Co-op business deal leaked

An anonymous City of Terrace staff member leaks confidential documents about a deal underway on Terrace's infamous Co-op property.

  • Dec. 19, 2012 8:00 a.m.

SANTA CLAUS has re-emerged as a bidder for the city-owed former Co-op property on Greig Ave.

Despite being rebuffed several years ago, when the Co-op building was still standing, a new proposal from the North Pole toy baron has come to light.

Stamped “Confidential. No peaking. I’m checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice,” the proposal was an addendum to a report released by a city committee struck to outline possible uses for the property.

A copy of the addendum was leaked to local media, despite the best efforts to keep it hidden.

Part of the reluctance to officially releasing it, sources deep inside city hall reveal, is how citizens would react to the selling of a piece of prime Terrace real estate to a state-controlled foreign entity – Santa Claus himself.

As it is, Santa already ran into trouble with his first attempt to buy the Co-op property over plans to use the federal government’s Temporary Foreign Elf Worker Program.

That was when the Co-op building was still standing and Santa had plans to refurbish the structure and use it as a subsidiary toy workshop location.

The newest proposal has resulted in intense debate within city council with the more business-minded councillors arguing that Terrace, dependent as it is on investment from outside its borders, is in no position to pick and choose exactly who would be welcome and who would not.

Other council members are skeptical of the idea, worried about the implications of having a large section of land sold off to a foreign entity.

Santa’s newest proposal is one crafted, according to the document, to have a maximum positive impact.

In simple terms, Santa wants to develop a green energy testing complex on the Co-op lands.

An outline with the addendum cites the large, flat surface of the Co-op land as being an ideal location for testing solar panels.

“If we can generate solar power in Terrace, then we can generate it anywhere,” indicated a scientist quoted in the addendum.

And given the windy nature of Terrace and area, the large undeveloped plot of land, now flat as a pancake, would be a perfect testing ground for wind-driven turbines.

Most intriguing of all, according to the addendum, is the possibility of shale oil and gas existing just below the Co-op property surface.

“Could a pipeline fit in with this proposal?” a handwritten note in a margin queried. The addendum indicated, however, that Santa would only proceed with extraction if it was absolutely 100 per cent guaranteed to never cause a problem.

So confident of approval are officials that the addendum even mentioned a name for the development – the Santa Sands.

The Santa Claus green energy testing complex is also regarded as a way to soothe public concerns over a sale to a  foreign entity.


And in a postscript, the addendum says there’s every chance the energy testing complex could be nominated for a green award presented each year by the local business association.



Just Posted

Firearms and fentanyl among items seized in police searches

Keith Seymour, 35, arrested on numerous outstanding warrants including kidnapping and extortion

More seniors in Terrace area struggling to afford food

The number of adults who used the Terrace Churches Food Bank jumped by 70 per cent from last year.

Terrace Peewees win provincials

The Midgets won bronze and Bantams finished fifth, with the female Midgets still playing

Bigger and safer bridge to be built across the Nass

New two lane bridge will accomodate heavier commercial vehicles

B.C. NDP offers tax breaks to jumpstart LNG Canada in Kitimat

‘We’re not giving away more money,’ Premier John Horgan says

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

B.C. pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions from around B.C. for National Puppy Day 2018

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

Walking from Argentina to Alaska

Holly ‘Cargo’ Harrison is now in northern B.C. on his journey from Argentina to Alaska.

Most Read