined once the Greyhound request has been posted.

As of this afternoon, neither Transportation Minister Claire Trevena, or North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice had issued a statement on the Greyhound application, outlining what options, if any, may be available from the province.

Today's announcement has resonated across Northern British Columbia with a number of media sources taking note of the filing and outlining how the decision may affect communities across the northern half of the province.

Some of the notes can be reviewed below:

August 30 -- Greyhound applies to cut all northern BC service
August 30 -- 'It's Highway of Tears, man': Northern BC Faces life without Greyhound
August 30 -- Greyhound plans cuts across Northern BC  (video)
August 30 -- Greyhound Canada files application to stop services in Northern BC
August 30 -- Greyhound seeks to cease passenger service along Highway 16 and North of Prince George
August 30 -- Greyhound hopes to put brakes on Northern routes
August 30 -- Greyhound files application to discontinue 5 routes in B.C.
August 30 -- Greyhound Canada applies to stop serving Northern B.C. includes 'Highway of Tears'
August 30 -- Greyhound Canada looking to discontinue four Northern B.C. routes
August 29 -- Greyhound wants out of northern B.C.

More background on transportation along the Highway 16 corridor can be found on our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

BC Liberals mark February on the calendar for leadership convention

Unless there is a major split between John Horgan and Andrew Weaver popping up over the next few months, the NDP  it seems will  have a clear run to get their governing skills to top gear ... at least until February

The opposition Liberals apparently are not in any great hurry to find a replacement for the now departed Christy Clark, with BC Liberals releasing some of the details to their process of selecting the next leader of the party.

Party President Sharon White, part of the leadership rules committee which includes Rupertite Don Silversides, outlined how it all will work with an information release on Tuesday,  highlighting the plans to make use of a preferential ballot that will allow for members of the party to select their new leader.

What in effect is now a five month job interview for the leadership will come to an end on the weekend of February 2nd to 4th, making use of online and telephone options.

Towards that process the BC Liberals are currently seeking a vendor to provide a secure voting service and auditor to oversee the process.

Former BC Attorney General Geoff Plant will be serving as the Chief Returning Officer to ensure that compliance to the rules is upheld through until the February 4th weekend.

That date may not deliver the best television ratings however for the Liberals, as Global BC's Keith Baldrey made note of through twitter yesterday, there's something else happening that weekend that may just outshine the prospect of a new leader for the BC Liberals.

Football concerns aside, President of the Party Sharon White outlined how the BC Liberals have taken elements from previous leadership contests for the 2018 process and hailed the level of review that Mr. Plant will bring to the five month journey.

“The Leadership 2018 rules are rooted in best practices from our previous leadership race and other contests across Canada, and informed by feedback from our grassroots members throughout the province ... We’re all looking forward to a vibrant contest of ideas that will engage British Columbians and select a leader ready to stand up for BC and decisively win the next election. And there is nobody better to oversee this process with the utmost fairness and transparency than Geoff Plant.”

As the campaign to replace Ms. Clark heats up, the Liberals will be holding party-sponsored debates in a number of British Columbia communities, with Vancouver, Surrey, Prince George, Nanaimo and the Thompson-Okanagan region all listed as debate hosts.

There does not appear to be any plans in motion at the moment that would see the Northwest area play host to any leadership forums.

Any interested candidates for the leadership of the party have until December 29th to file their registration papers.

That date of December 29th also marks the deadline for any interested British Columbians to join the party, or to renew their memberships in order to participate in the vote. The cost of membership for the BC Liberal party is ten dollars for four years or five dollars for those from 14 to 25 years of age.

More notes related to the Leadership campaign ahead can be found here.

With the Legislature set to return to work on September 8th, those Liberal members of the Legislature with an interest in the leadership will be making use of the additional spotlight of opposition to build up their image for party members.

While the elected MLA's on the Liberal side show off their stuff in the Leg, those outside of Victoria with an interest in the position will also begin to launch their campaigns before the end of December.

So far there have been a few Liberals to show some interest in the post, but no major declarations have been made to this point.

You can follow some of the latest notes related to the BC Liberal leadership race from our political portal D'Arcy McGee, we have created a Liberal leadership tracker page there, providing for updates on who may or may not be in the running for the job.

A wider overview of political developments in British Columbia can be found as part of our Victoria Viewpoints feature on that portal.

For items of interest related to the legislature from a Northwest perspective, see our Legislature archive here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Update: It would seem the prospect of all that chip and dip going to waste at the Liberal's party has given cause for a revised schedule for the Leadership convention!

