New spill facilities good news

New environmental response team and equipment good news for North Island.

A new environmental response Newe team and equipment for Part Hardy is good news for the North Island.

A new logistics depot in Port Hardy, to house environmental response staff and equipment to ensure rapid response to any spill, is part of the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan announced last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“The press release by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson on behalf of the Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Transport “is exciting and welcomed news for Port Hardy,” said District of Port Hardy Chief Administrative Officer Allison McCarrick.

“Ashraf Amlani, Special Assistant, Pacific – West Desk for Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been contacted for further details with regards to the announcement,” McCarrick said.

Among the highlights of the announcement:

• Enhanced protection of the southern resident killer whales through investments in new large mammal avoidance systems and new measures to mitigate noise. Creation of six new lifeboat stations, including stations in Victoria, Port Renfrew and Nootka.

“The Oceans Protection Plan will lead to better responses when incidents occur off our coasts. And most importantly, it will take steps to ensure marine incidents do not happen in the first place,” Wilkinson said in a media release.

“The plan will help create economic opportunities for Canadians today, including jobs for the middle-class and for Indigenous Canadians, while protecting our waters for future generations to enjoy this extraordinary place.”

Among the previously announced marine spill response enhancements were Indigenous Community Response Teams and improved towing capacity for Canadian Coast Guard vessels.

After an announced federal plan that seemed considerably less than what B.C. officials had requested of Ottawa, Premier Christy Clark said she was pleased with the progress after years of requests for more resources.

A briefing from federal officials left her confident that “the bulk of the benefits” will go to the Pacific coast, including one of the new heavy rescue tugs and towing upgrades to four Coast Guard vessels, she said. “I have to say I have no cause for complaint with what we’ve seen today,” Clark told reporters. — with files from Tom Fletcher

 

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Saanich resident shocked when trespasser licks security camera, rummages through mail

‘I found the situation really bizarre,’ said the Gordon Head resident

BC Ferries crew member taken to hospital after getting struck by bow doors

Two sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay were cancelled

Commercial fisheries off-loading business booming in Port Hardy

Off-loading facilities pack, ice, and load in totes the fish that are caught by commercial fishermen

STRIKE: WFP and USW are back at the table for mediation

“No further updates until either an agreement is reached or one party or the other breaks off talks”

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Most Read