2015 News in Review: October-December

The following are highlights of the happenings in Terrace, B.C. for the fourth quarter of 2015a

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Last year saw a number of deals negotiated between local First Nations

October

Nisga’a lay groundwork with Pretivm Resources of Vancouver for the Nisga’a Lisms Government to receive payments and royalties from the company and  also to have job opportunities coming from the mine when it goes into production in 2017. The provincial government also signed a profit-sharing agreement with the First Nation for the mine.

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After withholding their support of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Line, Terrace City Council endorses it in a written letter requested by TransCanada while mayor Carol Leclerc says it also means council is supporting the Lelu island export facility which the pipeline would feed.

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The Fall building stats show that Terrace hits over $50 million in construction value over the year owing to all the houses and the new hotels after a big construction season.

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As the Oct.19 elections draw closer, the candidates agree on one thing at least, and that is an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women is necessary.

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Cullen wins the election with 51 per cent of the vote, and his fifth straight win, making the Skeena-Bulkley once again an NDP riding despite a drop overall federally and a slight drop in Cullen’s numbers, as well as those of the Conservatives in the riding, with the Liberals jumping slightly in popularity in the region.

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The Extreme weather shelter for the homeless opens early in the month, several weeks before the  Nov.1 typical open date. BC Housing and Ksan shelter say it’s because of the particularly cold weather.

November

Recently re-elected NDP MP Nathan Cullen says he will meet with the Liberal party ministers to push them to solidify their tanker ban legislation promised for the North Coast, and says he has a willing ear in the new Liberal environment minister Catherine McKenna.

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The Forceman Ridge Landfill construction commences south of Lakelse Lake which is the first phase in a major relocation of waste handling in the area with the new landfill soon to be shared with Thornhill. The Thornhill landfill is to be decommissioned and turned into a transfer station.

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Field of Faith Foundation, a new non-denominational Christian group with a goal of helping homeless starts an outreach Wednesday evenings in George Little Park to give food and other items.

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Aboriginal education rates show improvement with a report showing increased graduation rates compared to other years. Shortly after, Dec.9, the school district starts public consultation towards an Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement.

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AltaGas finishes the third of its three power generation plants on the Iskut river, all of them feeding into the Northwest Transmission Line.

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Study finds that Terrace is one of the cities with the highest use of contraband cigarettes in B.C.

December

Population count done by the city finds there are more than 12,000 currently living in Terrace including the nebulous “shadow population” of people who have moved here for work.

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City continues to give out 7,300 recycling and garbage carts to each residence and residents have to figure out what to do with their old cans.

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AN ABORIGINAL man, Walter Wright, expands his case to sue a former Terrace RCMP officer for his role in Wright’s brain injury suffered while in police custody. Wright wants to know more about how the officer did his job and, in particular, how he dealt with other aboriginal people. Court files reveal that Hederman had lost a bag of cocaine and had physically hurt other First Nations during a stint with the Terrace RCMP when he also did steroids.

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Terrace community foundation is given responsibility to decide on who gets the community grants. This typically fell to council to decide, but in 2016 onward the foundation will have a separate board. This decision was made by Terrace city council at an in camera meeting.

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The provincial government gives $3 million to the north to improve transportation along Highway 16. It falls short of actually providing new public transport between towns, but offers a cost-sharing solution with municipalities and First Nations villages.

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reports show public school numbers continue decline, while private schools grow in Terrace.

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Kitselas say they had difficulty figuring out how to divide up to $30 million in pipeline revenue sharing deals with other First Nations along the routes.