Now Liberals can enjoy both political football and the four down version on the same weekend!

BC Liberal Leadership tracker

Our archive of notes to follow the leadership campaign for the BC Liberal Party, the party will select their next leader over the weekend of February 2 to 4, 2018.

The feature is anchored as part of our Extra Editions archive at the top right side of the blog

In the Hunt for the Leadership as of October 14, 2017

Mike Bernier  
(website) (Facebook) (twitter)
Dropped out of the Race October 14th

Mike de Jong  

(website)  (Facebook) (twitter)

Michael Lee 
(website) (Facebook) (twitter)

Lucy Sager
(website) (Facebook) (twitter)

Todd Stone 
(website) (Facebook) (twitter)

Sam Sullivan 
(website) (Facebook) (twitter)

Dianne Watts 
(website) (Facebook) (twitter)

Andrew Wilkinson 
(website) (Facebook) (twitter)


October 16 -- B.C. Liberal leadership candidates hold first debate
October 16 -- B.C. Liberal leadership debate shows party unity a challenge
October 16 -- Past mistakes, soul-searching feature in first B.C. Liberal leadership debate
October 16 -- BC Liberal leadership race: candidates spar during first debate
October 16 -- Wilkinson's double-edged sword: smart but smug
October 16 -- BC Liberal leadership race down to seven, as Bernier bows out  NCR
October 15 -- BC Liberal party campaign failures take spotlight at leadership debate
October 15 -- Former cabinet minister Mike Bernier drops out of B.C. Liberal leadership race
October 15 -- B.C. Liberal leadership candidates hold first debate
October 15 -- Mike Bernier drops out of B.C. Liberal leadership race
October 15 -- Past mistakes, soul searching feature in first B.C. Liberal debate
October 15 -- Liberal Leadership race: Will it be Stone on the throne
October 15 -- B.C. Liberal leadership candidates fight to add warmth to 'jobs' message
October 15 -- B.C. Leadership race: candidates spar during first debate
October 15 -- Mike Bernier drops out of BC Liberal leadership race
October 15 -- Former cabinet minister Mike Bernier drops out of BC Liberal leadership race
October 15 -- Liberal leadership hopefuls face uphill battle on island
October 15 -- Wilkinson visits Rupert
October 14 -- Northern BC MLA steps down from Liberal leadership race
October 14 -- MLA Mike Bernier suspends campaign for leadership of the B.C. Liberal party
October 14 -- Mike drop: Bernier bows out of B. C. Liberal leadership race
October 14 -- Mike Bernier drops out of B. C. Liberal leadership race
October 13 -- Bernier ends Liberal leadership bid
October 12 -- Candidate Mike Bernier touring Highway 16 in BC Liberal leaders race
October 12 -- Andrew Wilkinson tours Northwest as part of  BC Liberal leadership campaign (video)
October 12 -- BC Liberal MLA Andrew Wilkinson visits the North Coast as Leadership Campaign continues 
October 11 -- BC Liberal's Mike Bernier makes trip to Prince Rupert (video)
October 11 -- Sager Brings Northwest Outlook to BC Liberal Leadership race
October 11 -- Bernier visits Rupert
October 11 -- Liberal candidates tour the Northwest
October 10 -- Lucy Sager's BC Liberal leadership campaign (video)
October 10 -- BC Liberal Party Leadership Candidate Mike Bernier tours the Northwest
October 10 -- Liberal leadership contenders on the Okanagan campaign trail
October 10 -- Former Minister of transportation Todd Stone joins a crowded field competing to lead the B.C. Liberals
October 10 -- B.C. Liberals didn't always listen, Todd Stone says as he joins leadership race
October 10 -- Todd Stone kicks off BC Liberal leadership bid
October 10 -- Former transportation minister Todd Stone enters B.C. Liberal leadership race
October 10 -- Todd Stone declares BC Liberal leadership bid
October 10 -- B.C. Liberals gear up leadership campaigns
October 10 -- Todd Stone hits the road for leadership
October 10 -- Liberal leadership candidate Lucy Sager trumpets north and takes on criticism
October 10 -- BC Liberal leadership candidate Mike Bernier in Prince Rupert for meet and greet NCR
October 10 -- Todd Stone enters Liberal leadership race, says he's a bridge between generations
October 10 -- Stone becomes youngest of eight candidates seeking B. C. Liberal leadership
October 9 -- B. C. Liberal leadership candidates to woo local supporters in Okanagan
October 9 -- No front-runner for BC Liberal leadership yet: political scientist
October 9 -- BC Liberal leadership candidates look for party member votes in Okanagan
October 9 -- Todd Stone joins crowded B.C. Liberal leadership field
October 6 -- BC Liberals schedule Leadership debate in Prince George
October 6 -- Stone enters leadership race reminded of toll promises
October 6 -- B. C. Leadership race expected to see another addition on Tuesday


