Christmas in July on the North Coast

Transportation Minister Todd Stone made his rounds throughout the Northwest last week - perhaps this is the meaning of Christmas in July.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone made his rounds throughout the Northwest last week, and perhaps this is the meaning of Christmas in July.

Like Jolly Ol’ Saint Nicholas, Stone made his way from community to community and pulled a major funding announcement (in conjunction with the federal government) out of his bag to leave below the proverbial tree.

For the City of Prince Rupert, it was $4.4 million for desperately needed improvements to the aging water system.

For Port Edward it was $2 million for Wampler Way, a bypass road that forms a critical component of that community’s plans for growth and the catalyst for millions of dollars more in development.

For Lax Kw’alaams, $400,000 per year for additional sailings to Prince Rupert, a commitment for engineering to pave Tuck Road and an indeterminate cheque for the refurbishment of the Spirit of Lax Kw’alaams. Those three combined will do a lot to better connect the people and economy of Prince Rupert with that of Lax Kw’alaams.

And for the Average Joe resident, the two governments committed $37 million to eliminate the level rail crossing on Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Port Edward. Granted that work won’t start for another two years (as outlined on Page 18), but that is something that has been wanted in the Northwest for a long time.

While there is certainly a saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth, one would have to be blind not to realize the announcements come the same week as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rumoured to be looking at an election and fresh on the heels of the passing of a project development agreement that would bring billions of dollars in investment to the region and, oh yeah, was opposed by the NDP.

Coincidence? I think not.

Regardless of the backdrop and not-so-subtle political statement of the funding, one cannot argue that these investments are going to go a long way to preparing the region for a potential LNG boom.

Just Posted

ELECTION DAY: Here’s where to vote

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Ocean “Blob” returns to North Coast of B.C.

A 2,000 kilometre patch of warm ocean water could signal a warm winter in Prince Rupert

VIDEO: Coast Guard works with First Nations in oil response exercise

Approximately 80 people involved in mock oil response in the Prince Rupert harbour

Judd Repole honoured with jersey retirement

Repole played for five years with the Osoyoos Coyotes in the KIJHL

Part 2: Online shopping, taxes and labour pressure on Rupert’s retail

Part Two of a series investigating the shrinking retail sector on the North Coast of B.C.

This Week Pocast – Episode 107

Rainbow Nation’s host Russel Adams joins the show to talk about elections, cannabis and Halloween

Delivering the paper as a family

The Northern View is looking for newspaper carriers in Prince Rupert, join our team today

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

Most Read