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Tuesday November 30, 2010
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Rupert's Faith Weather And Future
is our guide as we cope with the chilly and constant changing of the
weather, the new federal budget, the upcoming provincial election, along
with our very own city Council antics and it's shaky and flexing economy.
Yes we're all hopeful these things will be better in 2009. So hold
on everyone, it's been difficult start just getting through the first
month's weather.... if that's any indicator.
There has been a few bright
points mind you, entertainment wise that is. The return of hockey
with the Rupert Rampage has
been a pleasant treat. Former Mayor
Herb Pond will be stepping up to the provincial MLA race this May and
the Prince Rupert Concert Society has an interesting selection this year.
Coast to be bathed in bright music
The Prince Rupert Concert Society is
bringing some hot music to the North Coast next week.
Mighty Popo, a Rwandan/Burundian
refugee survivor whose music is steeped in African tradition, will
be lighting up the stage with a five-piece band.
For anybody feeling cabin fever -
be prepared to be uplifted. If the song Ma Afrika, available for
listening-to on his website, is any indication of what to expect, it
should be a great night.
Described as one of Canada's rising
stars, Mighty Popo is a member of the 2004 Juno Award winning
African Guitar Summit, he's performed at the Canadian edition of Bob
Geldof's International Live 8 concerts.
"En route to understanding Popo's
musical and career achievements, one would do well to consider how
Africa and Africans are often subjected to certain distortions in
the public consciousness," his website states.
Concert Society president Doug
Moore said he's been waiting for years to bring Mighty Popo to
He first heard the band play by
chance when Vancouver hosted Folk Alliance.
"All the concert delegates were
given a pass to go hear musicians playing in various venues along
Commercial Drive. There were line-ups at lots of venues and I walked
into one venue and Mighty Popo was playing. I'd never heard of them
before but they were wonderful," Moore said.
While inheriting a love of the
traditional music of Rwanda and Burundi, Popo has also had a
lifelong connection with rock and roll, blues, jazz, R & B, Reggae
and folk traditions.
The concert takes place Jan. 27 at
8 p.m. at the Lester Centre of the Arts. Tickets are available at
Cook's Jewellers and the Lester Centre Box Office.
Port feels buoyant despite world economic
Despite a global economic downturn that
has resulted in declining traffic through most other North American West
Coast ports, the Port of Prince Rupert experienced a moderate increase
in tonnage last year.
Led by a surge in container traffic
through the Fairview Terminal, the Port of Prince Rupert handled
10,596,863 tonnes in 2008, a moderate increase over 2007.
During its first full year of
operations, Fairview Container Terminal handled 181,890 TEUs (20-foot
equivalent units) from 78 vessels.
The terminal's throughput for the first
six months was 42,555 TEUs, before jumping more than 300 per cent in the
second half of 2008 with 139,335 TEUs, as a result of the addition of
the second COSCO/CKYH Alliance service in July.
In the fourth quarter, the terminal
operated at greater than 60 per cent of its 500,000 TEU per year
capacity, with a throughput of 79,106 TEUs.
"The opening of the Fairview Container
Terminal in 2007 was an important step toward connecting the Canadian
economy to the developing economies of Asia and solidifying Canada's
position as a leader in international trade in the Asia Pacific Region,"
said Dale MacLean, chair of the PRPA board of directors.
"The new express gateway is providing
shippers with unparalleled speed and reliability, a competitive
advantage in their supply chain management, while the Fairview Terminal
has created a solid foundation for economic activity in Western Canada
and a stimulus for new investment across the region."
PRPA President and CEO Don Krusel said
the surge in traffic during the second half of 2008 is reflective of a
growing confidence among shippers in the competitive advantages of
moving their cargo through the new Asia-North America express gateway
"The PRPA, in conjunction with our CN,
Maher Terminals and the COSCO-CKYH Alliance partners, are delivering on
our commitment to providing our shipping customers with unparalleled
reliability, speed and cost effectiveness," said Krusel.