September 30 -- Strong field in BC Liberal leadership race
September 28 -- Do any candidates in the BC Liberal Party leadership race stand out?
September 27 -- BC Liberals tread lightly out of the gate
September 26 -- BC Liberal leadership candidates mull links to Christy Clark
September 26 -- Newcomer Michael Lee joins crowded B.C. Liberal leadership race
September 26 -- Michael Lee tosses hat into crowded field of B.C. Liberal leadership hopefuls
September 26 -- B.C. Liberals battle party subsidy, some more gingerly than others
September 26 -- Watts enters a close packed BC Liberal leadership field
September 26 -- Race for B.C. Liberal Leadership gets crowded
September 26 -- Vancouver-Langara MLA Michael Lee announces bid for BC Liberal Leadership
September 26 -- Step right up! The BC Liberal Leadership Circus is coming to Town
September 26 -- Will the BC Liberals Go for Star Power Over experience?
September 26 -- Skeena Liberals to get first view of leadership candidates with visit by Mike de Jong NCR
September 26 -- Mike de Jong enters B.C. Liberal leadership race
September 26 -- Former B.C. Liberal finance minister Mike de Jong enters leadership race
September 26 -- De Jong joins BC Liberal leadership race
September 26 -- Former B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong enters Liberal leadership race
September 26 -- BC Liberal MLA Mike de Jong tosses his hat into party's leadership race
September 26 -- Mike de Jong's second shot at leadership

September 25 -- B.C. Liberal leadership hopeful Mike Bernier says party needs to listen to voters
September 25 -- Stone sets tone trying to stand out in Liberal leadership crowd
September 25 -- B.C. Liberal leadership race could field 8 candidates as Wilkinson, Bernier join
September 25 -- Dianne Watts promises to fix 'disconnect with BC Liberals' base
September 25 -- Bernier joins race for B.C. Liberal leadership
September 25 -- Wilkinson weighs in for B.C. Liberal leadership
September 25 -- Mike Bernier, ex-educator minister, to seek BC Liberal leadership
September 25 -- Andrew Wilkinson joins BC Liberal leadership race
September 25 -- Watts weighs in on political donations, marijuana
September 25 -- B.C. Liberals should not take the taxpayer subsidy: Todd Stone

September 24 -- Conservative MP Dianne Watts officially announces bid for BC Liberal leadership
September 24 -- Dianne Watts enters BC Liberal leadership race, will resign as Tory MP
September 24 -- Dianne Watts announces she'll run for leader of B.C. Liberals
September 24 -- Dianne Watts to run for leader of B.C. Liberals
September 24 -- Dianne Watts: Revved up to fight and win again
September 24 -- 'I'm all in': Former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watt enters BC Liberal leadership race

September 22 -- BC Liberals need more than a new leader - they need ideas
September 22 -- Michael Lee, Mike Bernier expected to run for B.C. Liberal leadership
September 22 -- Sam Sullivan promises to 'end overdose crisis'
September 22 -- Sullivan revisited: On drug addiction, mayoral runs and getting doused with Coke
September 22 --Vancouver MLA Michael Lee signals he's joining the race for leader of the B.C. Liberal party
September 22 -- BC Liberal leadership race: candidates, dates and spending details

September 21 -- Mike Bernier and Sam Sullivan to run for BC Liberal leadership
September 21 -- Sam Sullivan is first to announce bid for B.C. Liberal leadership
September 21 -- Sam Sullivan announces bid for B.c. Liberal leadership
September 21 -- Sam Sullivan first to announce bid to become B.C. leader
September 21 -- Sam Sullivan enters B.C. Liberal leadership race
September 21 -- Sam Sullivan enters BC Liberal leadership race

September 20 -- Terrace's Lucy Sager vies for B.C. Liberal leadership
September 20 -- Tory MP Dianne Watts to make bid for BC Liberal leader
September 20 -- Dianne Watts set to enter B.C. Liberal leadership race
September 20 -- Leader-seeking Liberals aim to refresh, ease red-blue tensions
September 20 -- Dianne Watts to seek BC Liberal leadership, step down as Conservative MP
September 20 -- Surrey MP Dianne Watts and Vancouver MLA Andrew Wilkinson expected to announce B.C. Liberal leadership bids


