Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead, Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Earthquake, the earthquake, the earthquake, Tuesday morning's temblors caught the attention of most media outlets as each gave prominence to reports on the seismic shifting on the Charlottes for the Tuesday news cycle.

Daily News, Front page, headline story
LOCAL HAIDA HOSTED MEETING WITH COUNCIL OF THE HAIDA NATION -- A review of some of the details coming out of the Council of the Haida Nation gathering which took place at the Nisga'a Hall last week.

The Prince Rupert and Port Edward Economic Development Office has put the finishing touches on its 48 page Community profile, a document that Economic Development Officer Nellie Cheng hopes will bring more attention to the opportunities for investors that could be found on the north coast.

It would take you until page five of Tuesday's Daily News, but once there you would find some info on Tuesday's 6.6 magnitude earthquake on the Queen Charlottes/Haida Gwaii, with what amounts to a thumbnail sketch of Tuesday's big story.

Volleyball took over the sports section on Tuesday with a number of items about the high school volleyball scene.

(Daily News Archive Articles for November 17 )

The Northern View
Queen Charlotte mayor discusses this morning's earthquake-- Some background on the reaction on the Queen Charlottes/Haida Gwaii in the hours following Tuesday's 6.6 quake. (see article here)

The Northern View
Consultation on PRSS closure this Monday -- November 23rd will be the next date of note in the consultation process of School district 52 as it looks for feedback from the community over its grade configuration plans which would include the possible closure of Prince Rupert Secondary School (see article here)

The Northern View
Cow Bay parking rules changed as businesses see declines-- The Northern View provides its coverage of the great Atlin Terminal parking debate, which saw city council change its rules at the Cow Bay lot in the wake of concern from local merchants in the area (see article here)

No Damage Reported as Quake Strikes Near Haida Gwaii -- With reports from as far away as Vanderhoof, TV 7 provides its review of the Tuesday earthquakes off the Queen Charlottes/Haida Gwaii, focusing more on the interior reaches as opposed to the Islands (see article here)

CBC British Columbia, Daybreak North
Northwest rumbles -- The CBC discusses Tuesday's earthquake with Stephane Mazzotti from the Geological Survey of Canada (listen to the interview here)

CBC British Columbia, Daybreak North
Olympics: boon or boondoggle -- Where are all those jobs? The Olympics were once said to be ready to generate employment for BC, but as the CBC discovers most of that jobs rush didn't make it much further out than Whistler (listen to the interview here)

Daily News, Front page, headline story
Local Haida hosted meeting with Council of the Haida Nation
By Monica Lamb-Yorski
The Daily News
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Prince Rupert’s Haida had the opportunity to attend a public meeting with representatives of
the Council of the Haida Nation.

Representatives from the council were available at the Nisga’a Hall in Prince Rupert last week. President Guujaaw, vice-president Arnie Bellis and Prince Rupert representative Frank Parnell were on hand to talk about the nation’s economic future.

Parnell, who has been one of the two Prince Rupert representatives on the council for the last two years, was recently acclaimed to the position for another term. Elections for other positions will take place on December 5.

“One of the areas that has really concerned me is that overall, no matter where members of the Haida nation live, when discussions take place between government and our people we need to be included,” Parnell said. “We need to make it clear to our leaders that they have to let us know what’s going on.”

He also said he would like to see CHN have an office in Prince Rupert to offer support to people living in the

“I envision this and will work on this over the next three years,” Parnell said.

Bellis reported on the land use plan on Haida Gwaii and said at present the Haida have 50 percent control of the land base and are in a position of joint decision making with the provincial government.

He has been meeting with Haida in Vancouver and in the region.

Guujaaw talked about forestry, tourism and the proposed Naikun Wind Project, describing the latter as the biggest project CHN is looking at presently.

“We’re calling it an Independence Project,” he said. “What we can do to create an economy for our people so eventually we’re not dependent on Indian Affairs is important.”

If the Haida were to become a successful partner in the project, Guujaaw assured they would only proceed if they were certain the project wouldn’t spoil the land and water and if it would bring economic benefit to them.

“The environmental assessments have come in and we haven’t seen anything that would concern us,” he said, adding that they would build in a process for ongoing monitoring if it were to proceed.

According to Guujaaw, the Haida have never surrendered lands to compromise their position.

That fact, he added, supports the nation’s position of title. Recently the CHN has taken a lot of steps that are improving its control, including working out a management system with the federal government and acquiring a large forest tenure.

“In the south we’ve got 40 people working year-round and 20 additional people in the summer. And on the rest of the island there’s more than that.”

The forest tenure, Guujaaw explained, was traditionally owned by large companies such as McMillan and Bloedel and still has a lot of value.

“We’ll have control of all of it and we’ll determine how the logging will be done. There was a clear message from our people that they want us to look after the land and the culture first. And most [important] is having our people out and about and enjoying our land as they should be.”

Guujaaw said that control will include cutting down a third of what was cut previously, ensuring the protection of streams and protecting cedar for culture.

“It will be a contrast to what it was when the council started up. Now we’re determining how the rules will be.”

And while logging’s going to be an important enterprise, the president said it doesn’t create a lot of money.

“We have to make sure to get the best value and we’re hoping to hire someone who helps us make sure that we get the best we can get.”

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