"This is more crucial now than ever
before because the global economic turmoil is drastically affecting
their businesses. The competitive advantages of shipping through Prince
Rupert are delivering value to their bottom lines," said Krusel.
Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI) handled
4,847,031 tonnes in 2008, down slightly from 5,085,771 tonnes in 2007.
RTI experienced an increase in coking
coal, petroleum coke and wood pellets, but a decrease of nearly 300,000
tonnes of coal as a result of production cutbacks among its
Also declining was throughput at Prince
Rupert Grain (PRG), which decreased 26.3 per cent in the calendar year,
from 5,098,402 tonnes to 3,759,517 tonnes, as a result of a 33.6 per
cent drop in wheat traffic. However, PRG, which handles about 30 per
cent of grains moving through Canadian West Coast ports, saw an increase
in barley, canola and grain screenings in 2008.
Prince Rupert did experience its best
cruise season in five years of operations, welcoming 63 ships and a
record 103,635 passengers, up from 99,135 in 2007. The 2008 season also
saw a 21 per cent increase in passengers participating in shore
excursion tours, and passengers spent nearly $2.4 million in the city on
tours and excursions in 2008, up 32.4 per cent from 2007.
The total economic impact of the cruise
industry in Prince Rupert is estimated to have exceeded $10 million in
2008, but will be significantly less in 2009.
9 Slides Reported Between
Difficulties continue on the
North Coast with Road a Rail being hampered because of weather and slides.
By Monica Lamb-Yorski, Courtesy The Daily
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
the second time in as many weeks, Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince
Rupert is closed.
This time around, two mud slides forced
the closure. Last week, it was avalanche control 50 km west of Terrace at
the spot known as "35 Mile" that caused the closure.
"That area is a frequent avalanche
performer," said Don Ramsay, district manager of the Ministry of
Transportation and Infrastructure about the area around "35 Mile."
North Coast - coastal sections
Tuesday 13 January 2009
Fog patches dissipating early this afternoon. Windy. High 8.
ending overnight then cloudy. Fog patches developing overnight.
Low plus 5.
with cloudy periods. Fog patches dissipating in the afternoon.
mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 2. High 6.
with 40 percent chance of showers. Low zero. High 7.
mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 2. High 9.
Normals for the
period..Low minus 2. High plus 5.
Political Leaders Float
Infrastructural Support Balloons
and Campbell have much to ponder. Canada's economy is loosing jobs
at a staggering rate. Harper is on the verge of his governments
defeat. Campbell's Olympics are
about trip to up Vancouver city's budget with it's
biggest hurdle yet.
out there and local civic governments should be pushing to have their
Make Prince Rupert the
gateway, say Deltaport opponents
Courtesy The Hook/The Tyee
Prime Minister Stephen Harper stopped in
Surrey yesterday to officially launch construction on the South Fraser
Perimeter Road -- a four-lane expressway that will link the Deltaport to
the Trans-Canada Highway.
A group of protesters chanting "Don't
want it! Don't need it!" gathered outside the Surrey docks where the
press conference took place,
reported Surrey Now.
The road itself is a billion dollar
project (of which the federal government will contribute $365 million)
and part of the much larger and
In a press release, Gordon Campbell
stated the road will streamline the movement of goods and ensure "we can
tap into the trade opportunities with the Asia-Pacific."
Don Hunt, head of Delta's Sunbury
neighborhood association, spoke to The Tyee before Harper's event.
He said there are "a dozen different
reasons why the project shouldn't go ahead," one of which is the fact
that it’s in an environmentally sensitive area -- home to
Burns Bog and farmland.
Hunt also said the road and Deltaport
expansion are not wanted, or needed. He thinks the "gateway" to Asia
should be in Prince Rupert.
There, plans are underway to quadruple
the size of the port facilities by 2014.
Barry Bartlett, corporate
communications director for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said
container traffic has increased by 280 per cent in the first
three-quarters of this year.
Bartlett wouldn't comment on whether he
thought federal and provincial spending on Deltaport was a good idea.