August 30 -- Calling an audible: BC Liberals change leadership dates to avoid Super Bowl Clash
August 30 -- B.C. Liberals move leadership announcement ... because of the Super Bowl
August 30 -- Dianne Watts to make decision on BC Liberal Leadership "over the next week or so"
August 30 -- BC Liberals mark February 2018 on the calendar for leadership convention  DM
August 30 -- Six Things to know about the BC Liberal leadership race
August 30 -- B.C. Liberals launch leadership race, increase spending limits
August 30 -- Islanders looking for heart and vision in BC Liberal leader
August 29 -- Will leadership 'ideals contest' cover Liberals' farce, failure?
August 29 -- B.C. Liberals open leadership race and set the rules
August 29 -- New B.C. Liberal leader to be chosen in February 2018
August 29 -- BC Liberals set leadership vote for February
August 29 -- BC Liberals set dates for leadership vote
August 24 -- Poll suggests Mike de Jong is B.C. Liberals' best choice for leader
August 23 -- Five candidates to watch in the as-yet undeclared B. C. Liberal leadership race
August 22 -- North Coast Liberal appointed to party's rules committee for leadership planning DM
August 22 -- Only one potential BC Liberal leader could topple the NDP, poll finds
August 21 -- Carole Taylor bows out of Liberal leadership race
August 8 -- "You never know": Former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts mulling BC Liberal leadership run
August 5 -- The outsiders - Taylor and Watss add buzz to Liberal leadership race
August 4 -- Next BC Liberal leader should unite, not divide British Columbians: Tegart
August 1 -- Fault lines show as B.C. Liberals slag own potential leaders
August 1 -- Five guiding principles for the next BC Liberal leader

More notes related to British Columbia politics can be found on our Victoria Viewpoints archive

Fairview expansion debut hailed as another step for Prince Rupert's global footprint

Ribbon cutting scissors for everyone! It was a long line assembled to
officially cut the ribbon to celebrate  the Expansion of the Fairview Terminal

The Port of Prince Rupert, DP World and CN threw a party on Tuesday and residents of Prince Rupert and the surrounding area turned out to share in the good news and to perhaps dream a little bit about what may yet be to come.

The tone of the majority of the speeches from Tuesday's Grand Opening of the Fairview Terminal expansion highlighted the significant step forward that Prince Rupert has made in securing its place as a Global shipping hub.

In a ceremony held just before the noon hour, dignitary after dignitary who had assembled from near and far paid tribute to the local work force and their importance in building the reputation of the facility, while also taking note as to how the word of how reliable Prince Rupert continues to spread around the world.

Tuesday's mid day celebration saw the ribbon cut and the applause ring out as the terminal project completion was officially celebrated in front of the strong delegation of visitors made up from the terminals various transportation partners.

Joining in on the days events were politicians from all levels and members of the community who flocked to the west side terminal to take advantage of the chance to explore the finished project.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem,
hailed the expansion and offered up a theme of growth for the future

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, outlined how the global terminal operator views the Prince Rupert footprint in world trade and offered up an interesting comparison between the North Coast port and the global port operator's home base.

"Prince Rupert is like Dubai ... a place where dreams become reality"

He also indicated the commitment that DP World has made to both Canada and Prince Rupert.

“The expanded container terminal is an economic engine for the city of Prince Rupert and is directly responsible for hundreds of jobs with many others in the local community and beyond benefiting from its operations. We are delighted to mark this occasion today which signals our commitment to Canada and the local community. This is all part of our plans to provide capacity to meet Canada’s Pacific container terminal capacity requirements for decades to come in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.”

In a video presentation that was part of the Port's information flow of Tuesday, the DP World Chair also noted the significance of the volume that Prince Rupert can now handle:

"We just expanded from 750,000 containers to 1.3, the minute you are able to handle over a million in a location and maintain that for a while, that means you have managed to convince people of the viability of the location and there's only one way to go and that's upwards"

The task of providing the overview of where Prince Rupert fits into the global trade system fell to DP World Canada General Manager Maksim Mihic, he took note of many of the advantages that Prince Rupert has to offer and how the work of the local partners has spurred production and delivered impressive growth numbers over the last two years.

“Prince Rupert’s success has been driven by its unparalleled geographical position on the trans-Pacific trade route, its high terminal productivity, and its consistently low dwell times that have sustained despite our significant growth in throughput over the past two years, .. “However, as global trade has grown, so have container vessels. In order to meet the needs of our customers and capitalize on other opportunities, we needed an upgrade. Thankfully, our strong relationships with our expansion project partners, ILWU, the Port of Prince Rupert and CN Rail have resulted in an impressive transformation that will provide reliable and competitive service for our customers.”

