Regional district backs MP’s tanker ban bid

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen's private member's bill is scheduled to be debated in Parliament Feb. 18

Directors of the Kitimat-Stikine regional district have voted to support a bid by Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen to ban bulk oil exports by tanker off the north coast.

The decision came after Cullen briefed directors at the last regional district meeting on his ban bid via a private member’s bill in Parliament.

Cullen’s bill, Bill C-628, An Act to Amend the Shipping Act 2001 and the National Energy Board Act, is intended to amend the shipping act to define oil and “prohibit the transport of oil in an oil tanker in the areas of the sea adjacent to the coast of Canada known as Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound.”

It was introduced last year in Parliament and is scheduled to be debated Feb. 18.

Cullen’s bill would amend the Energy Board Act “to include additional considerations when considering the issuance of pipeline certificates: the extend to which the pipeline is expected to have an impact on employment…” and “ensure the consultations have taken place between the Government of Canada and all other provincial, territorial, municipal and First Nations Governments, whose lands and waters will be affected, and take into account those positions and specify how each position was taken into account in the recommendation.”

The MP told regional district directors the “elephant in the room” is First Nations rights.

“I’m not convinced the Conservatives realize that reality,” he said.

Cullen has been taking his tanker ban crusade around the riding and elsewhere on the coast and province under the banner, “Take Back our Coast.”

 

Just Posted

Terrace RCMP fill four police cars for 9th annual Cram a Cruiser event

Almost $2,000 was collected for local food banks, charity

Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club opens new fat bike and snowshoe trail

Created to improve safety for skiers, welcome more members

Council briefs: residents push city to keep bowling lanes open

Summary of council discussions from Dec. 9

Skeena Voices | No ocean to divide

Lillian Cui Garcia released a memoir reflecting on her life between the Philippines and Terrace

Terrace’s annual homeless count sees modest decrease

Though survey only captures snapshot in time

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Transportation Safety Board finishes work at B.C. plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

Indigenous mother wins $20,000 racial discrimination case against Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Board ordered to pay $20,000 and create Indigenous-sensitivity training

Sentencing for B.C. father who murdered two young daughters starts Monday

The bodies of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, were found in Oak Bay father’s apartment Dec. 25, 2017

Most Read