He said that funding was "still in the
works" for phase two of the Prince Rupert expansion, which is estimated
to cost $650 million (about as much as the province will have to cough
up for the South Fraser Perimeter Road alone.)
"We're getting containers from
Yokohama, Japan to Chicago in about twelve days," said Bartlett.
"That's considered very, very, very
Bartlett says part of the reason is
because Prince Rupert is geographically closer to Asia than Vancouver,
but also because the port is able to quickly offload containers directly
onto a train.
"The rail line is less than 200 meters
from the ship," he said.
"We've eliminated the use of trucks."
The South Fraser Perimeter Road will
extend 40 kilometers through Delta and Surrey along the Fraser River,
linking the port with Highways 1, 99 and 91.
Senior municipal manager parts ways with city
|By George T.
Jack Mussallem cannot say exactly when it happened or who decided it,
but he confirms it is a fact that the city's Corporate Administrator
Doug Jay is no longer with the city.
Mussallem confirmed the city had parted
company with Jay after an ad was placed in Wednesday's edition of the
Citing city policy, Mussallem said he
could not speak about the details of the contract's termination, only
that he could say it has happened and that the city was set to move on.
"We're moving on and Mr. Jay is moving
on and that's all I can say about it," said Mussallem...
More Snow On The Way
residents, many of whom have become snow weary are preparing for even more
snow and the likely hood of yet messier driving conditions to come.
First reports of more snow and now rain up to 50mm plus are forecast by
Sunday. City work crews although understaffed and no doubt under
funded for this past snow fall, continue to try to cope with buried
vehicles, sewer drains, and hidden fire hydrants.
Enjoy those sleighs and toboggans while
Environment Canada Weather Forecast
Coast - coastal sections
Issued at: 5.00 AM PST Saturday 3 January 2009
with 60 percent chance of flurries. Rain showers and flurries
beginning late this afternoon. Wind southeast 30 km/h except
northeast 50 to 70 through mainland inlets and valleys this
morning. Wind becoming southwest 30 this morning. High plus 1.
Flurries this evening. Rainfall amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind south 30
to 50 km/h increasing to 60 to 90 this evening. Temperature steady
near plus 4.
Amount 40 to 50 mm. Wind south 60 to 90 km/h becoming southwest 30
in the afternoon. High plus 5.
Strike Drum Beat Echo Heard Nation Wide
Little significant news coming from
bargaining talks with port workers. The positive is that continuing talks
are scheduled. Even our own
Globe and Mail has their drum kit out. Stay tuned.
Strike threat looms for ports across province
By Niomi Pearson - Courtesy Nanaimo News Bulletin
January 02, 2009 3:00 PM
The Nanaimo Port Authority could see
strike action next week if negotiations taking place today (Jan. 3)
between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association and the
International Longshore and Warehouse Union fail.
But Port Authority CEO Bill Mills is
remaining optimistic that the parties, along with two federally
appointed mediators, will come to a resolution.
“I’m encouraged that they’re talking,
and I’m hoping that there’s going to be some resolve and we won’t have
to be dealing with the issues related to a strike,” he said.
The two parties last met on Dec. 29 and
are reportedly discussing issues such as pension payments and working
If the negotiations fail, up to 425
foremen from ILWU local 514 could walk off the job on Vancouver Island
and the Lower Mainland, halting the flow of goods.
Mills said it would be hard to put an
exact number on how many local workers would be affected if a strike
were to take place.
“It would stop any shipments, that’s
for sure,” he said. “The biggest impact will be to Canada’s largest
ports like Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax where they’re moving hundreds
of millions of dollars a day through the terminals.”
This week, a lumber and salt barge were
scheduled to unload at local docks before negotiations resume.
Coast - coastal sections
Issued at: 11.00 AM PST Friday 2 January 2009
Local amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind light except northeast 50 to 70 km/h
through mainland inlets and valleys early this afternoon. Wind
becoming southeast 30 to 50 km/h this afternoon. High minus 1.
Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind southeast 30 to 50 km/h except northeast 50
to 70 through mainland inlets and valleys. Wind becoming southwest
30 overnight. Low minus 2.
changing to rain in the morning. Windy. High plus 3.
Windy. Low plus 3. High 7.
Low plus 4. High plus 4.
Windy. Low plus 5. High 6.
Normals for the period..Low
minus 2. High plus 5.
Rupert Longshoremen A Small Piece Of The Bigger
Rupert Port workers are just a small part of the bigger picture.
Local Port management would do well to return to the table and help work
out a settlement that all can agree on. These issues are not new as
both sides are aware. It's all part of doing business and the issues
under discussion at this time are a surprise to no one.
World economic issues aside, it is
typical of Labour bargaining these days where employers with outdated
collective agreements and hard line agendas tend to call upon Chicken
Little, gather in a circle, beat the drum, and point to the sky excusing
themselves of their shared responsibility to bargain constructively.
Let us all hope this New Year brings a
little bit of much needed common sense to the bargaining table. The
world will be better if it does.
Port strike threat looms as sides get around
|By Monica Lamb-Yorski
|The Daily News
Fingers are crossed
that resumed negotiations taking place tomorrow between the
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 514 and the
British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) with two
federally appointed mediators, will result in a settlement, avoiding a
strike or lockout that would drastically affect Prince Rupert and
Local 514 has been
without a contract since March 2007 and is in a legal position to issue
strike notice as of Jan. 2.
If the union,
representing 450 ship and dock foremen - 11 in Prince Rupert - does
strike, 5,000 port workers - 200 in Prince Rupert - are expected to walk
off the job in support.
Issues on the table
include pension payments and working conditions.
In a telephone
conversation, the office administrator at the ILWU 514 office in
Vancouver said the union was not issuing further statements as of this
morning, but did confirm that the two sides will resume negotiations
tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
According to a Canadian
Press article dated Dec. 29, only grain shipments would be guaranteed in
the event of a disruption, because they are protected by federal law.
"Specialty crops that
move by containers are not covered by the law," the article stated.
In past strikes,
workers have been legislated back to work, but with Canada's parliament
temporarily suspended, federal action would not be possible until after
Jan. 27 when parliament resumes.
According to Lloyd's
List, the potential strike has already induced some shippers to divert
cargo away from Prince Rupert to the U.S. Pacific Northwest ports of
Seattle and Tacoma.
Prince Rupert Port
Authority's president and CEO Don Krusel voiced concern about the
potential impact of unresolved negotiations in a letter to Minister of
Labour Rona Ambrose, dated Dec. 22.
"A labour disruption
would likely result in the long-term loss of hard-won trade through
Canadian West Coast ports, which may never be recovered. Canadian
importers and exporters, already reeling from the global economic
turbulence that is eroding their financial health, will be forced to
find alternate, more expensive shipping routes," wrote Krusel.
"This domino effect
would result in significant job losses and adversely impact families
across this new northern Canadian trade corridor as well as the Canadian
economy," Krusel stated.
Tim McEwan, president
and CEO of Initiatives Prince George Development Corporation, echoed
Krusel's concerns in a letter to Minister Ambrose, composed on New
George has very strongly supported the development of the Fairview
Container Terminal [at] the Port of Prince Rupert in opening up Northern
British Columbia as a new international trade corridor that will
catalyze job and wealth creation," stated McKewan on behalf of the
Economic Development Authority for the City of Prince George .
opportunities moving forward are based on the investment community's
continuing confidence in Northern British Columbia corridor
McKewan said investor
confidence levels will be strongly influenced by the level of services
provided by the port, which, to date has been superior.
"Volumes have been
building in recent months at the Port of Prince Rupert," McKewan added.