Prince Rupert Port President and CEO Don Krusel heralded the role
of both the provincial and federal governments as key to the success
that has been delivered by Fairview Terminal to this point 

Prince Rupert Port Authority President and Chair Don Krusel, who just over ten years ago first put forward the vision of making Prince Rupert a global player in the world of shipping hailed the strengths and partnerships found both between Federal and Provincial partners, as well as the commitment and cooperation among the communities on the North Coast that have been instrumental in the success of the terminal so far.

“We continue to build on our strengths, and ensure that as we grow as a Port we will maintain the velocity and fluidity that got us here,” said Krusel. “This project is a significant addition to Canada’s trade infrastructure, and provides tremendous value to our shippers and many partners. It has become a major contributor to the regional economy, and could not have been realized without collaboration and support of industry, labour, government, First Nations and our local communities.”

First Nations leaders in the region also touched on the growing ties between the Port, it's partners and their communities, expressing a desire to build on those relationships

"We're very pleased with how the container terminal has helped the area grow and benefited Lax Kw'alaams and its members. DP World and the Port have enjoyed a great 10 years of success - and it has also been ours, in terms of enhanced business, training and employment opportunities. We look forward to building on this relationship." - John Helin, Mayor of Lax Kw'alaams

 "The success of Fairview Terminal in the last 10 years has made a significant impact by creating direct and indirect jobs that have allowed our members to remain in the region. As Phase II opens, we congratulate all involved and look forward to continuing to work with DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority to create more opportunity for our members and all people on the North Coast." - Harold Leighton, Chief Councillor of Metlakatla

Federal and provincial politicians also had positive reviews for what Prince Rupert has achieved to this point, making note of the employment created across Northern British Columbia as the terminal becomes a major gateway to the world for Canada.

The local political view came from the trio of representatives at the municipal, provincial and federal level,  Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain shared some thoughts on Tuesday's celebration through his Facebook page.

NDP MP Nathan Cullen also offered up a short comment through his Facebook page, while MLA Jennifer Rice hailed the expansion with an update to her constituency website.

An open house followed the official opening, with a steady flow of visitors exploring the terminal facility through the afternoon, taking in the range of activities lined up for the public, as well as to explore some of the displays to get a better understanding of port operations.

Rupertites took advantage of a fleet of shuttle buses to travel to and from
Fairview Terminal on Tuesday for the Expansion project grand opening

Visitors to the Fairview site on Tuesday had an opportunity
to learn about the range of activities that make the Port work

With the expanded facility now in operation and receiving and shipping containers, Prince Rupert now vaults to the position of being able to service the second largest volume of shipments in Canada, trailing only Vancouver's container facilities at Deltaport as among the dominant ports in the nation.

DP World and the Port however already has their eyes fixed on the future and even more volume for Fairview, with plans already under consideration for the much larger expansion to the south.

That expansion, if it moves towards development, would change not only the waterfront footprint for the port, but deliver a significant investment and create a large volume of jobs for the entire region.

You can review some of the background to the Fairview Expansion from our blog item from yesterday, which outlined some of the work required to bring the terminal capacity up to the anticipated annual volume of 1.3 million containers for the years ahead.

The three largest investors in the project, DP World, Canadian National and the Prince Rupert Port Authority all offered up news releases to highlight the day's events:

DP World Prince Rupert Announces Completion of Fairview Container Terminal Phase 2 North expansion

CN: Port of Prince Rupert container terminal a model of supply chain collaboration and a true success story

Port of Prince Rupert completes Fairview Terminal expansion

The Grand Opening for the Fairview expansion was newsworthy far beyond the waterfront in Prince Rupert, with the story generating regional, provincial and national headlines.

Port of Prince Rupert unveils expanded terminal, CN's 'strategic gem'
Prince Rupert terminal expansion leads to job growth (video)
Fairview celebration (video)
Port expansion and rural economic development (audio)
Dubai's DP World completes phase 2 North expansion of Canada terminal
Phase 2 of the Fairview container Terminal opens
DP World wagers $200 million on Prince Rupert as global logistics hub
Terminal expansion at Port of Prince Rupert lauded as economic generator
Big Day for Port of Prince Rupert as container facility doubles capacity
Fairview Phase 2 North open for business
'A Hail Mary pass': How the Port of Prince Rupert became a player in the world of global trade
Prince Rupert set for Celebration

More background on Fairview Terminal can be found on our archive page here, background information and items of interest related to the Port of Prince Rupert can be reviewed here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review