After two weeks off to recharge the ol’ batteries, it’s good to be back in the editor’s chair in the town I call home.
Before I get into the main issue of this week’s editorial, I feel it fair to remind everyone of our editorial policy during elections – Federal or otherwise. The biggest thing we stress is to give each of the candidates equal space and consideration in the paper and to present an unbiased approach to the news and the election itself. This week we strived for it, but given Nathan Cullen was still the MP for most of the stories, his name may appear more than others. From here on out we’ll aim for equal coverage.
We’re also not going to show support or bash any one party or any one candidate in this editorial space here. Yes this is my view, that of Shaun Thomas, but it’s important to present an unbiased approach to all editorial content and not appear to support one party or candidate over another despite my own personal thoughts.
Why do I tell you this? Because I want to you to keep me honest and hold me to it. If you think we’re providing unbalanced coverage or appear to favour one party over another, call me on it. Many eyes are better than two.
Now back to the matter at hand. While I was in Mexico I heard that there was some kind of port announcement, so I rushed onto thenorthernview.com to get the details. And wow…To say the announcement of a deal between the Port Authority and the Coast Tsimshian is big news and a positive for the region would be a huge understatement.
What this does is give potential investors certainty around the subject of First Nations consultation and support. It’s something that no other region and very few major projects or plans can claim and gives Prince Rupert an edge that we will undoubtedly see the benefits of.
So hats off the Prince Rupert Port Authority and the Coast Tsimshian on coming to this agreement. I personally can’t wait to see what it brings to our region as we look to brighter days ahead.