Both Krusel and McEwan
have asked the federal government to actively work to prevent
disruptions at the ports in Prince Rupert and Vancouver. In addition,
Krusel stated the Prince Rupert Port Authority would appreciate the
federal government's "consideration for structural changes, either
through essential service legislation or amalgamating the two ILWU
entities into one council, to avoid similar future potential
A telephone call to
Minister Ambrose's office indicated her office will open again on Jan.
5. She could not be reached for comment.
Talks extended to avert Canada
Ryan, Montreal - Wednesday 31 December 2008
Courtesy: Lloyd's List
negotiations are to resume Saturday in Vancouver to potentially avoid a
strike that could cripple traffic through British Columbia’s ports that
depend heavily on maritime trade with Asia.
The key ports involved are Port Metro Vancouver and Prince Rupert, which
handle both bulk and container cargoes.
In the presence of two federal mediators, negotiators representing 450
unionised foremen and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Assocation (BCMEA)
agreed to resume talks on Saturday following discussions on Monday that
appeared to signal some progress. As a result, a threatened work stoppage
has been pushed beyond the original January 2 deadline.
The threatened strike has already induced some shippers to divert cargo to
the US Pacific northwest ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
“With the highly volatile global economy in recession, it is imperative
that our Pacific Gateway remains open,” said Capt. Stephen Brown,
President of the Chamber of Shipping, the leading voice for British
Columbia’s marine industry.
He expressed the fear that “job action by the union would lead to all of
British Columbia’s ports shutting down.”
He added that the timing of the waterfront labour uncertainty was
especially unfortunate for another reason– coming soon after a large
delegation from Port Metro Vancouver and port terminal.
“We will be very disappointed if we shoot ourselves in the foot,” Mr.
Brown, told Lloyd’s List.
“We remain hopeful for a resolution,” nonetheless declared Tom Dufresne,
president of Local 514 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union
Outstanding issues reportedly include pension payments and planned new
working conditions in response to technological advances. The previous
collective agreement expired in March 2007.
If there is a work stoppage, only grain shipments will be guaranteed
because they are protected under federal laws.
Prince Rupert port sees rapid increase in box traffic
November 07, 2008
Canada's port of Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia has
announced a sharp rise in box traffic since Cosco vessels began
calling at the newly-built container terminal in July. Total tonnage
for the nine-month period to the end of September saw a small
increase, despite the downturn in the world economy, the Prince Rupert
Port Authority indicated.
Cumulative box throughput to the end of the third quarter reached
102,775 teu. Third quarter volume amounted to nearly 60,000 teu,
compared with about 21,000 teu in both the first and second quarters.
certainly speaks well of the demonstrated velocity of the entire
supply chain system and shipper satisfaction with the terminal's
performance," said Prince Rupert Port Authority president Don Krusel.
port reported that in the period to end September, 50 container
vessels from the Cosco-led CKYH Alliance called at the terminal.
Import box traffic from Asia for North American destinations amounted
to 62,365 teu, while export volume was 40,423 teu. CKYH Alliance is
comprised of Cosco, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping and K Line.
deepwater port, which offers the shortest route between Asia and the
west coast of North America, has also seen its container activity
bolstered in mid-October thanks to the phasing out of the smaller
ships in the CKYH Alliance's China Express North service. Upgrades
from 5,446 teu to mostly 7,544 teu ships have increased the overall
capacity of the five-vessel service by about 1,200 teu.
Fairview container terminal and CN's [Canadian National Railway]
connecting rail service are offering our shippers a superior level of
fluidity, cost effectiveness and speed that is enhancing their
competitiveness and bottom line," said Cosco Canada vice-president
Chicago market and central Canada are the chief targets of Prince
Rupert's container business.
Alliance shipping lines are working with customers to take advantage
of valuable commodities produced in western Canada that may have
markets in Asia, and to better utilize the empty containers returning
to Asia," Mr Bedwell said.
grain traffic was down 28 percent, this was offset by the port
handling 1m tons of containers. The port's container terminal has an
annual capacity of 500,000 teu. A second box terminal is undergoing an
Source Courtesy: Lloyd's List, November 7, 2008
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